Avatar: The Last Aibender was not your typical American cartoon. It introduced a large western audience to various aspects of Asian cultures through brilliant storytelling, detailed animation, and a powerful musical score.

Drawing heavily upon a Japanese influence, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino sought to bring their passion for anime to an American style production.

The two Avatar: The Last Airbender creators spoke about these influences in a magazine interview stating: “The best anime balances great action sequences with humor and emotion, something we try to do on Avatar. We love all the films of Hayao Miyazaki, especially Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. Both movies deal with spirituality and the environment in an ...

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