Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster

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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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English: Gunbuster
Japanese: トップをねらえ! GunBuster
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 1988 to Jul 7, 1989
Producers: Studio Fantasia, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation
Licensors: Bandai Visual USA
Studios: Gainax
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Mecha, Military, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Space
Duration: 30 min per ep
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity
Resolution: 1080p
Type: BD, Eng Sub


Shigeru Watanabe – Producer
Hideaki Anno – Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Screenplay
Shouichi Masuo – Episode Director
Toshio Okada – Script, Theme Song Lyrics, Creator, Planning, Screenplay
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Active Heart” by Noriko Sakai (eps 1-3)
ED1: “Try Again” by Noriko Sakai (eps 1-3)
ED2: “Active Heart” by Noriko Sakai (ep 4)
ED3: “Toki no Kawa wo Koete…” by Kohei Tanaka (ep 6)


Mecha 80s hype sex. Only unfun people hate it. Anno at his best. Coach wanting Noriko for the mech is a slight asspull. Misty eyed at ending


A certified classic, with an incredible final episode.


Iconic as they come: hugely influential. More than that, however, it is exceptional in its own right. Emotional, Inspiring and FULL OF HYPE!


“Quick! We need the youngest most emotionally unstable person to fly our most advanced robot! Why? Because why not?” Not for me.


Legendary. Iconic. An OVA classic gem leaving no room for bullshit. Inspiring. Emotional. Unparalleled badassery formulated to perfection.


A well balanced show, with an ending that almost made me cry. Well executed, would recommend.


The show that taught me to like mecha.



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