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Big O: Complete Collection (1999 - 2003/Sentai Blu-ray Set)

Picture: C Sound: B Extras: C Episodes: B+

40 years ago, everyone in Paradigm City lost there memories and their past. However, people were able to somehow rebuild society and the city, yet unfortunately, it remains in the hands of shady and power corporations and thieves. While they are able to restore basic functions and daily life, they are unable to restore the high technologies they once had. Only the city's chief negotiator Roger Smith who stands between good and evil and protect the innocent from the corrupt. Along with his android Dorothy and Big O, they protect the city from giant mechas that attack their city in Big O: Complete Collection (1999 - 2003).

Ever since the citizens of Paradigm City lost their memories 40 years ago, they have been scrambling to uncover their lost 'memories' to help rebuild their city and society. Unfortunately, society has become segregated, the super-wealthy living protected dome while the majority of people live in the slums outside. Only a very few people remember their memories, much less their own past. For those who do remember, they become keys to the lost technologies of 'Megadeuses', giant robots with incredible powers. Once long time ago there were hundreds of giant robots that walked and scorched the earth. Now, those in power secretly horde 'memories' at any cost for their own greed, profit and power. Roger Smith is the only exception, he is the only one who remembers and has 'Big O', and along with Dorothy a female android they use Big O to fight against the corporations and rogue Megadeuses that attack their city. Roger is Paradigm City's Dark Knight/defender and his mission is to destroy all those who abuse 'Memory' and the 'Deuses'.

This series was clearly an older set of transfer masters in 1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition centered/bookended in a 1.78 X 1 frame here on Blu-ray; it is old school mecha anime that could look better, combining many characteristics and ideas from series such as Batman, Dick Tracy, Lupin, some Film Noir/detective fiction and even Power Rangers into one action/sci-fi series. While it is set in a futuristic dystopian society, it's stories are old school of the lone hero fighting to protecting his city.

The sound is here is passable English and better Japanese DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless, holding up much better than the image. Extras include clean opening and closing animations, interview with Japanese staff and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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