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‘Supernatural’ Gets Animated

15 Apr, 2011 By: John Latchem

Supernatural: The Anime Series

The CW series “Supernatural,” now in its sixth season, has become a global cult hit and is especially popular in Japan. Inspired by this popularity, Warner Home Video teamed with animation studio Madhouse to re-imagine the “Supernatural” as an anime series.

“The worldwide popularity of ‘Supernatural’ is undeniable, eclipsing cultural and language barriers to easily fit into the unique approach and alternative style of storytelling offered in anime,” said Rosemary Markson, VP of TV and special interest marketing for Warner Home Video.

Warner will release Supernatural: The Anime Series July 26 (order date June 21) as a three-DVD set at $49.98 and a two-disc Blu-ray at $54.97. Episodes also will be available on demand and for download. The 22 episodes are being touted as the first live-action series re-imagined in the style of Japanese animation.

Supernatural: The Anime Series revisits the Winchester brothers’ journey down the backroads of America 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. The anime episodes take place during the first two seasons of the live-action show, presenting a mix of prequels to some episodes, spin-offs of others, as well as standalone stories.

The anime series was first released in Japan and has been translated for American audiences. “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki voices his character of Sam Winchester for all 22 episodes, while Jensen Ackles voices Dean Winchester in select episodes. The actors also participate in the Blu-ray and DVD enhanced content, providing a video introduction to all 22 episodes and are featured in a series of interviews that include conversations with live-action series creator Eric Kripke and anime series directors Shigeyuki Miya and Atsuko Ishizuka.

The DVD and Blu-ray also includes the two-part featurette “The Making of Supernatural: The Anime Series.” Discs include both English- and Japanese-language tracks, as well as English, French, Chinese, Spanish and Thai subtitles. The Blu-ray also includes German, Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish subtitles.

As for the live-action series, Warner Home Video will release Supernatural: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray Disc June 14 (order date May 10) as a four-disc set at $59.96. The second season is the only season among the first five not yet released on Blu-ray Disc. The set includes all the extras from the original DVD release, as well as an interactive road map complete with new interviews and insights into the show.

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