Birdy the Mighty

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Birdy the Mighty
Birdy The Mighty cover2.jpg
DVD release of OVA series
鉄腕バーディー
(Tetsuwan Birdy)
Genre Comedy, Science fiction
Manga
Birdy the Mighty (original)
Written by Masami Yuki
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Sunday Super
Original run 19851988
Volumes 1
Original video animation
Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by United States U.S. Manga Corps
Released July 25, 1996
Runtime 30-40 minutes
Episodes 4
Manga
Birdy the Mighty (remake)
Written by Masami Yuki
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young SundayBig Comic Spirits
Original run 20032008
Volumes 20
Anime television series
Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode
Directed by Kazuki Akane
Written by Hiroshi Ōnogi
Music by Yugo Kanno
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Canada United States Funimation Entertainment
United Kingdom Manga Entertainment
Network TV Saitama, tvk, KBS, Sun TV, Tokyo MX, BS11, TBC, TVQ Kyushu, Okinawa TV, CBC, Chiba TV, Animax, Hokkaido Broadcasting
English network United States FUNimation Channel
Original run July 4, 2008September 29, 2008
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode Season 2
Directed by Kazuki Akane
Written by Hiroshi Ōnogi & Seishi Minakami
Music by Yugo Kanno
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Canada United States Funimation Entertainment
United Kingdom Manga Entertainment
Network TV Saitama, tvk, KBS, Sun TV, Tokyo MX, BS11, TBC, TVQ Kyushu, Okinawa TV, CBC, Chiba TV, Animax, Hokkaido Broadcasting
English network United States Funimation Channel
Original run January 9, 2009May 28, 2009
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Manga
Birdy the Mighty Evolution (sequel of remake)
Written by Masami Yuki
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Spirits
Original run 20082013
Volumes 13
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Birdy the Mighty (鉄腕バーディー Tetsuwan Bādī?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masami Yuki. His initial work on the series was quickly abandoned, but it was made into an anime, which was produced and, on the last episode, scripted by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who is known for anime titles such as Vampire Hunter D, and Ninja Scroll. The character designer and animation director for the series was Kumiko Takahashi. In 2003, Yuki began serializing a second, more ambitious Birdy the Mighty manga in Weekly Young Sunday.[1]

A TV anime adaptation, titled Birdy the Mighty: Decode (鉄腕バーディー DECODE Tetsuwan Bādī DECODE?), was animated by A-1 Pictures and produced by Aniplex, premiered in Japan on TV Saitama and other broadcast networks on July 4, 2008. The series is directed by Kazuki Akane (director of Vision of Escaflowne), written by Hiroshi Ōnogi, with its character designer and overseeing animation director being Ryo Timo.[2] It also aired on the satellite network Animax from July 14, 2008. The second season titled Birdy the Mighty: Decode 02 aired January 9, 2009 to March 27, 2009. The TV series featured a different voice acting cast from the original OVA series.[2] At Anime USA 2009, Funimation Entertainment announced that it had acquired the show.[3][4] As of June 30, 2010, Funimation released all episodes of Season 1 and Season 2 English Subbed, and released them English Dubbed in October 2010.[5]

The series made its North American television debut on March 2, 2011 on the Funimation Channel.[6]

Plot[edit]

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.

So, Tsutomu is stuck sharing a body with an attractive, strong, and impulsive space police agent while trying to keep his family and friends from finding out about Birdy. In the meantime, Birdy continues her investigation. Together, they take on a secretive group of evil aliens planning to perform experiments on the unsuspecting inhabitants of Earth.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Protagonists of Birdy the Mighty: Decode TV series. From left to right: Tsutomu Senkawa, Birdy Cephon Altera.
Birdy Cephon Altera
Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese), Alex McCord (English) (OVA)
Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (Japanese), Luci Christian (English) (TV)
A Federation police officer, she arrives on Earth in pursuit of alien criminals who are using the planet as a refuge. During one of her missions, she accidentally kills Tsutomu and has to fuse with him in order to keep him alive. In Birdy the Mighty Decode she meets her childhood friend Nataru later admitting to Tsutomu that she is indeed in love with Nataru.
In the 2008 anime, her false identity on Earth is rising Japanese idol Shion Arita. She is accompanied by a robot named Tuto.

Birdy is an Altan, a human-like alien, possibly from a planet orbiting the star Altair. More specifically, Birdy is an Ixioran Altairian, a bio-engineered supersoldier bred for combat.

Tsutomu Senkawa
Voiced by: Iwanaga Tetsuya (Japanese), Justin Thompson (English) (OVA)
Voiced by: Miyu Irino (Japanese), Micah Solusod (English) (TV)
A high school student who has his mind hosted within Birdy after being killed during her confrontation with an alien criminal. Birdy tries to let him live a normal life until his body is rebuilt.

Civilians[edit]

Natsumi Hayamiya
Voiced by: Yukana (Japanese), Matty O'Shea (English) (OVA)
Voiced by: Kanae Itō (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English) (TV)
Tsutomu's female friend and classmate. In the OVA she has a more prominent role while in the television show she is just a minor character.
Hazumi Senkawa
Voiced by: Tomoko Maruo (Japanese), Debora Rabbai (English) (OVA)
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English) (TV)
Tsutomu's older sister. She does not live with Tsutomu and is rarely seen on the show. She comes by for random inspections and is first seen in the first episode saying goodbye to their parents.
Sayaka Nakasugi
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English) (TV)
Sayaka had a weak body until she was involved in a car accident. After she healed from the accident, her demeanor became more cheerful. She also changed from being sickly to very strong and also became more social. These changes were not gradual, but were very sudden. She then starts to become very close to Tsutomu after the car accident.
Shoko Kagami
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Maxey Whitehead (English) (TV)
A young girl whose legs are recovering. She's very fond of Nataru and tends to be hostile towards Birdy because she thinks Birdy's trying to 'steal' him from her. She had also lost her older brother in the Ryunka incident.

Aliens[edit]

Georg Gomez
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese), Cory Carthew (English) (OVA)
Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese), Newton Pittman (English) (TV)
An alien criminal who had been hiding on Earth in disguise. He's an Altarian henchman of Christella Revi.
Christella Revi
Voiced by: Mako Hyōdō (Japanese), Mary Alice McGuire (English) (OVA)
Voiced by: Mako Hyōdō (Japanese), Monica Rial (English) (TV)
A rogue alien scientist who is the antagonist of the story.
Nataru Shinmyou (ナタル)
Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)
Birdy's Childhood friend. He lives on Earth as a refugee and pretends to be a human. Nataru is an Ixioran like Birdy and has the ability to teleport. In Birdy the Mighty Decode he confesses to Birdy saying he's in love with her.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The original manga ran in what is now Shōnen Sunday Super, but when Masami Yuki began serializing Kyūkyoku Chōjin R in the pages of Shōnen Sunday it began appearing infrequently, and was eventually abandoned. Only one volume was ever collected.[7] In 2003, after a number of other series for Shōnen Sunday, Masami Yuki moved to Weekly Young Sunday, a seinen magazine, and began drawing a remake version, starting the story from the beginning.

Anime[edit]

The original Birdy The Mighty was an OVA release in 1996 by Madhouse studios licensed by Bandai and Emotion. It featured 4 episodes based on the 1980s manga. Later anime iterations were based on a subsequent manga in 2003.

Birdy the Mighty Decode was first announced under the name Birdy the Movement.[8] It was then revealed in the Tokyo International Anime Fair that the show would be aired in summer 2008 as Birdy the Mighty Decode.[9][10]

A second season of Birdy the Mighty: Decode began to air on January 9, 2009,[11] known as Birdy the Mighty Decode: 02. It concluded in May. There is no indication that there will be further seasons.

A subsequent OVA titled Birdy the Mighty Decode: Cipher features an unaired episode, named "Between you and me", that connects the first and second seasons. It is currently planned for DVD release on July 22, 2009. [12]

The first DVD for Birdy the Mighty Decode was released on September 24, 2008.[13]

OST[edit]

The Birdy the Mighty Decode OST was released on September 24, 2008 in a simultaneous release with the DVD.[13]

Theme Song CDs[edit]

"Sora"
Single by Hearts Grow
Released September 03, 2008
Format CD
Genre J-Pop
Label Sony Music Entertainment
"Kiseki"
Single by Nirgilis
Released Jan 9, 2009
Format CD
Genre J-Pop
Label Sony Music Entertainment

Sora is the opening theme to the TV animation adaptation titled Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode. It is performed by Hearts Grow.[14]

Kiseki is the opening theme to second season. It is performed by Nirgilis.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Sora (そら, Sky)
  2. Mirai Sketch (未来スケッチ, Sketch of Future)
  3. Sora - Instrumental (そら)
  4. Kiseki (奇跡,Miracle)

Legacy[edit]

Zac Snyder said the anime was an inspiration for his take on Man of Steel. [15]

Notes and references[edit]

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