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Cover of Big X volume 1 from the Osamu Tezuka Manga Complete Works edition
|Written by||Osamu Tezuka|
|Original run||November 1963 – February 1966|
|Anime television series|
|Original run||August 3, 1964 – September 27, 1965|
Big X (ビッグX Biggu Ekkusu) is a science fiction manga series and an anime series by Osamu Tezuka, based on actual experiments conducted by the Nazis to create secret weapons toward the end of World War II. Out of the 59 anime episodes, only episodes 1, 11, and 40-59 are known to survive, the others remain missing.
Invited to Nazi Germany during World War II, Dr. Asagumo is asked by Hitler to collaborate in researching the new weapon "Big X". Concerned about the possible effects of this weapon, Dr. Asagumo intentionally delays the progress of the research, conspiring with his co-researcher, the devious Dr. Engel. Immediately before Germany is defeated by the Allies, Dr. Asagumo is shot to death by the German army but not before implanting a card inscribed with the secret of Big X into his son, Shigeru. An organization claiming alliance with the Nazis appears, steals the card from Shigeru, who now lives in Tokyo, and completes the Big X project, which is revealed to be a drug that can expand the human body without limitation. Dr. Engel's grandson has joined the Nazi Alliance. Recovering Big X from the enemy, Shigeru's son Akira fearlessly challenges the Nazi Alliance and Hans Engel, who are plotting to conquer the world.
Akira Shimada as Big X
Fuyumi Shiraishi as Nina
Ichirô Nagai as Dr. Hanamaru
Keiko Yamamoto as Hans Engel
Toshiko Ota as Akira Asagumo
In Oh My Goddess!, Urd watches a thinly veiled reference to the show.
In popular culture
Urd watches a parody of Big X on TV in one of the chapters from the Oh! My Goddess manga.
- "Lost TV Anime". Cartoon Research. Retrieved 2016-08-22.