Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 23, 2011 to Apr 27, 2011
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.411 (scored by 2341 users)
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SynopsisBased on the live-action CW show Supernatural, the anime will be a 22-episode season that will cover the storyline of the live-action version's first two seasons.
The anime project will not only remake the best episodes from the live-action version, but also depict original episodes not seen in the live-action version. Those original episodes will include prologues of the Winchester brothers' childhood, anime-only enemies, and episodes featuring secondary characters from the live-action version.
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Before starting, I should note that I am a fan of the TV series, but I will review the anime as a standalone piece. I will put myself in the shoes of someone, who has never heard of Supernatural and evaluate its merits and faults from there.
The story is simple and easy to follow. It is about Sam and Dean, two brothers who hunt demons and evil spirits. Most of the episodes are following the “monster of the week” formula… but there is a general plotline that advances slowly throughout the series. There is also a main villain and the Winchester brothers have a personal score to settle with him. Unfortunately, there are a few filler episodes with weak story and unoriginal enemies.
The personalities and the interaction between the two brothers makes the difference between Supernatural and other similar TV and animated series. Sam and Dean are not perfect and flawless superheroes, they are normal persons. They can make mistakes, they can be paranoid, confused or angry and they always argue with each other. Because of that, they are a more realistic type of protagonists and the viewers can relate more to their problems and challenges.
Sound and animation: 8/10
The animation is decent, but not perfect. Some things bothered me, like the awkward looking faces… but if you deal with demons, your face will probably look strange too. There are also some good ideas, like the excessive use of black ink in every frame, which creates nice contrast and the camera movement during some of the action or driving sequences, which almost makes you feel the action. The music includes some nice and slow themes, which create mysterious atmosphere. The good sound effects (like the Impala’s engine) and the occasional scary noises enhance the whole experience and should also be praised.
Supernatural has interesting heroes (and villains) and manages to create a scary and tense atmosphere, through good use of sound effects and music. There are a few great and very dramatic episodes with some interesting plot twists. The ending is above the average. It leaves the story open, but also gives some sense of completion. What hurt the whole experience is the lower quality of the stories created especially for the anime. I also expected Supernatural to be a bit darker and scarier.
If you are not familiar with the series, the flashbacks in the beginning would be confusing and meaningless. However, little by little the background story and the important details are explained. Basically, Supernatural feels more or less complete on its own and watching the TV series before starting the anime is not an absolute must. It may even have a negative effect, as some fans of the TV series hate the anime, because “it is not exactly the same”. You can be smart and ignore them. Supernatural is a great series for any fan of the mystery/horror anime.
I watched the first episode after following progress and being excited about an anime version of my favorite TV show for a very long time. I was not disappointed. Even though it starts off rather different from the show it still feels very similar. The first episode still gives us the basics of the plot, Mary Winchester was killed by the yellow eyed demon when Sam was only 6 months old. But this is seen as a dream by Sam in the Impala on their way to a case (later Sam also sees a dream of Jessica's death). The first episode is an adaptation of the episode Skin (which is episode 6 in the original series). It keeps to the same basics as the original but with some minor changes and condensed (since the tv episodes are 40+ mins and this is only 20).
The animation is really great and fits the show well. Sam and Dean look like Jared and Jensen. This really helps to get into the show very easily but the looks of all other characters is different so I don't know how I and other fans will feel about that in the long run. Because of no budget or reality concerns the appearance of the shapeshifter takes the show's concept and ramps up the freaky scale which is great. And I know that the lack of constraints is going to continue to allow the creatures to really look amazing.
The Japanese voice actors do a great job and I won't mind listening to them but in the long run I will be eagerly awaiting the English release so I can hear Jared Padalecki voice Sam in all 22 episodes. Unfortunately Jensen only signed on for the last two episodes so I'm fearing who will be gotten to replace Jensen as Dean for the first 20 episodes and how much dissonance that will create hearing Sam as Jared but not Jensen as Dean. The ending song is an engrish version of the show's official unofficial theme song, Carry On My Wayward Son. Originally when I heard this version on the trailers I cringed but it's slowly starting to sound ok. The real gems in the ending are the artist sketches especially the first one which depicts a very familiar (very famous) scene for fans of the show.
I think for fans of the show this anime is going to be a great new spin on the story. For those who haven't seen the original I think this is going to be a must see anime and it probably will make you interested in the original. read more
Both series are about a pair of brothers fighting against demons. The older brother Dean is more the action kind of guy, attack first, ask questions later, which is like Rin. Sam the younger brother is the more reserved thinking brother. Sam also is very smart and tends to use research and intelligence against enemies rather than brute strength like Dean (though they both kick some serious ass regardless). This is quite a bit like Yukio. In Supernatural one brother also shares a strong connection to demons and Lucifer (Satan) in particular (not going to give away which one). The other brother often tells his demonically inclined brother that he shouldn't use demon powers and that they'll corrupt him (sound familiar?).
In particular there's actually a scene in episode 24 of Ao no Exorcist (spoilers if you haven't watched it all yet) where Yukio is possessed by Satan and when Rin comes to save him Satan starts beating the crap out of Rin but Rin refuses to harm Yukio and believes his younger brother has to be in there still and can hear him and overcome Satan. Though the Supernatural anime has yet to get that far in the story yet, in the original tv series of the same name there's a scene remarkably similar to this one in Ao no Exorcist. BTW Supernatural came first and is a big hit in Japan which actually lead to the anime series being made (a first of it's kind, an anime adaptation of an American live action tv series) so I've actually wondered a few times if they didn't base that scene on the scene from Supernatural.
Anyways if you like series that follow brothers and deal with the supernatural then this is definitely one to try.
two brothers (twins in Ao no Exorcist, just brothers in Supernatural) fighting against supernatural powers, demons and main villain - Satan (Lucifer) and one of the brothers is a container for Satan (Lucifer). In Ao no Exorcist are exorcist, when in Supernatural we have hunters. in both demons can posess human body and when thay are "kicked out" of it, they come out as a black smoke from the mouth.
Both stories are focused on two brothers, who fights against demons and other supernatural beings. Main goal is to destroy devil because of whom they have lost somebody precious. Relationships between brothers are pretty similar as well. They argue all the time, but despite that they are very protective of each other. Both anime are full of action and humor, but Ao no Exorcist is more shounen like while Supernatural has a lot of violence.
2 brother who hunt supernatural beings
a father who teaches them to do so
they share much more things, but i would be a big spoiler for supernatural (google sam + devil if you want to know)
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Ending Theme"Carry on Wayward Son" by Kansas (English)
"Carry on Wayward Son" by Naoki Takao (Japanese)
#TV Broadcast: "In My Head" by CNblue
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