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.
In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so the difference is clear. One day, a boy named Rikuo finds abnormal activity patterns in the logs of his own android, and alongside his friend Masaki, he sets forth to find where the android has been. Much to their surprise, the duo discovers a secret café known as Eve no Jikan with a single rule: within its walls, there must be no discrimination between humans and robots. In this place, androids appear to be human and are even displaying signs of independence – a trait that should not be possible. Rikou finds his perceptions increasingly challenged as he struggles to come to terms with his own android, and the relationship between man and machines...
A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?
The Big O and GITS are very similar. GITS is about a robot who is ridding the world of crime, while The Big O is about a guy controlling a giant robot to rid the world of crime; these are similar concepts. You should see them both.
The year is After Colony 195, and mankind is in the midst of a seemingly endless ongoing war between the Space Colonies and the ones who created them: the people of Earth. To give the Colonies the advantage, five mobile suits called Gundams were created. Equipped with enhanced technology and extremely talented young pilots, these are the ultimate machines of war. While Relena Peacecraft pleads for peace, Heero Yui leads the Gundams into the battle with Earth to attain it. As their personalities and visions clash, their goal is the same: freedom for all and peace at last.
Besides the fact that both of these animes deal with gigantic robots, there is also the underlying fight within the characters to find something they lost. If you liked either one of these you should like the other.
In the futuristic city of Judoh, some dangers are too much for the police--they require Special Force agent Daisuke Aurora and his robot partner J! When the city's massive underworld is rocked by upheaval, Daisuke and J must struggle to contain gang bosses battling for supremacy. But is there more going on than meets the eye? Who is behind the sudden rise of a previously minor politican to the top of Judoh's underground? How are the mysterious Celestials, who watch Judoh from above, involved? And what secrets lie hidden in Daisuke's own past--and inside J's memory?
Both series have a distinctive American feel to them. The witty dialogue, the self-confident hero and baddies that seem ripped from the pages of a pulp magazine create an atmosphere not usually seen in Japanese works. The early detective-style episodes are a joy to watch, especially when you reach the second half of the series and realize everything is connected.
The travels of Kino and Hermes take them through a desolate landscape, where they come across a domed city whose inhabitants seem obsessed with personal hygiene. After submitting to a lengthy cleaning process, Kino is admitted to the country where she enjoys a pleasant stay in luxurious surroundings, and befriends a girl suffering from sickness who dreams of the world outside. However, not all is as it seems...
Just one reason: more Konaka goodness°°°/!
A tad more seriously and thoroughly: if you enjoyed this show, it is quite likely that you weren't taken by an astonishing graphic appeal; you were much more likely taken by the story's deeper meaning and by how they were told to you.
Is a name still a quality guarantee in the modern day anime industry?
If we are talking about few very respected names like Konaka, Kuroda or Shinkai, my answer is without doubt "yes".