|Formats:||PG DVD, 12 Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Masako Katsuki, Noriko Hidaka, Yuriko Fuchizaki, Yuriko Fuchizaki/ Noriko Hidaka/ Masako Katsuki|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Animated, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Nov 2008|
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A great science fiction drama that overcomes its weaknessesBy Keith Fraser from Oxford, England , 09 Aug 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Although it has many plot holes and confusing elements, particularly in the early episodes (what on Earth made Coach Ota notice Noriko's potential? Why do some of the relativistic journeys last so long given the comparatively short distances involved? Why is Gunbuster a thousand times more effective a weapon than everything else the humans have put together? What the heck is a 'homing laser'?), this series impresses nonetheless, thanks to its emotional power and superb visuals. There are no overblown stereotypes or cardboard cutouts here - the main characters are fully fleshed out (literally in some cases - the series contains a fair amount of female nudity) and complex, their human concerns meshing with the intelligent, epic frame story.
Visually, Gunbuster is in the first rank, dating from the beginning of what I consider the golden age of anime (the late 80s to mid/late 90s, when cel art had evolved beyond blocky cartoons but before CGI came along and turned things simplistic again). The starship and mechanical designs, astronomical images and the nightmarish, brightly coloured aliens are as good as or better than I would expect from a good-quality live-action science fiction film. The character designs are also excellent. To put the icing on the cake, the series boasts good use of music and voice acting.
All in all, a must-see for anime fans who enjoy a mixture of intelligent science fiction, spectacular giant robot action, and powerful human drama.
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very goodBy thepresidentofunitedstates (50 reviews) , 17 May 2012A real classic, really good. Gunbster 2 the sequel is excellent way better than the original, really original stuff. Quality anime
Fab! More please!By a customer from Cheshire , 01 May 2011This was a really good series which merged sci-fi and the problems and relationships of teenage life. The story was good and linked well from episode to episode.
Personally I may not have rated it PG but more likely a 12, but maybe that's just me.
Gunbuster, Top Gun of Anime?By Faux (4 reviews) from Paisley , 22 Apr 2010The movie Gunbuster was made in many ways as Japans answer to Top Gun, from title to 80's life (Spot the Studio Ghibli and other anime nudges in Noriko's room!) it definitely harkens back to an age of anime from days gone by.
The anime suffers a little for rehash value, many have taken its various features and re-done them, more often in far better ways now, but this is where many mecha anime have taken homage to.
The subtitles may suffer, but view scenes like the Gunbuster combining and what certainly seems a thesible training camp for over-complicated mech controls!
There are some unnecessary fan-service moments, and sometimes the animation seems a little shaky, but it makes up for its weaknesses and is worth a view if you are an anime fan.
GunbusterBy Mohawk52 (11 reviews) from Basingstoke , 01 Mar 2009A true anime classic. One of the best of the 80's and one not to miss. They just don't make them like this anymore. There is a later sequel made a few years ago called Daibuster, but sadly it hasn't been licenced for the UK as yet.
Great fansubed, but the DVD is badBy Francis Metcalfe from Taunton, Somerset, UK , 02 Nov 2007I disagree with Keith, the plot holes arent there, he just missed the explanations. Which is understandable since this OVA has one of the worst sub scripts ive ever seen in an anime.
The OVA itself is definatly one of the best, and is still a cult classic today, it's well worth watching once. However the bad subs and mistranslations that fill the series mean you'll probably miss some of the more subtler hints. Also there was an accompanying mini series of 6 3-8minute science episodes, which explained the science behind the more realistic technology, these were missing from this release.
The animation is above average for the time, but where it excells was the music. Gunbuster has some of the best music in anime to date.
Overal it's worth watching once, but i definatly wouldnt waste money buying it, unless you can get it cheap.