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The Big O Vol. 1 (2001)

Cast: David Lucas, Lia Sargent, Robert Wickes, more...
Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Bandai Entertainment
Genre: Anime, Sci-Fi TV, Sci-Fi TV
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
The Big O was set in Paradigm City, some forty years after the metropolis was devastated by "The Event", an unspecified catastrophe which also wiped out everyone's memories. The citizenry of this post-apocalyptic society lived under martial law, with Roger Smith, aka "The Negotiator", forsworn to look after the best interests of the populace with the help of his butler Norman, his android companion Dorothy, and his robot "bodyguard", the titular Big O. Although Roger was at first loyal to the leaders of Paradigm City, he began to seriously question their right to rule as he delved deeper and deeper into the secrets of the distant past. The Big O made its American premiere as part of the Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" programming block on April 2, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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a lot more for kids than the blurb might lead you to think by ahogue August 4, 2006 - 9:40 AM PDT
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The Big O seems to have quite a few interesting ideas, and it has its fans who assure me that I'm missing the comedy in it, but based on the first episode I was surprised at how much like a child's adventure big-robot show it was. Not at all what I was expecting or hoping for.

so close! by futurecat999 April 1, 2006 - 11:34 AM PST
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
gosh darn it!

this anime **could** have been good if they had concentrated more on the Blade Runner relationship between the main character and the wry, mysterious girl android he meets up with.
Instead, we are treated to one mindless giant robot battle after another, while these interesting character development possibilities languish by the wayside.

it is only because of these latent, but frustratingly untapped, possibilities that i give it a score as high as 5, that and the fact that i have to reserve the very low scores for even worse atrocities.
LOSE THE GIANT ROBOTS!

Good Noir Anime by Calafragious June 1, 2004 - 10:17 AM PDT
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4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This review covers the entire 13 episode first series of "The Big O." The engagingly hip style, good production values and charming characters of "The Big O" overcome the contrived plot, a couple of weak episodes and a few too many stereotpical manaically laughing villains. The concepts and scenes are wildly irrational: giant robots move around in secret tunnels and burst through the ground when needed; in one episode Roger and "Angel" find themselves trapped in an office building a hundred feet underwater, that somehow hasn't flooded in fifty years; "Paradigm City" seems to expand and contract, and the seasons change willy-nilly, to suit the needs of the story. Amazingly, none of this breaks a consistent impression of metaphysical desolation that characterizes the best noir fiction. In almost every episode -- even the lamentable but obligatory sappy Christmas episode -- the subtle interaction between the characters and the fabulously stylized scenes raise this show well above its subject matter. The story ends in the middle of things, halted by a lack of funding on the Japanese side -- but the good news is that it proved so popular in America that another 13 episodes called "The Big O II" were done later to finish the story, and they are just as good. All in all, this show rewards repeated viewings.

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