E1 | Initials are G & B
We meet our heroes, Ginji and Ban, as they take on a new case: rescue a toy kitten from a crooked policeman!
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Ban Mido and Ginji Amano run a freelance business of recovering anything lost or stolen. They call themselves the GetBackers, and they're a super powered duo whose job lands them in dangerous predicaments.
We meet our heroes, Ginji and Ban, as they take on a new case: rescue a toy kitten from a crooked policeman!
Ban and Ginji are out on the streets trying to raise money to pay off their tab at the Honky Tonk when a sickly old homeless man takes pity on them and shares his food.
Ban and Ginji are on a new case recovering a box for a high-paying client, on the condition that their payment is 1/10th of the contents of the box.
Ginji and Ban are still trying to recover the box. But things go awry when Ginji is kidnapped by the enemy!
With the package in hand the Get Backers are expecting a big payoff, at least until they find themselves cornered by Himiko and Akabane.
Young violinist Madoka Otowa's violin has been stolen, and she asks the Get Backers to help her get it back before her concert the next day.
Ban and Shido fight it out, and we see Shido's animal transformations for the first time as he goes on to battle former co-worker Kurobe.
Finally, all of Akutsu's men are vanquished -- all but Shido, who seems disinclined to return to his old employer. However, the violin is now missing!
The Get Backers are approached by an art appraiser and asked to retrieve a stolen painting - a newly discovered Van Gogh.
Ban and Ginji begin working for Clayman, and return all the stolen paintings to Hachisu in front of his insurance company, destroying his reputation forever.
Hevn calls in Ban, Ginji, Himiko, Kazuki, Shido, and Akabane to do a big job in the Limitless Fortress, recovering something called "IL" for a mysterious group of men.
The group has been split off into pairs after the incident with the poisoned smoke. Ban and Shido are attacked, while Ginji is terrified to find that he's alone with Akabane.
An impostor who studied the same martial art as Kazuki impersonates him and then attacks Himiko. However, an acquaintance of Kazuki’s, Juubei Kakei, uses their distraction!
An old rival of Ban’s named Takuma Fudou attacks Ban and Shido, bent on vengeance. However, Haruki Emishi shows up and Fudou withdraws, telling Ban he’ll be back.
Fudou is extremely angry that Makubex sent Emishi in. However, Makubex has another plan for Ban and Shido. At this point Ban and Kazuki independently come to a realization.
Ginji is beginning to come unglued as Akabane starts to kill more people. Meanwhile Sakura warns Makubex that Kagami isn’t trustworthy.
Fudou is angry at Makubex and says he will only wait 20 minutes for Makubex to get all the recovery team in place before going out to kill Ban without orders.
Now that Shido is on the scene, the two-on-one attacks stop and Emishi fights Shido in a battlefield that suddenly looks like the Grand Canyon. Gen unveils his involvement.
Kazuki and Juubei were childhood friends, and their fight is interspersed with flashbacks to their younger days. Kazuki asks why Juubei is helping Makubex.
Akabane meets up with Makubex with the plutonium he has been hired to transport. Makubex convinces him to watch a fight between Himiko and Kagami before completing the job.
A virtual-reality Teshimine appears before Ginji and blames Ginji for the long-past deaths of his friends. Ginji's anger begins to turn him into the Lightning Emperor. Nearly everyone who's already fought is now at the pharmacy, and watches on the computer screen as Ginji loses control. Shido decides to go and help. Meanwhile, Ban and Fudou have begun to fight, but Ban senses that Ginji is in trouble and cuts the fight short to go help, destroying Fudou's fake hand in the process.
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 recovery team tries in vain to reason with Makubex. When that doesn't work, Ginji fights him in a virtual space of Makubex's own making--and more than holds his own. Ban figures out one of the secrets of the Limitless Fortress and reveals it at last: the "God of the Limitless Fortress" is emitting electromagnetic waves that directly convey images to the brain, creating a virtual reality unlike any other.
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 fluff episode. Hevn gets Ginji and Ban a job recovering a stolen ring at a hot springs. Hevn, Paul, and Natsumi come along for a vacation. In their investigation/girl-watching, the Get Backers come across Kazuki and Juubei, who are on an eye-healing mission, and Juubei slays Ginji with bad puns. In the end, the ring is recovered, but the thieves turn out to be a dangerous pack of wild monkeys who beat Ginji and Ban into next Tuesday.
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.
Clayman returns and hires Ginji and Ban to recover the recently-discovered arms of the Venus de Milo. Meanwhile, Hevn has hired Shido and Emishi to do a recovery, and the two teams, assuming they are in competition, try to foil each other at every turn. They all make their way to the ship carrying the arms, but on board enemies both new and old await: Akabane, Hera—the woman with the arms—and a mysterious man called Natsuhiko Miroku.
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.
Shakuryuu and Hyouko fight Emishi and Shido. Ginji fights Miroku. Ban fights Akabane. The Miroku secret is revealed: Natsuhiko and Yukihiko share the same body.
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.
Ban and Ginji get assigned to recover a diamond, but it turns out the person they’re supposed to get it back from is an old enemy of Ban’s. They stage a public fight and “break up,” and then Ban pretends to go over to the bad guys to fight against Ginji when he comes for the recovery. At just the right moment, they end the charade of being enemies and escape together, with some help from Himiko and Shido.
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.
The Get Backers and Himiko are commissioned to get back a kidnapped child and transport it to its parents. However, Ban is uneasy about Himiko’s involvement, since he doesn’t think she’ll keep her cool—after all, she was a kidnapped child, too. The recovery works out in the end, of course. Throughout the episode there are flashbacks to the Ban/Himiko/Yamato past, and Ban vows afresh to keep his promise to Yamato and make sure that Himiko doesn’t meet the same fate he did.
While Ginji and Ban are off to the beach for a job (which they forget to do, lost in a sea of scantily-clad women), an elderly lady comes into the Honky Tonk asking for help recovering the memento of a dead loved one. Natsumi is moved and takes on the job herself, recruiting Emishi to help her. After a lot of silliness, Kazuki steps in and settles things, and the memento is returned safe and sound.
On his way to a recital of Madoka’s, Shido runs into an old enemy, a member of a rival race that controls insects. Hevn, who is with him at the time, is taken hostage. Luckily, the Get Backers have dirty minds that prompt them to stalk Shido and Hevn, so they are able to free the hostage. Shido defeats the enemy, but ends up missing the concert. True love triumphs in the end, and Madoka plays him a song she “saved” from the recital.
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.
Ban, Ginji, and Natsumi visit Madoka and Shido at Madoka’s vacation home in the mountains, and run into the monkey gang again. It doesn’t go any better this time.
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.
Sakura turns up bearing a wound — fatal if not treated within 24 hours by the one who inflicted it — and a message: Makubex has been kidnapped. Ban, Ginji, Shido, Kazuki, and Himiko head into the Limitless Fortress once again to save them both. Meanwhile, Juubei and Emishi learn that the enemies are old VOLTS members: Kaoru, a woman in love with the Lightning Emperor, and a man named Kanou; they are both working under the final member of the Four Kings, Masaki Kurusu.
Toshiki, a member of Kazuki’s old group who holds a grudge against him, has brought Ren over to Masaki’s side. She’s using her computer skills to help them. The GB group meets up with Juubei and Emishi at Gen’s and discover that Masaki is behind the whole plot, but Ginji can’t believe that about his old friend. Himiko fights Kaoru. Toshiki fights Juubei and Kazuki, but they escape. Shido fights Masaki and is probably on the brink of death when Teshimine arrives and takes Masaki on himself.
Teshimine, angry at Masaki for betraying Ginji, is defeated. Shido limps his way to Gen’s in the confusion. Ban fights a (literally) newly-armed Fudou and kills him. Kaoru escapes Himiko. Makubex sends his whereabouts to the Honky Tonk via a supercomputer Paul has set up in the basement, but since the connection is shut down before Paul can relay the info to Ginji and the others, Hevn is forced to hire Akabane to transport it to them directly.
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.
Makubex hacks a door into Ren’s VR and everyone rushes to the wounded Ginji’s side. Ginji half-heals himself by sucking in electricity. Elsewhere, Gen enlists Paul’s help. Juubei and Kazuki head off to settle the score with Toshiki as Sarai comes to lead the Ginji and Ban to the Archive. On their way, Ginji and Kaoru have their fight and come to a tenuous peace, and Ban easily smacks down Kanou.
Makubex decides to erase his own data rather than pit Masaki and Ginji against each other. Kagami brings Akabane over to Masaki’s side by promising he’ll be able to fight Ginji. Juubei and Toshiki go at it, but Kazuki stops them from fighting and assures them that he likes them both, much like a parent would soothe and assure two rival eight-year-olds with supernatural powers. Meanwhile Masaki reveals to Ginji a startling secret.
Ginji knocks out Masaki and then Masaki confesses that this whole plot has been a desperate strategy to save Makubex, whom the Brain Trust wanted to delete from existence. Ginji, Ban, and Masaki make it to the Archive in time to see Makubex do this deletion for himself but the project Gen and Paul have been working on is completed in time, and all of the VR data for Makubex and Lower Town is stored on a supercomputer in the basement of the Honky Tonk.