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Birdy the Mighty - Final Force

Brian Schneider , Alex McCord , Yoshiaki Kawajiri  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Schneider, Alex McCord, Mary Alice McGuire, Tom Foral, Matty O'Shea
  • Directors: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Us Manga Corps Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KNHU4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Birdy the Mighty - Final Force" on IMDb

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Underrated Boy-Changes-Into-Girl Action Romp April 9, 2006
With the conclusion of Birdy the Mighty, I now realize that a lot of people are missing out on one of the better anime OVAs not being watched. This anime has everything; great animation, lovable characters, good action, and a lot of comedy. In fact, if not for the less-than-stellar dubbed track, I would have given Birdy the Mighty: Final Force a five instead of a four.

In this the second volume of the OVA series, Birdy continues her battles against crime, and more specifically against android super warriors and a mad scientist hell bent on turning mankind into a bunch of fighting monsters. And Tsutomu has girl troubles, family troubles, and, by the end, hair troubles. Though the story isn't complex in any way, it's definitely funny and action-packed and makes up for a few missing plot elements and a rather unfinished ending. But still, Birdy the Mighty only follows the norm of most anime, and that is an ambiguous ending, so I can't be too disappointed with this, especially since it tries to put somewhat of a finish to the story.

As for the bad, I can't help but notice, once again, the oddity in voice-acting choices. Though in my last review I said I had gotten used to it, the feeling that the voices weren't exactly right came back when I came back to the series. It's not particularly bad, but at times the voices don't match the characters of Birdy and Tsutomu (see my review of Double Trouble for more). U.S. Manga Corps, though, is one of smaller anime publishers out, and they aren't exactly known for landing the well-known voice-actors found in ADV, Geneon, or Bandai productions, so it is to be expected at least.

As for recommendations, this is definitely one of the most underrated anime around. With the exception of so-so voice acting, this anime has everything that most anime fans want in their anime. If you enjoyed Mezzo or Burst Angel, or any of the other more comedic action series out, then Birdy the Might is a great choice for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Non-Mainstream Anime April 3, 2006
The only problem I had with Birdy the Mighty was the voice-acting. While it wasn't terrible, it seemed to me that the voice actors were poorly matched to there characters, especially in the case of the main characters: Tsutomu has a rather irritating high-pitch to his voice and Birdy is low-key and somewhat bland at times. I will say that, by the end of this DVD, the voices do grow on you and really seem to come into their own. It's just early on that the voices seem odd.

The story of Birdy the Mighty follows two characters. Tsutomu is a school student dreading his entrance exams, and Birdy is an intergalactic police officer with super strength. One night, these two meet quite by accident and Birdy kills Tsutomu. In order to save his life, though, Birdy is forced to merge herself with him. Thus, they become one, and Tsutomu is forced to help Birdy save Earth from alien drug lords, while Birdy is forced to deal with all those emotions a high school male goes through in his everyday life. Problems arise, however, when Birdy decides to take over and changes into her own body, and people are around to see, including Tsutomu friends and family.

Going along with the comedy-based story are some decent scenes of action and surprisingly good animation despite the times in which this was produced. That's not surprising, though, considering the pedigree of the creators involved with this anime, including the director of Ninja Scroll, my favorite short on the Animatrix "The Program," and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. What's also amazing about this anime is that it has yet to have a real fan-base considering how good it really is. This truly is a great anime worth seeing, and I'd recommend it this volume along with the second one to fans of Ranma or FLCL (as the animation has some shades of what can be found in FLCL).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Birdy" A Great Action Movie!!!! September 21, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the best kick-ass animes ever! Birdy, an alien girl of the Space Federation, comes to Earth to track down outlaws. But along the way she gets into an accident that nearly kills meek worrisome schoolboy Tsutomi Senkawa. In order to save him, his body becomes fused with hers whereas one can change into the other at appropriate times. Together, with Birdy's super-strengh and powers combined with Tsutomi's knowledge of Earth culture, they both embark on various adventures, the main one dealing with a serum that could turn people of Japan into lizard-like mutant soldiers, which carries off to the next video. What I like much was the animation which is very colorful and often exciting to watch, with a sharp visual sytle that helps a lot. The plot is good and I enjoyed the interaction between Birdy and Tsutomi, the villians and starnge monsters they're up against, and the Sankawa family, which don't know about Birdy though there have been some close calls, some mildly comical. The amine also features some of the most awesome action scences in moviedom, especailly the scence where Birdy and a mutant battle it out among the Tokyo skysrapers, causing some hefty property damage. Such is handled excitingly with great graphics, and lot more intense, with great pacing then the "shoot-them-up/blow-them-up" flicks from Hollywood. I highly recomend the Birdy the Mighty videos for any animation fan looking for a good adenture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unfortunately, Birdy the Mighty is only a 2-DVD Original Video Animation and not a full season-worth of anime. "Final Force" is the second DVD out of two, and it is done in the fashion of Genocyber and Angel Cop (although a little more tame). It's got the solution to all your psychic battle needs!

Birdy is a space cop that is hot on the trail of a crime mastermind. When she landed on Earth, she accidentally killed our buddy Tsutomu, and now she has to share his body so that she can give her life force to him and repair his life in the process. Expect a little bit of gender-bending and a lot of comic-book style super hero fighting.

Look for "Double Trouble" to get the first DVD of this OVA and you'll be set for some old-school anime smackdown!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to the Birdy series.
This is the first Birdy the Mighty mini series. This is the template on which Birdy the Mighty: Decode is based. If you can handle the dorky 80s feel you will feel right at home. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matthew C. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Flic
good story but too short. Later found out there is another series of it call Brirdy theh mighty decode. have to get it foro my selection.
Published 5 months ago by The Great One
5.0 out of 5 stars What the discription said
The product came to me in a good amount of time. The DVD was in the condition that was described. I am very happy with my purchase.
Published on August 29, 2011 by Deathorne
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Any Fan Of Gender Changing Sci-Fi Girl Fighters
After getting Birdy The Mighty Decode series I felt that this would be a nice add on, and while I found the OVA's enjoyable the atrocious dubbing will definitely take away some... Read more
Published on March 22, 2011 by Rich(Anime&Games Will Always Prevail!)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great missed series!!
It might only have about four episodes but they are great!! There is a second season that just came out in Japan and I am waiting to see it. Read more
Published on September 29, 2009 by Keb1306
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, quirky and fun
Birdy The Mighty (Tetsuwan Birdy) set is soooo hard to find. Why? Because this gem is soooo underrated. Too bad because there's so much cool stuff in this anime. Read more
Published on December 21, 2005 by M. Hanif Bay
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underated anime ever
Well there's stuff like Evangelion that gets alot of notice and alot of people see. There's other anime that falls through the cracks. This is one of them. Read more
Published on January 19, 2004 by Isaac Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Alsome Anime Show
this is a realy Good Anime Show if your a true ranma fan you'll love this action packed show very good transform trick and an alsome story line Birdy The Mighty is well worth... Read more
Published on June 18, 2001 by Scott Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anime Show!
Seriously I havn't seen such good anime in a long time! Humoristic and supernatural fight give this video a very well balanced composition. Read more
Published on February 16, 2001 by Armando R. Suarez
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Anime
Birdy the Mighty is funny and action packed. The visual effects and voice acting for the dubb is fantastic. I love sci fi anime. Read more
Published on January 27, 2001
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