Thursday, September 8, 2011

Review: Supernatural the Animation (2011)

Supernatural the Animation (2011) is a Japanese horror mystery anime based on the popular television live-action series, Spernatural, by Eric Kopke. The fist season consisted of 22 episodes, covering the first two seasons of the original live-action series. The anime explores the Winchester brothers' (Sam and Dean) childhoods and later expands upon secondary characters and anime-only enemies that were not covered previously in the live-action version. Sam and Dean hunt ghosts, creatures, vampires, demons and other supernatural phenomena across the United States.

After watching all 22 episodes, I was very pleased with the anime version. It expanded on the live-action series, exploring more details about the brothers' history and adding more plot development to key live-action events. Dean and Sam are designed exactly like the original live-action actors. I never got bored with the anime, which delivered greater artistic expression during action-packed scenes. The ending theme song (ding Theme: "Carry on my Wayward Son" by Naoki Takao) is sung in English with a very catchy tune. Overall, it made me appreciate why Supernatural has such a huge cult following on the CWTV after six seasons.

In the English dubbed version, Jared Padalecki officially signed on to voice Sam, which makes the anime feel as authentic as the original. Warner Home Video will release the Blu-ray and DVD box sets of the anime series (Japanese and English dubbed) on July 26, 2011 in North America. I highly recommend this series to hardcore fans. Viewers who are new to the show should watch the original live-action version before they start the animated series. Stay tuned for future updates if a second animated series is available in the future.

UPDATE: The seventh season of the live-action version will air on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 9:00pm Easter Time on the CWTV.

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