THE BIG O (Volume 2)(2001)
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
DIRECTED BY: Kazuyoshi Katayama
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action
DURATION: 90 minutes

 
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Anime Synopsis:

As Paradigm City's top negotiator, Roger Smith lives a very exciting, yet dangerous life. When a series of mysterious accidents begin plaguing the city's police force, all clues point towards a "ghost." Fed up with Dorothy's piano playing, Roger takes her to see his friend Instro, an android who is very gifted concert pianist. However, can Roger protect the City from Instro's creator while keeping his identity as the pilot of the Big O a secret from the inquisitive Angel? Contains Episode 5-7.

DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Animated
Contains the episode 5-7
Textless Opening
Creator interview
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 episodes 5-7, the anime appears interesting and you yearn for more. Two more DVD's to go!

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

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