Crunchyroll’s violent, new epic Onyx Equinox brings Mesoamerican culture to animation

Onyx Equinox, the third Original production by anime-distributor Crunchyroll, is a blood-spilling animated fantasy series steeped into the temples, gods, and rituals of Mesoamerican history and mythology.

Creator Sofia Alexander, previously a storyboard artist for Infinity Train, tells Polygon, “I hope that the love I have for Mexico and our culture and heritage is translated correctly.” Alexander grew up in the Mexican southern state of Quintana Roo, the home of Mayan ruins, and spent her early years surrounded by Mesoamerican iconography.

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She was initially nervous to pitch Onyx Equinox, which started as a comic, because of the scarcity of Mesoamerican-related animation, with Victor and Valentino being one of the few exceptions.
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