In Spriggan, Katsuhiro Otomo has the vague role of General Supervisor. There is certainly much of Akira in Spriggan the central character of a kid with psychic powers who unleashes an epic-sized swathe of destruction, covert government agencies attempting to control the force. Spriggan is fairly generic in its plot as anime goes superheroics, cyborg villains, psychic powers, big guns and explosions, an artefact of unbelievable power unleashing the potential for world destruction, a teen hero improbably charged with singlehandedly saving the world. Most amusing is how in the film Noahs Ark undergoes a metamorphosis from the Biblical story, where it is merely a vessel carrying animals, to become more of a Raiders of Noahs Ark where it is now an alien artefact that can control weather and change genetic codes.
Within the formulaic limits of the story though, director Hirotsugu Kawasaki creates an entertaining show. There are some exciting action scenes a car and foot chase through Turkish streets, a massive all-out armed attack on the encampment, psychic conflagration and, of course, the big scale mass destruction climax. One has been spoilt by the recent high art animation of Disney, Pixar et al of late so you tend at first not to notice what an incredible degree of detail the more standard, less arty animation here has been conducted with when it comes to the backgrounds, landscapes and incidental texture.
After making his directorial debut here, Hirotsugu Kawasaki, a former Otomo protege, subsequently went onto make Naruto the Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005) and Legend of the Millennium Dragon (2011).