Posted by psgels on 21 August 2009 with categories: Birdy the Mighty Decode



Hell yeah! I’ve been waiting for this for more than four months, but Birdy the Mighty Decode’s OVA is finally here. While it’s not exactly what I expected it to be, I don’t care. It’s always awesome to see more of your favourite series of the year.

So yeah, basically this episode takes place between the first and the second season, and ties both seasons together. We get to see Capella as she gets picked up by the old hag, we get to see what happened to Nakasugi after the end of the first season, and we get our first glimpse of Natoru, who would become such an amazing character later on. A lot of the time in this episode was spent on slice of life, and Shion had to give a concert at the same place that Nakasugi stayed at, so she paid a little visit to her. There also was some marionette after her because some aliens feared that she still had some traces of Ryunka in her, but that also was more meant to flesh out the setting rather than to create some sort of climax. Still, I don’t care. I’m glad enough to be able to watch some more of this amazing series, and this episode only contributed to it.

It’s great to see how Senkawa developed from the annoying brat in the first season to that likable side-character he became in the second one, and this episode really showed his transition. He’s so much more mature now, and let Shion approach her, instead of going after her himself. Also, I’ve heard people getting annoyed at Arita Shion’s typical voice, but I think it’s hilarious. Especially along with Capella and the old hag, the comedy becomes utterly priceless when the three of them are in the same room.

I’m also intrigued. The final frame showed the following lines. Now, I’m not sure whether that meant the second season or whether it was referring to something else:

“bye-bye
and
To be continued…”

If it turns out to be referring to that “something else”, and that “something else” turns out to be what I think it is: HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!
Rating: *** (Yes I’m biased!)

11 Responses

  1. specracer says:

    Thanks for the post I didn’t even know they where making an ova.

    Slightly off topic I was wondering if you had considered putting Birdy the Mighty Decode in your top ten. Since you did give it a higher score than Shion no Ou.

  2. specracer says:

    Thanks for the post I didn’t even know they where making an ova.

    Slightly off topic I was wondering if you had considered putting Birdy the Mighty Decode in your top ten. Since you did give it a higher score than Shion no Ou.

  3. specracer says:

    sorry for the double post

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Yeah, good point. I’m going to have to rework that top 10 some day, indeed. Though do note that Shion no Ou was scored with my old rating system, which still allowed scores of 94/100. If it were rated under my new scoring system, it would have also been 95/100. ;)

  5. DiatribeCondominiali says:

    Thanks for the post! I didn’t know the ova was out, can I ask where did you download it?

    By the way I noticed you are digging a lot of series recently thanks to summer break, so what about doing a marathon of Monster or Gankutsuo? I think Monster suits well your anime tastes, it’s a valuable series :D

  6. Necromancer says:

    “The Aniplex production company will ship a Birdy the Mighty Decode -The Cipher DVD with an unaired Birdy the Mighty Decode episode in Japan on July 22. The unaired episode will connect the first and second Birdy the Mighty Decode seasons.”

    It probably means to be continued in the already aired 2nd season since it was supposed to be part of season 1

  7. tealovertoma says:

    Don’t rework the top 10 – just make a new post with a new top 10.

  8. reverse says:

    so sweet, to see Nakasugi, Senkawa being more mature

  9. reverse says:

    “bye-bye
    and
    To be continued…”
    other ova or third season ?

    After checking the studio (A-1Studio) lineup in 2010.If third season were true, I expect to hear the official news somewhere in the fall season this year. and I predict the third season will aired between Oct 2010 – Jan 2011.

  10. Meagan says:

    I hope the prediction is correct (third season Oct 2010-Jan2011). I believe Birdy the Mighty Decode could end with the second season, it wrapped up everything pretty nicely. However, considering the fact that Tsutomu still does not have his body… a third season could happen.
    Is there any hard evidence that a third season is in the making?

    By the way, is the OVA subtitled in English yet. I found it… but no subs.

  11. Jesse says:

    I don’t think so. It has been long enough since the ova has come out that someone would have herd word of another season in the works. I think it was made prior to the second season and was just now released to get out one last goodbye.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Mar 2. 2015 01:29 AM)
    Late to this one but
    @BrendanVGC, that’s kinda tough. See there is a huge amount of very different manga that fall under the category “Seinien” You would kinda need to give us a more focused genre to work with here. Like horror, action etc.
    And pretty sure death note is shounen.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:35 AM)
    Damon I am more used to seeing in a drama or comedy role I reckon rather than an action hero.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:24 AM)
    Eric Bana is so underated =<
    I want to see more of the man on film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:49 AM)
    Yeah the action sequences were the best parts of Elysium. I don’t k ow, I just don’t feel Matt Damon in these roles anymore and I hope they stayed with Eric Bana like the rumors were hinting; that probably would’ve made it a more personal story.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:55 AM)
    Its been too long since I saw district 9 to have an accurate opinion on it.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:54 AM)
    I can remember giving higher points to elysium when I saw it first because I really needed/wanted to see an R rated action movie. But apart from Sharlto Copley as the villain it was in hindsight fairly miscast, the ending was quite poor and the script could have been improved on, I liked the robots/action scenes however.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:20 AM)
    I have a feeling that the movie’s gonna suck tho. District 9 was good, Elysium was a mess and Chappie looks like a Short Circuit ripoff with nothing new to add. I have respect for Blomkamp since he started as an animator and probably has respect for the medium and a good eye for aesthetics, by he’s doing progressively more conventional stuff as his career goes on.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 01:41 AM)
    Ha, so I wasn’t wrong when I came across that film Chappie and thinking that the robot resembled Briareos from appleseed, the director’s a fan of Masume Shirow’s work apparently.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 12:16 AM)
    @Brendan: That completely hinges on your personal taste, but Vagabond is one of the best Chanbara ones around, with superb art, fast pacing and entertaining storyline. Berserk should go without saying as it’s a codifier for many Seinen conventions, but Vinland Saga is another great series which is in similar vein. Biomega and Drifters are also worth a look.

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