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Gunbuster The Movie [Blu-ray] [1988]

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  • Directors: Hideaki Anno
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bandai SA
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001G67UOG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,435 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John F. Traverst on 26 Oct 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Gunbuster the movie is a compilation movie based off of the OVA Gunbuster (known in japan as TOP WO NEARE! (Aim for the Top!)). The movie was made by studio Gainax, who later made Neon Genesis Evangelion and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and in director's chair sits Hideaki Anno, the same person who later directed Evangelion. Also this movie has a sequel known as Diebuster (AKA Top Wo Neare 2 or Gunbuster 2).

The OVA and the movie were made in 1986, so make note that this movie is cel animated instead of drawn digitaly so some of you might think that the movie looks not as good as today's digitaly animated anime (to which I respond with the suggestion of going back to your life of illegaly downloading Naruto fansubs). The hand drawn cel animation has a great charm that today's animation can't match. The art style also looks like the best the 80s can offer, really.

The plot seems to me like a mix of Go Nagai's Getter Robo, estrogen and a bit of Star Trek.

In the far off year of 2015 (keep in mind this was made in 1986), humanity has made giant leaps in technology to fight against aliens. Noriko Takaya, who's father was the captain of a starship that was destroyed by aliens, wishes to become a space pilot just like her father. Trained by a survior from her father's ship named Koichiro ''Coach'' Ohta and inspired by her uperclassman and big sister figure Kazumi Amano. Without spoiling much more, Noriko and Kazumi later on pilot the mecha Gunbuster for the sake of humanity.

The ending is pretty emotional too.

So the plot is kind of generic except for one thing. The movie uses the real life concepts of lightspeed travel and time dilapitation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Gunbuster Not Too Busted on Blu-ray 7 Jun 2010
By S. MCMAHON - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This Gunbuster Blu-ray Movie edition was edited together from this OVA (original video animation):


Gunbuster is a classic 1980's science fiction anime from studio Gainax (Evangelion). It's about Earth being attacked by space monsters, a couple of cutesy Japanese heroines (a bit too cutesy/histrionic at times though), lots of robots having kick-ass battles against massive aliens, and more. Gunbuster well-done take on a common story, with some brilliant artwork and amazing animation sequences that have a mind-boggling amount of detail. Storytelling in the early part of the movie has some info gaps (Jung's background story has been edited out) with much of the film about the characters, the passage of time and it's effects, and how people react to an impending alien apocalypse.

Gunbuster The Movie is the only HD version released in North America. The first 30mins seemed more like an upscaled DVD; not bad looking, but not quite Blu-ray wow. Maybe because the earlier part of the movie is from the oldest individual episode. However, the quality picks up to HD pretty quickly. I have no overall complaints about the video quality with the final part in the story being widescreen and in black & white to add greater impact. The sound is also superb Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 or PCM with English subtitles. Apparently, the original cast re-dubbed their parts for Gunbuster: the movie. No English dubbing here.

Since the film's the result of 6 episodes of OVA edited together (see link above), it's been edited for time and pacing. If you've never seen the original OVAs then you may not feel like you're missing out, but because of several scenes being cut the films pace is greatly increased. The editors could have left just a bit more in, but the story is far from destroyed. Also, the short animated "Science Lessons" at the end of each OVA are no longer on the disc at all.. should have been an extra. Maybe they're easter eggs on the disc somewhere.

If you're interested in this movie consider this: If having a complete/uncut version of the film is more important, then get the DVD set. If picture quality and a streamlined story is preferable, than this blu-ray is for you. It's a fantastic anime, but I wouldn't pay any more than $30.00 for it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Cut down classic 2 Nov 2012
By Scott Promish - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Gunbuster (Aim for the Top!) is the moving epic story of a teenaged girl, the only daughter of a fallen space captain, who becomes Earth's champion mecha pilot. This movie is a severely edited version of a six-part video series (about three hours long, so cut down by about half). The beginning is where the story suffers the most. Almost all of the character material is eliminated, so the new viewer is left wondering who these people are and why they should care about them. I can't imagine anyone coming into this version first and not being terribly confused. I've seen the OVAs, but it's been a long time, and even I felt lost. It's very obvious that things are missing. Worst of all, Noriko's journey and transformation (and the tear-jerking finale) have no weight at all.

Unfortunately, this is the only high-definition release of Gunbuster currently available, so if it's your only way to see this show I do recommend doing so (with reservations noted above). The artwork and animation, nearly 25 years on, still look fantastic. The program is suitable for all ages. If your kids like other space opera like Star Blazers (Space Cruiser Yamato) they should enjoy this. And it will introduce to them some very interesting scientific ideas.

But honestly...look for the original first.
anything done with traditional cells is worth a blu-ray release 9 July 2013
By Steven Dunne - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
i don't have the blu-ray yet but the movie itself is about earth being on the verge of anhilation by alien beings the size of star-destroyers. they consume a stars life as they use them to breed. the film follows a girl struggling to make the ranks of a mecha army unit and her perception of the passage of time. whenever she journeys into space and moves at light speed, time speeds up for those she leaves behind. so she will leave earth at 18 and come back weeks later to find her friends have grown older and have kids. this makes the film very weepy to watch, as she just gets thrown further away from her own natural earth timeline. its very epic- the end sees the planet jupiter turned into a black-hole-bomb and ends several thousand years later. this older stuff if made for blu-ray.
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