Fans thought they'd seen the last of Korra (voiced by actress Janet Varney) when “The Legend of Korra” finale aired in December. But thanks to co-creator Bryan Konietzko, fans of the animated series are getting an extra peek into the character’s life after the events of the show. Even more exciting for fans is the confirmation of a buzzed-about relationship between Korra and possible love interest Asami (voiced by Seychelle Gabriel).
The peek at Korra’s personal life comes in the form of some artwork created by Konietzko for the upcoming “The Legend of Korra/Avatar: The Last Airbender Tribute" exhibition at Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles. The piece in question, a painting titled “Turtle-duck Date Night,” shows Korra and Asami cuddled up rather intimately in a turtle-duck boat – inspired by swan boats popular in Tokyo -- with the gorgeous Harmony Tower from the series in the background. Konietzko explained his inspiration for the piece on his Tumblr account.
“As for this piece, I used and modified Emily Tetri's production painting of Harmony Tower (designed by Lee Jung-Su). Otherwise, I drew and painted the rest of it,” Konietzko wrote. “I based the turtle-duck boats on the charming swan boats I saw while visiting Ueno Park in Tokyo.”
The artwork is sure to have Korrasami shippers excited after the series finale seemed to finally confirm a romantic relationship between Avatar Korra and Asami. In Nickelodeon's December finale, after Korra defeated Kuvira (Zelda), she left to journey into the Spirit World with Asami. The final shot of the pair holding hands and gazing at each other seemed to be proof of the romance fans have been clamoring for since the series began.
The suggestion of a lesbian relationship in the series was considered groundbreaking for an animated series airing on a children’s network. In an apparent nod to the impact of the beloved characters’ relationship, Konietzko said in the Tumblr post that he would donate all the proceeds from sales of prints of the piece to an LGBTQ suicide-prevention hotline.
The artwork proves that while “The Legend of Korra” may be over, the impact of the hit series is still strong. “The Legend of Korra/Avatar: The Last Airbender Tribute" exhibition opens Saturday at Gallery Nucleus.
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