'Supernatural' anime: Jared Padalecki to dub first season for U.S. release

spn-anime-jared-jensen.jpgJared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are getting animated. The "Supernatural" anime series, set for initial release in Japan on Feb. 23, is being dubbed for English-speaking audiences, and a U.S. version is expected to be released on DVD, though no release date has been announced.

In the English language version, Warner Bros. Japan confirms that Padalecki has signed on to dub all 22 episodes as Sam Winchester. Dean, however, may sound a little different - Ackles has signed on to voice only 2 of the episodes. He'll be heard on the final episodes... presumably in which Dean trades his soul for Sam's life. There's no word yet on who will fill in for the other 20 episodes, but we hope he's ready to get his growl on.

In the Japanese version, Sam and Dean Winchester will be voiced by Yuya Uchida and Hiroki Touchi, respectively. They're also the voice-actors who dub over the live action version in Japanese markets. (There are videos of their work available online. Bon Jovi and all.)

The first 22-episode season of the animation will highlight some key plot points from Season 1 and 2 of the live-action version, but will also feature new story lines and, of course, new villains. Ackles and Padalecki did get to approve their anime likenesses -- other characters, like Bobby, John, and Jessica, will be redesigned. We can also expect the ghosts, demons, and other creepy-crawlies to have a new look... without the boundaries of live-action TV, the animators have the opportunity to take it up a notch.

Photo/Video credit: WB Japan
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