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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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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 72)
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)
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)
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 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
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)
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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30 min (26 episodes)
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | New Zealand:M | Singapore:PG | UK:12

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 »
Alex Rosewater:Big Fau! Showtime!See more »
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Referenced in Super Robot Wars D (2003) (VG)See more »
and FOREVER...See more »


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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Sweet..., 29 May 2004
Author: dinoman214

I am a fan of the Cartoon Network anime lineup, and by far this is the best show out of them all.

Unlike the other, more 'famous' anime shows (hence the Dragonball series), this show actually has realism in it. It isn't all action-packed. The show mostly surrounds negotiator Roger Smith uncovering information related to the jobs that his clients often give him or uncovering deep secrets about the forgotten past, in which an event forty years ago erased everyones' memory. It's pretty much talk, but it's interesting talk, because the talk that goes on throughout the show really relates to real-life situations--political corruption, the love for lost ones, and the desire to know the truth. Though this would bore an adrenaline-junkie, it would catch interest to those that I'd like to call 'down-to-Earthers', especially with the most wonderful music that is just too good to be put in a cartoon series.

But that doesn't mean that there isn't action. The battles that premiere in the series have enough action to supply that adrenaline junkie with all the sweat he needs (and all within just about five minutes, too).

Big O is by far the most successful amongst the dying robot-themed shows. Though the Transformers series seems to be long-lasting, it too is dying out as animators grow tired of constantly putting in the details of machinery and head to using computers as a way to 'build' the robots and give them movement. This type of animation doesn't blend in with the rest of the animation, thus fails (as seen in Transformers Energon).

Which brings up another point. Notice how the animation throughout the entire series remains constant. Sure the lighting changed, but the animation overall has remained the same. It shows that the people who drew up the series were determined to have the animation remain constant and nearly flawless (unlike in the Dragonball series when different animators draw separate episodes). This (especially when having giant robots battling) requires a lot of patience and loyalty.

And let me assure you that they have not gone unappreciated for their loyalty to the animation. Kudos, animators!

Overall: life-like characters that grow throughout the series; life-like situations; incredible animation; dazzling battles; and (most importantly), the most wonderful music for a cartoon ever.

Rating: 10 out of 10. The battle music still makes my neck hair stand up...

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