Sentai Filmworks licenses the original Casshan


A new license for a classic anime!

Casshan has returned! The original 1973 anime series, from famed Tatsunoko Productions, will be arriving here in the US on both DVD & Blu-ray in 2014, as well as a "select digital outlets" this year. That means you'll finally be able to own this classic series on Blu-ray! Also, if I'm not mistaken, this is also the first time the series is on Blu-ray at all, so I'll be interested in seeing how the transfer is. Sentai Filmworks has a deal with Tatsunoko to bring over more of their titles, so I'm excited to see how things turn out.

If you're not up on Casshan, here's a little refresher: the 1973 series was made by Tatsuo Yoshida, the badass who founded Tatsunoko. He also made such classics as Speed Racer, Gatchaman, and Tekkaman: The Space Knight. Casshan follows the titular character, who is a human consciousness placed into an android body. He then hunts down the robots that have taken over the world and works to avenge his father along with his robotic dog, Friender. Many of you have probably seen the Madhouse reboot called Casshern Sins, which was also excellent.

I'm glad to see these classics see new light here on western shores. Are any of you excited to see Casshan arrive here? Will we ever decide how to romanize his or Friender's name? Or is there a Tatsunoko show you'd rather see? Sound off in the comments!

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