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Spriggan (2001)




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Animator of the groundbreaking animé classic Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo was the executive producer for this two-fisted Raiders of the Lost Ark-like animated action-adventure flick, based on a manga by Hiroshi Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa. The film opens with members of the secret organization Arkam rooting around on Mt. Ararat -- the supposed landing spot of Noah's Arc. They not only find the Arc, they also discover death in the guise of a powerful magnetic beam that blasts them to nothing and takes out three U.S. satellites along the way. Six months later, Arkam member and high school student Yu Ominae almost gets blown up himself when a classmate wired with explosives goes off in the schoolyard. He also gets the cryptic message that "Noah will be your grave." Someone is out for Yu's head, and he wants to know why. After venturing to Turkey, he braves dangerous trap after bloody ambush. When he finally does reach Mt. Ararat, he learns that his organization Arkam has a rival in its effort to learn the secrets of the Arc, and that group is a U.S. government-sponsored special force which includes a massive powerhouse of a man called Fightman, and a whey-faced trickster named Little Boy. While Arkam is devoted to protecting humanity from the terrible power of the Arc, Fightman and his cronies are bent on using the ancient object for their own twisted ends.more
Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Animation, Anime & Manga, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 23, 2002
ADV Films


Kevin Corn
as Col. MacDougall
Chris Patton
as Yu Ominae
Ted Pfister
as Dr. Meisel
Kelly Manison
as Margaret
Spike Spencer
as Little Boy
John Swasey
as Mr. Smith
Andy McAvin
as Jean-Jacques Mondo
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Critic Reviews for Spriggan

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Characterisation is regulation thin, plotting largely nonsensical, 'camerawork' and effects increasingly pyrotechnical until an amazing final light show inside the Ark.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Much of Spriggan feels like an apocalyptic Arnold Schwarzenegger cartoon, with lots of automatic gunfire, rivers of blood and dialogue that could have been written by a theologically inclined 11-year-old with a thing for explosions.

Full Review… | October 11, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

This animated 1998 actioner about a Japanese superspy out to defend the world's most guarded archaeological secrets from evil Americans has to be seen to be believed.

Full Review… | March 11, 2003
Austin Chronicle

The Spriggan are specially trained troops placed all over the world for the purpose of guarding historical artifacts - kinda sci-fi Indiana Joneses if you will.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

Newcomers to anime would be better off checking out the likes of Ghost in the Shell, but fans of the genre won't be disappointed.

Full Review… | September 12, 2002
Sci-Fi Movie Page

What this one has above many of its stablemates is a storyline that favours fanciful 'reality' over unbridled science-fiction extravaganza.

Full Review… | August 17, 2002
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Spriggan


Not bad.. wanted a little more though, good enough for an old Animation Film.. There are better ones these days ha ha ha ^_^

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer


Spriggan rocks! Spectacular action-adventure animation that compelling mix of Raiders of the Lost Ark and James Bond adventures.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


One of the cooler anime films I've seen.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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