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Supernatural: The Anime Series


TV terror gets 'tooned.

Rod Lott August 8th, 2011

Since the CW cult hit horror "Supernatural" already had spun off into novels and comics years ago, why not cartoons? It's only natural, and the colorful, creepy Japanimation style makes a suitable fit.

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The storyline remains the same: brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki, who reprises his role for the anime) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles, who voices only a few episodes) travel the country in their '67 Chevy Impala, encountering monsters, spirits and other paranormal activity along the way. They ain't 'fraid of no ghosts.

The actors and series creator Eric Kripke wax rhapsodic on the two-disc set's extras on how the animated format allows them to take a "sky's the limit" approach to storytelling that live action does not allow. Why, then, are a majority of these 22 episodes remakes of said live-action episodes? Yes, I realize with half the time, they're not exact, but since the anime is going to appeal to those who already are fans, don't the deserve fresh tales? I think they do, especially since the original series is still airing.

Therefore, it was those few new ones — dealing with everything from bad luck and Bloody Mary to demons and the damned — that gripped me the most. That's not to say the remakes aren't enjoyable; they just carry a whiff of "seen it already."

Because the "Supernatural" style is largely intact in translation, I can recommend this collection for hardcore fans of the show, horror series or anime in general. What I don't recommend is watching them in large, back-to-back chunks. The human body just wasn't made to withstand that much exposure to Kansas' "Carry on Wayward Son."  —Rod Lott

 
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