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Netflix releases new Spriggan trailer, announces 2022 release

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The sci-fi action anime was originally slated for release this year

Netflix has released a second trailer for Spriggan, the forthcoming sci-fi action series from David Productions (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure), announcing the show’s premiere in 2022. Initially announced in 2019 to release this year, the Netflix original series is the latest in a number of anime whose production has been delayed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Directed by Hiroshi Kobayashi (Kill la Kill) and written by Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan, Mob Psycho 100, Jujutsu Kaisen), Spriggan is the latest anime adaptation of Hiroshi Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa’s 1989 manga series of the same name.

Set in the waning years of the Cold War, the manga follows the story of Yū Ominae, a high school student who leads a double life as a “Spriggan,” an elite covert agent working at the behest of the clandestine ARCAM Corporation to recover powerful ancient artifacts left behind by an ancient civilization and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

David Productions’ adaptation will feature character designs by Shuhei Handa (Little Witch Academia), who also serves as chief animation director on the series, along with CG direction by Norihito Ishii (No Guns Life).

Spriggan was previously adapted into a 1998 anime film directed by Hirotsugu Kawasaki (Venus Wars, Ghost in the Shell), supervised by Akira director Katsuhiro Otomo, and produced by Studio 4°C.

David Productions’ Spriggan series is set to premiere on Netflix in 2022.