List of The Big O episodes

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This is a list of episodes of the anime series The Big O (THE ビッグオー?, Tha Biggu Ō). The series is directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama and animated by the Japanese animation studio Sunrise. The series follows Roger Smith, Paradigm City's top Negotiator.

The first season of the series premiered on 13 October 1999 on WOWOW with the episode "Roger the Negotiator" and concluded with "R.D." on 19 January 2000. Starting on 2 April, The Big O aired two times on the Cartoon Network: once during the afternoon Toonami block at 5:30 PM, and once at 12:30 AM during Toonami: Midnight Run; the 12:30 AM showing was the premiere and the more publicized 5:30 PM showing a rerun. Even at its late hour, The Big O was shown in edited form. In anticipation of the premiere of The Big O: Season Two, the first thirteen episodes were re-aired, completely uncut, on the Adult Swim block.[1][2]

Originally a twenty six-episode series, it was cut to just half that number due to low ratings in Japan. Luckily, positive international fan response resulted in a second season co-produced by Cartoon Network, Sunrise, and Bandai Visual. The Big O: Season Two premiered on 2 January 2003 on SUN-TV with the episode "Roger the Wanderer" and concluded with "The Show Must Go On" on 27 March 2003. The American premiere took place seven months later. On the night the final episode was to air, 26 October, the viewers were treated to a rerun of episode 20, "Stripes". This resulted in the Adult Swim message boards being flooded with complaints by fans. After an apology from Kim Manning, programming director for Adult Swim, the final episode of The Big O was aired on 2 November at 11:00 PM.[3][4][5]

The first opening theme is the Queen-inspired "BIG-O!" Composed, arranged and performed by Rui Nagai, the song resembles the theme to the Flash Gordon film.[6][7] The second opening theme is "Respect," composed by Toshihiko Sahashi. The track is an homage to the music of Gerry Anderson's UFO, composed by Barry Gray.[8] In 2007, Rui Nagai composed "Big-O! Show Must Go On," a 1960s hard rock piece, for Animax's reruns of the show. This opening was subsequently used in the 2007 North American DVD re-release of the series. The closing theme is the slow love ballad "And Forever," written by Chie and composed by Ken Shima. The duet is performed by Robbie Danzie and Naoki Takao. When the series was re-broadcast on the Animax channel, a new theme song composed and performed by Nagai titled "Big-O! Show Must Go On" was used for the opening sequence, instead.

Season One[edit]

Act Title Written by Original
air date
Toonami
air date
01 "Roger the Negotiator"  
Chiaki Konaka
1999-10-13 2001-04-02
Roger Smith, top negotiator of Paradigm City, is hired to oversee the retrieval of R. Dorothy Wayneright, the kidnapped daughter of the wealthy scientist Miguel Soldano. The thugs try to escape with the briefcase of money until Roger finds out that Dorothy is really an android replaced by her deceased human counterpart. After a failed mission and returning home, Roger is visited by Dorothy, who requests Roger to protect her. Roger unwillingly takes Dorothy to her father's factory, only to see it in ruins as her father passes away in front of them. The thugs from before begin to shoot missiles at Roger and Dorothy, yet the two manage to defeat them with use of diversion. A giant megadeus, known as Dorothy-1, roaming the city is seen attacking the bureau building, overpowering the military police. Roger summons the Big O from underground and prevents Dorothy-1 from infiltrating the bureau building. 
02 "Dorothy Dorothy"  
Chiaki Konaka
1999-10-20 2001-04-03
Dorothy, distraught from having seen Dorothy-1 destroyed, suddenly disappears after the Big O returns to the underground base. Rogers ponders what Dorothy's connection with this giant megadeus. At night, Dorothy is seen with Timothy Wayneright I, introduced as her grandfather at a clubhouse. Roger already figures out that Wayneright was Dorothy's true "father" by using his memories. Jason Beck, appearing a second time, shoots Wayneright after having him taken hostage and stuns Dorothy after she tries to escape. Dorothy-1, revealed to be piloted by Beck, runs amok in the city once more. However, when Roger tries to finish off Beck, he sees Dorothy attached to Dorothy-1, being used as a power regulator circuit. Roger, hesitant to fight back, climbs out of the Big O and pulls Dorothy out, making Dorothy-1 useless and leading Beck to his arrest. Following the aftermath of Wayneright's death, Dorothy is to reside with Roger as his maid. 
03 "Electric City"  
Chiaki Konaka
1999-10-27 2001-04-04
There have been power outages occurring recently within the city. Cassey Jenkins, a representative of the city's power management, hires Roger to go to the Electric City and negotiate with the locals the reactivation of the hydroelectric power plant. The reason for their hindrance is because of their belief that a god who lives in the lake would strike lightning due to anger. While sneaking out at night, Roger finds himself in the cabin of an old man who despises those who work for the city, though the old man grows to appreciate his kind services. Roger later finds a secret basement under the cabin, finding out that the old man is a retired researcher. The turbines of the dam mysteriously turn on, and Rogers finds out that Cassey, exposing herself as Angel, is responsible for this, after going to the power plant himself. As the underground pipes overflow, a creature, known as the Eel, peers from the lake, absorbing the electricity from the dam. Angel tries to escape by car, but the creature causes it to stall. Roger, summoning the Big O, goes into battle against the Eel, but it does not go well for him. It is until the old man shuts down the entire dam that Roger is able to fire a blast straight through the Eel. Roger later destroys the power plant to prevent future reactivation, while keeping in mind that the old man was the one who had created the Eel. 
04 "Underground Terror"  
Chiaki Konaka
1999-11-03 2001-04-05
A journalist named Michael Seebach has gone missing for three months, and has taken his latest manuscript with him. Angel, now working as a secretary at the city's press as Patricia Lovejoy, hires Roger to retrieve that manuscript and give Seebach his severance pay. In his search for Seebach, Roger discovers that this reporter had been leading a double life as a maniacal Schwarzwald. As Roger climbs deep underground past the abandoned subway, he undergoes trauma when he sees ghosts passing by. Dorothy, managing to return Roger's physiological responses back to normal, brings him to where an old megadeus, known as the Archetype, had been dumped, ultimately encountering Schwarzwald there. When Schwarzwald prepares to burn up the area, Dorothy somehow activates the Archetype, throwing Schwarzwald off guard. Dorothy, having been instilled fear for the first time, is chased after by the Archetype, that is until Roger calls forth the Big O to destroy it. 
05 "Bring Back My Ghost"  
Keiichi Hasegawa
1999-11-10 2001-04-09
Roger, having traveled all the way to East Town, is hired by a wealthy yet blind old woman to help find her son Bonny Fraiser for her birthday the next day. What she does not know is that Bonny was known to have been deceased in a war one year ago at the Hudson River. The informant Big Ear tells Roger that a ghost appears by the Hudson River when the fog is thick enough, and that three of the top brass of the military police have already died last year after seeing it. As a colonel named Anthony Gauss heads back to the military police headquarters, he becomes victimized after realizing that Bonny is still alive, and he falls into the river after seeing the ghostly figure. After the military police fails to attack the figure, Roger arrives in the Big O ready to fight, but his attacks past right through the figure. He discovers that Bonny used a ghost megadeus, known as Osrail, to show a projected image of the figure, being the reason for its transparency. Bonny later explains that he jumped into the river when Gauss had shot him on the day of the war, yet his life was saved by Osrail submerged in the river. Bonny goes to see his mother at the night of her birthday, bringing her tears of joy. 
06 "A Legacy of Amadeus"  
Masanao Akaboshi
1999-11-17 2001-04-10
Sick and tired of waking up to the banging of piano keys, Roger brings Dorothy to a restaurant, where he takes her to meet a robotic concert pianist named R. Instro, who performs a nocturne in front of an audience. It is explained that Instro's father Amadeus had built and owned the restaurant, leaving the piano for him to play. Roger asks Instro to teach Dorothy how to play the nocturne, but their lesson is soon interrupted by a scientist named Gieseng, who leaves after short notice. Dan Dastun, the chief of the military police, discusses with Roger that the city firm had bankrolled the funds for an experimental photo-sonic machine, known as Constanze, that went haywire. Gieseng and Amadeus had been research partners involved in this lab accident, but Gieseng managed to survive that day. Roger and Dorothy go to visit Instro the following day, however they find that the restaurant is left with a gaping hole in the ceiling and Instro gone missing. The two soon go to Amadeus's house, only to see Instro linked inside Constanze under Gieseng's orders. Roger, trying to snap Instro out of thinking that he is a tool for this experiment, brings out the Big O in an attempt to stop him. It is until Dorothy plays the nocturne that Instro becomes distracted, allowing Roger to destroy Constanze and consequently killing Gieseng. Instro, having his hands repaired from having been disconnected from the machine, realizes that he was born to be a pianist and not a tool for an experiment. 
07 "The Call from the Past"  
Chiaki Konaka
1999-11-24 2001-04-11
Three days ago, Roger learns from a fisherman that the price of fish has gone up because of a rumored sea titan that lurks in the water. He goes to a ship factory the next day to rent a newly built submarine ship, but as Angel beats him to it the day after that, he chases her down and jumps into the ship with her. Meanwhile, Norman Burg, Roger's butler, becomes exceeding worried as to why Roger has not returned home for the past three days. While the two view an underwater city, they are bombarded by men in scuba diving gear, said to be the servants of the sea titan. They wind up crashing inside a building, trapped with only a limited amount of air left. Angel explains that she wanted to find a light source of memories in order to receive payment. It seems that the servants are looking for the exact same thing, but having tempered with the light source alerts the sea titan. Roger signals in the Big O, accompanied by Dorothy, and follows the sea titan. The military police attacks the sea titan, only to find out that it was a projection from the sea megadeus, known as Dagon. Roger punches out the Dagon, destroying all the memories it carried. 
08 "Missing Cat"  
Keiichi Hasegawa
1999-12-01 2001-04-12
A bizarre murder occurred when an expensive pet turned into a monstrous creature which killed its owner before it died itself. Meanwhile, Dorothy brings with her an abandoned kitten named Pero on the way home, however Roger has his doubts when the kitten dirties his office area. Roger has noticed change in Dorothy ever since even though she does not show much for it. When Pero's owners show up, Roger tries to negotiate with them, but to no avail. As Roger advises Dorothy to personally return Pero back to its owner, a man operating an aircraft captures Dorothy with Pero and kills the distraught owners. Big Ear says that the man is named Eugene Grant, an alchemist that researched artificial proteins. Eugene shows Dorothy his human experiments of animal genetic manipulation, revealing that Pero used to be a human child before Eugene took him for experimentation and the owners he murdered were his parents. Meanwhile, Roger and Angel find the laboratory, first having to get past all the obstacles in their way. Roger summons Big O when an experiment, known as the Chimera, wreaks havoc. Dorothy, apprehended by Eugene, tells Roger not to attack the Chimera because Pero was the base of the experiment. The Chimera kills Eugene when Dorothy calls out to it, but it chooses to end its life in the ruins of the laboratory. 
09 "Beck Comes Back"  
Shin Yoshida
1999-12-08 2001-04-16
Beck breaks out of prison and has a new scheme up his sleeve. Roger is brought in to negotiate in the kidnapping of the son of a wealthy man named Wise. However, Wise is in disagreement with Roger's terms of action. Roger and Dorothy take the ransom money from Wise and goes to the hideout, only to be a ploy set up by Beck to involve the military police. The two learn from Wise that his wife died when his son had been born forty years past, leaving behind the unjust truth between them. Roger and Dorothy then goes to the warehouse to confront Beck. However, Beck traps Dorothy on a magnetic bowl and injects her with a brainwashing device as a ruse to crush Roger to death. She is able to break free of the spell, but she soon collapses from shock. Beck starts to operate a different megadeus, known as the Beck Victory Deluxe, in retaliation, but Roger brings out the Big O to fight back. Beck's laser beams are no match against Roger's armor, thus being easily defeated as a result. 
10 "Winter Night Phantom"  
Keiichi Hasegawa
1999-12-15 2001-04-17
An unknown bomber sends a toy robot to detonate a church nearby. Dastun has been dreaming of a foreign woman for quite some time now. He shows up at an inquiry conference meeting, in which the committee ignores the idea that the bomber is a foreigner. The woman of his dreams seems to appear in the city streets frequently after more bombings. Dastun tells Roger that he dreamed that the woman was shot at a boardwalk on a snowy night, whispering the words "vous êtes si gentil". Roger then says that the woman is an actress named is Sybil Rowan, starring in only one movie. The city government had arrested Sybil for assumed terrorist threats, and it is rumored that she disappeared a long time ago. A scheduled speech at an amusement park is interrupted when a giant toy megadeus, known as the Eumenides, is sent by the bomber. Dastun finds Sybil at the boardwalk seeing that she is one behind all the bombings, while Roger is busy handling the Eumenides using the Big O. When Dastun shoots Sybil, this gives Roger the chance of destroying the Eumenides, but Dastun weeps when experiencing the nostalgic scene of when Sybil dies. It is unveiled that "vous êtes si gentil" is translated to "you're so sweet". 
11 "Daemonseed"  
Shin Yoshida
2000-01-05 2001-04-18
It is said that Heaven's Day is the date of the founding of the city, which so happens to be Dorothy's birthday. A poor saxophone player named Oliver is given an emerald egg, later known as the Daemonseed, by a strange old man. Alex Rosewater, chairman of the city firm, receives a threat five days earlier written that "in seven days, the world will be reborn", which means that the threat must be nullified within two days. Roger and Dastun scramble to find leads. Dorothy later has a talk with Oliver's blind girlfriend named Laura, questioning as to why Oliver loves her so much but lies to her in order to play the saxophone for spare change. As Oliver plays in the city dome on the day before Heaven's Day, the Daemonseed hatches into a megadeus and grows large vines, which covers the entire dome. Nonetheless, the Daemonseed stops growing when it breaks past the dome. Oliver and Laura reunite in the rubble of the streets. Roger exchanges gifts with Dorothy, while Oliver plays a tune in front of the crowd. 
12 "Enemy Is Another Big![Note 1]"  
Masanao Akaboshi
2000-01-12 2001-04-19
It is reported that Schwarzwald is still living. Roger must go in combat using the Big O against Schwarzwald using a mummy robot. As it seems that the mummy robot is left burned alive, this was to conceal its true complexion as the megadeus called the Big Duo. Thanks to Angel, Roger finds Schwarzwald at a masquerade party on a skyscraper building, but things go awry when the masks of the party guests light up in flames, causing them all to jump out of the building. Schwarzwald challenges Roger to a final showdown in their respective giant robots. Even though Roger is left unarmed, he fires a laser beam to blast through the city dome, causing a mass explosion. Roger then is seen hanging from the top of the dome with his chain, much to Schwarzwald's surprise. The Big O lands on the Big Duo, nearly tearing it to pieces. When Schwarzwald manages to jump out of the Big Duo, it begins to move on his own for a moment until it collapses. 
13 "R.D."  
Keiichi Hasegawa
2000-01-19 2001-04-23
An assassin stalks the streets of the city. A series of seemingly unrelated murders has Dastun stumped as to the motive, and the only clue is the killer's calling card, which says, "cast in the name of God, ye not guilty". Big Ear hears words that the victims were said not to have been born in the city. Roger goes to an abandoned library that he recognizes from a photo in the house of one of the victims. He stumbles upon Angel, who asks him the purpose for piloting the Big O, seeing as he already familiar with all the controls, before she decides to take leave. A book, containing a piece of paper showing the names of the victims, suddenly appears, and Roger holds on to it for further investigation. This leads him to find Gordon Rosewater, the author of this book, at a farm. It is deduced from the book that there had been memories of the past implanted fifteen years ago into children, in which four of them now were the victims killed. However, the book itself is left unfinished, and Gordon encourages Roger to figure out the answer for himself. As he returns back to the abandoned library, he encounters R.D., said to be the red destiny. Roger must run for his life to escape death. The Big O suddenly rises from the ground, with Dorothy inside, and crushes R.D. into the ceiling. The military police lines up at the coast, as three foreign megadeuses are soon approaching. 

Season Two[edit]

Act Title Written by Original
air date
Adult Swim
air date
14 "Roger the Wanderer"  
Chiaki Konaka
Kazuyoshi Katayama
2003-01-02 2003-08-03
Roger Smith and R. Dorothy Wayneright, inside the Big O, go against the three foreign megadeuses with full force. In the midst of battle, Roger questions his existence. He finds himself in the city as it was forty years before as a wanderer, where there was no need for a negotiator. He learns that his mansion used to be a bank owned by a wealthy Jason Beck, who shuns Roger for causing a disturbance. He also sees Dorothy entering a night club with a young man, much to his dismay. In a skit-like manner, Norman Burg explains that he has waited forty years for Roger to become the pilot of the Big O. Roger comes to believe he may have been portraying someone other than himself after the memories had disappeared from his mind. He comes across Angel, who address him as a soldier in the military police. She asks him if he wants to run away from himself, but when he sees Dorothy, he comes to his senses as a negotiator and continues his fight against the three foreign megadeuses, ultimately defeating them all at once. 
15 "Negotiations with the Dead"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-01-09 2003-08-10
Kelly Fitzgerald, wife of the senator Roscoe Fitzgerald, hires Roger to negotiate with the assassin targeting her husband. The word on the streets is the members of cite senate know something from before forty years ago, and a certain android is running amok killing innocent people who had shared memories of the past. Roger and Dorothy go to Big Ear to figure out who would construct such a murderous android. The two visit the home of the deceased Timothy Wayneright I in order to find answers. Dorothy is soon bound to a magnetic device and Roger is attacked by a stray android, that is until Angel comes to rescue them. It seems that Roscoe was the only senator that never lost any of his memories of the past. A sword megadeus, known as Glinda, is somehow activated, overwhelming the military police. Roger summons the Big O to destroy Glinda. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Angel discover that Roscoe is actually an android himself. A cyborg named Alan Gabriel then shoots Roscoe, confiscating the compact disc of stored memories, and makes his escape. 
16 "Day of the Advent"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-01-16 2003-08-17
A mysterious object shrouded in light has crash-landed in the city. Like a thief in the night, an investigation team recovered it before too long. Roger meets with an old hotel manager named Jim McGowen, who pins his hopes that this object is said to be an angel of salvation. As Roger later reunites with Angel, the two locate a factory hidden in a cavern, where they find the three foreign megadeuses that were previously destroyed. They are attacked by men in scuba diving gear, but they manage to evade. Roger is brought to Alex Rosewater, who shows him a fragment of the mysterious object. Alex believes that this is part of a satellite made forty years ago. Angel knows that it will fall out of orbit outside the city domes. Roger calls forth the Big O and does all he can to repel the satellite. A mass explosion occurs, and the city is filled with glowing snow falling from the sky. 
17 "Leviathan"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-01-23 2003-08-24
Schwarzwald attempts to stir fear by showering the city with the foretelling of his latest discovery, a megadeus known as the Leviathan. Roger is yet again forced to track him down and investigate his discoveries. After Dorothy takes piano lessons under R. Instro, he invites her to a church where he is now an organist. Roger decides to return to the underground exposition room where the Archetype was unearthed by Schwarzwald. Roger follows a tunnel leading to a hanger containing Big Duo. This megadeus was smashed and ripped apart by Roger and Big O when battling Schwarzwald from before, but now, to Roger's total dismay, is almost completely repaired. Roger then finds the three foreign megadeuses he destroyed earlier, and realizes they were carrying the parts for another big-type megadeus, which Alex Rosewater expresses his desire to pilot it. Alex tells Roger that his communicator watch is useless in the hangar, and is unable to receive calls and summon Big O. Suspecting trouble, he decides to leave. Meanwhile, the Leviathan attacks the city, using its claws to turn anything it touches into sand. Dorothy pleads the Leviathan to stop, and she refuses its demands to become a part of it. Enraged, it attempts to smash Dorothy, yet with the help of Norman, Big O emerges from below and punches the Leviathan back. Roger returns and enters Big O with Dorothy. As the Leviathan attacks, Roger manages to hold back its arms and forces one of the claws to touch the Leviathan's own body. The weapon backfires, causing the Leviathan to disintegrate. Angel later tells Roger and Dorothy that Schwarzwald was never alive when the Leviathan wreaked havoc upon the city. 
18 "The Greatest Villain"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-01-30 2003-08-31
Beck busts out of jail again, this time using a bolt of lightning to turn off the security system, ironically giving him an afro. Roger was to negotiate with a legal counsel for an industrial corporation, however this so happens to be another scheme that Beck has up his sleeve. Dan Dastun reports to Dorothy that Roger has been kidnapped. It is now up for Dorothy to take the position as the negotiator. Beck has constructed a replica of Roger's face and body with the ability of mimicking. He uses it to activate the Big O and have it mindlessly roam in the city until it stops right before the edge of the coast. Dorothy head towards the industrial corporation building in an attempt to rescue Roger. Beck tries to capture Dorothy again, but she constrains him to a magnetic bowl with a metal disc around his neck. Beck pulls out his megadeus, known as Beck the Great RX3, as a last resort. Roger summons the Big O and easily takes down Beck the Great RX3 in one shot. This is the third time that Beck will be arrested. 
19 "Eyewitness"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-02-06 2003-09-07
With the case of the android crusher still unsolved, the city firm takes drastic measures by assigning a new inspector named R. Frederick O'Reilly, to the case. Dastun does not approve of this since Frederick is an android himself, but he must form an uneasy partnership to catch the criminal. While Dorothy returns to Norman with high grade oil, she gets a glimpse of the crusher after she is shot with a time bomb, managing to release it in time by deflecting it off a trailer truck. Dastun and Frederick temporary keep Dorothy in custody to retrieve the visual memory of this glimpse. Angel compares herself with Roger, saying how they are alike in some ways. Dastun figures out that the culprit is after androids who placed a delivery order of high grade oil at a store. When Frederick is shot with a time bomb, he detaches his arm and fling it towards the store. When it is shown that the crusher is really an android, Frederick takes out its memory chip and takes his leave. The city is then under attack by a megadeus known as the Construction Robot, seemingly targeting Dorothy. Norman, driving her in his motorcycle, distracts the Construction Robot long enough for Roger to bring out the Big O in order to destroy it. Dastun realizes that Frederick was sent as a puppet of the city firm. 
20 "Stripes"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-02-13 2003-09-14
Roger has recurring nightmares of his memories, and the doubts concerning his role as negotiator drive him towards Gordon, who says that Roger is bound to him under a contract somehow. Moreover, Roger talks to Angel as to what Alex plans to do with the megadeuses. Angel hears a chorus outside the city dome, while a megadeus, constructed from the three foreign megadeuses, is said to have appeared inside of it. Roger calls forth the Big O to prevent this megadeus, known as Bonaparte, from tearing up the city. Angel goes into Grand Central Station, where she meets Vera Ronstadt, leader of the union. Dorothy also enters the church, but Alan shoots her in the leg. Just as Roger tries finish off Bonaparte, the Big O suddenly stalls. 
21 "The Third Big"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-02-20 2003-09-21
The Big O shields itself right before the Bonaparte tries to drill into it. After seeing an image of Dorothy being in danger, Roger allows the Big O concedes the fight on its own and makes his way to abandoned church in Dastun's car. Alan prepare to pierce through Dorothy, ignores Angel's pleas. Roger arrives to confront Alan, but Dastun soon interrupts the match. As the Bonaparte then begins to destroy the city dome under Vera's command, Alex awakens his newly modified megadeus, known as the Big Fau, and quickly blows up the Bonaparte. However, the Big Fau begins to malfunction, causing chaos within the city. Roger returns back into the Big O and shuts down the Big Fau. 
22 "Hydra"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-02-27 2003-09-28
The military police is rounding up citizens suspect of being union sleeper agents. At a villa, Alex explains that his father founded of the city in order to preserve the memories of human civilization. Elsewhere, Angel tells Dorothy that Roger must not let the memories of the city fall into the hands of Alex as well as Vera. Roger is outraged that Alex would form such an alliance with Vera in obtaining the memories. Alex looks for the means to reactivate the Big Fau, but Vera blocks it by awakening the three-headed monster, known as the Hydra Eel, which shuts off the electricity from the underground water system. Roger enters the Big O to engage in battle, but the Hydra Eel, with its ability to generate vast amounts of electricity, disables Big O and nearly shocks Roger to death. The encounter evokes a memory from the past, where a lone Big O pilot faces a giant eel-like megadeus with the ability to use electricity as a weapon. Then the pilot presses a button on the floor, and Roger does the same, revealing the control panel of Big O's force-field system. Big O transforms, and generates an impenetrable sphere of energy around itself that deflects the Hydra's attack, which is suddenly intercepted by Alex's lightning rod. Rodger angrily slams on a peddle that causes the force field to greatly expand outward. As the blazing sphere of energy obliterates the Hydra Eel, its last attack, intercepted by the lightning rod, allows the Big Fau to be reactivated. 
23 "Twisted Memories"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-03-06 2003-10-05
Roger is given the message from Dorothy concerning what Angel told her. Alana releases Beck in jail to persuade him to pilot the Big Fau, or face an order of execution as an alternative. Alex visits Gordon at his farm to asks about the memories of the city, but when the latter says nothing, the former covers the fields in flames out of his own will. Dastun shows Roger that another sleeper agent is still on the loose, but it so happens to be Angel. Roger finds Vera in an underground tunnel, where she tells him that the bird whose wings have been plucked will shed all its feathers and will turn into the beast it was before it evolved into a bird. If the union takes the memories, hellfire will burn down the city once again as it did forty years past. As the mansion is suddenly being attacked by scorpion-like machine, Dorothy and Norman do their best to find them off until the Big O manages to intervene. Roger finds out that Beck created these machine to capture Dorothy for her hidden memories. With Dorothy slowly becoming beyond reach for Roger, he is stopped by none other than a resurrected megadeus, now known as the Big Duo Inferno. 
24 "The Big Fight"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-03-13 2003-10-12
The Big Duo Inferno seems to have the upper hand due to its airborne capabilities. However, the Big O is able to fire multiple missile to weaken his opponent. Much to his surprise, the pilot of the Big Duo Inferno is Alan, who is directly linked to his megadeus. Just as Alan prepares for his finishing blow, the spirit of Schwarzwald engulfs Alan inside the cords of the megadeus, ascending him into the atmosphere. Roger finds Dorothy atop the ledge of a building, but he sees that her memory circuit has been stripped. Meanwhile, Alex wants Beck to assist him into recreating the city to his liking. Roger contemplates to when Dorothy asked him whether or not he would fall in love with her if she was a human. While journeying in an underground tunnel, Angel stumbles upon a stage set of a cabin, where she was first told about the scars on her back as a child. Dastun walks into a movie theater, where he sees his memories displayed on film. 
25 "The War of Paradigm City[Note 2]"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-03-20 2003-10-19
The mysteries of the event forty years ago are unlocked. A several beams of light fall from the sky, demolishing the city. Meanwhile at the stage set, Vera is revealed to have rescued Gordon from being burned among the crops. She then says that Gordon had attempted to revive memories using tomatoes as a species for artificial cultivation. Alex was the one responsible for murdering any sleeper agents that had awaken their memories. The union was established to take revenge for being driven out of the city forty years ago. Angel, maddened by Vera's sense of justice, prepares to pull the trigger of her gun. Nonetheless, Vera fights back using her whip, cruelly lashing her back. Roger suddenly arrives and subdues Vera from attacking any longer. Gordon says that neither Roger nor Angel were a part of the artificial cultivation, and that the memories never had existed forty years ago even though they could be accessed subconsciously. Angel tries to deny that she is proof of being a memory due to the scars on her back. Gordon remembers that he hired Roger to conduct negotiations with "the director" to changes the roles of all "the actors". As Alex is in the Big Fau awaiting Roger in the Big O, the latter emerges to the ground, destroying the monstrous megadeus, known as the Behemoth, activated by Vera, all before the two begin to have a final showdown. 
26 "The Show Must Go On"  
Chiaki Konaka
2003-03-27 2003-11-02
The military police watch as Roger and Alex give it their all in their megadeuses, but it is not long until the Big O is declared defeated. As the Big Fau drags the Big O at the edge of the coast, the military police fire their weapons. The Big O, plunged into the water, wraps its chains around the Big Fau, pulling it into the water. The Big Fau manages to break free of the chains and swim to surface, leaving the Big O to sink deep into the ocean. Gordon says that Angel has the ability of containing or releasing memories prior to forty years ago. Roger receives the memories of when the city was first created and how all the characters were constructed. Dorothy dives into the water and saves Roger from drowning. Roger faces Alex in their megadeuses once more, but this time Dorothy is directly linked into the Big O, enabling the Big O to generate an enormous amount of energy to blast the Big Fau into the ground. Angel sprout her wings and transforms into a megadeus, known as the Big Venus, causing all scenery to disappear. Roger proclaims how his memories of Angel are of reality and not of fantasy. The Big O and the Big Venus merge into each other and vanish at the same time. The series concludes with Roger making the same monologue as the first episode while Dorothy and Angel watch. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Entitled "Enemy as Another Big!" in the Japanese broadcast.
  2. ^ Entitled "The War of the Paradigm City" in the Japanese broadcast.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big O Reruns". Anime News Network. 2001-03-19. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  2. ^ For details on the cuts made, see The Edit List by Kyle Pope at Anime News Network.
  3. ^ Chiaki J. Konaka. "The Big O (production notes)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2006-11-18. 
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