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SPRIGGAN

SYNOPSIS:
The remains of Noah's Ark are discovered in Turkey by a team from ARCOM - an international organisation dedicated to preserving ancient knowledge. An evil conglomerate with deadly androids at its disposal are intent on stealing the priceless powers hidden on the Ark. ARCOM's only hope is to send elite agent Yu Ominae, a member of the human hybrid Spriggan species, to defend the Ark from dark forces.


Reviewed by Richard Kuipers:
It's passe by now to comment on the stunning action scenes in Japanese animation but for the record, Spriggan has them in abundance. What this one has above many of its stablemates is a storyline that favours fanciful 'reality' over unbridled science-fiction extravaganza. The plot is an intriguing one, revolving around the discovery of Noah's Ark and the secret knowledge it contains.

Sure, there are killer androids and human-hybrid 'Spriggans' running around but the basic elements capture our attention in the same way that Raiders of the Lost Ark had us intrigued by and believing in the mysterious and surely awesome powers contained in the Ark of the Covenant.

From the involving set-up we're willing to entertain the idea of a 17 year-old schoolboy and master Spriggan warrior Yu Ominae being despatched to Turkey where an evil consortium (apply your choice of multinational conglomerate name if you wish) is desperate to secure the means of world domination. Its ace commander is a lab-created youngster by the name of MacDougall who has all the cute/sinister qualities of the kids in Children of the Damned and never travels without his own laughing android henchman.

It's a juicy mix of elements and realised with the fury and imagination that still sets Japanese animation miles ahead of the rest for these kinds of tales. The English language track on this VHS release isn't as jarringly Americanised as most Japanimes and the 1.85: presentation is welcome. If body-transformation and demon from hell excesses aren't your cup of Japanese tea, Spriggan could be the anime you're looking for.



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SPRIGGAN (MA)
(Japan)

VOICES: Christopher Pattono, Kevin Corn, Ted Pfister, Randy McAvin, Kelly Manison.

PRODUCER: Ayeo Ueda, Kazuhiko Ikeguchi, Kazuya Hamana, Haruo Sai, Eiko Tanaka

DIRECTOR: Hirotsugu Kawasaki

SCRIPT: Yasutaka Ito, Hirotsugu Kawasaki

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Hisao Shirai

EDITOR: Takeshi Seyama

MUSIC: Kuniaki Haishima

OTHER: ART DIRECTOR: Mutsuo Koseki

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: June 13, 2002

VIDEO RELEASE: The AV Channel/Madman Entertainment







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