When something precious is lost or stolen, Ginji and Ban, the heroes of this comedy-adventure, will retrieve it--for a price. Although the Get Backers boast "a nearly 100% success rate," their office consists of Ban's old Volkwagen, which always being towed. The little money the pair earns goes to parking tickets and their astronomical tab at the Honky Tonk pizza parlor. But this less-than-dynamic duo commands unusual superpowers. Ginji generates powerful electric charges within his body, capable zapping an enemy or frying a security system. Ban has a bone-crushing grip and his intense blue eyes can produce the Jagan
, a deceptive, one-minute hallucination. People hire them to recover anything and everything, from a stuffed toy to a mysterious box "equal in value to platinum." Ban and Ginji always come through, but somehow manage to remain broke and disrespected. (Rated 15 and older: violence, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
Get Backers is primarily the story of Ginji Amano and Ban Midou, two chronically broke but supernaturally empowered youths who run a "recovery service" (recovering lost or stolen things for a price). The principle behind their jobs and behind most of the series is "If it was taken, get it back." In other words, Get Backers is a series about reconciling past and future. Particularly in the first season the tone is often light and fun, but the second season is a long arc in which we begin to see snatches of the secret of the Limitless Fortress--the central mystery of the Get Backers world. After this arc, in which Get Backers and company save Shinjuku from being destroyed by Ginji's old friend Makubex, a series of one-shot character development episodes leads into the climax of the series, where Ban and Ginji find themselves headed back into the Limitless Fortress. This time, though, instead of saving the Limitless Fortress from Makubex, it's the other way around.