Monday, July 18, 2011
Wicked Anime Reviews #10 Big O
Anime reviews delivered directly to the face!
Cast in the name of god. Ye not guilty.
Big O in a nutshell: *Batman meets mecha in a noir genre with a subplot of amnesia and a metaphor of roles in life compared to theater (much like Shakespeare) while delivering a mind fuck of an ending.* If you like any of those things then I've already sold you. Go watch it. Buy the DVDs. Tell them I sent you. If you aren't convinced just yet then stick with me as I explain the finer details.
Big O deserves your attention. We may never see another piece of art like this in an Anime ever again. How many Anime have you actually seen that are even set in a Noir genre? I'm pretty sure the answers range from zero to maybe two at most. Let me also slay a particular beast you may have cooked up: this Anime does not rely on mecha nor does it rely on its genre to tell a significant story. The majority of screen time goes to the characters with the mech known as Big O only being summoned in the most dire of circumstances (which happens to be about 5 or so minutes of each episode... go figure).
The events of Big O take place in Paradigm City where all of the inhabitants have no recollection of any memories prior to 40 years ago. Humans live alongside Androids without any understanding of why or how. Strange events rear their ugly head in this city and the civilians need protection. Enter our well-dressed protagonist: Roger Smith.
Roger Smith is Paradigm City's top negotiator (a much needed job in the city of amnesia). He's also the equivalent of an Anime Batman. He's filthy rich, has a dark past (though he can't remember but pieces of it), makes it a rule to wear all black, keeps a variety of gadgets, has a badass old butler, happens to have a best friend who's a cop, and he even has a sidekick. What sets him apart? He's actually much more laid back than Bruce Wayne, he has a very strict set of rules and policies that he lives by (Such as wearing black. I wasn't joking when I said it was a rule.), he prefers to avoid fighting, he actually sleeps, his sidekick is a female android instead of a young boy, and he happens to own a giant mech that can topple buildings.
The majority of the series blends the staples of the Noir and Mecha genres into a BLT-esque sandwich for you to omn nom nom. The condiments include political intrigue, androids, resurfaced memories, theater, and even religious undertones in a more subtle way than Evangelion.
Seriously though, if you aren't intrigued enough yet then I don't know what to do with you. Go grab some Big O (damn, that sounded like an energy drink ad) and enjoy yourself.
This is Kylak signing out because it's showtime!