E22 | Awakening! The Advent of the Lightning Emperor
Ginji is so far gone that Natsumi and Paul can see lightning hitting the Limitless Fortress from their café. He's destroyed the fake Teshimine, and now injures Sakura, whom he suspects of being a fake also. Akabane intervenes; Makubex has "paid" him by allowing him to fight Ginji.
Shido saves Ban from Fudou and tells him to go after Makubex. Meanwhile, Makubex has started up an intruder interception program which makes virtual armies go after Shido and the Akabane-Ginji team. Shido is assisted by the wounded Kazuki and Emishi, but Akabane does fine on his own. Back at the pharmacy, Himiko has brought Sakura in for treatment and she is reunited with the now-blind Juubei.
The atom bomb is ready, but Ban uses his Jagan on Makubex before he can push the switch. The vision Makubex sees makes him realize that he doesn't want to destroy the L.M., nor does he want to turn back time; he'd just gotten hopeless, and wanted to see his friends again. His hopelessness came from the final Babylon City secret.
A businessman named Sasakida commissions the Get Backers to recover a briefcase that a pack of high school girls stole the night before. Riko, one of those girls, knows where it is but won’t tell Ginji and Ban unless they buy her dinner and take her out all over Tokyo.
Yuuji, a man with amnesia, approaches Ginji and Ban and asks them to recover his lost memories. He was in a car accident with his girlfriend. She has been taking care of him ever since, but nothing she tells him about his past is ringing any bells. Ban figures out that the girlfriend’s stories are all well-meaning fabrications, stories she told Yuuji so he’d feel good about himself.
Ginji eludes Akabane and then wanders the ship in hopes that Ban is somehow still there. While doing this, he strikes up a friendship with Yukihiko Miroku. Emishi and Shido board the ship and get into a fight with several bodyguards. Ginji meets Natsuhiko and discovers that he and his little brother Yukihiko are a protection service that Hera’s employed to protect Venus’ arms.
Shide and Emishi rescue the half-dead Ban. Yukihiko convinces Hera and friends to let Ginji live so that they can use him as a hostage later. Hera's back story is revealed and we discover why she's taken the arms. Ginji promises to help Hera get back her happiness.
Ban beats Akabane by tricking him with fake Bans Clayman made for him. Both teams manage their recoveries, but on the way home their boat’s gas tank springs a leak, and as they’re throwing ballast overboard, Ginji gets carried away and also throws Venus and her arms overboard.
Hevn commissions Ban and Ginji to recover the blood for a little girl’s transfusion. She has the rare Bombay phenotype, so it’s the only blood in the country that can be given to her, and it’s been stolen. If it’s not recovered soon, she’ll die. Ginji takes this one personally, flashing back to a childhood friend whom he could not save.
E39 | Ginji Hospitalized? It’s a Hospital! Everybody Assembled
Ginji falls off a building chasing a rice ball, and is hospitalized. Everyone comes to pay him a visit, and chaos ensues. Ban and Shido wage a recovery war. Himiko loses her temper. Kazuki is mistaken for a nurse. Juubei is lost and accidentally gets a physical, but his answers to the doctor’s questions prompt a CT scan to see if something is wrong with his brain.
Apparently Hevn used to be working on a government science project with her lover. When the data from her old project is stolen, Hevn goes out on a solo recovery mission to complete what she believes was her lover’s dying wish—to keep the data safe. However, she discovers that not only is he not dead, but he’s been a spy all along, and it was him trying to steal the data in the first place.
We discover that Paul used to be a negotiator and info man for a three-person team of thieves-for-hire. However, one of his group turned betrayer, and after that he retired from the thieving world. When his other partner comes back with new data on the whereabouts of the betrayer, Paul brings Ban and Ginji on a mission to recover what was stolen from him long ago.
Akabane delivers his data to the Limitless Fortress, and Ban convinces Gen to finish the project Makubex started. All of the GB crowd who can still walk head for the Beltline, where the Archive is. Ren continues to work for the enemy, leading them all into a VR as they enter the Beltline and swallowing Ginji with it. The episode ends as Ginji and Masaki finally have their confrontation.