|Title||Pilot of Buster Machine 1|
|Birthdate||September 12, 2006|
|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|
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 headband which was given to her by Kazumi Amano.
- 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 and Jung Freud share the same birthday.
- She is a Virgo.
- Her blood type is O.