The Beginning of the Avatar Cycle is an important fan event in both the Avatar: The Legend of Aang story and the Avatar: The Last Airbender series. This started when the avatar – the keeper of all four elements, Aang, began the process of incarnation. This coincides with the first introduction of the four bending techniques to the planet. Thus began the history of the Avatar Cycle.
The avatar cycle is not simply the story of Aang, the last avatar, and the beginning of his transformation into a spiritual being. Rather it is also the story of Aang’s relationship with Team Avatar and their journey toward becoming the Avatar. While Aang was initially a lovable, well liked character, the avatar cycle revealed that he had more trouble than he should have to deal with the separation between himself and his human partner, Momo. After Aang’s death, Momo took over his son’s body and traveled with Team Avatar as they searched the world for Aang. Team Avatar eventually found Aang, but in order to save Aang from being absorbed by a Dark Spirit, they needed to activate his avatar stone, the only item capable of creating the avatar cycle, which then transformed Aang back into his human form.
In The Beginning of the Avatar Cycle, the story starts out with Aang awakening from his meditation in order to find out what happened to his home during the eclipse that occurred three years before. As he completes his meditation, Aang learns that the Avatar is not simply a human, but a powerful, non-human spirit, just like himself, who uses the four elements of earth, water, fire, and air to keep himself alive. He thus sets out to discover why the eclipse happened. After uncovering the mystery behind the eclipse, the Avatar learns that the Earth’s surface is being threatened by creatures of the same metal as him, called Metal Benders. He then sets out to master the other three elements so that he can protect the earth from their attacks.
As the story progresses, we get to learn more about the nature of reincarnations. Aang learns that the Avatar Cycle started in his past lives, and that he was reincarnated multiple times in order to save the earth from the threat of Metal Benders. However, some reincarnations are more powerful than others, and they have the ability to take over the physical world by taking over the bodies of living beings. The Avatar then teams up with other young humans from his past lives in order to prevent reincarnations from happening to other people. These young Avatars are the ones who are considered to be the “bride” or “captives” of the Avatar and are tasked to assist him in his mission to save the earth.
In the second part of The Avatar Cycle, Aang travels back in time to perform some final, task-oriented training. After this, he goes back in time again to perform some final test upon himself before leaving for the next life, this time with the intention of leaving a legacy. However, when he tries to activate the first avatar cycle, he is met with a rather unpleasant obstacle: the evil Bakugan. Bakugan is underground insectoid beings who have the ability to transform into any object or form from metal to animals. In order to defeat Bakugan, Aang must first master all of the four elemental bending skills: earth, fire, metal, and water.
The second part of Aang’s journey covers the transition between earth, fire, and water, also known as the avatar realms. The Avatar has the power to transform into any of these elements via a specially created jeweled bracelet. Through this combination of knowledge gained in the first part of The Avatar Cycle as well as the knowledge from the previous lives, Aang is able to combine these four spiritual spheres to form a defense skill that can repel any attack made against them. In the end, it is this philosophical traditions that give shape to much of the story Aang tries to tell, as he tries to master each realm and use them to battle his enemies.
In the last episode of the series, Aang realizes that he has lived in the past for 100 years, and therefore the avatar cycle is actually a backwards method of reincarnation because Aang did not exist in the present or the future. Because of this, Aang must now start all over in an attempt to activate the other four elements. This means that in order to fully master the Avatar, Aang must learn from the past and live in the present for 100 years in order to fully master the skill.
In conclusion, Avatar Aang is a show about past, present, and future – about life, and it’s many lessons. The avatar aang is an avatar of the spirit of light and peace, a spiritual avatar who travels through time and space in order to achieve enlightenment. He is, in essence, a symbol of hope, enlightenment, and change – not just for the earth, but for the entire world.