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Theories on the Getbackers franchise's staying power


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« on: January 25, 2011, 11:09:04 am »

I've been contemplating at how minimal the fanbase is. Getbackers doesn't seem to be in people's minds for so long and a few people have actually heard of it. Fannish output and merchandise are also lacking.

But why is that so? Why is such a great series so underrated?

Any theories?
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2011, 08:33:46 pm »

It does seem odd that it should be so neglected.  After all, there are 39 volumes of manga, and some 45 episodes of anime -- that's usually enough to get something going with fans, not to mention merchandise!  I just wonder if it's because so many of the volumes of manga were not translated into English, and the ones that were were done at such a slow rate that people lost hope (or interest).  These days, popular anime and manga get cool merchandise, but maybe that wasn't as big a thing when Getbackers was on the air.  Or else it was long enough ago that whatever used to be available is no longer around.  (If only there were still Ginji plushies, I'd put down money for one of those in a flash!   Grin)  Even the couple of drama CD's that came out are impossible to get a hold of, sigh!
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011, 02:00:57 pm »

Those are reasonable explanations, though quite sad isn't it? I just wish an anime studio would pick up the series again and do a remake I'll gladly offer money~
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There are just a lot of stuff that gets too much unwarranted attention (hmm like vocaloids for example--they're just anthromorphic sound synthesizers with no material at all to work with, yet they're popular until today), and it's sad GB doesn't get as much with all of its potential.

PS: I found pictures of official plushies from here (scroll down a bit): http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/GetBackers-Last-Piece-guide-book-OOP-japan-/300480367707?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f6068c5b

I wish they were still available I'd nab an Akabane plushie as well (*≧▽≦)
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011, 05:08:45 pm »

What I had to say about this matter has already been said. Undecided But yes, indeed, it is quite a shame that it hasn't recieved the attention it truly deserves. Naruto, Bleach and Katekyo Hitman Reborn can go die in a fire for all I care - Get Backers is QUALITY SHOUNEN. Perhaps not as intricate as Fullmetal Alchemist, but it's not far off.

I think our main problem is that it has had its popularity peak, but we had yet to be introduced to the series when that happened. Now that we actually are interested in it, the love for it has cooled down.
I think the only possible way to give it a well-deserved renaissance would be a second anime adaption that remakes the whole thing from start to finish. Which I wouldn't have any problems with as long as they kept the original voice actors and toned down the fanservice (because, really, do we NEED to see Himiko's naked ass or Hevn's boobs bouncing all over the place every five seconds? If anything, less fanservice would make the series appeal to a wider audience, and not make the people who aren't slobbering horndogs who's never even SPOKED to a woman ever turn away from a great story with loveable characters). However, I don't think any studio would be willing to make a gambit on this idea, as the series would probably need around 100 episodes to tell everything that the manga has to offer, and a series HAS to be a safe bet if it's going to get that many episodes. If it flops = no money = no more episodes. And then we'd be stuck with yet ANOTHER unsatisfying GB anime. No fun. Embarrassed
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