The Idhun Chronicles

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The Idhun Chronicles
The Idhun Chronicles poster.jpg
Spanish promotional poster
SpanishMemorias de Idhún
Genre
Based onThe Idhún's Memories
by Laura Gallego
Developed by
  • Laura Gallego
  • Andrés Carrión
Screenplay by
  • Laura Gallego
  • Andrés Carrión
Directed byMaite Ruiz de Austri
Voices of
Composer(s)Kaelo Del Río
Country of originSpain
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Alexis Barroso
  • Pilar Blasco
Editor(s)Javier Cuesta
Running time26 minutes
Production company(s)Zeppelin TV
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10) –
present

The Idhun Chronicles[1] (Spanish: Memorias de Idhún) is a Spanish anime-style fantasy web series produced by Zeppelin TV for Netflix. It is based on The Idhún's Memories book saga by Laura Gallego.

The series was released globally on September 10, 2020.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

After necromancer Ashran seizes power in Idhún, enforcing his reign of terror through an army of flying snakes, the first battle for the land's freedom will take place on the Earth, where impulsive teenager Jack and aspiring wizard Victoria will face dangerous assassin Kirtash, sent by Ashran to Earth to destroy the Idhunites who fled his tyranny.

Voice cast[edit]

Spanish[edit]

English[edit]

Production[edit]

The series was first announced back in February 2019 by Netflix[4] and was originally set to have 10 episodes in its first season.[5] Author Laura Gallego stated that it would cover the entire first volume La Resistencia (The Resistance).[5]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [6]
1"Limbhad"
(Limbhad)
Maite Ruiz de AustriLaura Gallego and Andrés CarriónSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)
Jack is unaware of his connection to Idhun until powerful beings attack his family and kill his parents.
2"You're Not Yet Ready"
(No estás preparado)
Maite Ruiz de AustriLaura Gallego and Andrés CarriónSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)
After Kirtash tries to attack Victoria on Earth, Jack decides to make himself useful for the Resistance, but Alsan worries he could endanger the mission.
3"The Staff of Ayshel"
(El báculo de Ayshel)
Maite Ruiz de AustriLaura Gallego and Andrés CarriónSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)
Kirtash lures the Resistance into a trap, forcing them to make a tough choice in order to save Alsan's life.
4"Rescue Plans"
(Planes de rescate)
Maite Ruiz de AustriLaura Gallego and Andrés CarriónSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)
Shail oversees Jack and Victoria's progress as they master their powers.
5"Come With Me"
(Ven conmigo)
Maite Ruiz de AustriLaura Gallego and Andrés CarriónSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)
With the Resistance in disarray, Jack searches for Alsan and Victoria vows revenge. But Kirtash has other ideas.

Controversy[edit]

Laura Gallego, the writer of the books the series is based on, who also contributed in the show's development, wrote a short statement on her personal website objecting to the substitution of previously cast professional voice actors by more popular actors who, save for Michelle Jenner, generally lacked experience in dubbing.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its debut, The Idhun Chronicles was met with mixed to negative reception among critics.

Mikel Zorrilla of Espinof criticized the voice acting, advising readers to switch to the "much more consistent" English dub: "What really makes it difficult to take the story seriously is the disconnect among the voices. It's as if each of [the voice actors] gave it a different approach, without any kind of harmony among them, which makes even the very competent Michelle Jenner seem out of place because none of the other voices fit in, individually or as a whole." He also stated: "Its possible grand spectacle nature is presented in a somewhat restrained way. At half throttle."[8]

John Serba of Decider advised viewers to "skip it", claiming that the show doesn't stand out among Netflix's other anime offerings: "There are hundreds of anime series out there, many on Netflix, and The Idhun Chronicles seems destined to be no more than yet another one among the many". He also criticized a lack of charisma among the characters and the excessive amount of exposition in the pilot.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Netflix: The Idhun Chronicles Launches On Sept 10". Netflix Media Center. 13 August 2020.
  2. ^ Zorrilla, Mikel (13 August 2020). "'Memorias de Idhún': tráiler y fecha de estreno del esperado anime de Netflix basado en las novelas de Laura Gallego". Espinof (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  3. ^ Rodera, Alejandro (13 August 2020). "'Memorias de Idhún': Itzan Escamilla, Michelle Jenner y Carlos Cuevas fichan por la serie de Netflix". FormulaTV (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Netflix Announces Five New Spanish Original Series". Netflix Media Center. 6 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b Gallego, Laura. "Memorias de Idhún, nueva serie de animación en Netflix". lauragallego.com. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  6. ^ "The Idhun Chronicles – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  7. ^ Gallego, Laura. "Sobre el doblaje en castellano de la serie Memorias de Idhún". lauragallego.com. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  8. ^ Zorrilla, Mikel (10 September 2020). "'Memorias de Idhún': una aventura a medio gas para Netflix que mejora con el doblaje en inglés". Espinof (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  9. ^ Serba, John (10 September 2020). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'The Idhun Chronicles' on Netflix, a Dragons-and-Unicorns Fantasy Anime Among Many". Decider. Retrieved 11 September 2020.

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