Casshern Sins: The Complete Series [Blu-ray + DVD] [Import]
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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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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!
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.
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.
So I started a reluctant search for another anime that I would actually enjoy(I am RIDICULOUSLY picky when it comes to anime)...and after saying 'no' to a long list depending on the story line or reviews, I stumbled upon Casshern SINS. The artwork immediately caught my attention. A beautiful, soft yet almost decayed look and very different than other animes I'd seen. After picking through almost every review, I also became interested in the story and decided to take a chance...and watched the entire series in one weekend.
Casshern SINS has got to be one of the most tragically beautiful things I have ever seen. Everything, from the artwork to the characters to the storyline and animation is breath taking. The struggle every character goes through is wonderfully portrayed, and I quickly fell helplessly in love with them all. I gotta admit, the hair took me some time to get used to. One of the girls' bangs could clothesline someone, and I have no idea how Casshern fits his wild mane beneath that tiny little swim cap thing he puts on for battle, but you get used to it. You can't help but feel for these guys, and root for them every step of the way. Even the villains are just seeking what they see as their last hope in a dead world.
The story line, though its horribly heart breaking in some places, is different but a refreshing change to the usual plot you get. As a previous review mentioned, it is a very slow process but the characters make it enjoyable. The characters are actually the best part of the whole series in my opinion. I looooove seeing a character change and grow over a period of time, and you get that in full force with this anime. Casshern stole my heart from the beginning, and so did Ringo and Lyuze and Dio the second they stepped onscreen.
The animation is beautiful, also. The fight scenes are raw and 'in your face', and extremely brutal but still graceful, like its an art. Which is amazing. I'm a sucker for fight scenes, having been raised on DBZ and Yu Yu Hakusho, and Casshern SINS does NOT disappoint.
All in all, I was beyond impressed, and had no idea what to do with my life after the last episode ended. If you're looking for something that has a perfect blend of characters, character growth, an awesome storyline and beautiful animation, this is it. I have never become so obsessed with an anime so quickly before.