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Casshan - Robot Hunter

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Enslaved by an army of rebellious super-robots originally designed to help civilization avert a complete ecological cataclysm, mankind's only hope is CASSHAN, a legendary hero who wages a solitary war to defeat these NEOROIDS and restore the Earth to its rightful order. Ironically, Casshan's father is the same scientist who engineered the race of super androids now threatening to destroy all of mankind. On a crusade to clear the name of his father, Casshan must sacrifice his own humanity in order to attain the powers he needs to defeat mankind's powerful enemies. But Casshan's power does not come without a price. Haunted by the memories of his murdered mother and forced to deal with a super robot that has absorbed, and now manipulates, the consciousness of his father, Casshan must put aside his own emotions and fight to preserve the survival of the human race. An extraordinary tale of science fantasy and social relevance, CASSHAN is a story of man's best laid plans paving the way to potential destruction. Animation filled with bold action, pure adventure and remarkable depth.

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  • Actors: Takeshi Kusao, Yumi Tôma, Kenji Utsumi, Masaki Aizawa, Richard Allen
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Fukushima
  • Writers: Ardwight Chamberlain, Hiroyuki Fukushima, Carl Macek, Emu Arii, Hideki Kakinuma
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008G8PH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Casshan - Robot Hunter" on IMDb

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C K Mok on February 22, 2004
Format: DVD
I felt a little ripped off, when I got volume 1 and 2 together as an offer from Amazon.Com. Movie wise, volume 2 is actually exactly the same as volume 1, with volume 2 having the option for japanese dialog and Eng subtitle. Amazon could have at least indicated that in the "description".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
Format: DVD
This is another classic animation from my childhood. I've read some review complaining the weak figure of Casshan. A true and good martial artist has nothing to do with being Hugh and muscular. Casshan depicted the true beauty of martial arts and humility to sacrifice his human life to become the man and android hybrid to defeat BK1! Graphic may not be perfect but this is one of the classic that fans of animation shouldn't be missing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Gonzalez on April 9, 2003
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie in the sci-fi channel a few years back, and recently borrowed it from a friend, after watching it again I love it even more than before, good animation, although a step below princess mononoke or VHD, still it holds it's own, great story line, Casshan fights to stop an evil android who wants to destroy mankind in order to preserve nature and save the world(basically the bad guy is trying to do good but feels like he's misunderstood), overall, if you like action movies with robots and explosions then this anime is for you.
a timeless anime classic i'm sure anyone would like, GET IT NOW!!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andy Porretta on June 21, 2004
Format: DVD
ADV mislabeled the DVD as vol. 2 on its packaging. Amazon just went by what it sees on the label. Its a pretty good DVD, it's technically the special edition of Casshan with a japanese dub included as one of the special features. I like the show myself but people who don't like older anime probably wont like it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie Clay on August 26, 2005
Format: DVD
Its got to be one of the best anime's I've ever seen. I saw Cashaun: Robot Hunter on Sci-Fi channel's "Saturday Anime" block. Basically its a movie about a scientist who made a robot who's prime directive was to clean up earth is to get rid of all humans, thus getting rid of pollution and war. The scientist also made two other cyborgs. One being Cashaun and the other being a dog. Together Cashaun and his dog (whom makes Rush look mega-weak) must stop the eco-crazed robot and his henchbots from driving the human race into extinction.
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Okay, my best friend and I are fans of Casshern Sins, so we thought that something of the older series might be good to see. It sure as heck wasn't what we expected. Judging by the lines of Casshan/Casshern's suit (as well as various other tweaks of line-art), whoever the heck was drawing him had a serious hard-on for him. I'm not even kidding. There is _way_ too much attention being drawn to his crotch and his butt with that suit. Nevermind the gratuitous amounts of unnecessary art depicting the fact that yes, he _does indeed_ have 'tackle' shall we say...

Add on top of that, Luna looks like a scantily clad skank (and that's putting lightly)- let's just say that I don't want to think of what her laundry would be like- and furthermore, the plot is just kind of 'enh'. Yes, I'm aware, that's not a real word, but that's the best term for it. The story is mediocre with eye-bleedingly obvious references that Casshern and Luna had something going on before he got turned into a robot (or android, or cyborg, or whatever you want to call it).

As if that weren't enough, the entire plot basically boils down to: Casshern's father made the bad guy, the bad guy went crazy and took over the world, Casshern fights to save the world but has a brief moral dilemma over whether or not what the bad guy is doing would be what his father wanted, Luna makes goo-goo eyes at him while insisting he's still human as he insists he's not because he's amnesiac (yeah, that tired story concept), and then he goes to take down the big bad and wins- _and then spontaneously DIES for no reason_. Yeah. They tried to explain that off with some dumb excuse of 'his battery ran down' or something of the like, but in the movie it pretty much states that he's _sun powered_. And his 'battery ran out'. Riiiiiiiiiiight.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Antonio D. Paolucci on March 30, 2006
Format: DVD
Like Gatchaman and the upcoming Karas (which is an anime meant to reignite the anime superhero), Casshan is a superhero anime, which is a rare thing in the anime and manga world. It follows a man with supernatural abilities, and in this case it happens to be a half-man/half-robot who has acrobatic abilities and the capability of plowing through metal with little effort. And, as an added note, Casshan was created by the very same studio that created Gatchaman and Karas, so at least this was done by the ones who know how to do it best.

The story follows Casshan as he journeys across a post-apocalyptic Earth populated by robots called Neoroids. These robots are slowly destroying the human race and, except for a few pockets of resistance, they are succeeding. But the human race have found a light in the darkness in Casshan, and he battles for the human race against the Neoroids tyrant leader, BK1, also known as the Black King. He's not alone in his efforts, for following him is a childhood friend who happens to have the blueprints for a weapon that could change the war, as well as Casshan's cybernetic dog.

Casshan is no masterpiece, but it has a special place for me since it was one of the first anime I was able to see, back when the Sci-Fi Channel had an anime block. It has some solid action, great animation considering the time, and a decent dubbed track, even if it is a bit melodramatic at times. In a lot of ways, Casshan is reminiscent to Vampire Hunter D, so if you enjoyed that classical work of anime, then you'll probably enjoy Casshan as well.

(NOTE: This is not volume 2. Casshan is only a four episode OVA, which is contained in its entirety on this DVD. Amazon.com has made a mistake in titling this DVD version.)
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