Roger Smith is a rich playboy who sidelines as a negotiator
in Paradigm City. When his job gets a little too hectic, he
literally calls in Big O, his giant mecha to help his pound
anything that stands in his way. But this isn't all that's
going on. Apparently, a mysterious catastrophe occurred 40
year prior which caused amnesia in all that survived, forcing
those who can afford to live in protective domes. Lucky for
them that they have amnesia - they don't realize how much
of this series is unoriginal and reused.
Big O has a lot of unrealized potential. The art is
finely detailed and consistent, a firm hybrid between Batman:
The Animated Series and animes such as Ninja
Scroll. The action is smooth and clean and the voice acting
is fairly decent. The immediate connection between Big
O and Batman really is fair, though. They're both done
by the same people. Where Big O falters is that it
seems to borrow from just too many sources, leaving something
hollow under the surface. The main character is so much like
Batman that you'd swear that Roger Smith is Japan's Batman
franchise. He's a few of the reasons why:
1) He's a millionaire playboy.
2) He has a butler.
3) He wears a lot of black.
4) He fights a cadre of villains in a town full of ordinary
5) He has a really cool car.
The only real twist in this series is the inclusion of the
post-apocalyptical plot device and the use of the Shogun-Warrioresque
Big O. At times, I wondered if Godzilla was going to jump
up out of the ocean to pick a fight.
This is not to say that Big O is bad. Big O
is a fairly decent anime to watch if your new to the genre.
It's Saturday-morning feel leaves very little in the way of
story depth. They've all but stated "I came, I saw, I called
Big O and stomped the monster for the day" during the length
of the episode. If you're looking for character and story
depth (or new ideas), you might want to search elsewhere.
Big O is really nothing more than a rehash of older