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Noriko Takaya
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Vital statistics
Title Pilot of Buster Machine 1
Gender Female (♀️)
Birthdate September 12, 2006 (Age:15 in 2021)
Nationality Japanese (🇯🇵)
Relatives Yuzo Takaya
Friends and Allies Kimiko Higuchi, Kazumi Amano, Smith Toren, Jung Freud, Koichiro Oota
Enemies and Rivals Reiko Kashiwara
Aliases Daughter of Defeat, The #1 Otaku in Space
Status Alive
Location Earth

Noriko Takaya (タカヤ・ノリコ) is the main character of Top o Nerae! Gunbuster and the pilot of Buster Machine 1. Born on September 12, 2006 in Osaka, Japan, she is the daughter of famous space captain Yuzo Takaya, who disappeared in the Luxion disaster of 2015. She enrolled in Okinawa High School for Girls so that she could become a space pilot like her father. When she was chosen for the Gunbuster project despite her lack of piloting ability, her classmates saw it as nepotism and she was bullied for it.


She is 158 cm (5'2") tall with shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes. She wears a blue headband which was given to her by Kazumi Amano. She has a slim yet curvaceous figure and wears a red and white shirt with a pink leotard underneath.


  • Noriko is named after her voice actress, Noriko Hidaka.
  • In Gunbuster Science Lessons, it's revealed that Noriko is a big fan of 20th-century anime, which explains her tendency to loudly announce Gunbuster's attacks.
  • In the background of Noriko's room, posters for My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and Space Battleship Yamato are visible.
  • Noriko canonically listens to Van Halen.
  • Noriko and Jung Freud share the same birthday.
  • She is a Virgo.
  • Her blood type is O.