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

PG  |  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)


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 <>

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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In episode 5, as Noriko and Kazumi fly over the hull of the now decommissioned battle cruiser Exelion, the Proteus from Fantastic Voyage (1966) can be seen in the background working on the ship. See more »


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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References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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very unique but with a crappy ending
26 May 2001 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The story is extremely unique.It's about these 2 pilots saving Earth from alien beings but they have to use a special speed that makes everything around them age rapidly.The whole series is about the pilots dealing with the loss of time,friends,and mentors.

The ending COULD have been fantastic.It started to end on a total down note and leave a real mark but instead ended on a super happy Disney note and annoyed me VERY bad.

The animation is decent for 89 but can't compare to nowadays.I have also heard many complain about the cheesiness of the nudity.I actually found it to be somewhat decent.The nudity for the most part was warranted except in episode 2 where there was an excess.

Overall it deserves a look but the ending keeps it from being a classic.

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