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Birdy the Mighty (1996) OVA Series
鉄腕バーディー (Tetsuwan Birdy)

Synopsis

Birdy Cephon Altera is a Federation agent chasing interplanetary criminals to the planet Earth. While in pursuit of one such criminal, she accidentally kills a high school boy named Tsutomu Senkawa. Fortunately for Tsutomu, there is a way to keep him alive. He ends up being merged into Birdy’s body and must remain so until the repair of his body is complete.

So, Tsutomu is stuck sharing a body with an attractive, strong, and impulsive space police agent while trying to keep his family and friends from finding out about Birdy. In the meantime, Birdy continues her investigation. Together, they take on a secretive group of evil aliens planning to perform experiments on the unsuspecting inhabitants of Earth.
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Pros

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Visual

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Overview

Birdy the Mighty (鉄腕バーディー Tetsuwan Bādī) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masami Yuki. His initial attempt with the story ran from 1985 to 1988. In 1996, the story was made into a four-part Original Video Animation directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The character designer and animation director for the series was Kumiko Takahashi.

Alternative title

– Birdy the Mighty
– Wspaniała Birdy
– Могучая Берди
– Tetsuwan Birdy
– 鉄腕バーディー
– Birdy the Mighty OVA
– Tetsuwan Birdy OVA
– 鐵腕女刑警
– 鐵腕女警
– 鐵腕巴蒂
– 鐵腕巴迪

TL;DR Review

Birdy the Mighty was one of the earlier anime exposure that just grabbed me. It was a nice short 4 episodes story arc that have action, adventure, superpower, and body swap. Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who also directed the Ninja Scroll movie.

I recently re-watched this OVA and it still holds up surprisingly well. Some of the animations may be a bit dated in their style and motion, and the colors are a little muted.

The OVA had a little of the horror elements than the newer TV series. The aliens are introduced as a horror type of monster for the time. As with most villains of this era, they need to flaunt their accomplishments and give speeches. We rarely see Revi does anything other than sending her henchmen to do the dirty work.

I would recommend the original Birdy the Mighty OVA to people who haven’t seen the 1996 version. But if you can’t easily find this anime, it is fine to skip and just watch the newer rebooted TV version. This anime contains graphic violence and moderate suggestive themes/dialog. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

Birdy the Mighty (1996) OVA Series
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Closing Theme

– “Future Shock” by Cherry (eps 1-3)
– “Sayonara Kara Hajimeyou (サヨナラから始めよう; Let’s Start with Goodbye)” by The s.h.e (ep 4)

Insert/Image Theme

– “Ai no Kiseki” by Iwanaga Tetsuya and Mitsuishi Kotono
– “With Your Memory” by Mitsuishi Kotono
Birdy Celphon Altera
"I said 'I'm sorry' and apologized so many times already, didn't I? Even though you're a man, you're being quite bitchy, you know!"
Tuto
"I believe that your hearts will reach each other."

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