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Supernatural: The Anime Series [Blu-ray] (2011)

Jensen Ackles , Yuuya Uchida , Shigeyuki Miya , Atsuko Ishizuka  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jensen Ackles, Yuuya Uchida, Hiroki Tochi, Takaya Hashi, Mabuki Ando
  • Directors: Shigeyuki Miya, Atsuko Ishizuka
  • Writers: Naoya Takayama
  • Producers: Masao Manuyama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Thai, Chinese
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 484 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VLLWB0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

The Making of Supernatural: The Anime Series 2-Part Featurette

Interviews with Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Series Creator Eric Kripke, Directors Shigeyuki Miya and Atsuko Ishizuka and Voice Actors Hiroki Touchi and Yuuya Uchida

Episode Introductions by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

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The otherworldly TV phenomenon that is Supernatural makes history entering another world: as the first-ever live-action television show to be reimagined as an animé series. The internationally acclaimed animation powerhouse Madhouse Studios produces the show with the blessing of original series creator Eric Kripke. With storylines mirroring Supernatural’s first two seasons plus supplemental tales derived from prequels and spinoffs, this 3-Disc, 22-Episode Collection expands the dimensions of the familiar Winchester mythology. Journey down the backroads of America with brothers Sam and Dean as they search for clues to their father’s disappearance, hunt down the supernatural in all its unearthly forms and enter into the unexpected mystery of their destinies – in vibrant, exciting animé.

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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, but Not Essential July 25, 2011
Format:DVD
My first ever review, and I'm writing this as if the reader is already familiar with Supernatural, so...

Yeah, I would only recommend the anime series to a diehard SPN fan, someone who wants to collect every significant scrap of lore. The show isn't bad, just not necessary.

The show does have some obvious advantages. They can draw the boys in any locale instead of trying to 'build' it in Vancouver, they can do childhood flashbacks and bring John & Mary into the story as much as they're willing to draw it. And being anime, the action is more graphic, the gore is bloodier and the monsters are far less human in appearance.

The animated episodes based on certain live-action episodes are all written a little differently to keep you guessing, but really they just remind me how much better the live-action episodes were. Even some of the cartoon's original scripts feel like retreads of the live-action series. I think it says something that to me the best episode by far is one that doesn't even feature the brothers: John tracks down another psychic kid and comes face to face with the YED. That episode more than any other left me feeling like I'd learned something new about this family.

The most irritating part by far is the voice work. Jared voices Sam, but Jensen doesn't show up to voice Dean until the final two episodes. The primary voice, Andrew Farrar, isn't bad, but it's a little jarring to hear Jared's voice dialoging with someone who's obviously not Jensen.

If you expect this show to fill in some blanks, or take the brothers' story to places the live-action show didn't or couldn't go, you'll probably be disappointed. However, if you want to see another version of this fandom brought to life because you just love all things Winchester, then maybe you should check this out.

P.S.: Jared & Jensen personally introduce each episode, and there are bonus feature interviews with both them and Kripke.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth adding to your Supernatural collection July 29, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not Supernatural, and it's not good anime September 27, 2011
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As a major fan of both anime and Supernatural, I had high hopes for this series. I sat down to watch it with a smile on my face and hope in my heart. I held onto these as long as I could, but after a few episodes I had to be honest with myself, and face up to my disappointment.

This anime doesn't capture anything of the feeling of Supernatural. The colours are garish. The music is cheesy and inappropriate. The acting has no subtlety (unlike most reviewers here, I listened to the Japanese audio). There is none of the affection for the characters that you'd expect from the live action series. There is no wry low-key humour. Dean is now a cry-baby, and Bobby, for no good reason, is a short fat clean-shaven nebbish instead of a cool cracker with a beard. John is a mean SOB, with beard and hat. Only Sam still resembles the live-action character.

This isn't just a case of me not being able to accept Supernatural in a new format. Purely as anime, this show is also mediocre. In the featurette, the Japanese directors say they hired a TV writer because they didn't want the usual anime writing. Cut to a story conference in which the writer is fighting to get in ONE LINE that will give the monster of the week some sort of motivation. If you watch that episode (Alter Ego, the remake of Skin), you'll see that he did not get the line in.

But the writing in general is poor. The plots are simplistic (and the plots of the "anime originals" are in fact mostly derived from pre-existing episodes). The directors say this is because of the short episode length, but anime fans will know that plenty of story and character can be fitted into the standard 23 minutes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dean looks like a mentally challenged monkey and John Winchester looks...
Save your money and just buy future full season releases of the regular series. This might be the ugliest Blu-ray I have ever seen top to bottom. Read more
Published 3 days ago by John Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Wife loved it, couldn't expect to much more than what I had ordered and received in a timely manner.
Published 8 days ago by Shawn Rachunok
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy :)
Just received my copy I'm super exciteddddd I can't wait!!!! It looks awesome, anime and supernatural together it can't get better lol LOVE IT<3
Published 11 days ago by Veronica
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great
It's Supernatural so of course it's good! The ONLY reason I'm giving it 4 not 5 *'s is due to Jensen not being the voice of Dean. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Noelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Fans of Supernatural and Anime
It's simple. Do you love Supernatural? Do you love anime? If you answer yes to both question than it's obvious this is a must buy. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Trav&Beck
3.0 out of 5 stars Supernaturally 'Meh.'
Picked this up as part of a Supernatural gift bag for my wife. She's a die-hard Supernatural fan, but she hadn't picked this up yet. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Andrew Kopsi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very HIGHLY Rec
I got this as an anniversary gift for my boyfriend because we're insane for Supernatural. Of course some things were different from the show, but we both loved it and barely... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SammiPanda
3.0 out of 5 stars jenson doesnt voice dean...
Just like some other action anime i've watched, but was really hoping jenson would be voicing dean, only watched a few, seems like they are just picking the episodes they liked... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Boxer
5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural: Anime Series
I chose this rating (5 stars) because the anime was worth it. What I enjoyed was the expansion of the series on anime is that it made a few stories (in the "original"... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright for a die hard SPN fan. Cool, but...
Disclaimer: I have not seen every anime episode, I've seen five at most. But I have seen every episode of The CW's Supernatural, so work with me here. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Allison O`Connor
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