Casshern SINS #24 — Rocks Fall; Everybody Dies

March 15th, 2009


And somehow, it mostly works.


As much as it pains me to compliment this show in its eleventh hour, the scenes leading up to Lyuze and Ohji’s deaths were excellently done. Very subtle use of music and just open space to let their passings sink in without being heavy handed about it. Yes, something in this show was done without the use of a 500 ton cluebat, I’m as shocked as you. It was still a bit surreal to jump to them all growing flowers by the ocean, but I think if it had just ended there with some words from Casshern and/or Ringo about accepting death as a natural part of life and finding meaning while you’re alive… which were the central themes of the entire bloody show… it would have been just about as good of an ending as they could have salvaged. Unfortunately, they decided to have Casshern assault Luna’s home and fight Braiking Boss to change the world once again. And then he literally left with an "I’ll be back." Thanks, T-800.

It wasn’t really bad though. Rather it was undoubtedly one of the strongest episodes of the series, and easily the best of the entire second half of the show. The second half of the episode just felt like a bad coda and mostly an attempt to toss in some action just for the sake of having some action. Casshern just broke in, killed some grunts, fought Braiking for the sake of having a final villain, then let himself be stabbed to ‘change the world’ while delivering yet another pithy speech to Luna before wandering off into the sunset. Hasn’t Casshern spent most of the series bleeding on various things already? I’m pretty sure the answer is "it’s convenient for the plot." So much for the subtlety of the first half.

Final thoughts at the bottom.

Final Thoughts:

No matter how solid of an ending this actually somehow ended up being, the fact remains that the vast majority of the second half of this show was a disjointed, undirected mess. The first half was rather enjoyable, with a lot of action and the introduction of all the various ways people are still living on in the world of ruin. Unfortunately, they never really did a great job of bringing those together in the later going, instead getting more and more obtuse in the imagery and still never answering some of the central questions introduced at the start of the show.

Overall, if you average the first and second halves and the particularly strong ending, it’s a pretty decent show, but the later going can be pretty rough, especially when it becomes clear that they’re never really going to get around to clarifying some of the central mysteries of the series. Where did Luna go when Casshern ‘killed’ her? Where did Casshern go? What was the deal with Ringo? Why was Casshern’s brand of earth-draining immortality so different from everybody else? So long as you don’t care about those answers and treat this as just a particularly heavy handed 500 minute version of "It’s a Wonderful Life" with occasional Rock’em Sock’em Robots, then there’s a lot to love.

I can’t say that I’m overall pleased with the show, especially given the plunging production in the second half. 8 weeks of lingering bitterness have a way of coloring your opinion. Still, I’m very glad that I stuck with this to the end as it really was mostly a pretty satisfying ending… outside of I’LL BE BACK at any rate.

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15 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Yumegari says:

    Well, I’ve got the impression that he came back a second after he had left ( And killed Luna, most probably. Older Ringo is cute.

  • Aroduc says:

    I didn’t really get that impression, and it doesn’t make much sense after his “and if you ever forget that… I’ll be back” speech. I guess it could be seen that way, but I thought it was more of just Luna’s fears about Casshern being a monster.

  • cking543 says:

    Can’t wait to watch the subs. How would you rate the show out of 10?

  • Aroduc says:

    I give it turnip points out of a possible salad bar.

  • Phocus says:

    Braiking reminds me of Sigma from the Megaman X series. Casshern reminds me of X or Zero from the Megaman X/Zero series. I mean, come on, both series take place in a world filled with killer robots, and an emo protagonist who blames himself for all the negativity in the world.

    Anyone agree? Yeah, yeah?

  • Eldar says:

    Other way around, Casshern the original anime was most likely one of the sources of inspiration for Megaman and Megaman X.

  • zizou says:

    It should have been a twelve episode series.

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with Zizou, a 12 episode series would’ve made the show feel less… bloated. Though since they still wouldn’t answer anything I think it would even be more confusing than the current ending (which tried it’s darned hardest to get people to make their own conclusions on things).

    Glad the final episode is pretty enjoyable though. Never wanna finish an anime with a bad taste, even if the parts before that were nothing too pleasing.

  • TJ says:

    A RingoxFriender end… who would have thought? Agreed everyone, this final episode was quite nice.

  • Shippoyasha says:

    Pretty satisfying show IMO. Never expected anything, but we at least got something that aspired to be great, even if it might not have quite gotten there. They needed some direct, in-your-face exposition once in a while (ESPECIALLY for finale), but we didn’t quite get it. But man, everybody thought this show would be an easy pass but it turned out memorable.

  • Hone says:

    I think you are way too hard on the show. It was pretty good overall. It could have been faster, but it wasn’t near the mess you make it out to be. Ringo is obviously Leda’s daughter, that’s the deal with her.

  • Scypher says:

    Here’s what I got from Casshern’s “OR ELSE I’LL BE BACK” thing that I think is easy to miss:

    If there’s going to be a natural world of life and death cycles, where people can accept life and death as how the world works instead of trying to cheat it – and if Luna is already the peoples’ symbol of life, then Casshern is saying he will become the symbol of death.

    That is to say, Casshern is the new world’s Grim Reaper.

    Remember how earlier in the series, people always talked rumors of Luna, talking about her like she’s a God, the universal reason for hope? Casshern wants to be the opposite, the universal reason for fear, so if people fear death in a POST-HOROBI world, then maybe they can live for today and all that good stuff.

    Does that make sense? That’s why Ringo mentioned that, in the end, she will get to meet Casshern. Casshern has made himself the Grim Reaper, Hades, etc., and I thought that was really cool.

    Other than that, though, I totally agree with you on how the series went. Great final episode, but if it were only a little bit more unified, even in the middle, then the end would actually be that much better.

  • Flame says:

    People, People, Casshern did not return in that last scene with Luna. that was Luna imagining him coming back to kill her if she forgets death. she is imagining his threat.
    also, it was said by Ringo afterwards, that Casshern never did have to return.
    though the ending was nice, and it was nice to see grown up Ringo, it didnt really have much closure. Dio is dead, though its a mystery how he managed to die in that position, and Leda curls up next to him, and supposedly just dies too, but wasn’t she immortal?

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  • Baran says:

    It was really good but i think there should be a second season, i also thought that there was a lot of questions not answered in the begineing, like mentioned above on the FINAL THOUGHTS section. but i really hope for a second season though.