Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Review: Casshern Sins anime series

Casshern Sins
Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Studio: Madhouse
Writer: Yasuko Kobayashi

In this science fiction anime series the Earth has gone through a cataclysmic event which has poisoned the atmosphere. Humans are few but a large amount of robots still exist. However the robots are doing no better than the humans. The change in Earth's environment is called The Ruin and it causes their metallic bodies to degrade and crumble.

Into this hellish apocalyptic Earth Casshern awakens with no memory of the past. It is clear that Casshern is a robot but it seems the Ruin does not effect him. He is able to regenerate any damage done to him. Stranger still is when he encounters any other robot he is attacked and told that by killing Casshern a robot will reverse the ravages of the ruin and gain immortality. They also seem to think that a very long time ago Casshern was responsible for causing the ruin.

Through out the story arc Casshern learns of Luna who will grant a robot immortality so many are traveling to find her. Also Casherrn starts to remember and recall a Luna in a previous time. It seems that he may have somehow killed Luna and brought about the Ruin. So Casshern himself travels himself in search of Luna to find out the truth.

The rest of the series arc is Casshern traveling and meeting people and robots along the way. Fighting and making friendships. As he searches for truth to fill in his memory and hopefully changing a small portion of the world to save those he has learned to care for. As you might expect Casshern does indeed find Luna in the series climax and the final episode does manage to spring a surprise that is a bit unexpected. Though I can't say with any certainty as to what Cassher's final disposition is.

The series is at present available on Hulu and is worth checking out.

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