Retrospective-Avatar: the Airbender Book 1, Chapter 1-The Boy in the Iceberg
This is a very good beginning to a great series. It shows off a lot of the things the show would become famous for excelling at. The voice acting rocks, the backgrounds and character designs are awesome, it's able to switch between funny and series fast while kicking ass at both, the soundtrack is made of win, and an interesting story. The problem lies in three main areas. They hadn't gotten the handle on how to spend the budget right yet, with some comedy scenes being just as fluid as an action scene, and action scenes that feel choppy. They also hadn't nailed down the humor yet, with several gross jokes that don't show up later at all. Lastly, several characters weren't quite nailed down yet. Sokka is far more serious and agressive than usual, and while some of Iroh's trademark quirkiness is there, there's also a scene that seems to set him up as a villain, which the original plot would have done. Still, it got me and a huge amount of others hooked right from the start. Laters.