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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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In 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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 (Series Cast Summary - 16 of 73)
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)

Series Directed by
Ikurô Satô (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)
Keiichi 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)
Eiji Sashida .... producer (unknown episodes)
Tsutomu Sugita .... producer (unknown episodes)
Chieo Ôhashi .... 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 Ohara .... 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
Yôta Tsuruoka .... sound director (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Phil Brewster .... sound re-recording mixer / sound mixer (8 episodes, 1999-2003)
Shôji Hata .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1999)
Tôru 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)
Akira 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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30 min (26 episodes)
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | New Zealand:M | Singapore:PG | UK:12 | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

When Roger is walking around the streets of the "real" New York. The camera changes onto the top of a building, where one can clearly see several of the Gargoyles from the Disney series "Gargoyles".See more »
Roger Smith:Norman must be senile. How else could he possibly confuse an android for a woman?
R. Dorothy Wayneright:You couldn't tell the difference at first, either.
Roger Smith:Er - it was dark! I couldn't see in that dump.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Super Robot Wars D (2003) (VG)See more »
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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Big O is a big success by this great critic, 17 April 2001
Author: MovieCriticMarvelfan from california

Big O 2001 by Sunrise and Bandai Entertainment who brought Gundam Wing, and who made the Macross and Gundam games is one of the greatest cartoons I've seen in the year 2000.

This is a great series, one of the newest Japan Anime in 2001 and surely one of the best cartoons out there.

American animators cannot emulate the Japan Anime cartoons and Big O is proof.

It's gritty, romantic, touching, action packed and full of stories, and that is in every episode!!

The star is Roger Smith who is the head negotiator in breaking or sealing criminal cases or any cases where the police or military is afraid to get involved in.

He lives in Paradigm city, a dark city that has been torn by crime, military action and corruption.

In only his first days on the job, he catches the idea of an attractive and elegant young lady called "Dorothy".

Dorothy is not you're average woman, she is a whiz on the piano and has a certain way with people. Oh yeah Dorothy is a robot.

She is virtually indestructible,yet her softness in characters reveals she is not made entirely of metal.

Dorothy is cared for by her Grandfather. The Grandfather knows Dorothy is a robot but he protects her like his own daughter.

A hoodlum by the name of Beck Gold plots to steal Dorothy and Smith (having suspicions about Dorothy) tries to intervene. Dorothy's Grandfather is shot and Beck kidnaps Dorothy .

Smith rescues her eventually and they develop a mutual friendship between man and machine.

The series works because of it's likeable characters, musical soundtrack which uses the piano to produce a feeling of what's going on in a scene,and above all incredible animation. The musical scences with the piano also convey a soothing feeling to a long day.

Smith controls an undercover machine knows as "Megadeus" which is Big O.

The series reminds me of Voltron because Megadeus fights many bosses in every episode in spectacular fashion.

The series has been dubbed in English and currently showing in Cartoon Network's lineup.

The dubbing is amazingly good. It's one of the best dubbing jobs, I've seen so far. David Lucas (Roger Smith), Lia Sargent(Dorothy) lend their great voices to this anime.

Made through Bandai and Sunrise which produced Gundam Wing and Macross, these guys just keep making the hits.

Take it from this great critic, Big O is a big success.

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