Having constructed a fame on importing, streaming, and curating anime, Crunchyroll has spent the final yr rolling out its personal slate of originals. The subsequent present, Onyx Equinox, feels prefer it may solely exist within the nexus of mature animation.
Created by Sofia Alexander, the present facilities on an Aztec boy named Izel, who finds himself on the heart of a warfare between gods. “In order to save humankind,” the official synopsis goes, “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.” Becoming a member of him on his quest are Yaotl, a jaguarlike emissary of Tezcatlipoca; Zyanya, a warrior with a robust means searching for revenge on those that destroyed her metropolis; Yun and Ok’in, two twins with distinct approaches to problem-solving; and Xanastaku, a priestess who’s turned from darkness and hopes to redeem her previous.
“Viewers of Onyx Equinox can expect an adult story, both in terms of on-screen action and the themes we tackle throughout the series,” stated Alexander in a information launch. “We’re going to journey with Izel as he is forced to save a world he doesn’t believe he has a place in, coming face to face with both the darkness in the world and within himself.”
The trailer for the sequence guarantees a mixture of excessive fantasy, Mesoamerican tradition, and express violence. Whereas the animation straddles Western and Jap traditions in a vein just like Avatar: The Final Airbender, the hacks, slashes, and bloodletting would hold anybody from mistaking the 2.
Onyx Equinox is Crunchyroll’s third unique 2020 sequence after The God of Excessive College and Tower of God, however it’s distinctive even amongst that firm. Alexander’s sequence is the primary written, designed, storyboarded, and directed utterly in-house at Crunchyroll Studios. The animatics for the present had been then despatched off to Korean studios Tiger Studio (Castlevania) and DR Film (Avatar: The Final Airbender, varied Studio Ghibli movies) for the animation manufacturing.
Onyx Equinox premieres Nov. 21 on the Crunchyroll service, and will likely be dubbed in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, and German at launch.