Paradigm City is a place without a past. 40 years ago, something happened that wiped the memories of everyone in it. Unfortunately, the people of Paradigm City were very busy before then, making Megadueses (giant robots) and monsters. People who were born after the memory wipe are gaining/recovering memories of the past and using them to build newer threats. With the help of The Big O (a faithful giant robot), his butler Norman and the android Dorothy, Roger Smith keeps Paradigm City safe. As problems mount and more memories surface, Roger's past and Paradigm's future begin to become suspect...
Yes, I understand I'm again writing a very excellent review from this one, I did dock it one for art because there were some slight animation issues in some parts of the show. But really I did enjoy this show.
First of all, if you are a mecha fan, you may be sorely dissapointed with this show, it has much more of a mystery feel to it and the Mecha fights may not be to your liking.
However, if your not a hard-core mecha fan like me but can appreciate the art-form of Mecha, you will likely enjoy this.
The main reason I love this show was because of it's fantastic mysteries and it's fantastic characters. I love all the characters in this show, because they are somewhat unique in their own ways. Characters like Schwarzwald who to many people appears to be evil actually is trying to good. While people like Alan Gabriel are completely insane and the main Villain Alex Rosewater has a superiority complex.
Again I gave this a 10 almost across the board, because It's my opinion on the series. I felt it was a well told story.read more
The Big O is a cult classic when it comes to anime not many people know about it. Unless you saw it on toonami on cartoonnetwork in the late 1990s and saw the saw second season of it on cartoonnetworks adult swim in the early 2000s.The show is unique in the sense that there is not many animes that look like it . And it does not have the facial expressions that indicate the characters emotions. Say for example if the character is blushing that means that there embrassed or have a flaming aura showing that they are very upset. None of the usual visual gags that are used for most animes are not in this show. The show has a whole is serious but has some comedy in there as well.The Big O also combines different genres for instance , mecha with film noir , mystery , mind screws , psychological horror , some references to religion and philosophy.
Plot :The story of the big o is about a man named roger smith.Who solves people's problems whatever that maybe for the right amount of money.He lives in a place called Paradigm City where everyone who lives in that city have no memories of events that happened 40 years ago.While solving his clients problems , he is shocked to discover that there are some people who have regain some of their memories from 40 years .Memories that they are not suppose to have.Memories are like nightmares you have them when you least suspect it quote from roger smith.There seems to be more to this city than what it appears to be.
Art:The artwork of the show is very good.The first season uses the traditional hand drawn animation while the second season uses more computer animation and makes the show alot more modern.The character designs look well done for most of the characters.The backgrounds of the show look great from the sky to the ocean and buildings.The mechanical designs for the robots are really good especially the big o and the other robots as well.
Sound:The english dub for the show is amazing. You got voice actor veterans like Steve Blum who plays Roger Smith ,Wendee Lee as Angel ,Lia Sargent as Dorthy Waynwright ,Michael Mcconohie as Schwarzwarld , Michael forest as Alex Rosewater ,Crispin Freeman as Alan Gabriel , Bob Buchholz as Jason Beck who also played Gene Starwind on Outlaw Star.The music is also great , it varies from jazz,classical music , rock , love ballads. The music really sets the mood of the show.
Enjoyment:What I liked about the series is the artwork which reminds me of batman the animated series and the camera angles and shots have a film noir feel to them.Also liked the different kinds of music that the show had. In addition , liked the different genres that were in the show.Furthermore , liked the philosophical debates about life and what was happening in the show with Schwarzwald one of my favorite characters in the series.However , there were some things that I did not like about the show.The slow pacing of the first season and the stand alone episodes expect toward the end of the season.In addition , the writers look like they were going to explain how people lost there memories of 40 years ago.But then they explain it in the final episode which basically screws with your mind and you will need to watch the ending a couple of times to understand it.
Overall:The Big O is not a bad show but certainly not the best show however , despite that its a good show.Whats great about the series is the music , artwork , characters ,voice actors and their performances , the plot was good.
BIG O was a unique show, with a good concept. Having everyone in the worlds memories erased and no one knows what happened, but everyone has clued inside of their minds. It reminds me a little of the movie DARK CITY. It had a nice twist on the Giant Robot anime, instead focusing on the characters and story. The story was great, you couldn't stop watching. All the twists and turns along the way in search of the what happened forty years ago. The story and characters were the best part of the show. The music was great, the animation was pretty good, and the action was good. The ending was great, but I still have no idea what really was going on. That's why I wish Cartoon Network had agreed to a season 3. I guess it just wasn't popular in both Japan and the USA.
Overall I think BIG O is under appreciated by most anime fans. Everyone should check out this series. read more
This is one of my most favorite animes, I'm not huge on mecha as most series ive seen seem to be about a buncha teens in the future trying to save the world (altho another exception to that is eureka seven, which oddly is a buncha teens in the future trying to save the world >_> but thats besides the point)
anyways, its basically about a negotiator named roger smith that pilots the big freaking mecha, big o. later on he gets swept up in all of this espionage and secrets and whatnot.
the first season is mostly stand alone episodes roger gets hired as a negotiator and he gets into battles with other mechas destroying most of the city (only for it to miraculously be exactly back to normal the next episodes.. ooh anime, gotta love it XDD) he runs into various villians including some reaccuring ones such as beck the wacky criminal that always seems to get himself locked up, schwatzwald that was once a newspaper reporter went crazy and is now dressed up in bandages and goes around setting stuff on fire and wants to uncover the truth. and more youll see threwout the series.
the second season has more of a plot feel to it, this is when you get into the somewhat wierdness of the series, and the crazy twists and turns and stuff.
both seasons are great. and it has a very nior batman-esque feel to it. im not very good at explaining things, but i would totally recommend it :) plus its only 26 ep. so its not so bad (each season is 13 ep.) read more