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We are on our way to season 12, so to pass the time during this Hellatus join me for a look at the "other" Supernatural - the Supernatural: Animation series! If you would like to catch up with the earlier articles, you can check them out here: PART 1, PART 2 and Part 3.

For each animated episode, I will give a short introduction then give a few words of what I think about them. Nate shared links for his reviews in the first article so I will add links for these episodes as well after each introduction. Give them a peek! Also YellowEyedSam continues to offer comparison videos between episodes from the show and anime. Thank you Nate and Y.E.S.!



The whole Jared and Jensen interview - Supernatural The Animation 

EPISODES


13. What Lives in the Lake


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“Personal growth centers on two types of people, the ones we like and the ones that drive us crazy.”  ― Auliq Ice 

Episode 13 is an anime-original episode. There is something stirring the waters in Louisiana. The boys are driving by when their car breaks down. They stop to eat and they hear about the demonic omens and activities that have occurred around town. People have not been hurt in any way which is pretty peculiar. The creature ends up to be a harmless and friendly “Kappa” as the Japanese call it that lives in the lake. It only takes some food to eat as a cost for its protection. All’s well that ends well and the creature lives to see another day. Sam and Dean can’t be right all the time.

Curious original case with an unknown monster, I liked how the story was unique and different and that the monster was no threat at all to anyone. Worst case scenario when rumors turn the situation ugly. Wild imagination and prejudice are not a good combination if the result gets the peaceful creature killed. Sam and Dean also stumble on three people that reminded me of the Ghostfacers. This episode also had a huge “cast” which was presented really well all through the story.

four stars

Main characters:


Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester

Steve
Mike
Toby
Timmy
Linda
Willie
Bruce
Chuck
Eric
Kim
Ed
Kappa

Episode13 cast

Quotes:

Toby: Mike, are you getting the chitters? You are not backing out are you Mike?
Mike: No way unless you are wimping out Toby. Make sure you don’t scream “mommy” too loud when you see the thing.
Timmy: Knock it out both of you.
(Sorry, I had to. The chitters remark made be crack up)
Sam: I don’t know. I think that those people are having a hard time buying it.
Dean: Can you blame them? It may not be a demon but a spectre that saves humans that’s weird. Things I can’t figure out either. What caused the signs if it wasn’t a demon? What caused the radio interference? And what about the horrible trout? If it wasn’t a demon how do you explain all of those signs?
Sam: There’s your answer right there.
What Lives in the Lake review by Nate Winchester



14. Reunion


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“Reunion reveals friendship potential that haven't yet been emerged in the past.” ― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

This is a remake of the 1.20 "Dead Man's Blood". Sam and Dean are investigating a case of Daniel Elkins. He was killed and fully drained of his blood. It all leads to them finally being reunited with their father. John tells them about his friend and "The Colt", a gun that can kill anything. It vanished when Elkins died and is now in the wrong hands. The three Winchesters search for the Colt only to find that Gayle, their old acquaintance, has it. He is possessed by a demon. The Winchesters head forth together even though John wants to take care of the YED alone.

I don’t know what to say about this episode. A demon possessing a vampire was a twist but every fiber of my being fought against even the possibility that that could be done. The story was a mix of old and a lot of new elements that this time worked against the enjoyment of the episode. Maybe that was the one thing that shadowed the rest of the episode or maybe it was something else, but I really can’t give more than three stars to this episode.

Three stars

Main characters:


Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester

John Winchester
Gale
Ryan
YED
Kimmy

Episode14 cast

Quotes:

Sam: So we sit here like obedient dogs?
Dean: Vuh!
John: That’s not the plan. I want you two to free the girl and get out of town.
Dean: What are you talking about? What about going after the demon?
Sam: You are not trying to do this alone, are you?
John: Discussions over.
Sam: Not this time it isn’t.
John: Shut up and do what I tell you to do.
Sam: Forget it! I am not doing it. Not this time dad. You pull us into this world and tell us to run away. Not a chance. We’re not kids anymore.
John: You’re my kids. Don’t ever forget that. – Now hurry up and get ready.
Reunion review by Nate Winchester



15. Devils Trap


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"We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell." ― Oscar Wilde

This is a remake of the 1.22 "Devil's Trap". The Winchesters have the Colt now and they have only three bullets left in it. They are going after the YED but they find Meg instead. John gets captured by the demon Terry. Sam snatches Dean inside the Impala and they run way. Meg stabs John while they are driving away. When they get to a safe place, Sam and Dean receive a call from a scared woman who says John got hurt and she is the cause of it. Meg tells them where they can find her, then the demon takes her over again. The boys are able to trick the demon at the start and find John and rescue him. They are too late, though, because he is possessed by the yellow-eyed-demon. Sam can’t shoot his father so YED escapes. An old friend comes to the rescue.

This was a solid episode pretty much and almost a mirror to the live-action episode. Things happened in a different setting but still they were almost identical. It was not as good as the original so it lingered in three stars territory. In the end, Bobby’s surprise save twisted the scale to a higher grade. The helicopter and Bobby taking fatherly care of a wounded Dean - No matter which actor does it, it makes me melt.

four stars

Main characters:


Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester

John Winchester/YED
Meg Masters
Bobby Singer

Special appearance!

Lilith

Episode15 cast

Quotes:
Dean: Sam, I know how you feel. Killing it, it’s not gonna bring mom or Jessica back.
Sam: After all we’ve been through. Why are you saying this to me now.
Dean: Because I don’t want to lose you too. – Sam, you and dad, You’re all I got left.
Sam: So you are the demon, you bastard.
John!YED: Yes I am. Nice to meet you. “Sam”
Sam: Why’d you do it? Why’d you kill mom and Jessica?
John!YED: Because I have a plan – a plan for you and other children just like you.
Something borrowed, Lilith

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Supernatural Live action & anime: The crash

Devil’s Trap review by Nate Winchester

Hit "Next" to see episodes 16-18, plus the writer's pick for the best of the bunch!



16. In My Time of Dying


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“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” ― Steve Jobs

This is a remake of the 2.01 "In My Time Of Dying". After the Winchesters crashed with the Impala and are taken to the hospital, Sam and John recover but Dean remains unconscious. Dean is trapped with his soul and his soul wanders in the hospital as a ghost and meets a Reaper. Meanwhile John and Sam are at each other’s throats like usual. The Reaper tells Dean he has a choice of dying peacefully or staying a ghost. John makes a decision to save Dean by bargaining with YED and giving his own life and the Colt in exchange. YED accepts John's offer and Dean survives. Then, after whispering his last words, John passes away.

Season 2's first episode is one of my favorites and the animation version doesn’t fall far behind. I liked that they used Sam’s laptop in the anime instead of a Ouija board when Sam and Dean were talking over the veil. Dean must be something special if you think that he could move things that fast as a “ghost”. It took a while with Bobby and other ghosts and the difference was pretty clear when he used the keyboard now to write. Also, Tessa looked more like young Mary. Dean saw a flashback about her at the start and a time he was young. The episode mirrored the original episode quite well and was the best from this list.

Five stars

Main characters:


Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester

John Winchester
Mary Winchester
Bobby Singer
YED
Tessa

Episode16 cast

Quotes:

John: You had the chance to kill the demon and you didn’t take it. If you did, none of this would have happened. Dean would be fine now if you took that shot.
Dean: Come on dad. Don’t say that.
Sam: So you’re saying it’s my fault that Dean is laying there right now?
John: I told you to shoot but as usual you just wouldn’t listen!
Sam: The demon was possessing you! There’s no way I could have shot it without killing you.
John: You could have ended it all but you were too damn soft. You can’t be weak when you’re facing that demon.
Sam: And because I saved your life I’m suppose to feel guilty? … …
Dean: Just stop it alright! That’s enough!
Dean: Sam, we were wrong. It looks like Madison didn't turn back to a human after all. Sorry bro, but we gotta end this before anyone else gets killed. You understand that, don't you?
Sam: There's gotta be another way. There just has to be.
Dean: Sam! Give it up.
Something borrowed, Tessa 

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In My Time of Dying review by Nate Winchester



17. Rising Son


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“I guess what scares me the most now is the thought that I won't be able to protect you” ― Julia Hoban, Willow

This is the second anime-original episode in this group, inspired by a comic book with the same title. Dean visits Missouri without Sam because he tells her what the true last words from John were. He is struggling to keep it all together. Dean sees some old photos there and that reminds him of Susan Lyle, who was Sam's teacher. He remembers the old times when he and his father once saved Sam, despite what his future held. Sam showed supernatural powers as a young boy already. Dean’s spirit rises and he again makes up his mind to protect Sam from any harm if that is the last thing he ever does.

I liked the start with Missouri and the Weechester story for the most part in this episode but that’s about it. Like we know from the live-action version, Sam’s life was overshadowed from the demons by his side and this episode showed that storyline develop already when he was fairly young. I also liked the vibe of Omen/the exorcist where a young boy showed extraordinary and destructive powers. In a few of the episodes, you can see ties to and similarity to the original characters. Wee!Sam reminded me a lot about the antichrist Jesse and Anderson was almost similar to Gordon Walker. In the end, the transformer the demon called was way over the top. I would say this is a weak three stars at best.

Three stars

Main characters:


Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester

John Winchester
Missouri Moseley
Susan Lyle
Anderson

Episode17 cast

Quotes:

Wee!Sam: Ma’am?
Susan: Hi there. You can call me Susan at least at home. What’s the matter?
Wee!Sam: Su-Mrs. Lyle… I’d like to give you something special.
Susan: Something special and what could that be?
Wee!Sam: I made it myself just for you. Are you happy?
Susan: Yes, very much so. Thank you Sam.
Wee!Sam: You okay Mrs. Lyle?
Susan: Why do you protect him so fiercely? This child is special, his different from you. You two cannot stay together.
Wee!Dean: I don’t think you get it. A demon would not understand. We’re family which means there’s no substitute. There’s no substitute for Sam or our mother!
Susan: I feel sorry for you. You’re just a kid. You’ll see when you grow up Dean. There’s substitutes for everything. But Dean, there’s no substitute for this child.
Wee!Dean: You can’t have Sam even if you kill me.
Susan: I have no choice then. I’ll give you something special before you die.
Rising Son review by Nate Winchester



18. Crossroads


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“It's always so early in here, before the crossroads, before the irrevocable choices. Thank you for this life! Still I miss the alternatives. The sketches, all of them, want to become real." ― Tomas Transtromer

This is a remake of the 2.08 "Crossroad". Bobby is back! Sam is trying to get Dean back to hunting after their father’s death. An architect has committed suicide and he mentioned a black dog. People had made crossroad deals with a demon and they had died in mysterious ways. This is also how they find out the clue about Evan Hudson. The people got what they wished for from the trade-off; success, fame, riches, but when they got their due time they were dragged to hell by hellhounds. Sam and Dean locate Evan who bargained with the demon to save his wife's life from a terminal illness. While Sam protects Evan from hellhounds, Dean is trying to negotiate with the demon. He fools the demon in a devil's trap and makes a deal to save Evan's life.

The episode started with the scene of the live-action 2.02 "Everybody Loves a Clown". I loved that scene in the show. Bobby found the case for them and Sam thought it was best to go on a hunt to help Dean get his mind off of his father. It is a shame that the animation one didn’t have as much time as the original episode because it was a masterpiece. The story felt rushed and the characters were not as deep either. It was not a bad episode and pretty entertaining so the scale tips to the better side.

four stars

Main characters:


Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester

Bobby Singer
Thad
Evan Hudson
Julie Hudson
Crossroad demon

Episode18 cast

Quotes:

Dean: Hey Sam… I was definitely dying right, you sure about that?
Sam: Yeah, what about it?
Dean: But I survived somehow.
Sam: Huh?
Dean: Why is that?
Crossroad demon: I’ll let you in a little secret though. The hell they talk about where your father is trapped. It’s worse than anything you can possibly imagine. The John you knew who was once so brave and strong is now screaming like a little baby: “Help, help, help!”
Dean: You’re lying.
Crossroad demon: I told you I don’t lie. -- Your father had a loser for a son didn’t he? His son cost him his life and when given the chance to resurrect him his son throws it away like his father didn’t matter for him at all. – You’re father died for you, doesn’t that mean anything? He gave his life to the Yellow-eyed-demon so that you could live, but you abandoned him and saved a stranger instead. – Dean, you killed your dad, how’s that make you feel, huh, to know that you Dean are the one responsible for his death.
Something borrowed, Evan Hudson, Julie Hudson and Crossroad demon

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Crossroad review by Nate Winchester


Writers choice for best episode from 13-18.



16. In My Time of Dying

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The choice was pretty clear from the possibilities that were given. I hope you liked part 4 and see you in part 5!

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Here is the first part of the series Supernatural: The Animation, Closer Look PART 1
Here is the second part of the series Supernatural: The Animation, Closer Look PART 2
Here is the third part of the series Supernatural: The Animation, Closer Look PART 3

Carry on to PART 5 > (coming soon)