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The Big O Act 24: The Big Fight


Roger tells Norman to stand clear and that Big Duo is his. Roger wonders who is operating it. He thinks of Schwarzwald and his previous battle with him. Roger then remembers Dorothy and the fact that those who have captured her are getting away. Roger proclaims that he doesn’t have time to play around and tugs at the chain attached to Big Duo. Big Duo starts flying in the air and pulling Big O with it, so Roger releases the chain. A monitor in Big O shows that Dorothy is lost. Big Duo charges towards Big O and fires at it. Big O in turn fires its lasers at it. The two face each other once more and blast their lasers at each other. The voice of Schwarzwald discusses Gordon Rosewater’s book and that it depicts the end of days of the foolish humans that used the power of God. Big O punches at Big Duo as it approaches. Alex Rosewater leaves his villa and heads to his car, thinking of his father and how he will create history with his two hands. Meanwhile, Big Duo has knocked over Big O and stands before it. Roger demands to know who pilots it. Big Duo starts attacking the cockpit area of Big O with its drill like hand. Big O shoots out anchors that knock Big Duo off of it and fires a series of missiles at it. Pieces of Big Duo fall off of it as it falls to the ground nearby. Big Duo gets up, surprising Roger. The pilot of Big Duo is revealed to be Alan Gabriel, who is laughing maniacally. Alan is connected to Big Duo by a series of wires. Alan proclaims how good it feels to be tied directly into Big Duo. Roger tells Alan that he is being used by Big Duo and that his masters stole Dorothy. Alan says he doesn’t care whether the Union or Alex Rosewater wins, but he wants to show Roger he can’t control the MegaDeuses and send him to hell. Roger finds Big O difficult to move after the last attack. Alan starts charging at him in Big Duo with its drill-like arms. Big O tries to block the blows as much as he can with only one arm. Roger says that Gordon Rosewater’s fantasies won’t be repeated. He grabs Big Duo’s head and slams it into a nearby building and blasts Big Duo’s head furiously, severing the head from its body. Despite being headless, Big Duo is able to attack Big O and knock it into a nearby building. Suddenly, Big Duo stops working properly. Schwarzwald’s voice rings out, saying a MegaDeus chooses its dominus. A number of wires start attaching themselves to Alan, who wonders what is happening. Big Duo flies into the air. The words “Ye Guilty” appears on Big Duo’s screen and the wires completely overtake Alan, who screams in horror.

Roger looks to the sky and sees a number of flying vehicles, thinking it is the Union. Roger steps out of Big O, which is seriously damaged from the battle. Dastun tells Roger that Gordon Rosewater’s dome was set aflame. He also tells Roger that his men are pursuing the robots that seized Dorothy. Roger says he knows where to go and heads off in his car. Roger believes Alex Rosewater is trying to become this world’s god. He thinks of Dorothy and Angel. Roger nears a crowd that is holding up traffic. People are looking to the top of a nearby building where Dorothy stands. Roger runs up to the rooftop and Dorothy falls back into his arms. Her head has been tampered with. Beck has taken the core memory unit and given it to Alex Rosewater, who has put it in Big Fau. Alex says the one who is dominus of Big Fau will rule the world. Alex plans to reset the city. Beck asks if memories will be reset again and Alex says no, that it is an inefficient blunder his father made. He asks for Beck’s help, for now and forever. At Roger’s mansion, Norman gives a boy some money, who has delivered something. Inside, Norman says Dorothy’s memories have been removed and even if they could get them back, only one person could restore them, the late professor Wainwright. Norman tells Roger he’ll repair and rearm Big O. Norman gives Roger an envelope from the boy. The envelope has the name Michael Seebach on it. Roger sits before the silent Dorothy. The letter was to be delivered to Roger only in the event of Schwarzwald’s death. He thinks it is as if he was still alive, searching the city for his own personal truth despite his body being perished. Norman leads a number of people as they head into Roger’s mansion and help repair Big O. Roger wonders if Schwarzwald realized that there was more than one truth when he was betrayed by Big Duo. Roger looks through the Metropolis book, seeing a half-torn picture of Gordon Rosewater inside. Roger goes to see Dorothy, telling her he feels as if he has known her forever. He thinks of when she had asked if they would have fallen in love had she been human. Roger says maybe they would have. He tells Dorothy to wait for him, and leaves. Meanwhile, Angel wanders through a long dark hallway below Paradigm city. She doesn’t want to be here anymore and seeks to leave once she has acquired the memories. She thinks of and wants to see her mother again. Angel hears the sounds of other footsteps and readies her gun. She runs forward towards the light and finds herself on a set, with stage lights and cameras. She walks towards the stage, which is styled to be the inside of a cabin, one she recognizes from when she was a child. Angel says that this is impossible. Dastun walks through the streets and sees a young boy and girl buying tickets for a movie. The girl carries a red balloon with her. Dastun runs after them and realizes that the theater is showing a movie, “Winter Night Phantom,” starring “Dan Dastun” and “Sybil Rowan.” He runs inside and says this can’t be happening.


Another strong episode, with a lot going on. The first half of the episode deals primarily with the fight between Big O and Big Duo and is one of the better ones of the series. It looks like we may have seen the last of Alan Gabriel. The return of Schwarzwald, in spirit, was interesting, although I question why the letter from him suddenly arrives now that it is convenient for the story. I had similar concerns earlier in the season. The second half of the episode features a lot of different storylines occurring. The stealing of Dorothy’s memory and putting it in the hands of Alex Rosewater appears to be setting up for a final battle between Roger and Alex which will settle Dorothy’s fate. The end of the episode features two very strange scenes where Angel locates what appears to be a literal movie set while Dastun finds what appears to be a memory from his childhood relived.

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The Big O Info

Kazuyoshi Katayama

Chiaki J. Konaka
Kazuyoshi Katayama
Keiichi Hasegawa
Masanao Akahoshi
Shin Yoshida

Mechanical Designer:
Keiichi Satou

Character Designer:
Keiichi Satou

Musical Composer:
Toshihiko Sahashi

26 episodes

Japan 10.13.1999 – 01.19.2000 (S1); 01.02.2003 – 03.23.2003 (S2)
U.S. 04.02.2001 – 04.18.2001 (S1); 08.03.2003 – 11.02.2003 (S2)


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