Noriko Takaya is the main character of the series "Aim for the Top! Gunbuster".
Noriko Takaya is a student at the Okinawa school for girls, a school meant to train young women to become pilots of the RX-7 Machine Weapons used to fight against the threat of the space monsters. She is the daughter of Admiral Takaya, the commander of the fleet that first encountered the space monsters. Noriko admires Kazumi Amano, an upper-classman of superb skill, and likes to think of her as her "Big Sister." The two of them were chosen by Koichiro Ohta, or "Coach", as pilots for the new weapon project known as "Gunbuster." Consequently, Noriko ended up as part of the Top Squadron aboard the newly developed space battleship Excellion.