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Get Backers - G & B on the Case (Vol. 1) (2004)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I83RC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

Product Description

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action anime. December 26, 2004
Format:DVD
This series is about a recovery service called the Get Backers. This recovery service is made of two people: Ginji Amano, who can generate electricity through his hands, and Ban Midou, who has an extremely powerful grip and the ability to hypnotise anyone who looks him in the eye! Together, they work at getting back anything that's been lost or stolen, with a near 100% sucess rate!

This is a great fighting series. One of the things that really stands out is the animation. Some anime have very poor animation, with choppy images and shaky movement, but the animation here is wonderful. The art is nice too, with great character designs. There is tons of comedy, so be sure you're ready for a laugh or two while you watch this.

There are a few downsides, though. This is an action show at its heart, so sometimes plot development takes a backseat to fight scenes. The characters seem a bit one-sided at some times, and you only get little pieces of their history at a time. Overall, though, this is a good series.

Art: 8/10 Animation: 9/10 Story: 7/10 Characters: 8/10 Overall: 8/10 Trying to get a friend or family member into anime? Fans of action movies might like this. There is some swearing and violence, so I'd recommend this for viewers aged 13 and up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a great series! October 9, 2004
Format:DVD
I'll flat out say that I don't care much for the first couple of episodes. They establish the characters, but when I saw them, I didn't watch more of the series for a long time. Luckily, I gave the series another shot and was instantly rewarded, because eps. 3?-5 introduce a character who is, in my opinion, one of the coolest anime characters ever devised. And the episodes themselves give a hint of what viewers will be in for in the rest of the series. The main arc of the series doesn't really get started until somewhere around episode 11, but the series from there on is quite fantastic. The fight scenes are well drawn, the characters are all pretty likable, and the soundtrack is very catchy. This is not a thinking anime (obviously), but it will keep your attention and make you wish there was more once you reach the end. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If it's stolen, we can steal it back! GET BACKERS! December 9, 2005
By I. Kim
Format:DVD
Get Backers is one of those Love or Hate things it seems. Storywise, it is damn good and not given near enough credit(the scene with the girl trying to leave at the end of the Makubex arc says it all), though at many points the execution of the story and dialogue is a little lacking and cheesy. I don't really think you can hold much of that against the series itself given the nature of translations and subtitling in general. Combine that with some badass characters(even if their abilities are random as hell, hence many of the X-Men comparisons) if you can suffer past the annoying as hell violen girl episodes you should enjoy it. Not to mention Akabane is simply the coolest character ever. :D

Hell, the Akabane and Ginji scenes alone give this series a 10 in enjoyment, some of the funniest stuff there is.

Animation, sound, design, etc is all top notch, some of the best out there.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable romp with promise of more October 1, 2004
Format:DVD
While I knew the basic premise for Get Backers alot of what it did surprised me and made me look forward to future installments.

The story is pretty simple. Ban and Genji are two friends who both have some super human powers. Together they have formed a retrival agency promising to get back what every has been lost.

There are a number of elements in Get Backers that were reminesenct to other series of anime, but Get backers manages to pull off a style completely it's own.

The First two episodes are stand alone tales that give a good feel for the charecters and the setting. Alot of the focus is put on Genji and Ban's friendship. The last three are one big arc where Ban and Genji go up against an elite team of cargo transporters. This presents some of the enemies for the series and shows that while Genji and Ban are good in a fight there are others that are better.

Since it's early in the series Get Backers doesn't quite have the balance yet to really be a classic. the comedy sometimes undercuts the action and vice versa. I can't quite get a feel for how grounded in reality the show is. obviously since there are people with super human powers then it's not quite our reality but there seems to be a bit more to it that makes me wonder if this is possible a completely alternate world.

When all is said and done though Get Backers is unique, funny action packed and absorbing. It hints at a rich past to be discovered with a larger back story, but promises plenty of madcap adventures. well recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and quirky December 9, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I am not an anime fan and I don't, as of this writing, read any manga. So I was looking for something new to watch when the title got my attention. While the box art is neat, it isn't an accurate depiction of the show. The themes of the show are male friendship (finally, men that are not afraid to be friends with each other nor demean each other), silliness, fate and the meaning of life.

The series focuses on Genji "The Lightning Emperor" (he generates electricity and led a gang known as "The Volts") and Gen who has the power to show individuals their worst nightmare that in real life lasts only minute but can feel an eternity. They are the Get Backers who have a mostly 100% retrieval rate of...whatever the client wants: broken hearts, charm bracelets, medicinal items, a forgotten daughter and the list goes on. While there is no overarching plot save for a story arc, each story arc is self contained. Thus prior knowledge of episodes is nice, though not required to enjoy to each episode. Each episode explores a mixture of themes listed above.

What I really liked about the show is that it finely walks the balance between comedy, action, and drama. In other words, it knows when to be heavy and when to make light of things. It was a show that I nearly watched back to back because I enjoyed it so much. And there was a stand alone episode in the middle of the series that had me in tears (that's not an easy feat to do).

I recommend the series to anyone who's looking for something that's completely fun to watch and will subtly work its way into the unconscious. Anyone who enjoys action comedies and likes a little existentialism in their fun should enjoy the show.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Very entertaining if sometimes a bit perplexing and hard to follow. The 10 year old boy liked it too. Will watch all episodes.
Published 9 days ago by James Randell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is quite possibly my favorite anime ever. Therefore I am a little biased. That being said, I still feel that this is worth at least a look for the uninitiated. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Justin Fortenberry
3.0 out of 5 stars This is OK
I dunno what it is about Get Backers. I just do care (get emotional involved) with the main characters. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Michael Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Would have been five stars but...
I would have given this a five because I love this anime but the fact it's the English version on amazon prime made the decision to only give it four stars
Published 28 days ago by Dove
4.0 out of 5 stars Little known ANIME with reasonably good story
Have just watched the first 7 episodes, but appears to be a fairly well developed ANIME. Character development has progressed through first few episodes and can see the beginnings... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TheSeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
On of the best Japanese anime series I've ever seen. This series is fast paced and thoughful. Excellent message!

Thank you!

Ed
Published 1 month ago by E. Alfonso
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This
Great show funny with alot of action. I recommend this if you watch anime reminds me of Kenchi History Strongest Deciple
Published 1 month ago by Kumasi Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Likable
It was fun to watch and I like the friendship and the banter that was shared between the characters in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Constance Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good. :)
I have heard and seen things about Get Backers over the years and so while I was doing my homework a few days ago I wanted some background noise so I turned it on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Manga-Blondie
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining.
Quirky but thoroughly entertaining anime. I was initially taken "aback" by the title, but found out quickly what it meant. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AGMezins
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