INTERIEW: ‘Seis Manos,’ Representation, and Animation with Alvaro Rodriguez

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Promotional image of Seis Manos, written by Alvaro Rodriguez

Seis Manos marks the first major adult animation centered on a Latinx story, specifically a Mexican story. Set in 1970s Mexico, Seis Manos revolves around three orphans trained in Chinese martial arts, Isabela (Aislinn Derbez), Jesus (Jonny Cruz), and Silencio. When their mentor is killed, they join forces with an American DEA agent, played by Mike Colter and a Mexican police officer (Angélica Vale) to avenge their master’s murder. Coming next week on October 3rd, I have been excited for this series since it was announced. This week, I got a chance to speak with series co-creator, executive producer, and writer Alvaro Rodriguez to discuss the series and get ready for its release.

Here, Alvaro Rodriguez dives into the influences from exploitation cinema and how it allows writers and creators to “smuggle” larger themes into their work under the guise of action and comedy. We also get a chance to talk about the important step that this series and Cannon Busters serves, and how these stories would probably not be getting the spotlight without Netflix and Viz Media’s collaboration. So sit back, hit play, and get ready to dive into the world of Seis Manos. 

Seis Manos airs exclusively on Netflix on October 3, 2019.

Follow Alavaro Rodriguez on Twitter, @alrodz.