Based 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.
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
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. read more
The plot seems okay. How Mary Winchester died is still the same as it was in the original series, but it wasn't as detailed. The flashbacks that Sam had near the beginning of episode 1 made me go "What?" once or twice, so I had to rewatch that scene a couple of times before I went "Oh... Okay".
The anime desperately tries to have the same feel as the original series. Honestly, it did have the same feel, but there was just something lacking.
The character designs are simply pathetic, it's too over-shaded, the characters seemed poorly planned out. Honestly, the background characters are more eye-catching than the two main characters. Since Madhouse was in charge of the animation, I figured that it wouldn't be too bad, but I was sadly mistaken. I put all this horrible art to a lack of a budget. To say the least, I was shocked when the scenery was so beautiful. The thing that should catch your eye are the characters NOT the scenery.
All-in-all, they just needed more of a budget for art since it seemed like they didn't have enough money for it.
The sound is fine, but I just feel that they could've used more fitting music. The English voice actors did put emotion into their lines, so it wasn't dead. I have not seen the Japanese dub, but I assume they're similar. The sound effects seemed fitting for the anime, but sometimes the sound effects just didn't fit
For the English dub, the words don't exactly fit with the lip flaps. The sentences don't go over, they go under the amount of flaps. It wasn't enjoyable.
The ending theme wasn't the greatest because it wasn't the original, but I suppose it worked. I guess it's debatable depending on what you like for vocals.
Character designs left so much to be desired. I understand that, no matter what, the animated characters won't look like the actual actors, but I just think they could've planned out the designs more carefully. Dean's design reminds me of someone who was put in jail for a crime. I have nothing to say on Sam's design since it was alright. The extras, as I said before, were better drawn.
I really do NOT care for this anime one bit. I don't intend to watch another episode unless I'm dreadfully bored and the only other option is banging my head against a wall or playing with matches... Even then I'd probably play with matches.
Even though the idea of turning Supernatural into an anime is good, I believe that it could've been done better. If they didn't jump into it because anime is the "in thing" right now, I honestly believe it would be better. This is one of the worst animes I've seen to date. If you plan to watch Supernatural: The Animation, I suggest that you don't. Just stick with the live-action series.read more
Truthfully if your a fan of the series don't bother. Sure it sounds like it'd be good But with Jared Padalecki being the only one to reprise his role it was a disappointment. If Jensen Ackles (Who was only in the last two) and the rest of the cast had reprised their roles as well maybe I could have actually been able to stomach a full episode. Had they done this it could have made for something wonderful. But the animation for Sam was pretty much spot on. But Dean lacked a lot to be desired.
Non fans wouldn't understand why fans would be confused when the first ep makes you wonder what's happening with the murder, then you see Sam and Dean are already traveling searching for Dad. Unlike the series there is no build up, the only explanation of what happened 22 years ago is just in flashbacks. Then the last two eps correspond similar too but at the same time completely different from the Supernatural Season 2 Finale 'All Hell Breaks Loose 1-2'.
Personally I found both Dean and Bobby's voice actors to be yeck! I couldn't get threw the first ep because Dean's voice was grating on my nerves. I did try to watch the final two since Jensen Ackles was doing it but it wasn't that good of a story for me personally. At least this time with the right voice it wasn't bad but still wasn't great. Jensen did a good job but for me it was too little too late to save the show.read more
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