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Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster

Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster

Alternative Titles

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


Type: OVA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 1988 to Jul 7, 1989
Duration: 30 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.011 (scored by 14828 users)
Ranked: #4852
Popularity: #977
Members: 29,042
Favorites: 698
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action drama mecha sci-fi


In the very near future, a race of huge, insect like aliens is discovered traveling the galaxy. These aliens seem dedicated to the eradication of the human species as it takes its first steps away from the solar system, and they are getting closer and closer to Earth. Humanity has responded by developing spacegoing battleships and giant fighting robots. These robots are piloted by the best and brightest of Earth`s youth, picked from training schools around the world.

The story begins in the year 2023, not long after the first battles with the aliens, and centers on young Noriko Takaya. Although Noriko`s father was a famous Captain in the space fleet who was killed during one of the first battles of the war, her own talents as a pilot are questionable. Nonetheless, she has entered a training school. Through the series Noriko, joined by the beautiful and talented Kazumi Amano, will fight to overcome the trauma of war, the doubts of her peers, and her own lack of confidence.

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Related Anime

Adaptation: Comic Gunbuster
Sequel: Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster
Alternative version: Top wo Nerae! & Top wo Nerae 2! Gattai Movie!!
Summary: Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster! Science Lesson, Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster Science Lesson Returns
Side story: Gunbuster Renewal EX

Characters & Voice Actors

Amano, Kazumi
Amano, Kazumi
Sakuma, Rei
Sakuma, Rei
Oota, Kouichirou
Oota, Kouichirou
Wakamoto, Norio
Wakamoto, Norio
Takaya, Noriko
Takaya, Noriko
Hidaka, Noriko
Hidaka, Noriko
Akai, Takami
Akai, Takami
Fuchizaki, Yuriko
Fuchizaki, Yuriko


Watanabe, Shigeru
Anno, Hideaki
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Screenplay
Okada, Toshio
Script, Theme Song Lyrics, Creator, Screenplay, Planning
Higuchi, Shinji
Storyboard, Setting

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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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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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Apart from both being made by GAINAX, Gunbuster shares the same similar method of using absolute force of will to save the day.

You may also find a lot of references to Gunbuster within Gurren Lagann.

I'm amazed that no one has actually made this recommendation yet.

Top wo Nerae is the Onee-chan of NGE by a good seven years. Both are works by Hideaki Anno, but NGE gets all the glory for being more recent (which is a shame in my opinion).

Top wo Nerae is a truly groundbreaking, character driven, Sci-Fi anime that is better NGE in many respects. If Top wo Nerae did not exist, then NGE may never have been made...

Opening Theme

"Active Heart" by Noriko Sakai

Ending Theme

"Try Again" by Noriko Sakai

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