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Birdy the Mighty: Decode Part 1

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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.

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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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  • 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: #176,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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I always loved the OAV and when I learn there was a TV series version coming to DVD I just had to order it. Senkawa was an ordinary student who is part of the explorer club at school. While exploring an abandoned building he gets in between a shape changing space law officer and a group of alien terrorist in human disguise. When his body is killed in battle the alien police force transfers his soul into Birdy's body when he becomes her unwilling partner in finding the bio weapon that could destroy the planet Earth. Each episode is full of clues and character development that makes the series rich and meaningful as well as humorous. Especially with the reporter who believes aliens are among us trying to discover the link between a famous pop star and a possible alien warrior that been spotted about town.
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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. Don't get mislead by the cheesecake cover, this is a solid sci-fi with a great lead character. Birdy herself is a space-cop with amazing strength and the ability to jump from building to building with ease. Sadly, she also gets really carried away and once when she's on a mission to find an equally ridiculous super-weapon she ends up killing a kid. This boy, Tsutomu, was the character I first did not enjoy because unlike Birdy he is not initially very interesting, end up in a weird place as Birdy offers to share her body with him while his recovers through the magic of alien technology.
Birdy and Tsutomu are forced to switch forms depending on if Birdy is being a cop/ part-time-model, or if Tsutomu is being a student/ full-time teenager. Their character dynamic is great too. The two lead's friendship feels very genuine, albeit odd and there's never any sexual tension, which I appreciated. Since Birdy never found that super-weapon in the first episode, her hunt for it continues and its honestly what's gonna keep you coming back. For me at least, it took a while for Tsutomu to get interesting, especially since Birdy is a much more happy, fun and exciting character, but he does eventually grow on you. The rest of the show stays very strong, with brilliant animation, some great supporting characters and amazing action sequences. (Seriously, I think this is the first time lasers have been scary in a sci-fi movie since the 50's.)
The language options are both good on this one, so you can't really go wrong. This series gets a glowing recommendation from this guy and my curiosity is sparked for the original OVA that inspired it.
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