As much of a fan I’ve been of anime, I’ve never really been much of a fan of the anime-inspired American shows that have popped in the years past. Avatar: The Last Airbender always felt a tad too childish for me, and I only really watched the first season of The Legend of Korra — though I did enjoy that one. But there’s something about these shows that have felt off to me.
Does this come from me being a bit of an anime snob? While I don’t think so, it is possible. My main gripe with a lot of these shows is the juxtaposition of their attempts to tackle mature subjects all while having jokes that seem to cater to a much younger audience — and it’s led to me feeling incredibly skeptical whenever a teen-centric animated series came out.
It probably doesn’t help that in the U.S., TV animation tends to appeal either solely to kids or solely to adults. With a few exceptions, they’re rarely allowed to wade that middle ground of the young adult crowd. Now, with his latest series, The Dragon Prince, Aaron Ehasz, one of the writers of Avatar: The Last Airbender, finds himself treading the same sort of territory. So how does it look?
Admittedly, the trailer doesn’t do the show any favors. There’s a lot of action with little context, and the animation is a style that I personally don’t find appealing. In its favor, however, is the fact that so little is revealed that it could be pretty amazing.
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