The Big O

(2001)

Overview

The Big O is a Japanese animated television series created by director Kazuyoshi Katayama and writer Chiaki J. Konaka for Sunrise. The writing staff was assembled by the series' head writer, Chiaki J. Konaka who is known for his work in the Digimon season, Digimon Tamers.

The story takes place forty years after a mysterious occurrence causes the residents of Paradigm City to lose their memories. The series follows Roger Smith, Paradigm City's top Negotiator. He provides this much needed service with the help of a Gynoid named R. Dorothy Wayneright and his butler Norman Burg. When the need arises, Roger calls upon Big O, a giant relic from the city's past.

The television series is designed as a tribute to Japanese and Western shows from the 1960s and 1970s. The series is done in the style of film noir and combines the feel of a detective show with the mecha genre of anime. The setpieces are reminiscent of Toho kaiju movies and the score is an eclectic mix of styles and musical homages.

The Big O premiered 13 October 1999 on WOWOW satellite television. It finished its run on 19 January 2000. The English-language version premiered on Cartoon Network on 2 April 2001 and ended on 18 April 2001. Originally a 26 episode series, low viewership in Japan cut it down to the just first 13. However, positive fan response internationally resulted in a second season co-produced by Cartoon Network, Sunrise, and Bandai Visual consisting of the remaining 13 episodes. Season two premiered on Japan's SUN-TV on January 2003, with the American premiere taking place seven months later. Following the closure of Bandai Entertainment in 2012, Sunrise had announced at Otakon 2013, that both seasons of The Big O along with a handful of former BEI titles would be rescued by Sentai Filmworks.

  1. Hajime Yatate

    Creator

Series Cast

  1. Alan Oppenheimer

    Alan Oppenheimer

    26 Episodes

  2. Crispin Freeman

    Crispin Freeman

    26 Episodes

  3. Michael McConnohie

    26 Episodes

  4. Emi Shinohara

    Emi Shinohara

    26 Episodes

  5. Gorō Naya

    Gorō Naya

    26 Episodes

Full Cast & Crew

Last Season

Season 2

2003 | 13 Episodes

Season 2 of The Big O premiered on August 3, 2003.

View All Seasons

The Big O
The Big O

Facts

Original Name The ビッグオー

Status Ended

Network

  • See more TV shows from WOWOW Prime...

Certification -

Type Scripted

Original Language Japanese

Runtime 30m

Genres

Keywords

Content Score

100

Yes! Looking good!

Top Contributors

Popularity Trend

By signing up for an account on TMDb, you can post directly to Twitter and Facebook.

You need to be logged in to continue. Click here to login or here to sign up.

Global

s focus the search bar
p open profile menu
esc close an open window
? open keyboard shortcut window

On media pages

b go back (or to parent when applicable)
e go to edit page

On TV season pages

(right arrow) go to next season
(left arrow) go to previous season

On TV episode pages

(right arrow) go to next episode
(left arrow) go to previous episode

On all image pages

a open add image window

On all edit pages

t open translation selector
ctrl+ s submit form

On discussion pages

n create new discussion
w toggle watching status
p toggle public/private
c toggle close/open
a open activity
r reply to discussion
l go to last reply
ctrl+ enter submit your message
(right arrow) next page
(left arrow) previous page