For the first-time ever, a live-action series – Supernatural – is being re-imagined in Japanese – anime style. This all-new, 22-episode animated series will be available on Blu-ray™ ($54.97) and DVD ($49.98) on July 26 courtesy of Warner Home Video. It will also be available as On Demand and for Download.
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 Supernatural anime episodes mirror the story arc of the series’ first two seasons, providing supplemental stories ranging from prequels and spin-offs to untold tales that fit within the show’s mythology.
To maintain continuity with the live-action series, the characters of Sam and Dean Winchester in reflect the look of the show’s actors – in vibrant, exciting anime; and enhancing the connection to the live-action series, Jared Padalecki reprises his role as Sam Winchester for all 22 episodes while Jensen Ackles provides the voice of Dean Winchester in select episodes.
Both actors are also ever-present in the enhanced content, providing a video introduction to each of the 22 episodes, and are featured in a series of interviews that include conversations with TV series creator Eric Kripke, and Supernatural: The Anime Series directors Shigeyuki Miya and Atsuko Ishizuka.
Other special features on the Blu-ray™ and DVD include a two-part featurette, “The Making of Supernatural: The Anime Series,” an intriguing behind-the-scenes revelation of how the live-action series was actually re-imagined into its new art form.
To generate buzz and excitement, select episodes will be screened to fans at anime and entertainment conventions leading up to the July release date. In addition, the release will be supported with an online and print media campaign, targeting both Supernatural fans and fans of the anime genre.
Be on the lookout for this as the time draws closer!