Thursday, April 28, 2011

Birdy the Mighty: Decode (Kazuki Akane, 2008)

Another anime series from FUNimation, Birdy the Mighty: Decode is part Men in Black, part Shazam, part Incredible Hulk, and part high school action/comedy. Birdy Cephon Altera is a space cop who tails a fugitive to Earth, the backwater of the universe. The fugitive, Giga, has taken over the body of an entertainment producer, so she poses as a gravure model Shion Arita to attempt finding him. In their first Earth battle she accidentally kills a young boy, Tsutomu Senkawa. In an attempt to save him, she absorbs his consciousness, and preserves his remains in hopes of having his body reconstructed on her home planet. Both consciousnesses are active, and the one controlling the body must speak out loud to be heard by the other. Birdy is able to transform into Tsutomu's body and give him control.

So, the two trade forms/control, with the added discomfiture of having to pose as Shion Arita. Add to this a reporter who has figured out that Birdy and Shion Arita are the same person.

It is a fun show. Not great. I sometimes zone out on episodes, but anime fans will likely enjoy it.

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