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

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I83RC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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

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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
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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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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a great series! October 9, 2004
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
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better series you'll find available. September 4, 2005
GetBackers is something of a hidden treasure. It's a series that hasn't really been pushed, but it's an excellent series worth checking out by anyone who considers themselves a fan of anime. First the very few, and overlookable, issues. One is the american voice acting: it's terrible. This series should never be watched with the american voicing on....period. Secondly, the animation takes some getting used to. It seems a little funny, but after a while you begin to appreciate the good qualities of the animation. Now that thats outta the way...The best thing about the series is its characters. Ginji and Ban are two of the most likeable anime characters I have seen. Despite their special powers, they are realistic. They have very real problems: they are constantly broke, their car is constantly towed away, they are constantly trying to find work, and they even have to sleep in thei car. Luckily, they have good friends in Natsume and a guy who owns a coffee shop, so they never starve, or at least not to the point of death. We're later introduced to other characters who are also well developed and pretty likeable, if not always. The beginning of the series plays out like a case of the week type thing, where the GetBackers get retrieval cases where they have to get stolen items back to their clients. However, the best part of the series comes with the Infinity Fortress arc, which takes us and many of the characters we have met already to Ginji's old home, the Infinity Fortress. Here we meet most of the rest of the cast who will join the series as regulars later. After this arc, the story putters out a bit, but it remains interesting because of it's characters. Heck, the series could be about how likeable Ginji and Ban are and it would still be worth a watch. Combining this with nice animation, especially during battles, a good dose of humor, continually interesting stories, and nice music, you can't go wrong with GetBackers.
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