A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The goal is to protect the legacy of an ancient civilization who destroyed themselves due to their misguided efforts toward advancement. Friendship is a theme. References to various religious philosophies and ideological ways of thinking throughout.
Positive Role Models
Yu Ominae is fearless when securing artifacts for the public good. He can be a little arrogant, but is good at his job. Both Ominae and Yamabishi are protective of one another due to their personal history.
The movie originated in Japan, and while the human characters aren't specifically Japanese, most viewers will likely infer that they are. Male and female characters are featured. Most of the anti-heroes are men.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of brutal and gory fantasy violence, ranging from physical assaults and taking hostages to big explosions and paramilitary maneuvers. People are shown thrown against cars, kicked in the head, with bloody wounds, dismembered, etc. Guns and other weapons are visible. References to suicide.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spriggan is an action-packed anime series that consistently features brutal and gory fantasy violence (bombings, point blank shootings, blood wounds, body dismemberment, etc.). There are also references to different religious icons and other philosophical elements that viewers may find familiar, such as Noah's Ark. Themes include friendship and perseverance.
Is It Any Good?
The action series, which was once adapted from the original manga in 1998, offers viewers a suspense-filled story world with a 1990s vibe. Yu Ominae is a likable main character who uses his smarts and advanced ARCAM super suit to fight all sorts of powerful enemies. Secondary plot lines, such as his relationship with Professor Yamabishi (Xanthe Huynh/Mitsuho Kambe) adds to the drama. However, it's the range of references to various philosophies and religions, which are associated with the relics that the characters are dealing with, that make the story interesting. Granted, it's violent, and the animation isn't always sharp. But Spriggan is entertaining, and worth checking out if you enjoy the genre.
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