THE BIG O (Volume 1)(2001)
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
DIRECTED BY: Kazuyoshi Katayama
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action
DURATION: 120 minutes

 
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Anime Synopsis:

A mysterious occurrence known only as "The Event" has caused the residents of Paradigm City to lose their memories. Paradigm City, the "city of lost memories", has recovered, but now falls under martial law, its citizens forever questioning what happened to them so long ago.

Sworn to protect Paradigm City, his allies, and himself, Roger Smith, a self-styled "Negotiator", along with his machine, The Big-O, seeks to unravel this mystery that haunts him like a faded memory. Just what connection does Roger and the Big O have with the city's past...?


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Animated
Contains the first four episodes: Roger the Negotiator, Dorothy Dorothy, Electric City, and Underground City
Textless Opening
Interview with designer Keichi Satou and director Kazuyoshi Katayama
Full-screen format

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

One of the reasons for me buying this DVD was because many people who have seen it said it was anime but done Batman: The Animated Series style.  Also, many correlations to the Batman animated series (which I really enjoyed) such as Roger Smith/Bruce Wayne, the Butler but of course he has an android named Dorothy instead of Robin to help him out... oh and also a big robot named O.  

There are only 13 episodes total in this series and already spoiled for many is that the ending so far is a cliffhanger with no conclusion at this time.  I'm guessing they will probably make a movie in the near future.  Anyway, the first DVD features the first four episodes.  The anime series is currently being shown on the Cartoon Network ala Toonami but the uncut DVD edition features a different opening credit.

Although, I didn't watch the English dub completely, after watching the anime in Japanese, I would go to certain parts to see how the English dub would be and it was surprisingly good.  So, dub fans should be happy about this.

As for the DVD special features, there is only a textless opening and an interview (ala read the screen) that I wish was an actual interview but beggars can't be choosers.

As for "The Big O", it appears that this anime has a good size fan base.  Also, that there are toys being planned for release in the US. We'll see...

So far with the first four episodes, the anime appears interesting but we will have to wait and see how things develop in the second volume.

THE ANIME:  B
THE DVD EXTRAS: C+ 
THE DVD OVERALL: B-

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