Tokyo has been devastated by a series of earthquakes and ecological
disasters. In an effort to restore the city's environment, the government has
founded DC, a high-tech environmental clean-up organization. The anime series
Cybuster chronicles the efforts of the members of DC (most of whom are
young adults or teenagers) to rebuild their city and combat a robot god from
Here is a brief synopsis of the five episodes included on this release:
• Episode One: "Messenger of the Wind"
the young hero of the series, does not pass the DC entrance exams. Ken's father
had never wanted his son to join the organization, but Ken wanted to help repair
Tokyo's damaged environment because of his sister, who has severe asthma. An
earthquake hits the city, and the DC forces are dispatched to clean up the
damage. A mysterious robot appears and attacks the DC recruits. Ken, who just
happens to be nearby, jumps into an RT (one of the DC mecha) and attacks the
robot, which suddenly vanishes. One of the DC recruits resigns, and Ken is
brought in as a substitute.
• Episode Two: "Balcion"
The giant robot returns
and attacks a group of senior DC recruits, leaving many of them seriously
injured. The younger recruits are sent on a clean-up mission, and Mizuki, Ken's
friend, uncovers a mysterious black box. The box is loaded onto a DC helicopter
for transport back to headquarters, but the helicopter vanishes in mid-flight.
Lyune, another new recruit, discovers Balcion, DC's most advanced robot
creation, hidden in the bowels of the headquarters complex. Lyune, whose father
was a founder of DC and the originator of the Balcion project, takes Balcion for
a test flight and damages the robot. When the damage is later discovered, Lyune
claims Ken is responsible, resulting in Ken's termination. Lyune is chosen to be
Balcion's pilot, and eventually confesses to damaging the robot, after which Ken
• Episode Three: "The Collapse of Tokyo"
goes to the office of Commander Saphine, one of DC's highest ranking officers,
and sees the mysterious black box. Nanase Ozaki, another young recruit,
questions why the RT mecha are being modified into combat units, and is kicked
out of DC. Mizuki, who is also concerned about certain practices within the
organization, meets with Ryuzo Ando, Ken's father, who is an investigative
reporter. Mizuki informs Ryuzo of her concerns. Mizuki is later run down by a
car driven by Commander Saphine. Nanase is reinstated as a member of DC.
• Episode Four: "La Guias"
Commander Saphine is the person who ran her down, is released from the hospital.
The mysterious robot returns yet again and the DC forces are sent to stop it.
Commander Saphine takes the black box and leaves it near the combat site. The
box creates a small black hole, and Mizuki and the robot are sucked in. A dazed
Mizuki finds herself on La Guias, an alien world connected to Earth by a
wormhole. She meets Masaki, who controls Cybuster, the mysterious robot. Masaki
says he has been coming to Earth in order to discover who has been using black
holes to transport waste and debris to La Guias. Masaki takes Mizuki back to
Earth; no one believes Mizuki's tale of the alien world and its warrior robot
• Episode Five: "Artillery Training"
units, now outfitted with cannons, are sent into combat training. Cybuster
returns and Saphine orders the robot captured, but Mizuki steps in to foil her
efforts. Cybuster flies away and heads for Mount Fuji, where it apparently
I found the first episode of Cybuster mildly interesting, but after
that the series grew repetitious and boring. I was intrigued by the setup, but
was let down when the story became another tired excuse for battles between
giant mecha, and I found the whole notion of an interstellar landfill a bit
silly. I didn't care about Saphine's machinations or her suitcase-sized black
hole generators, nor did I care about the strange events surrounding the death
of Ken's mother. Other than some of the environmental aspects, this series is
pretty much old news.
The video quality of this disc is rather lackluster. Colors are drab and
washed out, and there is evidence of defects in the source elements. The
animation itself looks crude and rushed. Audio options include stereo English
and Japanese tracks; both come across as big, fat mono. The only extras are
previews for other Geneon releases.
There's absolutely no need for you to waste your time or money on
Cybuster. Avoid it like the plague.