Birdy the Mighty Decode User Reviews

Birdy the Mighty Decode is an anime series in the Birdy the Mighty franchise
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A solid sci-fi action-adventure-comedy with some faults. Reviewed by Dream on Sept. 10, 2011. Dream has written 119 reviews. His/her last review was for InuYasha: The Final Act. 280 out of 294 users recommend his reviews. 2 out of 2 users found this review helpful.
I must admit that I got quite a bit of enjoyment out of seeing Birdy the Mighty: Decode. While the series does seemingly set itself up as a typical space action-adventure about an alien agent stopping criminals, it does quite a bit to make itself stand out. It sets up Tsutomu having to share Birdy's body after his body accidentally gets wasted by Birdy during a fight with a thug. This sets up the entertaining chemistry between the two characters as they often get at odds with one another over who gets to snag control of Birdy's body as Tsutomu wants to retain whatever normalcy he can in his life while Birdy wants to press on with her mission on Earth where possible.

I've seen a number of reviews online criticize about how they find Tsutomu's character to be rather annoying as he complains very often throughout the series. But considering the kid's a teen, I think his complaining is justified as he deals both with the typical things a kid his age would go through combined with adjusting to his unique circumstances of sharing a body with an attractive female alien agent. His character does develop throughout the series as he learns to cooperate with Birdy as she helps her out at some points within the series and develops a relationship with one of his classmates that the series takes enough time to properly develop and make it credible that Tsutomu would fall for her, especially as said classmate is another central character in the mission Birdy undergoes in this series.

As for the central plot to the series, it is a typical case of an alien threat setting out to wipe out humanity via a powerful weapon. The show takes its time laying out its developments in regards to Birdy tracking down the alien thugs and finding the location of the weapon they brought to Earth. The series tosses in some twists in regards to who has it and what it is capable of with some elements being fairly typical and others somewhat surprising to see unfold. This becomes prominent in Birdy the Mighty Decode's second half where we get introduced to an influential human character whose plans with the weapon are fairly typical of shallow anime baddies and the weapon's nature bringing about some shocking developments involving said mentioned classmate with Tsutomu. One major flaw with Birdy the Mighty: Decode is that it makes mention to some character alliances and aspects of Birdy's past that aren't expanded upon in this season of the show, especially with the show's lack of a proper ending.

In terms of visual presentation, Birdy the Mighty Decode is a mixed bag. While sporting decent-looking scenery and having moments of great animation in action scenes, the character designs look rough and don't have much in the way of detail. The show also takes occasional shortcuts with its animation featuring static shots of the characters, speed lines and some other apparent methods.
 
While not a perfect title, Birdy the Mighty Decode made for an entertaining series thanks to its unique character chemistry with Tsutomu and Birdy, Tsutomu's developments and some of the later developments involving the alien weapon. It looked apparent that the show still had more to tell considering the hints dropped of Birdy's past and said mentioned character alliances thus I plan to gi ve the second season a shot at some point.
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