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The Big O, Vol. 1
The Big O, Vol. 1

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Manufacturer: Bandai
Publisher: Bandai
Starring: Mitsuru Miyamoto, Steve Blum, Akiko Yajima, Motomu Kiyokawa, Tesshô Genda

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Product Description:
Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0669198183591
Format: Animated
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Bandai
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Bandai
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Bandai
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2001-06-19
Running Time: 100
Studio: Bandai
Editorial Review:
The art deco-influenced backgrounds and simplified character designs give this series a look that's closer to Warner Bros.' Batman than to anime series like Gundam Wing. The Big O begins with a premise similar to A Wind Called Amnesia: the inhabitants of Paradigm City somehow lost their memories 40 years ago. Since then, they've struggled to survive in the half-ruined metropolis. Dashing Roger Smith, who looks a bit like Pierce Bronson, is officially a negotiator who handles difficult situations, but he's really a covert superhero. Like Batman, he's fabulously wealthy, and his car and wristwatch are loaded with deadly gadgets. But when the going gets tough, Smith summons the Big O, his giant "Megadeus" mecha to slug it out with other robots. His butler, Norman, and Dorothy, an automaton girl, assist him in these endeavors. At times the cool palette, saxophone music, and suave-but-tough-guy dialogue suggest the filmmakers are trying to capture the noir tone of Cowboy Bebop. But the rather superficial Smith lacks Spike Spiegel's underplayed intensity, and director Kazuyoshi Katayama can't match Shinichiro Watanabe's visual panache. The Big O will appeal primarily to kids who are fans of the Batman and Superman television series. The Cartoon Network started playing the series in 2001 in an edited format. This edition (featuring the first four episodes) is rated 13 and up for minor profanity, occasional suggestive humor, and mild violence. --Charles Solomon
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