This month we bring you a very special anime challenge. If you don’t know of the series Supernatural, which is entering their 15th and final season this year, you need a whole lot of catching up to do. The series is about two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester who grow up to become demon hunters after a demon murders their mother. There is much more about the series’ plot but it is up to you to discover.
Our challenge is Supernatural The Animation, an anime series based on the American hit horror series, Supernatural. The anime was announced in 2010 by the official Japanese Warner Bros. Website. The anime debuted in 2011, was produced by Madhouse and ran for 22 episodes. The series was co-directed by Shigeyuki Miya and Atsuko Ishizuka, with Eric Kripke credited as the project creator. The series executive producer was Madhouse co-founder Masao Maruyama, Takahiro Yoshimatsu designing the characters. The same voice actors Yuya Uchida and Hiroki Touchi, who voice Sam and Dean for the Japanese dub of the live-action series, reprises their roles for the animation. The series covered the first two seasons of the live-action American series but also included original content exploring the Winchesters’ childhoods and expanding upon secondary characters.
Week 1 - 7th October to 13th October 2019
Episodes to watch: 1 – 5
Konnichiwa Minna! Welcome to week one of our Supernatural The Animation Challenge, we hope you are as hyped as we are to see Dean and Sam kick some paranormal butt. Speaking of which, let’s look at the vocal talent behind the anime’s characters. Yuya Uchida and Hiroki Touchi are both voice actors who voice Sam and Dean on the live-action Japanese dub of the super-popular Supernatural series, and they both reprises their roles for Supernatural The Animation.
Yuya Uchida was born November 29, 1965 in Misato, Saitama and is a member of the Haiyuza Theatre Company. He is the voice of Sam Winchester. Some of his anime voice actor roles include
Soul Eater (Franken Stein), Soul Eater Not! (Franken Stein), Tokyo Ghoul (Arata Kirishima), One Piece (Charlotte Perospero) and No Guns Life (Cronen von Wolf). He also voice man dubs of live-action movies and series. One of the actors who he voice a lot is none other than Leonardo DiCaprio‘s work. He voiced Jack Dawson in Titanic (2004 Fuji TV edition), Billy in the Departed, Roger Ferris in Body of Lies, Cobb in Inception and Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. He also voiced Green Arrow in the American animation series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Next week we will talk more about the voice actors. As for our challenge, this week we will watch episode 1 to 5. So let’s carry on my wayward sons, and daughters, enjoy the challenge and have a super sugoi week, minna!
Week 2 - 14th October to 20th October 2019
Episodes to watch: 6 – 10
Konnichiwa Minna, it is week two of our Supernatural The Animation Challenge. Last week Sam and Dean were quite busy. They faced a shape-shifting skin walker, a haunting farmer, a ghost in their old house, a evil spirit car and bullies (or is it vampires?). If you have not started to be part of the challenge you missed out. Fanatiks of the live-action Supernatural series might have recognized two episodes based on the live action series, and it is nice to see animation versions of those episodes, isn’t it?
Dean’s voice actor is Hiroki Tochi. He was born May 26th, 1966 in Tokyo. He is a voice actor affiliated with Office Osawa and won a Male Character Voice Prize in the 2011 Famitsu awards. Some of his voice acts include Hunter × Hunter (the 1999 series) as Ging Freecss, Seishiro in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Baldroy in Black Butler, Panther Lily in Fairy Tail and Delphy in 91 Days. He is also the voice actor that dubs Will Smith’s voice. He voice acted in the Men in Black series as Agent J, The Pursuit of Happiness as Chris Gardner, After Earth as Kitai Raige, Suicide Squad as Floyd Lawton / Deadshot and Collateral Beauty as Howard Inlet.
Our challenge this week is episode 6 to 10. So let’s carry on my wayward sons, and daughters, enjoy the challenge and have a super sugoi week, minna!