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Birdy the Mighty: Decode Part 1

Luci Christian , Micah Solusod , Colleen Clinkenbeard  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Luci Christian, Micah Solusod, J. Michael Tatum
  • Directors: Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Color, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod Inc
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048LPRE6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,761 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Birdy is a jaw-dropping, pin-up sensation with a secret. Under the cover of darkness, this dream girl becomes a bad guy’s worst nightmare. Birdy dons her crime-fighting costume and hits the street as a lethal, interstellar federation agent charged with nailing the most dangerous criminals in the galaxy. Her latest case involves a gang of extraterrestrial terrorists and a stolen space weapon that could nuke every living thing on Earth. Birdy’s got the moves to stop them dead in their tracks, but there’s one big problem: she’s got a nasty habit of going berserk, and somebody always gets hurt. Yeah, Birdy may be dreamy, but she’s also the only thing more dangerous than the bad guys.

The adventure-comedy Birdy the Mighty: Decode (2008) is based on a manga by Masami Yuuki, the creator of Patlabor. While exploring a deserted building, high-school student Senkawa is killed in a pitched battle between slimy alien Geega and space federation agent Birdy Cephon Altera. Federation scientists can restore his body, but until it's ready, his soul has to share a body with Birdy, the pneumatic agent who cut him in half. She's come to Earth to find the stolen Ryunka, an ancient super-weapon that destroys entire planets. The Ryunka is somehow linked to lovely, lonely Nagasuki, who begins an innocent romance with Senkawa. Whenever Senkawa wants to attend a party or hang out with his friends, Birdy commandeers their body to kick the gyoza out of a villainous alien. Senkawa is the sort of well-meaning nerd who gets caught in outlandish adventures; Nagasuki recalls countless wistful heroines who can't seem to enjoy being richer than Bill Gates. Birdy's costume suggests she models for Victoria's Secret when she's off-duty. But none of these characters elicits much of a response from the viewer: Nagasuki lacks the pathos of Chise in Saikano, while Senkawa and Birdy remain little more than standard-issue anime types. Director Kazuki Akane doesn't get much excitement out of the many battle scenes, and fails to exploit the comic possibilities the body-swapping premise offers. Birdy the Mighty: Decode often feels like the animated equivalent of reheated leftovers. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against women, nudity, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

(1. One Plus One, 2. The Partnered One, 3. View of Life, 4. A Stranger from Earth, 5. Another World, 6. Both of Us, 7. Night Walker, 8. Ghost Village, 9. The Champion of Justice, 10. You're the One, 11. Bye Bye Buddy, 12. Doomsday, 13. Stand by Me)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, and entertaining. October 27, 2010
I have never seen the original OVA, but from seeing the first season of this new one, its pretty good. Its short. And with most short series it has to wrap up the plot within its time allowed. The plot is pretty straight to the point for the 13 ep duration. Birdy has been sent to Earth to find Geega, Tsutomu who is exploring an abandoned building gets caught in the fight, his body severed in half. To save his life Birdy fuses with his consciousness and his body is sent to her planet to be restored. Together they must find the Ryunka, which ends up being figured out around ep 10. The last three eps are wrapped up in the last three eps quite quickly. But like I said, for being 13 eps its gotta get to the point pretty quick.

Overall, the story is simple, it has some good points, and I think it could be more then what was the end result. The animation is really crisp and smooth, the animation in the first ep caught my eye, and the designs for some characters as far as clothes were interesting. The op and end songs were good. I found this anime quite decent, and may pick up the boxset when it comes out. I have not seen the second season but will most likely pick it up. The series is different then some others and I really enjoyed it, if you want something that is eye catching as far as animation goes and simple entertainment, check this out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series! March 29, 2011
I discovered this anime through Amazon's suggestion, and I have to say, +1 for Amazon! I'm so glad I was able to discover this series, as I have thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

The animation in general is a breath of fresh air compared to the majority of what you'd call "mainstream" anime; Bleach, Inuyasha, Full Metal Alchemist, etc...I'm one of those viewers that enjoys a "pretty" anime in addition to a great story. The lines don't seem as thick, the colors aren't as (for lack of a better word) loud, and overall it's easier on the eyes.

Additionally, as female anime viewer, the protagonist (Birdy) is still very much a relatable character. Yeah she's an alien and gorgeous, but her character still feels human. She doesn't always understand the complexities of teenagers (especially the dramatic side of high school girls), but she has heart and compassion. She might be gorgeous, but I wasn't intimidated at all or felt as though this series was geared towards the male viewer.

All in all, this series is definitely worth watching and I've already recommended it to my fellow anime watchers :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sigh...I want a season 3!! January 15, 2011
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Literally can't get enough Birdy even after watching both seasons. This is just a simple review for both season 1 and 2. Birdy Decode is a great reboot to an old franchise. There is a lot more polish in this series than the past. What is particularly welcome is the fact that there is a lot of chances for cheesy fanservice or crude humor but Birdy is very mature and doesn't go there. The characters are equally good and the storyline/world is quite fascinating. Mix in great art with some modern effects and it really wraps up to be a great scifi series with a gender change twist.

The English dub is very respectable too. Many of the voices used you will recognize from some of the better dubbed series like Gunsword. No they are not the annoying childish voices that have plagued great series in the past. However, still there are some things lost in translation. I fully recommend watching the Japanese dub with subs to get the full effect of Birdy. The accent she has while playing Arita Shion is more intact. Really it wouldn't hurt English dubs if they left some of the Japanese intact. How Shion ends everything with desu would have been funny even if it was done in English.

The greatest downsides I can give for this release is I do not like the use of the 70s logos or menu music. Come on, Birdy has no connection with the 70s...why the heck would you try to use that? Maybe because they thought it might sell better, but Birdy doesn't need such cheap tricks. This is a very well written series with great characters that can stand quite fine on it's own without such cheese. I truly hope someday there will be a season 3, 4, and more!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Birdy the Mighty Decode, Season 1....a great series. November 7, 2010
Birdy the Mighty: Decode, season 1 is a truly great anime Sci-Fi series that excels in just about everything - plot, animation, audio, and action. Basically it's a series that would be the result of combining Men in Black, Wonder woman, and Blade Runner. You can find all kinds of information of what the series is about elsewhere, so this will be a review of the Funimation release, which is what it should be about. First off there was reproduction error with this release, which is why it was stopped during the release and a re-release will occur November 30th. The second disc content of Birdy the Mighty Decode actually was Disc 2 of season 4 of Dragonball Z. This error wasn't caught until right before the initial release date, by which time many pre-orders had already been shipped. So even before the release date, an email was received saying there was an issue with the release and further instructions would be sent. Ended up that the vendor I bought from got together with Funimation and is having replacement discs sent out to all those who received their pre-orders. The replacement disc arrived Saturday 11/6 and I completed watching the series on DVD Saturday evening.

Watching Funimation's DVD set of season 1 was the second time through the season, and it still was as good as watching the first time through. I will say that I tried the English audio track, as the Season 1 trailer seemed like a promising English dub. That lasted for 2 episodes - it just did't work. It's not that the english dubs are horrible, it's that the voicing/character match is off for most and the dialog was changed to where it was more americanized with slang and addition cursing. It just doesn't have the same special feel the Japanese audio track with subtitles does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This show was amazing.
It had a unique mixture of romantically sweet and in depth storytelling with good action thrown in to keep things interesting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by siegfreids dragon
4.0 out of 5 stars Earth Will Be Safe, As Long As Birdy Is There
Birdy is a intergalactic police officer. She's on a mission to stop the criminal, Geega. Geega has stolen a WMD called the Runka, and fled to Earth. Read more
Published 21 months ago by KevinB
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective, 2nd disc is another show
Upon ordering and receiving this, I thought that I'd be able to enjoy the first 13 episodes of Birdy the Mighty Decode. Read more
Published 23 months ago by tangytangerine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Arrived on Time
I am a big fan of this show so I decided that I wanted to own the DVDs for myself. After ordering, the DVDs came very quickly and I have no complaints about the condition of the... Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by netbattler746
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Space Wonder Woman
My girlfriend has been recommending this to me for a year before we bought it. When I finally watched it, I must say I was pleased. Read more
Published on October 2, 2011 by Nick Izumi
1.0 out of 5 stars 2 disc set disc 1 was correct, disc 02 was not birdy
i purchased this from amazon and it arrived sealed and all the labels were correct. i watch and enjoyed disc very much, then i put in disc 2 and even though it was labeled "birdy... Read more
Published on July 8, 2011 by Zed Child
1.0 out of 5 stars WOW, the second disc is another show
The product came in the original shrink wrap and both discs were in perfect condition, so why in the hell was the second disc of Birdy the Mighty: Decode showing me the second disc... Read more
Published on April 25, 2011 by Drew Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Expected
I've seen the entire first season on Funimation's youtube channel, and needed to buy the DVDs so I can watch it whenever I want. Read more
Published on January 31, 2011 by Chalmsloff
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bird the word
I always loved the OAV and when I learn there was a TV series version coming to DVD I just had to order it. Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by Paul Jutras
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent animated sci-fi drama
My favorite anime in a long time.

Though it was overlooked by the North American anime fandom at large, Birdy The Mighty Decode was one of the all around best series of... Read more
Published on December 13, 2010 by Tminusfun
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Robert, Birdy the Mighty: Decode is an alternate story of the original OVA (Birdy the Mighty - Double Trouble / Final Force). Some things happen differently as this TV series focuses more on on character development specifically of Birdy and Tsuomo, since it can do that really well with two... Read More
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