Info: Title: Diebuster
Licensee: Bandai Visual/Entertainment
Year Produced: 2004
Number of Episodes: 6
Available Online: No
First Price I found online: $37.49 (on Blu-ray)
In a future where the Space Monsters resume their invasion of the Sol System, the abilities of young men and women known as the Topless, and their Buster Machines, are mankind's final line of defense! One day, runaway girl Nono sets out for the capital to become a space pilot and meets the fighter ace Lal'C... neither realizing that the future of humanity rests on the both of them! --- Official description
Plot:Full disclosure: Diebuster is a sequel (in the loosest sense of the word,) and yes, I do recommend checking it out without seeing the original. Gunbuster was directed Hideaki Anno, and is considered the prototype for Anno's Evangelion, the project where he and Diebuster's Kazuya Tsurumaki first began working together. Diebuster bears only the lightest similarities to Anno's original, and seemingly reflects more of Tsurumaki's runaway hit, FLCL. That said, the series is weird, yet engaging. Once again children are thrust in roles of importance, yet we spend our time riveted by the effects this has on their development.
Basically, "Space Monsters" threaten humanity. For untold centuries we've been under fear of their attacks, and have relied on our advanced technology for security. The catch, of course, is that this almost sentient mechs can only be piloted by a special group of children, called "topless." These children can communicate directly/control the machines, yet will inevitably lose said ability as they grow older.
Thus, the major tone... being told to be responsible, yet being afraid of growing up.
Not that this is an entirely original concept, yet its execution is fairly remarkable. Since this cycle of children saviors has been going on over a hundred years, these children are publicly accepted, and coddled by officials. The topless are some of the single more important people in the work, yet barely past puberty. Even more so, it is not a position they did anything to earn, or have any ability to keep. Granted celebrity status, they struggle to grasp the importance of their assignment, yet fear the concept of the inevitable... that they will age and have to give up this prestige and power.
Things you might like:+ Incredibly over the top mech action
+ Yuri undertones without being fan
+ Complex, motivated characters
+ Good soundtrack
+ Its only 6 episodes long, so the devotion of time to watch it is very small.
+ Strong, Canadian heroine. How often do you get to say that?
Recommend this to friends who enjoyed:FLCL
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