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"The Warriors of Kyoshi"
Information
Series

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book

Water

Episode

4/61

Original air date

March 4, 2005

Written by

Nick Malis

Directed by

Giancarlo Volpe

Animation

JM Animation

Guest stars

Mako (Uncle), Jillian Henry (Koko), Jennie Kwan (Suki), James Sie (Oyaji - additional voice)

Production number

104

Episode guide
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Transcript
"The Warriors of Kyoshi" is the fourth episode of Book One: Water of Avatar: The Last Airbender and the fourth of the overall series. It debuted on March 4, 2005.

Overview

Aang brings the group to Kyoshi Island to ride the giant koi fish, but the team is captured by a group of female warriors. Aang reveals he is a reincarnation of Kyoshi Island's founder, Avatar Kyoshi, so the villagers celebrate the arrival of the Avatar. Word of the Avatar's arrival eventually reaches Zuko. While Zuko sails to Kyoshi Island, Sokka befriends the warrior leader, Suki, who manages to change his sexist attitude. She teaches Sokka the warrior skills of Kyoshi, and Sokka does well. However, Zuko attacks the village, and burns it down in search of Aang. Suki turns out to have a crush on Sokka; however, Team Avatar is forced to leave the village. At the end, the young Avatar manages to ride the unagi and make it gush water out of its mouth which stops the village from burning down completely.

Synopsis

The episode begins with Zuko's ship adrift at sea. Zuko is meditating when Iroh comes in with information regarding the Avatar. Iroh begs Zuko not to become angry, to which the prince calmly replies that he can control his temper. However, when Iroh states that he does not have any information about the Avatar's current location, Zuko becomes furious. Iroh explains that there have been multiple sightings of Aang, but he is impossible to track, showing his nephew a detailed map of where he has been located. Zuko quickly takes the map and declares that Aang is "obviously a master of evasive maneuvering".

Meanwhile, Aang, Katara, and Sokka are flying on Appa as Sokka indicates Aang's lack of navigational skills – the exact opposite of what Zuko predicted. Katara is sewing Sokka's trousers, while Aang is trying to get her attention and impress her with his new airbending trick that involves spinning three marbles in a rapid, circular motion. However, being preoccupied, Katara ignores him. Sokka makes a chauvinistic comment, and Katara throws his trousers, which have not been completely re-sewn, back at him. He quickly regrets what he said, telling Katara that he cannot wear his pants as they still have a large hole in them.

Kyoshi Warriors attack

The Kyoshi Warriors ambush Team Avatar, under the impression that they are Fire Nation spies.

Aang lands Appa on a small Earth Kingdom island with Sokka informing him that they have taken too many detours recently, which they cannot afford if they want to reach the North Pole. A large fish springs out of the water, and Aang proclaims that it is why they came here, and he subsequently strips down to his underwear. As he tries to show off his moves to Katara by riding on the back of an elephant koi, he is attacked by the unagi, a gigantic, gray eel that is native to southwestern Earth Kingdom waters. Terrified, he runs back to land and redresses into his airbender attire. Suddenly, the group is ambushed by a mysterious group of warriors. Katara, Sokka, and Aang are kidnapped and tied to a pole. The warriors reveal themselves as the group's ambushers; Sokka, upon seeing they are all female, makes a chauvinistic remark, saying there was no way a "bunch of girls took [them] down". One of the warriors threatens to throw him to the unagi, but Katara intercedes, saying he often says stupid things like that.

Interrogation at Kyoshi Island

Team Avatar is interrogated by the Kyoshi Warriors.

The islanders demand to know why they have come here, and Aang boyishly says that they just came to ride elephant koi. Oyaji, the island's leader, remains skeptical and implies they may be Fire Nation spies. He also states that Kyoshi Island has stayed out of the Hundred Year War and intends to keep it that way. Aang quickly responds with the fact that the island is named after Kyoshi, and reveals that he knows her. The leader of the warriors, Suki, states that to be impossible, with Oyaji elaborating that Avatar Kyoshi died over four hundred years prior. Aang answers their questions by telling them that he is the new Avatar, but the people of Kyoshi believe he is lying and want to throw the impostor to the unagi. To prove that he is the long-lost Avatar, he airbends his way out of his predicament and the villagers look in awe.

The news of the Avatar in town travels from person to person, and news finally reaches Zuko and Iroh. Zuko jumps up in surprise and readies to depart to Kyoshi Island.

Aang and Katara enjoy a delicious meal of desserts and treats, charitably given from the town while Sokka lies on the floor, angry because he was bested by girls. In Aang's honor, the town's people clean up the statue of Avatar Kyoshi. Later, Aang shows off to the young women of Kyoshi as they chase him around.

Sokka sees the Kyoshi Warriors practicing and asks where he might get a good workout. Suki asks if he wants to show off some of his 'moves'. He tries to demonstrate his techniques, but is brought down by Suki. He stammers that he was going easy on her but ultimately fails again, being tied arm to leg and swung to the ground. Embarrassed, he leaves the dojo.

Kyoshi Warriors clothing

Before beginning his training, Sokka is dressed in the Kyoshi Warriors' uniform.

Meanwhile, Katara asks Aang if he can help her carry some supplies for their journey. Aang declines and inquires Katara if she would like to go with him and the pack of young Kyoshi girls on a trip on Appa, which she rejects. Aang accuses her of being jealous of him being in the company of the girls so often. Katara becomes angered by this and walks off.

Sokka returns to the training area and bows before Suki, admitting he would be honored to be trained by her. She makes sure he will not care about being trained by a girl, and he admits that he said some inappropriate things before and apologizes. She agrees on the conditions that he undergo all their traditions. The scene skips to Sokka dressed in a Kyoshi Warrior uniform. He complains about being in a dress, to which Suki replies by pointing out the symbols of honor and bravery that make up the uniform. Just as Sokka begins feeling proud to wear the uniform, Aang walks by giggling, complimenting Sokka on his "nice dress".

Suki begins training Sokka in the art of Kyoshi style fighting. After a little while of training, Sokka believes he is starting to understand the form, but chucks his weapon out the door moments later. Suki laughs, saying it is not about strength; it is about using an opponent's force against them and waiting until the right moment to strike. Sokka manages to knock down Suki who, embarrassed, says it was on purpose, but subsequently admits she was knocked down and asks him to try it again.

Aang informs Katara that he is going to locate the unagi and ride the creature. After exchanging some infuriating words, Aang runs off to ride the beast. Aang is in the water with the young ladies on the beach impatiently waiting for the unagi's arrival. After what seems like forever to them, the girls decide to leave. Katara shows up, and the two start making fun of their behavior earlier. However, the unagi soon appears, thrashing around and throwing Aang violently into the water, causing him to fall unconscious.

As the unagi swims toward Aang to finish the attack, Katara rapidly swims to the rescue, grabbing a hold of Aang and using her waterbending to propel herself toward land. When she comes ashore after a fast escape, she hides behind some rocks, where she spots Fire Nation troops approaching. After they pass, she waterbends water out of Aang's throat. Aang coughs and wakes up, telling her to not ride the unagi.

Zuko and Kyoshi Warriors

Zuko is confronted by three Kyoshi Warriors.

Oyaji runs to Sokka, Suki, and the rest of the Kyoshi Warriors, urging them for help. They run toward the commotion, and a battle ensues. They greatly demonstrate their abilities and skills, taking out many firebenders, although they are outnumbered. The Fire Nation troops, led by Zuko, burn the town as they search for the Avatar. The Kyoshi Warriors attack them, knocking Zuko and several of his men from their rhinos. Suki and several other Kyoshi Warriors surround Zuko, and in order to escape, he uses firebending. He calls out to Aang, sarcastically complimenting him on his defensive force in the form of the Kyoshi Warriors. He sees Aang, and they engage in a short battle, which results in further damage to the town. Distressed by this realization, Aang flees to find Katara. Aang wishes he could have prevented this destruction to the town, however, Katara tells him that if they flee, the firebenders will follow them. Aang, with no other options, agrees.

Suki urges Sokka to hurry and leave, but he says he will not leave her, at least not without an apology. She asks why, and he explains that he treated her like a girl instead of a warrior. Suki kisses him on his cheek, telling him that she is a warrior, but a girl, too, causing Sokka to blush. She returns to battle, giving Aang and his companions a chance to escape.

Suki kisses Sokka

Sokka and Suki part on good terms.

Aang, Katara and Sokka leave as the town is being set on fire, and Zuko and his followers pursue him again. As they begin to fly off, Katara tries to assure Aang that he did the right thing, as Zuko and his men would have burnt down the entire village if they had remained. Aang suddenly leaps down from Appa's back into Kyoshi Bay's waters. A second later, the unagi bursts out of the water with Aang clinging onto its whiskers. With some struggle, he manages to gain footing on the giant eel's head and directs it toward the burning village. The unagi spews a blast of water, extinguishing the fires. Aang leaps into the air, is caught by Appa, and the three fly away into the sunset as the unagi swims underneath them.

Credits

In addition, Byron McKittrick had his first appearance as the foaming mouth guy but there is no screen credit.

Production notes

Transcript

Main article: Transcript:The Warriors of Kyoshi

Translations

Main article: Writing in the World of Avatar

Series continuity

  • This is the first episode where Aang, Katara, and Sokka enter the Earth Kingdom.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Suki.
  • The man who begins foaming at the mouth and passes out from sheer amazement that Aang is the Avatar is also featured in "Avatar Day".
  • While Sokka undergoes training, Suki is the first to promote the importance of treating the weapon, in this case a metal fan, as an extension of one's self. In "Sokka's Master", Piandao reiterates the same principle to Sokka as he learns the way of the sword. Furthermore, in "The Firebending Masters", Toph herself admits to the significance of the principle when she recalls learning earthbending from the badgermoles not only as a martial art, but as an extension of her senses.
  • This is the first time Katara bends liquid from inside a person's body. After saving Aang from the unagi, Katara bends water out of Aang's lungs in order to help him breathe. She bends in such a way again by using bloodbending in both "The Puppetmaster" and "The Southern Raiders".
  • The technique Zuko uses to knock Sokka and two Kyoshi Warriors down when he is on the floor and surrounded is the same move he uses to defeat both his opponents in both Agni Kais shown during the series.
  • This episode takes place in and around Kyoshi Island, location number 39 on the map of the World of Avatar.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Prince Zuko is shown wearing a Fire Nation helmet.

Character revelations

  • Aang reveals that Kyoshi was one of his past lives.

Goofs

  • Before the gang was captured by the Kyoshi Warriors, Aang put his clothes back on except for his outer yellow pants. After being tied up in the next frame, he is seen wearing his pants.
  • When the Kyoshi Warriors capture Team Avatar, Momo is over half the size of Aang's body.
  • When the entrance to the village is shown, a large mountain can be seen behind it, implying the village to be in a valley. However, in "Avatar Day", this mountain is not seen in the same spot.
  • Oyaji claims that Avatar Kyoshi has "been dead for centuries". For this to be true, she must have been dead for at least 200 years. However, Kyoshi had only been dead for 182 years when Team Avatar first visited Kyoshi Island in late 99 AG.
  • When the statue of Avatar Kyoshi is first shown, the color is significantly faded. When Aang jumps into the air, however, the color appears to be normal. The color was not restored until later in the episode.
  • When Aang exclaims, "That's me!" to the village, the rope is not tied around him.
  • When Aang shows the people of Kyoshi his marble trick while Sokka and Katara are tied to the statue of Kyoshi, Sokka's hair is drawn incorrectly.
  • When Sokka first confronts the Kyoshi Warriors, Suki is in front with the other girls behind her, but as Sokka starts to charge and Suki swings him around, the girls behind her vanish. After Sokka is tied up with his own belt, they reappear.
  • When Sokka is humiliated by Suki in the training dojo, she ties Sokka's hand to his foot with the white band he wears around his waist. In the next scene, it becomes a brown rope.
  • As Sokka is knocked to the ground a final time by Suki, there are six Kyoshi Warriors behind him. In the next shot, there are the regular five.
  • When Aang is talking to Katara in the marketplace, there is a background character who appears to be arguing with the corner of a house.
  • When Sokka goes to the training area the second time, one of the girls' arms seems to disappear behind the person that is behind her.
  • When Sokka and Suki are training, Sokka throws a fan, but in the next clip, both fans are in his belt; the same thing happened with Suki.
  • When Aang and Katara are arguing, the bottom part of Katara's braid is missing.
  • Katara mentions Zuko by name, despite none of the gang having been shown to have learned his name in previous episodes.
  • When Aang and his friends fly off to lead the Fire Nation away from Kyoshi Island, the Fire Nation ship is nowhere to be found on the shore.
  • When leaving Kyoshi Island, Sokka was looking back at the island, but in the next scene he is washing off the makeup on his face.
  • In the Finnish dub, all the references to unagi in this episode are replaced by the Finnish equivalent of fish (plural), or on one occasion, Giant Carp.
  • The Kyoshi Warriors have stripes on their arms, but they seem to disappear at times.
  • With the exception of Suki, all the Kyoshi Warriors have the same features and brown hair. Yet in "Appa's Lost Days" and "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang", the warriors are facially all different with black hair all styled differently.

Trivia

  • Aang's statement to Sokka about not needing pants where they were headed to becomes a reality later when Sokka ends up wearing a dress as part of the Kyoshi warrior uniform to be trained by Suki.
  • A very old Nickelodeon website separate from the one commonly used on this wiki for referencing called this episode "Kyoshi Island".[1]
  • The fighting style of the Kyoshi Warriors is similar to the waterbending tactic of turning their defense to offense. This is also a tactic of Ninjutsu.
  • In this episode, Sokka receives his first kiss.
  • The scene when the girls are chasing Aang is based on the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night.
  • Sokka is the first outsider to become a Kyoshi Warrior, with the second being Ty Lee.
  • When Aang is showing off for the locals, he does push-ups, switches to one-handed push-ups, and tops it with push-ups propelled only by his breath. This progression strongly resembles another show-off scene in the movie Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, which was released in 2002.

References

  1. Nick.com archives. Nickelodeon. Retrieved on January 1, 2013. Archived from the original on April 27, 2006.

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