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Gunbuster: The Movie (1988/Maiden Japan/Sentai Blu-ray)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C Film; C+

Noriko was just an ordinary school girl, that was until her father sacrificed his life to temporarily stop the an alien invasion. Now, he has a few years to train along with Amano, both her friend/partner and rival, in battle AND in love. Together, they are the top candidates to pilot GUNBUSTER, Earth's last hope and line of defense. Under the teachings of their beloved Coach will Noriko have the necessary training, much less courage to do what must be done?

In Gunbuster: The Movie (1988), Noriko is better known as 'Cry baby' Noriko. After losing her father it was only because her father was the admiral was she ever select for the pilot program. It is only after her first battle and lost of her crew and teammates does Noriko start to change. However, with each mission, what is hours for her traveling faster than light in space means years have gone by on Earth. By the time they return, all they know and love may have died. Will Noriko and Amano have to courage to make the sacrifice to leave Earth on the possibility they will never see their loved ones again?

This was another anime someone dug out of cold storage, but you can see how it influenced current day mecha/robot anime, while the designs have changed the core ideas have not. Teenagers piloting giant mechas to save the world, their emotional drama and the courage to face impossible odds. While the movie was a classic, seemed like it lost some funding, in the second half it was all black and white and told the story in still frames.

The choppiness extends to the 1080p digital High Definition image, a mix of 1.33 X 1 and 1.78 X 1 aspect ratios, while the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix is ambitious, but just spreads the sound around and shows how much more dated a recording we are actually getting. Nice try though. Extras include Japanese commentary, staff & cast interviews, and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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