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Noriko Takaya

  • Character Development: Noriko starts out as helpless at controlling her mecha, despite being perfect physically, she trains nonstop to improve her skills and can handle her mecha perfectly.
    • While she could control her mecha, she wasn't battle oriented, as shown in her first battle in episode 3, where she didn't fire a single shot at the enemy and it lead to the death of her First Love Smith. The events that took place in the battle effected her mentally and she wept when she entered space to have a duel with Jung. During the second battle, where she gets sidelined, Noriko thinks about Smith and vows to never cry again, and that she will fight rather than hide; this makes Noriko transform into a major badass.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: An undeniably cute teenage girl with a tendency to embarrass herself while piloting a mecha. That is, until Episode 4 rolls around.
  • Decomposite Character: Her character traits would be inherited by later Gainax protagonists. Shinji Ikari inherited her early personality, Naota Nandaba inherited her relation to a sibling, and Simon the Digger inherited her Character Development.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype : Noriko is an amazingly talented mecha pilot who can become the best pilot should she work hard enough...she's also only 17 when the show aires and suffers from near crippling self esteem issues and panics at the sight of danger, making her a deconstruction of the average mecha pilot at the time in a similar vein to Shinji Ikari. However, she also becomes a Reconstruction of said archtype by Episode 4 by becoming stronger through the tragedy that was inflicted upon her.
  • Expy: Of Hiromi Ouka, considering that Gunbuster started as an Affectionate Parody of Aim for the Ace!
  • First Love: Falls for Smith in episode 3, and he ultimately triggers her Character Development due to his death and she seems to remain loyal to her feelings for Smith, as she doesn't fall in love with anyone else.
  • Gainaxing: She's one of the original girls who started the trope
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: A famous subversion, she starts off clumsy and extraordinarily incapable, she works her ass off to become a badass.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners / Les Yay: With Kazumi on levels that would match a buddy cop film. Wait...
  • Hot-Blooded: Hints were always present and it grows episode by episode, but by Episode 4, Noriko is as Hot-Blooded a mecha pilot as any Super Robot protagonist. In fact, she's the basis for Simon.
  • Indirect Kiss: Has one with Smith, the medium being his drink he gives her.
  • Luminescent Blush: Has one after realizing she has an Indirect Kiss with Smith.
  • Memento Macguffin: She first gets a yellow ribbon from Kazumi that she wears as a headband to keep her bangs out of her face, she wears it to show her respect and admiration for Kazumi.
    • Half way through the series, however, she swaps the yellow ribbon for a blue one, the one that her First Love Smith tied to a ladder for her during their test of courage, she wears this ribbon to honor Smith after his death and to show her change in character. She still wears the blue ribbon, as shown in episode 6.
  • Older Than They Look: Due to being in space at relativistic speeds for extended periods of time, Noriko's personal age doesn't match what normal people have aged. Such as when in episode 5 where ten years have passed since Noriko entered space, she is still 17, as her personal time has barely passed at all. In episode 6, another fifteen years have passed with her at near-lightspeed, making her technically 42, but still hasn't experienced much time herself and the only visible difference is she has grown her hair out. Finally, at the conclusion of episode 6, 12,000 years have passed since the implosion when Noriko and Kazumi finally made it back to Earth, having spent enough time at near lightspeed that she STILL remains a late teenager.
  • Rousing Speech: Gives one to Kazumi in episode 5 that rivals something out of Kamina's mouth, combined with a verbal Bright Slap.
  • Stepford Smiler: In a sense. She makes it clear that she's going to stop crying in order to become stronger but she never said anything about stop being scared.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Quite possibly one of the best examples. Compare her performance in episode one with that in episode four.
    • Let's put this into perspective: Despite Gainax, Khara Trigger's pension for Crazy Awesome, no other protagonist from the three studios came close to her level until Simon, who needed a mecha the size of a GALAXY and challenging a Physical God to do so

Kazumi Amano

Jung Freud

  • Author Appeal: Was apparently named by Hideaki Anno. Yes, that one.
  • D-Cup Distress: She says she likes the moon because the lack of gravity doesn't weigh down her breasts and she complains how her bra is too tight and she thinks her breasts are starting to sag.
  • Expy: If Kazumi and Noriko are Reika and Hiromi, Jung is most likely their Ranko.
  • Faux Action Girl: She's said to be a genius pilot and fighter, but when she duels Kazumi, all of her attacks were blocked and when in combat in space, she quickly got caught by the enemy, couldn't break free, and was saved by Noriko.
  • Ineffectual Loner
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • The Rival: Starts out as this to Kazumi, but quickly becomes best friends with her and Noriko. She is, however, Kazumi's rival for Coach's affection. She lost.

Koichiro "Coach" Ohta


     Minor characters 


  • Alpha Bitch: In the first episode.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite being a brutal piece of work in her mecha to mecha schoolyard fight against Noriko, Kashiwara chills out with a satisfied smile as soon as Noriko knocks her flat on her mecha's ass.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Was hoping to become part of the space force and was well qualified for the most part. When she loses the spot to Noriko, Kashiwara makes it her job to ensure that the remainder of Noriko's time in training is a living hell.
  • Heel–Face Turn
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Works as a mecha phys. ed coach in her later years, having mellowed out considerably from her teen years.
Teens Are Monsters: See above.

Smith Toren


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