Anime meets Mexican mythology with the new Mexime Netflix original series Seis Manos
SEIS MANOS offers the very best in storytelling and action, with an incredible voice cast and a unique Latin American storyline rarely seen in animation. We’re thrilled to partner with Netflix and Powerhouse to share this incredible new series with fans.Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer, VIZ Media
Seis Manos (Six Hands) is the story of Silencio, Isabella (Aislinn Derbez) and Jesus (Jonny Cruz) three orphans living in the fairy tale village of San Simon who were adopted by Chiu the Daoist Martial Arts Master (Vic Chiu). Chiu taught them all he knows (or did he?) but life intrudes when an orphan child Domino (Carlos Luna) hides at the homestead from the police after stealing a mango. It’s a domino effect when Silencio, Isabella and Jesus are dealing with childhood trauma and hiding from the world but all that is shattered when their father is brutally murdered by a strange intruder. They are joined by Garcia, Mexican Federale (Angelica Vale) and Brister, the DEA Agent (Mike Colter) to fight a lawless drug cartel led by El Balde (Danny Trejo) that has ties to Silencio and the supernatural in the eight episode series.
My take: I liked the ode to 70’s Kung Fu action movies with a new cultural spin to it and the mythology appeals to my inner and out blerd. It’s not ‘my Saturday’ morning cartoons I grew up with no this is more adult with themes of family, drugs, revenge, mommy issues and monstrous creatures that are hard as hell to kill. It reminds me of Grindhouse and the animation makes it stand out from most anime. Some may not like the look but I believe it enriches the ‘out of time’ story and enriches the story visually. The Kung Fu looks great, loved the representation in voice casting, diversity of characters & body types, the new mythology of Mexican witches and the writing.
This is VIZ Media’s first original animated series and was developed/produced with Powerhouse Animation Studios (Federator Studios Castlevania). The new original Netflix series from VIZ Media LLC was co-created by Powerhouse Animation Studios CEO Brad Graeber (Supervising Producer, Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA) and writer Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series). Noted screenwriter Daniel Dominguez (Oishi High School Battle, Captain Underpants) is an additional writer on the series, which is directed by Willis Bulliner (Agents of Mayhem). The series is streaming now in English and Spanish audio and multiple subtitle language.
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About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular SHONEN JUMP brand and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.