Discotek revealed the cast for the English dub version of Gainax’s Gunbuster anime at the Otakon Convention. ADR director Melissa Lenti and ADR writer Natalie Van Sistine will oversee the cast.
The cast will include Kiane Chula King as Noriko Takaya, Melissa Sternenberg as Kazumi Amano, Bradley Gareth as Koichiro Otha, Alexandra Yastishock as Jung Freud, Bill Jenkins as Tatsumi Tashiro, Lisa Ortiz as Kimiko Higuchi, Krystal Laporte as Reiko Kashiwara, Ernesto Jason Liebrecht as Smith Toren, Brett Weaver as Yuzo Takaya, Cristina Vee as Takami Akai, Nola Klop as Linda Yamamoto, and Kai Kennedy as Masanori Kikuchi.
Sound Cadence Studios will produce the dub, and Discotek will release it this year. Hideaki Anno, who brought us the beloved Neon Genesis Evangelion, directed the original Gunbuster OVA in 1988. Gunbuster was inspired by 1986’s Top Gun film & the tennis manga Aim for the Ace!.
Gunbuster follows a young pilot, the daughter of a deceased space captain, who is selected to pilot a colossal robot as the critical point of Earth’s defense in a space war.
The series was released on VHS by Manga Entertainment and US Renditions and DVD in 2007 by Bandai Visual USA.
The series also received a sequel entitled Diebuster (Top of Nerae 2!) in 2004. Gunbuster VS Diebuster Aim For The Top! The GATTAI!! Movie, released in 2006, served as a compilation of its predecessors. Gunbuster: The Movie was released on DVD in 2016. Gunbuster 2: Diebuster was launched on DVD by Discotek in May 2013.