The Jetters are an intergalactic police force apparently formed for the sole purpose of fighting the Hige Hige Bandits, a spacefaring criminal organization with the single goal of amassing all the one-of-a-kind objects in the universe. The battle against the Hige Hige Bandits is going well, until the leader of the Jetters, the infallible Legendary Bomberman Mighty, goes MIA after the first episode. The Jetters need a new Bomberman for the team, and believing badassery to be in the blood, go straight to Mighty's younger brother, White Bomber.
Problem is, White Bomber is just a kid, and the Jetters suddenly find themselves on the losing end of the fight. This isn't helped by the appearance of a new secret weapon the Hige Hige Bandits are fielding: a sinister Bomberman called MAX, whose techniques are highly reminiscent of Mighty's
Make no mistake, Bomberman Jetters really is a kids' show, but for all that, it's pretty well done. The writers have skillfully avoided the problems associated with The Anime of the Game by doing their absolute best with the source material, which turns out to be quite a lot as the series moves from a Strictly Formula Monster of the Week show into compelling drama with more Character Development than you can shake a stick at. You kind of even stop hating White Bomber in the end.
Highly recommended for children and the childlike, as well as Bomberman fans who can get over the fact that MAX is the bad guy now.
Had a Recursive Adaptation in 2002 with Bomberman Jetters for the GameCube, which was largely a sequel to Bomberman Generation from earlier that same year. The game ended up being all that Western audiences saw of Jetters.
This show provides examples of:
- Aloof Big Brother: Subverted by Mighty, as he is aloof only geographically and is about the kindest person in the world.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Thunder Bomber. They appear to be made out of metal, and each of them is as long as his head.
- Calling Your Attacks: "BOMBER SHOOT!"
- Coming-of-Age Story: It's Shiro bomber's story of becoming less of a Jerkass and into a genuine hero. Then to move on from his brother death.
- Crash-Into Hello: Literally done when White Bomber crashes his ship into Shout's scooter.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Thunder Bomber wants to avenge his siblings and kill MAX at all costs. When Mujoe disagrees and tries to turn him back into a Kyarabon, Thunder Bomber, despite his Undying Loyalty, knocks him out with a wrench and runs away to pursue his goals alone. Can be somewhat of a Tear Jerker for his fans because he is killed before achieving either of them.
- Empathic Weapon: The Bombermen's bombs: "The power of the bomb does not lie in the bomb itself it lies in your heart!"
- The Faceless: Shout's father, Twist. There is a single episode where his entire face is shown. He's about the most normal-looking person on the show.
- Harmless Villain: Bagular is this to a T. Bagular only created the Hige Hige Bandits to steal unique treasures because he and Dr.Ein were rivals for Granny Bomber's love when they were younger, both were flat out rejected. Highlighted once Mechadoc overthrows him and hijacks his space fortress.
- Fairytale Motifs: Mermaid Bomber's storyline has parallels to The Little Mermaid.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Subverted: Everyone from the viewers to the cast is led to believe that MAX really is Mighty... and turns out, he isn't. Double subverted in that an earlier prototype, MA-0, has Mighty's soul. Then triple subverted when MA-0 realizes that even with Mighty's soul and memories, he's still the android who killed Mighty, not White Bomber's missing brother.
- Mid-Season Twist: 23, 24, and 25 are all this. White Bomber discovers his brother died a horrific and lonely death, Shout's tearful backstory is explained when she resigns from the Jetters, and MAX is revealed to have been the one to kill Mighty, all with lots of crying. Needless to say, you'll want tissues.
- Minion with an F in Evil:
- Mujoe. Enough so that he helps the Jetters when Mechard takes over the Schumulvault.
- Grand Bomber doesn't just fail to defeat the Jetters, he befriends and temporarily joins them. In the end, he can't choose between the Hige Hige Bandits and the Jetters, so he tells White Bomber to turn him back into a Kyarabon.
- The basic Hige Hige minions also qualify. On several occasions, they actually helped White Bomber overcome some distraction (can't find the bathroom, overcoming his fear of needles so he could be cured of an illness) that was keeping him from stopping them. Immediately after, Mujoe would scold them and White Bomber would kick their asses.
- All the lower tier Combined Bombermen created by Mujoe and Mechadoc, most of them don't survive being destroyed by Shirobon's bombs by the end of their respective episodes.
- My Hero Zero: MAX's first prototype, MA-0, or just "Zero" among friends. He is also Mighty, which is where The Hero comes from.
- No Waterproofing in the Future: Episode 2 starts off with White Bomber's spaceship crashing. The reason: Juice spill.
- Parental Abandonment: White Bomber and Mighty's parents are never ever mentioned, leaving them both under their grandmother's care. It appears from the Flashbacks that Mighty had also received a Promotion to Parent, but then he disappears, too. Man, not a happy family. Shout's mother is dead, too.
- Perpetual Poverty: Despite being a highly trained special unit, the Jetters apparently have notoriously poor funding; many of its members hold other jobs just to get by.
- Pokémon Speak: The Hige Hige minions can only say variations of "hige".
- Punny Name: Twist and Shout.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: MAX's eye cover things are red, the first sign that he isn't like his game counterpart (where they're blue).
- Stalker with a Crush: Mermaid Bomber is this to Birdy. While this trait's not so notable at first, it shows itself a bit more later. For example, she sends one of the Higes to steal his phone so she can get his number.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Flame Bomber almost kills White Bomber while he was playing around in their first battle.
- Yakuza: Alluded to by Oyabon in Episode 34. His name is a pun of an actual oyabun, the big boss of Yakuza gangs. His trademark "Banchou Bomb" attack also reflects this.
- Wham Line: At the end of 23:"Your brother is dead!"