Big Battle is a one-shot OVA set after the climax of the original Votoms storyline, but before the epilogue at the end of the series itself. With the Gilgamesh and Balarant forces still trying to advance their PS programs, Chirico and his old friends are forced into one last gladiatorial battle against a special PS and a formidable land battleship.
Clicking on BIGGU BATTERUUUU was really nostalgic for me.The OVA side-story feels just like an extended episode of Votoms down to the music. Hearing the familiar music and sounds, from the whirring Scopedog "skates" to the episode title jingle, made my heart do flip-flops. It delivers on that promise of a good time that comes with the series, and I wasn't disappointed: The C Team fights a land battleship. Chirico narrowly avoids certain death every five seconds, like he has literal plot armor or something. Gotho is a greedy bastard. Vanilla is a greedy Token. Cocona's pants are too fucking big, goddamn. That Quentian guy
gets like, zero screentime.
Big Battle doesn't tread any new ground, and doesn't even offer much else than some padding to make the Votoms universe seem bigger. Thankfully, the OVA's budget doesn't suffer from the constraints the show had, and you can see the main ATtraction with sexy 80s OVA animation. Even with the bigger budget, the OVA isn't shiny enough to make you think it was an OVA, and the art style jives well with the visual precedent set by the series.
I recommend watching it sandwiched in with the rest of the Quent Arc episodes. While it doesn't do anything new, it's entertaining, and gives Votoms fans what they love best: Chirico writing the book on badass.
Armored Trooper Votoms: Big Battle - Battle of the Heterogeneous Species (Jesus) is one of many post-series addenda created for the Votoms franchise. Specifically, it's one of the few that take place in the middle of the series despite being written after its conclusion. Big Battle fits in chronologically between the one year time span before the series epilogue. The great thing about it is that it can be considered canon without disrupting the original ending at all.
On the other hand, this means that nothing major to the main storyline happens in Big Battle. Then again, Votoms never really relied on its continuity so much
and works best when viewed as a series of standalone Chirico adventures. Here, circumstances determine Chirico and friends have to face off against psychotic Balarant Perfect Soldier Radaa Niva. Cruel and evil to the bone, this standard character archetype is actually new for Votoms and it feels more satisfying than ever to see Chirico and gang give the beat down to a thoroughly reprehensible guy. Niva feels like enough of a threat and even pilots a unique AT known as the Ecrevisse (or "Danger Melon"), and seeing a unique AT in Votoms is always a treat.
For the most part, this plays like an extended episode of the series. Unlike the other OVAs, Big Battle came out a mere two years after the series finished which unfortunately means the animation isn't much better. The soundtrack is also the same. On the bright side, if this were a part of the series, it'd be one of its best moments. The Big Battle itself is an interesting premise, and despite the implications of its name is not a free-for-all battle. I don't want to ruin the cool surprise I got, so I won't give the details.
For better or worse, this is completely on par with the Votoms series and anyone who's a fan owes it to themselves to check it out.