|A secret military project endangers neo-tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.|
Editor's NoteSet in the future, this 2006 release (also known as GUNBUSTER 2) follows a young girl named Nono as she departs her home of Mars with dreams of becoming a space pilot like her hero Nono-Riri. But when an unexpected attack by a space monster occurs, Nono finds herself aligned with the Topless, a band of teenagers with specially manipulated powers strong enough to pilot Buster machines in an effort to defeat the space monsters. Does Nono have what it takes to step in and impress her more experienced peers or will she be sent back to Mars in shame and defeat?
|Bandai Visual - Animation Producer|
|GAINAX - Animation Producer|
|Kazuya Tsurumaki - Director|
What this ends up being is a condensed, 'Cliffs Notes' version of the original six-part OVA/Miniseries, each part being approx. 30 minutes....so just looking at the math, condensing nearly three hours into 95 minutes, you can imagine how much had to be left out. I'll go through how that'll likely affect two different audiences. If you have already seen all the episodes of the original OVA, watching this 'movie' version will feel like someone else has the remote, and is skipping through not just chapters, but entire episodes...and indeed, it does all but discard two of the earlier episodes to concentrate on the lead character Nono's journey/plot. Remember all that great stuff with Lal'C being the worshipped teen-idol hero? Gone. That sweet and sad story about Chika's brother (I think) dying of illness when she was younger? Gone. Those wild tadpole-shaped military ships and Nicola's winged sword-wielding robot? Gone. And basically...the complexity of Nono and Lal'C's relationship....GONE. Who needs it, right? (??!!) Yes, since you've seen it all before, you know what happened, but not seeing all that here becomes frustrating very early on, and I'm certain that many of you will feel that the parts that are skipped over are some of your favorites...so it's very difficult to merely sit back and take the parts you are getting.
Despite being a condensed version of the OVA, this movie is still very solid in terms of plot line and action. You will really notice the amount of detail the creators put into the ending (awesome). What this ends up being is a condensed, 'Cliffs Notes' version of the original six-part OVA/Miniseries, each part being approx. 30 minutes. So, just looking at the math, condensing nearly three hours into 95 minutes, you can imagine how much had to be left out.