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Gunbuster (1988)
"Top wo Nerae!" (original title)

Video  -  Animation | Action | Drama  -  7 October 1988 (Japan)
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A young pilot, daughter of a deceased space captain, is selected to pilot a colossal robot as the key point of Earth's defence in a space war.

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Credited cast:
Noriko Hidaka ...
Noriko Takaya (voice)
Rei Sakuma ...
Kazumi 'One-sama' Amano (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ...
Kôichirô 'Coach' Ôhta (voice)
Maria Kawamura ...
Jung Freud (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
Kimiko Higuchi / Takami Akai (voice)
Masako Katsuki ...
Reiko Kashiwara (voice)
Kazuki Yao ...
Smith Toren (voice)
Tamio Ôki ...
Tatsumi Tashiro (Captain of Excelion) (voice)
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In the future, Earth is under attack by gigantic aliens. Noriko Takaya, daughter of a famous captain in the battle against the aliens, enlists in the military to combat the aliens, but must struggle with her memories, the pressures of training, the ridicule of her classmates, and herself to make herself ready to be a mech pilot. She is eventually partnered up with her rival/idol, and given control of one of two Gunbuster mechs, Earth's most powerful weapon to combat the aliens. With the fate of the earth in her hands, Noriko flies off to meet her destiny... Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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The main title of Gunbuster, Top O Nerae! (Aim for the Top!), is a reference to the 1970s anime series Ace O Nerae! (Aim for the Ace!) See more »

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Jung Freud: The moon is great, you're weightless! On Earth, your bra's too tight, your shoulders are in knots, and soon your boobs sag.
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Followed by Top wo Nerae 2! (2004) See more »

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Unique and beautiful mech anime, albeit heavy on the sap.
20 April 1999 | by (College Station, TX) – See all my reviews

This anime is a must-see for fans of Evangelion. It's an earlier work of Anno Hideaki, but his unrestrained, dramatic style is quite in place. Also, those who didn't like Evangelion might find this release to bit slightly more palatable. Gunbuster is rather unique to sci-fi anime in that it's actually based on real science. In fact, the show has several little "Science Lesson" interludes explaining the physics behind some of the events in the movie. One of the big dramatic points in the film is the relative passage of time at speeds near that of light. The series does a wonderful job of dealing with the imaginably traumatic experience of leaving earth on a six month mission traveling near the speed of light and returning to an Earth where ten years have passed. The main character remains age 17 or 18 throughout the entire series while almost all of the other characters age considerably. Be warned, this show is heavy on the sap at times. It also has a couple of the most wholly unmerited breast shots that I have ever seen. I found it fairly easy to ignore the skimpy uniforms and boo-hoo scenes, because the series is otherwise very good, but viewers with a low sap tolerance might want to stay away from this one. On an interesting note, Gainax, as always, managed to run out of money in the last couple of episodes. However, they managed to use black and white film and still action sketches to produce a good resolution anyway. The ending is a bit silly, but it left me with such a good feeling in my gut I couldn't help but love it. Gunbuster is, in my opinion, one of the finest pieces of Anime around.


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