It’s time to party like it’s 1999… uh… again!
Over the past few days, Adult Swim’s Toonami block added The Big O into their streaming digital feed. The show’s first season is being offered as a linear broadcast, which rotates shows in a more organized broadcast schedule.
Sentai Filmworks will release The Big O on Blu-Ray on June 20. The release, which includes both seasons of the show, will carry a suggested price of $79.98. Both English and Japanese audio will be included in the set.
The Big O originally hit Japanese TV in the Fall 1999 broadcast season> The series was helmed by Kazuyoshi Katayama (Appleseed, Sentimental Journey) at Sunrise, with Keiichi Satou (City Hunter: The Motion Picture, Ninja Resurrection) providing character designs. The team of Chiaki J. Konaka and Kazuyoshi Katayama wrote the screenplay.
Bandai Entertainment originally released The Big O in North America. The series saw several TV runs on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block and G4TechTV Canada.
Sentai announced that they rescued the license to the series in 2013, along with eleven other Sunrise properties. They describe The Big O as:
Forty years ago, the minds of Paradigm City’s inhabitants were wiped clean of all recollections of the past. Now, ruled by a powerful corporation and cut off from the rest of the world by desolate wastelands, Paradigm has become a virtual police state where Negotiators like Roger Smith keep the wheels of progress, commerce, and society turning. As a combined hybrid of detective, mediator, and enforcer, Smith’s primary resource is his keen, analytical mind, but it doesn’t hurt to have a mansion filled with gadgets, his butler Norman, and his attractive assistant Dorothy to fall back on. Additionally, for those times when cases end up “in dispute,” he also has the biggest, baddest back-up that any cop or small army could ever hope for: the Big O, a giant robot loaded with all the extras. Film noir thriller meets mecha mayhem masterpiece as the acclaimed classic series returns in the complete collection of THE BIG O!
Source: Twitter (ToonamiNews)