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Spriggan Special Edition

J.D. Hawkins , Chris Patton , Hirotsugu Kawasaki    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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Fast paced, violent, and loud, Spriggan uses a combination of drawn and computer animation to deliver the kind of slam-bang thrill ride Final Fantasy only promised. The convoluted plot, based on a manga series by Hirotsugu Kawasaki and Yasutaka Ito, mixes elements from Raiders of the Lost Ark, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Akira, and Universal Soldier. Yu Ominae (voice by Christopher Patton) is a Spriggan, a member of an elite corps of biologically engineered warriors created by the secret organization ARCAM, who finds himself involved in a baroque adventure centered on the newly discovered Ark of Noah. The Ark is actually an extraterrestrial vehicle with the power to alter the Earth's climate and spawn new animal species. A sinister cadre of rogue Pentagon generals wants it and dispatches a corps of murderous cyborgs lead by Col. MacDougall (Kevin Corn), a monstrous child who's also the product of biological experiments, to capture it. ARCAM is determined to prevent the generals from gaining control of the Ark's awesome powers. Yu battles his way to victory through car chases, sword fights, shootouts, explosions, knifings, and psychic blasts, with a little help from fellow-Spriggan Jean-Jacques Mondo (Andy McAvin). Director Hirotsugu Kawasaki handles the action sequences more effectively than the minimal character development, and Katsuhiro Otomo's screenplay doesn't always make a lot of sense. But Spriggan supplies what hard-core action fans sought in vain in many recent Hollywood blockbusters. Just don't sit too close to a speaker. MPAA rated R, under 17 not admitted (for considerable violence). --Charles Solomon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have watched quite a fair amount of anime, but this has got to be one of the most disappointing titles I have ever watched. While there are a lot of slam, bam, kid-with-superhuman-strength-saves-the-world titles out there, Spriggan almost takes the cake when in comes this eye candy/zero-plot genre. In Spriggan, 17 year-old Yu Ominae fights for ARCAM, a secret organization focused on protecting ancient and dangerous ruins. He is a Spriggan, in essence an elite super solider trained from childhood to be an efficient killing machine. After an unsuccessful attempt on his life by a rival organization, Yu becomes involved in a case centered around protecting the newly-excavated Ark of Noah, which is in fact an extraterrestrial ship with the ability to destroy or create new life on the planet. To top this absurdity, the Pentagon deploys a genetically enhanced child, Col. MacDougall, along with some extremely powerful and insane cyborgs after the Ark to retrieve it at any cost....Now even I could come up with a better plot than this. But of course, you'd have to see the movie to see what I mean when I say the plot falls apart quicker than toilet paper left out in the rain.
I mean, the movie starts out intersting enough, but so much more time could have easily been spent developing the characters, plot, motivation, back-stories while at the same time keeping almost all of the action and fight scenes intact. We never really find out why the Pentagon wants the Ark, or how and why Yu originally became involved with ARCAM. And while religion is often prevelant in many anime titles (most of the times in a convoluted, misunderstood way), Spriggan does a good job of somehow throwing in Biblical references into the already disorganized plot and twists them to a whole new, annoyingly absurd level.
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1.0 out of 5 stars weak plot, useless dialog, and a horrible ending June 28 2004
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Format:DVD
Plot:
The hero tries to stop the United States from obtaining alien technology. U.S. forces hit the hero with everything they have, but the hero cannot be killed. A little boy super villian takes about 30 minutes to tell the hero that he doesn't really like the United States and was really just using the United States to to help him get the alien technology so he could destroy the world. After the little boy super villian finishes talking. The hero stops the little boy super villian. The end.
Positive:
1. The anime has fluid motion.
2. There are quite a few action scenes.
Negative:
1. There is actually a lot of talking scenes, but its meaningless dialog that adds little to the nearly non-existent story.
2. The hero literally cannot die no matter how much the bad guys shoot him. Bullets, electricity, explosives, etc. merely stun him. He cannot be killed.
3. The ending is very drawn out with a very long conversation between the hero and the top villian. The action and graphics seem to go down hill towards the end too.
4. A lot of the scenes appear dark and the graphics aren't as good as more recent anime.
Overall, Spriggan had some decent action, but there are quite a few slow scenes and Spriggan is not worth watching once the little boy super villian shows up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget what i said earlier March 24 2004
Format:DVD
wow, i guess i forgot how awesome this really was. when i previously wrote a review for Spriggan i had forgotten what i loved about it and i only remembered what i didn't like. seriously, this is very underrated. the action is so intense you will find yourself sweating throughout the film. one thing that really keeps you so in to Spriggan is that the main charachter, Yu often is in near death experiances and sometimes you think he is just about to die, but then somehow he finds a way to defeat the enemy. this isn't one of those films in which the main character just blows down any threat without any difficulty.
if you are wandering why alot of people don't like this, it's mainly because most people(including myself a short time ago) were expecting another Akira since this movie was made by the same people. well, all i can say is that when i watched this again i tried just enjoying the movie rather than expecting a mind-blowing plot. i began to relize that the soundtrack was actually quit decent and both the animation and the action scenes were absolutely spectacular.
overall, this is a great anime and a must have for all action fans.
9/10
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1.0 out of 5 stars The biggest disappointment ever Nov. 15 2003
Format:DVD
Some one told me that "Spriggan" was what "Ghost in the Shell" should have been. I had read the original manga (released in the United States as "Striker") and had high hopes to see it in animated form. Unfortunately, what I got was one of the worst animated films I had ever seen, and one of the biggest film disappointments in my life.
"Spriggan" has so many problems I don't know where to start. First, there is the most obvious one being that this movie fills up every anime cliche in the book, especially the classic "hero knows the villain from a past life"...but this movie takes it into overdrive: Yue knows EVERY VILLAIN from a past life! That's right, even when it doesn't make sense. How does he go from being a former soldier to the product of a super-child project, and all different organizations. In the original manga Yue didn't know any of the villains from a past life, why they add this in the movie is beyond me. It adds nothing but campiness and plotholes.
The other problem is the added violence. The manga had a good dosage of action balanced with storyline, but the movie takes out the storyline for the sake of more blood and guts. The bombing of the highschool, the chase in Instanbul (which strangely resembles a similar scene in "Midnight Express"), the repeated scenes of the same attack on the base (did any one think of continuation?)...it wasn't in the original manga, and here its all just for a high body count, doing nothing to the story.
Watch this movie to see one of the worse action scenes ever animated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A grate old anime.
Published 1 month ago by roberta allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
Very well done animation and action sequences. The animation alone makes this a must see.
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by M. Hencke
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pure Guilty Pleasure
When I ran across details of the SPRIGGAN anime movie,
I recognized from the description and cels
that it was a video version of a manga by Hiroshi
Takashige and... Read more
Published on June 1 2003 by Greg Goebel
2.0 out of 5 stars Great action and visuals, but thats it!
Let me start out by saying the visuals are stunning and the action is good, but there's one major problem... the story ...! Read more
Published on May 11 2003 by Zachary Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good anime title.
This movie can best be summarized as Akira meets Universal Soldier meets Raiders of the Lost Ark. The basic plot is that one group has located Noah's Ark. Another group wants it. Read more
Published on May 3 2003 by dark54555
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid addition to you're library
I really liked Spriggan. I disgree to other reviewers who rated this bad. Com'n. You just gave you're roots away and can't even enjoy a simple action movie. Read more
Published on March 4 2003 by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Spriggan is anime done correctly
Such slander has been spewed at one of the best action anime films in recent times. The animation is superb, the japanese dialogue is fantastic, and YES the plot does rule. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie With an Interesting Plot
This movie can best be summarized as Akira meets Universal Soldier meets Raiders of the Lost Ark. The basic plot is that one group has located Noah's Ark. Another group wants it. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2003 by dark54555
3.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop laughing
I can't stop laughing every time I read the title of this movie, why?, the ending of course. This movie rips off a lot of other original anime (*chough*Akira*chough*[I mean come... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by "mardij"
5.0 out of 5 stars Worship this show as your god.
Seriously. This is an awesome anime. It's one of the few which just blew me away the first time I saw it, and it's enjoyable upon watching it for the second, third, twentieth... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2002
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