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Gunbuster Movies Review
Gunbuster vs. Diebuster
トップをねらえ!&トップをねらえ2!合体劇場版!! (Top o Nerae! & Top o Nerae 2! Gattai Gekijōban!!)

Synopsis

Gunbuster: The story begins in the year 2023, not long after the first battles with the aliens, and centers on young Takaya Noriko. 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 Amano Kazumi, will fight to overcome the trauma of war, the doubts of her peers, and her own lack of confidence.

Diebuster: Nono, a country girl who dreams of becoming a space pilot who, due to a chance encounter with an actual space pilot finds herself becoming part of the elite Fraternity. Made up of teenage pilots called Topless, and armed with quasi-humanoid weapons called Buster Machines, the Fraternity's mission is to protect the people of the Solar System from attack by swarms of space monsters.

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Overview

This double feature comprises of Gunbuster and Diebuster (aka Gunbuster 2) condensed them into a single theatrical release told in two parts with a musical intermission in between. The first part, Gunbuster the Movie, condenses the six episodes of the original OVA into a 95-minute movie featuring a new 5.1 audio remix and a redub by the original Japanese cast. The second part, Diebuster the Movie, mixes large chunks of the second OVA series with a few altered or newly-animated scenes to create a truncated take on Nono’s story.

Alternative title

– Gunbuster Movie
– Gunbuster vs Diebuster
– Top o Nerae! & Top o Nerae 2! Gattai Gekijōban!!
– トップをねらえ!&トップをねらえ2!合体劇場版!!
– Die Buster Movie
– Gunbuster 2 Movie
– Top wo Nerae! 2 Movie
– Дотянись до Неба 2
– Киноверсия.
– Top o Nerae! Gekijouban
– Дотянись до неба. Фильм
– トップをねらえ! 劇場版

TL;DR Review

Not much to say as Gunbuster vs. Diebuster double feature is mainly a recapped and a remixed movie. You should either watch the OVA series or the movies, but not both. Preferably watch the OVA if you have the time, as they are more fleshed out. The Diebuster movie does feel a bit disjointed in some parts, maybe due to the way it was edited. The movies contain some nudity and graphic violence. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

Gunbuster vs. Diebuster
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

OVA Series 1

  1. “Active Heart” (アクティブ・ハート) by Noriko Sakai (eps 1-3)

OVA Series 2

  1. “Groovin’ Magic”, by ROUND TABLE feat. Nino

Closing Theme

OVA Series 1

  1. “Try Again…!” (トライAgain…!) by Noriko Sakai (eps 1-3) 
  2. “Active Heart” (アクティブ・ハート) by Noriko Sakai (ep 4)
  3. “Toki no Kawa o Koete…” (時の河を越えて…; “The Timeless Stream”) by Kouhei Tanaka (instrumental; ep 6)

OVA Series 2

  1. “Hoshikuzu Namida” (“Stardust Tears”) by ACKO (eps 1-5)
  2. “Tatsu Tori Ato o Nigosa zu” by Kouhei Tanaka (ep 6)

Insert Song

OVA Series 1

  1. “Otoko to Onna no Love Game” (男と女のラブゲーム) by Norio Wakamoto and Rei Sakuma (ep 3)
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Featured Video

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A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Jung Freud
"The moon is great, you're weightless! On Earth, your bra's too tight, your shoulders are in knots, and soon your boobs sag."
Amano Kazum
"History will come to judge us. All we can do is survive at any cost."
Jung Freud
"Two people can't live the same life. After all, 'Meeting is the start of saying good-bye.' We only get one life to live, you know... I don't want to waste even a minute. 'Time stops for no man.'"
Oota Kouichirou "Coach"
"It's true that you're lacking in ability. That's because you don't work at it. However, you have a natural potential. That's why I chose you."
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