[Manga Monday] Big O, Vol. 1 ★★★☆☆

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Title: Big O, Vol. 1
Series: Big O #1
Author: Hitoshi Ariga
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Manga
Pages: 216
Words: 7K

Synopsis:

We are introduced to Roger Smith, Big O, Beck and Paradigm City.

Roger has several encounters with Beck, where Beck tries to blackmail the city for 5 billion dollars so he won’t destroy some memories, another where he uses an electricity eating bug to try to destroy Big O in revenge for the previous escapade and finally where he kidnaps R Dorothy and uses the Dorothy I megadeus to try to rob a bank. Every single one is foiled by Big O and Roger Smith and Beck seems to have it in for Big O.

My Thoughts:

I took a quick look at wikipedia and the Big O manga was started several months before the anime, probably to try to drum up excitement for the anime. With that in mind, I wasn’t surprised when this was a real hash of old and new material. The first story about holding memories hostage was all new, the electricity bug story had overtones of the electric eel monster and the R Dorothy story was pure re-tread.

The art was different. Very similar, but not the iconic Batman: The Animated Series like the anime. It was too bad, because that art worked so well. The Big O too was not shown to the best and besides being big and having some big fisty arms, didn’t have much presence. The biggest difference was Beck playing such a major villain. In the anime he’s a 2bit loser who occasionally annoys Roger. Here, he’s still an annoying 2bit villain, but he’s the main villain and he doesn’t even try to be corny/funny like in the anime. The perennial loser villain.

The biggest issue is the 40 year memory loss. In one page, Roger relates how people still show up without their memories, and the main event happened 40 years ago. But, most of the people trying to get their memories back aren’t even close to 40, so they shouldn’t have had any to lose. Or regain. If the time frame had been changed to 5, maybe even 10 years, then I could accept things better. It really feels like the 40 should have been 4 and something was seriously lost in translation.

Not an auspicious start for this manga series I’m afraid.

★★★☆☆

8 thoughts on “[Manga Monday] Big O, Vol. 1 ★★★☆☆

  1. Never mind, how’s your vacation going?

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Hoping to publish a post tomorrow just on that subject 😀 I will write the Epic Bookstooge Chronicles in excruciating detail, enough so to make even Dickens look like he just wrote briefly 😉

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      • He’s not got what you’ve got…

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        • Bookstooge says:

          I know. There are times when I think I need to turn this blog into a One Big Inspiration Blog where I do nothing but talk about myself (because I’ve got years of material). I did realize that I’d probably overwhelm all those poor losers who follow Inspirational Blogs though, and completely crush their tiny little egos with just how incredibly awesome I am. So to be nice, it was decided to stick to the Book Blog after all. I look at it like a civic duty 😀

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  2. savageddt says:

    I hope that it will get better as it progresses?

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I seem to remember that when I read it originally I was not impressed. But I have no record of these so I can’t actually pin any specifics down. Hence why I’m re-reading.

      I hope it gets better too!

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  3. This sounds like a flawed start to a manga, then again, a lot of them then to start off rough. Hope the next volumes work better though…

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