When October 2023 rolls around it will have been a whopping 35 years since Neon Genesis Evangelion mastermind Hideaki Anno unleashed his first commercial anime as director, Gunbuster, AKA Aim for the Top!. To celebrate both that landmark anniversary and the 20th anniversary of followup OVA series Diebuster, Gunbuster will be coming back to theaters along with Diebuster.
Check out the 35th anniversary logo:
The original Gunbuster anime launched as a six-episode OVA series from October 1988 to July 1989, with Diebuster following from November 2004 to August 2006. In fact, Diebuster was one of the very first Otaku USA cover stories!
Gunbuster is a total classic, and is one of a few anime we recently recommended for fans of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury.
Discotek Media licenses both, with the classic Gunbuster OVA series preparing to launch on Blu-ray on May 30. Here’s how it’s described:
WANT TO AIM FOR THE TOP? ALL IT TAKES IS SOME HARD WORK AND GUTS!
THE ULTIMATE ANIME CLASSIC FINALLY COMES HOME IN HIGH-DEF!
FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY, WITH AN ALL-NEW ENGLISH DUB
When the space aliens killed Noriko Takaya’s father, she swore she’d go into space to have her revenge. Yet being accepted into the prestigious Okinawa Girls’ Space Pilot High School doesn’t solve every problem. Looked down upon as the daughter of the admiral who lost, and having a stark lack of talent that prevents her from piloting a machine, Noriko’s hopes for the future don’t seem bright. But then, when the two candidates going into space are announced, Noriko’s surprised to find her name right next to the star of the school (and Noriko’s own idol), Kazumi Amano. Has Noriko’s hard work paid off? Or is there more to Coach Ohta’s reasons for selecting her? Most of all, is Noriko really ready for the horrors of space? Find out in Aim for the Top!: Gunbuster, a true masterpiece of anime history, and Hideaki Anno’s directorial debut!
Via Crunchyroll News