Birdy the Mighty (English Dub) Episodes 1-4

Topic started by CrackedOnyx on May 23, 2011. Last post by DocHaus 3 years, 3 months ago.
Post by CrackedOnyx (25 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Nearly three weeks have passed since the end of exams, and while I haven't posted so much as a snippet here since, it's been a good month for anime so far.  The second season of Darker Than Black is even better than I'd expected, and Hanasaku Iroha is a pleasant surprise among a flock of less than stellar-looking new shows. 

An even bigger surprise, though, is the posting of both dubbed seasons of Birdy the Mighty: Decode on hulu.  I loved the hell out of this show when I watched the subtitled version nearly a year ago, and seeing that Funimation's put the English dub up, for however short a time, was an extremely nice start to my morning.

Decode follows a (space!) Federation agent named, well, Birdy.  During an undercover investigation of a (space!) fugitive named Geega, Birdy makes the common rookie mistake of punching a high school student in half.  To save his life, Birdy lends him her body, and the two end up leading a double life; the student, Tsutomu Senkawa, spends his days surviving high school and the perils of young love, while Birdy occasionally takes control to hunt down (space!) fugitives.  Inevitably, their separate lives become inextricably tangled, and by the end of the first season, both end up struggling to save the world from certain doom.

While the story is enjoyable and the characters are endearing, the show stands out more for its smooth animation and distinctive musical style, both of which play a huge part in making the plentiful fight scenes more exciting than the average fare.  Birdy does most of her inline skating and alien punching (these two activities are not mutually exclusive) to some pretty epic orchestral tunes.

Which was all very fine and good in Japanese, but how does the English dub hold up?  Well, long story short--it's good so far.  The principal voice actors all do a great job, and while I wouldn't call their performance uniformly better than that of their Japanese counterparts, I certainly wouldn't call it worse, either.  My favorite out of the bunch, at least in the episodes I've watched this morning, is probably Tsutomu himself, whose voice actor brings a fun mixture of honesty and snark to much of his dialogue.

Birdy the Mighty: Decode is a very good series, and putting the dubbed version up will hopefully give newcomers an incentive to give the show a chance.  You can find the first episode here on hulu, or here on YouTube.
Post by sickVisionz (4,263 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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I meant to check this out when it was airing in Japan but I never got around to it. I might give it a shot since you saw it's action packed and easy on the eyes.

Post by AURON570 (566 posts) See mini bio Level 15
I'm going to check Birdy out eventually. And now I finally have a decent idea what the series is about, thanks dude! So, is Birdy/Tsutomu like a split-personality sort of thing, or is it like having two minds in one body and they can switch between who controls the body?
Post by DocHaus (931 posts) See mini bio Level 18
@AURON570: The latter: Birdy and Tsutomu share the same body (technically Birdy's), but they can change appearances almost at will.
 
Also, the series is pretty good, though I have yet to see the second season. One of my favorite parts of this series is an M. Night Shyamalan lookalike playing a supervillain.
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