Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster!

Posted by DiGiKerot in One shots at June 11, 2006 on 10:17 pm


Moving onto Episode 4, we finally get some suggestion of what the cosmic monsters are – they are the universes immune system, and their target is the eradication of the human race!


Meanwhile, a rather melancholic Noriko is blowing off all her friends to secretly take lessons with the Coach, piloting a new model of training machine. Jung gets wind of this, though, and bitter that Noriko seems to have been chosen to pilot their new weapon system, she challenges Noriko to a battle in Space.


Noriko can’t go through with it, though – the moment they get through the airlock she panics, unable to get over the trauma of Smiths death in the previous episode. Kasumi slaps Jung for freaking out Noriko, but Jung speaks sense – the next time Noriko goes out into space, she will die, and she decides to tell Coach as much.


As if Coach wasn’t dude enough, he has somehow managed to convince them to install a full, Japanese style room to the Excelion, complete with sliding paper door, tatami mats and everything. I suspect this is just so that they can have one of those scenes where the wizened old commander plays Go or some other tile-based game whilst ignoring the advice of their subordinates you get in all those military series. Anyway, when Kasumi brings up the fact that Noriko is getting special training when the new weapon is modelled around her, Coach just tells her that it needs two pilots and he has faith in Noriko.

Nearing Earth, the Excelion decides to take radical manoeuvres to avoid show the Cosmic Monsters where earth is, but unfortunately the monsters break the laws of Physics and follow them anyway (as displayed by the destruction of the spot where Smith formally introduced himself of Noriko ;_;). With the location of Earth known, they have to wipe out the largest alien force yet! Noriko ends up being grounded so that Linda, Jungs partner, can use her RX since Lindas is damaged. Poor Linda should have known better than to take a cursed RX, though, as like most of the top squadron she meets a painful death.


Faced with the incredibly melancholy of all those familiar landmarks on the Excelion being destroyed, Noriko resolves herself on the BLUE RIBBON OF SMITHNESS to be AWESOME with BURNING PASSION, and scrambles the incomplete super weapon GUNBUSTER and proceeds to kick monster ass.

She struggles against the mother ship, though, due to its extreme speed. She concludes the only way to win would be to let it ram her then blast it at point blank range, and Noriko dies in a huge explosion, taking it with her.

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KT Kore
2006-06-12
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I think the main reason people moan about Top! 2 is because Top! 1, though weird and over-the-top, maintained a level of believability with its useage of actual scientific theories and generally had a stronger sense of a sci-fi feel to it than Top! 2 does. With Top! 1 you didn’t need to suspend your belief nearly as much as you do with Top! 2.

But you’re right, Top! 1 is pretty odd itself — being a parody of super robot anime while, at the same time, being able to take itself seriously. And everything it did was pretty damn over-the-top as well.

One hell of an entry you have here. I’m glad you share the same Gunbuster love that I do. =)


tj han
2006-06-12
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OMG amazingly detailed summary. I did watch this recently. In fact, I watched Diebuster, then Gunbuster and Diebuster again and I could appreciate Diebuster a lot more this way.

I enjoyed both immensely and I actually feel the franchise is better than Eva. More entertaining at least.


R8
2006-06-12
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i wuv it for the fanservice :P :D…and awesome action + direction ;).


DiGiKerot
2006-06-12
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As much as I love Eva (I was totally obsessed with the thing the first time I saw it, but then it was probably the first decent TV anime I saw all the way through), I’d probably agree that Top! is the better show. Top!2 has really been impressing me – I was a bit wary initially, but it continues to blow me away by improving upon itself after every single episode. From his work on KareKano, FLCL and now Diebuster, I have to say that Tsurumaki is one hell of a director. Hopefully he’ll be doing plenty more in the future.

I’m sure there are a whole load of Top! 1 references I’ve missed in Diebuster thus far – I’m going to have to sit down and watch Top!1 and 2 back to back once the last episode is out.


johnny
2006-06-12
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Wow, that was excellent. Reminds me how awesome Gunbuster is and how much I love it.
I was fortunate enough to buy the Kiseki UKR2 DVD release a couple of years back for a rediculously cheap price, although I had seen it before and fell in love immediately.
I think I’ll rewatch it now :)
Still gotta watch all of Gunbuster 2 as well…


DiGiKerot
2006-06-12
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You need to track down one of the import Gunbuster releases at some point, Johnny – you are missing out on the shows biggest fan service scene! I’m sure thats the kind of thing you’d enjoy ^^


johnny
2006-06-13
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Haha yeah, I think I would :P
I’ll keep an eye on the R2’s


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