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Janet and Dante are joined once again by Bryan Konietzko to talk about one of his favorite episodes! Expect a ton of great insider info for this recap and discussion surrounding the mysterious “City of Walls and Secrets,” Episode 14 of Book Two of ATLA. Explore Ba Sing Se under the watchful eye of Joo Dee as more and more walls and rings of the city are revealed… to some degree. But many secrets remain, and Janet, Dante and Bryan dig into them all! Plus: listen up for an important message about a new school of etiquette founded by an unlikely character!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Meet two wonderful friends of the podcast, who also happen to work at Avatar Studios! Janet and Dante welcome Isabella Boettcher and Pramodh Manian for a chat about their work at Avatar Studios, how they discovered the Avatarverse, and some of their favorite moments in Book Two of ATLA! Find which Avatar character Isabella would go on a vacation with… and her answer may surprise you! Learn which character Pramodh would feel most comfortable loaning money to, and why! All this and more with two of our favorite folks who happen to spend their days working with our Two Dads.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week brings you our happy return to NYCC (where Janet and Dante recorded their first live, in-person episode last year)! Because NYCC 2021 was such a blast, we know we had to turn it up a notch— and you were there for it! Recorded on October 6th, 2022, Janet and Dante were joined by guest after extraordinary guest! From an in-depth conversation with David Burtka and Robbie Daymond about the marvels of the Avatarverse to a table read including Michaela Jill Murphy (Toph!!) and Greg Baldwin (Iroh!!), this packed show even finished off with trivia and prizes for fans. Thank you, New York Comic Con!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Friend of the show Karama Horne returns to dig into “The Drill!” As a giant drill threatens to breach the walls of Ba Sing Se, Team Avatar has to figure out if it’ll be possible to stop it in time. Not if Azula, Ty Lee and Mai have anything to say about it! Well… at least Azula and Ty Lee. Janet, Dante and Karama applaud everyone’s efforts and appreciate the detail and design of the infamous Drill. And speaking of design… Karama delights everyone by speculating on what clothing designers Mai would wear IRL. Don’t get caught in the slurry!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It’s Janet and Dante live at London Fan Expo, recorded this summer! Our Braving The Elements hosts rounded up hundreds of Avatar fans for a delightful discussion across the pond. This conversation, led by Janet and Dante featuring some truly fantastic questions from the audience, once again proves how insightful, charming, and enthusiastic the community of ATLA lovers truly is. And find out if Dante got some love of the Fire Nation from our U.K. friends!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Find out if you're brave enough to cross “The Serpent’s Pass” with our special guests, podcasters Afiya Augustine and Vincent Bernard! Join Janet and Dante in welcoming Afiya and Vincent for a very suspenseful ATLA episode. They don’t call it “The Serpent’s Pass” for nothing! This week also brings a lively conversation surrounding the difficult task of picking most valuable bending, our guests’ favorite ships, and how to keep falling in love with the Avatarverse over and over again... in new ways through the years.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week we talk Avatarverse, voice acting and directing, and more with Critical Role’s Sam Riegel! Sam sits down with Janet and Dante to talk not just about what makes "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "The Legend of Korra" so special to Sam and his kids, but also what makes a great voice actor and how he approaches voice directing. From his early friendship with Janet through the sketch comedy world to the roleplaying empire he and his Critical Role mates have built with an amazing fandom, there’s a lot to learn in this ep… including what an “infinite monkey" is!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Get ready for one of our quenchiest episodes, with returning super-guest Jason Mantzoukas! Jason’s back with Janet and Dante to talk about the both very stressful and very funny ATLA episode “The Desert,” in which some pivotal actions take place. Who is The White Lotus society? Where is Appa? And what should fans of Braving the Elements be called? All this and much more, so stay hydrated and avoid the buzzard wasps!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
One of the most amazing things about the Avatarverse is the creativity it inspires in its fandom, as shown by this week’s guests, Daniel Mertzlufft and Katherine Lynn Rose! Janet and Dante are joined by these two innovative, collaborative content creators to talk about how they were inspired by "Avatar:The Last Airbender" and where that inspiration took their own artistic creations. Social media blew up over the songs they wrote and recorded, which collectively garnered millions of views. And... the gang comes up with a few brand new ideas during the episode!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Take a trip with Janet, Dante, and their special guest Phil Yu... to the “The Library!” Will Team Avatar find a way to defeat the Fire Nation, using information guarded by a giant owl spirit? Can Toph save the day? And what will happen to Appa? Phil Yu (Founder and Editor of Angry Asian Man) helps Janet and Dante navigate the plot twists and turns of this exciting ATLA episode!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It’s a family affair for this special midseason game of Avatarverse superfans! Our Season One player Abby Abebefe is back to once again test her ATLA knowledge, but this time she’s brought two of her sisters with her! Janet and Dante welcome Abisola and Ayosola Abebefe to Braving the Elements for the first time, challenging all three sisters to discover who knows the most about the Avatarverse. Guess the answers as you listen along, and let us know how YOU did!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
"Bitter Work"

"Bitter Work"

2022-09-2038:29

“Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source.” It’s an episode full of Uncle Iroh wisdom! Janet and Dante delve into ATLA’s “Bitter Work” this week, following the progress (or lack thereof) of a certain Avatar and his certain Earthbending Master, as well as training of a different sort between Iroh and Zuko. Along the way, we discover a connection between water and lightning, fire and rage, and Sokka and a very cute sabertooth moose lion cub.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Fandom Crossover

Fandom Crossover

2022-09-1345:43

One of our favorite things about the Avatarverse is when people from fandoms we love happen to love "The Last Airbender!” This week Janet and Dante are joined by Major Curda (“KPOP" The Broadway Musical) and Lex Mayson (“Joe vs. Carole") for a roundtable discussion about what makes ATLA so beloved, including the ways it helps propel us forward to follow our own artistic passions. And as always with our guests, we talk hybrid animals, ships, and bending!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
San Diego ComicCon '22

San Diego ComicCon '22

2022-09-0639:17

We’re back at San Diego Comic Con for another LIVE podcast recording! This time, Braving the Elements is joined by not one but TWO beloved voice actors: Jack DeSena (Sokka) and Phil LaMarr (Kuei the Earth King).Join us for an exclusive listen to our panel from this past July. Expect from thrilling conversations with our Avatar VOs, breaking Avatar Studios news, and of course - a dynamic table read featuring fans and friends alike of some iconic scenes from Book 2 (and beyond). With our amazing fans and friends in the room, this panel is anything but rough, buddy.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week brings us the exciting ATLA episode “The Chase”— and Erika Ishii is along for the ride! Janet and Dante welcome the marvelous actor/performer/cosplayer Erika Ishii, who brings her love of the Avatarverse into the frame as the trio breaks down the many aspects of “The Chase.” Find out whose “fault” it is that Azula, Mai and Ty Lee keep successfully tracking Team Avatar, and does that really cause the rift in this episode? Because Janet, Erica and Dante (and probably YOU!) all know what happens without enough sleep, and… watch out!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What happens when the Avatarverse makes friends with the amazing Dark Horse Comics world? Brilliance on the page!This week Janet and Dante spend time with friend of the show Tim Hedrick, who talks with them about the expansion of the ATLA television series into the Dark Horse realm, resulting in phenomenal graphic novels, delightful comic books, and more! Whether you’re a longtime fan of the books or just dipping a toe in for the first time, this is a great overview of ways to experience Avatar beyond the screen.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week, Zuko is anything BUT alone, since Dante and Janet are joined by ATLA superfan Adal Rifai for “Zuko Alone!” It’s the episode (and episode title) that would end up launching future iconic storylines (“Suki Alone,” “Korra Alone”) and Adal Rifai (Hello From the Magic Tavern, Hey Riddle Riddle podcasts) is here for the deep dive! Find out more than ever before about Zuko’s troubled childhood, including his relationship with Azula, Ozai, and his beloved mother. Oh— and… TURTLE DUCKS!!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Continuing our celebration of all things Toph Beifong, Janet and Dante welcome Michaela Jill Murphy (aka Jessie Flower), the original voice of Toph! Find out more about the real-life personality behind one of the biggest personalities in the Avatarverse as we sit down with Michaela to hear more about her life before and after joining the cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender, how much the young Jessie Flower (Michaela’s stage name) could relate to Toph’s bold and original characteristics, and what it’s meant to interact with fans in the recent resurgence of people discovering and re-discovering the Avatarverse!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Janet and Dante reconnect with their “two dads” to hear more about Toph’s origin story! A character as iconic as Toph deserves a whole episode about how she came to be! Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko reminisce about their original concept designs for Toph and how they evolved during the collaborative process with writers and animators, as well as their memories of Jessie Flowers (aka Michaela Jill Murphy) — the voice is behind fan-favorite Toph lines like “Twinkle Toes!"See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
To usher in the first truly Toph-centric ATLA episode, Janet and Dante welcome “The Blind Bandit” director Ethan Spaulding! Ethan’s debut appearance on Braving the Elements includes great insights about the powerhouse that is Toph Beifong, as well as some fantastic behind-the-scenes trivia about the making of this seminal episode. With Ethan’s insider knowledge around all things Earth Rumble Six, discussion about Toph’s family dynamics, and much more, this BTE episode gets the Toph celebration kicked off with gusto!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Comments (17)

Benjamin Allred

I also totally agreed with Dante when he said Aunt Wu is like the Oracle from The Matrix. She tells them exactly what they need to hear.

Nov 24th
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Benjamin Allred

My fan theory about the cool guy that lets them in to see Aunt Wu is a member of the Order of the White Lotus, just keeping tabs on that part of the world.

Nov 24th
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David Todd

this totally rocks....and airs...and waters...and fires.

Sep 25th
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Alexis Jamal

Zhao calls him the blue spirit in later episodes.

May 22nd
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Nuqady

Tacoma baybeeeeee!

May 3rd
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Alexis Jamal

So excited!

Apr 25th
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Nuqady

I WAS THERE!!!!

Apr 12th
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SHIN YUSKE

never got Zhao voice actor on is criminal.

Mar 17th
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SHIN YUSKE

wow my favorite episode this far!!!

Sep 12th
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SplitSniper7

I loved every second of this and absolutely want more.

Aug 31st
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Sammy Hart

Really enjoying this, good dynamic between both of you and your guests.

Aug 10th
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Ashley Jenneman

I am so excited for this!!! I can't wait to see them get all the other actors and everyone on here and just talk about Avatar and Korra.

Jul 7th
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Dryad “X'Nedra” P

great first episode. I hope the discussion balances out, as in Dante talks more but great start.

Jun 23rd
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Ian Cummings

YES!

Jun 22nd
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Eddie L Gloria

fiiinally!!!

Jun 22nd
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Nana Gasimova

yaaay, finally🤩🤩

Jun 22nd
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Niall ナイル

hype !

Jun 22nd
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