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Angel's Anime Review - Birdy The Mighty: Decode
(July 4, 2008 – Sept 29, 2008)
Director: Kazuki Akane Written by: Hiroshi Onogi
Key Words: Aliens, ecchi,
Studio: A-1 Pictures Licensed American Publisher: Funimation Entertainment
My Thoughts:This is one of those strange shows where one of the main characters dies before the main plot is even really talked about. I can’t help feeling like I have heard this story somewhere before, where two people have to share one body for a time period. I just can’t think of the show at the moment. Many of the characters personalities bother me; Birdy’s is a little two out there in the English dub. Tsutomu’s friend is positively the nosiest person in this. She will not leave him alone for a second and buts her nose into his business constantly. Sadly, they also bring people in suddenly without much info and leave you to figure out what the heck is going on for a while. There are a lot of cut scenes back and forward from different areas and they don’t really click where they are supposed to come into play.
The artwork is a little interesting and sometimes not consistent enough to be the best. Many times, the artwork feels really lazy. Many times, the characters lose shape a lot and some look off, no eyebrows and don’t have really great facial looks to it. Overall, it’s pretty bland and un-detailed with 3D spliced all over the place from outer space to just little camera angle changes. Sad thing is that you can actually see and know that its 3D without even having to look too hard. The outfit Birdy wears is really too showy and ecchi, made mostly for fan service it seems and I don’t get why almost every step seems to have this flint and medal look where sparks fly.
When it comes to the voices, it’s all over the place. Tute is one of the best I think, the English voice actor, J. Michael Tatum (known for Sebastian from Black Butler and Scar in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) sounds a lot like Shinji Kawada, the Japanese voice actor. He seems to have the perfect voice for the knowledgeable character in these. Birdy on the other hand… well… I like her Japanese voice better then her English one. Her Japanese voice sounds more like one of authority then her English Teen pop voice. Even when she’s relaxed in Japanese, she sounds more like a investigator.
Unfortunately, I lost interest in most of the show after the 3rd episode because of a certain character was pretty much thrown out of the show. To me, that character was the only worth watching in this show. The rest really got on my nerves.
I’m sorry… I just could not get into it.
Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birdy_the_Mighty
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