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[Tetsuwan Birdy Logo]
Tetsuwan Birdy
(Birdy the Mighty)

Episode 2: Double Trouble

[ production info ]

Copyright: © 1996 Yuuki Masami / Shogakukan / Bandai Visual, © 1998 U.S. Manga Corp.
Length: 25 minutes
Rating: NR, Parental Guidance Advised
Format: Japanese Language/English Subtitled (VHS)

Director: Kawajiri Yoshiaki Original Story: Masami Yuuki Character Design: Takahashi Kumiko Writer: Konaka Chiaki

[ plot summary ]

VHS jacket

Inspector Yamazaki from the Tokyo Police Department is called to the scene of an apparent homocide. The victim is a 23 year-old male, but he looks nothing like his driver's licence picture. In fact, a later autopsy reveals that his body had been under the influence of several unknown drugs, and perhaps most disturbing: his cerebellum had shrunk nearly one third its normal size, and his hypothalmus had enlarged.

Meanwhile, young Tsutomu has had a sleepless night, nervous over today's posting of successful exam candidates. Not one to pass up an opportunity like this, his older sister Hazumi decides to make a rather public announcement...

But Birdy's hypersensitive hearing has picked up a signal. A familiar signal, from someone she had met before. Unbeknownst to Birdy and Tsutomu, Crystallia Revi has been preparing a new breed of humans to perform her deeds. Revi intends to use Birdy to bench test her new toys, and suddenly, Hayamiya Natsumi, Tsutomu's would-be girlfriend, has become the bait!

[ capsule review ]

Remember the first few episodes of the Ranma 1/2 TV series? Remember our ever-illustrious Nabiki? I guess every Japanese anime family needs the smart-alecky older sister, and in poor Tsuotmu's case, he has Hazumi. And like the Takahashi comedy, Tetsuwan Birdy's Hazumi is equally loveable. Actually, the whole family could very well be a paraody of the typical disfunctional Japanese family, except that one member happens to timeshare his body with an interstellar cop.

Even more humourous is Birdy's hijacking of Tsutomu's body. It's bad enough that she unwittingly takes him all over the city, but things do get very uncomfortable for Tsutomu when his body hugs his friend Natsumi. This is quite departure from the angst-riddled comedies of the past, where young would-be boyfriends and girlfriends kept their distance, separated by a wall of tension. How many times did you want to yell at Kyosuke, and get him to give Madoka a hug or a kiss? Well, not to worry -- Birdy can do that for you.

Action sequences in this series is quite remarkable, considering that this isn't a big-budget production. But as in other Kawajiri productions, the martial-arts action is very detailed, and well choreographed, albeit a bit unbelievable. But hey, we're dealing with superhumans here.

The story itself seems a little thin. We're still at the introduction stage of this series, and the writers are being very stingy when it comes to releasing details of the history of Birdy, and who Crystallia really is. Some of the plot leaves a lot of questions unanswered -- for example, why did Gomez not kill Birdy when he had the chance, not once, but twice? Well, so far, I'm not really into this story for the plot. But the humour is worth the watch!
- AN, 1999.04.10

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 2 stars N/A
Direction: N/A 4 stars N/A
Acting: N/A 4 stars N/A
Animation: N/A 4 stars N/A
Music: N/A 3 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 3 stars N/R
Overall Rating: N/A 3 stars N/A

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