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|The Big O II - Complete Collection|
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Due to popular demand, the second series of Big O is back and in one complete set! When we last saw Roger Smith, he was about to defend his home of Paradigm City against three invading robots. The battle is over and Roger ... more »
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A Superlative Anime in Nearly Every Respect
W. Scott Heitman | Gainesville, Fl United States | 01/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Big O is an important anime for many reasons; the most important reason, however, is this: Big-O is the first anime that an American audience spurred to completion. Over in Japan, the first 13 episodes of Big-O didn't make much of a splash. It aired on a very minor network and was passed over. Even with its cliffhanger ending, studios elected to leave it unfinished. The show then aired on Cartoon Network. The positive reaction to the show along with letters clamoring for a completion of the show were so overwhelming that Cartoon Network got together with the Japanese studios responsible for the show to put together the second half of the the show. Thus, this is the first time an overseas audience has caused the completion of an anime.
It would suck, then, if the second season was less fulfilling than the first. To the contrary, the second season brings the show into full bloom. What made the first season so great has been amplified. The first season consisted mostly of slightly interconnected stories all revolving around the mysteries of Paradigm city. The atmosphere of the show was great, but it was difficult to tell if the show was leading to anything. This time, the show rarely lets up on solid storytelling. Every moment (save one episode) feels like an important piece of the impossible puzzle that the show creates.
As far as the actual asthetics of the show, they are fantastic. The animation has definitely improved a good deal, and Big-O himself has never looked better. While the score for the first season was fantastic, this season's tops it. Finally, while I usually hate english voice-acting for anime, Big-O is one case where I actually prefer it- it is very well executed here.
See the first season, then hold on tight for the second!"
Sorry about the 2 stars in the rant review
ScionofDestiny | United States | 02/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Intro - Right. Well I wrote the "rant" review that was entitled under "Keifer Yeoman". I had to use my own account (I was using my brothers) to rectify this terrible mistake when I said 2 stars. Also, I realize I didn't say much in the way of actual video, audio, and story quality.
Video - The video quality can be called better than the first season. The first season has great quality, but they have really gone to town on the second. It is livlier, crisper, and brighter than before. It still reflects the repressed mood of Paradigm City however, especially the outer domes. As for the Megadueses and characters... well, they are outstanding as well. Big O has never looked better.
Audio - Big O suffers from the fact that it, like many anime, has a limited soundtrack. Don't let that stop you though. Some of the greatest anime of all time have this problem, and as any fan knows it doesn't ruin them in the least. Big O is one of that quality. The soundtrack is addictive and catchy, and portrays the spirit brilliantly. You don't need very many with these tunes.
Subtitles - I actually never bothered with these, which boggles me no end. Big O is actually the first anime I ever watched that makes me want to listen to the dub rather than the sub! I don't believe it. Nonetheless, it is here. For one brief, shining moment in history, the dubbing excels! Everyone I talk too tells me that the subtitles are on the mark though, which isn't surprising since it is of high quality.
Story - If there is one place where Big O blows everything away, it is the variety of the story. A psychological-action-adventure-mystery-angst-romance thriller, mix in the millionaire Negotiator who is running around in a giant Megaduese (mecha) and his sardonic Android partner (go Dorothy!) and the ever reliable Norman (the Butler who is loyal DIDN'T do it, deviating from the traditional theme).
For the sake of completion, I will give a small overview on the story itself. Roger Smith is a Negotiator who lives in Paradigm City, the last surviving city on earth after a apocalyptic force known as "the Event" sealed the memories of both humans, androids, and everything else. Forty years have pased since "the Event", and mankind has began a search for memories that help them advance in their small civilization. Roger has a secret though. He is the pilot of ancient technology from times before "the Event". The megadues, Big O! Joined by his partner Dorothy, his loyal butler Norman, and his megadues, (plus a whole bunch of other people) he is on a mad dash to bring order to Paradigm.
Overview - Big O is one for the collection folks. It still has a fanbase after five years and the works. I don't need to waste my time telling you that it as an American audience that spurred Big O into the second season, which it a historic mark in both the anime world. If you like mecha, psychological and grandthemes, AMAZING characters, great dubbing, and a storyline that is both tribute and original, then this it!
The Big O II Tops The First One
Daniel Willis | Antlers, OK USA | 08/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've started watching Big O II on Cartoon Network. I missed a few episodes, so I picked up Big O II Complete Collection. The box set contains extras. There are 13 episodes on 4 DVDs. If you want to know the episode titles I have included them in this review.
14.Roger The Wanderer
15.Negotiation With The Dead
16.Day Of The Advent
18.The Greatest Villain
21.The Third Big
24.The Big Fight
25.The War Of Paradigm City
26.The Show Must Go On
Satisfying continuation and conclusion of an excellent anime
A44 | 11/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Initially the Big-O seems to be yet another (albeit stylized) big-robot anime. It quickly shows itself to be a more complex, and thoroughly pleasing story, with stand-alone episodes gradually exposing a greater mystery. The first series of Big-O ended in a pending confrontation, after having only confirmed the existence of a bigger mystery. So if you've seen the first series, you're already anxious to catch this sequel, which leads up to an excellent and satisfying conclusion. The individual episodes are even more imaginative, with many of the questions raised by the original series being answered along the way (a longer way at that).
If you haven't seen the first episodes, I'd strongly recommend watching them first, though by all means this second series is "better." If you're unfamiliar with the series, it offers a good story, with elements that will remind you of: The Matrix, Gundam, Dark City, Batman, Resident Evil, Blade Runner, etc.
Or in other words (MINOR SPOILERS): big robots, a retro-styled future, questionable reality, lost technology, secret identities, good androids, scary androids, butlers, domed cities, wastelands, forbidden underground cities, manipulated and lost memories, comical villains who accidentally do good, truly evil villains, corrupt police, honest police, an evil corporation, a terrorist threat, and more."