Birdy the Mighty: Decode
|Birdy the Mighty: Decode|
|# of Eps/Volumes||13 (season 1) 12 (season 2)|
Sum it up in a Sentence:
A female alien supercop comes to Earth hunting Alien fugitives and accidentally gibs a young boy; he now shares her body until he can get a new one cloned!
This is a remake of an older manga/ movie. Birdy Cephon Altera is a Federation agent chasing interplanetary criminals to the planet Earth. While in pursuit of one such criminal, she accidentally kills a high school boy named Tsutomu Senkawa. Fortunately for Tsutomu, there is a way to keep him alive. He ends up being merged into Birdy's body and must remain so until the repair of his body is complete. Birdy and Tsutomu are forced to keep their shared body secret while still investigating a group of aliens experimenting on humans.
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After a mediocre first season, I had no intention of following this second series, but I checked out the first episode to see what the production quality was like, and then I was stuck. It quickly goes into hardboiled overkill action with ripped limbs, as a grieving avenger hunts down the people behind the first season's tragedy, while also giving some nice background story on Birdy herself. While it generally has nice visuals and nice music, what really makes this show stand out is the superb animation. God knows where they found the money (alright, maybe they skimp a bit on character detail), but unlike most anime where only the mouth moves in an entire scene of dialogue, Birdy the Mighty DECODE often bothers to animate the entire character, making it seem very lively.
Most importantly: this show has absolutely mind-blowing fighting animation, particularly in episodes 7 and 12. In fact, the 12th and final episode of the series has 10 minutes of such extremely awesome battle animation that it made my jaw drop through the floor and goosebumps covered my entire body. I don't think I've ever seen something quite like it (at least from a TV series). It's like they just let the animators run wild.
On top of that I really think they managed to create a moving storyline for Birdy, and the ending ties up the mysteries scattered across previous episodes, providing a satisfying conclusion. 4/5
Even if you have no interest in watching this, at least check out episode 12.