Review: SPN:TA 1.03

ETA: what the heck, LJ? I had a full review of the episode here when I posted this last night. Um. Don't feel like trying to reconstruct it, so here are the notes I took while watching the episode, instead.

  • this kid's voice is kind of off-putting

  • oh my goodness, this house has a warehouse in the basement

  • man, I am trying to cut this version of Sam and Dean some slack, but .... ugh

  • I'd probably like these more if they were just generic horror stories instead of having these facsimiles of the Winchesters

  • it's just--okay, at this point in the original show, we knew that Sam and Dean grew up on the road, knew that their mom had died in a fire, and some other stuff that gave "Home" some actual weight. In the anime we know nothing except that Sam's girlfriend died in a fire, Dean's a jerk, and they're driving around saving people from ghosts and trying to find their dad

  • it's just ... empty, emotionally

  • "you need to listen to me this time", Sam says, like Dean hasn't in the other two episodes, multiple times

  • ugh, this kid's voice

  • holy smokes, the Sam in this one doesn't know how Mary died

  • wow

  • in the abstract it's interesting--seeing what carries over and what doesn't--but so far none of these is worth rewatching or recommending to anyone

  • Missouri got a makeover

  • missouri.PNG

  • to make things even more confusing, she has a 'little old asian lady' voice

  • welp, it's more hard-core, I'll give it that

  • no weak-ass "locked the baby in the refrigerator" for this version of the poltergeist

  • nope, we're going straight to "burn the baby with a hot iron"


  • we just got a straight-up "love you, dad" from Dean

  • wow

  • current dialog: Mary - "I want you to know it was not I who called you here, and that it was the Evil One who killed me."

  • to which Sam's very sensible response is "what?"

  • ...and I think Mary just exorcised the 'Evil One'? not sure what the heck just happened

  • I will give the episode this much: Missouri is actually useful and not a jerk to Dean

  • hm--looks like the next episode is an original one. it'll be interesting to see if that means it works better

  • but that's for another day

  • for now, I'm going to go rewatch "baby" to wash this out of my head

In 2011, 21 episodes of a Supernatural anime were made in Japan with Kripke's approval. They were done in Japanese; however they were also dubbed in English. Jared voiced his own character for all the episodes; Jensen only voiced Dean for the final 2 eps.
I actually thought this was the best one so far...

We had some actual interaction between the boys. The scene of Dean explaining what happened to Mom--the hand squeezing the water bottle--I thought that was effective. The animation of Dean in this episode gave me a better glimpse of the damaged kid beneath the obnoxious facade (something Jensen excelled at from the start.) Maybe I'm reading that into the subtle body movement of the drawings...but it made me react.

The iron on the baby--NASTY!

Dean saying 'I love you, Dad' wasn't right...'I need you' would have been much better.

They got real closure with Mary in this episode, unlike in the show...which I guess is nice for the characters, but it was too nice and pat for me, I am too used to the open-ended angst.

The animation of Missouri was weird and ugly :(

What is it with the faces always having what looks like drops of water on their cheeks???
From just a story standpoint, I suspect you're probably right. However, I kept getting blindsided by all the alterations to the fundamental history of the Winchester family. Made it a little difficult to stay objective while watching. ;)

And yeah, I really don't understand some of anime's stylistic conventions, with that being one of them. Are they supposed to be sweating constantly? makes no sense.