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CASSHERN SINS #22 - - Watch & Learn

Gee - - I wonder what this pose symbolizes?

Some of you lunatics have previously equated the appeal of these write-ups with the Endurance Runs of our former sister site. And I won’t lie - - sometimes they do feel like tests of endurance, even for shows I’m generally appreciating.

Indeed, I’m starting to think that the plotting of this series is supposed to put you in the mindset of its doomed heroes; slogging through an endless, overcast wasteland with a hope for some worthwhile endpoint you really aren’t that convinced of, anyway.

In other words, this is a show that could inspire one hell of an essay - - but it’s not something that you enjoy watching at all times. It’s not as guilty of putting academia over basic entertainment as all the self-important cyberpunk “thrillers” I’ve so often derided - - but it still isn’t really a show that you can just recommend to somebody without a fairly long list of qualifiers.

Said hypothetical viewer might bring up that the inconsistent rules of Casshern’s invincibility not only render his defeat and capture last episode insensible, but also make this final duel with Dio both redundant and tension-less. And even the biggest mark for this show couldn’t disagree with him.

I am a bit intrigued by Luna’s choice of words when she might have “healed Leda too much” or some such. I don’t know - - I’ve entertained a daydream sometimes of what life would be like if you were ever totally healed of even your slightest maladies. All your scars and blemishes and lingering injuries gone with a POOF! Would there be a drawback to such a magic trick? Could Leda’s collapse be some observant comment about the dangers of perfection as we often define it?

Probably not, to be objective. Instead, we’re getting some less-than-subtle religious symbolism with Luna’s blood communion and Casshern’s cruciform pose… all of it making me wonder if this show didn’t have enough ideas to fill its run-time and then fearful that its ending will just be wet and limp.

Watch this episode, “A Drop Called Eternity” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

metalsnakezeroon Oct. 25, 2012 at 6:19 a.m.

You're putting up some reasonably good theories as to the meaning of the show.

No_name_here staff on Oct. 25, 2012 at 7:01 p.m.

@metalsnakezero said:

You're putting up some reasonably good theories as to the meaning of the show.

I'm just magic like that.

zaldaron Oct. 27, 2012 at 5:29 p.m.

This has been the most entertaining one to read in a long time basically because of the depth of the themes of the show. Certainly learning more here than in others. But then I find learning and philosophy entertaining.

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