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The Big O (THE ビッグオー Za Biggu Ō) is a Japanese anime series created by director Kazuyoshi Katayama and designer Keiichi Sato for Sunrise Animation. The writing staff was assembled by the series' head writer, Chiaki J. Konaka.

The series is designed as a tribute to Japanese and Western shows from the 1960s and 1970s, it is done in the style of film noir and combines the feel of a detective show with the mecha genre of anime.

The Series premiered October 13, 1999 on WOWOW satellite television, finishing its run on January 19, 2000. An English language version premiered on Cartoon Network on 2 April 2001. Originally a 13-episode series, positive fan response internationally resulted in a second season co-produced by Cartoon Network, Sunrise, and Bandai Visual. Season two premiered on Japan's SUN-TV on January 2003, with the American premiere taking place seven months later.

Synopsis

The series follows Roger Smith, Paradigm City's top Negotiator. He provides this much needed service with the help of an android 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.


Cast

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor
Protagonists
Roger Smith.png Roger Smith Mitsuru Miyamoto Steve Blum
R Dorothy Wayneright.png R. Dorothy Wayneright Akiko Yajima Lia Sargent
Norman Burg.png Norman Burg Motomu Kiyokawa Milton James
(eps. 1-13)
Alan Oppenheimer
(eps. 14-26)
Dan Dastun.png Dan Dastun Tesshō Genda Peter Lurie
Angel BigO.png Angel Emi Shinohara Wendee Lee
Antagonists
Alex Rosewater.png Alex Rosewater Unshō Ishizuka Michael Forest
Alan Gabriel.png Alan Gabriel Issei Futamata Crispin Freeman
Vera Ronstadt.png Vera Ronstadt Sayuri Yamauchi Carolyn Hennesy
Recurring Characters
Big Ear.png Big Ear Shinpachi Tsuji Jamieson Price
Jason Beck.png Jason Beck /
Beck Gold
Hōchū Ōtsuka Bob Buchholz
Michael Seebach.png Schwarzwald /
Michael Seebach
Katsunosuke Hori Michael McConnohie
Gordon Rosewater.png Gordon Rosewater Gorō Naya William Frederick Knight
Other
Big O Logo.png Preview Narration N/A Ezra Weisz

Episodic Characters

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor Episode
Miguel Soldano.png Miguel Soldano Kenichi Ogata Simon Prescott 1
Timothy Wayneright.png Timothy Wayneright Takkō Ishimori Kevin Seymour 2
Sven Marisky.png Sven Marisky Osamu Saka Mike Reynolds 3
Bonnie Frazier.png Bonnie Frazier Tōru Furuya Steve Kramer 5
Rick Frazier.png Rick Frazier Michihiro Ikemizu Peter Spellos
Major Ed Hillery.png Ed Hillery Kazuhiko Kishino Steve McGowan
Anthony Gauss.png Anthony Gauss Tatsuyuki Jinnai Robert Axelrod
Instro.png R. Instro Akio Nojima Kirk Thornton 6, 18
Gieseng.png Gieseng Mikio Terashima Tony Pope 6
Rene Rigetti.png Rene Rigetti Chafurin Kevin Seymour 7
Paul Readerman.png Paul Readerman Fumihiko Tachiki Barry Stigler
Eugene Grant.png Eugene Grant Toshio Furukawa Tom Fahn 8
Robert Ferry.png Robert Ferry Ryōichi Tanaka Don Fischer
Louise Ferry.png Louise Ferry Tomoko Ishimura Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Dundee Wise.png Mr. Wise Takeshi Aono Doug Stone 9
Dove Big O.png Dove Mitsuo Senda Tony Oliver 9, 18
T-Bone Big O.png T-Bone Keiichi Sonobe
Sybil Rowan.png Sybil Rowan Sakiko Tamagawa Mona Marshall 10
Jeff Meyers Big O.png Jeff Meyers Daisuke Sakaguchi Joshua Seth
Morgan Skyler.png Morgan Skyler Tomomichi Nishimura Dana Craig 10-11
Oliver Big O.png Oliver Shinichirō Miki Steve Cassling 11
Laura Big O.png Laura Haruna Ikezawa Michelle Ruff
Santa Big O.png Santa Claus Yuzuru Fujimoto Kevin Seymour
Red Destiny.png R.D. (Red Destiny) Akiko Yajima Lia Sargent 13
Roscoe Fitzgerald.png Roscoe Fitzgerald Chikao Ōtsuka Bob Papenbrook 15
Kelly Fitzgerald.png Kelly Fitzgerald Toshiko Sawada Carol Stanzione
Tami Big O.png Tami Kaori Mizuhashi Sherry Lynn 16
Jim McGowan.png Jim McGowan Katsuhiko Sasaki Stephen Davies
R. Frederick O'Reilly.png R. Frederick O'Reilly Nobuo Tanaka Kim Strauss 19
Mr Simmons.png Mr. Simmons Fumio Matsuoka Stephen Gilborn
Commander Big O.png Commander Takeharu Onishi Jamieson Price 26

Additional Voices

Notes

  • The first series was dubbed non-union, thus most of the voice actors are credited under pseudonyms. This caused some confusion among fans when the unionized second season premiered with the actors' real names credited, leading many to believe that the voice cast had been replaced.
  • Alan Oppenheimer replaces Milton James as Norman Burg during the second season due to James moving to New York.
  • In Episode 5, during Frazier's flashback, Major Ed Hillery is talking with Gauss' voice (Robert Axelrod).

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
2001 Cartoon Network
(Toonami)
United States United States
2003 Cartoon Network
(Adult Swim)
2004 Toonami United Kingdom United Kingdom
2013-2014 Cartoon Network
(Adult Swim / Toonami)
United States United States

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Content Region Country
Bandai Entertainment 2001 DVD.jpg Episodes 1-13 1
NTSC
United States United States
4 Volumes
2003 Episodes 1-13
4 Discs
2004 Episodes 14-26
3 Volumes
Episodes 14-26
3 Discs
2007 The Complete Series
2 Volumes
Sentai Filmworks 2017 BD The Complete Series A
DVB-T
4 Discs

External Links

  • The Big O at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Big O (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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