Yesterday I touched on the visuals in The Big O. I always found them to be quite unique for an anime, but not so unique when compared to shows like Batman: The Animated Series. In my opinion, that's not the only connection that The Big O has to Batman. The more I watched the show, the more I realized just how similar the two series' are.
First and foremost, the main character of The Big O and Batman are both quite wealthy. They both happen to have millions of dollars and live in some pretty lavish situations. Obviously, a lot of that money ends up going into helping them fight crime and bring about justice. That's how you know when you're really loaded!
Both characters also have extremely fancy cars to get about town. Again, they pour a bunch of cash into their rides, which serve all sorts of purposes and can be called in with their watch. That's far too much of a coincidence, if you ask me. The creators have to be quite big fans of Batman. Some of them, at least!
Another similar connection is the relationship that both main characters have with local law enforcement. Both Batman and the main character in the Big O are close with the police department's commissioner, while the rest of the squad doesn't really seem to trust the actions of these vigilantes. The Big O has a bit more of a love/hate relationship with the commissioner, but the connection is undeniable.
There are many more connections between the two shows. I could go on forever about this! Hell, both guys have a butler that does a lot of behind-the-scenes action to help out their employer! If anyone out there has seen the show before, please feel free to share some more Batman connections you've noticed.