Another Hellatus but this time we have at least “Supernatural The Animation” to watch for those who are interested.
I grew up watching cartoons and as my sons started to watch TV I did what lots of parents do, I bought them the Walt Disney movies. My boys loved watching them when they were very little. Once they reached kindergarten age they got into animes like Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh etc. Since I didn’t let them watch TV unsupervised I spent quite some time during the years in front of the TV. While I never was really interested in the Pokemon story (I usually did my ironing during that time in the living room) I was able to get into the storyline of some other more action packed animes and actually enjoyed watching them. Sometimes I even had the TV running with one of those animes without my boys there while doing my ironing (that is such a boring job, I always needed some entertainment while doing it). I preferred the animes to the afternoon talk shows.
Both my sons like to watch Supernatural. I actually have to thank them for forcing me to watch the show. And the older one is a huge animation fan. We are German but he actually watches Japanese Animes with English subtitles on his laptop since those shows don’t come out on our German TV stations. Just like I am freak enough to scan the net for SPN news and post comments here and there he does it occasionally with animations.
When I heard the news that there would be an anime of Supernatural first thing I did of course was tell him about it and just like me he couldn’t wait to watch it. When I read that the Japanese version was released I told him once again. A couple days later he informed me that he found the English dubbed version of episode one and two on an Anime site. We both watched it. A few days later those epis where taken of that site again but we found them again on YouTube. Up until today there are four episodes you can watch.
The first three episodes are kind of remakes. They are “Alter Ego” (based on “Skin”), “Roadkill” and “Home” with some new little odds and ends. But episode four is a whole new ball game with a complete new story. Just to get your mouth a little watery for it, Baby is chased by a black Impala and it has a very funny scene in it where I had a real good laugh.
Before I go into reviewing episode one I would like to let you hear what Jared and Jensen think about it :
[videos removed by YouTube for copyright violations]
Now for the reviews:
First of all I don’t think you should let your little child watch the Supernatural animes. You know why; ghosts, monsters and it gets extremely bloody at times plus the language is not what your little one should hear.
Since the first announcement that there will be an animation of Supernatural a few months ago I have been reading everything I could find on it and seen a few con vids where Jared and Jensen talk about it. Unfortunately I am not able to remember where I found all that info so here just a few facts I remember about it. Eric Kripke is involved in the scripts and Jared and Jensen approved of the looks of the animated characters of Sam and Dean. Actually, if I remember it correctly, Jensen liked it that he looks taller and that his shoulders are wider than in real live at that he has more muscles than Jared does. In case I am wrong on any of these memories let me know.
Jared does the English voice of all episodes so far and I heard that Jensen will do episodes eleven and twelve. At first it was kind of a shock to hear Sam’s voice but not Dean’s voice. It was really strange. But after watching a few episodes I kind of got past that shock and got used to the strange voice of Dean even though I am still missing Jensen’s voice there. The funny thing is that when I hear Jared’s voice sometimes I catch myself how my mind doesn’t see the animated Sam face but the face of Jared Padalecki as Sam. Looks like I watched the real show often enough to imagine how his face would look like while saying certain things.
It seems to be hard to cram the essentials of a Supernatural episode like the introduction of the MOTW, brotherly moments and the hunt of the MOTW into the approximately 20 minutes of an animation show. Therefore it sometimes lacks something. What I haven’t discovered so far are any references to pop culture. That’s a big minus in my eyes since those references are as much part of Supernatural as the hunt. A big plus is that the show always ends with “Wayward Son” (You definitely have to keep watching till the end since the episodes keep going after that song). I also think that it is useless to watch the animation without having seen the real thing since you would be missing a lot of back ground information.
All in all I had moments that moved me to tears and I had moments where I had a good laugh but not in all episodes. In case you haven’t seen the animation yet and want to watch before reading anything about them, you should stop right here [and go find and watch them]. All episodes are in three parts between approximately 3 to10 minutes. For those who don’t want to watch or have seen it already I will try to explain what is going on during my recap.