The latest Crunchyroll Original series Onyx Equinox will premiere on the streaming platform this Saturday, November 21 at 1 PM PT.
The upcoming animated series follows a young Aztec boy named Izel. He will journey across ancient Mesoamerica to save humanity from the gods.
The official description reads:
The gods are at war for the future of humanity, and an Aztec boy named Izel finds himself caught in the middle of their dangerous game. In order to save humankind, he must complete an impossible task–closing the five gates to the underworld. Izel reluctantly agrees, but only after learning his quest will also correct a terrible tragedy.
His journey to become humanity’s champion will be one of hope and despair, of trust and betrayal, where Izel must confront his own darkness and decide if the human race–with all its flaws and contradictions–is worth saving.
Here’s the official trailer! I’m digging the soundtrack!
I am so here for different cultures and mythologies being featured in animated content. Encouraging viewers to learn more about the cultural inspirations behind Onyx Equinox was also one of the aims shared by creator and showrunner Sofia Alexander.
For anime fans, I want them to view Onyx Equinox the way they experienced some of their first anime, like for example, Naruto or Inu-Yasha. Both those series are deeply connected with Japanese culture, history, and mythology. Even if you know nothing about Japanese culture, you connect with the characters and their emotions and struggles, and you become more familiar as you watch, and become more interested in learning about those things. I hope that you have the same draw to mesoamerican culture as well.
For fans of Western animation, I hope they see the appeal of action-drama animation for adults.
For Mexican fans, I hope they feel at home watching this series and recognize some of the locations we visit. Lots of Latin Americans grew up on anime, so I hope they feel seen in some way by this series, and feel inspired to tell their own stories from their own experiences.
Here’s the character trailer!
If you’re interested in seeing how bloody and violent this show will get, check out this trailer!
According to CBR, Izel is be voiced by Olivia Brown and Yaotl by Alejandro Vargas-Lugo. Sofia Alexander voiced Izel’s weapon K’i’ik. The cast also includes Carolina Ravassa, Patrick Pedraza, Juan Arturo Maldonado, Castulo Guerra, Kimberly Woods, Arin Hanson, Zeus Mendoza, and Fayna Sanchez.
Remember, Onyx Equinox will premiere this Saturday, November 21 at 1 PM PT only on Crunchyroll.
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(Source – Press release)
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