The purpose of this thread is to clarify the nature of the world of GetBackers, regarding which there have been a few long-standing misunderstandings.
If you've already read GetBackers, or are familiar with it to a spoilerific degree, then let me start by saying this:
The world of GetBackers* is not a digital simulation. Unlike the "Matrix" (The Matrix franchise), it is very much a real, physical world, that exists parallel to "our" world**, otherwise known as "Babylon City" by the residents of the other world.
*(henceforth abbreviated as "W-GB") **(henceforth abbreviated as "W-R") - Here are Prof. Amano's, Dr. Akabane's, and Masaki Kurusu's explanations:
The Brain Trust, an organisation comprised of the world's greatest minds, decided to create a backup copy of W-R, in fear that humanity would one day truly destroy itself.
The first step was the creation of The Archiver, also known as The Clock, a "sentient electronic repository capable of self-development, containing all objects, possibilities, and even the chaos that comprises this world", which would act as a world-building system that controls and creates every single aspect and facet of this new to-be-made world, be it space-time, energy, matter, probability, etc.
The second step was the development of the Magic Mirror Effect by Dr. Kagami, which has allowed access into parallel/adjoining dimensions by manipulating dimensional boundaries. It is over one of these alternate dimensions that the Archiver was given control, and it quickly developed a world much like W-R. And yet, a group from within the Brain Trust emerged in opposition of this, demanding for this parallel world to be independent of all manipulation, and take its own course. Due to their sabotage, the creation process of the backup universe diverged at some point, resulting in a bizarre, unique world, rather than a copy of W-R, with its very own temporal axis and supernatural reality. And that world is W-GB.
This was a problem for the Brain Trust, as this parallel world, W-GB, was meant to be an exact of replica of W-R, so that humanity could possibly migrate to it if any catastrophic events were to occur, and possibly developed into a utopia if all of humanity's minds were united.
Thus began the battle behind the entire story, between the Brain Trust, led by Professor Amano, and the Rebels, led by the Witch Queen.
So you see, and I reiterate, W-GB is not a digital simulation of "our" world, but a twisted, physical mirror of it.
Dream: Last anime I will be covering is Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo. Will start watching it tomorrow. Not sure how much longer I can keep myself up at this point.
Feb 7, 2020 5:19:21 GMT
Taka: Depending on my energy, I can watched up to 2 AM. Usually with work, I fall asleep on anime series that don't have a lot of action.
Feb 9, 2020 3:24:18 GMT
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT
Taka: Great job, Dream! I should do some reviews, too.
Feb 17, 2020 5:24:39 GMT
Dream: Looks like MAL's currently down due to the site getting hit by a major denial-of-service attack, just as a heads up.
Feb 18, 2020 17:55:23 GMT
Taka: I added 2 polls tonight. Also, I wonder why MAL was down. Crunchyroll also had it, too.
Feb 20, 2020 4:05:24 GMT
Dream: Not sure about Crunchyroll. For MAL, the DoS attacks may have been retaliation by those who dabbled into manipulating the site's scoring system for certain anime titles. The admin on MAL announced they would be overhauling the system to prevent said...
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:15 GMT
Dream: ...manipulation last week.
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:45 GMT