Who is he? And what is his relation to Casshern?
Minnie: I know Ric is the real reviewer behind this anime but he’s busy with Gundam 00 Episode 5-6 and Casshern SINS Episode 6, skipping Episode 5 entirely. This fall season has a lot of good shows I must admit. My most favorite anime is Tales of the Abyss. My most anticipated anime is Hakushaku to Yousei. My most popular anime is Vampire Knight Guilty. But Casshern Sins has to be the most powerful anime this season. Most people call it the “Dark Horse” of the season and I agree. Why is this anime so underrated in comparison to more hyped shows like ToraDora? I don’t understand. I love ToraDora but it’s not even close to this anime when it comes to depth. Then again, they are part of two different genres so it’s hard to compare. Still, Casshern SINS is too fabulous an anime for me not to write a review on an episode Ric has to overlook due to time constraints. On to my probably only Casshern SINS review then! Hopefully, this review will give the show some justice to its lack of popularity.
Last episode, we get a heartwhelming episode between Casshern and Sophita. This episode, Casshern moves on in this ruined world where nothing new is born. Ringo’s back from Episode 1! I love Ringo. She’s so adorable. While she is on top of a truck with a number of young robots, Casshern is angsting by slamming his hand into the ground. Did I say that Casshern is like the King of Angst? Well, this episode proves it so far. Soon enough, he is confronted by Friender. I’ve been wondering what happen to it during the midst of Episode 4. Well, here it is again- alive and well. The robot dog refuses to come to Casshern and leaves.
Right when Casshern looks like he’s about to cry, he is confronted by the mysterious pink-haired woman. She is very condescending I must say. I bet she knows all about his past and she wants him to make up for what he has done but alas, that’s not possible when he doesn’t even remember right? Although Casshern doesn’t remember killing Luna, everyone says so… so it must be that way. That is the only logical conclusion Casshern can come up with. In any case, the pink-haired lady hates him for not remembering what he has done but she hates him for what he did to her older sister. It’s sad that the person who killed your sister doesn’t even remember it. I feel sorry for her, whoever she is. This is when she tells the story of her older sister who serves as Luna’s protector to Casshern…
Her sister protects Luna and on that night, she gets a quick cut to her waist before the attacker disappears. This is when she runs up the stairs and checks up on Luna to find what I assumed was a dead body. At this sight, her face cracks slightly. She does not die there however. It is some time after that when her sister is returned home to her that she starts to rust. Luna’s death starts the Ruin and her sister becomes the first casualty of the Ruin. Sadly, every other robot and human will start dying right after her sister. This is why she hates Casshern. A good reason indeed. Her sister probably hates Casshern too because her last words are that of him being a calamity to the world and such. From then on, our pink-haired victim or younger sister vows to avenge her older sister.
In the present time, Casshern asks who Luna was. As I expected, Luna was the source of the world’s life or the shining hope of the world. This is when Casshern realizes what he truly is- a calamity to the world. With his existence, more people will suffer… more people will die in his hands. Because of this, he wants to ruin like everyone. He wants to end his existence because he is nothing more than a burden on the world. Casshern spreads his arms out, awaiting death. The pink-haired woman hesitates but at the image of her sister breaking, she screams out his name and runs toward him with weapon out. One slash and he tells her to finish him off. No. She hesitated. This is bad because his wound is beginning to heal.
Even after multiple slashes, Casshern is not dead. However, unlike most robots, he feels pain, which irritated the young lady. He might not be a robot or a human but something completely different. Right when she is set on killing him, his system activates. This always happens when someone who really wants to kill him tries to- he attacks them back. After knocking her against a wall, he flies up and tries to finish her off in one blow. She knows she cannot escape but she does… thanks to Friender. After this, he does not try to kill her again because he’s back to his old self. His wounds are healing and he leaves immediately since he probably doesn’t want to test himself against her anymore. Friender follows but then stops.
Somewhere else, Ringo’s group finally find an area filled with brand-new replaceable parts. These robots are happy that they might get new hands and legs and such. While a lot of them head inside, Ringo and Oji stay outside and feel like with this, they might sustain more hope in their lives. This happy moment does not last long however with the ugly robots’ appearance. I’m guessing they are the bandits that steal these parts. One of them has Oji within killing distance. Ringo’s group is completely surrounded by these evil robots! While these robots destroy member after member of the original group, Ringo tries to escape, only to be captured by one of them. This is when Casshern jumps in to save Ringo, who accidentally cries out his name. You know what this mean right? Let’s eat Casshern to live forever!
Casshern slaughters all those bullying robots apart. He keeps destroying one after another without stopping. Right before Casshern can ruin an innocent bystander, Ringo screams out ‘Stop’ and Casshern finally stops. Oji explains that Casshern has no limit. Casshern will keep destroying until everything around him is in ruins. This is when Casshern asks himself why he can’t stop… why he can’t control himself. I pity him in every single episode because he really has no self-control over his killing instinct. It’s like he’s created to destroy if they want to kill him first. While he asks why over and over, a very impressive robot says ‘It’s because you’re Casshern!’ This robot… must know Casshern’s origins and everything about him! But why must this episode end here? Grrr…
Anyways, this episode is as impressive as the last. However, I love the first and fourth episode more so I can’t really give this episode too high of a ranking. It reveals the reason behind the pink-haired woman (female robot?)’s intent to kill Casshern. This episode also brings back Ringo and Oji. There are bits of important dialogue scatter throughout the episode, mostly with Casshern to himself or with him and the pink-haired lady. I love the story behind this anime but there are times when it can get repetitive with Casshern rescuing someone and then killing everyone else off like a monster. I can tell the next episode will explain a lot and I look forward to it very much. Ric, review the next episode faster!
Minnie’s Overall Rating for Episode: 8/10
Minnie’s Anticipation for Next Episode: 10/10