This essay focuses on the show, the Getbackers, and three character analysis. First the background for the show. Get Backers is about two friends nmed Ginji Amano and Ban Midou, who run a recovery service. They promise to find anything from lost keychains to lost memories. These two friends aren't just your average detectives though. They each have very special powers. Ginji has the power to charge electricity through his body. Ban has two powers, thanks to his grandmother being a witch. He has what is known as the Jagen Eye (yes, spelled like Hiei's.)With just one glance, he can cause his opponent to have a 1 minute nightmare. The draw back is he can only use it once a day. The other power is more of a physical nature. He has a really really good grip. Though the exact level of exertion escapes me at the moment, I know it's pretty strong. It is called the Snake Bite. Throughout their different cases, the duo has some pretty interesting adventures, and have plenty of chances to visit their various pasts. |
The characters I am going to analyze from this show are Ginji,Makubex and Jubei. I have chosen these three characters for their intense pasts, and the choices they've made as a result of them.
First to explain Makubex. Makubex is a child of the Limitless fortress. (More about that later.) He was abandoned as a baby, and then taken in by a kind old man. It is soon discovered that Makubex is a computer genius. This would later lead to some rather dangerous circumstances. As a young teen, Makubex joins up with the prominent Voltz, which is led by the Lightening Empoeror, Ginji Amano. When the Voltz disbanded after their leader left them, Makubex is very angry. He then spends all his time trying to bring those who are on the lower levels of the Limitless Foretress to the top, known as Babylon Tower. In doing so, he causes the Getbackers, along with a host of other former Fortress occupants to join up, to retrieve the IL (Infraction Lense) to keep him from making an Atom Bomb.
One might ask why he would go through something like that, if all he wanted was to have Ginji back. My reply is that Makubex felt abandoned. After he joined the Voltz, he didn't feel the need to go back to his old foster father. He wanted to take over for the Lightening Emperor. Some of the old Voltz members followed him, but many more left, feeling that he didn't have the same ability to bring change that Ginji had had. Thus, Makubex set out to prove them wrong.
Ginji Amano is/ was the Lightening Emperor. Like Makubex, Ginji is a child of the Limitless Fortress. His power to generate electricity bought him the popularity he needed to become the leader of the most prominent gang, the Voltz. As the leader, Ginji stood for change, and rights. The Voltz weren't exactly a bad, rough and tough type gang. In fact, they were quite the opposite. Ginji, and those who followed him wanted equality among the sections of the Limitless Fortress. Like all good things, Ginji's time at the Limitless Fortress ran out. Things changed for him when he met Ban Midou, who showed him what life was like on the outside world. (For you see, the Limitless Fortress was like a world on it's own. It had it's own government, and everything. It is basically a building that went unfinished, and it took on a life of it's own!). Ginji made a difficult choice when he decided to leave the Voltz, and athe Limitless Fortress. Little did he know, that he would be fighting some of his former friends years later.
Jubei was another former member of the Voltz. His loyalty has always been divided. He and Kazuki (See an upcoming essay for more on the Thread Master. He is one of my favorite characters in this series!) have been friends since childhood, and years later, it would be that friendship that is challenged. His choice to follow Makubex may or may not have been out of anger with Ginji. He more than likely believed that Makubex could, and would bring about the changes Ginji would have wanted. Jubei's loyalty to Makubex was probably out of desperation. Luckily, he realized that Makubex's way of "bringing about change" was the wrong way.
That is my essay on the series, and the characters of The Getbackers. I hope you've found it intriguing, and maybe get interested in taking a peak at it.