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Hideaki Anno’s First Directorial Anime Work Gunbuster Heads Back to Japanese Theaters for 35th Anniversary



This October marks 35 years since Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno released his first commercial anime work – Gunbuster, also known as Aim for the Top! Now at the top of his career, his work will be heading back to theaters in Japan alongside the 20th anniversary OVA series Diebuster for the very first time.


A 35th-anniversary logo for the 35th-anniversary activities was revealed:


Gunbuster anniversary logo


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Gunbuster was released as a six-episode OVA series from October 7, 1988, to July 7, 1989, with Hideaki Anno in the director’s chair at Gainax. Diebuster was also a six-episode OVA series released as part of Gunbuster’s 20th-anniversary celebrations from November 26, 2004, to August 25, 2006, with Kazuya Tsurumaki (one of the many directors on the Rebuild of Evangelion film series) directing at Gainax. Both are licensed by Discotek in North America.


Details on the theatrical releases for both will be revealed at a later date with Japan-wide screenings in the works.


Source: Comic Natalie


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Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram