Posted by psgels on 28 February 2011 with categories: Supernatural The Animation

Great to see that the third episode already tells about the background of the two lead characters. I mean, a dead mother is nothing new here, but usually when anime do that, they wait until very long before they come with the story that explained what happened to them. Doing this in the third episode really allows the series to go beyond that and use it in later episodes to its advantage.

And again: this episode mostly progressed like a normal ghost story, only for the climax to really get interesting. It’s a sign of great build-up, and if the creators are able to do this consistently shows that they know what they’re doing. Even when most of the episode is a standard ghost story, when you watch the episode back you can see the hints here and there that are all building up towards that climax.

This episode also showed the mysterious father of Dean and Sam for the first time. As a background, it’s definitely interesting. At this point it’s clear that something happened to that guy while his wife died. This episode seemed to suggest that she died by a mere poltergeist, but there’s probably more to it than just that. Oh, and I also liked that fortune teller.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

4 Responses

  1. Gottis says:

    Since it’s quite obvious you haven’t watched the Live Action version of Supernatural, it’s really interesting to see you blogging this series. I can just say that remember to keep a small eye out for anything that could hint at Sam and Dean’s parents, be it either the mom or the dad, and the events surrounding both of them, as it might hold a bit of importance on the brothers AND the story as a whole. ♥

  2. UnknownVoice says:

    There’s a lot of hints on a lot of things that happen to brothers, even in previous episodes.

    Their father and mother remain important for a long time, and in a sense a lot of the stuff surrounding them are pivotal to the show as well as to anime

    Actually when one re-watches the two previous episodes after watching the third, a lot of stuff starts to fall in place.

    At first I loathed the fact that the anime seemingly skips the first episode of tv show, but now I think its quite nice. It builds up on the mysteries the show already has and once the whole pilot episode is re-told(possibly in flashbacks in some upcoming episode), a lot of stuff will become more clear, yet, a whole lot more questions will arise.

    I might not like on where the show was brought by its fourth, fifth and sixth seasons, but the first three seasons are some of the best tv possible, so its nice to see that at least two out of those three will be adapted into the first 22 anime episodes.

    Hopefully after these 22 are out they will, more thoroughly, adapt the third season.

  3. UnknownVoice says:

    Also as the psychic in episode said:

    The poltergeist that was haunting the current owners of the house, was not the thing that killed their mother. It was just something that was attracted by that event.

    In the episode this anime episode is based upon, they explain that really bad things literally “scar” the places they appear in.

    Basically this show follows the usual ghost rules – the more twisted and bad event has happened, the more attractive the place is for more supernatural things.

    Thats also the reason why brothers search for any sort of murder or suicide when researching a “job”. Ghosts do not appear out of “peaceful”events.

    On the whole “scarring” the place stuff, in the scale from 1 to 10 on how attractive the place is to supernatural, its 11.

  4. lora says:

    the series look very interesting but where can you watch it because i can’t find it anywhere except for the trailers…

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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