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Casshern Sins: The Complete Series [Blu-ray + DVD]

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Casshern – a cybernetic assassin with no memory of his past – awakens in a corrosive wasteland where nothing survives for long. A plague known as the Ruin sweeps across this once-vibrant world, reducing everything in its path to rubble and scattering any chance for salvation. Robots and humans alike – or what little remains of them – seek vengeance against Casshern for the life he took and the role he played in their Ruin. A machine built to kill, Casshern murdered the last hope for this world, but now, lost in a future he does not recognize, he will fight to save the dying.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful but a little depressing Nov. 7 2011
By jakuvee
Format:Blu-ray
An adaptation of a series circa 1979-ish, Casshern Sins (?Casshern's Sins) now ventures into the deeply philosophical territory of the meaning of life, in the absence of death. Set in a future world where the dominant lifeform is robotic and different classes of robots have taken on different levels of human qualities, from survival instincts (and the basic emotions) to desire for progenesis and love and, ultimately, to the contemplation of the meaning of immortality and transitory life, Casshern Sins dramatically explores those subjects and qualities that are not completely definable with words. But be warned that the conclusion is a little short on clarity. I like the artistic depiction of a world of ruin, but the use of violence to represent Casshern's internal turmoil is sometimes repulsive (perhaps intentionally so). My wife does not like the overall artistic form so clearly this is not an anime for all anime fans and certainly not for kids. For anime fans who enjoys existential and metaphysical questions, this is definitely a stimulating if perhaps emotionally challenging anime series to own. Lots of food for thought.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy Casshern... Enjoy Casshern... July 14 2012
By Shadow Sora94 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
"Kill Casshern... Devour Casshern..."

The Casshern franchise is one that dates back to the 70's with 'Neo-Human Casshern', with a four episode OVA called 'Casshern: Robot Hunter' later being released.

Then, in 2008, we got Casshern Sins, a totally different tale from the previous "Save the world/humanity!" themes present in the previous series's.

One day, an amnesiac Casshern awakens to a world flooded with Ruin- humans are dying off, unable to reproduce, and the once immortal robots are falling victims to rust. The world is on it's last legs, civilization as we know it is about to be wiped out.

There is, however, an odd rumor going about. If someone devours Casshern, they will regain their eternal life. And so sets off Casshern's journeys into the wastelands on his quest to answer- what happened to the world? Why is he not yet affected by the Ruin? Why does he seem to have a true immortality that even other robots in perfect condition couldn't obtain?

Just who was the supposed savior of the world, the Sun Named Moon, and what was his connection to her and the seemingly hopeless situation around him?

Casshern Sins is, in my humble opinion, quite possibly one of the best animes I've ever seen, one I'm willing to put on the same level as Neon Genesis Evangelion and Puella Magi Madoka Magica (and just for the sake of my childhood, hell, let's throw Yu-Gi-Oh! into the mix! ... No? Ok...). The series itself tends to have a very episodic nature- it's primary focus for much of the series is Casshern's quest in itself, and tends to focus much on Casshern's encounters with people and robots (mostly robots) in the wastelands, some of which do not contribute anything to finding the Sun Named Moon. And honestly? It works out well. Yes, some episodes you can skip- a lot of episodes in fact. The plot itself advances very slowly until the end when everything begins to connect with one another, and as such Casshern Sins is sadly not for everyone. Many fans of fast-paced and fighting animes can easily find themselves bored with the world of Casshern Sins. While it does have some fast action sequences here and there, it's important to remember this series progresses very slowly- and in addition to this slow progression, it has an episodic nature thrown in to boot- again, many of which does not contribute to the ultimate quest that drives the main plot and back-story of Casshern Sins. But, who says this is bad in itself? It is an anime (before the end) that you could probably pick up mid-series and figure out what you need to know in 2-3 episodes. However, if you can look past that, you'll find yourself watching and enjoying the truly heartwrenching story of the greatest robot of them all- Casshern. If you cannot stand or sit through slow shows though, you'll probably find yourself unable to enjoy this series.

The soundtrack itself is beautiful- it was done by Kaoru Wada, the man who brought you the soundtracks of Inuyasha, Kingdom Hearts, D.Gray Man, Princess Tutu, and more. You'll probably agree it has a very (for lack of a better word) Japanese sound to it- much in the same way Inuyasha especially did, although the music isn't so limited. This series in particular was amazing with using the music to enhance the current emotion of the scene- especially with sadness.

I can't lie to you- this show is heart wrenchingly depressing at times. It's hard to go into detail, but when almost every episode (especially 2 and 9) makes grown men want to burst into tears, it's night impossible to watch this whole series without feeling at least a tug or two. While you might feel different about it, 'sad' really is the overall theme- even if it doesn't have the effect on you.

The art style is beautiful- especially when you're watching this on Blu-ray! I won't lie- after so much, you might eventually get tired of seeing the wasteland in the background. Even I did near the end since th background itself doesn't bring much to the plate besides just that- wastelands. Sometimes deserts. The characters, robots, and all the likes has extremely good art. It's pretty nice to watch, I won't lie. As you might be able to tell from the art of Casshern on the box, yeah, sometimes the characters are prone to anime hair syndrome, although rest assured- nobody's as bad here as Yugi Muto. As this character has roots in the 70's, and they haven't let old habits die. It shouldn't be so much a problem that it'll bother you, but I'd be lying if I said you won't notice it every now and then.

And finally, honestly, this is a very good price for what they're selling! DVD and Blu-ray for not even 40 dollars, a 16 disc special? That $74 list price is honestly very fair in my opinion, but off of Amazon.. it's a great deal for what you're getting. It really, really is. To be able to watch this series anywhere as long as you can at least play a basic DVD is an incredible deal for such a low price.

One can only hope that this show being on Toonami's new run will attract more people to the flock, and help Casshern rise from obscurity and into a new world. But, I promise you- with the right kind of mind and right attitude, Casshern Sins will not disappoint you!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Casshern Is A Visual Gem Oct. 11 2012
By KevinB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Anime has come a long way in the past 30 years or so. Casshern Sins is probably one of the top 3 visually enticing animes I've ever seen. I was completely blown away by this show. Casshern is an android that awakens to a ravaged world full of ruined robots and very few remaining humans. He has no memory, but his enemies all want to devour him and are blaming the ruined world on him. He wanders alone trying to discover the truth and find the meaning of existence. The story is slow paced and very methodical. It has a very downtrodden vibe about it. But it's emotionally heavy and very thought provoking.

The animation is unparalleled and the voice acting is also great. The soundtrack fits the mood of the story perfectly. There are lots of interesting characters in this one as well. I am amazed by Casshern Sins. I can't say it's a favorite of mine b/c of the depressing mood of it; I like animes that are more happy. But ignore my personal preference and check it out. Everything about it is top notch.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art Oct. 31 2012
By Scoots McBoots - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Wow, this series was simply amazing from top to bottom. This is definitely what I would call top tier. Every aspect of this show is well thought out and very well produced. The animation and background artwork is astoundingly beautiful with music perfect for each and every scene. The style used throughout is unique in the way it looks on screen compared to other anime. It is just a treat for the eyes. The story is amazing as well. All of the characters are complete and their stories told quite well. The overall melancholy emotion of the show fits well with the scenery and stories we are given to watch play out and are a proper homage to the 70's sci-fi feel to the show. The journey this series takes a viewer on is intense and yet very enjoyable. Overall this series is a treat in all aspects. The crew that put this together definitely get a thumbs up on this one, as their time and effort are visible throughout. Simply stated, this anime, is not just an anime series, but is a true work of art from top to bottom and is impressive and a joy to experience. I thoroughly enjoyed every episode. Definitely a must have for any collection out there.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much to say, have no words to say it... May 6 2013
By OAS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm literally all emotions and no words to express them right now... Luckily, people before me wrote very great and descriptive reviews.
Casshern Sins is a very strange, very confusing, very sad, very emotional, and very happy story in an awkward way. If you think that it's just about robots - drop the idea immediately. Great and emotional music, heavy and gloomy scenery, episode after episode... somewhat simplistic yet very deep style of drawing at the same time... Definitely not for children, that's all I can say... and don't be expecting to feed your 'wild side'... it's not about robots fighting each other, despite that there is a lot of it... it's about feelings and emotions (mostly sad and depressing, but somehow optimistic at the same time)... if you are looking for action and thrill - not your choice. Emotions rule here. Enough said. The only way to understand is to watch. There is really no way to like it or hate it. There is no need to. With this story, all you need to do is watch it and take in all in.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top quality Blu-Ray anime title... Aug. 12 2011
By Paul Vincent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have only seen 2 episodes of this Blu-Ray set so far, but I am thoroughly impressed with the visual and audio presentation. I recently saw all of Casshern Sins on Netflix, then the next day I actually found out about this complete collection release [the day before its release] and pre-ordered it. If you want an excellent example of a quality Blu-Ray anime release this is a good one. Line detail, motion fluidity, image contrast, and image color use are all beautifully done. Dolby True HD audio track has very good presence and good surround use (not in the same league as Yukikaze - but a very well done surround track!) If all anime looked this good on Blu-Ray nobody would bother with DVD's anymore!

Note: I will update this review once I have gone through the whole Blu-Ray set.
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