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Is there any clear description as to how Aang survived for 100 years inside of the iceberg?

Can Avatars do that? If they can, then why didn't the other Avatars stay alive for long time periods? And whatever was the case, how did Aapa stay alive too?

  • There was previously some discussion in the comments here (cf. meta.anime.stackexchange.com/q/157) about whether or not AtLA is "anime"; the current state of affairs is that it is "anime enough" for this site. – senshin Feb 14 '17 at 22:22
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From Avatar Wiki:

However, Aang later discovered that he would be sent to the Eastern Air Temple in order to complete his airbending training far away from Monk Gyatso, whom the other monks thought was too soft on him. Afraid and confused, the young airbender ran away with his flying bison, Appa, though they became caught in a storm shortly after, which caused them to crash into the water. Aang saved himself and Appa from drowning by semi-consciously entering the Avatar State and freezing them both in a sphere of ice through a combination of airbending and waterbending. The Avatar State kept him alive, albeit not fully conscious, in the iceberg for about a hundred years while the war raged on.

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    Nice answer, even though Avatar isn't Anime. – VISQL Feb 17 '13 at 6:18
  • "The Avatar State kept him alive, albeit not fully conscious, in the iceberg for about a hundred years while the war raged on." is unsourced :( – BCLC May 24 '15 at 19:38
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In the Avatar universe, much like in the Futurama, Frozen or Once Upon a Time universes, some people who are frozen under certain conditions have their metabolism pause.

In A:TLA, Aang, after freezing himself and Appa, is sustained through the Avatar State according to this currently unsourced portion of Aang's page in Avatar Wikia:

The Avatar State kept him alive, albeit not fully conscious, in the iceberg for about a hundred years while the war raged on.

I am guessing the Avatar State also sustains Appa.

This does not happen in real life but is seen in much fantasy and scifi.

Further reading

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The Avatar cant age all because he was in the Avatar state when he wrapped himself up with the iceberg

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