Episode 6 was very nicely done and 5 was decent, but everything else made me facepalm endlessly. Anno has no fucking idea how human emotions and relationships work.>>10368462
Diebuster had 3 memorable characters, Gunbuster had a crew of one-dimensional douches (IMO LOL NO OFFENSE ^_^)
As for the story, episode 3's finale beats all of Gunbuster's best moments, since it actually managed to be somewhat emotional without feeling terribly forced.>>10368497
Diebuster was intentionally ridiculous super robot stuff while Gunbuster actually tried to be dramatic and touching, which is why it failed horribly.
Also, Nono's archetypal personality > Noriko's completely fucking nonsensical "emo whiney bitch gone GAR for no given reason" personality