Casshern Sins

TV (24 eps)
2008 - 2009
Fall 2008
3.561 out of 5 from 6,288 votes
Rank #5,074

In a dark future, the world is in ruin and everything is slowly crumbling away into dust. Humanity is almost extinct, while robots desperately seek out new parts to replace their rusting bodies. Their only hope for survival is to devour the one known as Casshern… or so they believe. Meanwhile, Casshern himself has lost all memory of his past. Why are these robots attacking him? Did he really kill the one known as Luna; the Sun that was called Moon? And why is he, alone, unaffected and undamaged by the ruin?

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vivafruit
6

StoryDespite being a remake to a kitschy 70’s anime “classic,” Casshern Sins begins promisingly. In the first few episodes, the creators lay out a post-apocalyptic setting that manages to feel both unabashedly retro and grimly bleak at the same time. The resulting mix of camp and angst is weirdly intriguing, especially when the solid supporting characters and mysterious titular protagonist are factored in. Sadly, Casshern Sins fails to live up to its initial promise due to its unfocused overarching narrative. Rather than develop any core theme in the early to middle stages, the series meanders among flavor-of-the-week plots and half-hearted attempts at a main story. After countless thematically tangential episodes, the anime barely has room to resolve its main plotline and is forced to squeeze a half-hearted conclusion into the final few episodes. The final episodes seem to assert that death is needed to make life worth living. However, the distracted narrative and conflicting themes beforehand causes this moralizing to feel hollow and unconvincing by the time the creators decide to tack it to the end. At the end of the series, Casshern Sins doesn’t feel like it was ever actually about anything, and this is perhaps its greatest flaw. The anime’s plot is further diluted by lame fight scenes that lack context or relevance. In many occasions, a group of mooks will simply appear in the middle of an episode to suicidally impale themselves on Casshern’s foot. These scenes appear to have been inserted to please the action junkies, but the problem is that Casshern Sins tries to be something more than just another shounen action show. By mixing mindless action with serious science-fiction, the anime fails to appeal to fans of either. Still, in spite of all these weaknesses, the series is not without merit. Casshern Sins’ main strengths lie not in the actual meat of the plot, but in the assorted one-shot episodes that pepper the overarching narrative. While they disrupt the flow of the actual story, many of the disjointed plotlines are well-written enough to be entertaining in their own right. Granted, not all of the self-contained stories are good, but others are genuinely compelling. This alone prevents Sins’ story from being an outright failure.AnimationFortunately, Casshern Sins has an excellent idea of what it wants to look like, if not what it wants to be about. Put simply, the style of the series' dystopian setting is wonderful. Casshern Sins uses carefully chosen color schemes and crisp animation all to great effect, and the final visual package is one of the most impressive I've seen this year. A particularly impressive aspect of the visual package is the dramatic use of light in just about every scene. It's not Makoto Shinkai obsessive, but the shadows drawn across the hero's face do a lot to darken the mood.SoundVoice acting as a whole is uneven. The protagonist’s seiyuu is so hideously terrible that I genuinely wondered if he was trying to sound wooden on purpose, while some of the supporting roles turn in excellent work. On the other hand, the background music is almost universally excellent. The music grimly underscores the anime’s bleak mood without ever becoming a distraction. The soundtrack’s one flaw is its frequent repetition, but this never becomes too much of a problem.CharactersIn addition to the haphazard plot and the hamfisted ending, the creators botch the characterization on nearly every major player in the show. Casshern himself is the most egregious example; his deadpan voice acting, terrible dialogue and unconvincing development combine to form one of the most ineffective protagonists that I've ever seen. Dio and Leda, the two main villains, are almost as bad; not only are their motivations left woefully unexplained, they're just flat-out boring characters. Fortunately, some of the supporting characters fare better; Lluyze in particular is a welcome exception to the bad characterization. Casshern Sins dedicates an entire episode to dissecting her psyche in a weird and decidedly Freudian fashion, and the result is arguably the highlight of the show. Sadly, she is a comparatively minor character and simply can't carry the show on her own.OverallOverall, I enjoyed myself as I was watching and in particular liked the one-shot episodes, which at times evoke the amazing work done in Kino's Journey. However, the turgid overarching narrative, the bad characters and the incompetent ending make me wonder if these scattered episodes were enough to make the series actually worth my time.

HDeer
9.5

Are you sick of seeing the usual criticism, mostly composed of empty words about something people were expecting, and it never came? Are you tired of reading reviews with exaggerated requirements, full of nonsense and comparison of aspects, which actually can't be compared? Then this review might be especially for you. Today we will concentrate on one of the most underrated anime, reboot of anime classic, Casshern Sins. Despite of some present signs of original pattern Casshan (or Neo-Human Casshern), the story of Casshern Sins is actually something completely different, most likely reminiscent of some OVA or anime original series. The series presents a haunting concept of Madhouse classical theme "Memento Mori", which regarding their production is not a solitary matter. In the next paragraphs I will try to respond to the issue, if their work was really inconsistent babel or modern, anime masterpiece.  Story: Self-aware robots which subjugated humanity, are taking their life for granted until the cataclysmic event, caused by unfortunate assassination of mankind almighty salvation Luna, usually called sun, that was once named moon. This is but just a prologue to the deep, diverse journey of mysterious warrior Casshern, which has forgotten all his past and currently wanders through the wasteland seeking a chance to redeem himself.  The pacing is mostly episodic, except latter episodes which are more or less connected. The each one of these episodes has its own charge, which forces viewer to look further, not just watch mindlessly. The way how Casshern encounters people who have been affected by the cataclysm is just out of this world. Without doubt one of the strongest feelings I have stumbled across watching anime. Saddened with his past deeds and confronted by the many, Casshern recognizes the true meaning of death, which himself cannot experience as a punishment for what he has done. I would be lying if I write, that series does not possess any mistakes. As one of the may be understood the unbalanced blending of episodic and non-episodic chapters of Casshern journey, which is inadequately dragging or on the contrary rushing the plot, leading to unsatisfactory conclusions. As another flaws could be considered aspects as recurring lack of explanation, idle usage of some characters or even not concluded end of the series. One way or another, these things mostly depend on the personal preference of a watcher, so I don't think it is outright to deal with them more than is necessary.  (8/10) Animation: The art style succeeds in creation of depressive post-apocalyptic world, filled with ruin, hatred and destruction. Most of the time we are able to see simple but excellent sceneries of the ruined wasteland, a desert which contains unwelcoming rocky mountains and nearly abandoned cities. This eventually changes when Casshern starts entering more unusual places like land of lakes, seaside or rare gardens, filled blooming flowers.  Character design is neat and memorable, simply outstanding. This only outlines the concept of the action scenes, which are by the way, Madhouse notorious forte. Accompanied by the incredible soundtrack, which is soon to be discussed, Casshern Sins brings immense amount of action, violence and the brutality, excused by the fact, that we are dealing with the robots nor human beings. All of the presented colors blend in the work of perfection, disturbed only little by several repeated action scenes (for example - three robots penetrate Casshern's body). In any case, this could be just a matter of insufficient budget. (9,5/10) Sound: I know that it is mostly based on personal preference, but when someone starts to claim that Casshern voice actor did a hideous job, he should clearly seek his ear specialist or stop watching dubbed versions of anime. Everyone of the seiyu did one hell of a job. I'm not just talking about the following of a script. They obviously brought in more than that. They have given characters an emotion, which outlined the severity of pervasive death. Mistaking opening theme song and ending(which are certainly very decent) for soundtrack I also consider as one of the grave mistakes when evaluating the sound of some particular anime. Kaoru Wada with his unforgettable themes created entire new dimension of the world of Casshern Sins. By overlapping of individual tones with dominant trumpets and bass with the tracks like Loss of Memory, Casshern or Dio and Leda emphasizes the atmosphere filled with ruin and despair. On the other side, with soundtracks like Ringo, Roamer, Peaceful or Human Nature brings back the lost sentiment and cheerful nature of never-ending days. 10/10   Characters: Portraying the characters is one of the most difficult tasks in the process of creating a story. To really maintain it, there are several rules which are needed to be applied. American author Kurt Vonnegut reminded an important requirement, that every character should want something in order to make the story consistent. Casshern Sins clearly succeeds again in creating versatile scale of outstanding and memorable characters. It is obvious that each of them is made from the scratch, disregarding the original pattern, totally different in terms of character affections. This diverse palette offers many interesting encounters, even with the characters that are appearing only once in entire series (you also wish they appeared more). The recurring characters on the on the hand actuate reliably and more direct. The viewer is very early able to make an opinion about these characters like Lyuze, Luna, Ohji and Ringo, including our very protagonist, Casshern. On the contrary, viewer inspects also the fates of the charismatic antagonists like Dio, Leda, not excluding still undefeated villain Braiking Boss. I liked how the series maintained its original concept and didn't intrude with its own opinions - it gave a space to the viewers to make an opinion about the characters on their own. Every single one of the characters has its own voice and motivation, which smoothly guides them trough the story and causes executed intersections of each other's interests. (10/10) Overall: In the end Casshern Sins appears as the haunting example of neatness and elegance. By listing on many sites and databases I wasn't able to find any sufficient equivalent, which would give me the more prevailing feeling of death than this series. It was not only the overlapping of the specific motives like revenge, meaning of life, love, human nature or redemption which made an impact, the characters, music and overall atmosphere made it as well. Like I wrote before, this project seems like a living thing, it has its own soul. Maybe that is the reason why I was so influenced by it. I'm well aware, that most of the watchers were disappointed with the series and I can't blame single one of these people. The issue with this series it is almost urgent need to look between the lines. The themes presented trough the series may not be visible for the first time, even the second. To understand it better, the most necessary item is the time. Only the time can bring you the expected answers and the key knowledge with which you will surely approve, that Casshern Sins is an impressive masterpiece, which needs its deserved recognition.

Zangetsu92
8.3

No spoilers!!  STORY : Ok, let's jump into my favourite part of the show and most likely the best aspect of it in general. Basically it starts with the main character 'Casshern' waking up in this world that is literally on its last legs. He doesn't know who he is, what he is or why he is even alive. As he wanders he befriends one of the main support characters 'Ringo' a little robot girl. After saving her life by slaughtering a bunch of bandit robots. And so his journey to discover what's happened to the world, who he is and for what purpose was he created for? OK its a little dark and depressing but its a post apocalyptic anime so that's to be expected. The first few episodes start off slow, kinda getting you used to the feel and the atmosphere that the world has fallen into. There's a lot of death here, some you wont mind and some you will. This is not for the faint of heart and also I'd like to add not to be marathon watched. As the story progresses though we learn more and more about the shocking truth behind the worlds imminent demise. Personally I was really enthralled ...I've watched a lot of mystery anime and this one was one of my personal fav's.  Overall thoughts : here you have a top notch post apocalyptic anime, with a real interesting mystery as to why it happened...which is refreshing because normally were given a stereotypical reason right off the bat.  Theres also some romance and a couple of feel moments to boot.  ANIMATION : So the anime is nearly a decade old so don't be expecting anything crazy, but in my opinion I thought it was very decent, the colour scheme was earthy and dark, the environment was harsh and withered, I really felt the apocalyptic feel they were trying to portray. The fight scenes were really decent, on par with naruto fight scenes, not blasts or insane jutsu's...but just hardcore hand to hand, raw powerful and fast scenes ( would love to debate that and expect to lol ).  MUSIC & EFFECTS : The music was decent, I especially loved the English song sung by one of the characters. Very fitting for the theme. The sound effects were very nice for the fight scenes especially. Overall they did a very good job there.  CHARACTERS : This is the other strongest aspect of the show in my opinion. There is a lot of characters that only appear in one or two episodes but I, on most occasions really felt for them and established a bond. Madhouse did a great job of really setting a tone in each interaction with these characters. The main supporting characters were very decent aswell, with lots of development along the way. My fav character had to be Dune. I won't spoil anything but his story in particular resonated with me. Overall the cast was great!  OVERALL : This anime is not for everyone, its one for the veterans. Or if your interested in post apocalyptic anime. It is one of the best in its genre and well deserves the high rating of 8.25/10!  Hope you enjoyed! ☺

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