The Big O
From The TV IV
The Big O (1999–2003) is a science fiction anime series set in a domed metropolis called Paradigm City in which everyone lost their memories 40 years ago as a result of something known only as "The Event."
The series particularly revolves around Roger Smith, an affluent freelance hostage negotiator who also moonlights as the pilot for a mysterious robot called Big O, a megadeus. With the robot and his android partner, Dorothy, Smith fights threats to the city that are too large in magnitude for the police to handle. However, as the series progresses (particularly into the second season), less and less time is given to the straight mecha anime format and more focus is given to the mystery of what the megadeus is and it follows Smith's commands so naturally.
Although the series was first developed and produced as a Japanese anime, it failed to make any waves in Eastern countries due to its more Western attitude and settings. This resulted in the series being ended in Japan after its initial 13 episodes. However, due to the popularity of the series in the United States, the series was picked up by Cartoon Network for airing on Adult Swim. Together with Sunrise, Inc., Cartoon Network co-produced a second season.
|Japanese Voices||English Voices||Character|
|Mitsuru Miyamoto||Steven Jay Blum||Roger Smith|
|Akiko Yajima||Lia Sargent||R. Dorothy Wayneright|
|Motomu Kiyokawa|| Ethan Murray (Season 1)|
Alan Oppenheimer (Season 2)
|Tesshô Genda||Peter Lurie||Major Dan Dastun|
|Emi Shinohara||Wendee Lee||Patricia "Angel" Lovejoy|
|Katsunosuke Hori||Michael McConnohie||Schwarzwald|
|Season One||October 13, 1999||January 19, 2000||13|
|Season Two||January 2, 2003||March 27, 2003||13|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
- Characters: A listing of recurring characters from the series
- Mythology: Facts and figures about the mythos of the series.
|The Big O: Anime Legends Complete Collection||September 16, 2003||4||purchase|
|The Big O II: Anime Legends Complete Collection||November 23, 2004||4||purchase|
|The Big O: Volume 1||June 19, 2001||1||purchase|
|The Big O: Volume 2||August 21, 2001||1||purchase|
|The Big O: Volume 3||October 16, 2001||1||purchase|
|The Big O: Volume 4||December 18, 2001||1||purchase|
|The Big O II: Paradigm Lost||January 20, 2004||1||purchase|
|The Big O II: Missing Pieces||March 16, 2004||1||purchase|
|The Big O II: Enemy Attacks||May 11, 2004||1||purchase|
|The Big O II: Aggressive Negotiations||July 27, 2004||1||purchase|
- Official website for The Big O (Japanese)
- Official Adult Swim website for The Big O
- The Big O at the Internet Movie Database
- Paradigm City