North American anime publisher Sentai Filmworks have sure gone retro with their latest anime acquisition, confirming that they now hold the distribution rights to the 1973 anime series Casshan, from the same creator that brought us Speed Racer and Gatchaman. The 35 episode sci-fi series is the creation of Tatsunoko Production’s legendary Tatsuo Yoshida and features series composition by Takao Koyama (Slayers TV, Saint Seiya TV) and character designs by Tatsuo Yoshida and Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy video games, Vampire Hunter D OVA), with music by Shunsuke Kikuchi (Doraemon, Getter Robo).
The title may sound familiar right? This title was later rebooted in 2008 under the title Casshern Sins which was published several years ago in North America by Funimation Entertainment and in Australia by Siren Visual. This installment is set to hit digital download outlets soon, with a DVD and Blu-ray (subtitled) release sometime in 2014.
When lightning strikes the prototype android BK-1, a new horror is unleashed on the world as the resulting monster Buraiking begins taking over all other robots on Earth, setting them against their creators in a massive orgy of planet-wide destruction! With humanity helpless in the face of the new Neoroiders and their mechanical armies, mankind’s only hope may lie in the hands of Tetsuya Azuma, son of the creator of BK1, who transfers his consciousness into an android body to become a Neoroider himself… the ultimate robot fighter: Casshan!
Now, together with his robot dog Flender and the beautiful Luna Uetsuki, the daughter of another scientist and wielder of the most robot-lethal gun on the planet, Casshan is on a mission to clear his father’s name, avenge his mother’s death, and save the Earth from the iron clutches of Buraiking! But things aren’t going to be easy, not when you’re three against thousands, and Buraiking has some shocking surprises in store that will rip Casshan’s world in two! It’s the ultimate blast from the past as the battle for the future pits the good bots against the bad in CASSHAN!