Ranked #719

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
Source: Unknown
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.871 (scored by 16,875 users)
Ranked: #7192
Popularity: #1242
Members: 31,771
Favorites: 410
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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)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Fukui, Yukari
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Melk Mark, Lal'C
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Sakamoto, Maaya
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Science, Tycho
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Sawashiro, Miyuki
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Yamazaki, Takumi
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Tsurumaki, Kazuya
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Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Planning, Key Animation
Hiramatsu, Tadashi
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Episode Director, Storyboard
Otsuka, Masahiko
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Episode Director
Ootsuka, Masahiko
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Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(0/6)

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Opening Theme

"Groovin' Magic" by ROUND TABLE featuring Nino (eps 2-5)

Ending Theme

#1: "Hoshikuzu Namida" by ACKO (eps 1-5)
#2: "Tatsu Tori Ato wo Nigosazu" by Kouhei Tanaka (ep 6)

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Oct 16, 2015
Simple review for a simple show.

Narrative wise it showed to be promising in the beginning with simple but effective structure and characters. However that ended fast given everything; being plot, setting, character development, motivation, relationships, etc. was fed through exposition. Never giving any chance to breath or to see anything as realistic or touching.

Aesthetically it was cartoonish with abundant CG but still done right and appealing, at first until the bad narrative ruined that too. By constantly trying to one up itself eventually when the hype was suppose to be felt it turned into seeing the same type of explosion and transformation over and read more
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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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Jun 3, 2015
Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster is a hard anime to review. Basically because it is hard to analyse it without comparing it to its prequel. However: that isn't wrong, considering it IS a sequel and it does connect with the original OVA. Furthermore, it tries to conclude with various references to Gunbuster so rather it would be futile to look at it as a stand alone work and it couldn't be appreciated without the comparison either.

Having said that - the story of Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster isn't sublime. For one, it lets go of the realistic, more scientifically organized orientation that the first OVA read more
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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.)

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Insane giant robot battles, characters with mental problems, and lots of bloody stylistic action. (with yuri! and with nudity!)

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