Spriggan Sci-Fi Anime Reveals New Key Visual

The sci-fi epic production team Spriggan unveiled a new key visual ahead of its planned summer premiere. The remake, based on the 1989 manga of the same name, will premiere on June 18, 2022 on Netflix worldwide.

The new key visual highlights some of the series’ main characters, including protagonist Yuu Ominae, voiced by Chiaki Kobayashi. Additional voice cast members include Yoshimasa Hosoya like Iwao Akatsuki, Tetsu Inada like Bo Brantz, Youhei Azakami like Jean Jacquemonde, Ryouta Takeuchi like Larry Markson, Ayumu Murase as Colonel MacDougall, Takehito Koyasu like Miracle, Ken Narita like Kouichi Moroha, Mariya Ise like Yoshino Somei, Akio Ootsuka like Steve H. Foster, and Kenji Hamada like Yamamoto.

©2021 Hiroshi Takashige, Ryouji Minagawa, Shogakukan Project/SPRIGGAN

Hiroshi Kobayashi (Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan, Kiznaiver) directs the anime with character designs and chief animation director duties handled by Shuuhei Handa (Little Witch Academy creator of the main character). Other staff include Shouhei Miyake (Carol and Tuesday episode director) as an assistant director, JNTHED (Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker mecha designer) as a production designer, Norihito Ishii (penguin highway) as CG Director, Osamu Mikasa (Dororo) as a color creator, Yuji Kaneko (Godzilla’s singular point) as artistic director, and Yousuke Motoki (fire force) as director of photography. David Production will be in charge of the animation production.

The original manga was written by Hiroshi Takashige and illustrated by Ryouji Minagawa from 1989 to 1996. The manga inspired an animated film in 1998 and a video game in 1999. Seven Seas Entertainment announced that it had licensed the manga series for North America and will release it in August 2022.

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©2021 Hiroshi Takashige, Ryouji Minagawa, Shogakukan Project/SPRIGGAN

Netflix describes the anime series as follows:

A great civilization once existed on this Earth. Possessing scientific knowledge and prowess far beyond that of modern man, the relics of this ancient civilization remain hidden across this world even now. As high-speed communication networks span the globe and the searching eyes of satellites are able to expose all secrets, the armies of great nations clash as they seek to discover and search for these artifacts, which have unfathomable “power”.

A member of this ancient civilization engraved a message on a plate: “Protect our relics from evildoers. Taking this message to heart, an organization aims to permanently seal this ancient civilization. The elite secret agents of this organization are known as…Spriggans.

The legendary comic that took the 90s by storm has been vividly reimagined in 2D animation and 3D CG! Reborn after more than 30 years, experience an authentic adventure series filled with intense action scenes and a love of ancient civilizations!

Source: Spriggan Japanese Twitter account, Netflix Japan

Briana R. Cross