GetBackers 26 (Infinity Fortress 1)Posted: October 12, 2008
Holy crap! This volume was amazing! If anyone was thinking about picking up GetBackers, this is actually a really good place to start. This does away with all the stuff that has happened so far in the series and starts things over with Ban and Ginji’s first couple missions. At the time, the two still don’t really like each other, but even in these few stories, you can see their friendship developing fast. By the end, they’ve (or at least Ginji) have nicknames already.
This is the stuff I’ve been waiting for. Instead of delving into a story that introduces a bunch of new characters and incorporates 10 other characters that I don’t care about, this is just Ban and Ginji solving their cases rather quickly. Some of the series early jokes come back (the two not having any money, Ban’s fondness for breasts), but the jokes are used infrequently, and I don’t mind them so much. There’s one long case that I feel went unresolved since they had to cheat a little to finish it, but was good anyway. I was surprised by how touching it was since it was only a few chapters long. Later, the two turn down a case from what appears to be a really important client, and instead take the same case from a little girl that walks in right after them. That leads into the next volume, and I desperately need to know what it is that makes the little dachsund so important.
I can’t stress enough how much of a new beginning this is. It just feels like all the crap that’s accumulated for the length of the series has been swept away, and we’re just left with Ban and Ginji. The two are discovering what it is each other can do as far as their powers go, they get to know each other… it’s just a nice thing.
I loved this volume. I haven’t loved the series like this in a long time, but I really, REALLY liked this volume. It’s a good place to jump back in if you haven’t been reading the series, or gave up on it awhile ago.
This was a review copy provided by Tokyopop.