Big X

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Big X
Big X-1.jpg
Cover of Big X volume 1 from the Osamu Tezuka Manga Complete Works edition
(Biggu X)
Genre Action
Written by Osamu Tezuka
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Book
Original run November 1963February 1966[1]
Volumes 4[2]
Anime television series
Studio TMS
Original network TBS
Original run August 3, 1964 September 27, 1965
Episodes 59
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Big X (ビッグX, Biggu Ekkusu) is a science fiction manga series and an anime series by Osamu Tezuka, based on actual experiments conducted by the Nazis to create secret weapons toward the end of World War II. Out of the 59 anime episodes, only episodes 1, 11, and 40-59 are known to survive, the others remain missing.[3]


Invited to Nazi Germany during World War II, Dr. Asagumo is asked by Hitler to collaborate in researching the new weapon "Big X". Concerned about the possible effects of this weapon, Dr. Asagumo intentionally delays the progress of the research, conspiring with his co-researcher, the devious Dr. Engel. Immediately before Germany is defeated by the Allies, Dr. Asagumo is shot to death by the German army but not before implanting a card inscribed with the secret of Big X into his son, Shigeru. An organization claiming alliance with the Nazis appears, steals the card from Shigeru, who now lives in Tokyo, and completes the Big X project, which is revealed to be a drug that can expand the human body without limitation. Dr. Engel's grandson has joined the Nazi Alliance. Recovering Big X from the enemy, Shigeru's son Akira fearlessly challenges the Nazi Alliance and Hans Engel, who are plotting to conquer the world.

Voice Cast[edit]

Akira Shimada as Big X

Fuyumi Shiraishi as Nina

Ichirô Nagai as Dr. Hanamaru

Keiko Yamamoto as Hans Engel

Toshiko Ota as Akira Asagumo

Other appearances[edit]

Big X makes a cameo appearance in the Astro Boy: Omega Factor game for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance released in 2004, along with many other characters also created by Osamu Tezuka.

In Oh My Goddess!, Urd watches a thinly veiled reference to the show.

In popular culture[edit]

Urd watches a parody of Big X on TV in one of the chapters from the Oh! My Goddess manga.

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