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Supernatural: The Anime Series Blu-ray Review

Despite sounding great on paper, “Supernatural” doesn’t translate well to an anime series.

The plot: Supernatural monster hunters Sam and Dean Winchester are back. This time, however, they are in anime form. In these 22 animated episodes, there’s a mixture of 9 original episodes, 12 remakes of episodes from seasons 1 and 2, and 1 story based on a comic book story. Plots involve the Bros. encountering a shapeshifter, ghosts, an Impala, vampires, a reunion with a hunter named Bobby, a serial killer, a Vegas trip gone bad, a werewolf, murders, a John Winchester story, demons, the Reaper, a woman named Lyle, a djinn, psychic powers, the Gates Of Hell.

When I first heard about this project, I thought it had potential. One of the main advantages of an anime series is that they can contain visuals that obviously can’t be afforded in a live-action series. Unfortunately, this advantage turns out to be a disadvantage in the case of this anime series. Instead of focusing on vital elements like story and characters, the anime series seems more concerned with over-the-top monsters and violence. The anime series is nticeably darker in tone which may put off many “Supernatural” fans. Granted, the anime series is meant to be its own series, but this feels disconnected from “Supernatural” at times.

Going back to the animation, I can’t say I was too impressed with what I saw here. The character models are stiff and lifeless, the monster designs are sloppy, and the overall color palette is uneven and murky.

As far as the voice acting goes, it’s hit-and-miss. On the plus side, Jared Padalecki voices Sam in every episode. Sadly, Jensen Ackles only voices Dean in 2 episodes while Andrew Farrar voices the character in the other 20 episodes. Suffice to say, Farrar is a poor substitute. The anime series would have been more bearable had Ackles voiced Dean in every episode.

Summary: If you love anime and “Supernatural,” this show was made for you. Otherwise, skip it.


The 1.78:1 1080p picture quality is too good. The hi-def transfer seems to heighten the animation flaws which can be distracting.

The English 5.1 DTS-HD audio track contains sharp sounding voice acting, sound f/x and music. The Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 isn’t on par with the English track in terms of sound quality, but the voice acting is solid.

* Introductions to each episode by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.
* “Making Of Supernatural: The Anime Series Parts 1 and 2”- Eric Kripke, the actors, and the team that worked on the anime series break down the process of turning a live-action show into an animated series.
* Interviews with “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles (together), Jared Padalecki (solo), Jensen Ackles (solo), Japanese voice actors Hiroki Touchi (solo) and Yuuya Uchida (solo), and Japanese anime directors Shigeyuki Miya and Atsuko Ishizuka 9together). Discussions range from the TV series, stories from the set, visuals, as well as the differences between the anime and TV series. A lot of this material is also featured in the “making of.”
* BD-Live capabilities.
* 2 Japanese trailers and a Japanese TV spot.

July 29, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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