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The Big O: :  -- 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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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
2 April 2001 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Good guys still wear black See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary »
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Cast

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Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Roger Smith (26 episodes, 1999-2003)

Steve Blum ... 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)

Michael Forest ... Alex Rosewater (16 episodes, 1999-2003)

Alan Oppenheimer ... 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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Series Directed by
Ikuro Sato (9 episodes, 1999-2003)
Tetsuya Watanabe (6 episodes, 1999-2003)
Toru Kitahata (5 episodes, 1999-2003)
Akira Yoshimura (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Writing credits
Lia Sargent (26 episodes, 1999-2003)
Chiaki Konaka (18 episodes, 1999-2003)
Hajime Yatate (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kei'ichi Hasegawa (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Masanao Akahoshi (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Shin Yoshida (2 episodes, 2000)

Series Produced by
Sean Akins .... executive producer: Williams Street (13 episodes, 2003)
Jason DeMarco .... executive producer: Williams Street (13 episodes, 2003)
Hisanori Kunisaki .... assistant producer: Bandai Visual (2 episodes, 1999)

Sawako Furuya .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Ken Iyadomi .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Haruyo Kanesaku .... producer (unknown episodes)
Satoshi Kanuma .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Yutaka Maseba .... producer (unknown episodes)
Charles McCarter .... producer (unknown episodes)
Chieo Ohashi .... producer (unknown episodes)
Eiji Sashida .... producer (unknown episodes)
Tsutomu Sugita .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Toshihiko Sahashi (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tomoaki Tsurubuchi (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Kei'ichi Sato (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Masaru Ota (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Tomoki Nakayama .... production manager (1 episode, 1999)
Taiga Todoroki .... production manager (1 episode, 1999)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toru Kitahata .... assistant director / assistant episode director (2 episodes, 1999)
Masakazu Obara .... assistant director / assistant episode director (2 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Art Department
Kazuyoshi Katayama .... storyboard artist (15 episodes, 1999-2003)
Tetsuya Watanabe .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2000-2003)
Akihiko Yamashita .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Umanosuke Iida .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Yukio Ageta .... sculptures (2 episodes, 1999)
Takeshi Hamasaki .... sculptures (2 episodes, 1999)
Zanzô Magaki .... design assistant (2 episodes, 1999)
Yoshikazu Miyao .... design assistant (2 episodes, 1999)
Max Watanabe .... sculptures: Max Factory (2 episodes, 1999)
Katsumi Teratô .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Sound Department
Yota Tsuruoka .... sound director (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Shoji Hata .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1999)
Toru Noguchi .... sound effects editor / sound effects editor: Anime Sound (2 episodes, 1999)
Yoshimi Sugiyama .... sound manager / sound production supervisor (2 episodes, 1999)

Michael McCarty .... adr engineer / sound mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Yutaka Hoshiba .... special effects / special effects artist: Marix (2 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Hiroshi Fukuda .... camera operator: Asahi Production (2 episodes, 1999)
Nobumasa Hanai .... camera operator: Asahi Production (2 episodes, 1999)
Mitsugu Hatori .... camera operator: Asahi Production (2 episodes, 1999)
Satoru Ichikawa .... camera operator: Asahi Production (2 episodes, 1999)
Shigemi Ogawa .... camera operator: Asahi Production (2 episodes, 1999)
Hidekatsu Oishi .... camera operator: Asahi Production (2 episodes, 1999)
Hidekazu Shin'ya .... camera operator: Asahi Production (2 episodes, 1999)
Yoshio Sugisawa .... camera operator: Asahi Production (2 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Animation Department
Madoka Hirayama .... animation director (8 episodes, 1999-2003)
Kenji Hayama .... animation director / animator (7 episodes, 1999-2003)
Tsutomu Suzuki .... mechanical animation director / animator / ... (7 episodes, 1999-2003)
Kumi Horii .... animation director (6 episodes, 1999-2003)
Hirofumi Masuda .... mechanical animation director / animator (6 episodes, 1999-2003)
Ryûji Shiromae .... mechanical animation director (5 episodes, 1999-2003)
Takuro Shinbo .... animation director / animation director: Nakamura Production (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kohei Yoneyama .... mechanical animation director / mechanical animation director: Nakamura Production (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Yoshinobu Andô .... mechanical animation director (4 episodes, 2003)
Morifumi Naka .... mechanical animation director (3 episodes, 2000)
Tôru Yoshida .... mechanical animation director (3 episodes, 2003)
Keiko Abu .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Atsushi Aono .... animator (2 episodes, 1999)
Takashi Hyôdô .... animator (2 episodes, 1999)
Yasuzô Iino .... animator (2 episodes, 1999)
Tetsu Inoue .... animator (2 episodes, 1999)
Kôichi Iwanaga .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Yoshiko Kishi .... assistant cel painter (2 episodes, 1999)
Eiji Komatsu .... animator (2 episodes, 1999)
Tsutomu Miyazawa .... mechanical animation director / animator (2 episodes, 1999)
Tsunenobu Nozaki .... animator (2 episodes, 1999)
Minoru Okabe .... animator / inbetween checker (2 episodes, 1999)
Yukie Sako .... animator (2 episodes, 1999)
Teizô Shimada .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Yoshiko Terada .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Kazuyo Tominaga .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Yukie Tsutsumi .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Chihiro Yagyû .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Midori Yamamoto .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Hiromitsu Morishita .... animation director (2 episodes, 2003)
Hiroshi Takeuchi .... animation director (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Other crew
Tatsuya Hoshino .... production support (2 episodes, 1999)
Isao Minegishi .... production desk (2 episodes, 1999)
Manabu Nakamura .... planning supervisor (2 episodes, 1999)
Kanayo Saho .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1999)
Junko Somemiya .... program manager: WOWOW (2 episodes, 1999)
Michiko Suzuki .... program publicist: WOWOW (2 episodes, 1999)
Takayuki Yoshida .... public relations (2 episodes, 1999)

David Fleming .... translator: English dub (unknown episodes)
Mary Mason .... adr script: English dub (unknown episodes)
Lia Sargent .... adr script: English dub (unknown episodes)
Kevin Seymour .... adr director (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Big O" - USA (cable TV title)
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Runtime:
30 min (26 episodes)
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Certification:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | New Zealand:M | Singapore:PG | UK:12
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Trivia:
Throughout the series, a red balloon indicates the presence of a member of the Union.See more »
Quotes:
Roger Smith:Well, I do have some household rules, Dorothy, and while living here you're obligated to observe every one of them.
R. Dorothy Wayneright:What kind of rules?
Roger Smith:The first one is a rule that even I follow. If you stay here, then you wear black.
R. Dorothy Wayneright:Your sense of fashion, Roger... really reeks.
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Red Balloons and Red Tomatoes, 28 July 2006
Author: redcarpetroom from United States

Big O is not like any other show I have ever seen. The writers clearly have extensive knowledge concerning Greek mythology and even Christianity. It is a cartoon sure, but the depth of the show is very subjective. The show itself gives the viewer just enough clues to allow one to believe that all of the other unending parade of questions will somehow be answered, but apparently, they won't. The show walks a profound balance of story and probability and divine vagueness.

I saw a few episodes of this show and became hooked like no other show I have ever seen. The overall themes are far from light. Two of them being memories and ultimately attempting to define life. What is the value of one's life without memories? What separates humans from androids in a futurist world without knowing which actually came first? And that is assuming who and what each character actually is, which is far from a given. My obsession with the show did eventually wane, largely because the show itself is rather slow at times. There are plenty of action scenes with enormous robots, also representing something I'm sure, to balance the pace, but those battles rarely excited me.

The truly strange aspect of this show is that the majority of it for me is window dressing. It's the symbolism that is scattered throughout each episode that elevates this show to atmospheric levels. This show is just smart enough and just open ended enough for each little mysterious detail to have some profound meaning. This show has everything within it to be the basis of a new religion in and of itself, seriously. The fact that all the answers can plausibly be answered, but aren't, makes Big O that much more life-like in nature.

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