Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster


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Synonyms: Top wo Nerae!, Aim for the Top!
Japanese: トップをねらえ! GunBuster
English: Gunbuster
German: Gunbuster
French: Gunbuster
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 1988 to Jul 7, 1989
Studios: Gainax
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, Award WinningAward Winning, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.851 (scored by 5437254,372 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #8712
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1733
Members: 130,396
Favorites: 2,782

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Episodes: /6


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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Winner of the 1990 Seiun Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

Characters & Voice Actors


Takanashi, Minoru
Anno, Hideaki
Director, Storyboard, Screenplay, Key Animation


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

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


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 ...
Jan 10, 2011
Mixed Feelings
This is a review of the 1988 OVA series Gunbuster. Be sure to also read my review of Diebuster, the second part of the Aim For The Top! series. I had never seen either before so I decided that watching both, one after the other, would be a great way to witness the progress of Gainax as a studio and perhaps to observe trends in the anime genre at large. After all, Gainax's productions has always had a certain effect on the industry. This is the one that started it all for this studio, so it's importance is inarguable.
I feel like the Aim For the ...
Jul 1, 2010
[Spoiler Warning]

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 ...

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