Seis Manos Review


Viewer Discretion Advised! The following show contains graphic material

Set in the modest fictional border town of San Simon, Mexico, Chinese martial artist, and devout Daoist Chiu has been raising and training three orphans in his own home. Isabela, Jesus and Silencio. Chiu trains the trio in different forms of martial arts to better their minds and body. However, the lives come crushing down when the town is attacked monsters. Throwing the trio into a life and death battle.

I was excited to start this anime because of the representation of my culture. The anime takes place in Mexico and follows three orphans. The characters are dynamic and the relationships between the characters is interesting. Moreover, the animation style is not as good as some other animes, but it has more of an older feel to it. Furthermore, the music is distinctly Mexican and Chinese in style, which can be occasionally inharmonious as it switches back and forth. The dialogue in the series can seem a bit crude and cheesy but I find it charming and. This is the type of show that matures and blossoms before your very eyes.

This anime has a strong focus on Santa Muerte (Lady Death). For those who don’t know; Santa Muerte is regarded as a cult-like deity, and folk saint in Mexican neo-paganism and folk Catholicism. In regard to the Catholic Church, worshipping Santa Muerte is considered blasphemy; however, there are many people who worship this saint. There is a belief among those who worship the saint that she will grant your wish but for a price. I cannot confirm or deny this belief. However, Santa Muerte is associated with healing, protection, financial wellbeing, and assurance of a path to the afterlife. These associations play a strong role in the anime since the villain worships Santa Muerte. Overall, this is a great show to sit down and watch. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


References

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/growing-devotion-santa-muerte-u-s-abroad-n275856


https://hemisphericinstitute.org/en/emisferica-13-1-states-of-devotion/13-1-essays/santa-muerte-saint-of-the-dispossessed-enemy-of-church-and-state.html


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41804243


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Muerte

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