Anime, TV

Holy @#$^, There’s Going to Be a Supernatural Anime

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?Oh, you Supernatural-loving fangirls (and boys). Do I have some good news for you — or rather, Anime News Network does:

[Supernatural the Animation] will be a 22-episode season that will cover the storyline
of the live-action version’s first two seasons. The first volume will
ship on January 12 with the first two episodes. On February 2, the “Box
1” set will ship with episodes 3 to 12. On April 6, the “Box 2” set will
ship with episodes 13 to 22. (There will be a different release
schedule for the rental version of the project.)

The anime project will not only remake the best episodes from the
live-action version, but 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.

Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is credited as the anime
project’s creator, and MADHOUSEMasao
Maruyama
is serving as executive producer. Naoya Takayama (Night
Head
, Liar
Game
) is supervising the series’ scripts, and Takahiro
Yoshimatsu
(Trigun)
is designing the characters.

I haven’t watched a minute of Supernatural, but this news blows me away. I mean, when you think about anime adaptations of Western properties, you think about those direct-to-DVD anthologies of major franchises like The Animatrix and Batman: Gotham Knight. To make an anime version of a CW show — and to give it a full 22-episode season at that! — well, this is actually the most interesting anime news I’ve heard in forever.

And Jesus. When I think about the fangirls who lust after Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles now… when they see the anime/bishonen versions of Sam and Dean? Panties will drop, my friends. Panties will drop.

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