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Forty years ago the citizens of Paradigm lost all of their memories, and live their lives without any knowledge of their past, or any hope for the future. Roger Smith is a man who performs the much needed task of negotiator in Paradigm. He provides his services to the wealthy with the help of a peculiar android named Dorothy and his mechanically inclined butler Norman. When greater evil arises, he calls on his magnificent relic of Paradigm's past, the Megadeus Big O. With Big O at his side, Roger Smith may be Paradigm's only hope of surviving in this new world without memories.
The Big O is similar to Bebop in both its feel, and to a lesser extent, its style. Cowboy Bebop closes the door on the series with its ending, while The Big O leaves it wide open and explains almost nothing. The Big O follows a monster-of-the-week format, though be assured that you'll end up seeing a badass giant something-or-other fight the Big O, while in Bebop you're guaranteed to see the characters chase down an interesting bounty, with zany consequences.
If there are two anime from the 1990s that define 'cool', it is Cowboy Bebop and The Big O. Each of them also utilise tropes from film noir, with characters being plagued by events in their past and fatalistically having to accept them. The Big O uses the style of film noir a lot more (and uses its premise as the basis of a mindfuck plot) while Cowboy Bebop merely sticks to the premise and borrows its style from elsewhere, but still - these anime are a lot of fun.
Both these series are anime with a style that's more similar to American cartoons than anime itself. CB has its cowboy aesthetics, while Big O is often described as ''Batman turned anime''. They also share a strange, offbeat but at the same time melancholic atmosphere that's further enhanced by a jazzy soundtrack. If you liked one, then I stronly recommend giving the other a try.
Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.
Character and overall setting is similar and the story, even though they are somewhat different, are truly awesome. So please please please, watch them both!
Though Cowboy Bebop and Akira are different plot-wise, the "feel" of these stories is very similar. If you enjoyed watching one, you will enjoy the other.
An organization known to the dark side of the world as Chronos claims to desire world peace, employing the top thirteen assassins in the world known as 'Erasers.' They each have a weapon customized to fit their style, all made out of orichalcum ore, the strongest material available on Earth. Number 13, Train Heartnet (codenamed Black Cat) is the most famous and revered of the thirteen Chronos numbers, but in the light of a tragic event he has come to question his path in life. Together with Sven Vollfied, a struggling bounty hunter and a living weapon named Eve, Train takes up a job as a bounty hunter - all the while running from the other Erasers and Creed Diskenth, a crazed man whom wants him to join the Apostles of the Stars, a group made to destroy Chronos.
Action, adventure, and comedic scenes where the characters show off their stupid sides; Black Cat and Cowboy Bebop are alike in these regards and you will love them.
There are a lot of stories about bounty hunters out there, but these two are two of the best in the anime realm.
Two anime, both involving a similar cast - two badass male leads, a seductive female, a young girl with some pretty damn unique talents and a web of intriguing support characters.
Two anime, both about bounty hunters getting mixed up in dodgy situations and struggling to eat.
Two anime, one a scifi-western classic with a striking amount of maturity, one a colourful and comedic shounen that will gather a lot more dust on your shelf than its predecessor. The former being Cowboy Bebop and the latter Black Cat - different in so many ways, but alike in certain areas for those who enjoyed those specific elements.
In the future, Tokyo has fallen victim to syndicates, trigger-happy people who run rampant and other groups who don't like to follow the rules. In response, an organization called RAPT has been created, whose goal is to maintain their definition of "peace". In the underground, however, science involving humans and powerful mechanics is progressing at a steady phase, but for what purpose? Meet our four angels who know how to kick butt and raise hell whenever it's needed. Their motto? Shoot first, talk later. Their mission? To make the seemingly impossible possible, of course...
In the year 2977, humanity has long passed its peak; machines are able to perform any task a human can, and people have succumbed to apathy. However, there remains one who refuses to accept such an existence: Captan Harlock, a pirate who sails the sea of stars aboard his ship, the Arcadia. He is feared and loathed by most inhabitants of Earth, and yet he is their only hope against the Mazones, a strange alien race of beautiful women that threatens humanity. Thus begins a lonely battle in which Harlock and the crew of Arcadia struggle to stay true to their ideals, while slowly unravelling the sad tale of the Mazones.
If you're looking for a bittersweet sci fi story about love, friendship and loss, then search no more. Both Harlock and Bebop are melancholic, introspective works who are still thoroughly enjoyable despite their age.
Similar ties of friendship and loss are seen in Captain Harlock and Cowboy Bebop with characters personalities running the show.