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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    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
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    *here and there
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    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
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    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
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    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
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    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.

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