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So I just finished watching Gunbuster and Diebuster over the weekend. This is my review.

Gunbuster: I haven't watched a lot of 1980's mecha but if I did it'd probably make a lot of sense to me. Having training mechs, women ripping off shirts to pull out their machine's hearts and development at light speed just made me sit there and question the entire credentials of the show. One episode Noriko is training. The next she's in space and mourning over her father. The next she meets a guy and he dies before she hardly knows him... and she bawwww's about it. When I was done it felt like I had just sat down to a 50 episode mecha series that was edited and cut to 6 episodes.

Diebuster was a bit better than this and it didn't seem so cut. But my problem with it was that it's actual connection with Gunbuster seemed minor or superficial. The only real connection to Gunbuster was the black hole, Nono's origin (which wasn't really explained at all) and the ending. Really it could have easily worked as a stand-alone OVA.

Still shit was awesome while it lasted. Nine stars.
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Have some Coach for your troubles.
rate the seperately. (IB4 RAGE)

Why would I rate them separately when one is supposedly an official sequel to the other?

Last 3 eps Gunbuster>>Diesbuster>>>>>>First 3 Eps Gunbuster
If persisting themes, similar bonds between characters, the same soundtrack but with different arrangements and they're in the same time line is not enough to prove an actual connection then there must be something really wrong with you.
yes, very yes.>>10153819

>>Nono's origin (which wasn't really explained at all)
hardly that mysterious, is it? she was built back before technology began to regress in whatever 'dark age' they had, but still thousands of years after the events of Gunbuster.

>similar bonds between characters

Only one that came to mind was Nono and Lark's similarity to Noriko and that other girl (also called Oniisama, fell in love with Coach etc) other than that not much else...
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>When I was done it felt like I had just sat down to a 50 episode mecha series that was edited and cut to 6 episodes.

The movie version is even worse.
Good thing I haven't seen the movie version.

It's really not worth watching. Imagine Gunbuster episodes 1-5 (150 minutes) condensed into 60 minutes, followed by the 30 minute episode 6 mostly unchanged.

It tends to not quite sound right either, since they brought back all the cast to totally rerecord all the dialogue, and many have either noticeably aged, or just do performances that don't match the original.

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