spacecowboy_ | NYC | 08/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The editorial reviewer does not do the Big O justice, I fear. When he writes that the plot falls apart for not expalining why the policeman knows how to operate the mech, it demonstrates a clear misunderstandng of some simple facts. It had been explained in the show why people in Paradigm have skills they have no memory of. The Incident. His other examples of opaque storytelling either come form this same forgetfullness of major arcing plot points, or refer to mysteries that are not resolved in the first season. Angel's identity and the frogmen's employer being examples of this. That being said, the reviewer can be somewhat forgiven by the failure of the Big O to spawn a second season, in which some of these mysteries would have been resolved (hopefully). Which really is a travesty, since this is one of the better Japanese imports. Mech combat (not mecha, thank you very much) is a staple of Japanese cartoons, and Big O manages to imbue it with a certain style and humor. The art deco and jazz/classical music make the show seem like the 1930s portrayed in the "Maltese Falcon." Roger has a certain panache, and once you see him and Dorothy together you will see the fallacy of the accusation that there is no character development. Furthermore, the twin mysteries of what "The Incident" was, and what is happening in the top levels of Paradigm's government provide an good backdrop against the more episodic plot. The slow uncovering of bits and pieces of these mysteries, while too slow for our reviewer, I found enjoyable and interesting. Anyways, a superb show."
THIS IS ANIMATION AT ITS GREATEST!
cherrylollipop2k | Harker Heights, Tx USA | 07/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This animated, action packed, mind-blowing movie is out of this world! Not only is it a movie, but also a cartoon that aired on the cartoon network program, toonami. The cartoon series was just as awesome as the movie. unfortunately, the production of the cartoon was stopped. why stop such cool animation? beats me. Its terrible that they've stopped work on such an awesome cartoon. Let's hope the animators haven't REALLY given up on Big O and that they'll make more of his animation to be seen. But the movie is a movie for people who like action and mystery. This movie keeps you yearning to know more about the past-less city called Paragdim City, and makes you wonder what's around the next corner. All eyes are glued on Roger Smith, a negotiator, who calls upon a megadeus called Big O, when Paragdim City is under attack. This is almost like a "virtual" movie, only without all of the virtual-ness!"
I love it, but...
chris romano | Topanga, CA USA | 01/08/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have to admit upfront that I have a (inexplicable) soft-spot for THE BIG O. Probably because of it's balance of action and "cheese." And because of it's strange dialog and seriousness, and because of its absurdly repetitive setting (just how many large robots can attack a city?). I also like the sometimes reductive character design. However, some will consider THE BIG O to be anime-light, at best, and you'd be right in doing so.While THE BIG O/main character relationship is a near copy from GIANT ROBO, while the plot mirrors that of BATMAN, the theme song totally copies FLASH GORDON, and while the campy jazz soundtrack is almost a direct lift from COWBOY BEBOP, this incomplete (only one season was made) little show manages to have a character all its own. Really, it does!I was disappointed they decided to only include 3 episodes on this DVD...it's barely over an hour of material. But the 3 episodes introduce a recurring enemy, show some interesting elements to the Dorothy character, and have another appearance of Angel, where, for no apparent reason whatsoever, she takes her dress off.If you didn't like the first DVD in the series, this one certainly isn't going to change your mind about the series. But if you appreciate it's quirk, you're certain to find more things to be amused with."