Birdy Cephon Altera is a Federation agent in pursuit of intergalactic criminals. Her pursuit of two such criminals leads her to Earth. In an altercation with one of these criminals, Birdy accidental kills the Earth teenager Tsutomu Senkawa. Fortunately for Tsutomu, there is a way to keep him alive, by allowing his consciousness to share Birdy’s body until his own body is repaired. Until then, he must attempt to convince his friends that everything is normal and hide Birdy’s prescence. Birdy meanwhile, must continue her pursuit of criminals who possess a weapon powerful enough to annihilate a planet.
This anime was originally released in Japan in 2008-2009. The English language adaptation is by Funimation. The subtitled version has been available on their website since June 30, 2010 and the dubbed version of the first season was released this past week.
Currently, I have only watched five episodes of the first season with ZeldaQueen, but I am already very impressed with the series. The animation is smooth and fluid, using a mixture of hard and fast fight scenes and slower dialog scenes. The special effects are well done too.
The world and story, although fantastical, are believable with credible characters and motives. I have been watching the subtitled version, and therefore cannot give an opinion on the quality of acting in the English version, but the emotion of the Japanese cast is very strong.
The opening and ending themes are good rock songs, with the end theme “Let’s Go Together” being my favorite. The incidental and theme music sets the tone of scenes well and underscores the tension related to the fights and conflicts explored in the anime.
Overall, a very solid show so far. I will probably continue watching on Funimation’s website, but I am strongly considering buying this show. If you enjoy sci-fi/action type shows, you will enjoy Birdy the Mighty: Decode.