Among the challenges of Netflix’s upcoming anime release is the revival of a Netflix series called “The Landmark of Action Manga.” The title in question is Sprigganbased on the manga of the same name by Hiroshi Takashige with artwork by Ryoji Minagawa.
Spriggan began publishing in 1989 and ran until 1996, around which time the manga was released in the US as Striker. However, the American version was heavily censored to “cover up anti-American sentiment” according to MyAnimeList.
History of Spriggan
Fans of old school anime cinema may remember the 1998 adaptation by Studio 4°C, which had a lot of slick action and lots of highly detailed weapons. This is the kind of anime that is judged more by its outstanding visuals than by its storyline. The critical reception and audience among the film’s collection is wide and even MyAnimeList is quite mixed across films.
Yet even though the film is more of a cult film with a dedicated following, the release of a new series has the potential to reignite interest. This happened around the same time that Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the original manga for release in the west under its original name.
If ever there was time for Spriggan to come back strong and stake its claim as a “Landmark” as Netflix marketing boldly claims, it’s time. So what? Sprigganand why is this Netflix ONA on your radar?
In Cornish folklore, the Spriggans are fairies with childlike faces despite having a strangely aged body. Maybe not the most valuable protagonist, which is probably why the manga forgot about him in place of Yu Ominae, a trained warrior, and agent for the company ARCAM.
As the “Spriggan”, Yu struggles to protect the powerful technology of the ancient civilization and prevent that power from falling into the wrong hands. Namely, they are fighting to stop other countries and factions from using technology as weaponry on a world scale.
From the Studio That Brought You JoJo
David Production, the studio behind JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Fire Forcehas taken Sprigganrevival, utilizing a mix of hand-drawn and CGI animation. The initial teaser gives the impression that the show is mostly CG, except for some close-up details, similar to the animation in MAPPA. dorohedoro.
As more trailers and teasers have been released, the animation style seems to lean heavily towards 2D during downtime, character acting sequences, and even many action scenes. Where CGI is mainly used during actions involving characters with superhuman strength suits.
Director Hiroshi Kobayashi’s Resume has two things that stand out: Netflix dragon pilot and Kiznaiver. These two shows may be known more for character drama than action, but both shows are recognized for the way they handle their respective dramas. Latest trailer for Spriggan featuring far more character-acting than combat, and everything looks vibrant and full of life.
On the action side, character designer and lead animator Shuhei Handa is the character designer and animation director. Their storied history as army chiefs in Kill it Killfor their work at One Punch Man, Sword Art Onlineand more, making it a great choice for a series that sells in action.
The final standout from the staff roster is screenwriter Hiroshi Seko. With adapted material, people don’t always think about screenwriting, but that’s what comes up in criticism most of the time. People often complain about things being cut out or added unnecessarily and so on.
Seko has written adaptation scripts for some of the biggest anime adaptations of the past two decades, from Attack on Titanto Kaisen Jujutsu. It’s clear that David Production is serious about ensuring that this adaptation is done as faithfully and lovingly as possible.
Spriggan available to stream on Netflix
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