'The Idhun Chronicles' Preview: Netflix's first Spanish original anime shows a necromancer's journey to Earth
While Japan may have perfected the art of anime, it is by no means exclusive to the country. Anime has sparked imaginations worldwide, and this September, Netflix is releasing its first Spanish original anime series, 'The Chronicles of Idun', based on the popular Spanish novels by Laura Gallego. The anime has been adapted for Netflix, co-written by Laura Gallego and Andrés Carrión, and it features a power-hungry necromancer from the fantastic realm of Idun about to make his way over to Earth.
For ages, the realms of Idhun and Earth have been separated, but when the three Suns and three Moons over Idhun align, the barriers between the realms weakens, and those with the power and knowledge necessary to traverse the realms begin to do so. The series follows the story of two children, Jack and Victoria, who become targets in a prophecy set down by the Six Gods of Idhun themselves. The Seventh God, however, has other plans and has sent Kirtash to assassinate whoever needs killing in order to prevent the prophecy from coming to pass. The series, produced by Zeppelin, has been in the works for two years. It is a short initial season of five episodes, all directed by Maite Ruiz de Austri, who has won two Goya Awards for Best Animated Film in addition to several nominations for the same. 'The Chronicles of Idun' makes her the first woman to direct an anime series in Spain.
The official synopsis for the series reads, "The day the three Suns and three Moons came together in alignment over Idhun, Ashran, the necromancer, seized power and the reign of the winged snakes started. The first battle for Idhun's freedom takes place on Earth, where Jack and Victoria fight to stop Kirtash, an assassin sent by Ashran to destroy the idhunites who escaped from his tyranny. However, without knowing it Jack and Victoria are part of a prophecy that will intertwine their destinies in a story full of love and hate that will unchain duels to death and also build unexpected alliances."
You can watch the trailer below, which introduces the main characters for the series:
'The Idhun Chronicles' premieres on Netflix on Thursday, September 10.