Book Two: Spirits is the second season of the animated TV series The Legend of Korra by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. It consisted of fourteen. Book Two: Spirits (神靈) is the second book of The Legend of Korra, created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, following Book One: Air. Chapter 10 - A New Spiritual Age. Chapter 11 - Night of a Thousand Stars. Chapter 12 - Harmonic Convergence.
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With the Spirit and Human worlds colliding, Team Avatar embark on a journey diving deep into the mythology of the mystical Spirit World, encountering creatures. After defeating Amon and the Equalists in their anti-bending revolution, Korra and Team Avatar embark on a new journey deep into the mythlogy of the mystical. Korra struggles to find a deeper connection with the Spirit World as she and the gang attend a Southern Water Tribe festival. The Southern Lights. S2, Ep2.
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Story by: Tim Hedrick. Six months after the defeat of Amon and the Equalists, Korra believes she has mastered airbending, Mako works as a policeman, Bolin fares poorly in pro-bending with the new "Fire Ferrets", and Asami tries to keep Future Industries intact. Team Avatar joins Tenzin and his family in a visit to the Southern Water Tribe for the winter solstice. The festivities are disrupted by the rampage of a dark spirit, which neither Korra nor Tenzin can calm or repel.
Unalaq, Korra's uncle and the chief of the Norther Water Tribe ultimately assuages the spirit's anger with a "spiritual" form of waterbending. Despite the misgivings of her father, who has a strained relationship with his brother, Korra apprentices herself to Unalaq to continue her spiritual development, rebuffing previous mentor Tenzin in the process.
Joshua Hamilton. Korra and company journey with Unalaq and his children Desna and Eska to the South Pole, where Korra is to attempt to return the long-absent Southern Lights , at Unalaq's urging.
When Korra learns that her father was once banished from the Northern Water Tribe for causing a spirit rampage, and that he and Tenzin were responsible for her seclusion in her youth, she insists on Tonraq returning home, and tensions begin to grow between herself and Tenzin. At the South Pole, Korra succeeds in returning the southern lights by opening a blocked "spirit portal" one of two gateways which allows access to the spirit world and regulates the flow of spiritual energy between the two worlds.
Returning from the pole, Korra's party discover that Northern Water Tribe have come to occupy the south at Unalaq's direction, to initiate a "reunification" of the two tribes. At the Southern Air Temple, Jinora is strongly drawn to the statues of the past avatars, particular that of her grandfather Aang and an unidentified carving of another ancient Avatar.
Michael Dante DiMartino. As the Southerners resist Northern occupation, Unalaq offers to protect the southern portal while Korra opens its northern counterpart, claiming that this will deepen the connection between humanity and the spirits and prevent further dark spirit attacks. Eccentric Southern Tribe inventor and entrepreneur Varrick, whose business suffers from Unalaq's blockade, begins a revolt.
Korra prevents an abduction of Unalaq by Southern rebels. As she tries to reconcile with her mother, Senna, and Tonraq, Unalaq appears to arrest them for conspiring to assassinate him. After her father is sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to assassinate Unalaq, Korra discovers that Unalaq staged the trial, as well as Tonraq's much earlier banishment from the Northern Tribe, where Tonraq had been expected to succeed as chief.
With the help of her friends and Varrick, Korra frees Tonraq and other condemned rebels from prison, and extracts Bolin from an impending forced marriage to Eska. She promises to seek the United Republic's support for the Southern rebellion. Mako, back in the police force, tries to track down the culprits while Varrick produces anti-Northern propaganda "movers" motion pictures starring Bolin.
Korra fails to persuade President Raiko to send troops in support of the Southern rebellion.
Korra sets off on a sea voyage to the Fire Nation to seek the Fire Lord's support, but is pursued by Eska and Desna, and eventually swallowed by an gargantuan dark spirit. Mako and Asami investigate the theft of a shipment of Future Industries mecha-tanks bound for the Southern rebels, and enlist the Triple Threat Triads for a sting operation.
They are double-crossed and find Asami's warehouses ransacked. In desperation, Asami sells a controlling share of Future Industries to Varrick before Mako identifies him as the instigator of the various bombings and thefts, though he lacks the evidence to convince his superiors. An amnesiac Korra washes ashore on a Fire Nation island.
While being healed by the Fire Sages, Korra explores her past lives and experiences the journey of Wan, the first Avatar, who lived 10, years previous. At this time, humans lived on the shells of the giant lion turtles to protect themselves from the spirit wilds and other dangers from the spirit world that freely roam the physical world. Wan and his friends live in poverty and hunger, under the nepotistic family that rules his city. As a form of protection, the lion turtles grant the power to bend elements for a limited time when humans venture into the wilds.
After Wan violates the prohibition against bringing his bending into the city in order to steal food for his friends, he is banished from the city, but allowed to keep his firebending. He manages to survive by befriending the spirits in the forest, but two years later, he sets out on a journey of exploration, where he eventually encounters two powerful spirits battling each other.
One of the spirits asks Wan for assistance, when he is held down by the other, and Wan separates the two. While the spirit escapes, the other spirit, Raava, explains that she is the spirit of light and peace, and that the spirit Wan had inadvertently freed is Vaatu, the spirit of darkness and war; Wan has inadvertently initiated an age of darkness for the world.
Wan discovers a second lion turtle city inhabited by airbenders, but no sooner has he arrived than Vaatu appears, turning other spirits dark and threatening to destroy the world. Determined to stop Vaatu, Wan resolves to master additional elements with Raava's help, and prepare for the ' Harmonic Convergence ', during which Vaatu and an increasingly weakened Raava will battle for the fate of the world.
Wan and Raava fail to stop a bloody war initiated between the humans and spirits by Vaatu. Arriving at the Southern spirit portal, Wan and Raava enter the spirit world and join battle against Vaatu by having Raava temporarily inhabit Wan.
The battle goes poorly, but when Harmonic Convergence begins, Wan and Raava are able to fuse together permanently, thereby becoming the first Avatar. After sealing Vaatu in the Tree of Time, Wan convinces the spirits to return to the spirit world and seals the portals, becoming the "bridge" between the two worlds himself.
Years later, a dying Wan lays on a smoldering battlefield and apologizes to Raava for not bringing peace to the world. But Raava assures him that their journey has only just begun; they will have many lives together in the avatar cycle of reincarnation.
Korra awakens, memories restored, and leaves the island intent on stopping Unalaq's plans, whatever they may be, for the next Harmonic Convergence, which is mere weeks away. Korra seeks Tenzin's help to enter the spirit world; but much to Tenzin's frustration, their attempts fail; Korra is instead guided by Jinora, who proves to have a strong connection to the spirits.
In Republic City, Mako continues his investigation of Varrick. When Asami goes to cheer Mako up, his apartment is raided by the police and they find evidence, planted by Varrick, that he was responsible for the thefts from Future Industries, resulting in his second arrest.
At the South Pole, Unalaq fails to open the sealed North Pole portal himself, and reports to Vaatu, who promises that Korra shall come to them.
In the spirit world with Jinora, Korra must contend with the difficult relationships between spirits. When the two are separated, Korra is transformed into a childlike version of herself. She is rescued by Iroh , who has "retired" into the spirit world and who teaches her that she must exert strong control over her emotions in the spirit world, among other lessons, allowing Korra to travel to the Tree of Time, where the portals meet in the spirit world.
Meanwhile, Jinora finds Wan Shi Tong's library and convinces the Spirit of Knowledge to allow her to learn about the spirit portals. While learning that Vaatu's seal can indeed be broken if both portals are opened during Harmonic Convergence, Jinora learns that Wan Shi Tong is in league with Unalaq. Attempting to rescue Jinora, Korra is forced by Unalaq to open the northern portal. After a short battle, Korra is rescued by a friendly spirit and forced out of the spirit world without Jinora, whose inanimate physical body remains in a coma-like state.
Bolin visits Mako in prison, and Mako tries to warn his brother against Varrick. Disbelieving him, Bolin goes to the finale of his "movers" series, which President Raiko is also attending. During the performance, Bolin foils an apparent attempt to kidnap President Raiko. When he interrogates one of the kidnappers, the man incriminates Varrick, who is promptly arrested, with Mako freed.
Korra turns to Varrick, who agrees to give her his personal battleship. At the South Pole, Tonraq is defeated in a grueling duel by Unalaq.
Senna tells Korra and her friends that the Southern resistance has been defeated and Tonraq captured. Meanwhile, Jinora nears death. With Harmonic Convergence hours away, Korra and her friends stage a frontal attack on the fortified South Pole, wherein everybody except Bumi is captured. Bumi infiltrates the camp and through a series of absurdest victories which mirror the supposed "tall tales" which he often tells, annihilates all opposition, freeing Korra and her friends.
Korra and numerous of her allies follow Unalaq into the portal, while Asami takes an injured Tonraq to Katara for healing. Korra is too late to close the portal and Harmonic Convergence begins; Vaatu is freed for the first time in 10, years. Korra tries to imprison Vaatu while Mako and Bolin attempt to keep Unalaq out of the spirit world.
Korra and Unalaq then battle each other in their respective Avatar States. The siblings then venture into the Fog of Lost Souls, which drives humans mad with their self-doubts. Kya and Bumi quickly succumb to the fog and Tenzin nearly does as well, but is visited by a vision of Aang, by whose advice Tenzin temporarily clears the fog and frees his relatives, accepted his destiny as separate from that of his father for the first time in his life.
Not only did this hour-long episode offer amazing insight into the Avatar world, but it also told a gripping, standalone story with great characters, striking animation and a fantastical sense of wonder. That same energy carried into the second half of Book Two, with Korra forging her own spiritual path for a modern era.
This arc hit its peak in "A New Spiritual Age," when Korra discovered the true nature of her powers and assumed her responsibilities as a full-fledged Avatar. Exit Theatre Mode.
Book Two was also a great season for Tenzin, whose own emotional journey was just as compelling, if not more so than Korra's. Thanks to "Civil Wars: Part 1," we learned a lot about Tenzin's childhood and his legacy as an airbender. We also found out that his greatest strength was not in leading, but in teaching. Much to good effect, this was demonstrated in "Civil Wars: Part 2" and "Peacekeepers," as Tenzin bonded with Ikki and Meelo, respectively.
But it was in "The Guide" and "Darkness Falls" that Tenzin really flourished, as he learned the value of his role as a father and mentor. Other characters came into their own this season as well. Mako, for example, developed an actual personality and even played a key role in the main storyline.
Gone was the generic love interest from Book One; in its place was a real character with dimensionality and charm. Even the romance subplot, as trivial as it was, was much improved over last season's, and for once, Mako's struggle with Korra and Asami felt believable and organic. Bolin had some great moments this season as well; his big-screen turn as Nuktuk: Hero of the South was a definite highlight from Book Two, as was his hilariously twisted relationship with Eska.
Meanwhile, Asami was a bit underutilized all around, though she did have her moment to shine in "The Sting. Newcomers like Kya, Bumi, Tonraq, Eska and Desna were all strong additions to the ensemble and brought interesting new dynamics to the core cast.
For one, it was basically telegraphed from the beginning that he was a bad guy -- so much so that I was convinced they'd do a and have him turn out to be good. Yes, Vaatu is the "bigger bad," but he's more a faceless personification of evil than a living, breathing person. Don't get me wrong, as a general antagonist, Unalaq was solid, and his backstory was intriguing.
But as the main adversary for Book Two, he just didn't have that X factor that characters like Amon and Azula had. Granted, he got a lot cooler when he merged with Vaatu, but it shouldn't take a kaiju-sized transformation to make your villain stand out.
From a technical standpoint, Book Two was mostly fantastic. It's widely known at this point that Studio Pierrot stepped in to animate the first half of Book Two, filling in for Studio Mir, which animated all of Book One. At the start, the animation was actually tops. The first dark spirit encounter comes to mind. However, with the return of Studio Mir in "Beginnings," the show took a major step up in quality. The last four episodes in particular were masterfully rendered and delivered fluid action, sublime composition and a gorgeous use of color.