We’ve been keeping an eye on Crunchyroll‘s Onyx Equinox here at GGA for a while now. The show’s looked promising from day one, but if there was any lingering criticism in the air, it was that it might hew a little too close to the Man of Action / Avatar: The Last Airbender style to stand out. Personally, I’ve always thought that its Aztec mythology-derived story and visual design would do that on its own. But if you’ve been more skeptical, the new “Dark Trailer,” as it’s proudly labeled on YouTube, should ease any doubts.
This is Onyx Equinox at its darkest and most shocking. It should be more than enough to shake off any lingering comparisons to other cartoons. More importantly, though, it gives us a look at some truly gnarly monster designs. We’ve had a small taste of this in prior trailers (and I maintain that those monsters look cool too), but nothing like this. In just under two minutes we’re introduced to amalgamate zombies made out of dead jaguars, gargantuan creatures with crimson skulls for faces and more. Anyone who thought Onyx Equinox would shy away from violence will be relieved too. There’s quite a lot of it in this trailer. Enough that I was genuinely surprised. It’s rare for western animation to get quite this bloody.
Narratively, the “Dark Trailer” doesn’t tell us much we don’t already know. Though it does make clear the sheer scale of the disaster that main character Izel has to contend with. A passing mention is made of a “blood shortage,” pointing to a possible catalyst for all this. All in all, it’s a really good trailer for what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting action cartoons of 2020. The premiere is less than a month out and you can bet we’ll be covering it here on GGA.
Content Warning: The trailer contains depictions of excessive bloodshed. Viewer discretion is advised.