Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster


Gunbuster

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Alternative Titles

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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Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 1988 to Jul 7, 1989
Studios: Gainax
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

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Score: 7.871 (scored by 4896148,961 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7812
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1642
Members: 115,733
Favorites: 2,552

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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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Background

Winner of the 1990 Seiun Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Staff

Watanabe, Shigeru
Producer
Anno, Hideaki
Director, Storyboard, Screenplay, Key Animation
Masuo, Shouichi
Episode Director, Key Animation
Yamaga, Hiroyuki
Script


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

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