Spriggan is a manga written by Hiroshi Takashige and drawn by Ryōji Minagawa. It was published by Shōgakukan in Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Shōnen Sunday Super magazines from 1989 to 1996, and later collected in eleven tankōbon volumes. The manga was adapted into an anime film, Spriggan, in 1998, and a video game for the PlayStation system. An original net anime made by David Production was also announced, scheduled for 2021 on Netflix, but postponed to 2022. In this article, we are going to bring you a list of the 20 best anime you need to see if you loved Spriggan.
1. Neon Genesis Evangelion
Original Run: October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996
Number of Episodes: 26
In 2000, a gigantic explosion occurred in Antarctica. This cataclysm, officially caused by the fall of an asteroid, causes the waters to rise several tens of meters and devastates a large part of the planet, causing the death of two billion people as well as a new world war.
Fifteen years later, mankind has overcome this dramatic event referred to as the “Second Impact” but mysterious giant creatures, the Angels, appear and attempt to destroy Tokyo-3, the new capital-fortress of Japan.
To combat them, the secret organization NERV has developed the “Evangelion” (or “EVA”), humanoid giants of mechanical appearance. Shinji Ikari, a 14-year-old boy, goes to Tokyo-3 at the invitation of his father, director of NERV, whom he has not seen for ten years. Little did he know that he was called to pilot an EVA and take part in the fight against the “Third Angel”.
Original Release: July 16, 1988
Running Time: 124 minutes
Tokyo was destroyed by a mysterious explosion on December 6, 1982, and this triggered World War III, with many cities destroyed by nuclear weapons. In 2019, Neo-Tokyo is a corrupt megalopolis crisscrossed by gangs of idle and drug-addicted young bikers. One night, one of them, Tetsuo, has a motorcycle accident while trying to avoid a strange boy who is in his way.
Wounded, Tetsuo is captured by the Japanese army. He is the subject of numerous tests as part of an ultra-secret military project aimed at identifying and training beings with predispositions to psychic powers (telepathy, teleportation, telekinesis, etc.).
Tetsuo’s friends, including their leader Kaneda, want to know what happened to him because when he escapes and finds himself free, he is no longer the same. Tetsuo tests his new powers and wants to establish himself as a leader among junkies, which doesn’t sit well with everyone, especially Kaneda.
3. Ghost in the Shell
Original Release: November 18, 1995
Running Time: 82 minutes
The story takes place in the year 2029 in a futuristic and dystopian cyberpunk-like world. Major Motoko Kusanagi and her colleague Batou, two cyborgs, work in the government’s special anti-terrorist unit (Section 9) in New Port City, Japan. During one of their investigations, they are tasked with capturing a fearsome, elusive hacker known only by his alias “Puppet Master”.
The hunt takes place against the backdrop of Section 9’s “service war” against Section 6, a rival unit, the latter also interested in the Puppet Master as part of a mysterious project, “Project 2501”.
4. Tokyo Godfathers
Original Release: August 30, 2003
Running Time: 92 minutes
Three homeless people accidentally find a little girl on Christmas Eve, abandoned in the garbage. While Hana, an impoverished trans woman after quitting her drag job, wants to keep her as she deems it a divine gift, Gin, a wandering alcoholic, and Miyuki, a runaway girl, want to take the baby to the police right away.
Eventually, they convince Hana to keep her only for that night, but when she awakens the next day, they discover that she has left their makeshift refuge. After finding her, together they try to bring the child directly to her parents, following tracks that often lead them astray.
During the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the three will have various adventures, coming into contact with the variegated humanity of the Tokyo metropolis on the trail of their past and their respective personal stories.
5. Cowboy Bebop
Original Run: April 3, 1998 – June 26, 1998
Number of Episodes: 26
In the year 2071, the crew of the spaceship Bebop travels the solar system in search of bounties. In the slang of the time, these bounty hunters were called “cowboys”. Most episodes revolve around a bounty; however, the focus of the story is on each character’s past and more general ancient events, which connect as the series progresses.
The first story is that of Spike Spiegel, a former member of a criminal organization, the Red Dragons, who is haunted by a love triangle he experienced with his former teammate in the Red Dragons, Vicious, and a mysterious woman named Julia.
6. Rurouni Kenshin
Original Run: January 10, 1996 – September 8, 1998
Number of Episodes: 95
The story takes place in 1878 in Tokyo. Kenshin Himura, a former assassin nicknamed Battosaï, literally “master in the drawing of the sword”, during the time of the Tokugawa reign, hides a very heavy past. Become a wanderer since the establishment of the Meiji era, he travels the country equipped with his sword with an inverted blade, with the desire not to kill again.
7. Ninja Scroll
Original Release: June 5, 1993
Running Time: 94 minutes
A village is ravaged by a plague epidemic. The kunoichi Kagero accompanies a troop of ninjas sent on the spot to investigate but quickly exterminated by Tessai, one of the eight demons of Kimon. Kagero is saved in extremis from death by the intervention of Jubei Kibagami. The latter, a solitary ronin, is forced by Dakuan, a government agent, to fight each of Kimon’s eight demons with the help of Kagero. Jubei gradually realizes that their leader is none other than his worst enemy, Himuro Genma, who plans to seize power in Japan.
Original Release: November 17, 1999
Running Time: 102 minutes
The story is set in Japan, in the sixties of an alternate historical universe, and is centered around Kazuki Fuse, a member of the elite anti-terrorism police unit of the Kerberos Panzer Cops, equipped with heavy protective armament, called Stahlhelme, equipped with an oxygen mask and night vision, and German MG 42 machine guns.
Trained to behave as if he were part of a pack of wolves, hence the name Kerberos, Fuse is confronted with his own humanity when failing to shoot a young terrorist: the girl kills herself by detonating a bomb in front of Fuse.
Later, Fuse begins a doomed relationship with Kai, whom he meets on his way to the grave of the murdered terrorist.
The movie features several references to Japanese political themes of the 1960s and early 1970s. During this period there were student protests led by the left mainly, but not exclusively, centered on the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan.
In addition to Mamoru Oshii, two other prominent exponents of Japanese animation, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, participated in this movement, which took the name of ANPO Hantai. The influence of Nazi Germany on Japan, which took place in the parallel universe described in the film, refers to the fears of the left political factions that the fascists had actually returned to power in Japan.
A famous episode that greatly influenced this perception was the assassination of the head of the Japanese Socialist Party, Inejirō Asanuma, speaking on live television in the National Diet of Japan (1960); further controversies were sparked by Nobusuke Kishi, head of the Liberal Democratic Party (LPD), convicted of war crimes.
9. Ghost in the Shell
Original Run: November 18, 1995 – present
Number of Episodes: Numerous series and movies
Ghost in the Shell is a futuristic, cyberpunk-style manga set around the 2030s. The main character is a female cyborg1, Major Motoko Kusanagi. Kusanagi is part of an elite anti-criminal police section, Section 9.
The main storyline of the manga, as well as the film adapted from the manga, chronicles the hunt for a cybercriminal known as the “Puppet Master”. This cybercriminal takes control of a human’s “ghost” through the Global Digital Network, the evolution of the Internet in this universe.
As the investigation progresses, Section 9 ends up discovering that the criminal is not a physical person, but an intangible artificial intelligence, having acquired consciousness for the first time in the world.
10. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Original Release: September 1, 2001
Running Time: 115 minutes
It all begins, in 2071, in the crater of Alba City on Mars with the explosion of a tanker truck by terrorists. The government suspects a bioterrorist attack, and puts many people under medical surveillance. But no trace of virus is found, although people are sick. A huge reward is promised for the capture of the evildoers.
The Bebop‘s bounty hunting team takes the opportunity to bail out their finances. They identify the author of the attack: Vincent Volaju, a former soldier who belonged to a special section. The section members had been the subject of a scientific experiment involving nanorobots. Vincent was the only survivor, thanks to anti-nanobots present in his blood.
His memory had been erased as a result of this experience, and he was considered dead. He launches a massive attack on Halloween day, along a parade, by blowing up giant pumpkins filled with nanobots. Having guessed their intentions, the Bebop team drops anti-nanorobots from planes.
11. Fist of the North Star
Original Run: October 11, 1984 – February 18, 1988
Number of Episodes: 152
After the Third World War, the planet became a desolate and hostile place, few people have survived this catastrophe and water became the most precious resource in the whole world, just as strength is the most necessary skill, because Only the strongest rule the world.
This will change when a man, who is known by some as “the savior of the end of the century”, appears and practices the Hokuto Shinken, which is a martial art with devastating effects on opponents. With this, he will help himself to understand and fulfill his destiny in this new world, while he helps the defenseless survivors to achieve a more dignified life.
Original Release: July 17, 2004
Running Time: 126 minutes
In an alternative history England, in the 19th century, Ray Steam is the son of Edward and grandson of Lloyd, two scientific inventors of steam engines. They have not reappeared for several months after their departure for America, when a package containing a metal ball (the steamball) arrives at the home of Ray and his mother. But two men from the O’Hara Foundation who finance the research of the two fathers, want to seize it.
Ray flees and is rescued by scientist Stevenson, a fervent patriot. Meanwhile, London is preparing to inaugurate the Universal Exhibition where steam engines will be in the spotlight. The O’Hara Foundation has prepared a pavilion and sends the founder’s daughter, the young Scarlett, there. She is accompanied by Simon, in charge of selling the foundation’s technology.
Original Run: October 24, 2003
Number of Volumes: 6 (+ 1 OVA)
Killee is an investigator surveying the Megastructure, a titanic building, searching for a genetic terminal (and a carrier of healthy genes). He works indirectly on behalf of a certain government office, an instance of the resosphere. He meets Shibo, a scientist who offers to accompany him during his quest. Shibo and Killee have to face silicias (augmented humans) and countermeasures, strange creatures pursuing a very specific goal in a technological war where there is neither mercy nor prisoners.
Original Release: December 22, 2006
Running Time: 110 minutes
Set in the fictional town of Takara-machi, the story of two street kids: the cunning and badass Kuro and little Shiro. These two orphans have made it their mission to protect their neighborhood. Nicknamed the “Cats”, Neko, their reputation has crossed the city. This is why when the yakuza undertake to make the neighborhood a place for their business, the two protagonists decide to declare war on them. The “Serpent”, Hebi, charged by the yakuza with carrying out the project, has decided to begin by eliminating the two orphans.
15. The Vision of Escaflowne
Release: April 2, 1996 – September 24, 1996
Number of Episodes: 26
Hitomi, a high school athletics champion, versed in the art of cartomancy, one day finds herself the victim of strange visions and loses consciousness in the middle of training. Shortly after, during another class, one of his visions materializes. A column of light forms, revealing before it a young man in armor.
This is Van Fanel, heir to the Kingdom of Fanelia. Before she has time to find out more, a dragon appears in front of the incredulous eyes of Hitomi and two of her friends present, Yukari and Amano.
Original Release: December 23, 1995
Running Time: 113 minutes
- Magnetic Rose: The first episode, directed by Koji Morimoto, is based on Katsuhiro Ōtomo’s short story “Kanojo no omoide” and tells of two astronauts on a mission who set out in search of the origin of an emergency signal picked up by their spaceship, only to find themselves in a magnificent and hallucinating world, created from the memories of a mysterious woman.
- Stink Bomb: The second episode, directed by Tensai Okamura, is the story of a young chemist who, by a tragic mistake, accidentally turns into a deadly bioweapon headed for the city of Tokyo. The story is partly inspired by the story of Gloria Ramirez.
- Cannon Fodder: The third and final episode, directed by Katsuhiro Ōtomo, describes the day of a town strewn with cannons whose only activity is to open fire toward a distant and invisible enemy.
17. Ninja Scroll: The Series
Original Run: April 14, 2003 – July 15, 2003
Number of Episodes: 13
The series immerses us in a feudal Japan, 14 years after the defeat of Himuro Genma the immortal warrior, showing the hidden and mystical world of the ninjas (also known as shinobi), the honorable and brave world of the samurai and rōnins, in which highlights the duels to the death and the camaraderie between rivals with a common goal.
In the story, there are two clans, the Hiruko and the Kimon that face each other. One of the members of the Hiruko (Roga) steals the sacred stone of the dragon from the clan and tries to find the princess of light, Shigure, to give it to her. However, during the escape, he is chased by the two clans who want to get hold of the stone and destroy the princess’s village.
When the Kimon clan destroys her, Jubei, the protagonist, defeats them while the princess escapes. The thief of the stone, Roga, entrusts it to Jubei before he dies, for him to give it to Shigure and protect her from it. During her journey, she must face multitudes of enemies from both clans, until they discover that the Hiruko really only wants to defend her and the stone and lead them into a new age. However, the ambition of the Kimon clan destroys the Hijoko clan and everyone who crosses their path.
Original Run: August 25, 1992 – June 25, 1993
Number of Episodes: 6
Four hundred years after the fall of modern civilization in July 20082, in a world that has become medieval again, where war is raging… To save the kingdom of Meta-Licana, Tya Note Yoko, 14, daughter of the country’s great mage, resurrects the legendary magician Dark Schneider [DS], who 15 years earlier attempted to take over the world at the head of demonic troops.
DS, demonic magician if ever there was one, when he was defeated, pronounced a formula allowing him to come back to life, but saw his soul locked up by the great magician in the body of Luche Renren, also 14 years old, an orphan raised alongside Yoko, and unfailingly kind. Strangely, D.S., resuscitated, obeys, willy-nilly, Yoko, and helps the kingdom of Meta-Licana, attacked by the troops of Kal Su, who, 15 years earlier, was one of D.S.’s own lieutenants. Kal Su’s goal is to resurrect Anthrax, the legendary God of Destruction, who 400 years ago destroyed the opulent civilization.
Original Run: April 12, 2004 – November 18, 2004
Number of Episodes: 26
Kei Kurono is a relatively cynical and selfish high school student from Tokyo, a big consumer of erotic magazines. One day, while waiting for his subway, he meets a childhood friend, Masaru Katô, whom he had lost sight of and who happened to be at the station. He is then pushed against all odds to make a heroic gesture: to save a drunken tramp who has fallen on the tracks.
But this rescue does not go perfectly, and Kurono and Katô die crushed. They then find themselves mysteriously in an apartment room with a view of the Tokyo Tower, in the center of which is a strange black sphere by the name of Gantz. They are not alone in this room and will ask many questions: are they dead? Are they on a game show? Or a secret military experiment?
Original Run: October 7, 2003 – March 30, 2004
Number of Episodes: 26
The story begins and a truck is surrounded by human-looking monsters. A scientist and a young girl find themselves on board in a very delicate situation. Fortunately, the scientist wakes up Brandon. The man is a real war machine, he easily exterminates the crowd of monsters using his two huge weapons (the Cerberus). But what is behind this attack, what is the story of our protagonists, and who is really Brandon alias “Beyond the Grave”. This is what we discover during a long flashback retracing the lives of two young thugs entering the criminal organization that runs their town.