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The Big O II Vol. 1: Paradigm Lost (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Geneon
Genre: Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

The Big O caused quite a stir when it debuted in America. With its unique style, amazing characters, and captivating story, it garnered a unique an fanatical audience. And because of its popularity in the U.S., a second series was born! Now, you can own a piece of anime history.

When we last saw Roger Smith, he was about to defend his home of Paradigm City against three invading robots. Now, the battle is over, and Roger Smith seems to have lost his memory. He is plagued by doubts about who he is and the world he lives in, and he keeps having these stange flashbacks to - what, exactly?

This new season of the Big O has it all: A mystery to unravel. Old enemies to fight. New enemies to discover. And more clues to the cataclysmic event that happened forty years ago.

Contains 4 episodes:

  • Roger the Wanderer
  • Negotiation with the Dead
  • Day of the Advent
  • Leviathan
Special Features:
  • Production Art Gallery

GreenCine Member Reviews

Watch the First Half First by Calafragious June 7, 2004 - 10:10 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
"The Big O II" comprises the second 13 episodes of a 26 episode series that tells a single story, with numerous digressions. In brief, this is about as good as TV anime gets, and anyone with even a moderate interest in the art form should watch it. Be aware that it is fundamentally a *popular* art form, with all the rhetorical excess and stylistic wackiness that characterize popular art. But you knew that already. Taken as a whole, "The Big O" ranks as one of the three shows of the 'TV giant robot' genre (the others being Evangelion and Rahxephan) which attempt to rise above the conventions of the form. In their own ways, all three shows do this by making the giant robot into an embodiment of the anxieties, desires, and identity conflicts of its pilot. As a result, all three shows contain a fair amount of religious cliches, "who am I really?" rhetoric and apocalyptic end-time revelation, which will either interest or annoy you depending on your preference. "The Big O" is perhaps the most amiable of the three shows, with an essentially episodic, and enthusiastically irrational structure, appealing characters and some genuinely "mythic" moments (along with some forgivable duds and solecisms.) The style of the show, a hyper-exaggerated noir/batman melange, definitely grows on you. All in all, a great late-nite show.

Now with more punch by dh22 February 6, 2004 - 1:28 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Season two, from what I hear, is a collaboration between Japanese and American companies. The show fizzled out in Japan, but was jump started due to high American demand. I send a thank you to whomever did the demanding.

This first disc has more intrigue, drama, action, and general interest than most of the other discs. We've lost some of the paced witty style of the first season, but hopefully that will return. I think it is mostly due to the fact that these first episodes are right smack in the middle of some major events. The story will need to calm down a little, eventually.

Since this is the second half of a cliffhanger, the pace has picked up considerably. Roger has gone from being nouveau Batman, to James Bond. Definately more pro-active in season two, which is a welcome change from the first season. Roger was very laid back, and still is, but a little too laid back. He would wait for things to happen, and then call Big O. This isn't Vultron, so do a little leg work, man. Well, in season two Roger has gotten off his butt, and the result has taken the show up a notch.

We all finally get some real information about the past of the city, and we even get a few new characters. All in all, a good start to a new season.

I'm not aware of any release dates, but hopefully GreenCine will get the second disc soon.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.22)
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