Gunbuster 2

Alt titles: Aim for the Top 2!, Diebuster, Top wo Nerae! 2

OVA (6 eps)
2004 - 2006
3.94 out of 5 from 3,283 votes
Rank #1,572

Nono, a clumsy young girl living in the backwater countryside of Mars, dreams of becoming a space pilot. But when Nono witnesses Lal'C, a real space pilot called a Topless, and her brutal fight with one of the invading space monsters, she discovers that it may not be so easy as she's rocketed into orbit alongside Lal'C in the ensuing struggle. With guts and effort her only recourse, Nono reaches for the stars to become a "Nonoriri" and a Topless alongside her Onee-sama, as well as to fight back against hordes of space monsters!

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Episode 1

Please, Let Me Call You Oné-sama!

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Episode 2

I Don't Want to Be an Oné-sama!

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Episode 3

I Hate the Topless!

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Episode 4

Resurrection! The Legendary Buster Machine!

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Episode 5

Mover of Planets

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Episode 6

The Story of Your Life

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Some things need to stand alone.Sequels are a gamble, especially when the time gap between original and sequel grows and grows. They tend to be put under more scrutiny than their predecessors, as they not only have to deal with standing tall as installments in their own right, but they need to provide merit as a sequel to a product that never needed one. The trickiest prospect involved is the anniversary sequel, as that is where you’re most likely to enact the gambit. Some projects of this nature can pay off in a way that respects the original and becomes its own product, perhaps even succeeding it in the process. However, not everyone can do a Turn A Gundam, and instead, they might end up creating an absolute mess. Hence the existence of Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster: a show that aimed for the top and ravaged a franchise.Put it simply, it fails both ways. As a series, it features mediocre at best and largely uninteresting characters, half-assed power-up moments, and tons of convoluted and barely explained sci-fi superpower bullshit & worldbuilding. When the highlight in terms of memorable character moments was a rape attempt, you know you’ve failed, and you abandon an important sci-fi element of the original in the process, you know you’ve fucked up. As a sequel, it is almost insulting. The writers made a completely different type of show -a mediocre one at that- a sequel to Gunbuster. It would be like making Aldnoah.Zero the sequel to Macross. As such, everything about the already poorly-crafted and convoluted world-building (galaxy building?) is brimming with incompatibility. Buster machines are now biomechanical machines that can only be piloted by people with some hereditary superpower gene rather than robots that take skill for any able-bodied person in general to pilot. They each come with different powers including the ability to freeze space creatures in space with quantum temperatures, and controlling and turning other ships into creatures to use during battle via psychic powers or something akin to that. They have colonized entirely new planets with futuristic military technology, yet transportation technology and all things not inherently related to war against space creatures has yet to advance beyond 2004 -the year this OVA first aired- until the finale outright contradicts that. The finale also proves that it takes place during a specific portion of the original’s finale, as if to self-destruct while getting its idol caught in the explosion. Additionally, whereas Gunbuster used real, hard science for its science fiction, Diebuster uses pseudoscience superpower nonsense. This and more serve as only a taste of how incompatible (for lack of a better word) the world-building is, and why crafting a coherent world is always important. Otherwise, we get two pieces that just cannot fit.There’s also the fact that the mere existence of the events in Die -even discounting the monumentally awful finale- ultimately sully the finale of the original Gunbuster, as not only did it end phenomenally, but it did so in a way in which no real sequel could be warranted. This isn’t even touching on the worldbuilding element; Gunbuster ended so conclusively that to continue would be to retroactively take back part of the point of the finale. This show really should have been its own thing. It would have been a mediocre at best show, but better a mediocre separate celebration installment than a show that accidentally knocks over its predecessor’s grave, especially when said predecessor became one of the two foundational anime of its studio. However, it would probably require heavy rewrites towards the end in particular. After all, the more it goes on, the worse it gets, peaking in its concluding episodes in terms of sheer atrocity, as the show stops caring almost entirely and ends up outright ruining the ending of the original. To cover the positive -read: superficial- aspects of this asteroid, the music is better than last time, and the visuals are still mostly well-crafted. Even with the awful mech designs excessive amounts of usually terrible CGI, the show’s visuals are worthwhile. The character designs are fine enough -particularly that of Nono- and the action animation is smooth, kinetic, and kept track of extremely long as the characters aren’t running. It may not hold up compared to the immaculately detailed and stylized predecessor of yore, but disregarding that leaves you with visuals that were on par with that best at the time, at least animation-wise. The sense of scale is quite large, to add on top of that. Lastly, the music is honestly a tad superior than the original, at least when it isn’t remixing tracks. The OP and ED themes are ok and the background music is serviceable, though that is all I can praise.Ultimately, the more this show goes on, the more horrible a sequel it becomes. As if it wouldn’t be a bad enough show on its own, it just had to throw a classic series under the bus in a drunken attempt at paying homage and joining a franchise. Barring the prospect of bastardizing a returning cast, Diebuster commits every sin a sequel can commit -including ones I never thought were possible- and ends up shattering itself into pieces upon its obnoxious attempts at trying to send-up and one-up. On its own, it's a mediocre turned bad show too ambitious for its own good. As a sequel, it is much worse. Way to go Gainax, producing the worst thing in your repertoire to celebrate 20 years!


Yay! My first review!   Story - Okay, so anyway Gunbuster 2/ Diebuster takes place many many MANY years after Gunbuster and is the story of Nono and how she becomes a space pilot. Er, tries to become a space pilot. It's more interesting than it sounds, I swear. In just the first episode you are told that it's been quite a long time (try OVER 10,000 YEARS) since Noriko and Kazumi left to finish off the aliens attacking Earth, in which an organization called Faternity takes on special people called "Topless" that can summon giant robot suits with their foreheads (FLCL much? Lovely.) just by removing a sticker. Nono decides she's going to become a "Nonoriri"/space pilot (play on Noriko's name, obviously) and quickly dubs Lal'C, a highly respected Topless, as her "onee-sama." So, Fraternity must fight these ominous swarms of aliens to protect humanity and such. You know, the usual. It's not the most original, but it's still highly enjoyable. Well, except for the boobs every two episodes, but it's sort of relevant to the story, and at least Gainax can do it right (animation for most ecchi is disappointing). The story reminisces a good bit of what Gunbuster is, even down to it's music that has been redone. There are lots of nods to other works from Gainax as well, and it's truly a well played out story. They even stayed in budget! Good job, guys (Seriously, watch Gunbuster and you will understand). Animation - It's Gainax. Need I say more? Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and Okama do beautiful art/character designs for the show as well. I'm in love. Sound - I found the music to be well suited to the scenes and the overall mood of the show. Even when it starts getting to the more serious end, the oh-so-happy OP theme is cut and the ending theme is just peppy enough to cheer you up while the message is still melancholy. In short: Music = WIN. Characters - Throughout the series, just about every character changes somehow, which is fantastic. Nono finds who she is and becomes a stronger person, Lal'C becomes more compassionate and definitely less selfish, Tycho also becomes a nicer person, and Nicola becomes a jerk, which is really my only problem, but it shows that even these powerful beings (the Topless) can fall from their high horse and be like everyone else again. Hey, I didn't say the changes were good :\ Even so, the characters have a loveable personality (and such awesome voice actors!! Nono is "MOE MOE DESUUUUUU!!!") and even the Buster Machines are memorable. I can always picture Lal'C in my head saying "Dix Neuf!" and then that BEASTLY ARM coming out of her shadow. I'm seriously in love with this show. Overall - Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. If you hate mecha you will still love this show. The characters, the art, the music, it's just really well done and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I recommend this to any and everyone.


La siguiente reseña es el complemento de GunBuster, dejaré el link aquí: Ahora es el turno de Diebuster, el cual como dije previamente ha sufrido distintas percepciones a lo largo del tiempo y siendo minimizada ante lo que fue en su tiempo Gunbuster, obviamente no pretendo engañar a nadie, Diebuster es inferior, pero eso no hace automáticamente que sea un mal espectáculo. Partamos de lo más cuestionado en la obra, la diferencia de conceptos en cuanto a tecnología científica que manejan, mientras Gunbuster intentaba ser más precisa y creíble en cuanto a su universo tecnológico, Diebuster es más fantasiosa, pero también tengamos en cuenta que si desde el vamos Gunbuster nos ofrecía un posible futuro con avances científicos y tecnológicos considerables manejados de buena manera dentro de su ficción, Diebuster está ambientado 12 mil años después por ende no me parece que haya sido una decisión fatídica su hiperbólica ficción como muchos abalan, sin embargo, el error de Diebuster no es el proponer una tecnología más fantasiosa sino que radica en cómo va hilvanando sus eventos a lo largo de la historia, no es que sea incoherente del todo, pero es a veces algo conveniente y suelta información cuando la situación lo requiere con el simple objetivo de seguir adelante, ahora también tengamos en cuenta que como un todo, Diebuster no pretende ser idéntica a Gunbuster, sino que es más exagerada y explosiva, si en la primera obra de la saga teníamos un balance entre buena historia y entretenimiento, aquí la balanza se inclina más a lo que es entretenimiento. La protagonista de Diebuster es Nono, que busca convertirse en topless, nombre dado a los que luchan contra la amenaza extraterrestre a bordo de la Buster-Machine, y de esta manera ser como la persona que tanto admira, o sea Nonoriri. Si bien podríamos decir que nono es un personaje divertido, también tiene un aura inocente que en algunos casos puede hacer que el espectador le agarre cierto cariño también teniendo en cuenta que es muy explosiva y empeñosa a pesar de sus limitaciones, pero aquí reside otro cuestionamiento, a diferencia de Noriko que era una chica común y a base de su entrenamiento pudo ir superando sus adversidades, Nono es más un arma ya por si misma que tiene el poder oculto, lo que hace ver su power-up un poco desproporcionado a comparación de Noriko, ya que ella tuvo un entrenamiento más personalizado que el de nono, la cual simplemente estaba como pieza de apoyo dentro de los topless con trabajos menores. El punto de la inocencia de Nono es algo que concibe a otro pequeño problema de la serie, ya que es un poco extraño dada la personalidad de nono que se dé una considerable ración de fan-service a lo largo de los capítulos, más que nada en los primeros, no son algo sumamente invasivos, pero en el caso de Gunbuster se trabajó con más tino, aquí muchos de los hechos quedan como un guiño algo forzado de la primera entrega, como la escena en el baño justamente en el capítulo dos donde sale Nono con los pechos al aire. Hablando de los guiños o referencias a la primera obra por parte de Diebuster, también cabe resaltar que si bien algunas están bien insertadas y pasan simplemente a ser alguna curiosidad, como el onee-san de Nono hacia Lal’c, típico de Noriko a Kazumi, también la batalla final es una gran referencia a Gunbuster, se pudo dar una visión diferente, sin embargo se quedó como una especie de homenaje a la original, lo cual no está mal del todo pero algo propio hubiera sido una gran recompensa para el espectador y hasta darle algo más identificable a la serie. Un punto que me parece a destacar es el funcionamiento de las Buster-Machine, en Diebuster los mechas juegan un papel mucho más importante que los mechas comunes de Gunbuster, partiendo desde la complementación con su piloto y el diseño humanizado que estos poseen. hablando de diseños, vamos a los personajes, los cuales, a diferencia de su antecesora, estos son más caricaturescos, similares a los diseños de Fooly Cooly (FLCL), pero que en cierta manera llena de más vida al cast y se ven bien insertados en el universo que crea la serie. La animación en Diebuster es su punto fuerte, no solo porque se ve un trabajo más pulido que en Gunbuster en cuando a dinamismo y fluidez, sino también porque para la época en que salió es superior a animaciones de otros estudios que tranquilamente contaban con más presupuestos que los Gainax y aprovecharon bien el formato ova para ello, las batallas son una delicia y sin necesidad de que se vean simplemente como explosiones por todos lados para encaletar falencias de dirección. En cuanto a sus personajes, fuera de nono a la cual ya exploré, Lal’c y Nicola son los más destacables, cada uno cuenta con diversos dilemas propios de cómo se va dando las situaciones, no solo relacionadas a su posición como Topless sino también guiada por sus sentimientos y en general están desarrolladas decentemente. Tycho también tiene su momento de exploración, pero al ser resolver su situación en una ova es más como un concepto secundario, sin embargo, no está mal, es interesante hasta cierto punto porque crea una visión opuesta a la de Nono en como deberían trabajar los Topless. La música de Diebuster no es tan resaltante como en Gunbuster, si bien tiene buenos momentos en que son empleadas las pistas, lo más resaltante fuera de ello es su opening y ending, los cuales son igual de buenos que los de la obra original. En conclusión, si Gunbuster consigue un buen balance entre una historia interesante y entretenimiento puro que puedes disfrutar incluso sin ser tan fan del mecha, Diebuster por su parte es un espectáculo más visual, dirigido a un entretenimiento más bobo pero que al menos desde ese punto cumple bastante por los valores de producción que maneja, no pienso que sea mala en su totalidad, solo que no pudo hilvanar tan bien sus temas como en Gunbuster, ya que la primera sabia hasta que proporciones ahondarse en sus tópicos. fuera de ello, ambas son series recomendables y en parte entiendo a los fanáticos de Gunbuster por su descontento con Diebuster, pero ya habiendo expuesto mis puntos aquí debo mencionar que, si bien como mencione, Diebuster no está a la altura de Gunbuster y como secuela no es que funcione a plenitud, como un producto independiente es decente y disfrutable.

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