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Review: Get Backers (2002) Anime | My Reviews 14 MAR 2014

getbackers anime 1Mido Ban. The man possessing the Evil Eye. Amano Ginji. The Thunder Emperor. These two men make up the retrieval specialist group known as the Get Backers. You lose something, they will get it back. And their success rate is nearly always 100%.

Unfortunately their luck with money isn’t quite that good. Forever penniless, these two unlikely partners have to try and make do with what they have while they wait for their next request.

Mido Ban is from Europe and possesses what is known as the Evil Eye. The ability to make people see dreams that he controls. He can do this three times a day, but never twice on the same victim. He also has an incredible grip known as his snake bite. Capable of exerting over 200kg of pressure, nothing can free itself from his grip. He is known as a battle genius and is as cold-hearted as a snake.

Amano Ginji on the other hand is a loveable person, with a naive air about him. Friendly to all, Ginji looks like he couldn’t hurt a fly. But he hides a dark past that still haunts his soul. Inside the mysterious city slum known as the Infinity Castle, he ruled the undercity as the Thunder Emperor, leader of the strongest gang there, the Volts. But this person, capable of generating huge volts of electricity throughout his body, escaped that life, and is now making a new start with his best friend, Ban.

Together with all the other characters they meet along their jobs, Ban and Ginji are living their lives as they see fit. They are the consumate professionals. They are the Get Backers!

Get Backers. Mido Ban and Amano Ginji. Two of the most unlikely partners in the most unlikely sort of job. Retrieval Specialists. Get Backers is an entertaining romp about people with super abilities, usually ending up battling each other.

The stories aren’t bad and the missions are always entertaining. There are some pretty good storylines, backed up with a number of witty once off episodes. Overall, the characterisation of this serious is pretty good, and it is pretty much the interesting characters that make the show what it is.

While watching it, you can’t help but be reminded of a super hero comic book. Everyone has these awesome abilities. The series tries to mix action, drama and comedy, and succeeds pretty well. Though the comedy does at times feel a little forced.

The musical score and voice acting is spot on, making for a very enjoyable watch. The animation is of high quality, with a lot of detail going into the characters.

At times, the series did feel a little boring, but as you get further into the series you begin to enjoy it quite a lot. Humorous, action-packed and dramatic, this show keeps you on your toes and keeps you guessing as to what is real and what isn’t. It isn’t a bad show and you will probably enjoy it if you like a little light-hearted action.

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(Historical Note: This was written back in February 2004. Thankfully my writing has improved greatly since then.)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GetBackers

Review: Ah My Goddess! (1993) Anime | My Reviews 23 NOV 2013

ah my goddess anime posterMorisato Keiichi is a college student at the Nekomi Institute of Technology. Stuck on call-duty one day, he accidentally calls the Goddess Relief Office. Imagine his surprise when a beautiful girl steps through a mirror before him. She is the goddess Belldandy, tasked with granting his any one desire. Thinking it a joke, Keiichi asks that Belldandy stay by his side forever – a wish that comes true.

The two live together in an old abandoned temple, their relationship slowly developing. However not everything always goes their way. Keiichi has to deal with the likes of the impatient second-class goddess Urd, jealous little goddess Skuld, and even his own sister, Megumi, who wants to come stay with him.

Even more troublesome is Keiichi’s sempais, always on hand to make his life difficult. All in all, Belldandy and Keiichi will have to work very hard to ensure their promise to one another lasts forever.

Oh My Goddess! is a short little OVA chronicling the love between a college student and a Goddess. It’s the kind of story that is aimed directly at young girls, showing them the warmth of true love. But it has its comedic moments as well, and it is a show that will leave you with a nice warm feeling after you watch it.

The length of the OVA is too short for any real story to develop, but the writer does well enough with the limited time at his disposal. The story covers the nine months that Keiichi lives with Belldandy, Skuld and Urd. The first episode introduces the main characters of Belldandy and Keiichi to us, as well as the relationship that begins to develop between the two of them. The next two episodes are used to introduce two major supporting characters into the story. The final two episodes cover the last moments that Belldandy and Keiichi have to stay together. The story actually isn’t badly paced, considering nine months are meant to go by. Because of its length, the OVA doesn’t drag on, something that might have been a danger should it have been a bit longer.

The animation for Oh My Goddess! is pretty much standard anime animation, but mention must be made about the beauty of Belldandy. The depiction of this Goddess is spot on. The animation uses a lot of facial expressions to bring across the humour, something that works well in this title that is sometimes serious, sometimes silly.

The Japanese voice track isn’t bad, but the dubbed version isn’t very good at all. The voices come across a bit whiny, and Urd’s voice just comes across as just plain ridiculous. The musical score is very nice, backed by beautiful and uplifting title and closing tracks performed by the Goddess Family Club consisting of Inoue Kikuko, Tooma Yumi and Hisakawa Aya.

I would recommend you watch this anime with your partner if you are looking for a warm cuddly moment, but other than that, it isn’t really that worth it. It is a cute little series, but you may find more pleasure from watching the spin-off series, Adventures of a Mini-Goddess! Still young girls should really enjoy this one.

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(Historical Note: This was written way back in July 2003 – thankfully my writing has improved greatly since then.)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ah_My_Goddess