"My name is Roger Smith. My other name is Negotiator. A much needed job which I perform here in Paradigm City. A city of amnesia."
And so opens one of the most stylish and enjoyable animes in years. Combining essences of Batman, film noir, sci-fi and giant robot action, The Big O delivers. The look of the series stands out in comparison to its brethren with its hard edges, stylized world and noir-ish color palette. The brassy, jazzy soundtrack also helps in establishing the perfect atmosphere.
The story is pure anime - an entire city has mysteriously suffered amnesia. Relics and lost technology litter the landscape but no one knows why they are there or what they do. But every so often, the rare individual suddenly recovers a lost memory or ability. Why does this happen? Why did the city lose its memory? That's why you watch.
The Big O was such a hit when it appeared on The Cartoon Network that fan demand inspired a second season. Yes, it is that good of a series.
Volume 1: "Volume 1" Plot Summary:
In this first volume of The Big O, we start by meeting Roger Smith, a negotiator working in Paradigm City. Negotiators serve as personal troubleshooters for people who do not wish for the law to intervene in their problems. And when the problem is a big one, Roger and his faithful butler, Alfred, have a big solution - Big O.
During a routine negotiation, Roger meets a mysterious girl called Dorothy. And her doppelganger, Dorothy II. As the volume plays out, Roger will meet more mysterious ladies, robots and trouble.
Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
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Creator: Hajime Yatate
Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama
Character Designer: Keiichi Sato
Music: Toshihiko Sahashi
Animation Director: Masami Ozone
Animation Studio: Sunrise
American Producers: Bandai Entertainment
Volume 1 Information
Title: Volume 1
Running Time: 100
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 4
1: Roger the Negotiator
2: Dorothy, Dorothy
3: Electric City
4: Underground City
Sorry, a synopsis of this volume is currently unavailable.