Jul 30, 2011
Avatar: The Last Airbender “Avatar Day” (part 2 of 3)
Now we meet the village’s mayor, voiced by James Hong, in what has to be one of his most embarrassing roles. We’re actually hearing an Asian American doing a bad Chinese accent every time he talks, and it’s just as cringe-inducing as you’d imagine.
Here, the mayor reveals that the village believes its former leader Chin was murdered by the former Avatar Kyoshi, while a random old guy offers himself as proof of how much the village has gone downhill since then. And now that they’re actually trying for an unsettling image, they can’t pull it off. Go figure.
Aang agrees to be put on trial to clear Kyoshi’s name, but the mayor points out this means following all the village’s customs, including paying bail. That’s our cue for a “comedy” edit to Aang sitting in prison, because the town doesn’t accept Water Tribe money. And so, the real plot has finally arrived, and already I’m itching to get back to Zuko.