The seventh volume of The Get Backers wraps up the Venus di Milo
storyline, and while it ran a lot longer than I would have preferred, it
ended in a nice way. This volume also has a pair of stand alone shows
that are really good and make up for the slow beginning of the disc.
After the incredibly long Limitless Fortress story that ran through a few
volumes, I'm glad they are going back to shorter stories. That
is this show's strength, as this volume illustrates.
The Get Backers are a pair of young guys, Ban and Ginji, who run a business
retrieving stolen or lost objects. Business isn't very good right
now. They live in their car, and have run up a huge tab at a local
restaurant. Even giving their lowly standing, they are quite good
at their job. Once they take on a job, these goofy guys always recover
the object they are sent after.
Part of the reason for this amazing success rate is that both members
of the team have superpowers. Ginji is a human electric eel, who
can generate a powerful electric charge with his hands, and Ban has a 'jag-on'
the ability to create a powerful illusion for up to a minute. With
these powers, and a stubborn streak that doesn't allow them to give up,
the Get Backers are able to recover just about anything.
This volume picks up where the previous one left off with Ban and Ginji
in the middle of a case. They've been hired to recover the arms to
the Venus di Milo. The appendages have supposedly been discovered,
and are to be auctioned off, but first they have to be placed on an exact
replica of the famous statue to make sure they are the real arms.
Of course the person who has the arms has hired a protection service
to make sure they arrive safely, a service that has gotten the best of
the Get Backers once. There is another hitch too: the replica statue
that the arms are to be placed on is what is really valuable. It
has been made out of a very rare and incredibly expensive drug.
The last two episodes on this disc are stand alone shows that were a
lot of fun. First off the Getbackers get into a big argument and
break up, but it's only an act to throw their target off balance as they
take on a job to recover a 1000 carat diamond. The only problem is
that he isn't fooled.
Then a little girl with a very rare blood type needs a transfusion,
but the blood she needs has been stolen. Ban and Ginji promise to
recover it, but they don't realize that Dr. Jekyll has been hired to transport
the stolen fluid.
I really like the stand alone episodes and short story arcs better than
the long stories. The Venus di Milo story had a good
beginning and the last chapter was great, but it dragged a lot in the middle
episodes. They were filled with fights that seemed to be thrown in
just to pad out the story. As I mentioned, the ending was very good
and made up for a lot, but it would have been much stronger at 3 episodes
rather than 5.
The last pair of shows were really good and reminded me why I like the
show so much. These single serving episodes have a good mix of humor,
action, and drama, and the stories are pretty lean, without a lot of extraneous
padding. The scene in the end of the last episode on this disc, where
Ginji is recalling all of the people that he's seen die while they were
young, and lets the villains know that there's no way he's going to let
them get away with the stolen blood is one of the best scenes on the disc.
Overall these make up for the first two shows that felt like padding.
This DVD presents episodes 31-35 on a single DVD that comes in an Amaray
case with an insert listing the titles of the episodes and the extras.
This DVD offers the choice of the original Japanese in stereo, or a
5.1 English dub. I viewed the show with both soundtracks and they
were both good. There was some problems with the English track though.
At the beginning of the first episode the music is way too loud when compared
to the dialog. This evens out after a few minutes. Aside from
that, the 5.1 dub was more dynamic than the Japanese track, with a little
more strength to the bass. The English voice actors did a good job,
putting feeling into the characters without making them sound goofy like
some dubs. The rear speakers are used to good effect.
The anamorphic widescreen image looked pretty good. The colors
were bright and the image was sharp. There were some digital defects
with aliasing in the background being the most noticeable. Fine lines
tend to shimmer when the camera pans over them, and there was some cross
colorization in the few black and white scenes. These weren't distracting
and this is still a good looking DVD.
This DVD includes clean opening and closing animations along with an
interview with Christopher Loweless (Hyouko), Michael Mergen (Natsuhiko
and Yukihiko), and Adan Sultan (Kait.). It lasts over 14 minutes
and the actors are asked fairly standard questions: how they got
their start in acting and what they think of their characters etc.
The Getbackers is a hit of miss series, and this volume is mostly
good. The longer story arcs tend to drag in the middle, though the
beginning and ending chapters are always very enjoyable. This volume
wraps up the Venus di Milo story line in a very nice way, and presents
two good stand alone shows, which make it a very enjoyable disc.