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YMMV / Birdy the Mighty

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  • Better on DVD: DVD release partially cleaned up animation for second season of Decode, or at least in certain scenes.
  • Complete Monster: Satyajit Shyamalan, from the anime's first season, is a Corrupt Corporate Executive with an insane Social Darwinist philosophy of only the "Chosen" deserving life. Locating an alien weapon called the Ryunka, Shyamalan seeks to use it to "cleanse" the world. Murdering those in his way, Shyamalan later strangles the host of the Ryunka's grandfather to death and hooks the Ryunka up to a device of his own making to amplify its powers, killing many, many people with the intention of completely annihilating humanity save those he deems worthy of life.
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  • Cult Classic: The franchise as a whole isn't very well-known, but has its fair share of fans.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Second season of Decode tries a little too hard to be both Bloodier and Gorier and Darker and Edgier.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Averted for the most part with Shyamalan, who appears to be more hated than loved, likely because of his Smug Snake tendencies. Played somewhat straighter with Nataru—yes he's deeply angry and upset about the treatment he received as a "failed" Ixioran experiment, and yes he sees the error in his ways, but that doesn't justify brutally murdering the alien fugitives Birdy was told to bring into custody, even when they're not aggressive or begging for their lives.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The two Yakuza guys from Decode. They play no role in the plot whatsoever, being there only to set up the Running Gag about destroying yet another car of theirs.
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  • Evil Is Cool: Notably averted in Decode, where the evil deeds and philosophy of both Shyamalan and Nataru are depicted very unglamorously and mostly just convey how screwed-up they are.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Revi isn't by any means ugly and does tend to wear does pretty sexy outfits.
    • Shyamalan is pretty decent-looking as well.
    • The Ryunka toys with this. When it first wakes up, it's still in the body of Sayaka, who's a pretty good-looking girl wearing a sexier dress than she normally would. Shyamalan can't resist commenting on how beautiful it is. Of course, its true form is anything but sexy.
    • Moss, at least in human form, where she's a breathtakingly beautiful woman.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Shyamalan's treatment of Sayaka, with it being played as if she were a rape victim, became much more disturbing after Todd Haberkorn was accused of sexual assault.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the original manga, after getting caught by Gomez trashing some robots, with the help of Tsuotmu, Birdy rattles off a Sailor Moon-esque speech (though the original manga does predate Sailor Moon). In the OVA, Birdy was voiced by Sailor Moon's seiyuu herself.
    • Shyamalan's death at the hands of Sayaka after the Ryunka completely possesses her is a lot more unintentionally hilarious to watch when you remember that their seiyuu, Kenichi Suzumura and Maaya Sakamoto, are now married, which also augments the No Yay undertones between those two characters
    • In the OVA series, Birdy is followed by someone who turns out to be a talent scout, thinking she could be a model. In Decode, Birdy has a disguise as one.
    • There's an episode in which a little girl who defends a boy from bullies at a refugee camp Tsutomu and his friends visit sparks a debate among the boys about whether it's humiliating to have to be saved by a girl. In Heat Guy J, an earlier work by Kazuki Akane, two of the important men have the following exchange:
    You have to be saved by a woman? That's so pathetic.
    It's not every day you get saved by an angel.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Nataru crossed this after killing one of the escaped aliens after she decided to leave the rest of the survivors in protest over their actions. To be fair, she left less in protest and more out of fear that Nataru would find her if she stayed with the group, but still.
  • Narm:
    • The OVA's English dub is notoriously bad.
    • The animation in the scenes depicting young Birdy attacking the Berserker and Birdy's final battle with Nataru. The character designs are noticeably different and the movement is jerky in places, almost looking like a bad attempt at rotoscoping.
  • No Yay: Shyamalan/Sayaka
  • Retroactive Recognition: Birdy's voice actress in the English dub of the OVA is Alex McCord. Yes, the same Alex McCord who'd later become one of the original cast members of The Real Housewives of New York City.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The English dub of the OVA adaptation.
  • Squick
    • Tsutomu's death. Especially in Decode, where he gets blown in half. In the OVA, he's electrocuted.
      • He's also electrocuted in the original manga. In the remake, he gets a hole blown into his torso.
    • Geega's transformation in the OVA.
    • In both series, Bacillus. He bonds himself to several dogs at once in the OVA. In Decode, his hosts visibly fall apart while fighting Birdy. His death in both the OVA (getting set on fire) and Decode (getting blown up) could also count.
    • In the OVA, the aforementioned mad scientist's experiments.
    • The escape of several aliens in the opening to the second season of Decode involves them killing the guards in goresome fashion. The subsequent deaths of several of said aliens in also horrific.
    • Violin's death in both series. While she suffered a severe head blow in the OVA, in Decode, her head gets crushed in.
    • Shyamalan's treatment of Sayaka, because of the No Yay.
  • Toy Ship: Marina and Takumi from Decode 02 episode 3.
  • The Woobie:
    • Birdy herself once we learn more about her past.
    • In fact, most of the characters who haven't led a thoroughly normal life seem to have at least been this when young.


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