The Big O

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The Big O
The Big O
Premiere Japan: October 13, 1999
US: April 2, 2001
Finale Japan: March 27, 2003
US: March 27, 2003
Creator Kazuyoshi Katayama
Network WOWOW (season 1) (Japan)
Sun-TV (season 2) (Japan)
Cartoon Network (Toonami) (season 1) (US)
Cartoon Network (Adult Swim) (season 2) (US)
Style 30-minute sci-fi anime
Company Bandai Visual Co. Ltd.
Sunrise Inc.
Cartoon Network (season 2)
Seasons 1
Episodes 26
Origin Japan

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.

Contents

Cast

Japanese Voices English Voices Character
Main Cast
Mitsuru Miyamoto Steven Jay Blum Roger Smith
Akiko Yajima Lia Sargent R. Dorothy Wayneright
Motomu Kiyokawa Ethan Murray (Season 1)
Alan Oppenheimer (Season 2)
Norman Burg
Tesshô Genda Peter Lurie Major Dan Dastun
Emi Shinohara Wendee Lee Patricia "Angel" Lovejoy
Katsunosuke Hori Michael McConnohie Schwarzwald

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
WOWOW
Season One October 13, 1999 January 19, 2000 13
SUN-TV
Season Two January 2, 2003 March 27, 2003 13

In-Depth

  • 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.

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
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
Episode Collections
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

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