Words can hardly describe the excitement I feel for Onyx Equinox!
“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.”
The creator of the series, Sofia Alexander gave statements about what she wants the viewers to experience:
“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. “
“Onyx Equinox” premieres this Saturday, November 21 at 1 PM PT only on Crunchyroll. This is a series you’ll want to check out as it finally brings much-needed respect and attention to the fantastic lore that is Mesoamerican. Seeing a lot of real-life locations in the show, watching the main characters have rich, dark skin tones, and having the creator be Latinx is so beautiful. Representation truly does matter and in this case, it is my representation because I am a fourth-generation Mexican-American with dark brown skin and I rarely find myself in pop culture. This means the world to me!
Needless to say, I’ll be watching this series and hope you will as well!