Monday, April 4, 2011

'Supernatural: The Anime Series' coming to Blu-Ray/DVD this June

Image: Warner Bros.
There are certain shows when we ask what you're interested in finding out about that always come up.  Consistently Supernatural is one of those shows.  Rejoice fans, because tonight we get word direct from Warner Bros. that Supernatural: The Anime Series is coming to the U.S. on Blu-Ray/DVD on June 26, 2011.  


According to the press release:


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 SUPERNATURAL mythology.

To maintain continuity with the live-action series, the characters of Sam and Dean Winchester in SUPERNATURAL: THE ANIME SERIES reflect the look of the SUPERNATURAL actors – in vibrant, exciting anime and, presented in full 16x9 widescreen format.
 
Enhancing the connection to the live-action series, SUPERNATURAL star Jared Padalecki reprises his role as Sam Winchester for all 22 episodes. Padalecki’s SUPERNATURAL co-star Jensen Ackles also provides the voice of Dean Winchester in select anime episodes.

Padalecki and Ackles are also ever-present in the Blu-ray™ and DVD enhanced content. The SUPERNATURAL co-stars provide a video introduction to each of the 22 anime episodes, and are also featured in a series of interviews that include conversations with live-action series creator Eric Kripke, and SUPERNATURAL: THE ANIME SERIES directors Shigeyuki Miya and Atsuko Ishizuka.

Special features on the Blu-ray™ and DVD also 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.

Madhouse, working with full approval of Kripke, produced the series in full high definition animation utilizing both American and Japanese creative teams.  The Madhouse production team is headed by executive supervisor Masao Maruyama and directors Miya and Ishizuka. Takahiro Yoshimatsu and Kenichi Takefuji are in charge of character and art design.
 
As the 2010 People's Choice Award winner for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show, SUPERNATURAL continues to increase in popularity in the US and abroad. In addition to its three nominations for both Emmy® Awards and Teen Choice Awards, SUPERNATURAL has spawned 10 books, a bi-monthly magazine, a comic book series, and now an anime series.

 “The worldwide popularity of SUPERNATURAL is undeniable, eclipsing cultural and language barriers to easily fit into the unique artistic approach and alternative style of storytelling offered in anime,” said Rosemary Markson, Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. “This groundbreaking vision of the popular series will give SUPERNATURAL fans an altogether new experience, mixing familiar themes and characters with intriguing new stories from within the series’ haunting mythology.  Fans of the anime genre will enjoy this high quality, one-of-a-kind production as well.



That sounds great, but perhaps you really want to see some of it before the Blu-Ray/DVD release. Have no fear Supernatural nerd, we have good news.  Warner Bros. will be screening select episodes at different conventions as the release date gets closer.  You can count on us to let you know once we find out which cons have been selected.

Supernatural: The Anime Series hits Blu-Ray/DVD, On Demand and digital download on June 26, 2011.  

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