Diebuster, トップをねらえ 2! [Toppu o Nerae Tsu!]
Written by Enokido Yoji
Directed by Tsurumaki Kazuya
A With Both Hands Mini-Review
Cute, with a catchy soundtrack, but ultimately confusing for me because this was a sequel to an anime that came out 20 years ago. I generally like pretty much everything that GAINAX puts out, but this anime was a bit too self-referential for its own good. It is dangerous for a niche product like this to become sensible only to super anime nerds. It is acceptable for movies to be self-referential because they are a genuinely demotic art form, and generally the writers are wise enough to make the movie work on enough levels that you don't have to get the reference to enjoy the movie.
Ranting aside, I did enjoy this anime, although I probably would not have watched it other than it was by GAINAX. The animation style reminded me strongly of FLCL, particularly in action sequences. Typical giant robot believe in yourself anime B.S.
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