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Casshern Sins
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I finished this not too long ago and I have to say that I loved it. Overall, I'd give it a 9/10. If you don't mind a slow paced anime that's sad, but also very intriguing, then check out this anime. It'd be more than worth your time.

*WARNING SPOILERS BELOW*

What a powerful anime. Truly, it was quite the ride. This anime was very sad and depressing, but there was always small glimmers of hope and it just made you want to wish for the best for the characters. The anime is not for the faint of heart though, it is not a happy anime. But I find that one of its strong points. I for one don't mind animes that are sad, just give me a good story and decent characters and I'll be a happy camper. So in my opinion, Casshern Sins did just that.

My favorite thing about Casshern Sins is its uniqueness. The story and setting are so unique and unconventional, it's truly awesome to see. A post apocalyptic setting where humans are pretty much extinct and the Robots are the only ones left, however, they're dying out too because of a mysterious robot disease.

Then its characters were awesome. Casshern was such an uncommon and refreshing lead. I've never seen a lead character quite like him and his journey throughout the anime was awesome to see. Then Lyuze's development was amazing. She was so cold at first, but she eventually learned there was no point in killing Casshern, joined his cause, and developed feelings for him. Casshern's and Lyuze's relationship was truly beautiful and they both learned to accept one another and fall in love. It was very touching and it made the last episode just that much more painful.

Ouji and Ringo were interesting as well and their daughter-father relationship really did shine. Ringo did annoy me at times, but she fulfilled her purpose. Ouji found hope in Ringo and encouraged him to live. Then Leda and Dio were great villains and who had a lot of depth and had interesting goals. Also the fact that they were in a lustful relationship most of the anime made for a peculiar dynamic, but at the end you could see that they really did love each other.

The ending is sad, but there's hope through Ringo (and Friender I guess). A major gripe of mine was how easy the solution to the Ruin was: Mix Luna and Casshern's blood. If only Casshern and the gang would have realized that sooner, they might have had a happier ending.

The fights were really great and they were always fast and fun to watch. The animation excellent and it fit the setting and characters well.

Also I really liked how the first half was kind of episodic, but at the same time it was moving the plot. Casshern learned something new each episode during the first half and his struggle and growth was great to see.


So what's everyone's opinions on Casshern Sins? You like it? Hate it? Somewhere in between? Spout off your thoughts below.
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There was a loli... I forget.
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I need my morning tea before I can give a longer, more detailed response, but my tl;dr version is I like it. The story is very well told and the atmosphere of the post apocalyptic world is done well. Characters are developed pretty well and the imagery is just stunning at times. The story of the older guy taking care of the little girl was probably the best one to me. That said, I also find is super depressing because, well, it is kind of nothing but death and sorrow with slight glimmers of hope here and there.

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I rather liked it, especially the world it was set in; it felt very different and almost dream-like. It was pretty depressing, but it still kept my attention. You never really hear of anyone talking about it or bringing it up, though, which is a shame.
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sonic720 wrote:

I need my morning tea before I can give a longer, more detailed response,



Haha gotcha.


BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

I rather liked it, especially the world it was set in; it felt very different and almost dream-like. It was pretty depressing, but it still kept my attention. You never really hear of anyone talking about it or bringing it up, though, which is a shame.


Ya, it's a shame that barely anyone talks about it. Seems like it was a dark-horse here in the west, but it probably was somewhat popular in Japan since Casshern is big over there.
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Casshern Sins almost immediately became my second-favorite anime of all time; I'd ordered the full set on Blu-Ray before I'd finished the first cour, especially after episode 9. Unfortunately I have no way to play them right now, but someday I will, and it'll be epic. I was only expecting a 6/10 generic beat-em-up shounen, so it was a bit of a shock.



I loved the atmosphere, the art and animation reminded me of Yumekui Merry except with a much bigger budget, and it turns out they shared some of the same staff (Shigeyasu Yamauchi directed both, and both art directors worked on Casshern Sins in preceding roles). The characters and tone also reminded me of Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal.



Yumekui Merry (2011) by J.C. Staff.


Casshern Sins (2008) by Madhouse.


I loved how they tackled such a macabre theme of the point of life in the shadow of death from the perspective of a previously immortal race of sentient machines who never had to consider it before. And how much that new reality simply ground their society to a halt, with people just giving up and waiting to die except for the few still struggling to really live.

And it helps that femme fatales are like my favorite archetype ever.


The characters and their struggles really drew me in as well; reading an old translated excerpt of Vladimir Propp's The Morphology of the Folktale I was struck by how many of our stories today are about blameless/innocent characters stuck in bad situations, whereas in Casshern Sins everyone is bearing the weight of their... sins, funnily enough.

It's a story that takes all its characters full-circle until they can see themselves. And the focus on their own internal conflicts deeply enriched the series, with Lyuze standing out especially. Lyuze and Casshern was another part of the story that reminded me of Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal, as well as a simply steadfast approach to tragedy.


Also talking about the atmosphere the OST is insane, just hearing a refrain from Luna's Theme in the weeks after finishing it was enough to put a knot in my throat. Everything together in this series created a really immersive and emotional setting. And they kept you engaged with the en medias res and the flashbacks about Casshern's past.

Casshern Sins is full of things that can't be taken back or fixed, but are now part of a reality that can't be fully healed again. Each character is bearing a burden of responsibility they must come to terms with, and when the series delivers spectacle it's always aligned with developing the atmosphere while furthering the story, characters, and themes.


Another thing was following everyone who was on the pilgrimage to find Luna and be healed, but afterward instead of returning to a life of bliss it's like the exile from the Garden of Eden: even cured of the Ruin the violence only escalated as people could destroy themselves and others with impunity, dragging themselves back to Luna for healing each day.

I felt Casshern Sins delivered remarkable characters and concepts, with an engaging story and plot structure, an incredible atmosphere, extremely striking/memorable scenes, deep emotional resonance, and a distinct sense of tragic, transcendent beauty. It also ducked basically everything I'd dislike in an anime, making for an easy 10/10+.



My only gripe is that, from a single viewing, Braiking Boss felt like a pretty one-dimensional plot element. And his character design was more Nickelodeon than the others, so it stood out awkwardly. I wish his presence was more like Murato from Hakugei Densetsu, but that might be smoothed over when I'm able to watch this all a second time.

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I loved Casshern Sins. I bought it and it was definitely worth the buy and watch.
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Ya man, well said! It was truly an awesome show, I'm still wowed by it. I bought the Bluray and DVD combo pack from Funimation and I got to watch it all on my HDTV in 1080p, truly beautiful animation! It's kind of a shame that people didn't like it because it was too depressing. I wish more people could have looked through that and see the bigger picture of what this anime was trying to do and what it presented. There was a lot of powerful and deep themes throughout the entire show, start to end. That's fine that if you don't like shows that are too sad, but it doesn't mean that it's bad. The sadness and turmoil is used very well and isn't just slapped on there for shock value or something.

While things were sad for the characters, the resolve and development of the characters made it all worth it. Even though they died, they lived and regretted nothing. I felt for pretty much every character in the show, the development of each character was just stunning.
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Glad you liked it so much that you had to make a thread for it. You already know how highly I think of the show as it has a comfy place in my all time favorite anime list.
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Glad you liked it so much that you had to make a thread for it. You already know how highly I think of the show as it has a comfy place in my all time favorite anime list.


Ya, it was great. It definitely deserved its own thread!

Seriously, there were no threads for this show ever made (if you don't include this) and a show this good should have its own thread!

You don't find shows like Casshern Sins that often, you really don't.
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Casshern Sins was a great anime, I've watched it many times.
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It definitely deserved its own thread!

Thanks for making it btw. I appreciated the opportunity to nerd out.
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LoomyTheBrew wrote:

It definitely deserved its own thread!

Thanks for making it btw. I appreciated the opportunity to nerd out.


You're welcome!
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I watched this when I was 17-18.
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