The story may seem at first glance one of a solitary hero facing the world with his strength and powers, but, this is not the case, we are faced with an atypical introspective and even dark history in some psychological elements of the characters. Most of the time we will see the different ways to support guilt, or the processes of mourning in the robot characters who know that ruin consumes them.
The art section is quite good and was in charge of Yoshihiko Umakoshi where his style of stylized characters give a special and unique look to many of the characters, the scenarios are mostly large open desert or ruined fields that increase the feeling of loneliness in the characters. A remarkable aspect is the level of humanity of the characters who show emotions contrasted with the ruinous or more mechanical state of those who were carried away by fear or anger.
Casshern Sins is episodic in the same sense as Cowboy Bebop. The chains of the episodic parts are divided into episodes related to the plot, the main characters obtain their own introspective episodes, and the last group of episodes forms the conclusion. There were a couple of less than amazing episodes (I remember finding 15 and 16 a little boring and 21 is a bit wrong, but the next episode justifies it), but otherwise, every episode was great.
All the episodes of the plot were excellent, especially when Cassio and Dio fought, which was always absolutely epic. In addition to the wonderful climactic episodes, I almost had 4 favorites. Episode 7, where a woman in a tall tower teaches Casshern about the beauty of this ruined world - Episode 8, where a woman wants to spread hope through her song - Episode 12, where a man tries to paint his city its color for which the world will remember it - and episode 18, and the excellent episode of the cuckoo's nest in the psyche of Lyuze.
As I said in the beginning, Cassins Sins is definitely not for everyone. If you like all kinds of anime regardless of genre and are easily interested in something without having to be fast, Casshern may be for you. If you've always wanted the philosophical plots of pretentious anime to blend in with the good fun and incredible fights of shounen action, Casshern may be for you. However, if the slowness leaves you boring or the action leaves you uninterested, you will want to move away. For me, the show was all I could have wanted and filled a niche I've long waited for an anime to fill.
The story of this anime at first glance may seem like the classic story of a lonely hero fighting evil, however this is a big mistake. This anime is excellent, presents a rather complex plot, deep and well cared for, although its plot is not full of scenes too disturbing, the anime plays with psychology and teaches some dark facets that might be uncomfortable for some people. One of the elements that I can highlight of this anime is the incredible emotional load of the characters, helping to give even more quality to the story.
On the other hand, the other audiovisual elements are excellent, they offer high quality audio and video with a section of highly charismatic and striking characters.
Definitely this anime is a very different option to see, due to its high quality and elements breaks the traditional scheme that is seen these days, leading to another level of entertainment.
The series itself, we can consider a set of metaphors on two closely linked issues that are disturbing to the human being: immortality and its possible imputation to artificial entities. Both themes are addressed in a totally melancholy and rather somber tone, being accompanied in a big way by certain symbolic elements, an example of this is the character of "Ringo", which acts as axis to show us the deterioration of innocence in a fatalistic world , But at the same time it symbolizes that little ray of hope that always appears. No doubt elements that enrich the meaning of the work but only that.
I understand that Yamauchi sought to take us a work of reflective character, but I feel that it is lost in the way and is surpassed by the narrative style that becomes quite lethargic and linearity makes the series rather tedious. Moreover the characters lack depth and appear simply superimposed and moved only by the general sense of history. All we have of the characters is what each symbolizes in the story, and if this conception is not combined with a development of plot and situations, everything is like a nice frame that never a photograph is placed.
The greatest achievement lies in the beautiful setting and the peculiar design of characters, both form an unconventional but highly attractive mix. In addition the hand of Yamauchi is very noticeable in the emotionality and the fluidity of the sequences of action. On the other hand the soundtrack is very well chosen, mostly melancholy and sad melodies are used, except for the opening that is more moved but still very good.
Casshern Sins is a very good work as a subject of analysis and quite dignified compared to OVA's of 1994; Nevertheless it is lost within its same philosophy and this makes it not a work for all public. Finally mention that whatever they say this is a Shonen ... for big babies yes ... But Shonen at last.
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