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Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster

Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster

Alternative Titles

English: Gunbuster 2
Synonyms: Aim for the Top! 2, DieBuster
Japanese: トップをねらえ2!DIEBUSTER


Type: OVA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2004 to Aug 25, 2006
Duration: 30 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.901 (scored by 14939 users)
Ranked: #6552
Popularity: #1163
Members: 27,462
Favorites: 355
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action comedy mecha sci-fi


While Gunbuster's final mission destroyed the space monsters' star system, the intergalactic war still continues. Earth's only hope lies in the hands of "TOPLESS," an elite mecha group with children possessing supernatural powers and new Buster Machines. Among their ranks is a rookie named Nono and the ace pilot Lal'C—whom Nono looks at as a "big sister." Together with their teammates Nicholas and Chiko, they must aim for the top and protect all of mankind from the wrath of the space monsters.

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Top wo Nerae 2!, Top wo Nerae! Next Generation
Prequel: Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster
Alternative version: Top wo Nerae! & Top wo Nerae 2! Gattai Movie!!
Other: Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster: Kagaku Kouza

Characters & Voice Actors

Fukui, Yukari
Fukui, Yukari
Latini, Ilaria
Latini, Ilaria
Melk Mark, Lal'C
Melk Mark, Lal'C
Sakamoto, Maaya
Sakamoto, Maaya
De Bortoli, Federica
De Bortoli, Federica
Science, Tycho
Science, Tycho
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Dessi, Tatiana
Dessi, Tatiana
Takashiro, Casio
Takashiro, Casio
Yamazaki, Takumi
Yamazaki, Takumi


Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Planning
Ootsuka, Masahiko
Episode Director
Hiramatsu, Tadashi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Otsuka, Masahiko
Episode Director

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Oct 27, 2009
Many people will know the name of Hideaki Anno, in particular because of Neon Genesis Evangelion. His directorial debut though, was an OVA called Top wo Nerae (known as Gunbuster in the West), and whilst NGE has many, many advocates, I will admit to being one of the few who consider his debut work to be superior in almost every aspect. That said, I approached the sequel, Diebuster, with a degree of trepidation, in particular because the directorial reins had been handed over to Tsurumaki Kazuya, who also directed FLCL, NGE: Death & Rebirth, and the first two installments of the NGE remakes.

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Dec 12, 2007
It is important to note that this is a continuation, and as such, will be reviewed under the assumption one has seen the prequel.

Lets get down to it. Top wo Nerae! 2, alsno known as Diebuster is the indirect sequel to Top wo Nerae/Gunbuster. I enjoyed this short OVA substantially because of its presentation.

The story follows a girl called Nono who wishes to be a "Topless," which is basically an ace mech pilot to put it simply. Instead of dragging the story out with pointless episodes and scenes you often see in 26+ shows, Diebuster goes straight to the point and sticks with it. read more
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Jan 18, 2008
Seeing how Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is finally coming to the states in the form of licensed DVD releases, I thought I might take the time to write a bit about the anime that preceded and fathered the style and feel of TTGL, Top wo Nerae 2.

Being a fan of the genre, GAINAX, and the crew of people within that animation studio that worked on this project, Top wo Nerae 2 has always been one of my personal favorites despite its relative lack of fame when compared to some other works from the same people. Despite its anonymity, it's still easily one read more
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Jan 8, 2008
After watching Gunbuster/Top wo Nerae! i was crazy wanting to see more of the history, and then i saw Gunbuster 2/Top wo Nerae 2! To my surprise, on the first scnenes, it appears to be totally different or not correlated to the 1st series.

Then, like the 1st series, it began popping aliens, space and kinda different mechas? Different you say? Yes, the Top wo Nerae 2! mechas look much more like the EVAs than the 1st series mechas. But on the first chapters you note that this 2nd series battles are much MORE OVERPOWERED than the 1st series.

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Both have ridiculous, over the top fights with the same epic feel. They're also both made from the same company.
Same director, same style and the same over the top action. Both titles feature crazy mech designs and similiar humour.
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Insane giant robot battles, characters with mental problems, and lots of bloody stylistic action. (with yuri! and with nudity!)

Developed by Anno's protege Kazuya Tsurumaki, Top wo Nerae 2 (also known as Diebuster) is reconstruction of the super robot genre. It's an amazing, award winning triumph of story boarding and storytelling, with big battles and bigger emotions. Heartbreaking and thought provoking, its exactly what you need to get back that amazing Evangelion feeling. Made by the same guy who did FLCL and is doing the Evangelion Rebuilds.
Both feature extremely fluid animation, sublime futuristic set design, a charming female lead, and a godlike soundtrack. Not to mention both are "successors" to older shows.
Mecha, space opéra, humanity against aliens that look like insect and stunning animation.
Normally I just recommend things I like but in the case of this two, it's more like they both contain similarities of what I hate about them.

Diebuster to me ruined Gunbuster and I just didn't have the energy to post a review of it not only because of seeing how many positive reviews it has but also because I sort of understand why people praise it since I know it references many things in the Gunbuster saga. (Top wo Nerae 1 but I have a bad habit of thinking the actual title is Gunbuster.)

In many ways Brain Powerd despite being more of a horrible oldie mecha anime compared to the animation in Top wo Nerae! 2 holds this same qualities of "I get this thing you're trying to pull and sure it's kinda special-ly" but who are you really trying to trick?

Diebuster is more forgivable for being more of a modern OVA-type action anime but nonetheless both series' plot rely on vague symbolism of quality inter-mixed with things that ruin their mecha genres (at least for me) by utilizing a sort of skinny deus ex special disaster events with sprinkles of sudden character attempts of being involved in symbolistic battles that really aren't.

In the end, if you're looking for a mediocre mecha series that will make you try to meditate and mull over the seemingly worthless events and blatant pseudo-intellectual babble that happens in it - you can't go wrong with both. They are at points deeper than Evangelion and yet at the same time shallower and I do consider Evangelion to be a shallow overrated anime although not to the extent that most of it's haters portray it as.

Opening Theme

"Groovin' Magic" by ROUND TABLE featuring Nino (eps 2-6)

Ending Theme

"Hoshikuzu Namida" by ACKO (eps 1-6)

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