Birdy The Mighty: Decode, Part Two – DVD Review

Review by: Eduardo Zacarias

Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
MSRP: $59.98 US
Running Time: 300 minutes
Genre: Action
Rating: TV 14
Release Date: Available Now

A sexy alien superstar finds love but will it mean the end of her as well?

Having liked the original series a long while back, it was good to see Birdy again and she’s looking a lot better in this new series as we saw in Part One of Birdy the Mighty: Decode. It’s also a lot more entertaining as this sexy intergalactic crime-fighter takes on even bigger threats while taking her time to model for the fan boys in Akihabara. Part Two brings us more of the same but that’s not a bad thing at all considering there’s a lot to like in this second half of the series.

It has been one month since the Ryunka was awakened by the greedy media mogul named Shyamalan and Federation investigator Birdy Cephon Altera – along with her human partner Tsutomu Senkawa saved the day before the Ryunka could level all of the city. Instead, of destroying all of Tokyo, entire blocks have been reduced to rubble and hundreds died as a result.

In Part Two, a group of alien terrorists responsible for having stolen the Ryunka that caused the destruction on Earth break out of custody and decide to hide out on our planet. Obtaining an alien device by an elderly alien called Mister Dusk, the small band is now disguised as humans but word soon gets out by the Federation that they might be hiding somewhere in Japan. This means Birdy and Senkawa (who is back in Birdy’s body again) must find and arrest them.

A lot has happened in the month after the even for Birdy’s alter ego, Shion Arita, who has now become even more popular thanks to a music CD she just put out. Aside from juggling her career and Federation job, she also allows time for Senkawa to live his life … although he spends his time disappointing classmates and depressed that his romance with Nagasugi is forgotten by the girl that loved him.

peaking of romance, Birdy runs into a childhood friend of hers named Nataru who has been living as a human for a few years now as a physical therapist in a hospital. It’s clear to Senkawa that Nataru sees Birdy in a more romantic light while Birdy still sees him as a friend. Nataru comes off as a good-natured young man who even has a young female admirer in a patient that was the little sister of his best friend that died during the Ryunka‘s path of destruction. He also happens to be the son of the mysterious Mister Dusk.

Meanwhile, the convicts start dying in violent ways by a mysterious young assassin with white hair who seems to see their murder as punishment for having killed so many people during the Ryunka’s awakening. Fearing for their lives, the prison escapees get try to stick together but one-by-one they’re being hunted and massacred. Birdy arrives late to the scene of the crime with the killer gone as if he vanished into thin air.

When not trying to track down the convicts, Birdy finds herself meeting up with Nataru often including on accident when Senkawa and his friends decide to visit the refugee camp for those who lost their homes and loved ones to the Ryunka. Senkawa learns, through Birdy’s stories, that she met Nataru when they were kids. However, after her battle with the convicts’ leader named Valic, Senkawa finds himself fused mentally to Birdy’s body so he goes deep into her memories to get her back. Her memories not only cover Birdy’s relationship with Nataru but also his robotic caretaker named Violin.

Through Birdy’s memories Senkawa also sees what really happened during a known terrorist attack on a huge tower as well as the memory of the fate that befalls Violin. More importantly, though, Senkawa is a witness to Birdy’s upbringing that is hardly what you might call a childhood.

Part Two gets even more interesting when the identity of the mystery man that is murdering the convicts as the rest of the prison escapees find out his identity as well and strikes back. As the killer reveals his true power, it is Birdy who fights to put an end to the killer’s mission before it destroys him. It’s quite a dramatic turn of events. Still, this half of the series isn’t too serious with one of the highlights being Senkawa – when his mind fused with Birdy’s body – spends his time trying to carry out Shion’s modeling gigs. It’s also good to see Capella (the girl that partnered with Shyamalan) again and this time as a personal assistant to Birdy.

On another note, nothing is really revealed in the Gomez front and even less regarding Cristella Revi who was introduced to us in the final episodes of Part One. Here’s hoping we do get to find out more about these people in another season if this series continues.

Part Two of Birdy the Mighty: Decode doesn’t push the envelope either but when it comes to being a real blast it doesn’t get any better than Birdy. Still charming and filled with action, this second part shows us more of Birdy’s past and what makes her tick but also that she has a much bigger heart that makes her a unique kind of superhero. You really do have to check this series out.

DVD REVIEW BREAKDOWN

MOVIE/EPISODES: B+
One month has passed since Birdy and Senkawa saved Tokyo from the awakened Ryunka but the group responsible for stealing it has escaped to planet Earth so it is up to Birdy to find and apprehend them. Unfortunately, this isn’t going to be an easy task since there is a mysterious figure who is killing them one-by-one. Meanwhile, Birdy encounters a childhood friend living on Earth.

VIDEO QUALITY: A
The series looks amazing compared to the old series, of course, and watching Birdy in action is a visual treat. This really is quite a good-looking anime series.

AUDIO QUALITY: A
Once again, the English dub voice acting is top-notch and the original Japanese voices are good as well but makes for a very different dialogue experience. The score is wonderful and so is the closing theme song but it’s the new opening theme, “Kiseki” by NIRGILIS that is already a song that is well loved by everyone in this office. We really do play it often.

EXTRAS: D
The lack of features or extras besides a few trailers is disappointing. We could have at least loved the cleaning opening and closing animation.

OVERALL: B+
Birdy the Mighty: Decode is one of those anime series that isn’t afraid to have some fun despite the fact that it doesn’t really push anything particularly new or anything we haven’t seen before in this genre. Still, there’s no denying that Birdy is too enjoyable to ignore, as we can see from Part Two, and one we hope will continue.

Review copy provided by FUNimation Entertainment

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