An elite superhuman agent must stop a foreign military unit from seizing control of an ancient artifact that holds the key to ultimate power.

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Shôtarô Morikubo ...
Yu Ominae (voice)
Ryuji Aigase ...
Takehito Koyasu ...
Katsumi Suzuki ...
Little Boy (voice)
Ken Shiroyama ...
Dr. Meisel (voice)
Sakiko Tamagawa ...
Margaret (voice)
Kenji Takano ...
Fat Man (voice)
Fumihiko Goto ...
Turkish Agent B (voice)
Dai Matsumoto ...
Manager (voice)
Hiroyuki Oshida ...
Guard B (voice)
Ikumi Kimura ...
Stewardess (voice)
Katsuhisa Hôki ...
Turkish Agent A (voice)
Kenichi Sakaguchi ...
N.C.O (voice)
Kinryû Arimoto ...
Yamamoto (voice)
Masaaki Yajima ...
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Yu is a young man who has a past he desperately wants to forget. His present is that he is a superhuman top agent for Arcan, an organization dedicated to protecting ancient artifacts to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. However, he receives several bloody messages, culminating in the suicide of a friend, telling that Noah would be his death. In response, Yu travels to Turkey to visit the Arcan dig at Mount Arrat, where Noah's Ark is supposed to have rested. Along the way there and at the destination, he learns of forces of his past have returned to stop him and sieze control of the Ark, which turns out to be an alien device of ultimate power. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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They were looking for a sign. What they found was a warning.


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5 September 1998 (Japan)  »

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$7,420 (USA) (12 October 2001)

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$7,420 (USA) (12 October 2001)
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Originally, the title for this movie was going to be "Striker," which was the altered American manga name created by Viz Manga. This name originated in the mid 1990's for no more reason than the American translators thinking that "the name Spriggan didn't sound cool." A couple of years later, Viz Manga re-released what they had already translated before (three heavily edited volumes out of a total of eleven original volumes from Japan) in an anthology under its proper name, "Spriggan." Yet in 1998, Studio 4c announced that that they were going to make a Spriggan anime and had told Viz Manga that they liked the name "Striker" so much that they were going to use it as the title for the international release of the film. Viz Manga then hastily re-lettered their "Spriggan" release back into "Striker," hoping to benefit from cross promotion, but Studio 4c then changed their minds without telling Viz Manga and used the original "Spriggan" name as the movie's title. See more »

Goofs

During the fight with Colonel MacDougal Ominae's arm was broken in multiple places and left hanging limp. However, when he was falling with Jean after escaping the Ark he used the broken arm to shoot his grappling hook and hung from it, then after landing was using his 'broken' arm as if it weren't injured at all. See more »

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Yu Ominae: Yeah, well we can't all be Schwarzenegger.
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"The Spriggan Ice Cream Social Club" See more »

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Featured in Katsuhiro Otomo Cinema Anthology (2005) See more »

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One of the best Anime ever made
26 April 2002 | by (Kansas, USA) – See all my reviews

Spriggan is arguably one of the best Anime to come our way. Based upon the manga of the same name, Spriggan tells the tale of Ominae Yu, an elite commando/superagent/operative for a powerful corporation known as ARCAM, whose mission is to protect and defend various ancient ruins scattered around the world. The codename Spriggan is to denote men and women with special abilities and skills in the employ of ARCAM whose combat abilities far surpass that of a normal human being. Ominae Yu is Japan's No.1 Spriggan but he is not the only one in the world. Namely his best friend Jean-Jacques Mondo who is France's top Spriggan.

Personally, I've read the entire manga series and watched the anime way before it was released in the States. I basically loved the story and concept behind Spriggan and enjoyed every minute of the anime. Although some fans may argue that the anime didn't do justice to the manga by omitting certain unique features and characters which is somewhat central to the original story. But we must remember, this is a movie. It could not possibly squeeze in hundreds of pages of details into a 90 minute show. I admit I was somewhat disappointed by the changes. However, my fears were quieted when I saw how they brought alive the entire plot by introducing better script, better dialogue and better cinematography. Not to mention advanced animation techniques supported by cutting edge CG. However, the production staff chose the manga's second volume which tells about the discovery of Noah's Ark as the main plotline's premise rather than first volume. I guess Noah's Ark is a far more interesting story to tell and I have to agree on that.

With a strong plot and cool-looking fight scenes that is fluidly animated to create a level of realism rarely seen in other big-budget anime movies, Spriggan still has some quirks that I need to mention. Except for Ominae Yu, Fattman and Colonel MacDougall, the rest of the cast's background were not clearly fleshed out. We were just told they were either the villains or the good guys and that's it. Other than that, this anime movie is definitely worth a watch many times over. Spriggan is truly a classic.


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