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Well worth adding to your Supernatural collection
on July 29, 2011
I am a 61 year old fan of the live action Supernatural TV series. Before now, I've never watched anything other than a few bits of anime so I bought this series with a little trepidation. However, it was well worth the money. If you aren't familiar with anime it is similar to watching comic book scenes in a 3D format (very simplistic description). However, this anime was so much more. It is stylized and artistic, with both bold and subtle uses of hard lines, color, and especially shadows. The characters are also fully developed. I haven't watched all of the episodes yet, but the ones that I have seen were very well done, artistic, yet easy to watch, and with very good writing. The episodes based on the live action series do not follow exactly along the same lines, which should keep the fan of the live action series watching and guessing. Each episode is about 30 minutes long. The new episodes seem to be well written, are in keeping with the original series even expanding on some of the characters we are already familiar with, and they also introduce some new monsters. With anime, there is more blood and obvious violence and the monsters are much more pronounced and for lack of a better description, monster-like.
The special features are also well worth watching. I found the two segments on making of the anime to be fascinating. I had expected most of the anime work to be done on the computer but was surprised at how much of the initial scene development was drawn and edited using pencil and paper. Some of the feature interviews are a little hard to follow since you have to read the English subtitles, but I thought it was worth the effort, and occasionally J&J or Eric Kripke will add a comment. There are also extensive interviews (with answers in English, no subtitles) with Eric, Jensen and Jared together, and then each separately. Even with some repetition in those interviews, they were interesting and worth watching. J&J also introduce each episode, but don't expect a lot, each intro is only a few seconds long.
The only disconcerting thing for me was the voice over work. Since Jensen only voiced a couple of episodes (the last two), it is a little weird at first to hear the familar voice of Sam, without the familiar voice of Dean. After watching a couple of episodes though you get used to it.