The Big O
The Story so far:
Paradigm city is vast metropolis existing sometime in the year 2099. Situated beneath an enormous protective dome and secluded from the rest of the world, it is slowly recovering from a great disaster that occurred forty years ago. For some unknown reason, the memories of Paradigms’ citizens were deleted. Although Paradigm still continues to function as a city, some of its people are growing restless and, consequentially, this has resulted in a rise in crime.
Into this scene comes Roger Smith: A successful criminal
negotiator who uses his vast fortune to combat crime. A cunning and resourceful
man, Roger always to seems to have a trick capable of overcoming various
I like big mecha anime. Maybe it’s a good example of the machismo sense within me, but I always find some pleasure watching some giant robots smack the crap out of each other. However, mecha anime is one of the most populated genres in anime. Thus, for every one good series, there is also lot of series that are either appalling or unspectacular.
So in the case of The Big O, I would have to describe this series as different from the usual norm.
What The Big O represents for me is an attempt to do
something unique with the tired and tested mecha genre. Here, this series
replicates elements of US fiction and places them within the context of a
Japanese invention. The most obvious in this regard is the inescapable
similarities to Batman: Roger is a millionaire who fights crime with an
impressive selection of ingenious gadgets - much in the same vein as Bruce
Wayne. Likewise the animation style is clearly reminiscent of the US cartoon.
So this series certainly shows a lot of potential, but does it do something with it?
Well not quite.
Nevertheless, this was certainly a fun series and it
certainly had me hooked. Indeed, it is refreshing to see a mecha show that
certainly has a unique presence in amongst a rather populated genre.
Thus, if The Big O was designed as a pitch to a larger audience, I do believe it is fair to say it has well and truly succeeded.
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