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

4.4 out of 5 stars 322 customer reviews

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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.

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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

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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I83RC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This was a long series, with lots of character building and sub-stories. Thoroughly enjoyable. Lots of episodes with cliff-hanger endings. My head would have exploded if I would have to have waited a week for the the next episode in those cases. It's always good to be able to keep going. But it still took me three days to watch this whole series.
Many episodes have lots of action. Many have deep content to draw the viewer into the lives and characters' emotions.

The only negative thing I can say about this series is the digital recording. Audio drops out sometimes (replaying the episode does not help, the audio is simply missing). In some of the episodes, the audio is out of sync with the video. A problem with Amazon streaming and their database.
Also, this video seems to be widescreen but only plays in 4:3 ratio. Making everything stretched vertically. Going to full screen does not help. Just have to deal with it.
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Where is the Japanese audio with English subs?..
I watched this series in the original Japanese and was excited to see it on Prime, but was overly disappointed when I saw that the English audio was the only option.
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I hope Amazon pays attention to these reviews. You have many people who adore watching Anime and not many outlets that provide entire series that are English dubbed. Even though it is an older anime, it's a great one. You should try to contract for more. I don't have the ability to shop daily to take advantage of the membership, but I do have time to watch TV which makes me feel as if I will renew my membership when it comes up. Keep getting great titles!
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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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Fun and lively anime series that puts a slightly different spin on a classic formula. It is a bit "Saturday Morning Cartoons" feeling in its over use of the duo's catchphrases. However that is easily overlooked for the positive sort of story telling that takes place.
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Its awesome! If you read any of the manga you will enjoy this. It really brings the characters to life and awesome animation. Love this series, especially the manga. I highly recommend it if you like humor, action and superhero-like qualities.
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I've seen the first seven episodes so far. Very funny, well animated, and good, action-packed storylines. A bit predictable in spots but still very enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys anime.
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Very enjoyable. Watch as the Getbackers Recovery service works to retrieve various items for their clients. The characters are enjoyable, the stories interesting. As the series goes, we learn more about the back stories of Ban and Ginji as their pasts catch up to them. Their circle of friends and enemies continues to expand.
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