Netflix is heading to Mexico for a new original anime series, Seis Manos.
Produced by VIZ Media, the anime is set in 1970s and centres on three orphaned martial arts warriors who join forces with a DEA agent and a Mexican Federale to battle for justice, after their beloved mentor is murdered on the streets of their tiny border town.
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine Weekly Shonen Jump and blockbuster properties such as Naruto, Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon and Pokemon, VIZ has an extensive library of titles and content and is owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies. In addition to VIZ, development and production of Seis Manos will be handled by Powerhouse Animation, Inc., which produced the Netflix original anime Castlevania.
The series is co-created by Powerhouse CEO Brad Graeber and writer Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series). Also a writer on the series is Dan Dominguez (Captain Underpants, Spongebob Squarepants, Crash and Bernstein), and the series will be directed by Willis Bulliner (Agents of Mayhem, storyboards on Netflix’s Castlevania).
“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.”
“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,” adds 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,” comments Derderian.
Seis Manos will premiere on Netflix worldwide in 2019.