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1 24 May 26, 2012 November 3, 2012

Season 1 (2008-2009)

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1 "At the End of the World" October 1, 2008 August 31, 2010 May 26, 2012
In the near future, an amnesiac Casshern fights anti-human robots on a desolate Earth. Most of the humans were killed in an apocalyptic war when he was serving under the direction of Braiking Boss after he assassinated a woman named Luna. During his quest to find out who he is, Casshern befriends a robot girl named Ringo. However, Ringo becomes frightened of Casshern after he ruthlessly kills a robot who was trying to attack her. Not long after, he encounters an anti-Casshern mercenary named Lyuze.
2 "A World Replete with Death Throes" October 8, 2008 September 7, 2010 June 2, 2012
Casshern meets a robotic couple and their robotic dog named Friender. He finds out that they reside with a community of robots who have declared their acceptance of the Ruin, seeking to live in peace until they die. Upon discovering his identity, however, the robots turn on Casshern, and attempt to eat him to survive. Casshern is forced to defend himself, unfortunately going berserk and killing even those that have no intention on hurting him. Casshern destroys nearly the entire community, leaving Friender the only survivor.
3 "To the Ends of Agony" October 15, 2008 September 14, 2010 June 9, 2012
After leaving the now-empty robot town, Casshern meets the first human being in his travels, that being a man called Akos. Upon learning that the robot community is no more, he starts following Casshern around. Akos teaches Casshern about the fragility of humans, and reveals that he is currently under the same situation as he is, running away from his problems. Later, Casshern re-encounters a vengeful Friender. After being injured by the dog, Casshern decides to surrender his life to Friender, who spares him and instead joins him in his travels. Akos then decides to part ways with Casshern and Friender, and his last words to Casshern are that he is not a Grim Reaper after all, because he did not die traveling with him. Moments later, Akos succumbs to his prolonged illness and dies in the sand.
4 "The Angel of Ruin" October 22, 2008 September 21, 2010 June 16, 2012
Casshern meets Sophita, a female robot who enjoys fighting and killing her own kind. She is dubbed "The Angel of Ruin" by the robots who have heard of her and fear her. Sophita tries to duel Casshern, but the latter refuses. She tells him that fighting is her way of living, albeit in a twisted way. A group of armed robots then arrives trying to kill Sophita, and Casshern intervenes. Ultimately, Casshern decides to duel Sophita.
5 "The Man Who Killed the Sun Named Moon" October 29, 2008 September 28, 2010 June 23, 2012
Lyuze appears before Casshern again, condemning him for Luna's death. Luna was dubbed "The Source of Life" for this world. In the past, Lyuze's sister Liza was tasked to protect Luna, but failed to prevent her death. Casshern allows Lyuze to try and kill him when he learns more of the Ruin. Casshern almost kills Lyuze in his berserk mode, but Friender saves her. Meanwhile, Ringo and Ohji trade usable parts to robots who are in need of them. A robot bandit gang attacks and steals the parts from them. Casshern arrives to stop them, but again loses control and kills several unrelated robots. He only stops when Ringo, who is still terrified of him, shouts at him to stop.
6 "Reunited with Fate" November 5, 2008 October 5, 2010 June 30, 2013
Dio, a cyborg fighter who looks just like Casshern, claims that they were created as killing machines and served under Braiking Boss before the Ruin. The two cyborgs face off against each other, but Lyuze intervenes and critically wounds Dio in order to force him to stop fighting. Before he retreats, Lyuze angrily tells Dio that Casshern needs to stay alive until the memories of his sins return.
7 "The Woman of the Tall Tower" November 12, 2008 October 12, 2010 July 7, 2012
Casshern visits a dilapidated factory, with an incomplete high tower atop it. There he meets Lizabel, a former worker-robot who uses other robots as parts for her tower. Her wish is to place a giant bell at the top of the tower and, by ringing it, remind anyone who hears it that the world is still beautiful. She is entranced by Casshern's restored body and tries to melt him down to make her bell, but fails. In the end, Lizabel is forced to create a bell that sounded horribly when struck, annoying the robots who heard it and causing them to attack and nearly destroy her tower in the process.
8 "A Hymn of Hope" November 19, 2008 October 19, 2010 July 14, 2012
Casshern escorts a robot singer named Janice, who wants to travel to a rundown city known as the Bazaar in order to sing and bring hope to robot refugees who had been hiding there from the Ruin. Meanwhile, they are being stalked by a band of robots who believe that hope should die in a world full of ruin. They plan to wait until Janice reaches the Bazaar, then massacre everyone. As Casshern and Janice finally reach the Bazaar, it is revealed that Janice is also at the brink of Ruin, so she dedicates one final song to Casshern while he and Friender defend everyone from the killers assaulting the Bazaar.
9 "The Flower That Blooms in the Valley of Ruin" November 26, 2008 October 26, 2010 July 21, 2012
While battling a horde of robots, Casshern is pushed off a cliff, then falls into a hole in the ground. There, he finds an odd little robot girl who tends his wounds and gives him flowers. When Ringo, Ohji, and Lyuze arrive, it is revealed that the place was in fact a graveyard for robots. The strange girl's name was Nico and she used to be a servant of Luna. Not long after, the robots who were fighting Casshern find him again and attack. As Casshern and Lyuze fight them off, Nico is killed while protecting a doll made of scraps that she still perceived to be Luna. Following the last words of the robot named Bolton, Casshern and company now travel the land searching for what remains of Luna, who might be able to undo the Ruin.
10 "The Man Entrapped by the Past" December 3, 2008 November 2, 2010 July 28, 2012
Rather than focusing on Casshern, this episode follows Dio and his quest to reestablish utopia by gathering wandering robots to form his army. During the gathering, a mysterious robot dressed in a tattered cloak barges in rambling about the death of Luna. It is revealed the robot’s name is Dune, a guardian assigned as Luna’s bodyguard. Leda attempts to dispose of Dune but in the end requires Dio’s help. In a fit of rage for being mistaken as Casshern, Dio viciously incapacitates Dune. As Dio, with Leda by his side, motivates his robot army with a speech, a crippled Dune once again wanders the lands mourning Luna's death.
11 "By One’s Calling" December 10, 2008 November 9, 2010 August 4, 2012
After being attacked by rogue robots, Friender tries to rescue Casshern from debris. Failing to do so and breaking a leg in the process, Friender leaves Casshern behind and encounters a mixed group of robots and humans led by Jin, who believes that Luna is alive and is looking for her. One of the members, Gido, learns that Friender was a companion of the infamous Casshern and abandons Jin's group to join the rogue robots.
12 "Turn the Time Lived to Color" December 17, 2008 November 16, 2010 August 11, 2012
Casshern and Friender arrive at a city that is surrounded by a lake, which is populated with robots who have already accepted death. Casshern meets a disabled robot, Margo, who considers himself as an artist and paints white colors around the city. However, the current leader of the robots is far from pleased with Margo's optimistic behavior, and considers his presence to be corrupting to his fellow robots who have accepted their Ruin.
13 "The Past Rises Before My Eyes" December 24, 2008 November 23, 2010 August 18, 2012
Casshern, Friender and a stalking Lyuze trail a group of wailing robots who call to Luna and say that meeting her will bring salvation. Ringo arrives, chasing after Casshern's group. While seeking shelter, Casshern encounters his former master, Braiking Boss, who explains Luna's immortality and Casshern's order to assassinate her.
14 "The Truth Illuminates the Darkness" January 7, 2009 November 30, 2010 August 25, 2012
As Casshern takes his leave, a crying Ringo chases after him. Meanwhile Dio’s army begins to exterminate all robots who still believe in Luna. Ringo is targeted by Dio's army, and although Ohji charges in to save Ringo, they still end up cornered. Casshern, Friender, and Lyuze then intervene to save Ohji and Ringo. Dio once again makes his appearance and duels Casshern, who now has a reason to live, in that he must protect the weak and the dying. While the battle ends with Dio’s army being routed, in the shadows of countless robots a female figure appears calling herself Luna.
15 "The God of Death Dune" January 14, 2009 December 7, 2010 September 1, 2012
Dune, last seen after being defeated by Dio, crawls painfully across a crystallized landscape, all the while trying to hold on to his memories. Casshern, Friender, and Lyuze also pass through the same area, and encounter Dune, though none of them knows or remembers him. Dune then forces a confrontation with Casshern, who defeats him, allowing Dune to move on.
16 "For the Strength to Believe" January 21, 2009 December 14, 2010 September 8, 2012
Casshern and Lyuze discover vast swaths of robot remains while approaching a valley. Inside, they discover that all the robots were heading to a strange circular megalith prior to their deaths. Ringo and Ohji meet up with Casshern and Lyuze, and the pasts of the former two are explained. Meanwhile, Dio faces a problem when his reconnaissance group, sent to find Luna's whereabouts, is decimated by two mysterious robots. He and Leda find Vulcan and Mars, who were considered the best fighters of Braiking Boss next to the cyborgs. After being given an inspirational talk by Braiking Boss, Dio defeats Mars before Braiking Boss finishes off Vulcan.
17 "The Glass Cradle" January 28, 2009 December 21, 2010 September 15, 2012
Casshern and the others meet a trio of robotic children. Ringo makes friends with one of them, a mute robot named Holter. When the three kids return to their home, which happens to be an important location, they bump into Dio and Leda, and Leda pretends to be nice to them in order to glean information about Luna. Leda then attacks the children upon seeing the glass tanks where Luna was said to be born, when Casshern intervenes to fight her. Just as Leda is about to critically injure Casshern, Dio appears and reminds her that he should be the one to kill Casshern.
18 "The Time I've Lived and the Time I Have Left" February 2, 2009 December 28, 2010 September 22, 2012
Lyuze questions her original intentions for revenge against Casshern, and her current intentions for him. After going through a series of mind-bending scenarios, she realizes that she has fallen in love with Casshern. Lyuze decides that her way to continue living is to pursue the same goals as Casshern, and stick with him as long as her life lasts.
19 "Believe in the Flower That Lives in Your Heart" February 9, 2009 January 4, 2011 September 29, 2012
Continuing their journey, Casshern and Lyuze are attacked by two robots named Castor and Helene. The encounter causes Lyuze to become concerned that she is beginning to ruin, showing signs that the time will come soon for her, and she becomes distant. While hiding in a cave, Ringo mentions a story that Ohji once told her about an immortal monster that lives in caves. Lyuze feels Ringo's story relates to Casshern and she states that she is jealous of his immortality.
20 "For Whom do the Flowers Bloom?" February 16, 2009 January 11, 2011 October 6, 2012
Casshern, Lyuze, and Ringo finally reach Luna's castle. They meet up with Dune, who has rejoined Luna. Casshern's group is stunned to see the large amount of robots that await Luna's healing. Casshern finds one of the robots who is healed by Luna earlier attacked and beaten to near death by other robots. After Dune suffers severe injuries after a bandit attack, Luna refuses to heal him and lets him die. Casshern and the others are shocked and angry at Luna's change in behavior and outlook on life. Elsewhere, Braiking Boss visits the graves of his dead subordinates, while Leda is informed of Luna's whereabouts. Casshern confronts Luna, and questions whether her current role will truly bring salvation to the world.
21 "The Paradise of Lost Hope" February 23, 2009 January 18, 2011 October 13, 2012
Luna tells Casshern's group that her blood can grant eternal life, but her outlook on death has changed negatively, completely shunning it. She wants them to stay but Casshern and the others leave. Later Casshern changes his mind and wants to bring Ringo for Luna to heal, against Lyuze's protests. They reunite with Ohji, who tells them that Luna is not salvation; she grants death. A long time ago, humans found a way to live eternally, but Braiking Boss found it revolting and started exterminating humans, eventually giving the order to assassinate Luna. Ohji explains that the old Luna and the current Luna are different. However, upon witnessing Luna's results, Ohji forces Ringo to see Luna, but the girl refuses. Casshern reaches Dio and Leda's army who has come to get rid of Luna, but he allows himself to be brutally attacked by them.
22 "A Drop Called Eternity" March 2, 2009 January 25, 2011 October 20, 2012
Dio captures Casshern and brings him back to Luna's castle. Leda wants Dio to be healed along with her by Luna, but he refuses. Leda finds Luna and orders her to heal only those that are chosen, like her. Meanwhile, Braiking Boss is followed by robots on the verge of ruin. Leda receives Luna's healing, but it is not enough as she starts to break down again. She demands more healing from Luna, who complies. However, the increased healing she receives is much more painful than the first one. Dio takes Casshern away for him to regenerate so that he can battle him again in a fair fight. Casshern learns that Dio's reason to live is to defeat him. After a painful regeneration, Casshern prepares for one final battle with his archenemy.
23 "Those Who Return" March 9, 2009 February 1, 2011 October 27, 2012
Braiking Boss leaves the robot graveyard and, followed by an army of robots, begin their journey. Casshern and Dio fight their best, and the former sees Dio being truly alive when he is battling him. Leda wakes up in a pile of ruined robots, having been dumped by Luna's subordinates. She is shocked to see her body in an advanced stage of ruin and swears revenge on Luna. She encounters Ringo, but is hesitant to kill her. After Lyuze arrives for Ringo, Leda immediately retreats. The fight ends in a climax as Casshern and Dio deal each other a powerful blow. Dio seemingly declares victory on Casshern. Leda confronts Luna at her castle and is about to kill her when Luna stabs her. Casshern arrives on the scene and tells Leda that Dio wanted him to save her. Leda stumbles off to look for Dio. Casshern tells Luna that they are different from others, as being immortal, they are not truly alive. He rejects Luna's offer to be a king in the eternal world she resides, swearing never to take another life again, and leaves with Lyuze, Ringo, and Ohji. Leda finds Dio with a missing arm, and rests peacefully at his side. Braiking Boss arrives to take up Luna's offer to be the king in the eternal world.
24 "To the Wandering Blooming Flowers" March 16, 2009 February 8, 2011 November 3, 2012
Casshern, Lyuze, Ringo, and Ohji live on away from Luna, growing flowers. However, Lyuze and Ohji die from the effects of ruin. Meanwhile, robots continue to flock to Luna's sanctuary, except that she wanted robots who are decaying to be killed. Casshern and Ringo bury Lyuze and Ohji, then Casshern leaves to confront Luna again. Casshern fights against Braiking Boss and his men, defeating them. Encountering Luna, she stabs Casshern with a broadsword, but is stunned to see Casshern not attempting to kill her once more. Casshern warns her that he will come back if Luna and the saved robots and humans forget what death is. Years later, Ringo, now a beautiful young lady, and Friender stay near Lyuze and Ohji's graves, waiting eternally for Casshern to return.
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