Spriggan, heading to Netflix in 2022, is based on the manga of the same name, written by Hiroshi Takashige and drawn by Ryoji Minagawa, which ran from 1989 to 1996. Spriggan focuses on Yu Ominae, a high school student who is also agent of the company ARCAM. As Spriggan, he helps the organization protect ancient relics. The word Spriggan comes from the Cornish fairy tales, where a creature of the same name is believed to guard a treasure in ancient ruins and burial mounds.
Hiroshi Kobayashi (Dragon Pilot) is directing a screenplay written by Hiroshi Seko (Jujutsu Kaisen). Shuhei Handa (Little Witch Academia) oversees character design and animation. Seasoned anime fans will recall that Spriggan came to life as an animated film in 1998, directed by Hirotsugi Kawasaki (Ghost in the Shell, animation department) and supervised by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, creator).
Netflix has seen a huge audience for its anime library, with 100 million households watching it, placing the anime in the service’s top 10 lists in nearly 100 countries. The popularity is also having a ripple effect, with a bunch of Western series receiving their own animated adaptations, including just ended Castlevania and its announced sequel, an upcoming series based on Splinter Cell, Far Cry, The Witcher, DOTA 2, and more.