Casshern Sins tells the story of a world where robots subjugated humanity after becoming self-aware. Their leader, Braiking Boss, rules over the world with an iron fist. One day, a mysterious girl named Luna is summoned by the people for salvation of mankind. Fearing that she can be a potential threat, Braiking sends three of his most powerful cyborg warriors to dispose of Luna: Casshern, Dio and Reda. Casshern, the strongest warrior, manages to track down and kill Luna. This triggers a cataclysmic event which brings about the end of the world. Hundreds of years later, the world's atmosphere now filled with poison, humanity is in danger of extinction, both from the robots and the environment. Robots do not fare well either, as they constantly replace their body parts, fearing death as much as humans do: the corrosion of their bodies from rust, due to the poisonous environment. In this wretched time and place, Casshern, after disappearing since his murder of Luna, returns with no memory of who he is. As he embarks on a journey to find out the truth about himself, he defends the humans against the robots.
Very dark and brooding story with edgy art style like that of Blade of the Immortal. This is a winner.
Not knowing who or what is in this dying world of robot/human like people. Not a bad concept though th e opening fight scene dragged on a bit too long. It'll be interesting if Ringo plays more of a role later. In the meantime, "Kill Casshern" ... "Devour Casshern" will be stuck in my head for a while.
This pilot has a great "Twilight of the Gods" feels to it. Although the premise seems a little vague, there's plenty of room to flesh it out and the confrontation between the title character and the woman at the end opened up all kinds of interesting possibilities.
i wasn't aware of a previous Casshern anime when i viewed this, but it definately has the feel of a remake. understandably, ideas, themes & premises found here i've seen variations of in many, many anime previously. in spite of this, i found Sins reasonably entertaining and decently executed.
Dates Reviewed: Oct 12 & 14, 2008
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