Shinzō Ningen Casshan

Title:Shinzō Ningen Casshan
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Notables: Animation - Tatsunoku Production
R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
R1 License - Subtitled Only
The brilliant Dr. Azuma created many robots to aid humankind. However, during a thunderstorm his lab was struck by lightning, corrupting the programming of one of his robots, BK-1, who renames himself Braiking Boss and declares that instead of serving mankind, mankind will now serve him! He brings other robots together into an overwhelming army bent on enslaving the human race.

Tetsuya, Dr. Azuma's son, asks his father to turn him into an indestructible android so that he will have the power to destroy the threat his father inadvertently created. Shortly thereafter, Braiking Boss captures Dr. Azuma and his wife, Tetsuya, now renamed Casshern, sets out to turn the tide of the war and rescue his parents, with the help of his girlfriend, Luna, and robot dog, Friender.
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35-episode TV anime that premiered on October 2, 1973.
Animated by Tatsunoko Productions
Licensed by Sentai Filmworks.
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Watch 6 5 6 5 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:3457#1552]
I understand Casshan is one of Tatsunoko's most famous anime characters alongside Gatchaman, but the series hasn't really aged well. In spite of sporting lifelike human character designs and unique designs for enemy robots, the series mostly dabbles into an episodic storytelling format with Casshan finding himself overcoming whichever "robot of the day" or enemy plot that Braiking Boss and his robots unleash upon humanity, alongside support from Friender, Luna, and his parents. While some episodes help to further flesh out elements of the story, most of them are wasted on the formulaic "robot of the day" storytelling. Unless you're an old-school anime fan or a diehard fan of Tatsunoko's works in general, the original Casshan series hasn't aged too well in regards to its storytelling format and I'd find it hard to want to watch it more than once.

Last updated Wednesday, November 29 2017. Created Wednesday, November 29 2017.

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