Let me preface this review by saying I love the Big O. It has been one of the most rewarding and thought provoking television series I've ever had the pleasure of watching. The mystery of Paradigm City and the purpose of the strange robots known as Megadeii is fascinating.
Big O II picks up where the first season left off, and places the viewer right back in the action. The animation has changed a bit, and the episodic nature of the first season has largely been replaced with a more serial format. While I enjoyed the first season very much, I feel this was a change that needed to come; obviously there was something strange going on in Paradigm, and to tell the story a more complex and interwoven tale was going to have to be told. These first episodes of the second season immediately shake some preconceptions the viewer may have had about the series after season one, and introduce new elements and characters into the story, paving the way for what is to come.
Now to the reason I gave this 2 stars. I own both a Windows PC using a Pioneer DVD drive, and a Toshiba SD-V391 DVD player. The DVD did not work in either device. The disc just spins and is attempted to be read unsuccessfully. Suffice it to say, I'm disappointed. I can survive with my videotaped copies off of Adult Swim, but I was looking forward to being able to view this series at a high visual and sound quality, and be able to pause the episodes to get a closer look at what is going on in each episode. From my own internet investigation, it seems that Bandai has unapologetically been releasing many of its series' DVDs with these defects and not fixing the problem. I am currently attempting to get a replacement, but based on the aforementioned investigation, I have little hope that this replacement is going to work any better. While I'm sure the disc works on some players, I feel compelled to warn potential buyers that the disc may not operate on your player.