A secret organization known as ARCAM has discovered what is considered Noah’s Ark deep in Turkey’s Ararat Mountains. The US Machine Corporations., a rogue Pentagon organization, wants to take over the Ark to achieve global supremacy. Only a Spriggan, a special ARCAM operative, stands in their way. Japanese Spriggan Yu Ominae joins forces with French Spriggan Jean-Jacques Mondo to combat the United States Machine Corps members led by Col. MacDougall—a genetically-enhanced boy with lethal psionic abilities. However, they must act quickly to prevent MacDougall from using the Ark for his own purposes.
Spriggan anime is a sci-fi action original net animation based on Hiroshi Takashige’s manga series of the same name, illustrated by Ryoji Minagawa. If you enjoyed ‘Spriggan,’ here are some recommendations that might interest you. Most of these anime similar to ‘Spriggan’ can be found on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll, or Funimation.
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After ESP experiments on children went wrong, the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo in 1988. Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project in 2019, 31 years after the city was nuked. He fights anti-government protesters, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists, and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural abilities manifest. The experiment’s secrets are revealed in a final battle at the Tokyo Olympics.
‘Akira’ is an anime film about a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk thriller. It takes place in a world where Tokyo is destroyed by what appears to be a nuclear explosion. This precipitates the outbreak of World War III. The government imprisons a young boy because they believe his psychic abilities are the cause. Thirty-one years later, a new city called Neo-Tokyo has sprung up where Toyo once stood.
2. Neon Genesis Evangelion
The sprawling TV anime ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ launched the multimedia franchise of the same name. It follows Shinji Ikari, a teenage boy who becomes the pilot of the massive bio-machine mecha known as “Evangelion” to combat the dangerous entities known as the “Angels.” Yu’s powers in ‘Spriggan’ are derived from his suit, which is made of the legendary Orichalcum metal. Similarly, Evangelion is integral to Shinji’s identity, a fundamental aspect of who he is.
Fifteen years later, humanity has overcome this dramatic event known as the “Second Impact.” Still, mysterious giant creatures known as the Angels appear and attempt to destroy Tokyo-3, Japan’s new capital fortress. To combat them, the secret organization NERV created the “Evangelion” (or “EVA”), humanoid mechanical giants. Shinji Ikari, a 14-year-old boy, travels to Tokyo-3 at the invitation of his father, NERV’s director, whom he hasn’t seen in ten years. He had no idea he was being summoned to pilot an EVA and fight the “Third Angel.”
3. Ghost in the Shell
The plot of “Ghost in the Shell” takes place in a futuristic and dystopian cyberpunk-like world in the year 2029. Major Motoko Kusanagi and her colleague Batou, both cyborgs, work in Japan’s special anti-terrorist unit (Section 9) in New Port City. During one of their investigations, they are tasked with apprehending a fearsome, elusive hacker only known by the alias “Puppet Master.”
The hunt takes place against Section 9’s “service war” backdrop with Section 6, a rival unit that is also looking for the Puppet Master as part of a mysterious project called “Project 2501.”
4. World Trigger
‘World Trigger,’ like ‘Spriggan’ and several other entries on this list, revolves around characters who use technology to gain special abilities. They are referred to as Triggers in ‘World Trigger.’ After an interdimensional gate opens between their world and ours, entities known as the Neighbors invade Earth in hordes in Mikado City. Despite suffering terrible losses at first, humanity gradually gains the upper hand in the war by learning how to use Triggers and other forms of alien technology.
In the near future, the world will be overrun by bubbles that defy reality’s laws. An explosion at Tokyo Tower concentrates all of Tokyo’s bubbles, but renders the city uninhabitable. Several young people defy the restrictions and live there anyway, bartering and trading supplies through parkour tournaments. Hibiki, a 19-year-old parkour talent on one parkour team, the Blue Blazes, avoids others due to a hearing ultrasensitivity.
Because of gravity anomalies, access to the Tokyo Tower remains impossible. Gravity-defying bubbles rain down, effectively cutting Tokyo off from the rest of the world. The cityscape is transformed into a playground for young people competing in parkour team battles. Hibiki falls into the sea but is rescued by a mysterious girl.
Killee is an investigator who is surveying the Megastructure, a massive structure, in search of a genetic terminal (and a carrier of healthy genes). He indirectly works on behalf of a specific government office, an example of the resosphere. Shibo, a scientist, approaches him and offers to accompany him on his quest. Shibo and Killee must deal with silicias (augmented humans) and countermeasures, strange creatures with a single goal in a technological war with no mercy or prisoners.
7. Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
The film “Jin-Roh” is about people who are predators among prey. But, like Red Riding Hood’s wolf, these “beasts” never bother to change their shape; they simply dress in human clothes that do not conceal a killer’s eyes, teeth, and claws. They are rightly feared by society. The Capital Police are hunted in “Jin-Roh,” marked for elimination as a force by their own government and a public eager to forget the past.
8. 009 Re:Cyborg
Nine ordinary people from around the world are abducted and transformed into cyborgs with incredible powers to be used as weapons. In the name of world peace and justice, the nine cyborgs rebel and begin to fight against their creators. The nine cyborgs appear to be timeless decades later. Still, they live in a world of “justice” that has as many nuances as the no. of people on the planet. What is their current place in the world?
“The Voice was in the beginning, and the word was Him, and all obeyed His word in great awe. But those who lived on the land, driven by vanity, cunning, and greed, attempted to construct a slew of towers whose spires reached heaven, amassing vast wealth on the planet. The man turned a deaf ear to His Voice, scattering across the land and destroying it. So He gave a man a chance to atone for his sins, and flame and smoke and the roar of a lion descended upon the earth, shattering the many towers to dust….”
9. Black Cat
Train Heartnet, a former assassin for Chronos, a world-peace organisation that controls one-third of the world’s economy, is now an easygoing Sweeper (licenced bounty hunter) traveling with his partner Sven Vollfied. They meet and collaborate with professional thief Rinslet Walker in order to break into an arms dealer’s home and steal some data, but they encounter Eve, a human bio-weapon created using nanotechnology. Sven and Train eventually decide to free Eve and train her to be a Sweeper.
Creed Diskenth, a former Chronos assassin who murdered Train’s friend Saya Minatsuki for changing Train’s outlook on life and contributing to him leaving Chronos, kidnaps Rinslet to persuade Train to join his group, the Apostles of the Stars, to overthrow Chronos and start a world revolution. The fight ends in a draw, with Creed and Train both injured.
10. Crystal Triangle
‘Crystal Triangle,’ also known as ‘Kindan no Mokushiroku: Crystal Triangle,’ is a Japanese animated television series. It has several themes in common with ‘Spriggan.’ Archeology and religion play important roles in both anime. The protagonist of ‘Crystal Triangle,’ Koichirou Kamishiro, an assistant professor of archaeology, discovers a box containing two crystal triangles inside an ancient ruin in the Middle East.
The triangles send Koichirou on a dangerous quest to find God’s lost message. Koichirou, like Yu, is in conflict with American and Russian operatives who are hell-bent assassinating him.
11. Origin: Spirits of the Past
Three centuries earlier, genetic engineering to produce trees capable of growing in harsh, arid conditions destroyed the Moon & turned Earth into a plant-strewn wasteland; Japan has become a dystopia, covered by the Forest, a vast expanse of sapient trees ruled by the tree-like Druids and controlling the water supply for both trees and humans.
Agito, a young boy, his father Agashi, & his friends Cain & Minka live in Neutral City, a city carved out of ruined skyscrapers at the edge of the Forest. Neutral City serves as a buffer and bridge between the Forest and the militaristic nation of Ragna, which was founded in part of the empty wasteland that now covers the rest of the planet as a result of the Forest’s existence. While the people of Neutral City strive to coexist peacefully with the Forest’s trees, Ragna seeks to destroy the Forest in order to restore the Earth.
Oosawa Maria is a Japanese photographer living in Shanghai, China. She and her partner Mino scour the city for potential interesting stories. When odd happenings occur at a local festival, Maria and Mino immediately investigate. Suddenly, the two are caught up in a conflict between mysterious masked men and a weird, white-haired woman.
Just when Maria is about to get caught in the crossfire, an old friend named Canaan emerges and helps her escape. But a dark conspiracy involving a deadly virus soon emerges, and Canaan realizes she must confront her past if she is to stop the criminal and save her companions.
13. The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter
‘The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter,’ also known as ‘Ore dake Haireru Kakushi Dungeon,’ is a relatively light-hearted fantasy harem TV anime that tells the story of Noir Starga, whose family is at the bottom of the noble social hierarchy. After his dream of becoming a librarian is dashed, a disheartened Noirs discovers a secret dungeon with the help of his rare skill, the Great Sage.
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He meets Olivia Servant, a high-ranking hero who has been imprisoned in that dungeon for the past 200 years. With Olivia’s assistance, Noir becomes a well-known hero, adventurer, and the object of several women’s affections. Noir’s powers, like Yu’s, are derived from ancient relics discovered in the dungeon with Olivia’s assistance.
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