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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.

Casshern Sins (2008) is a reboot of Tatsuo Yoshida's Casshan Robot Hunter (1973), which was adapted to an OAV in 1993 and a live-action feature in 2004. Sins contains almost nothing of the original story, in which cybernetic hero Casshan fought the robot-soldiers of the evil Braiking Boss in a postapocalyptic landscape. Casshern isn't sure if he's a robot, a human, or a cyber-combination. He has no memories of who he is or what he's done, but everyone he meets insists he killed Luna, "the Sun Named Moon." As a result, Earth is staggering to its end. All that remains are a few people and three types of robots: human-looking ones who express emotions; puppetlike semi-humans; and big, nasty warrior-bots. In every episode, Casshern performs gymnastic flips and spins as he pounds the evil robots into so much scrap metal. But all the robots are succumbing to "the Ruin," a sort of mechanical plague that causes them to crumble into rusty flakes. As Casshern roams the wastelands and ruined cities with his robot-dog Friender, he hears rumors that Luna may still exist---and any otaku worth their salt can guess which supporting character she'll turn out to be. Director Shigeyasu Yamauchi choreographs the fights scenes skillfully, using a combination of CG and drawn animation to present the acrobatic battles. But Casshern's amnesia means other characters deliver endless expository speeches, trying to untangle the needlessly complicated plot. (Rated TV MA: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon

(1. At the End of the World, 2. A World Replete with Death Throes, 3. To the Ends of Agony, 4. The Angel of Ruin, 5. The Man Who Killed the Sun Named Moon, 6. Reunited with Fate, 7. The Woman of the Tall Tower, 8. A Hymn of Hope, 9. The Flower That Blooms in the Valley of Ruin, 10. The Man Entrapped by the Past, 11. By One's Calling, 12. Turn the Time Lived to Color)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Eric Vale, Trina Nishimura, Jerry Russell, Chris Grundy
  • Directors: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Surround Sound, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE8B2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I like to see his interactions and changing based on past experiences.
Eric B. Silva
To sum it up, I like Casshern, really it is a well written series with some great art style and characters.
I don't even know if what it is could qualify as bittersweet; maybe it's just "bitter."
Draconis March

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ryan T. on August 29, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I like Casshern, I really do. But around my area it seems like I'm the only one who's ever heard of this series. I'll give a very brief rundown of the origin of this franchise:

Shinzo Ningen Kyashan, or translated as Neo-Human Casshan, was an anime series created by animation studio Tatsunoko Productions in 1973. This series was never localized since the Japanese super-hero genre was never really that popular here in America. Years later in 2003, the OVA (titled "Robot Hunter Casshan") was subtitled and released on two DVDs (both of which you can find here on Amazon, at the time of this review of course). In 2007, the live-action version was re-cut, subtitled and officially released by Dreamworks here in America, titled "Casshern." In early 2010, Casshan made an appearance as a playable character in the fighting game "Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom" for the Nintendo Wii. I'm really not sure what's going on with the translation of this character's name; they just can't seem to decide which one to use. But anyway, just know that "Casshan" and "Casshern" are the same character.

Now it's mid-2010 (again, at time of this review), and here we have Casshern Sins. Suffice it to say, FUNimation did a fantastic job of localizing this great anime. If you've never seen it before, you don't need to know any of Casshern's back-story to get into it, but I think it's a lot more fulfilling if you do watch the other Casshern material. I won't go into the story, since that would make this review more lengthy than it already is and that's something you can probably find anywhere on the internet, but rest assured that it's one you won't soon forget. All of the English voice actors sound nearly identical to their Japanese counterparts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NC on January 17, 2011
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After taking the advice of others, I checked this series out. To sum it up, I like Casshern, really it is a well written series with some great art style and characters. The world is interesting and the anguish of Casshern is well portrayed. There is just a lot of questions about the background which never really get solved. You get the gist of things by the end of the series but things aren't totally clear. Some of the scenes are almost a bit over dramatic to the point it seems the writer is trying too hard. In the end if the rest of the series wasn't so well done, you'd wonder what the point of watching it was.

This series is not a happy cheery anime. There is a lot of death, mostly all of which is robot based so theres not blood splatter everywhere. While there are some quirks with it, you just can't hate Casshern. Really I want to give it 5 stars but in the end I just don't feel the need to watch it again. I've seen what the buzz is, I agree it is good, but I just don't feel the need to see it again. Unfortunately it just isn't a series I'm super into in the end. But I hope for others it will be. It certainly is at least worth a rental.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric B. Silva on September 1, 2010
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Casshern Sins is a tough anime to describe. It's about a being named Casshern roaming a world in which, as far as we know, he destroyed himself by killing Luna. When he did so it spread a plague of Ruin throughout the world destroying robots and humans alike. Now, years after the destruction Casshern awakes to find what he has done and has no memories of ever doing anything. Did he do it? Why did he do it? How can he fix it? These are certainly questions you will ask yourself as he wanders aimlessly through this dying lawless world.

So here's the deal. The animation in this anime is just superb. I mean excellent. I absolutely LOVE the way the filters look and certain colors just pop right out at you while everything still remains dark and sad. If you think there's no place in this type of world for person dressed like a superhero you'd be wrong. Casshern fits perfectly despite his get-up and it works wonderfully.

So the episodes. A lot of them consisting of Casshern roaming the world and discovering what he has done and who's paying the price(i.e. everybody). Many people will find this anime...not exactly to their liking. It's very quiet. Not much music at all. Lots of moments with silence and much contemplating what these people are thinking. The result is a very emotional experience that I enjoy a lot. But while there are the silent despressing moments, there are also the battles. Not as much but there are some battles certainly. The battles are amazing and it's great to watch Casshern dance around ripping robots to shreds. He's a killing machine and nothing can stop him. Even if you think he may be killing the enemy just because they show him doing it onscreen you can't always be fooled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vexed Villain on November 18, 2010
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Casshern Sins is a reboot of the Robot Hunter Casshan series produced by Tatsunoko in the 70's and the 2008 incarnation is pretty nice.

Story-- In a future where robots have essentially replaced humans, Casshern kills a girl named Luna and brings about the "Ruin" which essentially causes all the robots to decay or rust and fall apart and essentially suffer from "robo-leprosy". While everyone else is going crazy and rusting to death, Casshern is perfectly fine (aside from the fact he has cliche memory loss and has no idea who or what he is) and can repair himself rapidly, this leads all the other robots to want to kill and eat him in the hopes of a) stopping the ruin or b) gain his strength. The desolate rusting wasteland provides a very depressing backdrop for the stories of renewed hope that frequents part one. Most of the episodes involve Casshern having to save a small fragment of hope in a dying world by destroying the half crazed zombie robots with his incredible strength and agility and learning more about his mysterious past.

Animation-- In a word "Amazing", Casshern Sins is a gorgeous anime with smooth animations and crisp visuals further enhanced by Blu-Ray. The Combat is both visceral and graceful, Casshern can literally tear his foes in two with his hands and then pirouette on a guy's head!! Great stuff.

Sound-- All the metal clangs, scrapes and forceful blows are done quite well and the voice acting is pretty good despite the limited amount of dialogue Casshern and other characters are given. The music is also very good with the opening theme being so catchy it is still playing in my head as I write this.

Overall-- Very strong stuff from Tatsunoko, If you have never heard of Tatsunoko or have a penchant for mecha, I would invite you to give it a chance, it has become one of my favorites.
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