Gunbuster 2, AKA Diebuster is the sequel to the 1988 series, Gunbuster. To read my review of the original series, click here.
Nono is a country girl, and her one dream is to be a Space Pilot, to control a powerful Buster Machine. Unfortunately, she's a bit of ditz. Eventually she finds herself in contact with an organization of teenage pilots, called Topless, and she has a chance to realize her dream. Will she be a successful pilot, or will she flounder pathetically?
The story of Diebuster is very different from that of Gunbuster. The sequel is much less serious, more fun and playful, than the original. The story of Diebuster is also much simpler, without the interesting twists and turns brought on by Lighstpeed travel like what was seen in Gunbuster.
The Mecha, now called Buster Machines, play a much larger role in Diebuster, so Mecha fans will probably have a bit to look forward to in this one.
The animation was completely different from that of the Gunbuster, with much more vibrant colors. The change reflected the time-gap between the two series (12,000 years), and made it easy to see Diebuster as taking place in a much different world than the original series.
The character designs were much more wild and stylistic than in Gunbuster, another difference between the two. Pink hair and wildly colored outfits are commonplace in Diebuster, so don't expect as realistic an experience as you get with Gunbuster.
There is a lot of fanservice in this series. I think it might actually deserve an Ecchi tag. If you like that kind of stuff, you'll enjoy this series more than other might.
Like all other aspects of Diebuster, the music and voice acting have a much lighter tone than those of its predecessor. The music was light and cheerful for the most part, and the opening was absolutely wonderful. It puts you in a good mood right away.
Nono's voice, in contrast to Takaya's voice from Gunbuster is childish and whiny sounding, which can get a bit annoying after a while.
Characters were much more shallow in Diebuster than Gunbuster. There isn't enough development as the series progresses, and you are left wanting to know more about the characters at the end of the series.
Nono, while very cute and sometimes loveable, is an idiot. Many of you will have problems watching an anime where the main character is stupid...just a warning.
This Anime Is... A Tribute. Rather than an actual sequel to Gunbuster, Diebuster felt like a tribute to the original work. It used many of the same themes, but twisted them into a playful little thing rather than a deep, dramatic work. It could've been a lot better I believe.
Should I Watch This Anime? Maybe. If you really like Gunbuster, I would watch it. Otherwise, there's not much reason to, unless you really want to see the fanservice, and feel like you can sit through Nono's idiocy to get to it.