Posted by psgels on 28 March 2009 with categories: Birdy the Mighty Decode



Short Synopsis: Birdy finally gets the chance to bring Natoru back to earth.
Episode Rating: 9/10 (fantastic)
What an utterly incredible episode. I’ve seen a lot of disappointing endings this season so far, but this one did EXACTLY what it promised, with some of the most amazing results. What a ride. And what a huge shame that this incredible series is already over.

And seriously, this episode had some of the best fights I have seen in a long, long while, showing that Kazuki Akane has in no way lost his touch since Noein. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen animation that was this good; even Bonen no Xamdou’s final episodes feel inferior compared to it. Unlike Shikabane Hime, which promised a huge ending and instead got resolved within five minutes, this episode made optimal use of its time, and yet nearly everything got resolved, and the things that haven’t been resolved (Natoru’s past) are being saved for the OVA.

This show seriously has set such a high standard for the rest of the year, and it’s been an amazing ride from start to finish, and I loved how even at the final episodes, it never forgot that Senkawa’s classmates also are supposed to have a life (something that many other series seem to forget at this point). Some of the most touching scenes in this episodes included those parts about the presentation that the series has also been building up for.

This series has really confirmed how Kazuki Akane is my single favourite director. His works of Escaflowne, Noein and Birdy the Mighty have been utterly incredible, and a true work of genius. I am SO going to watch his next work when it airs in a few years’ time.

12 Responses

  1. Senna says:

    Ahh, I’d forgotten this show was directed by Kazuki Akane! Escaflowne is my very favorite series, and I liked Noein a lot too, so that combined with your praise of it makes me eager to give this a look.

  2. Westlo says:

    Curious… why so much praise for Akane.. and none for Hiroshi Ohnogi? You know the writer of this show, Noein, 17-24 of Macross Frontier.

    Escaflowne aside (which he teamed up with Shouji Kawamori of Macross fame anyway) pretty much every Kazuki Akane show has heavily involved Hiroshi Ohnogi. Birdy, Noein and Heatguy J… have you see that one btw?

    He’s writing Gonzo’s Shangri-la, so before you set about defending Gonzo if you end up liking the show remember that… oh and he’s doing the new FMA as well.

  3. mulligan says:

    The soundtrack was especially awesome in this episode. And the messy animation style made much more sense this time round. A very enjoyable episode (and series), made me wanting more ^__^

  4. olivia says:

    wholeheartedly agree – the animation in this episode’s fight was superb – I haven’t even seen such animation in Western movies…

  5. Natalie says:

    One thing I noticed that didn’t get explained (unless I missed it) was Iluma’s connection with Kazuyoshi Chigira’s family. We saw her there getting information from his mum, but that was it. Does that mean that Chigira’s family aren’t normal humans either?

    But great series! The second half was especially fantastic! And I liked the way that Senkawa’s and Birdy’s situations mirrored eachother, with the person they each liked ending up as an enemy. After seeing how Senkawa dealt with the situation, deciding to sacrifice himself in Nakasugi’s place, I wondered what path of action Birdy would take. But in the end it seems it was Senkawa that broke Nataru out of his rage. Also I was kinda confused as to how Nataru knew that he had to go back in time to save Birdy as a child?

  6. Patrick Monti says:

    I’m really curious as to why people find the animation incredible. If by animation you mean the capability to show 24 frames per second then, yes, the animation was incredible. In my case I didn’t find anything particularly amazing about that sucky drawings (I only mean the ending and episodes with that style).

    I liked the story a lot though, for me it was not the ending but the way in which the story got there. The ending was so-so but there have been so little good endings in a lot of time (not that there was ever a lot to begin with).

  7. Cursors says:

    Just saw the last episode. Freaking amazing!!! I was sorta mad though…WTF is this really the end? Season three man. So much stuff left to talk about.

    Definately my current top anime of 2009 right now.

  8. sdliddo says:

    i wanna see a 3rd season darn it!!! revi is on earth!! so who could it be then? the original ova never showed us the woman but i wish they’d make a 3rd season.
    I hope they make the needed edits to the animation when they release the DVDs. if they do, i certainly hope to get them if i got the money then.

  9. chris says:

    do you know when season 3 is airing? perhaps october?

  10. colin O' says:

    You can find anything related to Birdy the Mighty here:

    http://www.birdy-tv.com/index.html

    Only problem is that most of the site is in Japanese.

  11. Paul Soriano says:

    please let me know when the birdy season 3 comes out

  12. Ditlev says:

    I hate to say this, but in the years i have watched anime i have come across ONE single bad thing that like about 50% of the anime’s i have seen has in common, they lead up to something more but then they end just like that…

    If they had a better ending i would rate them higher.
    But i just hate that somehow almost all the best anime’s stop like this one, season 2, when CLEARLY there should be a season 3, at least, if not also season 4:)
    But the sad fact is that we are now in year 2011 soon 2012 and the anime companies haven’t made any progress in the birdy matter at all since then…

    So there will 99% surely not be any season 3, but that’s what makes anime companies SO FREAKING stupid.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:07 PM)
    @Aidan: then the best solution would’ve been to make a two cour season covering the 2nd and the 3rd book. Have the cours air two anime seasons apart, and in the middle have an offshoot short OVA that covers the 1st book, but has a more harem comedy feel to it. Think Full Metal Panic and Fumuffu.

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