Spriggan has been around for quite some time, initially getting it’s serialization in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday and Sunday Shonen Zokan from 1989 to 1996 and has been adapted into a number of different formats across the years from serialization to having its own tankobon releases, an anime film, and a video game. There isn’t a format of media that the series has yet to touch. Last March as part of Shogakukan’s Monthly Shonen Sunday, Shogakukan announced that SPRIGGAN would be getting a Netflix Original adaptation which would be headed up by Hiroshi Kobayashi, with Hiroshi Seko handling the series’ composition, and Shuhei Handa designing the characters and animation being handled by david production.
Since the announcement though, news about the upcoming release has been fairly sparse. But earlier today, Netflix took to Twitter to show off the first key art for the series.
Spriggan agent Yu Ominae, reporting for duty. Here's your first look at the new anime series adaptation of Hiroshi Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa’s classic action manga Spriggan. @DPInc_official pic.twitter.com/oPtw4cZiC1
— ⚰️😈 The NXorcist 👻🔪 (@NXOnNetflix) October 6, 2020
There is little information about the Netflix adaptation of Spriggan however it seems that it will be following the original story as the Netflix description for the series reads as:
An ancient alien civilization’s relics on Earth hold dangerous powers. The ARCAM corporation’s Spriggan agents must keep them out of the wrong hands.
Whether this will take place at the end of the Cold War as the original manga did or if it will be based on a new setting is yet to be known. This isn’t the first time that Spriggan has gotten an anime adaptation however, as in 1998 Studio 4°C made a film out of the Noah’s Arc story from the original manga which was also released in the United States by ADV Films.
Spriggan is still a little ways off on Netflix as they have only announced a 2021 release date, but the good thing is, is that it will be getting a simultaneous worldwide release, so fans of the series throughout the world can enjoy it together.