Spriggan (2022) - Reviews

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Aetherloutz's avatar
Jun 19, 2022

Netflix another shot at high production anime.

This time they managed to hit the nail. 

I'm not familiar with the original so i wont be comparing, just giving opnion as it was a fresh work and well its pretty decent. Great action and decent sci fi vibes. Totally worth your time if you 're into both things.

but lets break down the anime a bit

Story:

kinda, standard. Nothing really outstanding but its really fun. There is enought misteries on the background to keep you intrested and no dialogues or plot is dull to the point of ruining the fun. I kinda liked that the technolgical mumbo jumbo was presented in a beleivable way. Its far fetched yet it never forces the suspension of belief. i usually dont like episodic aproach but it didnt bothered me aside from the fact that no character received taht much focus. No big info dumps either a terrible habit in animes of this type. The only problem is that its really your standard sci fi/military plot. 

animation/sound:

the best part, wonderfull fight scenes. reallly you can pretty much watch just for that. POints to the use of CGI. Most of the time you barely notice, when you do its really no big deal. Sound and V.A are top quality as well. No complaints on technical value.

characters:


as usual, tahts when most netflix animes tend to fail. Characters aren't bad by anymeans. Having a nice guy MC that doesnt sound stupid and ureasonable is always nice. Yet no one really stands out either. You probably wont remember anyone aside from the MC and the thief girl a few weeks after you watched. The episodic format dont flash out anyone  that much even if many of them are presented as quite important people for the plot. 

conclusion:

as a said its a pretty good watch just for the action. The epsodic format ends up hindering the narrative but it helps making the flow fast and action focused so at least you wont get bored with feeler scenes. Still i wound've liked to see a bit more of the rest of the ARCAM. I suspect netflix is doing the same they did with castlavania, poking the viewers to see if they get interested before puting too much effort on the show. Myself at least got hooked enough by the end to expect another season.

so go watch if you are a fun of guns and explosion.

7/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
7/10 characters
8/10 overall
Sbrooks25's avatar
Jun 22, 2022

I'm somewhat disappointed. Maybe I had high expectations from the teaser. The dialogue is corny. The storyline is eh. I've seen anime where each episode is separate from the next but I would have expected that here. I also did not see the original. The the intro and outro music is disco I believe. Not my cup of tea.  Again most anime the main characters are 15/16 yr old kids that don't appear/act like kids. On episode 3 but don't kno if this one will b dropped. 

7/10 story
9/10 animation
3/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall
ChineseWick's avatar
Feb 14, 2024

The 2022 adaptation of "Spriggan" reimagines the classic manga and 1998 anime film for a new generation, diving into the high-octane world of ancient civilizations, powerful relics, and the elite agents tasked with protecting these secrets from falling into the wrong hands. As a Spriggan, Yu Ominae traverses the globe, engaging in deadly confrontations with various factions aiming to exploit these ancient powers for their nefarious purposes. This series attempts to blend action, archaeology, and supernatural elements within a modern anime aesthetic.

Veiled Potential

  • Visuals and Action Sequences: One area where "Spriggan" (2022) manages to shine is in its updated animation and action choreography. The series boasts fluid combat scenes and a detailed world that captures the imagination, albeit inconsistently.
  • Conceptual Allure: The premise of "Spriggan" remains compelling, as it taps into the universal appeal of ancient mysteries and the modern battle to control or protect them. The idea of Spriggans as custodians of history's secrets offers a rich narrative vein that is occasionally well-mined.

Eroded Foundations

  • Character Development: A significant pitfall of the series is its surface-level character development. Protagonists and antagonists alike suffer from a lack of depth, making it challenging for viewers to form a meaningful connection or investment in their journeys.
  • Narrative Cohesion: The storytelling in "Spriggan" (2022) can feel disjointed, with episodic adventures sometimes lacking a strong connective tissue to weave a cohesive overarching narrative. This fragmentation can dilute the impact of its more intriguing plot points and thematic ambitions.
  • Pacing and Engagement: Despite its action-packed premise, the series struggles with pacing issues. Some episodes may drag, while others rush through potentially rich lore and character moments, leading to an uneven viewing experience that struggles to fully engage.

Lost Relics

  • Adaptation Challenges: As an adaptation, "Spriggan" (2022) contends with the challenge of updating its source material for contemporary audiences while retaining the essence of what made the original beloved. This balancing act results in a mix of modern flair and nostalgic callbacks, which might not always harmonize.
  • Thematic Exploration: The anime's exploration of themes such as the responsibility of power and the ethical implications of historical artifacts in the modern world shows promise but often feels underdeveloped, overshadowed by its focus on action.

Conclusion

The 2022 "Spriggan" adaptation embarks on a journey filled with action and ancient mysteries, yet stumbles in its quest to deliver a fully compelling narrative. While it dazzles with moments of visual spectacle and the allure of its premise, the series is hampered by uneven pacing, underdeveloped characters, and a lack of narrative cohesion. For fans of the genre and source material, "Spriggan" offers a glimpse into a world of potential, but it may leave viewers wishing for a deeper dive into its characters and the ancient secrets they protect.

5/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall
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rkstafrz's avatar
Jul 23, 2023

honestly i enjoyed watching it but id prefer more of a story line to the show. the animation was great but each episode kicked off with some new issue, but id like to see HOW they got to said issue.

8/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall
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SnapTite's avatar
Mar 3, 2023

This wasn't particularly bad but so much of it has been done before. You have your stereotypical OP protagonist who is fighting for the good guys and he faces a number of challenges which he must achieve or the world is doomed. The individual challenges are new and clever but while the fighting animation is really quite good, there is next to no character development. The characters are as 2-dimensional as their art form. One episode has Nazis as the bad guys (because it's okay to hate Nazis as they spent 12 years trying to prove there was no one more evil although the Communists did give it a good try. The whole idea that the Americans were the bad guys for most of the series really put a bad taste in my mouth. Yes, America did nuke two Japanese cities but the US didn't order mass execution of Prisoners of War if they were close to being liberated (Japan did) and the US didn't organize and operate rape hotels for their troops (Japan did). This show tries to lay the moral high ground upon Japan but only recent history has given that any hope of validity. Meanwhile, the US is a bigger bogeyman than Russia who has openly invaded a neighbor and committed untold war crimes. If this is how Japan sees the US, they have bigger problems than this anime being mediocre.

6/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall
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