Kipo tells the story of a world far in the future, when humanity has been forced underground by “mutes” – mutated, intelligent animals that have since taken over the surface world. Nature has reclaimed civilization, and humans live in small community “bunkers” just trying to survive. Kipo, a young girl from one such community, suddenly finds herself alone on the surface after being forced to flee her bunker when it is attacked by a massive, six-armed Mega Mute monkey.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is a masterclass in creating an entirely unique story set in a world full of lore and detail. The emotionally heavier elements are balanced by incredible world-building and character development, as well as genuinely funny moments and compelling subplots. I find myself turning to Avatar when I need a breather from current events because I can escape into a rich, diverse, creative world that makes me laugh and cry all at once.