Kaysow wrote:BrikHaus81 wrote:I really enjoyed Diebuster. Actually, I liked it more than Gunbuster. The overall storyline seemed more cohesive between episodes and the directing was more focused. At the end, the link to the original, really made it fun.
Is it really at all comparable to Gainax' earlier masterworks? It looks like most of their newer stuff, which have appeared pretty shallow to me...
To me, Diebuster is a great anime because it combines a number of elements: good story, strong characters, meaningful character development, good acting, great animation quality, and cool action sequences. Story wise, it is far from shallow. While the basic plot is nothing new: save the world from aliens, it is executed in a pretty unique (or at least interesting) fashion. The same could be said for Gainax's earlier works, as well. With Diebuster, it is the strong characters that really made this one work. The interaction between Lark and Nono was well-done and believable. The ending was sad but necessary. It was really one of Gainax's better endings, too, because it was satisfying and not a cop-out mind-fuck like they do sometimes.
I also think the directing of Diebuster is better and the story more cohesive than Gunbuster. I think Anno, when he did Gunbuster, wasn't quite sure what he was going for. Gunbuster tried to be a comedy, a drama, and a coming-of-age story all in one. The elements were all there, but were scattered. I don't think Anno really put them together well enough. To me, it seemed forced. Like certain scenes screamed: "THIS IS THE DRAMA SCENE, FEEL SAD NOW!"
Diebuster, though, was directed (by Kazuya Tsurumaki) in a style that is more akin to FLCL, but managed to portray the drama, comedy, and coming-of-age stuff more fluidly, and believably. It had more focus, and seemed to know exactly what sort of story to tell from the very beginning.
Definitely check out Diebuster. It isn't shallow by any means, it is very fun, and you'll be entertained. Plus, there is Groovin' Magic.