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The protagonists from the widely successful and beloved anime-inspired American adult animated action-fantasy comedy show on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, “Tlamauichiuantin” or “Champions” (2005-2008) created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko with South Korean animation studio Studio Mir doing the animation.
The show is based on the mythologies of Mesoamerica, featuring deities of Aztec and Mayan myth, while also making references to the Olmecs. Cartoon Network’s anime block, Toonami would show reruns of all 3 seasons in the early 2010s before DiMartino and Konietzko jointly announce on their YouTube channel, Project Tlalli that a sequel chronicling an alternative take on the fate of Mesoamerica during Europe’s Age of Exploration is being produced (Tlalli being the Nahuatl word for Earth, land, or world).
The protagonists are from bottom to top: Eztli the priestess, K'awai the warrior (and main character), the tlachtli playing twins (tlachtli is a Mesoamerican sport) Chimalli & Itzcoatl, K'awai’s mentor and elite warrior/tomboy Cualli, and lastly Nochchel who is a jaguar-like emissary of of the god Tezcatlipoca and accompanies K’awai and co. on their quest. All characters in the show are voiced by native Nahuatl and Yucatec Maya speakers who also happen to speak fluent English (albeit with accents) with the exception of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the Underworld, who is voiced by Steve Blum.
That quest is to end the war between the gods of the Aztec and Mayan Overworlds (Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca, Huitzilopochtli, and Itzamná, Lord of the Mayan Heavens and Cosmos, to name the most prominent) and the gods of the Aztec and Mayan underworlds, Mictlantecuhtli and Cizin respectively. This war between the gods started when Mictlantecuhtli and Cizin started to steal blood sacrifices from the other gods, culminating in the great Mayan city of Kalakmul being leveled via a massive earthquake created by Cizin. To these ends, Huitzilopochtli, Aztec god of the Sun and war, attempts to close the gates to the Aztec underworld while Buluc Chabtan, Mayan god of war and violence, does the same to the Mayan underworld, but neither can do the deed due to said gates being made of obsidian, which is toxic against both Aztec and Mayan gods. So instead the gods of both Overworlds wage a destructive war against Mictlantecuhtli, Cizin, and their demonic forces with the mortals getting caught in the crossfire.
The creator gods of the Aztec and Mayan pantheon, Tezcatlipoca and Itzamná decide that this though this war has only just started it needs to end now otherwise there won’t be any sacrifices left for any deity.
However, neither creator god actually wants to directly intervene so Itzamná suggests finding a human, "one who has a true and infallible reason to aid us in our mission", and crown him his champion so he will close the gates before all of humanity is wiped out. Tezcatlipoca but sends his champion, the jaguar Nochchel as an emissary and protector of Itzamná’s champion.
Itzamná chooses K'awai – a boy who, along with his mentor Cualli, are the sole survivors of the “Swallowing of Kalakmul” along the way the two gather a group of brave and like-minded friends (Eztli, Chimalli, & Itzcoatl). The show is known for its very mature themes such a human sacrifice, extreme violence, nudity, swearing, and homosexuality in the case of the Chi’wai (Chimalli x K’awai) as well as its excellent use of authentic Aztec and Mayan traditional music.
It is due to the well done homosexual representation that Tlamauichiuantin is considered the first animated show with proper LGBT representation. Finally, the show was for many kids growing up watching Toonami or Adult Swim as an in-depth gateway into Mesoamerican culture with its phenomenal world building as well as the show’s post credits skit, that would premier after every episode, called “Lessons with Quetzalcoatl” wherein the feathered serpent god would teach the audience Nahuatl words, sentences, culture not covered in the show as well as teaching them how to “live like an Aztec”.
K’awai and Cualli confront Mictlantecuhtli in his true form in the season one finale as their friends fight off the god’s demonic monsters and his human devotees.