The summer season is tiring me and not just the heat wave but work in general (long hours becoming a norm =.=;;). Also, not a lot of summer titles are jumping at me. Till now I’ve seen first episodes of all the new titles released and only Occult Academy, Highschool of the Dead, Shiki and Kuroshitsuji II have made me bat my eyelashes. A big reason could be that I’m a huge horror and supernatural fangirl. Ookami-san and Amagami SS are comedy and fluffy shoujos (not that I’ve anything against shoujos but it has to have quality like Kimi ni Todoke, Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile, etc.) that I’m going to sample 2-3 more episodes. Mitsudomoe and Seitokai have too many innuendo-filled jokes that turn me off; everyone gets dirty jokes but when they become overwhelmingly core of a plot, I’ll go rather see TTGL, Ga-Rei_Zero_ or even Elfen Lied from my plan-to-watch queue. I might check out Legend of the Legendary Heroes for the heck of it (the first five minutes produced two chuckles), because well, it is LEGENDARY! ^^;
Out of the promising four, HOTD is impossible for me to review because of the ecchi, Flags is enough. I’ve already planned to episodically review Occult Academy and Shiki at Sekijitsu (because Kanzie might return to blog this here). I’ll have to see the pacing of Kuroshitsuji II to decide if episodic would be appropriate or not. Same for Kaichou wa Maid-sama! I’ve put it on-hold and would marathon at least three episodes together to get the Misa/Usui love back and hope there’s some development till then.
So, coming back to the news, a few days ago while randomly searching for some references on wiki, I happened to flit through Supernatural page (I love this TV show as some of you already know) to discover this brilliant news: Supernatural is getting animu-ted! Ok, so I went kyaaaa… but then was like, what if it sucked? I was quickly reassured with the fact that it’s Madhouse after all. I have some hope and by the end of this post, the supernatural/anime fans out there might get the same vibes.
*wears a reporter’s badge and starts sonorously* It was announced early last month that Madhouse (doesn’t need any introduction, Death Note, Hellsing Ultimate, Youjohan Shinwa Taikei, Vampire Hunter D, etc.) would be animating the highly popular live-action series for Warner Brothers. It’s co-directed by Shigeyuki Miya and Atsuko Ishizuka of Aoi Bungaku fame with Eric Kripke credited as the project creator, while Masao Maruyama (Madhouse co-founder) to serve as executive producer. Naoya Takayama (Night Head, Liar Game) is supervising the series’ scripts, and Takahiro Yoshimatsu (Trigun) is designing the characters. The anime will have 22 episodes and slated to release from 11th Jan, 2011.
Character designs: Is it just me or Sam looks more bishier than Dean?! Nande daayoo!? Personally I like Dean and would have a lot of expectations from his character along with the Seiyuu. Sam seems somewhat thinner as compared to the live-action version. Ah well, it’s too early to speculate because everything changes when it’s coloured and with the environment and light added; hopefully this would turn out to be awesome.
Sam: Show ▼
Dean: Show ▼
Jess: Show ▼
There’s an official site to boot and contains information that the project is not only a remake of best episodes, but would also depict original episodes not seen in the live-action version. Those original episodes will include prologues of the Winchester brothers’ childhood, anime-only enemies and episodes featuring secondary characters from the live-action version. The plot will cover the first two seasons and would also feature the well-known Impala and Colt along with known side-characters (no Castiel I think, because he showed up in season four).
Seiyuus to be the same who dub the Supernatural live-action series in Japanese: Yuya Uchida (Soul Eater’s Dr. Franken Stein, Saraiya Goyou’s Matsukitchi, Pandora Heart’s Rufus Barma) will voice Sam, while Hiroki Touchi (D.Gray-Man’s General Cross, Trinity Blood’s Abel Nightroad, Kuroshitsuji’s Bardroy) will voice Dean.
If you really can’t wait for the coming January like me, close your eyes, listen to the video and use your imagination:
I couldn’t find Sam’s seiyuu, but I certainly liked how the scene played out in Japanese; watching the video was hilarious because Dean with that voice…. LOL! If Madhouse keeps up with their awesome production, this can turn out to be one kickass show and I’ll be looking forward to it next year!
Interview Translation Updates:
- Anime Directors Miya and Ishizuka Interview!
- Executive Producer Maruyama Interview
- Scriptwriter Takayama Interview
Thanks to Cassi for the links.
PS: Let me know if I missed out anything from the detailed episode info at the official site. I can’t read Japanese so would appreciate if someone could translate the missing bits. Comment here or on Twitter. Thanks!