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Does anybody here like "The Big O"? It's a Japanese anime series that aired late at night on Adult Swim beginning in 2001. It's a little bit like a Japanese Batman, which I think is really cool. I was watching a lot of Adult Swim in those days and really got into Japanese animation. "The Big O" was one of my favorites, along with Cowboy Bebop.

 

 

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I haven't seen much otaku stuff posted here, but I felt called to post about this and share "The Big O" with everybody in the forums. It feels like there's an open culture here of sharing new things and different experiences in the forums, and somehow it all ties together with the thread of video games that weaves through it all. Lots of podcasts are shared here and we talk lots about of comedy shows etc.

 

 

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"The Big O" is a really good show, even if you aren't into anime. If you haven't seen the show I hope you'll give it a watch, keep an open mind, and maybe you'll find it to be a good show too  ^_^ I'm posting the entire series below.

 

 

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Here's a little about "The Big O" from Wikipedia:

 

 

The Big O (Japanese: THE ビッグオー ) is a Japanese animated television series created by designer Keiichi Sato and director Kazuyoshi Katayama for Sunrise. 

 
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 robot 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 tokusatsu productions of the 1950s and 1960s, particularly Toho's kaiju movies, and the score is an eclectic mix of styles and musical homages.
 
The Big O premiered October 13, 1999 on WOWOW satellite television. (**We’ve discussed WOWOW in the forums before, when MaximumRD posted about Taito’s UNRELEASED WOWOW 16-Bit Console that used their satellite network to download games.) The English-language version premiered on Cartoon Network on April 2, 2001. Originally planned as a 26 episode series, low viewership in Japan ceased production after only 13. Positive international reception resulted in a second season consisting of the unproduced 13 episodes, co-produced by Cartoon Network, Sunrise, and Bandai. Season two premiered on Japan's SUN-TV on January 2, 2003, and the American premiere took place seven months later. Following the 2012 closure of Bandai Entertainment, Sunrise announced at Otakon 2013, that Sentai Filmworks rescued both seasons of The Big O.

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