Gunbuster (OAV)

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Alternative title:
Aim for the Top! Gunbuster
Punta al Top! Gunbuster (Italian)
Top o Nerae! Gunbuster
トップをねらえ! (Japanese)
勇往直前 (Chinese (Taiwan))
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: Noriko Takaya's dream is to become a space pilot like her father, Admiral Yuzo Takaya. He died when she was still a little girl due to an attack of alien forces in deep space. After entering Okinawa Girls Space Pilot High School, Noriko is handpicked by instructor Kouichiro Ohta as someone with great potential. She must then persuade everyone, especially herself, that she can indeed fulfill her goal and become an accomplished pilot despite being just an ordinary girl.
User Ratings: 1131 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 246 votes (sub:216, dub:8, ?:7, raw:7, others:8
3 Spanish subtitled
2 Italian subtitled
1 French subtitled
1 German subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
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 Excellent: 306 votes (sub:273, dub:13, raw:5, others:15
7 Spanish subtitled
3 Russian subtitled
2 French subtitled
2 Italian subtitled
1 German subtitled
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 Very good: 272 votes (sub:238, dub:16, raw:4, ?:2, others:12
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5 Spanish subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
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 Good: 171 votes (sub:147, dub:15, raw:3, ?:2, others:4
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 Chinese Mandarin subtitled
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 Decent: 70 votes (sub:57, dub:8, ?:1, raw:1, others:3
2 French subtitled
1 Spanish subtitled
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 So-so: 29 votes (sub:26, dub:2, others:1
1 Italian dubbed
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 Not really good: 12 votes (sub:12)
 Weak: 10 votes (sub:9, dub:1)
 Bad: 7 votes (sub:5, dub:1, others:1
1 French subtitled
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 Awful: 4 votes (sub:4)
 Worst ever: 4 votes (sub:4)
Seen in part or in whole by 1920 users, rank: #548 (of 6068)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 8.177 (Very good+), std. dev.: 1.6589, rank: #327 (of 6062)
Weighted mean: 8.138 (Very good), rank: #293 (of 6062) (seen all: 8.18 / seen some: 7.46 / won't finish: 3.72)
Bayesian estimate: 8.132 (Very good), rank: #208 (of 4613)
Running time: 30 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 6
Episode titles: We have 6
Vintage: 1988-10-07
Release dates: We have 13
Opening Theme:
"Active Heart" (アクティブ・ハート) by Noriko Sakai (eps 1-3)
Ending Theme:
#1: "Try Again...!" (トライAgain…!) by Noriko Sakai (eps 1-3)
#2: "Active Heart" (アクティブ・ハート) by Noriko Sakai (ep 4)
#3: "Toki no Kawa o Koete…" (時の河を越えて…; "The Timeless Stream") by Kouhei Tanaka (instrumental; ep 6)
Insert song:
"Otoko to Onna no Love Game" (男と女のラブゲーム) by Norio Wakamoto and Rei Sakuma (ep 3)
Links: We have 4
Trivia: We have 26
Review:
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DVD (Region 1)
    Gunbuster (Sub.DVD) 2007-02-20 (from $39.99)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director:
Hideaki Anno
Kazuya Tsurumaki (New Science Lessons)
Screenplay:
Hideaki Anno (New Science Lessons; eps 5-6)
Hiroyuki Yamaga (uncredited)
Kazuya Tsurumaki (New Science Lessons)
Toshio Okada (eps 1-6)
Storyboard:
Hideaki Anno (eps 1-6)
Kazuya Tsurumaki (New Science Lessons)
Shinji Higuchi (eps 1-6)
Episode Director: Shoichi Masuo (eps 1-6)
Music: Kouhei Tanaka
Original creator: Toshio Okada
Original Character Design: Haruhiko Mikimoto
Chief Animation Director: Toshiyuki Kubooka
Animation Director:
Shinji Higuchi 
Toshiyuki Kubooka (eps 1, 4)
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (eps 5-6)
Yuji Moriyama (eps 2-3)
Animation Character Design:
Toshiyuki Kubooka
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto 
Producer:
Hiroaki Inoue
Minoru Takanashi
Satoshi Kohno (New Science Lessons)
Shigeru Watanabe (New Science Lessons)
Shiro Sasaki
Takeshi Sawamura (New Science Lessons)
Toshio Azami (New Science Lessons)

Assistant Animation Director:
Kinji Yoshimoto (ep 2)
Satoshi Urushihara (ep 2)
Assistant Episode Director: Masakazu Amiya (eps 1, 5-6)
Background Art:
Satoshi Hirono (eps 1-3, 5-6)
Takashi Watabe (eps 5-6)
Tatsuya Kushida (eps 5-6)
Youji Takeshige (eps 1-2, 5-6)
CG Graphics: Hiroyuki Yamaga (New Science Lessons)
Digital Art:
Hiroshi Sasaki (New Science Lessons)
Masanori Kikuchi (New Science Lessons)
Effects: Shizuo Kurahashi (Toyo Onkyo)
Finishing: Tomomi Nakamaru (New Science Lessons)
Illustration:
Mahiro Maeda (all for ED)
In-Between Animation:
Hiroko Onoki (eps 1-2, 4)
Hirotsugu Yamada (eps 1-2)
Kazuya Kuroda (eps 1-2, 4-6)
Keiji Gotoh (eps 1-2)
Koichi Nakaochi (eps 1-2)
Koji Sugiura (ep 4)
Masayuki Ota (ep 3)
Naoki Kato (eps 1-2)
Naoki Kitamura (ep 3)
Shinya Yamamoto (eps 1-2)
Suzuko Watanabe (eps 4-6)
Takashi Nagayama (ep 3)
Takehiro Nakayama (eps 1-2)
Takeshi Honda (eps 1-2)
Takeshi Yamamoto (ep 3)
Tomoaki Kado (eps 1-2)
Yasuhito Kikuchi (ep 4)
Yoshiaki Iwasaki (eps 4-6)
In-Between Check:
Hajime Yoshida (eps 3-4)
Hiroshi Yoneda (eps 1-2)
Junichi Nagano (eps 3-4)
Takehiro Nakayama (eps 5-6)
Yasuhito Kikuchi (eps 5-6)
Key Animation:
Atsushi Takeuchi (eps 5-6)
Eiji Suganuma (eps 5-6)
Eisaku Inoue (ep 3)
Fumio Iida (eps 5-6)
Hideaki Anno (eps 5-6)
Hideki Futamura (eps 3-4)
Hidenori Matsubara (eps 1, 4-6)
Hidetoshi Yoshida (eps 2-6)
Hiroaki Gohda (eps 1, 4-6)
Hiroyuki Kitakubo (eps 4-6)
Jiro Kanai (eps 5-6)
Kazuya Tsurumaki (New Science Lessons)
Keisuke Fukuda (eps 1-2, 5-6)
Koji Sugiura (eps 5-6)
Kouichi Hashimoto (ep 4)
Mahiro Maeda (eps 1, 4-6)
Masami Obari (eps 5-6)
Masayuki (eps 5-6)
Norifumi Kiyozumi (eps 5-6)
Osamu Ohkubo (eps 5-6)
Sadami Morikawa (eps 5-6)
Shinji Hashimoto (ep 4)
Shoichi Masuo (eps 2, 4-6)
Shunji Suzuki (eps 4-6)
Takahiro Kishida (eps 2-3, 5-6)
Takahiro Omori (eps 5-6)
Takehiro Nakayama (eps 2-6)
Takeshi Honda (eps 3-6)
Toshiyuki Kubooka (ep 2)
Yasuhito Kikuchi (eps 5-6)
Yoshiaki Takei (eps 1-6)
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (eps 1, 4-6)
Yuji Moriyama (ep 2)
Music Performance:
Hikaru Yamanaka (Violin)
Kazuki Chiba (Contrabass)
Opening Animation: Masayuki
Photography: Hidetoshi Watanabe (New Science Lessons)
Planning:
Hideaki Anno (New Science Lessons)
Isamu Senda
Minoru Takanashi (New Science Lessons)
Shin Unosawa
Shiro Sasaki (New Science Lessons)
Toshio Okada
Production Assistant: Ken Ando (New Science Lessons)
Production manager:
Ayumi Enomoto (eps 2-3)
Shouji Murahama (eps 1-3, 5-6)
Yasuhiro Takeda (New Science Lessons)
Recording: Kunio Ando (Aoi Studio)
Recording Assistant: Nobuyoshi Uebayashi
Recording engineer:
Kaori Hiyamizu (New Science Lessons)
Norio Nishizawa (New Science Lessons)
Scientific Study: Yuji Moriyama
Setting:
Hiroshi Sasaki (eps 1-6)
Ikuto Yamashita (eps 5-6)
Mahiro Maeda (eps 1-6)
Masanori Kikuchi (eps 1-6)
Shinji Higuchi (eps 5-6)
Takashi Watabe (eps 5-6)
Takehiko Ito (eps 5-6)
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (eps 1-6)
Sound Effects: Hideaki Anno (New Science Lessons)
Special Effects:
Satoru Hirono (eps 3-6)
Tomoki Okumura (eps 1-6)
Technical Director: Shoichi Masuo 
Theme Song Performance:
Noriko Hidaka ("Top o Nerae! ~Fly High~")
Noriko Sakai (OP/ED 1-2)
Rei Sakuma ("Top o Nerae! ~Fly High~")
Noriko Hidaka as Noriko Takaya
Rei Sakuma as Kazumi "Onee-sama" Amano

Kazuki Yao as Smith Toren(ep 3)
Maria Kawamura as Jung Freud
Masako Katsuki as
Kimiko Akai(eps 5-6)
Kimiko Higuchi(Adult) 
Reiko Kashiwara(eps 1, 6)
Norio Wakamoto as Kouichiro "Coach" Ohta
Tamio Ohki as Captain Tatsumi Tashiro
Tomomichi Nishimura as Tashiro's Executive Officer
Yuriko Fuchizaki as Kimiko Higuchi(ep 1)

Ayako Shiraishi as
Linda Yamamoto(ep 4)
Operator Woman 1(eps 2-3)
Woman 1(ep 2)
Ayumi Hashimoto as
Classmate ɣ(ep 1)
Female Top A(eps 3-4)
Daiki Nakamura as
Radar Operator
Radar Operator Σ(ep 4)
Speaker(ep 3)
Junko Asami as Female Student A(ep 1)
Kazuo Oka as Engineer(ep 2)
Kouji Tsujitani as Operator(eps 3-4)
Kyoko Minami as
Classmate(ep 1)
Female(ep 4)
Female Top Γ(ep 4)
Operator(ep 3)
Kyousei Tsukui as Man 1(ep 2)
Masako Katsuki as Miko Akaiki 
Masashi Hirose as Admiral Yuzo Takaya(ep 2)
Masayuki Omoro as
Masanori Kikuchi(ep 4)
Operator Man #1(ep 3)
Miharu Yokota as Classmate β(ep 1)
Mitsuaki Hoshino as announcer(ep 2)
Nobuyuki Furuta as Sailor(ep 2)
Sakurako Kishiro as
Announcer Woman(ep 3)
Female(ep 4)
Female Top B(ep 4)
Takkou Ishimori as
Principal
Principal Hiroaki Inoue(eps 1, 5)
Yuriko Fuchizaki as Takami Akai

Ayako Shiraishi(eps 5-6)
Hiromi Nakamura(eps 5-6)
Houchu Ohtsuka(eps 5-6)
Kenyuu Horiuchi(eps 5-6)
Kinryuu Arimoto(eps 5-6)
Kiyonobu Suzuki(eps 5-6)
Masaru Ikeda(eps 5-6)
Shinya Ohtaki(eps 5-6)
Yuzuru Fujimoto(eps 5-6)
Japanese companies
Backgrounds: Apples
Development: Tokyo Laboratory
Finish Animation:
Animation Time (eps 3-4)
Just (eps 5-6)
Kitty Films (ep 1)
Kuroneko (eps 1, 3-6)
Lee Production (eps 5-6)
Magic Bus (eps 5-6)
Studio 88 (eps 5-6)
Studio CATS (ep 1)
Studio Kuma (eps 1-6)
Studio Step (ep 1)
In-Between Animation:
Acorn Group (eps 2, 5-6)
AIC (eps 5-6)
Artland (eps 5-6)
DAST Corporation (eps 5-6)
Dogakobo (ep 1)
Domu (ep 3)
Dragon Production (ep 2)
Magic Bus (ep 3)
Mushi Production (ep 4)
Nishiko Pro (ep 2)
Project Team Muu (eps 1, 5-6)
Studio 88 (ep 1)
Studio ArgoShip (ep 1)
Studio Kuma (eps 3-4)
Studio Mark (eps 1, 5-6)
Studio Max (ep 4)
Studio Mu (eps 1, 3, 5-6)
Studio Outside (eps 4-6)
Studio Rod (ep 3)
Studio Wombat (eps 2-3)
Sunshine Corporation (eps 1, 5-6)
Usagiya (eps 2-3)
Mechanical Design: Studio Nue
Music Production: Victor Entertainment
Music Production Cooperation: Imagine
Opening Titles: Maki Pro
Photography: T Nishimura
Production Cooperation: Studio Fantasia
Recording Studio: Studio Aoi
Sound Effects: Toyo Onkyo Kamome
Sound Production: Tohokushinsha Film Corporation
English staff
English cast
Translation:
Deborah Grant (U.S. Renditions; eps 1-2)
Glova Corporation (Bandai Visual USA eps 1-6)
Ken Iyadomi (U.S. Renditions; eps 1-2)
Stuart J. Walton (Bandai Visual USA)
Toshifumi Yoshida (U.S. Renditions; eps 3-6)
Trish Ledoux (U.S. Renditions; eps 3-6)
Yoshiyuki Karahashi (U.S.Renditions Science Lessons)
Yuki Nakajima (U.S. Renditions; eps 1-2)
Executive producer:
Tatsunori Konno (Bandai Visual USA)
Yoshinori Ueno (Bandai Visual USA)
Producer:
David Keith Riddick (U.S. Renditions)
Naoko Ueki (Bandai Visual USA)
Takenari Maeda (Bandai Visual USA)

Additional Contributions: Carl Gustav Horn (Bandai Visual USA)
Consultant: David Keith Riddick (U.S. Renditions)
DVD Encoding & Authoring: Takashi Saita (Video-Tech)
Production Assistant:
Ai Takai (Bandai Visual USA)
Michiko Kumagai (Bandai Visual USA)
Production Coordination: Kumiko Moriyama (Video-Tech)
Production Supervision: Upton S. Redmonton (U.S. Renditions)
Script Editing: Robert Napton (U.S. Renditions)
Subtitle Timing: Tomoko Imazu (Video-Tech)
Translation Adviser:
Christina Rose (Bandai Visual USA)
Kousetsu Tateno (T.O.Y. International)
Shin Okada (Bandai Visual USA)
(none)
English companies
Adaptation: Video-Tech
Distributor: Kiseki Films (UK)
DVD Mastering: Video-Tech
DVD Menu Design: THESEDAYS
DVD Production: Image Entertainment
Licensed by:
Bandai Visual USA
Manga Entertainment (License Expired)
U.S. Renditions (License Expired)
Production: U.S. Renditions (1990-1991 Release)
Subtitles: E & C Productions (US Renditions)
Translation: Synch-Point (DVD Bonus Material)
Korean staff
Korean companies
(none)
Distributor: Nova Media
Korean cast
(none)
French staff
French companies
Executive producer: Carlo Levy
Broadcaster: Nolife
Distributor: Beez Entertainment
French cast
(none)
Spanish staff
Spanish companies
(none)
Distributor: Dynamic SK (Spain; subtitled)
Subtitles: Cristal Media (Spain sub)
Spanish cast
(none)
Italian cast
Italian staff
Marketing Director: Giorgio Pulini (italian edition)
(none)
Italian companies
Licensed by: Dynit
German staff
German cast
(none)
German companies
Distributor:
Anime-Virtual
Kazé Germany (now)
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
(none)
Chinese (Taiwan) cast
(none)
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