CASSHAN, also known in
The Casshern franchise also includes a 1993 original video animation
titled Casshan: Robot Hunter , and a 2004 live action adaptation
titled Casshern . In October 2008, a reboot of the franchise Casshern
Sins premiered. In anticipation of the upcoming series, a
* 1 Plot * 2 Characters * 3 Episodes * 4 Title romanization * 5 Legacy * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links
Tetsuya Azuma (東鉄也, Azuma Tetsuya), also known as Casshern, is an android with a human consciousness, also known as a neoroider (人造人間, Jinzō Ningen, lit. "artificial human"). Tetsuya turned himself into an android to hunt down and destroy the robots that have taken over the world.
His biological father, Dr. Kotaro Azuma, was the inventor of the automatons that were originally intended to serve humankind. However, the first android, BK-1, was struck by lightning and went out of control. Despite great efforts to stop it, BK-1 used its great strength to escape from the castle. After some time, it renamed itself Buraiking Boss (often mistranslated in English as "Black King Boss"; the name is derived from 無頼 or burai, meaning rogue or brute, using the symbols for "trust" and "nothing," but phonetically "Bu Rai" can mean "Lightning Man" or "Lightning Warrior," so the name fits with his background). The Buraiking Boss then built a robot army against mankind. The robots mutinied en masse when they logically concluded that the good of the Earth's ecosystem required the destruction of the human race.
Casshern and his robotic dog, Friender, join forces with a beautiful girl named Luna Kozuki to battle the robots led by the Buraiking Boss. Friender can transform itself into a tank or a jet aircraft and actively helps Casshern fight the robot army. Casshern has great strength and agility, but he is not armed, except for a pair of strange pistols, which are used more like rockets than weapons. While the robots are huge and robust machines, almost all of them have an antenna on top of their heads; ripping it off usually causes them to explode, so they are relatively vulnerable. Casshern can usually destroy the robots with his bare hands, dispatching a great number in any given battle.
However, Casshern also has some weak points. His body must be re-charged with solar energy and cannot sustain very long battles without risking low battery power. Luna started out as being totally harmless, until her father built an electromagnetic pistol, which was easily capable of destroying the robots.
Casshern (キャシャーン, Kyashān) Voiced by: Ikuo Nishikawa The protagonist of the series, Casshern is an android — the union of TETSUYA AZUMA\'s consciousness with an invincible body. His body features a number of unique android functions, including superhuman speed, agility and strength, an opening and closing face mask, a golden crescent-shaped solar panel on his forehead and waist-mounted pulsar propellers that can also be used as weapons. Luna Kozuki (上月 ルナ, Kōzuki Runa) Voiced by: Emiko Tsukada A beautiful 15-year-old girl who fights alongside Casshern. Like Tetsuya's, her father is a scientist, and she is essential in the battle against the Android Army, due to her Electromagnetic Field Gun. Midori Azuma (東 みどり, Azuma Midori) Voiced by: Reiko Mutō Tetsuya's mother, who had been captured by the Android Army and had her data transferred into the body of SWANEE (スワニー, Swanī), a swan-type robot pet kept by Buraiking Boss. She observes the actions of Buraiking Boss and appears before Casshern as a hologram to offer support to her son. Kotaro Azuma (東 光太郎, Azuma Kōtarō) Voiced by: Masato Yamanouchi The genius scientist who invented androids in hopes of helping mankind, and ironically became the architect of mankind's doom. Friender (フレンダー, Furendā) Voiced by: Shōji Katō Originally Tetsuya's pet dog, LUCKY (ラッキー, Rakkī), its data were used to revive it as Friender after it was killed. In order to support Casshern, it can transform into a jet, submarine, tank, or motorcycle, and is even able to breathe flames. Friender is a brave robotic dog capable of standing up to the Android Army alone. Buraiking Boss (ブライキング・ボス, Buraikingu Bosu) Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi The antagonist of the series, originally BK-1, the first android created by Dr. Azuma. He was designed to help bring the human race and the robots together, but he was struck by lightning and rebelled, renaming himself Buraiking Boss. He leads the Android Army in a plot to conquer the Earth. Barashin (バラシン) Voiced by: Kazuya Tatekabe A muscular high-ranking member of the Android Army. Arkborn (アクボーン) Voiced by: Ryuji Nakagi A lanky high-ranking member of the Android Army. Sagrey (サグレー) Voiced by: Osamu Kato A short high-ranking member of the Android Army.
* "An Immortal Challenger" (不死身の挑戦者, Fujimi no
* "Stake Victory on the Moonlight" (月光に勝利をかけろ,
Gekkō ni Shōri wo Kakero)
* "Find Tomorrow in the Ruins" (廃墟の中に明日を叫べ,
Haikyo no Naka ni Ashita wo Sakebe)
* "Channel Anger into the MF Gun" (ＭＦ銃に怒りをこめろ,
Emu Efu Jyū ni Ikari wo Komero)
* "Don’t Blow Out the Flame of Battle" (戦いの灯を消すな,
Tatakai no Tō wo Kesuna)
* "Raging Wind Friender" (疾風フレンダー, Reppū Furendā)
* "An Oath to the Hero Kikero" (英雄キケロへの誓い, Eiyū
Kikero he no Chikai)
* "The Roar of the Wild Beast Robot" (野獣ロボが吠える,
Yajū Robo ga Hoeru)
* "Concerto in the Flames of War" (戦火に響け協奏曲, Senka
ni Kagayake Kyōsōkyoku)
* "Stake Life in the Desert of Death"
(死の砂漠に命をかけろ, Shi no sabaku ni inochi wo kakero)
* "Statue of the Demon" (悪魔の虚像, Akuma no Kyozō)
* "The Iron Train of Evil" (鉄の悪党列車, Tetsu no Akutō
* "Android 5, the Robot of Betrayal" (裏切りロボット五号,
Uragiri Robotto Gogō)
* "The Town That Doesn’t Need Casshan"
(キャシャーン無用の街, Kasshān Muyō no Machi)
* "Puppy Runs for Vengeance" (復讐に子犬は駆ける, Fukushū
ni Koinu wa Kakeru)
* "Swanee’s Wings of Love" (スワニー・愛の翼, Suwanī Ai
* "The Robot Lullaby" (ロボット子守歌, Robotto Komoriuta)
* "Giant Elephant VS. Andro Force" (巨象対アンドロ軍団,
Kyozō Tai Andoro Gundan)
* "The Clown Robot of Terror" (恐怖のピエロロボット,
Kyōfu no Piero Robotto)
Streamline Pictures adapted the
OVA remake series to the
American market, they romanized the title "kyashān"
(キャシャーン) as "Casshan." "Casshern" is the romanization used
in other countries, and is used as the romanized title of the film
adaptation and the American release of
In Vanquish , developed by PlatinumGames , the art style is based on Casshern. In one of the boss fights the main character drills through a robot by spinning in place at high speed, similarly to Casshern. Concerning the game's development, director Shinji Mikami is quoted as saying:
"I was inspired by Casshern, so I wanted to make a game like that. If I went ahead and made the exact game I wanted, it probably would have been like Casshern, where you punch and kick the entire way through. But obviously if it were a game with only punching and kicking, I already did that with God Hand . So, I'm done with that, something else now. So this time he wanted to make a game where you defeat robots with guns. So now, you're going at it with guns, but he wanted to make sure the feeling of speed is still there, that was really important to him, so that's why he introduced the element of the sliding boost."
In addition, the protagonist of Vanquish has a facemask that periodically comes off to show his human side, much like Casshern himself. According to one of the game's character modelers, Yoshifumi Hattori, a support robotic companion dog was designed to fight along with the main character, including transforming into ability-enhancing armor. Although this dog was successfully modeled, it was cut from the finalized version of the game, along with another female android partner character. Raiden from Metal Gear Solid 4 is also dressed like Casshern.
* Robot Hunter Casshern - A four-episode
OVA produced in 1993,
released in English as Casshan: Robot Hunter.
* Casshern - A 2004 live-action tokusatsu film adaptation .
* ^ A B "タツノコプロ - 新造人間キャシャーン" .
tatsunoko.co.jp. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
* ^ "NEW ‘CASSHERN’ SERIES ANNOUNCED". wizarduniverse.com.
Wizard Entertainment . Archived from the original on July 29, 2008.
Retrieved October 4, 2008.
* ^ "New Casshern
* Shinzō Ningen Kyashān on IMDb