OP/ED A Day #346: Title: Active Heart | Artist: Noriko Sakai | Show: Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster/Gunbuster

Here it is, the spiritual older brother of Neon Genesis Evangelion and countless Mecha+Psychological anime that came afterwards. Hideaki Anno got his directorial chops in this 6 episode OVA. What Gunbuster does in 6 episodes rivals what most other Mecha shows do in 12 or even 24 episodes. This OP just oozes 1980s awesomeness. The drums and synthesizers drive this song forward. A lot of the animation comes from scenes within the show, but I can forgive it for that. The song is great, and that’s what counts in my book.