Getbackers anime review

Getbackers anime review
Ban Mido and Ginji Amano are a recovery duo infamously known as "GetBackers." Ban possesses two special powers: the "Snake Bite" (his hands have a gripping power of 200 kg) and the "Evil Eye" (anyone who looks into his eyes will be locked into a powerful and nightmarish hallucination). Ginji, on the other hand, has the ability to generate thousands of volts of electricity from his body. Together, they run a freelance business of recovering anything lost or stolen from a client—and they claim a 100% success rate at their job.

Getbackers is an anime that gets mentioned a lot in the context of many new series, as in "an hypnotic eye? hey, they had that in Getbackers, you know!" or in "using perfumes in a fight? hey, Getbackers did it already!". Since I'm known to my friends as a guy who can find a dozen of things borrowed from Dragon Ball in just about any anime, I was genuinely intrigued. After having read a recommendation that said Getbackers are similar to sCRYed, I was hesitant again since I found the latter a tad too boring, but I gave it a shot anyway. I wasn’t too disappointed.

It's a pretty decent anime. It's very classic in a sense that it has a couple of big tournament-oriented plot arcs, quite a number of rescue arcs, with bunches of mission-oriented one-shots stuffed between them, and a beach episode, and a bunch of good and bad superheroes with inconsistent abilities, and lots of humour, etc. Kinda like Flame of Recca, which is also not terribly popular, but done very canonic. The main heroes are the overly cute one (seriously, he's drawn so cute I was disgusted for a few first episodes, and then in the second half they start making a chibi out of him all the time, which is also pretty annoying) and the cold-hearted one (as usual, being a jerk to everyone makes almost everyone like you). There are some small bugs that I can't be bothered to make a complete list of, because they are mostly of that dread drama-goes-first type. In short, it is not an anime for someone who cares about the settting integrity, you just have to relax and enjoy the story in large. Well, just to name one: there is this Mugenjou place that got lots of people in it, some of them are real and some are virtual, you can't tell unless someone tries to exit the building: the real ones get away ok, the virtual ones disappear. There is a time when a virtual guy jumps out of the window just to be caught later by the main hero to tell him how he is loved by everyone bla bla bla — shouldn’t he just disappear at the moment he steps out of the window, though? Nah, it wouldn’t be as dramatic!

The most enjoyable point is this anti-hero dude, called Dr. Jekyll, who appears regularly and is even defeated a couple of times, but is always scary and always a real threat. I love this kind of character, and he’s really tough to portray, actually. Piccolo at the very beginning of DBZ, Hisoka in HxH, perhaps Kuchiki Byakuya from Bleach — I didn’t say they are scarce, I only said they are difficult to do right. The key phrase Midou Ban says to Jekyll at the very end: "if you ever come after us again, I'll just defeat you again" — is frequently realised by the watcher way too early. With Jekyll, you’re never comfortable, you’re never safe: the first time he’s defeated, it takes a trick, which later seems to be the last weak point of him; even the second time he talks like he still had something up his sleeve. Such characters are even harder to get right in RPG, but that’s another story, an even longer one. A perfect example of making fun of this type of character is Buggy the Clown from One Piece. Anyways, high five on getting this guy right, just five (out of ten) otherwise.

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