Mania Grade: B+
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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: B-
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Big O / Big O II
Big O Vol. #1
By Aaron J. Heiner
February 06, 2002
Release Date: June 19, 2001
Paradign City is a city without a past, and Roger Smith is a man who holds a key to the city's future as both the city's top negotiator and as the pilot of The Big O, a mega dues mecha created before the city lost its memory.
Sunrise seems to be hit or miss for some reason with its releases. Bebop was great, but Blue Sub sucked in my opinion. The Big O is not one of their shows that sucks. The story revolves around Roger Smith, who resembles Bruce Wayne of DC's Batman. He even has a butler. Unlike Bruce Wayne though Roger has an android maid named Dorothy.
The style of animate closely resembled the WB's Batman animated series. I would imagine that it was Batman that was the template for this series. Even the show's design resembles a cross between Batman, James Bond, Dick Tracy, and the old giant robot animes of the seventies, but for some reason these elements work very well together.
The first episode is really a two parter revolving around the android Dorothy and her creator, and a madman named Beck, a petty crook with a big bad mecha. We move on to the third episode which is the first with the full credits. The lyrics are really hard to memorize if you are in a coma but for the rest of us it is really simple. This episode is about a sea serpent on the outskirts of town, and is concluded by the forth episode where a reporter went mad and decide to try and kill Roger Smith. Sorry, I don't do spoilers.
AUDIO & VIDEO, EXTRAS AND COVER:
The sound was excellent as well as the video transfer which is no surprise considering this series is only two years old. The cover was vivid as well as eye catching and the menus were easy to navigate, though I was a bit disappointed by the extras, a director's interview and credit-less extras were quite adequate I guess.
If you are either a big fan of Batman, or of any of the great giant robot animes of the twenty years ago then this is a must have. It has a style strange and different than anything else you most likely have seen in many years but is certainly worth a look at.
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