In the early 21st century, insectoid organisms are invading the galaxy, searching for new stars to house their young. Mankind's only defense lies with space cadets such as Takaya Noriko, daughter of a celebrated admiral killed in battle, and Amano Kazumi, the top of her class. With their skill and the power of the mecha known as GunBuster, the girls must help fight to protect the galaxy from total annihilation...
Earth has a new problem: the Cthuwulf, an all-female race of aliens who are set on invading and conquering the blue planet. Luckily for humanity, Iczer-One, a rebellious woman made by the Cthuwulf, comes to save the day. However, her powers cannot be released without synchronizing with a human being, and thus, she chooses Nagisa, a whiny high-school girl who wants nothing more than to stay out of trouble. Can Iczer-One and the bumbling Nagisa save the human race and defeat the evil Big Gold?
Both series are about girls who kick ass, a lot of ass. Iczer-One is WAY more all about the gore than Gunbuster and it is slightly harder to follow where Gunbuster is pretty clear on what is happening. Gunbuster is by far the more superior than Iczer-One but both are so similar in style if you liked one you just might like the other.
After years apart, childhood friends Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman reunite as rival pilots, each showcasing an experimental plane for the military. But their mutual love for longtime friend Myung threatens to spin their already tense feelings out of control! Now, each battles to secure Myung's affections, but even more dangerous than their own dark secrets is a clandestine plot involving superstar singer Sharon Apple that threatens all of humanity!
The year is 1973 when the BETA, a race of aliens discovered on the moon, first arrive on Earth and begin their systematic extermination of the human race. Mankind's only hope lies with Tactical Surface Fighters, or TSFs, piloted by both military elite and would-be trainees such as Yui Takamura, a young girl descended from a long line of Imperial Guards. Alongside other amateurs, she finds herself on the front lines of a final defense against the bloodthirsty monsters, unaware of the brutal consequence that awaits them. Three years later, Yuuya Bridges, a half-Japanese, half-American pilot, is assigned to an elite United Nations squadron tasked with developing new TSFs to beat back the alien forces. As humanity struggles to survive, Yuuya must come to terms with his biases in dealing with both his teammates' and other culture’s tactical fighters, including the veteran pilot Yui Takamura herself.
What do you do if humanity is threatened by hostile aliens hell bent on eradicating us? You pilot a giant robot and fight them until death of course! This idea forms the driving force behind Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse and Gunbuster.
To combat an alien threat, both these series involve protagonists as part of military units, piloting giant robots as a frontline response. Our pilots also undergo various drills and training to become effective fighters.
Cue action set pieces, and you're set for some carnage! Though Gunbuster is an older show, it is a cult classic and a must watch for any fan of mecha shows. So if Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse had you salivating for more epic alien apocalypse action, then make sure you check out Gunbuster!
When Haruka, Yuu and their friends decided to go ghost hunting, they had no idea the "ghosts" they'd find would turn their lives upside down. Black-clad and wielding quantum powers, these knights from the future are after an artifact of immense power that they hope will save their dimension from destruction: the Dragon Torque; and Haruka seems to be the key. As factions within the knights violently disagree on how to proceed, Haruka and the gang are caught up in a fight with the Shangri La, in an existential battle where fates of entire universes are decided.
Gunbuster and Noein are character driven stories set against a background of science. While the main plot concerns itself with fundamental physics concepts like special relativity and quantum mechanics, the greater dramatic impact lies in the relationships and personal lifes of the cast.
Isaac Asimov once said, "sci-fi is not a kind of fiction, but a wide-spread genre that includes many genres in itself" and this two series prove him right. Noein and Gunbuster are equal parts hard science fiction and slice of life, so anyone who likes either should enjoy both.
At the turn of the twenty-first century, policing in Tokyo has taken a very unique approach: officers fight crime with cutting-edge mecha called Patlabors. Division 2 of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicle Section 2 is one team entrusted with these powerful weapons, but its assembly of clumsy eccentrics could prove a challenge all of its own. Under the staunchly old-fashioned leadership of Chief Sakaki, there are, among others, deadpan Captain Goto, mecha-obsessed Noa Izumi, and straight-talking Asuma Shinohara. Follow them as they try to outwit mad terrorists one minute and survive dysfunctional team dynamics the next!
These 1980s OVAs give us enthusiastic female leads in a mecha action premise that has a mix of strong characterisation and humour. Gunbuster has more of an epic, star-spanning storyline while Patlabor remains grounded (even if it does serve up some very weird images itself) but fans of one title should definitely give the other a whirl.