Yesterday VIZ Media announced that they will be producing their first original anime series. In partnership with Netflix, Seis Manos is set to launch globally on Netflix in 2019.
In addition to VIZ Media, development and production on Seis Manos will be handled by Powerhouse Animation, Inc., the studio behind Netflix’s popular anime series Castlevania. It is co-created by Powerhouse CEO Brad Graeber and writer Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series). Dan Dominguez (Captain Underpants, Spongebob Squarepants, Crash and Bernstein) is on board as a writer on the series, and Willis Bulliner (Agents of Mayhem, storyboards on Netflix’s Castlevania) is set to direct.
“With over 30 years of experience bringing the best manga and anime to North America, Seis Manos will be VIZ Media’s first original animated property. We’re thrilled to bring Seis Manos to life with our partners at Netflix and Powerhouse Animation,” says Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer, VIZ Media. “This show combines the absolute best in action and storytelling.”
Seis Manos is set in Mexico in the 1970s and follows the story of three orphaned martial arts experts who, after their mentor is murdered, join forces with a DEA agent and a Mexican Federale.
“We’re excited to be working with such a fantastic group of animators and storytellers to produce our first original anime series set in Mexico,” said John Derderian, Director of Japan & Anime for Netflix. “Our Mexican subscribers, and viewers in Latin America more broadly, have a tremendous passion for anime. We look forward to sharing this completely unique series with them, and with the growing community of anime fans around the world,” added Derderian.
I’ve not yet seen Castlevania – though it is on my list of shows to watch – but having seen a bunch of Netflix’s other original programming, and knowing the kind of content that VIZ Media puts out, I have no reason to believe that Seis Manos won’t be an amazing show. I’m looking forward to checking it out when it releases next year.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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