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(Or Bomberman Jetterz, alternatively, but we Spell My Name with an "S" around here, just like in Wikipedia.)
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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…

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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.

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This show provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Mighty is portrayed as this at first — only for it to get deconstructed later as it is revealed that he fell for Dr. Mechard's Evil Plan and died as a result. Several of his screw-ups and Fatal Flaws come to light during the series.
  • Adaptational Villainy: MAX is usually The Rival but here he's a Villian.
  • Adorable Evil Minions: The Hige Hige Bandits themselves have a vaguely-pug like face, and are about Bomberman's size.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Subverted by Mighty, as he is aloof only geographically and is about the kindest person in the world.
    • MAX would seem to be this, but he's not actually Mighty. He's just an evil robot.
  • The Anime of the Game: Of Bomberman, of course.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Mama's bar. Mujoe regularly heads to Mama's to drown his sorrows and flirt with her.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Mighty is this to White Bomber, giving him brotherly advice and comfort. And later, Zero takes up this role, bonding with White Bomber just as Mighty did. Sadly, both fall prey to the Mentor Occupational Hazard.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Thunder Bomber. They appear to be made out of metal, and each of them is as long as his head.
    • Mighty has the large pair as well, although you only see one due to his large eye visor.
  • Break the Cutie: Both White Bomber and Shout get this around the halfway point on discovering Mighty's death. And then White Bomber gets this again during Zero's death.
  • 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.
  • Cosmic Keystone: The Bomb Crystal functions as one of these during its eponymous episode.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Literally done when White Bomber crashes his ship into Shout's scooter.
  • The Dragon:
    • Mujoe. He's Bagular's second-in-command, and the main force opposing the heroes throughout most of the show.
    • And the dragon gets his own dragon, Thunder Bomber.
  • 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.
  • Four Is Death: The Bomber Shitennou have about four members, all of which equally dangerous (with one even managing to defeat White by themselves).
  • Identical Grandson: Mighty and his grandfather look nearly identical, as does the former's brother White - they even retain the very same white coloration.
  • Idiot Hero: White Bomber. Seriously. His Jerkass tendencies and arrogance end up getting his ass kicked on numerous occasions, which is one factor behind his gradual Character Development.
  • Joke Character: Seagull Bomber is a goofily drawn character who goes unnoticed by the other characters, even winning the first round of the B-1 Grand Prix without anyone realizing.
  • Kid Hero: White Bomber, as he is occasionally portrayed, is a young and naive protagonist - though here he is trying to strive to become a hero like Mighty.
  • Large Ham: Mujoe. There isn't a line of dialogue he says normally. Grand Bomber also, although a more literal case given that he is a very large individual.
  • 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.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Hige Higes are robots who can be programmed to do whatever their master wishes. However, they are Ridiculously Human Robots in that they need to eat, enjoy recreation, and pursue the attention of the other gender.
  • 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 Mouth: As always with the series, all of the Bomber characters completely lack mouths, though they can still speak despite it. Normally, they are expressing emotions through their eyes.
  • No Waterproofing in the Future: Episode 2 starts off with White Bomber's spaceship crashing. The reason: Juice spill.
  • Old Master: Momo / Grandma Bomber serves this role for both Mighty and White, although she also fills the Cool Old Lady role as well.
  • 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.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Gangu and Bongo have this chemistry, thus being a source of Comic Relief. Gangu even has a thick Kansai accent to boot!
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Mujoe and his subordinate Hige Higes. They regularly appear to torment our heroes in various silly ways, before being sent packing.
  • 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).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Thunder Bomber goes absolutely mental after his brothers and sister are killed and Mujoe has been demoted from commander to mail delivery.
  • Space Police: The Jetters. They patrol space, fighting the Higes and various other villains.
  • Spoiled Brat: Mermaid Bomber. She near constantly stalks Birdy and will absolutely not stop until he accepts her into his life - which would never happen of course.
  • 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.
  • Strange Salute: The Hige Hige Bandits have a highly... idiosyncratic salute.
  • The Syndicate: The Hige Hige Bandits are a gargantuan criminal army, led by Mujoe and Bagura.
  • Taking You with Me:
    • Zero attempts this with MAX. He succeeds in defeating his opponent, although he is then corrupted and needing to be killed as well.
    • Thunder Bomber was about to perform this on White, before getting blasted by MAX.
  • 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!"

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