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
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