The Big O (1999–2003)

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A futuristic city with lost memories, an expert negotiator fights threats to the city with the help of an android and his own giant robot.

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Series cast summary:
Mitsuru Miyamoto ...
 Roger Smith (26 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Roger Smith (26 episodes, 1999-2003)
Akiko Yajima ...
 R. Dorothy Wayneright / ... (25 episodes, 1999-2003)
Motomu Kiyokawa ...
 Norman Burg (25 episodes, 1999-2003)
Tesshô Genda ...
 Dan Dastun (25 episodes, 1999-2003)
Lia Sargent ...
 R. Dorothy Wayneright / ... (25 episodes, 1999-2003)
Peter Lurie ...
 Dan Dastun (25 episodes, 1999-2003)
Emi Shinohara ...
 Angel (19 episodes, 1999-2003)
Wendee Lee ...
 Angel / ... (19 episodes, 1999-2003)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
 Alex Rosewater (16 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Alex Rosewater (16 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Norman Burg (13 episodes, 2003)
Ezra Weisz ...
 Additional Voices / ... (13 episodes, 1999-2003)
Milton James ...
 Norman Burg (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jamieson Price ...
 Big Ear / ... (12 episodes, 1999-2003)
Shinpachi Tsuji ...
 Big Ear (11 episodes, 1999-2003)
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Roger Smith acts as a negotiator in a city where everyone has lost their memories and keep it that way. When he isn't helping hostage situations, he's saving the day in a giant robot known as Big O. Although Roger has no idea why the "megadeus" (Big O) responds to his commands or why his butler seems to be a master at fixing the high tech machine, he starts to question the forgotten past after the events started by an unsual case involving an android called R Dorothy. While he and Dorothy begin a Henry Higgins/Eliza Dolittle style of friendship, villains and mysterious characters enter with clues leading up to something that may bring out an emotion Roger has tried to fight all of his known life - fear. Written by Max Vaughn

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Background music based on the original score from the UK science-fiction series UFO (1969). See more »

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Schwarzwald: Even without the events of 40 years ago, I think man would still be a creature that fears the dark. He doesn't face that fear, he averts his eyes from it and acts as if he doesn't have any memories of his past. But, 40 years is both a short time and yet, a long time. Man's fear has withered. And even time itself tries to wither the desire to know the truth. Is it a crime to try and learn the truth? Is it a sin to search for those things which you fear. My purpose in this world is knowledge, and...
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits at the end of the first episode, Roger is shown sitting alone on a large hourglass. After R. Dorothy joins his household, subsequent episodes show them sitting together. See more »

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Referenced in Anime Abandon: Pilot Candidate and Blue Gender (2013) See more »

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Big-O! Show Must Go On
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Performed by Rui Nagai
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Cast in the name of God, ye not Guilty
5 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Big O is one of the most creative efforts to ever come out of Japan. Combining the rather dark style of Batman: The Animated Series in animation, the giant robot action of yesteryear, and combining some really surrealistic elements, it manages to entertain such people. It is not your fast paced show with action at every minute, but it has rather impressive fight sequences with cleverly designed mechs I might add. Then you add the rather interesting characters that somehow develop during it's 13 episode run, and you've got a rather impressive series.

It's not for everybody, but I'd recommend Big O to even the most avid fan of animation.

The only bad part is that it's only 13 episodes and it stops rather abruptly, so let's hope it can get more soon.


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