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Casshern Sins – 01

OP Sequence:

OP: “Aoi Hana” 「青い花」 by color bottle (カラーボトル)
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ED Sequence:

ED: “reason” by K∧N∧
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2, Show Streaming ▼

「終末の世界で」 (Shuumatsu no Sekai de)
“At The End of the World”

First Glance:
A remake of the 1973 classic Shinzo Ningen Casshern, Casshern Sins returns to television 35 years later with a modernized look and new cast in a production by MADHOUSE. While an OVA was released in 1993 followed by a live-action film in 2004, this time around we have a full two-season TV series (24 episodes) of robot action. Taking the helm as Casshern this time around is Mr. Gundam himself, Furuya Tooru, who younger fans may not recognize, but older ones would know him as Amuro Ray in the original Gundam and Tuxedo Kamen (Mask) in Sailor Moon. Tooru also starred as Kasuga Kyouuke in one of my favorite series when I was younger, Kimagure Orange Road, but current fans should know him as the narrator in Gundam 00. Despite the cast changing for both the OVA and this TV series, Utsumi Kenji has continued to reprise his role as the leader of the robot army and antagonist of the series, Braiking Boss, which should be a welcome addition for those who were actually alive in 1973 (…myself NOT included).

To be quite honest, when I first heard about Casshern Sins, I was simply going to overlook it with all the other interesting new series airing this season, but my interest was piqued enough to check it out after watching the PV. Well thankfully for that, I didn’t miss out on this series because it is quite the visual marvel, coming out of MADHOUSE’s studio and all. High-definition is used well here, with clean-cut lines making the somewhat simplistic character designs stand out in the dark barren backgrounds. Since I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this series, visuals were definitely what stood out the most first. Story-wise, it seems like your typical robots becoming self-conscious and subjugated humans for their own meddling with technology (which is comparable to the prelude of The Matrix), except here we have Casshern siding with the near-extinct human race in a post-apocalyptic world after having lost his memories. It appears that Sins alters the original story, with Casshern being Braiking Boss’ strongest warrior originally, killing mankind’s supposed salvation Luna, and then waking up hundreds of years later in a ruined world to figure out his past; whereas in the original, Casshern is a cyborg (i.e. originally human) and joins forces with Luna to combat Braiking Boss. In this new rendition, Braiking Boss now seeks to destroy Casshern in a world where both humans and robots struggle to survive, under the belief that Casshern brought the world to ruin.

For a series that is primarily action-oriented, the premise works for me. With Casshern haunted by his vague memories of killing Luna, there’s a good, mysterious, underlying plot that ties the series together and keeps me wanting to see more. Also, despite Casshern being a lightning-speed, close-combat type of robot, the animation doesn’t skimp by adding in cheap blurring effects, so the action comes off quite crisp. The action is also pretty gory (as gory as robot destruction can get I guess) with Casshern ripping the innards out of his enemies while they scream in agony. With the whole idea of a robot fighting other robots for mankind’s sake, I couldn’t help but see the resemblance to Capcom‘s Mega Man (a.k.a. Rock Man) franchise, except here it’s A LOT darker. In fact, Casshern’s skin-tight frame, helmet, and long-flowing hair looks like the Mega Man design right out of Mega Man Battle Network, which spawned a TV series. Evidently, Casshern predates Mega Man’s first appearance in 1987 by a good 14 years, so I guess that says something about who possibly inspired whose design. In any case, I’ve been a big fan of the Mega Man franchise since I was a kid playing the games on my NES, so to see a series that revolves around a somewhat similar robot premise in a different setting is quite a treat. It doesn’t hurt that it looks really good either, so if you’re edging for some mecha-action outside your Gundams, Valkyries, and Knightmare Frames, this could be just the ticket.

Music-wise, I wasn’t particular drawn to the opening song, but I get this strange feeling it’ll grow on me. As for the ending song, someone has to tell me who K∧N∧ is, because I absolutely loved “reason” after listening to it only once.

 

Notable Cast:
- Casshern (キャシャーン) : Furuya Tooru (古谷 徹)
- Lyuze (リューズ) : Miyahara Nami (宮原 永海)
- Ringo (リンゴ) : Minaguchi Yuuko (皆口 裕子)
- Ohji (オージ) : Chou (チョー)
- Luna (ルナ) : Yajima Akiko (矢島 晶子)
- Braiking Boss (ブライキング・ボス) : Utsumi Kenji (内海 賢二)

October 2, 2008 at 4:42 am
47 comments »
  • October 2, 2008 at 4:45 amAznCoffee

    lol Quickman anybody? xD

    this reminded me of that show with the 5 hawks… or something…

    Gatchaman?

  • October 2, 2008 at 5:02 amEspada

    PLS BLOG THIS PLS BLOG THIS…

    *prays*

  • October 2, 2008 at 5:03 amantimetabole

    I think I’m really going to enjoy this series. The simplistic, retro character designs combined with the more modern animation gives it a really unique feel…

  • October 2, 2008 at 5:06 amdivine

    AznCoffee:
    Yeah, I wasn’t sure how many people would know Quick Man, so I decided to make a more recent comparison. :|

  • October 2, 2008 at 5:08 amTan-Tan

    Lol, I just looked at this a few minutes ago, refreshed, then another XD So many in thursdays! Looks interesting. I’ll watch it :) I’m waiting for your Kuroshitsuji XD

  • October 2, 2008 at 5:14 amv1cious

    AznCoffee: it’s by the company.

    i absolutely can’t stand the opening to this anime, but the show itself is pretty good so far.

  • October 2, 2008 at 5:19 amTelzen

    Thanks for the write up, it really does look like its going to rock. Hope a real quality group picks it up.

  • October 2, 2008 at 5:52 ammonban aka naga_jahat

    close combat?? that quite interesting. nice review~

  • October 2, 2008 at 7:07 amUnknownVoice

    If I had any doubts about this, I have none now. It delivered. Will be sticking to this one.

  • October 2, 2008 at 8:06 amBlue-kun

    I was expecting some good animation from this one, but Madhouse has outdone itself. Everything is looking incredible and it was a real treat to the eyes.

    As for the OP, am I the only one who actually enjoyed the song? Just got kinda sad to see that there wasn’t any real animation to go along with it, although the images they used were quite sexy.

  • October 2, 2008 at 8:09 amPanther

    Oh yes another one on my watchlist. Mmm Madhouse.

  • October 2, 2008 at 8:24 amVoid

    Well I never really cared about Casshern but now I guess I’ll actually check it out. Even though the op song’s revolting.

  • October 2, 2008 at 3:15 pmfalconx0101

    Hm, doesn’t look too bad. I can definitely see a resemblance to Megaman.

  • October 2, 2008 at 3:17 pmEnact

    http://randomc.net/image/Snapshots/Casshern%20Sins%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2034.jpg

    This guy looks like Bask Om from Zeta Gundam. Coincidence?

  • October 2, 2008 at 3:22 pmChimasternmay

    just gonna re quote my self ” ya didnt know they had such a post-apocalyptic setting, i though i was gonna be kinda like Birdy where Earth is still there… but was kool” gotta keep watching this one.

  • October 2, 2008 at 4:03 pmIzuru

    The OP sounds cool, but I don’t really like the fact that it’s made of mostly still pictures. The ED animation, on the other hand, rocks the world.
    This show might be interesting; I might give it a try if I find a subbed version.

  • October 2, 2008 at 4:09 pmJoeDX

    I knew this one would turn out interesting. Will definitely watch.

  • October 2, 2008 at 4:34 pmUnknownVoice

    @falconx0101
    These character designs PREDATE the whole megaman franchise. If anything Megaman character designs resemble this. :)

  • October 2, 2008 at 4:34 pmAmuro1X

    It’s interesting that Divine mentioned Megaman, because the character designer for this series is also the same that worked on the Megaman Zero series of games. For that reason, the characters in this show will share more in common with Zero than say Battle Network.

  • October 2, 2008 at 4:55 pmalliecatt

    um you said peaked your interest..isn’t it piqued?

  • October 2, 2008 at 4:57 pmAmuro1X

    In fact, for anyone that’s played the Zero franchise, this and that are both VERY thematically similar. Both this new Casshern and the MM Zero series feature a super powerful robot protagonist awaking after a century of slumber with little to no memory of their past, a post apocalyptic world run by robots subjugating a dwindling number of humans, etc.

  • October 2, 2008 at 5:19 pmTinithraviel

    Seems awesome.I must watch this.It ‘ll be great if you blog this series

  • October 2, 2008 at 5:31 pmAzumi

    Music-wise, I wasn’t particular drawn to the opening song, but I get this strange feeling it’ll grow on me.
    —-

    I felt the same way.
    I only wish that the OP/ED was more action-oriented instead of mainly having still pictures. However,it’s still nice.

    As said,the animation looks lovely.
    It’s very appealing.. his outfit somehow reminds me of Suzaku though. XD
    (It must be the white tight suit.)

    Anyways,I like plots such as these since I’ve enjoyed animes such as Kikaider and Cyborg 009.<33

    Can’t wait for this to be subbed.

  • October 2, 2008 at 5:43 pmdivine

    alliecatt:
    Hmm, that it is. Thanks. :X

  • October 2, 2008 at 7:32 pmtau-tau

    The character design is definitely appealing. The movie remake a few years back was very nice visually but a bit lacking in the story department for me, so I’m keeping my hopes up that this will achieve both. :D

    I guess I really shouldn’t be surprised that the animation is great, it is MADHOUSE after all…but I’m pleasantly surprised that the new season has succeeded in making me follow quite a few series already (much more so than spring ’08), and there’s still ef and a whole heapload of shows that haven’t premiered yet…

  • October 2, 2008 at 7:33 pmkami

    Wow i love the art and the animation its so fluid but still with the old school superhero look.

  • October 2, 2008 at 7:47 pmkami

    omg Amuro Ray’s va is Casshern also.Please blog this!!!!!

  • October 2, 2008 at 8:40 pmKaitune

    It has the look but I have to actually check it out thought. But the snapshot definitely got me interested.

  • October 2, 2008 at 8:46 pmyanipheonu

    Do I have to know the story prior to this series to understand the plot? Cuz this looks pretty kickass.

  • October 2, 2008 at 8:58 pmreggie

    im gonna check it out just for the simple fact that i like the op :)

  • October 2, 2008 at 8:58 pmSayaSP

    TATSUNOKOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • October 2, 2008 at 9:23 pmdivine

    yanipheonu:
    Since it’s a remake and not a sequel, I’m 95% sure that you don’t need to know the previous story. I just looked into it a bit for informative reasons.

  • October 2, 2008 at 10:06 pmdaiox

    can the OPs/EDs be uploaded to mediafire for this ,rosari and the others that are not uploaded? Thanks alot.

  • October 2, 2008 at 10:38 pmmangaka-chan

    The main character’s design reminds me of Saint Seiya. o_0

  • October 2, 2008 at 11:14 pmAnonymous

    Wow, I’m loving these old-school designs. I wasn’t planning to look into this, but I might have to.

  • October 3, 2008 at 1:01 amkayne001

    yeah I hope you guys pick this up, plus I hope some subbers pick this up.

  • October 3, 2008 at 8:53 amAngel

    I thought of the Megaman contrast too the first time I saw the trailer, but after watching the first episode, when Casshern takes his helmet off he looks too much like Seiya from Saint Seiya.

  • October 3, 2008 at 2:32 pmTypelunatic

    Oh Casshern! How i missed you!

    After that nigh-plotless live-action movie I yearned for more!

    This looks so amazing! WHERES MAH SUBS!

  • October 4, 2008 at 9:55 pmanon234

    I used to watch anime movies on Sci-Fi on Saturday mornings. I remember watching the Cashan OVA (yes, it’s spelled different) then. Almost forgot about it had I not seen this show. I hope a group other than shinsen subs (IF they finish a series, they finish it months after it stops airing) grabs this.

  • October 4, 2008 at 11:33 pmkayne001

    Well two sub groups brought it out. One with a LQ version I think, and the other is Shinsen-subs. They did a good job, the first episode definitely piqued my interest now too!
    Who is the girl?(the obvious robot one, not the “Luna” one)
    Why did he lose his memories?
    Why is everyone trying to kill him?(well who is behind it can be included)
    can’t wait for the next two episodes so I can see if I’ll follow this.

  • October 5, 2008 at 7:37 amzero1328

    I’m pretty sure that the character designers for the Megaman Zero games and Casshern Sins are different people. Toru Nakayama is the one who did the Zero and ZX games, but Yoshihiko Umakoshi is the guy for Casshern Sins.

    Anyway, I have to admit that I too immediately thought of Megaman when I saw Casshern…

  • October 5, 2008 at 9:14 pmfriedtofu

    I actually liked this, I was just going to watch the first episode to see what it was about, but i think ill continue to watch this series.

  • October 6, 2008 at 6:17 pmRyvius

    Any thoughts about the OP and ED?? mmhh, not that great in my opinion.
    Check out my anime music blog: http://worldofanimemusic.blogspot.com/

  • October 7, 2008 at 12:41 amJev0n

    I kinda like the premise as well. Makes me want to see the original as I didn’t like the 93 OVA. Plus the OP grew on me somehow.

  • October 7, 2008 at 10:33 pmExia

    this show is pretty interesting. it is visually nice with it in hd glory.

  • October 8, 2008 at 1:28 amsdds

    forget megaman, the designs have saint seiya written all over it.

  • December 11, 2008 at 7:43 pmChino F.

    I followed this series… VERY depressing stories, since they’re all about ruin and despair… but mostly robots are the ones suffering here.