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First Date: Casshern Sins

This melancholy remake of 1970s anime is perfect for a gloomy day.

  • Casshern is Pretty
    Casshern is Pretty
    Title: Casshern Sins
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Ratings (out of 5):

    • Story: ♥♥♥½
    • Animation: ♥♥♥♥
    • Characters: ♥♥½
    • OP/ED Themes: N/A (my copy had no op or ed, though it looks like they might have just cut off the ed?)
    • Overall: ♥♥♥½

    Thoughts:
    Casshern awakens to a dank, dark world run by robots that are all falling apart. They also have gotten it into their heads that if they devour Casshern, they will become immortal. Casshern kicks some ass and takes no names, and only learns his own name from their battle cries: “Kill Casshern! Devour Casshern!” After that he comes upon a childlike robot named Ringo who asks Casshern if he’s human, because he’s so pretty. Casshern isn’t sure himself. He protects Ringo from another robot, but the viciousness of his attack scares Ringo away– giving Casshern one of his first memories: a human girl, crying. And thus begins his quest to find his memories, etc.

    Right-o, then! For those of you who enjoy that feel of old-school design mixed with new-school animation, Madhouse presents: Casshern Sins! Based loosely on the 1970s anime Casshern, the series focuses on the titular Casshern, a cyborg– not quite human, not quite robot, and…well, so far we’ve got two other presumably main characters who’ve appeared: Luna, in Casshern’s memories, and an unnamed presumably robotic guy in a cloak.

    This is the kind of show that I’m more interested in for the story than for the characters so far. Casshern is sort of a blank slate and we know barely anything about the other two. I don’t think Ringo will be a recurring character, either.

    I don’t want to explain more about why I’m interested in the series, because a lot of the information that I have from researching the show isn’t yet offered up in the episode, and I’m trying to stick to an “if-it’s-not-in-the-first-ep-don’t-mention-it” stance. (Sidenote: it worries me when that happens. Doesn’t it mean they’re giving away more than they should in promo materials? And no, this isn’t stuff taken from the original; the story’s really quite different from the 1970s anime.)

    Excellent visuals, wish my copy’d had the OP and ED so I could talk more about the audio…it’s rather stark throughout the episode, with no or very quiet music during the dialogue– presumably that’s intended to match the desolation of the landscape.

    All in all, I’d say this is a must-watch for fans who like a sci-fi setting (but not necessarily a heavy sci-fi show, i.e. scientific detail is thus far minimal).

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