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Seis Manos

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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B-movie-inspired anime is violent, blends cultures.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Many of the themes presented reflect aspects of Mexican folklore and culture, while others, like good vs. evil, and vengeance, are universal. It also features 1970s stereotypes about black men, Mexicans, etc. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nobody is perfect, but while the Seis Manos are trying to live their lives according to Daoist principles, some of their enemies are guided by a Satanic force. 

Violence

Lots of martial arts fighting and gory fantasy violence. Guns are fired, people are assassinated, stabbed, burned, blown up. 

Sex

Strong innuendo, including nudity, infidelity, and sex taking place in a bedroom. 

Language

Strong language, ranging from words like "damn" and "ass," to curses like “bulls--t.” 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol is sometimes consumed; cigarette smoking is visible. References to drugs are common. A mysterious powder is being sought. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Seis Manos is a violent, adult-oriented anime series that contains stories relating to the occult. There are lots of martial arts fight sequences, as well as gory, bloody events (stabbings, cutting off of body parts, etc.), as well as strong sexual innuendo, nudity, and other mature content. It also taps into stereotypes that are common in 1970s exploitation movies.

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What's the story?

SEIS MANOS (translation: Six Hands) is an original Netflix anime series about a group of Daoist fighters in 1970s Mexico fighting an occult-worshipping crime organization. When twelve year old Domingo (Carlos Luna) stumbles upon a dojo in the sleepy town of San Simon, he meets a trio of martial arts fighters, including Isabela (Aislinn Derbez), (Jonny Cruz), and a troubled mute fighter call they call Silencio. But when Chui (Vic Chao), their mentor Kung-Fu master, is murdered, the trio is caught up in a crime investigation headed up by Federale Officer García (Angélica Vale), who is working with American DEA agent Brister (Mike Colter). While the government agents are hoping to bring down the crime syndicate, starting with its leader, El Balde (Danny Trejo), the Seis Manos are seeking to avenge their Master’s death. 

Is it any good?

This action-packed animated series combines the fighting elements of Japanese anime with themes drawn from Mexican folklore as it follows the criminal activity and investigation of a Mexican crime organization. But while the concept may be unique for an anime series, the overall story world is presented in a way that is reminiscent of a gritty 1970s B-film, complete with overdramatic flashbacks, over-the-top slasher sequences, and two-dimensional stereotypical characters. But somehow Seis Manos manages to tie these exploitation film characteristics together to create something that is highly entertaining, if not mentally stimulating. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a good anime series? Is it the animation style? The storylines? The action sequences? 

  • In the 1970s B movies, also known as exploitation films, were common. Why? What specific aspects of Seis Manos are reminiscent of these films?

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For kids who love anime

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