A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's an anime series that features cultural and mythical practices of the ancient people of Mesoamerica, mainly from the Aztecs. Sibling love, the hero's journey, and other themes are present.
Positive Role Models
The human cast is from various regions of Mesoamerica. Izel and his sister are committed to each other. Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca are both brothers and rivals (like most gods), and the harm they cause humans is often inconsequential to them. People own slaves from other regions.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of bloody fantasy violence, including gory scenes of people covered in blood, getting injured, missing limbs, being killed, committing suicide, and having their necks slashed as part of ritualistic human sacrifices. Physical fights, the use of weapons, and the mythical powers of gods are also shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is some nudity (bare bottoms and breasts) as part of human sacrifices and other rituals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Onyx Equinox is an adult-oriented anime series set in ancient Mesoamerican history, and features some of the mythology and cultural practices of the time. There is lots of fantasy violence, including gory scenes of people covered in blood, missing limbs, committing suicide, and having necks slashed as part of ritualistic human sacrifices. Physical fights, the use of weapons, and the mythical powers of gods are also shown. Some characters own slaves. There's some nudity (bare breasts and bottoms) as part of human sacrifices and other rituals.
Is It Any Good?
This mythical anime series offers an entertaining story that is steeped in Mesoamerican history, culture, and and its complex mythology. Those familiar with it will have an easier time of understanding the cultural nuances being presented here, especially when gods like Tezcatlipoca appear as their naguales (animal disguises). But the overall premise, which is, in essence, an adaptation of the hero's journey, can be universally understood.
The fantasy world Onyx Equinox presents is decidedly rooted in Western culture. There are some generic components of the traditional adult-oriented anime series, including violence, nudity, and insect-like creatures and beings. But the visual effects are a little rough around the edges, and English dubbing is clunky. Nonetheless, it's a captivating story, and if you can move past the fact that it's a little ragged in places, you'll likely find it's worthy of your time.
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