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Gunbuster
トップをねらえ!
(Aim for the Top!)
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mecha
OVA
Directed by Hideaki Anno
Studio Studio Fantasia, Gainax
No. of episodes 6
Released 7 October 1988 (Japan)

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Gunbuster, known in Japan as Aim for the Top! (トップをねらえ! Top O Nerae!?) is a six episode anime OVA series created by Gainax in 1988. It was the directorial debut of Hideaki Anno, who is best known for his role as the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion. The title is a parody of the classic tennis anime Aim for the Ace!. A sequel known as Diebuster, or Aim for the Top 2!, with all new characters, was shown in 2004. Bandai Visual USA announced at Anime Expo 2006 that it has acquired the Region One (R1) license for Gunbuster. A DVD set of the series was released by Bandai Visual on 2007-02-20, but to date, no English dub of the series has been released. The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Original Video Animation (OVA) is an acronym used in Japan for anime titles that are released directly to retail sale, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Hideaki Anno (庵野秀明 Anno Hideaki, born 22 May 1960 in Ube, Japan) is a Japanese animation and video director. ... Original run October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996 No. ... Parody of Back to the Future In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... A tennis net Tennis is a game played between either two players (singles) or two teams of two players (doubles). Players use a stringed racquet to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net into the opponents court. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Diebuster, known in Japan as Aim for the Top 2! ) is a six episode anime OVA series created by Gainax in 2004. ... Tin plate toy car by Bandai Bandai is a Japanese toy making company. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...

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Plot

In the very near future, a race of huge, insect-like aliens is discovered traveling the galaxy. These aliens, which are known as the Uchuu Kaijuu, or Space Monsters (Note: This name is what they are referred to throughout the series), seem dedicated to the eradication of the human species as the latter 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. In popular culture and conspiracy theories, life forms, especially intelligent life forms, that are of extraterrestrial origin, i. ... NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 17,000 parsecs in diameter and approximately 20 million parsecs distant. ... Major features of the Solar System (not to scale, from left to right): Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, the asteroid belt, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth & Moon, and Mars. ... Adjectives: Terrestrial, Terran, Telluric, Tellurian, Earthly Atmosphere Surface pressure: 101. ... For the fictional robot, see Mecha. ...


The story begins in the year 2023, not long after the first battles with the aliens, and centers on young Noriko Takaya (タカヤ・ノリコ Takaya Noriko) (voice: Noriko Hidaka). Although Noriko's father was a famous admiral 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 on Okinawa. Through the series Noriko, joined by the beautiful and talented Kazumi Amano (アマノ・カズミ Amano Kazumi) (voice: Rei Sakuma), will fight to overcome the trauma of war, the doubts of her peers, and her own lack of confidence. Noriko Hidaka (日高 のり子 Hidaka Noriko, born May 31, 1962) is a Japanese voice actress (seiyÅ«). She has acted in the following anime roles: Akane Tendo – Ranma ½ Kikyo – InuYasha Jean – Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Satsuki – Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) Namis adoptive mother – One Piece Seta Sōjir... Admiral is the rank, or part of the name of the ranks, of the highest naval officers. ... This article is about the prefecture. ... Rei Sakuma (佐久間 レイ Sakuma Rei), née Reiko Sakuma (佐久間 玲子 Sakuma Reiko, born January 5, 1965) is a seiyÅ«, or voice actor, who was born in Tokyo. ...


Genre

Gunbuster follows the genre of Mecha anime, that concentrates around hard science fiction, started by the original Gundam series. It is notable for being one of the few anime series ever, if not one of the few pieces of visual entertainment ever, to deal with the concept of time dilation in a way that even approaches realism [citation needed], and indeed makes it one of its central plot elements. Though the scientific accuracy of the series is variable (it posits the invention of acceleration compensators, artificial gravity and warp drives by the year 2015) it includes many hard sci-fi elements, and provides a consistent technological frame if one assumes that human technological progress has been put into overdrive in order to wage war against the aliens. Gunbuster is also notable as being a spiritual predecessor to Anno's more famous Neon Genesis Evangelion in that the themes of space opera and mecha action take somewhat of a back seat to various romances, rivalries and other relations between the main characters, made more complex by the differing speeds of their aging due to time dilation (For Noriko, the 40 year or so timespan of the major part of the series takes roughly about a year) It is also similar to the later Evangelion in that it begins as a high-school anime, with the students at Okinawa space high-school for girls competing for places among the elite pilots sent to fight the space monsters. This pattern has since become somewhat of an anime cliché. Noriko also shares many personality traits with Evangelion's Shinji Ikari, particularly in her lack of confidence in herself, and Jung Freud, a Soviet pilot who befriends Noriko and Kazumi, is regarded by many fans as a prototype of Asuka Langley Sohryu, right down to her red hair and arrogant attitude. Hard science fiction, or hard SF, is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific detail and/or accuracy. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Time dilation is the phenomenon whereby an observer finds that anothers clock which is physically identical to their own is ticking at a slower rate as measured by their own clock. ... Artificial gravity is a simulation of gravity in outer space or free-fall. ... In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the warp drive is a form of faster-than-light (FTL) propulsion. ... Original run October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996 No. ... Time dilation is the phenomenon whereby an observer finds that anothers clock which is physically identical to their own is ticking at a slower rate as measured by their own clock. ... Shinji Ikari (碇シンジ Ikari Shinji) is a fictional character from the anime and manga series Neon Genesis Evangelion and the movies Evangelion: Death and Rebirth and The End of Evangelion. ... Soviet redirects here. ... Asuka Langley Sohryu is a fictional character from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion and The End of Evangelion movie. ...


Design notes

  1. Much of the final battle sequence is not animated but a series of images portraying tableaux of events during the battle.
  2. The entire final episode is monochrome except for the very end. Unusually, this was achieved by executing the artwork in shades of grey, rather than shooting color animation using black and white film.
  3. The characters were designed by Haruhiko Mikimoto, who also did likewise on The Super Dimension Fortress Macross and on the following year's Gundam 0080. The series is also notable for being the first anime to introduce jiggling breasts as a form of fan service, which led to such movement being sometimes called the "Gainax bounce", this subsequently led to the fan nickname "BustGunner".

Haruhiko Mikimoto (美樹本 晴彦 Mikimoto Haruhiko, real name Haruhiko Satō (佐藤晴彦 Satō Haruhiko)) is a mangaka, illustrator, anime character designer. ... The Super Dimension Fortress Macross ) is an anime television series. ... The anime series, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 - A War in the Pocket, was the first Gundam OVA series. ... A pregnant womans breasts. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Trivia

According to Fanboys.com, the Gunbuster holds the record for largest number of enemies destroyed by one mecha in any anime.


In a 2005 interview on the Web site Anime on DVD, Jonathan Clements claimed that Gunbuster had never been dubbed because the "music and effects" soundtrack, containing all the non-dialogue audio, had been lost, and that reconstruction would be prohibitively costly. Jonathan Clements Jonathan Clements (1971- ) is a British writer and translator. ...


Within the Super Robot Wars series of games, the Uchuu Kaijuu are called STMC, an abbreviation for Space Terrible Monster Crowd; this term is not used in the original animation. Super Robot Wars: Alpha Gaiden, one of many SRW games released by Banpresto in Japan. ...


External links

Official

  • (Japanese)Top o Nerae 2! website
  • Gainax website
    • (Japanese)Top o Nerae!
    • (English)Top o Nerae!
    • (Japanese)}Top o Nerae 2!
  • Bandai Visual USA Gunbuster website

Encyclopedic

MusicBrainz (MusicBrainz. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...

Fan site

  • Aim for the Top! Gunbuster at the Area Seven Network.
  • The French Site GAINAX.fr

Video Games

  • Reviews of the Gunbuster Video Games at Anime Video Games

  Results from FactBites:
 
AAW: Gunbuster Review (2114 words)
Among Gunbuster's oddest features, and probably one reason it's not better known, is how hugely inconsistent it is. The first two episodes are something of a bounce-heavy parody (Gunbuster may actually deserve credit for the premiere of the "Gainax Bounce") of the classic tennis drama "Aim for the Ace!" with robot war replacing tennis.
Gunbuster does have plenty of action for the mecha fan, but the high-school-age soldiers spend more time waiting and worrying than fighting, and the focus is on the lives of the pilots between battles and the effects the war has on them.
One of Gunbuster's most unique twists is that the young people out fighting the war spend a lot of time at near-light speeds, causing them to return to Earth years younger than their non-combat peers.
Anime Tempy (728 words)
Gunbuster contains a fairly standard sci-fi plot of the human race being under threat from aliens with humanity facing an uphill struggle for survival.
Gunbuster shares several elements with Evangelion but this is an OAV that's well worth watching for its own numerous merits, even if comparisons are somewhat inevitable if you've seen Eva before hand.
Gunbuster is indeed a fine anime and is the only one I know to include relativistic time lag.
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