AnimeNewsNetwork is reporting that Studio Madhouse (Vampire Hunter D, Black Lagoon, Death Note) working on an OVA (direct-to-video) anime series based on the American TV series “Supernatural”. The 22-episode long series will cover the storyline of the first two seasons of the show, focusing on the main story points and high points of the monster-of-the-week episodes. The series will also introduce some new characters and highlight some side characters from the original series.
I’m afraid that I don’t know as much about Supernatural as I’d like. However, I’m looking forward to this project. The anime industry in Japan is in a bad way, and not because of piracy. Several of the major studios have been creatively stagnant for some time now – with more moe-fan-service heavy series like Kiss x Sis and Nogizawa Haruka’s Secret outnumbering more creative fare like Durarara and Black Lagoon. Additionally, wages for animators in studios have been notoriously low for quite some time – an influx of capital from foreign co-productions (whether with North American or European companies) could possibly help bring wages for animators up and groom some new talent in the industry.
Having no limit on monster visuals is a very titillating notion.