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CASSHERN SINS #13 - - Watch & Learn

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Ah-ha! Thank you, Lyuze, for spelling out what I find so fascinating about robot stories like this. After Casshern suggests that our dogged synth-lady might be dubious over the possibility of Luna’s return because she secretly wants her to be gone for good, the android gal gets on a self-questioning kick that quickly spirals down into more serious territory. She realizes that her existence is defined by her seeking of revenge for Luna’s death. Ergo, if Luna’s death were to be reversed, so too would the point of Lyuze’s revenge go - - and, along with that, the purpose of her existence.

I’m not going to apologize about taking a semi-tangential, potentially pretentious turn in the discussion here by bringing up the thoughts this show’s provoking for me. Foremost is the notion of the knife that doesn’t cut. Maybe I’m cribbing that from some philosopher whose work I’m forgetting, but I’ll go ahead and claim it as mine.

Anyway, what I’m liking about CASSHERN SINS and other robot stories of their ilk is that they explore that rhetorical concept in more literal terms. We have this revelation about how Casshern and his siblings were designed to procreate, but lost that purpose through some divine mistake. Now, they’re grappling with how to define themselves when that purpose is gone, and the real tragedy of the series lays in how their powers of creation now, in practice, seem to be only good for destruction.

It's easy to transfuse that tension into real life examples of people whose job or roles or whatever define their existence. What does the career soldier do when there are no more wars left to fight? What does the life of the party do when it’s time to grow up? And so on and so forth.

Well, we as humans can change, of course, because we’re not obviously designed for any one function… aside from procreation, perhaps. And that’s the exact thing that these super-cyborgs are incapable of. Since they’re designed to be one way, and there’s no way from them to ever grow or evolve, they’re trapped in their disuse, like knives that either can’t cut or have nothing to cut.

All right all right… I promise I’ll focus more on the plot next time. Less theoretical next time, all right?

Watch this episode, "The Past Rises Before My Eyes" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Casshern, Friender and a stalking Lyuze trail a group of wailing robots who call to Luna and say that meeting her will bring salvation. Ringo arrives, chasing after Casshern's group. While seeking shelter, Casshern encounters his former master, Braiking Boss.

YotaruVegetaon Sept. 26, 2012 at 9:11 a.m.

I CANNOT WAIT until you get to the Lyuze-focused episode that's 10 episodes or so down the line. I wonder what you'll say then, because for a show that could be accused for being pretentious, I found that episode to be both pretentious and basically unnecessary.

No_name_here staff on Sept. 26, 2012 at 11:32 a.m.

@YotaruVegeta said:

I CANNOT WAIT until you get to the Lyuze-focused episode that's 10 episodes or so down the line. I wonder what you'll say then, because for a show that could be accused for being pretentious, I found that episode to be both pretentious and basically unnecessary.

Oh boy. I'll try to remember that and brace myself accordingly. "Unnecessary" though? The biggest mark against the series so far is that it probably should've been 12 episodes long, so there's been a lot material to trim so far.

YotaruVegetaon Sept. 26, 2012 at 6:33 p.m.

@No_name_here: It's pretty episodic, but it's only one season, so maybe that's why it's forgivable to me. This one episode feels like true padding. The same point is made over and over again, just in different words. It's also very artsy, and I mean that in the worst way. I know that's funny to say, but this is the artsiest episode I've seen of the show.

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