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Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster


Alternative Titles

English: Gunbuster
Synonyms: Top wo Nerae!, Aim for the Top!
Japanese: トップをねらえ! GunBuster

Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 1988 to Jul 7, 1989
Licensors: Bandai Visual USA
Studios: Gainax
Source: Original
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 7.981 (scored by 22,582 users)
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Ranked: #5482
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Popularity: #1085
Members: 47,383
Favorites: 1,246
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Episodes: /6

Synopsis

In the near future, humanity has taken its first steps towards journeying into the far reaches of the galaxy. Upon doing so they discover a huge race of insectoid aliens known as “Space Monsters.” These aliens seem dedicated to the eradication of mankind as they near closer and closer to discovering Earth. In response, humanity develops giant fighting robots piloted by hand-picked youth from around the world.

Shortly after the discovery of the aliens, Noriko Takaya, the daughter of a famous deceased space captain, enters a training school despite her questionable talents as a pilot. There, she meets her polar opposite, the beautiful and talented Kazumi Amano, and is unexpectedly made to work together with her as they attempt to overcome the trauma of war as well as their own emotions.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Takaya, Noriko
Takaya, Noriko
Main
Hidaka, Noriko
Japanese
Hidaka, Noriko
Oota, Kouichirou
Oota, Kouichirou
Main
Wakamoto, Norio
Japanese
Wakamoto, Norio
Amano, Kazumi
Amano, Kazumi
Main
Sakuma, Rei
Japanese
Sakuma, Rei
Freud, Jung
Freud, Jung
Supporting
Kawamura, Maria
Japanese
Kawamura, Maria

Staff

Watanabe, Shigeru
Watanabe, Shigeru
Producer
Anno, Hideaki
Anno, Hideaki
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Screenplay
Masuo, Shouichi
Masuo, Shouichi
Episode Director
Okada, Toshio
Okada, Toshio
Script, Theme Song Lyrics, Screenplay, Planning, Creator


Edit Opening Theme

"Active Heart" by Noriko Sakai (eps 1-3)

Edit Ending Theme

#1: "Try Again" by Noriko Sakai (eps 1-3)
#2: "Active Heart" by Noriko Sakai (ep 4)
#3: "Toki no Kawa wo Koete..." by Kohei Tanaka (ep 6)



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Archaeon
Jan 4, 2009
There is an ongoing controversy about Neon Genesis Evangelion and it's status as an iconic anime. As much as I dislike the main characters, I have to agree that NGE is a classic anime for many reasons. However, many diehard fans of the show become blinded to NGE's superior onee-chan, the show which marked the directorial debut of Hideaki Anno in anime - Top wo Nerae!

In the simplest terms, if Top wo Nerae! didn't exist, the NGE would never have been made. Many of the themes from TwN are key themes of NGE, and although NGE took a more metaphysical route with it's story, Top read more
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Lindle
Jul 1, 2010
Gunbuster, or Top Wo Nerae! (Aim For The Top, in English), is considered to be the first thing the in/famous studio Gainax put out that is still known of today, and is often credited for putting them on the map. There are many people who consider Gunbuster to be an unprecedented classic, and a shining example of how mecha anime should be done, even 22 years later. And as was the case with another immensely overrated, 6-episode OVA made by Gainax that I shall not name, I'm sure I will hear no end of flak for this review, but let's make this clear right now: read more
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Ghadis_God
May 29, 2013
Gunbuster starts with a fairly simple formula. Monstrous alien life forms are threatening the Earth, a young and inexperienced pilot must rise to the occasion and use a super-powered mecha to lead humanity's counterattack against the enemy and save the planet. The execution of this premise, however, is among the best in the genre, and the seamless way this merely 6-episode OVA covers the main character Noriko's growth from student to hero while escalating both the stakes and scale of her battles is nothing short of masterful storytelling. From schoolyard bullying, to losing loved ones in battle, to shouldering the responsibility of the entire human read more
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Nezerchin
Jun 3, 2008
First and foremost, I should mention this is my first review for MAL.
Secondly, I am surprised it took me so long to see this Anime through to completion.

The story itself was well done. While the actual content can be summarized to "Giant Robot destroys an army of aliens," it is multitudes deeper than that. But just as important as the content itself, the pacing to this Anime is wonderful. It zips right along with just about nothing that seems like it could have been omitted, and yet never felt too fast. It was the perfect length to keep myself fully engrossed into the plot. read more
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