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.
Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?
This recommendation isn't just because the English voice acting is the same, if that's what you're thinking. Big O just has some similarities with Cowboy Bebop: both live in the same damp atmosphere, have the same episodic storyline, and have similar character ties. To be honest, however, I'd really recommend Big O for those of you who like BATMAN; seriously, the resemblance is uncanny.
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.
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
Both Neon Genesis Evangelion and The Big O start out as, obstensibly, fairly normal mecha series (though the latter has given the premise a Batman-inspired twist). Over time, psychological and mind-screw elements increase in both series until one is left with a baffling, perplexing ending.
The Big O seems to be one of the NGE influenced mecha series, which means it combines mechas with symbolism, religion and such. While at first the authors of Big O tried to create a mecha anime based on US cartoons (such as Batman), they turned it into something more similar to NGE in the last 13 episodes. If you haven't seen Neon Genesis Evangelion yet, you might as well watch it, since it is the source of those odd mecha shows.
P.S. Ironically, both of those anime start as generic shonen mecha shows (maybe NGE wasn't that generic but still) and they turn into something completely different later on. While the later part IS considered to be another generic theme nowadays, it wasn't considered so when NGE came out, as it appeared there for the first time.
if you liked the grand monlogues of EVA or Big O then you'll probably get a kick out of this show as well, just dont be suprised when you realise that you have more questions than answers by the end of the series.
Both series start off quite similar, in which there has been an apocalyptic event and giant mechs have become normal. However in the Big O no one knows what the apocalyptic event was, as it has erased all of their memories. Both share a large reliance on symbolism. The Big O however doesn't become as psychological as Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both do feature some nice mecha fights.
Eleven-year-old Chizuko Mikamo is a victim; she is aware that her cruel relatives have been slowly poisoning her, but she can't do anything to escape her fate except starve herself. Luckily for her, the infamous thief, Twenty Faces, has arrived to steal her household's most valuable treasure: Chizuko herself. Alongside Twenty Faces, Ken, Skipper and the rest of the gang, Chizuko travels to exotic lands and strange places in search of valuable treasure. But, as she soon discovers, there's much more to the mysterious Twenty Faces than she could ever have bargained for...
Design and, most importantly, a complex feeling are surely an example of a well-thought retrò.
Even the charismatic main charactes dresses in a very similar way, so, while this could not be enough for any of you, I'm positive most of the watchers will enjoy both shows°°°/!
I was quite sure I already made this recommendation back when I was watching one of those two shows, so I was quite surprised when I found out that I didn't. Time to fix that.
In both series an ambiguous* relationship between a teenage girl and a much older man plays a big part. IMHO this alone is enough to recommend those two series to each other.
* We're never 100% sure whether he is more a parent figure or a love interest.
In the near future, a small team of scientists have solved the world’s energy problems with the Shizuma Device. While the development of the device was hampered by a chilling disaster, the device is now viewed as the ideal power supply; it is clean, recyclable, and can be used to power every device imaginable. However, the terrorist group Big Fire has found a way to recreate the disaster that was triggered during the item’s development, in every Shizuma Device around the world. It is up to InterPol, a group of justice specialists with extraordinary powers, to stop this nefarious plan and save the world with the help of their trump card known as Giant Robo and the young Kusama Daisaku, the crux of the robot’s power.
Mecha that are cumbersome, slow moving, giant machines (with more then a passing visual nod to the lumbering monsters of the kaiju genre) and visuals that are rooted in a retro style - the style of classic manga in the case of Giant Robo, and an Art Deco/Noir look in the case of Big O. But more then robots, each series is populated by superheroes and supervillains - decidedly American inspired in Big O, and of a more pop culture Japanese origin in Giant Robo.
If the inhabitants of Big O live in a world without memory, the world of Giant Robo is one of buried memories and rewritten histories - all of which comes to the fore in time. Big O does drift into psychological issues in its latter half, while Giant Robo remains focused on extravagant but highly entertaining shonen antics, but if you enjoyed one of these titles I think the other is worth consideration.
The Mecha are lumbering giants with designs that harken back to an older time.
The character designs on the humans looks simple and fresh. The animation in both is fairly decent OAV 90's style.
Good action, both should work well with one another.
Ayato Kamina may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured by TERRA, a military organization set on saving the world from the Mu, an alien race set on "tuning" the world, he realizes he is an instrument in deciding the fate of humanity and piloting RahXephon. Not only is Ayato the only person who can control the mecha, but he also has a terrible fate of his own. Holding onto memories of his old life and grasping to keep his own humanity, he must struggle in this new world and realize his true potential with RahXephon.
Just one reason: more Konaka goodness°°°/!
A tad more seriously and thoroughly: if you enjoyed this show, it is quite likely that you were enthralled by its intriguing, deep and stimulating script, so give this other show a try, as we are talking about the same scripter here!
Can the same scripter be a sufficient element to favour any show?
Imho, yes. At least if it's about some big shot like Konaka or few others that we are talking about.
Such a capable artist doesn't limit his part to providing a top-notch script: his genius pervades the whole work and other elements like the soundtrack, the fluidity of animation and even the directing become merely instrumental in conveying deeper meanings.
RahXephon and The Big O are both post-Evangelion anime, which means that they contain mechas, symbolism, religion and such. You could try watching one if you liked the other, but keep in mind that RahXephon is the better one of those two