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Supernatural, Hourou Musuko, Saiyuki Promos Streamed (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
1st Supernatural BDs/DVDs delayed 1 month; Wandering Son, Saiyuki Gaiden to launch in 2011

The official Japanese website for the Supernatural the Animation project is now streaming a new 131-second trailer. (In the linked page, select the "Trailer" icon on the righthand side.) The acclaimed anime Studio Madhouse (Death Note, Paprika, Vampire Hunter D, Summer Wars) is producing the previously announced 22-episode anime for Warner Brothers. Shigeyuki Miya (Lupin III: Green vs Red, Aoi Bungaku Series, Buzzer Beater) and Atsuko Ishizuka (Aoi Bungaku Series) are co-directing the project. Warner Home Video will ship Supernatural the Animation on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on one starter disc on February 23, 2011, followed by two boxes on March 9 and April 6. (The first disc and box have been delayed by one month.)

The original live-action series follows the Winchester brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) as they hunt creatures and other supernatural phenomena across the American landscape. The series premiered on The WB network in the United States in 2005, and it entered its sixth season on The WB's replacement network, The CW, this fall. Padalecki and Ackles will dub two episodes in the second box into English, along with their Japanese dubbing counterparts Yūya Uchida (Soul Eater's Dr. Franken Stein, Naruto Shippūden's Rinji) as Sam and Hiroki Touchi (Trinity Blood's Abel Nightroad, Bokurano's Kokkpelli) as Dean.

The official website for the Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko) television anime series has relaunched and has begun streaming 21 seconds of special footage on Friday. The anime adapts a manga by Takako Shimura (Aoi Hana/Sweet Blue Flowers), and Fantagraphics Books plans to release the first manga volume in North America next February. The anime will premiere in Fuji TV's late-night Noitamina timeslot next January.

The story of Wandering Son centers around a feminine 5th-grade boy named Shūichi Nitori. On the first day at his new school, he is mistaken for his 6th-grade sister. He happens to sit next to Yoshino Takatsuki, a girl who wishes she was a boy. Both of them have secrets they cannot tell anyone.

The official website for the Saiyuki Gaiden video anime series has begun streaming a 140-second promotional video on Friday. The same video debuted during this past summer's Comic Market 78 event in Tokyo. The anime adapts Kazuya Minekura's manga of the same name, which just ended in Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine last year. The first of three volumes will ship in Japan next year.

Each volume will have a cover jacket illustration and an original drama CD created by Minekura, even though she is putting her newer manga titles on hiatus to deal with her health issues.

Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō (link 2, link 3)

Images © 2010 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
© Takako Shimura/Published by Enterbrain, Inc./Wandering Son Production Committee
© Kazuya Minekura, Ichijinsha/Saiyuki Gaiden Production Commitee 2010

Update: The official Twitter account of the live-action Supernatural series is also streaming the anime trailer. All of the Japanese Blu-ray and DVD releases for the anime will have English subtitles.

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