Federation investigator Birdy Cephon Altera is pursuing a pair of criminals through space, and though she successfully boards their ship, the two manage to get away. About a year later, Birdy is working as an idol on Earth under the name Arita Shion because one of her targets – an alien named Geega – has disappeared into Earth’s entertainment industry. She and her partner Tute have been on Earth for half a year now and have just recently gotten a lead on a man named Giga who works at Empire TV. On the very same night they track down Geega to an abandoned hotel, high-schooler Senkawa Tsutomu is at the same location, intent on exploring the building. Tsutomu is joined by his classmate Hayamiya Natsumi, but before the two can get very far inside, they get discovered by Geega. Trying to hide a secret facility he has there, Geega threatens to call the police on Tsutomu for trespassing, but Tsutomu apologizes and willingly leaves.
Geega then heads to the rooftop and is surprised when he’s confronted by Tute and Birdy. He gets his two robotic bodyguards to attack Birdy, but she easily destroys both, leaving Geega no choice but to shed his human skin for his true form. Geega has the ability to fire molten energy beams from his mouth, however Birdy has superior physical abilities and starts beating up on him with her fists. When she throws him into the floor, she comes up with only his arm, and the injured Geega flees to the bottom of the building. He finds Tsutomu and Natsumi by the exit and quickly decides to use Tsutomu as a decoy. When Birdy finds him, Geega throws Tsutomu at her, and because she can’t see exactly what’s coming at her because of all the smoke, Birdy assumes it’s Geega and charges up her fist. She realizes too late that it’s actually a human, and by that point she has already blown Tsutomu in half.
Tsutomu is confused at what’s going on and soon loses consciousness in a pool of his own blood. He thinks he might be dead, but he then wakes up to the sound of his alarm clock. At first he thinks that it was a dream, but when he puts on his glasses, he realizes that he doesn’t need them anymore. Tsutomu doesn’t get much time to think about it though because his sister calls him downstairs to bid his parents farewell. They are leaving for half a year, and since his sister will only come by from time to time, Tsutomu will be by himself. On the way to school, Tsutomu tells Natsumi that he had a weird dream, and she reveals that she did too. She changes the subject though to his lack of glasses and thinks that he’s lying when he says that his eyes suddenly just got better. Everything else seems normal for Tsutomu until he returns home that evening and thinks about how he’ll be all alone. It is at that moment that he hears a female voice say that he’s not alone, and in trying to figure out who said that, he slips and falls down a set of stairs. When Tsutomu regains consciousness, he finds himself leaping from rooftop to rooftop. He’s no longer in control of his body, and the reflection on the side of a building reveals that he’s now inside of Birdy.
Usually I have mixed luck with opening and endings to anime series. This is one of those cases where I liked the opening song as soon as I heard it, and I thought the ending song was pretty good too. I haven’t heard much Hearts Grow before, so they’re relatively new to me, but Afromania I remember from Gurren Lagann, and I think I like Let’s go together more than Minna no Peace.
I wasn’t sure I was going to watch this and didn’t have the time last week, but Patrik (who some of you may remember) had told me that this was pretty good, and I finally got around to seeing it. As I mentioned in my summer preview, I’ve read some of both versions of the Tetsuwan Birdy manga, and while this anime adaptation keeps the basic premise the same, there are more than enough additions to make it feel fresh and unique. Tute for example doesn’t play as big a part in the manga as he does here, and here he reminds me greatly of Leeron from Gurren Lagann. Birdy meanwhile has a very spunky attitude that’s a lot of fun to watch. It also helps that I haven’t read too far into the manga, so I’m curious to see where the story goes and if it’ll focus more on Tsutomu’s side of things or Birdy’s. The highlights of course are all of the action and fighting scenes, and while they’re not quite up to SOUL EATER caliber, they’re still pretty exciting to watch. All the technical aspects (animation, music, etc) are solid as well, so I really have nothing bad to say about this based on the first episode. If the second one turns out to be just as good, I’ll probably end up blogging this.