Tetsuwan Birdy Decode

February 18, 2012

Imagine if you are one mind, one body and one soul with a famous idol. YEOW! That would be a dream come true for die-hard fans. But what if you take it too literally? In the sense that both parties occupy the same body but maintaining different sets of mind and soul? Would you really want to be ‘stuck’ in such a predicament? Well, ask Tsutomu Senkawa. He has got that ‘bodily’ experience. So if you have watched Tetsuwan Birdy Decode (or also known as Birdy The Mighty Decode in English), chances are you know what I’m talking about.

This production that was made in year 2008 is actually a remake and retelling of the original 4 OVA episodes named Tetsuwan Birdy (or Birdy The Mighty if you like) that came out in 1996. As usual, all remakes of earlier productions mean that there will be some uplifting in terms of character designs or ‘updates’ to cater for current pop culture. I may have not seen the original OVAs so I’m not sure if they just do some makeover in the characters but I can pretty much guess the plot remains the same or at least close to it. Birdy Cephon Altera is a Federation investigator and her bio-engineered capabilities means she is bred for kick-ass combat to haul super criminals and convicts all over the galaxy. Till she accidentally kills an innocent bystander (Tsutomu) that she is forced to share her body (literally) with him. So it’s an awkward situation for the kid trying to live his normal life without everyone else finding out the secret and mess he’s gotten into while she trying to continue her mission to apprehend criminals. Yeah, it may be tough for a person to be at 2 places at 1 time but it isn’t impossible for 2 people to be at the exact same place at the same time.

Episode 1
Birdy is hot on the heels of an escaping intergalactic criminal. When she busts on board with her robot partner Tute, she is disheartened that the big fish, Geega and Bascillus have escaped via escape pod. Shion Arita is a model in the midst of a photo shoot while her gay manager watches on. She must be famous enough to garner a few fans who would gladly buy several same magazines to admire her beauty. These include Tsutomu’s otaku buddies. Actually Shion and her manager are Birdy and Tute in disguise. It’s already been 6 months since they’ve been living on this planet to uncover Geega and their investigations are bearing fruit each day. Seems Tute has learnt Geega has slipped into this planet’s entertainment industry and working under disguise at Empire Television. They also talk about how this planet houses lots of illegal aliens masquerading and living among humans. Though Birdy makes an uncalled remark of a certain old lady, that lady. Irma pops up and after she apologizes, she hands them some information on Geega. Meanwhile Geega is seen speaking to Shyamalan Satajito about the need to grow Ryunka and he has to be careful since there may be a Federation investigator on this planet. Birdy continues her night patrol as she leaps from building to building. Natsumi Hayamiya spots Tsutomu trying to explore an abandoned building and joins him. Unknown to them, this is where Geega is trying to grow Ryunka in his secret lab. Though they bumped into Geega who is very mad about their trespassing, Tsutomu apologizes and leaves. Soon Geega comes into Birdy and Tute. She gives him a chance to surrender. Hell, no way. Okay, so be it. Fight! At least Birdy can de-stress herself. Since Birdy’s a powerful bio-engineered super soldier so her punches really pack quite a punch. You can see the destructive effects as Birdy takes out Geega’s underlings with ease. Then of course Geega joins the fray as he transforms into his real self albeit slightly modified. He too takes a pounding. The fight is so powerful that the entire building is shaking! Tsutomu and Hayamiya didn’t get out in time and was caught in the midst of the battle. Geega knocks out Hayamiya and uses Tsutomu as hostage. Because of the fog, Birdy couldn’t see well as Geega throws Tsutomu towards her. She realizes too late when her punch rips through Tsutomu’s body. Tsutomu has this unreal feeling and it took him a while to realize that he is probably dead. But he wakes up next morning in his own bed like as though everything last night was a dream. He is puzzled to know that his eyesight has gotten better and doesn’t need to wear spectacles. After he sees off his parents who are temporarily moving away, he goes to school and meets some of his friends: Hayakawa, Sayaka Nakasugi (from Tsutomu’s body reaction, he must have a crush on her), Kazuyoshi Chigira and Ryouta Sudou. Meanwhile Geega is still alive as he meets Georg Gomez and is being reminded to complete Ryunka as their client is Christella Revi. He goes home after school and thinks this is the start of his home alone days. However he freaks out when he hears an inner voice telling him otherwise. He slips and falls unconscious. Next thing he knows, he is jumping from building to building and in a building’s reflection, saw himself as Birdy. He thought he turned into a pretty woman!

Episode 2
A couple of guys are being tasked to transport Ryunka. I guess he was sleepy at the wheel so he slams into a car carrying Nakasugi. Capella Titis watches and notes how the Ryunka they are after won’t get to Geega now but thinks it will make a good host. Tsutomu gets the shock of his life as he experiences high speed velocity running. Jumping up, falling down! He’s going to die of heart attack at this rate. Later in some alternate dimension, he is being explained what happened. During the fight with Geega, he is killed and his body is currently sent to be repaired. Tsutomu recognizes Birdy as Shion but she mentions that is just her cover up while she does her investigations on this planet. Birdy’s superior Megius apologizes for the inconvenience and that he is now inside of Birdy’s body. Yes, Tsutomu is dead and they’ve simply transferred his consciousness to Birdy’s body to keep him alive. This way, he can continue to live his normal life, right? Well, if he doesn’t mind transforming in between bodies and going on high speed pursues. So he tries hard to return to his normal life but people give him suspicious stares because he’s like talking to himself. Sorry kid. Birdy can’t use any telepathy and if that happens, their minds will fuse. In class, Hayamiya finds out from Kanae Kitamura that Nakasugi was involved in an accident. Her girl friends seem gloomy so the guys have the cheek to even say it’s like a funeral. Tsutomu unknowingly commented about cremation burial and turning into ash. This has Hayakawa grab him by the collar. Chigira has to calm them down and suggests that they all visit Nakasugi after school. Bascillus sees Geega and believes Birdy has taken Ryunka and will do the job since Geega’s arm is busted. He also wants to eat her. Tsutomu didn’t turn up at the hospital because Shion and Tute are going to do some shoot at a studio. There’s only 1 body to tag around. Inside, a blaster blasts through Tute’s body (don’t worry, the robot’s practically safe as long as the head is still okay). It is Bascillus and he wants to know where Birdy has taken Ryunka. Of course she doesn’t know what he’s saying. Another high powered fight is on the cards and though Bascillus can elongate his arms, actually his body is already at its limit and rotting. Birdy explains to Tsutomu about Bascillus being a felon and parasite that feeds off the memories and abilities of others. So this body of his actually belongs to an Earthling. Keisuke Muroto has been snapping photos of Birdy since who knows when. The destructive fight brings down some of the sets and Muroto gets caught in it. Bascillus uses this chance to escape. Birdy wants to chase after him but Tsutomu chides her for allowing another casualty. Noticing that he’s just unconscious, Birdy finds out Muroto is a journalist and Tsutomu’s OB from his school. She sees his camera with her mugshot and breaks it to protect her identity. Bascillus goes back to Geega who isn’t happy he failed. But since Bascillus’ body is at its limit, he devours Geega. Tsutomu goes to school and is being reprimanded by Hayamiya for not turning up at the hospital. Then Nakasugi’s car pulls over and she comes out just fine so Hayamiya continues to chat with her. She looks pretty much fine and well even if that accident was horrendous. And Tsutomu still isn’t happy he has to continue co-habitating in her body.

Episode 3
Tsutomu is shocked to see the amount of food Birdy has to eat to recover her energy. Maybe now we know why there’s food shortage in the world. He is also not happy that his normal life is disrupted and since it’s her fault who killed him, he doesn’t want her to go around transforming as she wishes. What about her investigations? Not his concern. Tute also sides with Tsutomu on his argument, much to Birdy’s dismay. Later Tute talks to Birdy that her abilities are declining and was obvious during the fight with Bascillus. This is due to her incapability to reconcile with Tsutomu’s body and she should be thinking how to live with him instead. Birdy kicks up a fuss that he can be Tsutomu’s buddy instead. Well yeah, Tute becomes like Tsutomu’s mom making him a big bento. Meanwhile Muroto is bugging his professor to buy something for him. He notes he should be like Kaori Sanada, who is from the same graduate batch as Muroto. Speaking of which, she is a reporter for Empire Television as she is being told of Shyamalan, a big trading partner for the company. Irma informs Tute that Geega has been ‘fired’ from Empire Television and seems he has not returned to his home. The conversation drifts into one that will have Shion work hard and earn them big bucks. Birdy is soaking in the bath as Tsutomu wants to know what this Ryunka is. Well, she doesn’t know what it is either (blaming Megius for not releasing enough details) but something dangerous. Bascillus (in Geega’s form) is acting weird, sniffing like a dog in public so much so he gets picks up by the police. I don’t know how he got freed. Maybe Gomez bailed him out. He knows ‘Geega’ has lost Ryunka and so Bascillus states his next move is to eat Birdy so that he will know Ryunka’s location. Hayamiya and Nakasugi find Tsutomu eating lunch. Tute suddenly comes by to give Tsutomu his gym bag. He even pecks him on his cheek! So gay!!! Shocked Hayamiya will support him and tells him not to mind what others think. I think she just misunderstood big time. After Hayamiya leaves for PE duties, Tsutomu has a chance to talk to Nakasugi alone. As Tute leaves, he is being attacked by Bascillus. Then Bascillus grabs Nakasugi after mistaking her as Birdy. Since Birdy can’t transform in front of others, looks like Tsutomu has to fight the alien himself. Can he? Oh wow. He suddenly can do high jumps and power punches! Or is it Birdy in the background making his body move? But with Nakasugi knocked out, Birdy gets to transform as she chases after fleeing Bascillus. She finds him at the pool area and another destructive fight begins. I wonder how much it’ll cost to fix the pool, the walls, etc. Eating Birdy is all that is on Bascillus’ mind as Tute appears in time to help out. Noting that Bascillus has eaten Geega, he has acquired better skills and can’t fight him as before. Tute takes a direct hit from Bascillus’ blast. Birdy gets worried but Tute tells her that Bascillus’ memories are in a mess so capturing him won’t do any good do find anything on Ryunka. He allows her to use Elemental Destructor to kill him off for good as letting him free will only cause more casualties. Bascillus is weakening and rotting as Birdy plants the little implant into his body. It gives off a huge explosion that it destroys a big portion of the pool! Birdy doesn’t want to part with Tute because she’ll be alone then but he notes he is beyond repair and goes offline. Tsutomu observes how sad Birdy became as he understands how it feels to lose a partner. Flashback of how Tute and Birdy got acquainted when they’re young and were inseparable since.

Episode 4
Birdy continues eating away happily till Tsutomu reminds her of what happened to Tute. She punches herself and at the last minute transforms into Tsutomu so that he is at the receiving at of his own punch! Next thing he knows, he is in panic mode as he is zooming through space! What’s happening? Seems Birdy has received message about Tsutomu’s body being given approval to be repaired. So it’s off to her home planet (which is as blue as our Earth) and Tsutomu has to forgo a day or two and skip his midterm exams. His friends are studying at the library when Nakasugi invites them to her house party this weekend as celebration of her release from hospital. Upon arrival at Birdy’s planet, she undergoes a search procedure. Inside the capsule, Tsutomu has a glimpse of some of Birdy’s memories. Then Birdy meets Megius and Weegie, who informs her that her mind fusion parameter is green. Tsutomu learns that this mind fusion thingy will cause him to ‘eat’ Birdy and thus making her ‘disappear’. He’s not too happy about it but Birdy is okay since she was the one who killed him. As for his body, it’ll be repaired completely faster than expected. That is, in 3 months time (is that in Earth’s measurement or not?). Birdy’s director, Skeletsu is so happy to see her back that they both engage in a fight. Don’t worry, it’s their way of greeting. But he notices she is not at her usual power so she explains about being fused with Tsutomu. However it seems Birdy is being called to court and they need Tsutomu to keep silent. While the court finishes interrogation with Geega’s small fry, Birdy’s colleagues are surprised Birdy is called to the witness stand to testify. Then a Deity intervened, Nejula Gate Altaria. She takes over the questioning. Her colleagues fear Birdy was summoned to testify was also an excuse to question her since it’s a court case not defined in the laws. First Nejula has Birdy reiterate her other nickname: Berserker Killer. Then she continues the interrogation with Birdy’s chase of a couple of heavily sinned felons (Geega and Bascillus) but let them escaped while she’s taking on the small fry. Plus, she is conducting an investigation not even knowing what Ryunka is. She wants Birdy to tell the court that she killed a civilian on Earth. Words couldn’t come out of Birdy’s mouth so Tsutomu tells her to switch with him. Tsutomu’s appearance surprises everyone as he mentions that though he was killed by Birdy, he isn’t really dead because he’s still here alive. Though it’s inconvenient sharing this body, he was told his body can be repaired and thus Birdy didn’t kill anyone. Nejula didn’t expect the persecutor to defend the murder. She then shows Tsutomu what Ryunka is. In ancient words, it means shapeless death. Using her Bindu powers, Tsutomu sees visions of a recorded past whereby a planet has been horribly exterminated by Ryunka’s devastating powers. He could even feel the fear! Tsutomu is worried that such a tragedy might occur again so Nejula tells everyone that because of Birdy’s slip up, Ryunka was brought to Earth. However Tsutomu defends Birdy because she is trying her best to fulfil her duties. With that, Nejula ends her questioning and will monitor her actions. Birdy realizes that Nejula used this trial to deliver information on Ryunka. Later Megius allows Birdy to continue her investigation but the Earthlings’ safety must be top priority. As for Tute’s replacement, Birdy doesn’t need one because she already has a buddy: Tsutomu. Surprise? Weegie gives her a little item (in the guise of a handphone) that they conserved some functions from the recovered Tute to help her in her investigations. As Birdy shows Tsutomu around Altaria, a sudden explosion rocks the place.

Episode 5
The reports of the terrorist attack may be linked to an assassination against the Union members visiting Altaria. There’s a dispute surrounding the neutral land, Aolis and the silver river separates the Federation and Union and is the neutral zone in which Union members must not be allowed to enter. They also have a picture of the terrorist suspect, which is an Ulugarian. Viewing this as a serious problem, Megius allows Birdy to investigate in the enemy’s land but will only allow her to stay for 2 days. Inside a bar, Birdy disguises as a hooker to get close to the Ulugarian dog and his Altarian eye-patched partner, Wedola. But Wedola knows she’s not an ordinary hooker and points his gun at her. Thinking it would be easier to directly capture the criminals here, Birdy starts kicking. Well, the chain reaction has everybody in the bar start fighting each other! But the suspects are getting away. She catches up and tries to interrogate the Ulugarian but he fights back. Suddenly Nejula intervenes and kills the dog outright. Birdy is upset that she can’t get info out of the suspect. Seeing Nejula doesn’t agree with her views, they both fight. Right now? During the confusion, Wedola’s partner, Nimukay uses smoke screen to allow him to escape. Birdy complains to Megius but he mentions Nejula is part of the Committee that isn’t bound by the laws and also an Exterminator (group of people allowed to kill. Yikes!). Megius then shows a video of a new group called Revolutionary Order led by King Zero. He was once captured by Birdy and Nejula but escaped. He plans to attack the Union’s consulate in 12 hours but will withdraw that if Birdy and Nejula is sent to him as communicator (did he purposely scribbled on their faces?). King Zero talks to his subordinates how some unknown guy is financing his revolution and that his aim isn’t the Union consulate but the Committee. He plans to do it via descending an abandoned satellite that will wipe out everything within a 40 mile radius. Birdy and Nejula oblige King Zero’s demands and enter a building. Hmmm… Feels like deja vu. Like they’ve been into this kind of building before, all doors shut close and the building will explode. That’s exactly what’s happening! King Zero doesn’t learn, eh? Hey, where’s Nejula? Birdy’s all left alone! BOOM!

As King Zero and his subordinates are confident the duo won’t survive the blast, they see Tsutomu lying on the ground. Since the kid saw them, King Zero orders him to be taken out but Nimukay pleads to spare him as he’s just a kid. Back in his base, I wonder why they didn’t tie him up because Tsutomu wakes up, wanders around till he eavesdrops the baddies big time plan. King Zero learns his financer is Gelabu, the Union council general who is supposed to be dead during the terrorist attack. I guess King Zero and Gelabu are happily chatting away so much so they didn’t realize Tsutomu sneaking around and even stole the detonator that will destroy the satellite. Well, eventually he did realize the kid and grabs him. But what surprises him and everyone is that he then transforms into Birdy. Hi, your worst nightmare is back. While King Zero fights Birdy in his mecha suit, Gelabu escapes but comes face to face with Nejula. He feigns ignorance but a tape recorder replays his exact words of his plan to move into the neutral zone once the Committee is destroyed. Looks like Wedola is a spy and has all that perfectly recorded. Realizing Nejula’s reason to be here as an Exterminator, Gelabu commits political suicide. Yes, he kills himself. Saves everybody the trouble, eh? Meanwhile Birdy and King Zero’s fight has the detonator falling into Nimukay’s hands. She is in a dilemma on what to do. To give King Zero or Birdy? Either many people will die or listen to her love? At least she has a conscious so she chooses the former and presses the detonator, much to King Zero’s dismay. Birdy protects Nimukay from King Zero’s wrath and delivers him the final blow before Skeletsu and his men arrive to apprehend the criminals. In the aftermath, Megius informs Birdy how a war was averted since the Union accepted the terrorist attack on Gelabu. But Birdy couldn’t understand how they knew her location when she didn’t relay any information. Skeletsu introduces Wedola AKA Kashugeza, an apprentice of Skeletsu and an undercover investigator. Birdy is not happy that he didn’t prevent the terrorist attack but he mentions by doing so, they couldn’t figure out the Union’s plot. She is about to punch him but Skeletal takes it for him instead. He doesn’t want Birdy to take out her anger on the wrong person as he was just following orders. What about the innocent people sacrificed? It is necessary to save the majority. With the case closed, Birdy flies back to Earth. Tsutomu gets a call from Hayamiya about Nakasugi’s party. He is able to bluff her about his absence out of Tokyo due to family issues. It’s much more believable this way.

Episode 6
Tsutomu’s pals are out to buy swimsuits as requested by Nakasugi. As usual, he didn’t turn up because he has to tag along trying to search for marionnettes at an abandoned building. The place where he got killed. Yeah, brings back memories, eh? So Hayamiya and co visit Nakasugi’s mansion and are at awe over the huge place. During a meal with Nakasugi’s grandpa, Sudou is being somewhat rude that Nakasugi escaped unscathed like as though she was real lucky. Grandpa thinks it’s a miracle but Nakasugi doesn’t want to continue this conversation and drop this accident thingy as it is giving her nightmares. As the kids move to the lobby for the buffet, grandpa remembers how the doctors operating on her were proclaiming it was indeed a miracle. Her damaged lung and brain recovered back to normal that no medical science could explain. While they are having fun, Nakasugi suggests taking a swim, the reason why she asked them to bring along swimsuits. Of course Nakasugi is still recovering so she won’t be joining them. Since Tsutomu isn’t here, she requests Hayamiya to contact him again. Well? No answer. Kitamura talks to Hayamiya how Nakasugi seems livelier now because she was always shy and gives out a gloomy feeling. Noticing that she’s always concern about Tsutomu, they shrug off that she may be interested in him. Maybe. Don’t write it off yet. Shyamalan is talking to Gomez and the latter warns of doing both growing Ryunka and making marioniettes will cause him to only fail in both. He also warns of a certain investigator looking for Ryunka. Meanwhile Muroto and Sanada meet up. Muroto saw the interview she did with Shyamalan but she was rather forced to do it. Something about the need to maintain a good relationship with him (nobody defies him. See what happened to Geega?) or else he will go to another TV station. That’s how powerful he is. After when Nakasugi’s friends left, Tsutomu finally arrives. Better late than never, eh? Oh, he’s got a bouquet of flowers. Does he think this will settle it? They both chat about stuff. Among them housemaid Yoshie Suzuki who has been caring for her since young. Nakasugi also feels odd because she died in that accident. To think that she’s the only one who survived it when nobody does, she thinks she has been reborn and given a second chance by God. She also wants to thank him for sending him to the infirmary when she was attacked by a baddie (that struggle with Bascillus at school). She got a little too close to him so Tsutomu slips into the pool. To watching Yoshie’s horror, Nakasugi dives in to grab his hand. Tsutomu goes home as Birdy teases him that he likes Nakasugi. Meanwhile Nakasugi is taking a bath and after spotting a weird green pigeon at the window, in a trance she crushes it! Bird killer! Yoshie talks to grandpa about Nakasugi. She feels this isn’t the Nakasugi she knows. Telling him of her changed eating habits, clothing preferences and even making new friends when she has always been a loner, grandpa thinks Nakasugi is opening up and is happy for her and that Yoshie is the one who is strange. However Yoshie tells of the final oddity. Nakasugi was at the pool. She has phobia of giant body of water like the sea or pools so she will never approached them. The crushed pigeon resurrects and returns to Capella as she watches the recorded videos via its eyes.

Episode 7
Nakasugi attends a funeral of a person named Nagaya. Recently there have been spates of murders at subways and it is usually done when no one is around. Nakasugi wakes up from a nightmare like as though she’s at the murder spot and when she looks at her feet, it is dirty. Could it be? Tsutomu’s otaku friends are discussing the Song of Curse and Song of Death around these murders but they don’t seem too interested in believing them. As Nakasugi is gardening, Capella comes up to her and hypnotizes her. Birdy is interested in this case and switches over to her body and leaves the house. However she comes into Tsutomu’s sister, Hazumi and she recognizes her as that idol. Shion makes Hazumi laugh her ass off so much with her antics that Hazumi didn’t want her to go! That night, another serial murder strikes. Kitamura is getting scared that the rumours are coming true. Birdy pays a visit at the site where the murder took place and pays her last respects. Muroto was also there and he chases after her upon knowing she is Shion. In the train, he thought he had her cornered but it seems she manages to change back to Tsutomu to give Muroto the slip. Then both their handphones ring. It’s playing that song! Rushing out at the next stop and Tsutomu following his instincts leads him to a deserted parking lot. The perpetrator vanishes once the duo arrive on scene. Looks like it’s another murder. Tsutomu does some research back home and on the site which lists the murder victims, he notices all of them had something in common: Bespectacled females with short hair. Oh, Hazumi fits that description too. She’s having a blast with her pals and I hope she won’t be the next victim… A couple of police inspectors are doing their rounds at the closed subway. They spot a suspicious lady but it turns out to be Muroto in drag! The perpetrator gets ready to pound on another unsuspecting victim when is suddenly kicked away. It is Birdy in disguise as she is surprised to know the perpetrator is a marionette. Nakasugi’s grandpa sees Shyamalan in his office (they’re both partners in grandpa’s marionette business) as he learns the murder suspect is a marionette escaped from this place. He is also shocked to learn the marionettes developed here have combat tools instead of safe keeping. As Shyamalan notes, he has invested a lot in this N Programme. Though the programme is completed, there was a bug. The creator of this marionette seems to be a bespectacled female with short hair. While she is programming it (including that song), she mentions she hasn’t adjusted its eyes yet and wants to hug. However the marionette hugged her too hard and thus killed her. Birdy is fighting the marionette who seems to be calling her mama. Birdy breaks out from her iron grip and makes it go offline. Seeing that the marionette shed tears, Birdy feels pity. As she was about to retrieve it, Capella swiftly takes it away while her pigeon keeps her at bay. She recognizes that person from the Federation. Shyamalan is not happy that the marionette is lost but he needs to look no further as Capella tosses the marionette into his room. She warns him to do a better clean up job if he plays his human-doll game or else his ‘precious’ will be taken away by someone else. Shyamalan laughs and offers her to be his friend. Nakasugi lies floating in her swimming pool. She feels good about it.

Episode 8
Tsutomu’s otaku buddies are part of the abandoned building exploration club and they need to do some video exploration this summer. Specky otaku was so loud that it amazes me nobody was in the library to pipe him down. But Nakasugi was there and she invites them all to her summer villa. Tsutomu had to beg to Hazumi to let him go while she watches the house (hey, she’s temporarily back for the summer) so in exchange, he’ll have to do all the chores when he returns. Tsutomu, Hayamiya, Nakasugi, Sudou, Chigira and specky otaku take a train to the village (seems fatty otaku won some tickets to Akiba Live and thus didn’t come along). At the village, they buy up some grub before making their journey to the villa. Specky otaku is thrilled that this place is filled with abandoned buildings to explore. That night after a good meal, Nakasugi shows them the beautiful stars in the sky. As usual specky otaku is so annoying, clinging onto Sudou just to have a look through the telescope. Next day, the guys venture into their first abandoned building with specky otaku commanding the pack. Sudou’s post is to stand guard outside while the rest explore this dilapidated old video arcade. A policeman passes by but Sudou was smooth enough to make him go away. Tsutomu is shocked to see footprints on the wall and ceiling and tells this to the guys. Though specky otaku feels it’s just a prank, Sudou says the policeman told him that this place may be haunted as he has heard children’s laughter from here. Sudou plays a little prank on them and sends them shivering. Especially that specky otaku who is more annoying than frightened as he clings on to Sudou, admitting he’s a chicken when it comes to ghost. But what the policeman said may be true because Capella is seen watching them from the abandoned building. That night as everybody sleeps, Nakasugi wakes up and sees Capella outside. Capella wants Ryunka to awaken and notes that Ryunka was reborn as Nakasugi just as she wished. Flashback during the horrific accident. Capella took the Ryunka sample and noticed everyone dead except for Nakasugi and poured the sample onto her. Thanks to Nakasugi, Ryunka was able to wake up from its long slumber and likewise thanks to Ryunka, Nakasugi attained a new life. Capella wants Ryunka to fly but was being attacked. Though Capella quickly put up a barrier, she was sent flying away at that impact. And we have a first hand of Ryunka’s horrifying destruction. A big portion of the village nearby got vaporized! Birdy wakes up with a bad feeling. She sees Nakasugi going away and follows her. When she reaches the main road, she is shocked to see the destroyed village. Next day, the entire place is clamped down and the news all abuzz with the sudden mystery. Gomez and Shyamalan know it’s the work of Ryunka but Gomez is puzzled because he thought Geega wasn’t able to raise it. Shyamalan reminds him that there are other aliens so Gomez warns him Ryunka is something he can’t handle. Shyamalan is confident he can. Hazumi is pretty worried about Tsutomu as she can’t contact him.

Episode 9
Though reports say it was a landslide, specky otaku is convinced that it’s a UFO landing because no one is allowed to go near the site. As Tsutomu takes a walk, he sees Muroto trying to bargain with the police officers. Muroto sees Tsutomu and pretends he’s glad to see his relative safe from the landslide. Looks like Muroto owes him one. Tsutomu takes him back to the villa. Hayamiya isn’t pleased he brought this weird senpai back (she’s a fan of Sanada by the way). Muroto shows the guys his UFO pictures and they’re all overwhelmed by it though Hayamiya is convinced they’re all just fakes. Hayamiya takes a walk outside and she thought she saw a lady (Birdy) bathing in the bathroom. As she quickly approaches the bathroom, she is embarrassed to see Tsutomu instead. Eek! That was a close shave. Nakasugi’s grandpa is also here and is relieved his granddaughter is safe. Shyamalan is also with him. Seems he is on a business trip here and bumped into grandpa. Shyamalan’s humility has the guys in awe but Muroto knows better not to be fooled. Later Hayamiya confronts Muroto and wants to confirm the landslide with her eyes because she wants to tell everyone the truth. But Muroto says that people may not want to know the truth and only wants to hear what they believe. Despite so, she still wants to do it. Muroto agrees to let her help out. Shyamalan and his team are at the site looking for traces of Ryunka. Shyamalan is confident he doesn’t need to wear a radiation suit because he feels he is a chosen one by Ryunka. Out of the rubble, they see a baby survivor. Shyamalan believes this baby is also chosen and wants to adopt the toddler. He then unleashes his marionette, Undine from the boot of his car. Birdy goes out to investigate the site and is suspicious to see neither policeman nor rescue team but Shyamalan’s men. They thought they were busted but it seems Muroto and Hayamiya were spotted first. As they make a run, Muroto sees a policeman shot dead. He realizes that they are going to get killed. He tells Hayamiya to escape while he distracts the pursuers. Hayamiya is cornered and those men have no mercy in firing their guns at her. However Birdy’s body armour shields her as she even bends their guns! Woah! She takes Hayamiya away and puts her into Muroto’s hands. Muroto recognizes her as Shion while Hayamiya recognizes her as the woman from the bathroom! Suddenly Birdy is being attacked by Undine who is ordered to kill her. This marionette packs a punch as she is powerful and swift, giving Birdy a run for her money. After all that whacking and pain, Birdy puts her to sleep for good as she pounds her into the power grid. There goes the power lines… Gomez appears to retrieve Undine and Birdy thinks he’s the one who snatched the marionette serial killer a couple of episodes back. He doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She tries to stop him taking the evidence away but Gomez easily twists her arm! Ouch! He tells her that her job is to find Ryunka and not fight marionettes. He even gives her a hint that Ryunka lies within humans and grows with them. Capella is talking to Shyamalan and she believes that he is the only one who fully utilizes Ryunka’s potential and will give it to him soon since he is her only friend (I wonder if that’s sarcasm). Birdy sees Nakasugi dazed in the middle of the forest so Tsutomu requests to switch bodies. He talks and snaps her out from it and she has no memories of what she is doing. She thought he was looking for her and got injured. They both walk back as Muroto and Hayamiya spot them together.

Episode 10
Gomez sees Revi and thinks they’ve overestimated Shyamalan as the only thing he sees in him is deep darkness. Revi finds it interesting and will go have a look at his so called darkness. Shyamalan wakes up from a nightmare that he’s a sole survivor in a devastating war. He wonders aliens like Capella dreams but she denies because everything in the world keeps her entertained and wants him to entertain her using Ryunka. Muroto and Hayamiya see Sanada and plead to her to get a special profile on Shyamalan. Her hands are tied and just like most of her colleagues, they believe that he is tied to the incident at the village. But he’s the boss so there are corporate censorships. However Muroto is a freelance journalist and not bound by it (get what she’s saying?) so she agrees to help him look into it. While Hayamiya eats with Muroto and is bent on bringing the truth to light, she gets an SMS from Tsutomu. He needs her advice on his date with Nakasugi. DATE?! Actually it’s like this. Ever since they came back from the village, Nakasugi has closed her heart, not talking to anyone. Grandpa is worried and talks to Tsutomu in hopes that he could cheer her up since Nakasugi did murmur how she wanted to see him. Hayamiya has always known Tsutomu’s crush on Nakasugi because his face is easy to read like a book. Nevertheless she helps plan out their outing. Tsutomu is the happiest guy in the world when Nakasugi agrees. When he’s asleep, Birdy reports to Megius about her findings. She suspects Nakasugi to be Ryunka’s host. Megius tells her that the Deity has been despatched to Earth after hearing her report. This means that they will kill Ryunka along with the host. That’s why Megius wants her to quickly take Ryunka into her custody. Even so, there is no guarantee that they can extract Ryunka out without harming Nakasugi. Tsutomu and Nakasugi meet up for their ‘date’. Spending time with her, he notices her cheering up so he ditches Hayamiya’s plans and go with the flow. Shyamalan sees Nakasugi’s grandpa and has something very frank to tell him. He is saying something about the suffering of those who have been chosen. That chosen one will always be alone. And Nakasugi is that chosen one. But she is about to make a transformation of being chosen to a chooser. Shyamalan wants to take custody of her and assures no harm will come to her. However grandpa objects to his ostensive kindness and won’t allow him to lay a single finger on his granddaughter. He tells him off never to show his face around again. Well, Shyamalan happily obliges and would make sure that never happens again. He is going to strangle that old man! Because after all, he isn’t the chosen one. And why strangle him? He believes humanity should be cleansed by his own hands. I didn’t expect him to take that too literally. Meanwhile Muroto and Hayamiya take a look at some PMI video of Shyamalan giving a speech of being chosen. Apart from all his photos together with great world leaders and powers, Hayamiya sees Shyamalan as a child and remembers seeing this kid somewhere. Referring back to a photo journal she looked up at Nakasugi’s villa, they see the same exact boy standing amidst a war-torn zone. This site was a result of a terrorist bombing and over 4000 civilians died. Only Shyamalan survived. At the end of Tsutomu and Nakasugi’s date, Nakasugi says she likes him and kisses him. He finally scores! When she returns, she is shocked to see her grandpa’s lifeless body on the floor. Yoshie is even shocked and thinks it was Nakasugi who did it. She starts accusing she isn’t the Nakasugi she knew. Because Yoshie kept on insisting, Nakasugi transforms and vaporizes her instantly!!! F*CK MAN!!! Birdy analyzes the photo Tsutomu took with Nakasugi on their date. Seems what she feared came true.

Episode 11
Megius confirms Nakasugi is Ryunka’s host and looks like there is no other way than to kill Ryunka and also kill its host. Tsutomu just wakes up from his sleep as Megius delivers the other news: His body is repaired. He’s so happy but Birdy is obviously gloomy. She musters up her courage to tell him the truth but envisions he can’t take it. In class, Kitamura tells the gang that Nakasugi’s grandpa has been murdered. Tsutomu rushes down to her mansion to see it being heavily guarded and no one else is allowed to enter. His other pals try to dig for more info on the net and learn that Yoshie is missing and may be the key witness to the murder. Tsutomu manages to spot Nakasugi sitting alone in her mansion from atop a building. He wants to watch her from this spot from now on and protect her. He begs to Birdy to lend her strength. Birdy just couldn’t tell him the truth about Ryunka. She just didn’t have the heart to tell him. As Tsutomu continues his watch throughout the night (like a stalker?), they ironically talk about Ryunka. Just when Birdy got the chance to say the truth, that bugger fell asleep! Right at the crucial moment! As the people attend the funeral, Muroto sees a video of Shyamalan attending it. Replaying it, he notes his smirk on his face similar to the one he survived the war. Next morning as Tsutomu wakes up and gets ready for another day of stalking, oops I mean watching, Birdy finally tells him the truth. As expected, he can’t take it. He knows lots of people are going to die but yet Nakasugi is innocent. My, in such a dilemma, aren’t we? As much as Birdy tries to explain, Tsutomu can’t accept it and is even upset that she used him to get her sample during their date. Then, Tsutomu is able to shut out Birdy and transform back to his body. He is not going to let Birdy have Nakasugi and tries to run the other direction. However he is knocked out by Nejula. Birdy awakens in the capsule as Megius mentions the symptoms of mind fusion have begun. She is also expected to cooperate with Nejula. With Tsutomu getting his own body back, he is ‘kicked out’ and back to his home. Oh, those bad visions are back. Tsutomu gets a surprise later that day when Nakasugi visits him. Somehow she managed to sneak out from her mansion. Birdy and Nejula are at her place but couldn’t find her. Nejula puts the spying pigeon out of commission. Capella notes they have to attain Ryunka quickly but Shyamalan is confident she will come here herself. Nakasugi talks to Tsutomu about her loneliness and how everyone streaming into her house are so kind that it feels disgusting. Tsutomu gets a call from Birdy but he lies that Nakasugi isn’t with him. Plus, he is sure Ryunka isn’t her. I guess he’s blinded by love. Nejula informs Birdy that Ryunka’s disposal has been postponed. There have been disputes within the Federation on how to handle Ryunka. Some want it to use it as an experiment for lost technology and don’t give a damn about casualties from an underdeveloped civilization. Tsutomu suggests Nakasugi that they run. Who knows where. Just somewhere. In that case, Nakasugi suggests that they run around the world robbing banks and should practise escaping now! She is happy that he wants to protect her. But seriously, she mentions that she intends to go to Shyamalan’s place because she feels he respected her and grandpa’s company. Unlike all her relatives who are just out for a piece of grandpa’s wealth. Plus, it’s childish to run away. Tsutomu hands over Nakasugi to a delighted Shyamalan at his luxury cruise. He promises he will take complete responsibility of Nakasugi’s happiness and let her develop as she should. Oh dear. It’s that smirk on his face again. As Tsutomu heads back, Nejula confronts him and warns him another Earthling knows of Ryunka and is trying to activate it. Replaying the voice of Shyamalan through the pigeon, Tsutomu realizes what Shyamalan meant by those words.

Episode 12
Nejula wants to know if Nakasugi is with Shyamalan. He lies again and she knows it’s not his nature to do so. He tries to run off but she tells him he should stay at home if he believes Nakasugi is not Ryunka. Or else heading off will be just like leading the way. So what to do? Stay home and play video games! Shyamalan drugs Nakasugi’s drink and carries her to a room and hooks her up with lots of wires and computers to teach Ryunka how to choose. Can he handle it? Nejula discusses with the Committee and a possibility that there could be some parties who want to see the power of this forbidden weapon. They make it as though Ryunka was stolen so they won’t be held responsible. If they did it directly, they’ll be guilty of treason against the Federation. Sanada has been requested to play a video by Shyamalan throughout the entire network. In his speech, he is talking about that time of evolution again. Now it’s time for another selection. Muroto is watching the video and recognizes the logo on the tea cup that belongs to a luxury liner. Man, his eyes are bloody sharp. Birdy goes back to Tsutomu to tell him that she’s going to dispose Ryunka. Tsutomu obviously is down and he couldn’t care less on what she does. She can do whatever hell she wants. Just don’t come back here anymore. Ryunka awakens. As Shyamalan is in awe of its beauty, Capella instantly flees. Soon Ryunka starts spreading and all life forms in its vicinity turns to stone and crumble. Including Shyamalan. I guess he’s not the chosen one, eh? Wow. Lots of birds, fish and insects died. And it’s like a ghost town for a city once brimming with humans. Now you only see their clothes left behind. Capella’s shield prevents her meeting the same fate. She is fleeing for her life and wonders if she has aligned herself to the wrong side since the growth of Ryunka is faster than anticipated. Muroto calls Sanada and wants her to record everything and warn others. He knows Shyamalan is planning genocide on Tokyo as he wishes for death of others and is somewhat confident he’ll survive (he didn’t, right?). Tsutomu thinks about all the times he spent with Nakasugi and then decides to do something. Can sit around and wait for death to knock at your door, right? Noticing that Ryunka is on to its second phase (it makes selective killing now by only killing humans), they decide to suppress it by firing their Hydrongius System. However Ryunka deflects it and wipes out the city! OMG! It’s like a warzone. You can’t even recognize Tokyo. The Committee decides to shift to purification process. Birdy contacts Nejula to stop the suppression but was told of the purification. She has only 1 hour to stop it before purification begins. Tsutomu runs in the opposite direction of the fleeing and panicking crowd. He bumps into Muroto. In his car, Muroto asks if Nakasugi is the one. The one he likes. He does not hesitate to say yes. He drives pass the roadblock so that Tsutomu could board the ship which is conveniently stopped dead in its tracks by the bridge’s pillars. Shouldn’t the pillars have crumbled? Muroto fights the police officers and risks getting 2 weeks in prison. What is that compared to world destruction?

Episode 13
Tsutomu barges into the ship to find Nakasugi. Meanwhile Birdy pilots her Rairaro plane and was given an updated on Ryunka by Megius. It’s possible to separate Ryunka from the host when it transforms into a Vandeilo spore during the third stage. In this phase, Ryunka can be transferred to another life form after which it will develop within the new life form. If the host’s functions are disabled before it fully matures, it’s possible to capture Ryunka. And Vandeilo stage is within 1 hour. Very close, eh? Nejula volunteers to perform the purification since the Committee can’t do it from where they are. After all, only 47% of Earth’s land will be destroyed. Bad you say? It’s better than the entire planet exploding. Tsutomu finds Nakasugi but she is switching back and forth between Ryunka and her own form. She wants Tsutomu to be with her as she has killed Shyamalan (creepy maniacal laughter she’s got). Ryunka had trouble controlling this body since Nakasugi has always been resisting it but Shyamalan made her let her guard down. Ryunka continues how intelligent life form always wished for the death of others so she travelled among those foolish life forms and destroys them. Her wish is to silence the universe. Tsutomu wants Nakasugi returned but Ryunka blames him for letting go to Shyamalan in the first place. She admits the attack on the village and in no time will consume all life forms on this planet. She wants Tsutomu to come with her. To the ends of the Earth. Or is it to the end of the world? Tsutomu agrees he won’t let her go anywhere else and will always be with her when Birdy slides in to grab him away. He tells her that Nakasugi hasn’t totally disappeared yet or completely taken over since he can hear her voice. He knows he can save her. Ryunka finds them a nuisance and transforms into her main body to seek and destroy. Birdy fights it but is no match for its might. Tsutomu sees Nakasugi within Ryunka’s main body and calls out her name. It reaches her as she reverts to herself and hugs him. She asks if he still remembers. The kiss. Oh yes. Sure of course. Asserting she wants to be with him forever, I guess Ryunka intervenes and adds he can be with her forever alright. Forever by her side to watch humans die. Guess what? He agrees. But it’s a plan to plead to Ryunka to get out of Nakasugi and enter his body instead. Can he? Can. How? Kiss her!!! Birdy is upset he did something foolish but Tsutomu points out that she was planning to do it herself and dispose it along with herself. Ryunka starts activating so Tsutomu wants Birdy to kill him. Oh my. He’s going to die a second time. Here comes that power punch. No regrets, buddy? Ryunka is turned into a spore in which Nejula seals it and takes it away. Before Nejula leaves, Capella tries to persuade her to give her Ryunka. She hints she has friends in the council. But Nejula isn’t swayed and will see her in court. The next day, the city is recovering from the shock. Shyamalan is listed as missing while Muroto and Sanada meet up. In school, seems Nakasugi and Tsutomu are still alive. Nakasugi getting emotional as she is saying farewell to her friends because she’ll be transferring school. Tsutomu also wishes her well but it seems she doesn’t know who he is. That’s because she has 3 months worth of memory lost! Good thing and bad thing. She gets to forget all that trauma she went through but at the same time, all the nice time spent with Tsutomu (and that kiss). I guess only he will only remember it. Hayamiya cheers him up and ‘welcomes’ him back to the loners club. But he won’t exactly be alone because he is again borrowing Birdy’s body. Yeah, I expected this. Since his body was really messed up, it will take a longer time to be repaired. So in the mean time, enjoy the ride. Lastly, Gomez and Revi watch Birdy from afar and though she possesses no threat, Revi finds her intriguing.

Tetsuwan Birdy Decode S2

Well, that isn’t really the end yet because at the end of the first season, it stated the series will be continued. Like taking a short break, 3 months after the end of the first season, Tetsuwan Birdy Decode S2 continues it run in January 2009. I thought the continuation would be about despicable parties trying to continue and activate Ryunka on Earth or at least some development in the relationship between the characters like Tsutomu with Birdy or with his friends but the main focus didn’t really turn out like that.

Episode 1
The perpetrators that were responsible for Ryunka are captured and being escorted on Atola prison satellite. However their comrades stage a surprise attack and free them. A month has passed since the devastation of Tokyo. The place is still in ruins though. Hayamiya drags the guys into her Reporter Club as she plans to do an investigation about the lives of those involved in the disaster as their cultural festival focus. Not interested, aren’t we? She beats Tsutomu up when she hears him talking to himself about her liking funerals (he was explaining to Birdy actually). In the bus, she continues to be mean till she stepped over the line by mentioning Nakasugi. She’s gone, man. Soon Megius contacts Birdy and gives her data on the escaped criminals. They are former Deity Shi Riansharu, former high seated Union member Argazume Tura, former biochemistry researchers and twins Faroid and Tasera Crystal, former battle commander in the intelligence department Gatol Buran, his subordinate Moss Kiri who is believed to lead the breakout operation, and Alterian Valic Niwa who is an intelligence of an anti-government organization. These powerful criminals are the ones who removed Ryunka from the government’s safe and used Geega to deliver them to Earth. They have already infiltrated Earth so Birdy’s mission is to capture them unharmed. Tsutomu is pumped up to join her on this mission because those bastards nearly destroyed Earth. But Birdy has to do her Shion modelling since Irma is her manager. Hey, isn’t that Capella working under her? Birdy has no choice since her rent is at stake. Plus, she won’t get juicy information if she doesn’t do her bit. Valic and his team secretly see Dusk. He gives them a pendant that will have them assimilate as Earthlings on this planet. They have to lie low and mingle with the Earthlings while their comrades inside the government try to prove what their commander did was right. But in the event if they get killed on this planet, their device will disintegrate them and will not leave a trace of their existence. Valic cautions that the one who sealed Ryunka is still on this planet. Birdy tries to run away to sever ties with Irma. However upon learning she won’t be getting information and pocket money (Tsutomu’s allowance won’t be enough to feed her enormous appetite), she has no choice but to stay. Frustrating, eh? Especially if her favourite rice balls is on the line. Irma gives Birdy info about a strange French art dealer Lilo Molelu (Riansharu) who checked into a nearby hotel. She knows he is definitely not an Earthling. Birdy is about to pay him a visit but some guy beat her to it. Not only that, he kills the old fart! By the time Birdy enters the room, she sees him in his own pool of blood before disintegrating. She takes his pendant and flees before the hotel maid returns with reinforcements because she thought she was the killer. Birdy jumps out of the window and transforms into Tsutomu. Why did they have to land right in the middle of the road? See, got hit by a car. However in hospital, Tsutomu is diagnosed to be alright and nothing broken. Tsutomu transforms into Birdy to give those yakuzas responsible for knocking them down the slip. As she leaves, she slips on a ball. The hospital’s male nurse recognizes Birdy and helps her out, noticing she has not changed. Birdy recognizes him as Nataru Shinmyou.

Episode 2
He is her childhood friend as they both have a little chat to catch up on lost times. Looks like the last time they met was 14 years ago and he finds this undeveloped planet to be okay. At least Alterians aren’t discriminated after that terrorist attack on Central Tower. Back home, Birdy informs Megius her findings and shows him the pendant, Virtual Reaction Chip that leaves no traces of evidence. He will also do his own investigations. Next day, Tsutomu is shocked to see several posts on the message board about a female suspect involved in a mysterious disappearance at the hotel. However the drawing turns out to be horrible so you can say Birdy’s identity is safe. After Birdy reluctantly accepts more Shion jobs from Irma (looks like it’s confirmed Capella is working under her), she lets her in on some info that someone inside the federation is helping the escapees. Birdy goes to talk to Nataru to find out more but they’re interrupted by a wheel chair girl, Shouko. Shouko doesn’t like that stupid idol so Nataru goes off with her to prepare for tomorrow. Back home, Birdy wonders why she’s unfriendly towards her so Tsutomu the love expert explains about the jealousy of a girl’s heart. Obviously Birdy has never fallen in love before so she wouldn’t know. The next day, Shouko and Nataru pay a visit to Shouko’s brother, Yuuichi Kagami’s grave since it’s his death anniversary. Nataru gets a call from his dad, Dusk. He goes to see him as the old man wants to know if he’s been coming here while he’s gone. He denies so Dusk thinks it wasn’t him who killed Riansharu. He also warns Nataru not to use that power or else it will destroy him. Birdy visits Irma again (more info = more Shion jobs. Oh, Capella really talking bad behind Irma’s back about her predicament). This time there is a man that looks like a Gapirian and is somewhere at the back of the mountains. Birdy goes off to look for him and it isn’t long before she stumbles on his trail and realizes he is Argazume. She confronts him while he is entering the hotel but he fires at her and makes a run. Though she chases him through the city ruins, he eventually gives her the slip. But he is confronted with Nataru and he realizes he is the one who killed Riansharu. Argazume thought nobody could kill him but Nataru proves him wrong otherwise. With his speed and strength, Nataru won’t let him die easily and rips his arms!!! Seems Nataru has a grudge against those who wanted to experiment Ryunka on this planet since Earthlings and Alterians look similar, thus they couldn’t care less if they all die. Flashback reveals when Nataru is out for a drink with Kagami, Ryunka was activated and vaporized everyone. Nataru was saved by his automatic shield barrier. It’s no wonder he takes it out on Argazume like a punching bag. By the time Birdy arrives, she only sees a pool of blood and the pendant. At a distance, Nataru limps away and notes how there are 5 more left.

Episode 3
Valic gathers the remaining members as he knows they are being targeted. Moss thinks the culprit maybe among them and is interested who is coming after them. Nataru wakes up in his room like as though he has a hangover last night. See all his pills scattered on the floor? Tsutomu follows Hayamiya and co to the refugee camp for victims of the ruins as part of her interview for the cultural festival. They see a bunch of boys bullying weak Takumi but gutsy Marina beats them all up and sends them scampering. After getting to know them, Marina and Takumi take the gang to tour around the place. It’s amazing that the little ones have more stamina and endurance than those high school blokes. Along the way, Marina and Takumi’s closeness reminds Birdy of herself and Nataru. She touches a little bit on Violin Kouyume, somebody who cared for her when she was young. They have to postpone their conversation to another day or else everyone will think Tsutomu is a nut talking to himself. At the end of the tour, Marina wants them to pay for tour fees! Is a coin enough? You got to be kidding me! Tsutomu spots Nataru in one of the tents so opportunist Marina agrees to introduce him if he pays an introductory fee. She can grow up to be a good business woman. Tsutomu talks to Nataru as the latter sees the similarities between Marina-Takumi and himself with Birdy. It’s like as though watching themselves all over again. You know, Birdy always saving his ass from bullies. Ah, those were the good ol’ days. Birdy is glad he still remembers Violin. Hayamiya and the rest continue their interview but one of the comments from the refugee hit a hard note on her. He said how they had so much free time and going around filming without permission it’s like as though they enjoy seeing others suffer. Then they overheard Takumi’s parents are worried about their son because he is nowhere in the camp. Hayamiya calls Tsutomu so they all go look for the duo. Seems they are making a rundown bus in the ruins their new home (because Takumi’s parents are moving out of the camp). They couldn’t find the kids when they see specky otaku and fat otaku coming out from the ruin entrance (they must’ve had a field day filming those abandoned buildings). Replaying his recorder, they see Marina and Takumi running by. Nataru rushes in and just in time because a bunch of hooligans are destroying the bus and threatening the kids. However Nataru gets beaten up and didn’t fight back (maybe he doesn’t want to show his scary side to the kids?). Just before his power activates, Birdy appears and beats the crap out of the hooligans before rounding them up. In the aftermath, Marina and Takumi assert they want to be together forever. But Nataru tells them that even though they’re separated know, they’ll surely meet again as adults. Just don’t forget each other. Nataru thanks Birdy for coming to his rescue again just like old times. Soon Takumi and his family leave the camp. Tsutomu wonders if Nataru likes Birdy but Birdy mentions she likes him. However Tsutomu knows it isn’t that kind of love. Yeah, he’s being that love expert again. Funny, Birdy should’ve know what Tsutomu is talking about or at least what he is getting at since she teased him a bit about his love for Nakasugi in the previous season.

Episode 4
Shion is in one of those jobs from Irma. In a swimsuit with a bunch of other female contestants in a variety show. Oh the things Tsutomu has to put up with. Later Birdy sees Tamaki Saito AKA Kurukuz and forces him to spill the beans on the Virtual Reaction Chip he sold. Then she goes to see Dusk and finds Nataru hanging out at his father’s place. She thought he wasn’t on good terms with his dad. She points out Dusk has helped the escaped convicts so Dusk mentions he was a member of the Izudaruta Alterian Liberation Front. Though their aim was to fight and liberate Alterians, they were the ones who triggered the Central Tower incident. Nataru stands up for his father and mentions that happened after he left the anti-government group. Besides, Dusk had no choice but to cooperate because Valic threatened to bring them down if he ever gets caught. Birdy wants to know the escapees’ position so Dusk gives her see some brief information. Tute (the handphone) picks up signals of Valic nearby so she rushes off. Moss is seen spying outside. When Birdy arrives, Valic has already left the place for good. Nataru views this as Birdy giving them a chance to run so he starts packing his bags. While Dusk waits alone in the hotel, Moss and Gatol pick him up. Maybe Nataru shouldn’t have left his old man alone. He comes back, he’s gone. Dusk is being interrogated by the convicts if he is under orders from anybody. He denies selling them out but they don’t believe him. Moss fights with him and she realizes his legendary arm Bluetooth. Gatol takes over and kills him. Not before getting a little injured himself. Nataru gets a call from Kurukuz about Dusk. A small funeral is held as Birdy attends. Nataru hugs her and apologizes. Nataru meets Faroid at the park as the latter needs a new face for a new identity. But Nataru has him mention the name of his father’s killer. Even so, he starts ripping out Faroid’s arm!!! Then the other!!! That’s got to hurt a lot!!! Faroid insists he didn’t do anything but Nataru says he was the one who released Ryunka despite him just researching on it. Using his powers to transport to the ruins, he drops a concrete slab on Faroid and makes it his grave! What a way to die. Tasera suddenly wakes up and could tell her brother’s passing. Birdy also wakes up to see Nataru sitting by her side. She vows to catch the perpetrator and Nataru thanks her.

Episode 5
Gatol is testing an Entangler cannon. Let’s say the blow up effect is overkill if they’re going to use it for a single person. The convicts are convinced Birdy is the one who killed their members. Shouko learns from a nurse about Nataru’s father’s death. She wants to comfort him since she knows what’s like to be lonely but he’ll be alright. She thinks he prefers to be with Shion but he mentions they’re just friends and don’t see each other that often. Birdy gets a call from Irma but it’s actually Valic. He has kidnapped Irma and wants Birdy to come alone to the ruins if she ever wants to see this old hag alive. At the rooftop, Valic uses Irma as a hostage while accusing her of killing his comrades. However she isn’t aware of what’s happened. Thinking she’s putting up an act, he mocks her that her likes are fabricated from superior genes of Alterians are made to benefit the Federation government. All this talk is so that Valic could stall Birdy as Gatol takes aim with Entangler from afar. Birdy dares Valic to kill Irma seeing that he killed many during the Central Tower incident. Birdy realizes Entangler targeted at her and avoids before being vaporized. Man, that’s one bloody big hole it made. Seeing their plans foiled, Valic fights Birdy but Moss soon joins in. Irma escapes but is saved by Capella. During the fist fight with Moss, Birdy starts weakening though she still maintains an edge over Moss. Gatol orders Moss to retreat seeing she is no match for her in close combat. Tsutomu wakes up from a strange dream whereby it seems events from a young Birdy’s point of view has been replaced by his young self. Next thing Tsutomu knows, he wakes up in Birdy’s capsule and Megius mentioning Birdy being hit by an Entangle bullet. However with Birdy not her usual self, Megius wonders who this stranger is. Then it hit Tsutomu, it is him in Birdy’s body! Confused? Well, what we see is Birdy’s body however it’s not Birdy but Tsutomu’s personality instead. Shocking, eh? Attempts to wake Birdy up are futile as Megius decides to call a specialist. So I guess in Birdy’s body, this gives him a perfect excuse to skip school, eh? But he can’t bum around at home all day. Capella calls ‘Birdy’ to give her job schedule. Tsutomu must be feeling odd trying to fix a woman’s hair and wear woman’s clothes. Nobody is going to believe he isn’t Birdy so Tsutomu reluctantly has to go do the jobs. This include a signing ceremony (specky otaku and fat otaku at the event asking ‘Birdy’ to sign on the shirt and make a human heart shape for a photo!),  modelling in various ridiculous outfits and a TV show contest in which she has to eat a plate of crickets. Is this what Shion has always been doing? Tsutomu complains to Megius that he can’t take it anymore so Megius brings in the specialist, Dr Doore. Confirming that Tsutomu has seen Violin in his weird dreams, this could only mean that mind fusion has begun. Deja vu, eh? At this rate, both their memories will be in disorder and his personality will gradually superimpose on Birdy’s, thus erasing her.

Episode 6
Of course Tsutomu isn’t going to let Birdy die like that and take over her body and be a new life form. After confirming a few oddities with Birdy’s behaviour, Doore is going to have Tsutomu dive into Birdy’s mind to slow the progression of the disorder and end the mind fusion. He will experience her memories by being turned into data. Tsutomu gets into the capsule and gets ready. Doore and Megius assure him that they will pull him out if he is in danger because they’ll be protecting him. Both parties are also able to communicate during the dive. Tsutomu doesn’t experience Birdy’s memories through her eyes. But rather like a ghost following her around. He sees young Birdy and her guardian Violin. Also the news report of the 2nd anniversary of the Akuraba Outer Garden Administrative District’s terrorist attack. Its ringleader Revi is nowhere to be found. It is Birdy’s first day at school but like all Alterians, they are being discriminated. When a kid purposely trips Birdy, she tries to get even but the rest sees her as becoming violent. Megius bails her out from the principal’s office and was being told to control herself and refrain from rash behaviour. Later Skeletsu has Birdy undergo some intensive training with Tute since she is part of the Federation police. Tsutomu feels the training is too harsh but as Megius points out, it’s not because Birdy wanted to become a Federation investigator, rather it has decided she would become one. Birdy is an Ixcioran, Alterians with altered genes that makes them posses super abilities and thus a superior species of Alterians. Since they can’t let such power run free, they are managed from a young age and mostly Ixcioran’s job will be confined to police, military and the likes. Tsutomu laments that she can’t choose her future. Birdy continues her training with Skeletsu and undergoes massive improvements in time and damage taken. On her way to school, she sees a group of aliens bullying a boy: Nataru. Tsutomu upon realizing this kid is Nataru, informs Megius that his father was part of Izudaruta and accommodated the escapees. Everyone backs off upon knowing she’s an Ixcioran. Birdy gets acquainted with Nataru and brings him back to Violin to stitch him back up. One day, Nataru meets Birdy to bring her back to his place since Dusk wants to meet her. She is shown around the place before Dusk brings her to eat with some of his friends. She quickly blends into the gang. Dusk asks her of the existence of Ixcioran’s power so she replies it is to help her friends. However he cautions she mustn’t give in to that power and that she herself must find the meaning of being an Ixcioran. Doing so, she’ll be able to open up her own future and treasure herself. Before Birdy leaves, she gets the green light from Nataru to come back here again because she loves everyone here.

Episode 7
Tsutomu notices how close Birdy and Violin are. But Doore alters the data a little as Tsutomu sees Violin’s true form as a marionette. He is being told Birdy’s emotional desires have altered her memories on Violin. Violin is an elaborated marionette programmed to train Ixciorans but Birdy couldn’t accept this fact and sees her as a human. Birdy continues to spend more time with Nataru and one day she was being picked up by Skeletsu. He tells her Violin is in hospital but nothing to be alarmed since it is her periodical check-up. Birdy sees Nataru following Valic. Skeletsu and Birdy will be heading to Central Tower where she is having her calibration and also a memorial service for the Akuraba incident. As Skeletsu shows her around the crowded place, suddenly security detects an irregularity. Megius tells Tsutomu this is the start of the Central Tower terrorist attack. Though this is the past and not reality, he wants Tsutomu not to be distracted. Soon a wormhole opens and a swarm of Berserker units crash into the tower and start attacking and killing all security personnel. Revi’s voice is also heard as she announced the end of Alterians’ discrimination and their liberation for independence. Skeletsu has Tute bring Birdy out of the tower as he rendezvous with Megius. With Violin informing them Birdy is still in the tower and the intruders are heading towards the underground nuclear reactor, they think the terrorists are going to blow this place up. Violin assures that she will go save Birdy. Birdy takes on a few Berserker units herself but falls through when the ground caves in. She wakes up in an underground area with lots of Berserker units. Then Violin comes smashing all of them to rescue Birdy. However she faces off with a giant unit and gets crushed. Now it’s Birdy’s turn to go berserk upon seeing Violin being smashed before her eyes. She draws incredible strength from it and tears the giant like as though she’s shredding paper! But the fact was she saw Violin’s true marionette form and still couldn’t accept it. Before Birdy passes out, she sees a guy carrying her away but couldn’t see clearly his face. Shortly after, Central Tower explodes. Birdy wakes up in bed and she recognizes Tsutomu. He extends his hand for them to go home. With that, her consciousness has returned and the mind fusion danger has been avoided. Birdy speaks to Tsutomu how Violin put her life on the line to protect her even if she was a marionette or programmed to do so. Even so, she still loves her. Tsutomu realizes Birdy wants to meet the person who saved her that day so that she could thank her but she thanks Tsutomu for saving her too.

Episode 8
Flashback that Dusk and his group stole an Ixcioran baby but to their dismay he was deemed a failure. After losing 5 of their comrades to get it, they want it disposed but Dusk decided to adopt him and raise it like his own son. Shion is having an interview with Muroto. He wants to know her real identity seeing he saw her smash buildings and jumping through the sky. And no, he wasn’t drunk. Plus, he saw her at Dusk’s funeral. Well, she tells the truth about being a Federation investigator chasing a dangerous criminal and that her modelling job is just a cover up. Yeah, who the hell is going to believe that? Shouko’s uncle plans to bring her back to his place but she’s not too thrilled. She goes off looking for Nataru but to her dismay, sees him hugging Shion. Actually Shion tripped on a can so he caught her. When Nataru is talking to Birdy, he gets a call from Shouko. You can tell from her screaming voice for him to be happy with Shion that it’s goodbye. Then she goes missing from the hospital so the duo go in search for her. She is at the train station and upon seeing Nataru come looking for her, she becomes happy. But that soon fades because Shion is with him. Birdy jumps over the trains to the opposite platform to catch up with Shouko (somehow nobody saw that). However Shouko screams Shion getting violent with her. The crowd corners Shion and at this point, Shouko has slipped away. Meanwhile the convicts are split if Birdy was the one who is really trying to kill them. Valic remembers something from his past and thinks there could be another Ixcioran on this planet. Nataru and Birdy search through the building when an announcer informs Birdy to go up to a certain floor because Shouko is waiting for her. But it’s a trap laid out by that brat because all the otakus are waiting for her! She manages to give them the slip when she temporarily transforms into Tsutomu. Then Birdy sees Shouko get into a taxi so she cuts the queue to follow Shouko in another taxi. Yeah, start of a taxi chase throughout town. Birdy laments she could’ve been faster if she ran (unless she wants to risk everyone spotting her). Ultimately, Shouko gets on a ferry to leave Birdy stranded. Amazingly for a girl with crutches, she can go this far. Shouko falls asleep and when she wakes up, she is being carried by Tsutomu out. Then Nataru comes by so she kicks up a fuss again. But upon learning the truth about the ‘hug’ she got embarrassed. She then ditches her crutches to walk into Nataru’s arms. She doesn’t want to return to her uncle’s place and wants to be with Nataru forever. He replies he can’t be with her forever. Nataru takes sleeping Shouko back to the hospital with Birdy accompanying them. They talk about Kagami and how he is a good person. He is sure he would’ve liked Birdy if he was alive and had met. Next day, Shouko’s uncle decides not to force her to come with him and let her recuperate in hospital. Birdy and Nataru have a chat at the park. He catches her when she trips on a can again. Their close proximity has been caught on camera by Muroto. When Nataru returns to his apartment, Moss is waiting in his room and shoots him.

Episode 9
Before Moss can plant another bullet in his head, he activates his power. Woah! He reverses time and undid everything till the point he just stepped into the apartment! Though, he retained his memories of what happened. Then as he walks up to his door, he is fully prepared. He teleports close to Moss but her reflex was fast enough to counter him. Though she got wounded, she still manages to escape. Nataru collapses and he remembers how he told dad he wanted to be an Ixcioran like Birdy. However Dusk said that it’s not all fun because when you gain something, you lose something. Gatol treats Moss and they reminisce about their battlefield days. Tasera then explains what she has found out. About 30 years ago there was a project to develop Ixciorans to jump (teleport). However it was quickly stopped since the success rate was small and lots of test subjects died due to lack of stability. Moss finds Nataru at the hospital. Upon setting her sights on him, she quickly throws a bomb. But Nataru stops time and takes the bomb with him. Time resumes, Nataru is nowhere to be seen so Moss walks away and thinks how amazing his powers are. As for Nataru, he went back so far in time. Back to the days he and Kagami are college mates. He throws the bomb into the pond in which it explodes. This causes a commotion for the students to come and take a look. Ironically, this is where Nataru and Kagami got to know each other and this incident led them to become good friends. Nataru then returns back to his normal time. But he collapses at Muroto’s place. The reporter takes him in. When Nataru comes to, he calls Shouko to assure her of what happened at the hospital was nothing alarming. He also informs her that he will be resigning. Not because about making Shion mad, but rather people tend to be troubled around him. Nataru’s condition worsens as blood is flowing out from his eyes. Birdy visits Nataru’s apartment because he requested her to take some pills he is on. She sees his messed up apartment and knows something is amiss. Valic is watching Birdy coming out from the apartment while Gatol exits the hospital and confirms of Nataru’s resignation. He notes how he is covering his tracks but is confident he will show himself as he is looking for them as they are for him. Gatol and Moss relish of entering an interesting battlefield. By the way, Tasera has already run away because she got really scared by the fact she could be slaughtered like her twin. Like they say, when the going gets tough, she gets going. Haha. Just kidding. Birdy meets Nataru in a car to pass him his medications. He is reluctant to tell what is going on but lets up. Taking off his sunglasses, Birdy is surprised to see his bloodshot eyes. Wanting her to come closer as he wish not speak loud, he then kisses her! Does that tell you everything you need to know? Yeah. Goodbye. Nataru drives off and Birdy is left standing. Tsutomu wants her to go after him since he knows she likes her. So says the love expert.

Episode 10
Flashback when young Birdy spotted Nataru following Valic before she followed Skeletsu to the Central Tower. At a deserted place, Valic suddenly beats up Nataru. Seems he is envious of Dusk and his abilities and yet he left the organization. Tsutomu and his friends are preparing for the cultural festival. He talks to Birdy who is rather quiet recently. Birdy insists Nataru isn’t related to the murders of the convicts. Nataru continues to live under Muroto’s care. Muroto explains he is indebted to Dusk for always selling him cheap books he wanted. So when he saw his son lying on the road, he just couldn’t leave it. Then he shows Nataru a photo of him and Shion together. Irma forces Capella to do another debut job, much to her dismay. Then she receives an email about Capella’s date of trial before the Federation Military Tribunal. The portal opens and Kashugeza is to escort Capella back. However Capella intends to fight back and probably kill him. Irma suddenly slaps, hugs her and tells her she is not that kind of girl because she is kind-hearted. She will wait for her return. This softens Capella’s heart so she agrees to go back without resisting and thanks her for everything. Kashugeza wants Irma to relay a message to Birdy that the reinforcement application she requested was approved. Capella wonders how she was found out so Irma reveals she was the one who reported her. Capella instantly becomes furious and felt like a fool for getting emotional for her. Well, you can kill her when you get back. If you can… Moss and Gatol slaughter several American soldiers (some decapitated!) at the port to steal a nuclear weapon. Tasera contacts Moss and didn’t like their doing (it’s on the news). She wants to live a peaceful life as a human on this planet and will not contact them anymore. Seems Tasera is an adopted child under the name of Ramia and her new parents are showering her with attention and love. As Tsutomu’s friends are going over the photos of the interview they did at the city ruins’ camp, Tsutomu spots a ball onsite. Birdy goes there and recognizes it as Nataru’s toy. Scanning the site, it is confirmed Nataru was here and next to it Faroid’s grave. Birdy becomes depressed but still couldn’t accept Nataru as the killer. When Muroto goes out to the convenience store, Nataru sifts through his photos and sees Tasera in one of them. He rushes out and bumps into Muroto but the latter loses sight of him. Muroto calls Shion (he stole the number from Nataru’s handphone when he wasn’t looking) and tells her about Nataru’s odd behaviour. In an instant, she rushes over to Muroto’s place, shocking that guy and searches the place like it’s her own. After learning his photos were messed, Birdy looks at the photos and sees the one Tasera is in. Seems that place is a children’s protection institution. When Birdy arrives at the place, the nun tells her she has already been adopted. The nun is also bemused because there was a guy asking for Ramia too. Tasera’s fears come true when she sees Nataru at the doorstep. He shows no mercy and decapitates her!!! Nataru uses Tasera’s communicator to contact Valic. He strikes fear in that guy by saying he will kill him last. Birdy arrives too late and realized Nataru as the killer and shows him his ball toy. As Nataru leaves saying he’ll kill every single one of them. Birdy is upset he didn’t arrest them as he is a Federation investigator.

Episode 11
With the cultural festival in full force, Tsutomu, Kitamura and Chigira are the first batch to walk around the place. They take a fortune reading and though Tsutomu’s fortune reads good luck, he can’t help feel sad that the remark of a reunion with a person he wished to meet for so long. Yup. Nakasugi comes to mind. He hasn’t got over it, eh? Later Tsutomu talks to Birdy but she still refuses to believe Nataru is the culprit. But Tsutomu understands her situation because he too was like then when Ryunka was within Nakasugi. Muroto comes by because I guess it’s a tradition for old boys to pay a visit to their old club. Probably he was ranting too much that he didn’t notice Tsutomu going away. But Tsutomu returns as Shion and she knows Nataru is at his place and wants him to take her there. While Gatol and Moss are talking on top of a building, Nataru attacks them in a surprise. Nataru may be weakening but he manages to use his powers to twist Gatol’s arm and puncture an eye!!! But ultimately he is too weak to finish him off as Gatol escapes and Nataru teleports back to Muroto’s room and collapses. While wounded Gatol is hastening the activation of the nuclear weapon, Moss kills him. She reminds him that she hates weak men. Later she meets Gomez and gives him Gatol’s Virtual Reaction Chip as proof he is dead. Seems she killed him as part of an agreement to meet Revi. But Gomez mentions Revi doesn’t want to see her and that she broke the agreement first. Without reporting accurate data on Ryunka to them, they experimented with it. Gomez didn’t want all life force on this planet to be eradicated. Moss threatens to reveal Revi’s location on this planet to the Federation so Gomez dares her to do as she wishes. He goes away and says they’ll never meet again. Birdy wants to see Nataru alone so Muroto has to wait outside in his own apartment. She is shocked to see Nataru’s condition. He can’t be arrested yet since he hasn’t killed them all. Birdy takes him away to her ship whereby she heals him in her capsule. During that time, she has learnt of his body as a failed Ixcioran. Nataru further explains how Dusk used this reason to leave the organization in order to raise him. When Ryunka activated and killed everyone before his eyes, he went back to Dusk and was being told of all these and warned not to use his Ixcioran powers. He believes Ixciorans’ lives should not have been born. They are weapons and not people. Since it’s not over, Nataru teleports away to finish his killing mission. Birdy then gets a call from Irma. Seems Valic wants to turn himself in as he is tired of this game and doesn’t want to be killed by that person. But Valic seems to be in good mood and not worried. Birdy wants to question him over the Central Tower attack so Valic says that a key player in the attack is the one targeting him. Hayamiya is nervous before her presentation to the crowd. She gets a pleasant surprise from Nakasugi who is back to visit them. But Nakasugi starts asking Hayamiya about Tsutomu. Has her memories come back? Well, she flipped through her little notebook and found lots of pictures of her and Tsutomu together (remember that date?). She wonders if anything happened between them. I’m sure she’ll be lost for words on this than her presentation. Nataru contacts Moss and learns Gatol is dead. So he’s targeting her next. Moss is looking forward to a good fight till his life burns out because she loves strong men and will be with him.

Episode 12
After learning Nataru will kill him last, she wants Valic to take her to where Nataru and Moss are. He agrees seeing that being with a Federation investigator is the safest place now. Moss is relishing the fight with Nataru and she guesses right that each time he jumps, his body shield weakens. Using this weakness, she manages to wound him but Nataru’s rage proves too much to handle as he rips her arm. When he is about to slam a concrete slab on her, Birdy arrives and saves Moss. She wants to end this and Nataru to leave it to her so that she can arrest Moss. But he doesn’t believe in her kind of justice. Not anymore. Birdy and Nataru have a clash of ideals. Nataru feels pitiful for them being born an Ixcioran and will therefore kill Birdy because he doesn’t want to see her fight anymore. Both childhood friends trade blows as Birdy tries to convince him but her words fell on deaf ears. The power battle continues throughout the ruins as Birdy makes a run for it seeing Tsutomu feels she can’t fight him. As Moss lies injured, Valic comes up to her. He realizes she killed Gatol and is going to escape. She tells him to hurry up and disappear since she will not live in disgrace. Valic realizes she has started the timer on the nuclear. This has Valic remember the Central Tower attack. He and several of his comrades were supposed to blow themselves up but he chickened out and escaped. Then the part Valic was beating up Nataru, Nataru told him he would blow himself up in his father’s place. Birdy’s fight with Nataru continues as she wants him to come back to her ship and recover back to his usual self. Now he has a change of mind and wants her to kill him with her Ixcioran powers. Then the offer is over. Now Nataru is going to kill her. Make up your mind! Nataru pounds Birdy down through various floors till she is unconscious. Before the concrete could fall on her, Tsutomu transforms back to barely escape the crushing concrete. Nataru is surprised to see Tsutomu. If a fellow Ixcioran’s words won’t do, how about a human? Tsutomu lectures him that Birdy wasn’t only born to fight, but to save lives. Birdy lent him her body so that he could live and vows to protect her. Then Birdy transforms back and at this point, Nataru’s eyes opened. As the structure collapses and Birdy falling down with it, Nataru dives down to save her. The way Nataru carried her reminded her how she was being saved carried away by that guy. After putting her down, he thanks her and realizes he has things he wants to tell her. They both kiss. Nataru says he will meet her again. The use of his jump powers has him going back further in time. To the point when Central Tower is being attacked. Nataru carries Birdy away and brings him to his younger self who is about to blow himself up. He tells him to protect her before disappearing. Valic admits he is still a chicken after all and disarms the nuclear. Meanwhile Hayamiya’s heartfelt presentation moved her audiences as her friends congratulate her. Though they are puzzled Tsutomu never showed up, Nakasugi is confident they will meet again. Megius informs Birdy that Moss’ arrest was meaningful and her testimony is likely to influence the government’s core. As for the secret information on records of Ixciorans with jump ability she requested, it seems there is no such truth. Though Birdy is thinks there is one, at least one successful case, Megius asserts there was none and this case is closed. Birdy sees Shouko praying at her brother’s grave. She relays information that Nataru is doing fine in another country. She gives her Nataru’s ball toy in which she finds it fascinating. Muroto gives an envelope of pictures of Shion and Nataru together so Birdy notes she’ll be waiting for him.

The Cipher OVA
This is the missing link between the first and second season even though this OVA came out after the second season ended. Reports on the aftermath of Ryunka are being reported that the Japanese government tried to use nuclear power. Tsutomu is saddened with the many deaths but as gratitude for lending her body, she can change back to herself anytime. She didn’t hesitate to do that. Irma finds Capella sleeping in a box at the camp and brings her in. She knows she is related to the Ryunka incident and has been abandoned. She offers her to stay here but… I guess the mystery of how Capella ended up here is solved. Since Shion is rather free now, Irma wants her to continue doing more jobs for her and has Capella be her manager and servant. Not too happy to see her, is she? But what choice has she got? Shion continues her modelling and was being told she will have a concert in Kobe next week. Hayamiya receives a letter from Nakasugi doing well living her farm life in Kobe with her distant relatives. But in actual fact, they are making her do lots of hard work though I won’t say they’re mistreating her, I feel they’re still being cold. Since Hayamiya wants to do a report on the city ruins, Tsutomu gives an excuse he won’t be around because he’ll be in Kobe due to some relatives thingy. Knowing his intentions, Hayamiya passes him Nakasugi’s new address. Upon arriving in Kobe, Birdy manages to get permission to go sightseeing till they end up in Nakasugi’s farm. Since Tsutomu was a coward, she purposely brought him here. They see Nakasugi doing farm work so Shion goes to talk to her and get quickly acquainted. Nakasugi is sad that they just got to know each other but they’ll soon have to part. Shion says she’ll come back tomorrow. The next day, Birdy and Tsutomu observe her in her school and farm and notice how she is pushing herself when in fact she’s lonely. Nakasugi didn’t expect Shion to come talk to her again so Nakasugi says everyone by her side have all left. From her parents and recently her beloved grandpa. She felt so heartbroken and lonely but all of a sudden, those feelings disappeared. And with her grandpa’s demise, she too feels that will be forgotten soon. Therefore she just wants to be alone and don’t want to get along with anyone. Shion relates the same experience she had but during that time, she was looked after (that Central Tower incident). She is confident someone is looking after her too even if she’s apart and faraway. Suddenly a marionette attacks Shion and puts Nakasugi to sleep and kidnaps her. Birdy chases her up to a building in town and is taken aback that the marionette resembles closely to Violin. She manages to distract the marionette by temporarily transforming into Tsutomu and then back to herself to retrieve Nakasugi. Because she is protecting her, her hands are tied as she takes a beating. The marionette strangles her with a wire but is suddenly put out of commission by Nejula. She reveals there are some parties in the Federation who believe there are pieces of Ryunka left in Nakasugi’s body, thus sending this marionette to kidnap her. And they will know who the culprits are after they investigate this marionette as Nejula takes a disc from it and confiscates the marionette. Once she mentions those involved in obtaining Ryunka are done for, Birdy realizes she has been used as bait. Nakasugi’s relatives regret treating her harshly. Tsutomu places Nakasugi nearby a tree. She vaguely sees his back before going unconscious again. Her relatives are happy to find her okay. Next time treat her better, okay? Birdy puts up a concert as Nakasugi attends it. Hayamiya waits for Tsutomu who is running late. She sees Shouko in a wheelchair and offers her help. But Nataru comes by after buying some sunflowers before wheeling her off. Tsutomu then comes running in and knows he’s going to be in for a good lecture.

A Bird In The Body Is Worth Two In Hand…
What the heck was that incomplete, unsatisfying ending? Even if it was meant to leave it so a sequel can be made, as of to date, there is none whatsoever. Well, the parting lines at the end of the OVA that says “Bye-bye and To Be Continued” definitely would cause a little confusion. One would normally interpret it as farewell to the end of the series but the story will be ‘continued’ into the second season, which was already aired before the OVA came out. Or if you think too much, “To Be Continued” may be a sign that more of the series is to come. But that hasn’t been the case so let’s stick with the first one, shall we?

Let’s go back to why I didn’t feel satisfied with the way things ended. It felt like it was somewhat hanging though the issues of the current and previous season have been solved. The sudden end of Birdy wanting to meet Nataru again meant that there is nothing to indicate about Tsutomu’s body repair progress. The second season was so void of it that you may have forgotten that this guy was borrowing her body to live. I know it will take a little longer since it was really messed up after he was killed a second time. But I guess Tsutomu got so used with living ‘inside’ her that he doesn’t seem in a rush to get his original body back. Both seasons vary differently in the pace of the story. The first season was about Tsutomu-Birdy trying to find and diffuse Ryunka and save the world from possible annihilation. The chemistry was mainly between Tsutomu and Nakasugi though it felt like a side distraction for the revelation of Ryunka. Then the second season quickly shifts to that of Birdy’s past and her relationship with Nataru. Tsutomu’s buddies seem to be somewhat cast aside and if you ask me if they don’t make any appearance at all, they won’t really have any bearings on the plot. Besides, it’s all about one crazy vengeful guy’s revenge to hunt and kill the perpetrators of Ryunka. So what happened to Nataru anyway? Did he really go to another foreign country or he got lost somewhere in time?

Some of the main characters in the first season also failed to make an impact in the second season and I felt they were just so that you won’t forget who they are. For instance, Capella has been reduced to a comic relief character under the control of Irma. She was such a mysterious and scheming character in the first then all of a sudden, why so like an obedient dog wan? Finally she got whisked off to court, will that be the last of her? The long arm of justice has finally caught up to her, eh? Anybody still remember Hazumi? Tsutomu’s sister not important in the second season, eh? Nejula has always been Birdy’s rival though they belong to the same side. She may have a harsh way of doing things but that’s the reason why she gets the job done. Yeah, sharp and uncompromising. So what happened to her in the second season? Dunno. I guess Birdy didn’t go back to her home planet in the sequel so we don’t really see much of Megius and Skeletsu unless it’s in Birdy’s memories. Gomez and Revi’s roles are even more mind boggling. Having made so few appearances in the first season, even much lesser in the second, it makes me wonder what their roles in this series are anyway. Sure, Revi may be the mastermind behind the terrorist incidents and is just lying low on Earth but I feel she didn’t really make an impact in such a way. The final big boss if ever there’s a sequel made? I’m surely they’re behind the Ryunka incident and have an ulterior motive and my guess is that if they are in the big picture, bits and pieces of the puzzle will be put together and come full circle. I wonder what happened to Valic. Did he really elude capture seeing Moss was the only one apprehended?

Muroto seems like a shady reporter but he’s got a sharp eye for details. Or maybe it’s the producer’s way of telling viewers an important clue? I didn’t like how the series ended without Tsutomu and Nakasugi really coming together. And what’s with that “I’m sure we’ll meet again someday” line? Where did she get her confidence from? It was a waste for her to lose memories over her time with Tsutomu and there may be a glimmer of hope when she had her suspicions about her relationship with Tsutomu. The mind may have forgotten but the body may not? And I thought maybe Tsutomu and Hayamiya would at least hit it off but that never even come close like as though it never crossed their mind or thought about it. A running gag of this series is the pair of yakuza guys and their new car. Yes, it’s always funny how the underling is eager to show his big brother the newly bought car when suddenly, Birdy steps and crashes onto it! I wonder how many money they’ve wasted in getting new cars. It’s definitely not their day. Probably they got fed up of seeing their cars getting mysteriously smashed (perhaps not covered by insurance?) that I think they went into taxi business. Yeah, even though that Shouko-Shion taxi chase was brief, eventually all that thrill has them realizing they forgot to collect the exorbitant taxi fare!!!

Birdy and Tsutomu’s relationship is amusing and platonic though it has crossed my mind but I was sure it wouldn’t happen. The two start falling for each other. What’s with me and love chemistry these days? It would be very odd to see you kissing and loving yourself, eh? Besides, Tsutomu has already got a tough time looking like a mad kid who talks to himself in the eyes of the public. Just food for thought: Birdy’s Federation investigator outfit I feel serves for more fanservice than anything. How can you go through tough blistering body punishing battles without getting a nail scratched? I know her super genes and her auto shield thingy but seriously? Just take a one piece swimsuit, cut it up and paste over the necessary parts. That’s how I feel Birdy’s outfit is like. Not even futuristic space woman cosplay would go this far. Another funny aspect is Birdy’s alter ego as Shion. The fact that she does so many silly jobs on TV, is it a wonder why there are equally silly people who fawn and love her so much? And to think that a powerful Federation investigator would stoop this low on this planet as undercover to get by. Well, something everyone would least expect, right? The other funny thing about Shion is her really dopey voice! Yes, I’m not kidding. It’s like she really sounds like a retard on purpose! “Hai, desuuuu~~~…”. Cute. No wonder she’s got a legion of fans too. Thus the next episode preview of the first season has always been one my favourite sections in this aspect. Shion narrating in her silly and dopey voice makes you really want to smirk and grin. However Birdy does the narration in the second season next preview and this time she sounds gloomy and sad. A totally different turn than the first.

The power fights between Birdy and her adversaries may be exaggerated but they are entertaining enough. Who wouldn’t want to see them crashing through blocks of building or busting layers of concrete with their fists? Even so be warned because the violence of the fights may be quite graphic. Especially in the second season. The part where Nataru gets violent and shows mercy to his targets. You see blood splatter and limbs tearing off and you might want to vomit if you aren’t prepared for the scene. Apart from the gruesome deaths, there are also lots of innocent people dying especially during the activation of Ryunka. It’s one of the few series where the many ‘unrelated’ citizens die to show the great effects and repercussions if you’re trying to play God and fail at it miserably. My biggest complaint of the series is the drawing and art of the series. Especially fight scenes, the details of the characters become so simple that it is annoyingly obvious. True, I’m not pulling a fast one. This is more evident in the final episode of the second season whereby the bad animation was just one long bad streak. So much so I felt the producers wanted to end everything quickly and did a rush and poor job in making everything so cartoonish. Yeah, I too made a silent wish for the crappy animation to just end. Oh God. Just end it, please. Please! But the way Birdy jumps through the city from building to building reminds me of a power version of pakour.

I thought the rock outfit for the first season’s opening theme, Sora by Hearts Grow was funny. Wait till I hear Kiseki by NIRGILIS, the opening theme for the second season. I don’t know. I just feel the tune and the singing was just weird. It could be just me. The ending song for the first season, Let’s Go Together by Afromania feels like a buddy song. The kind of song that you’d probably sing along with your friends when you go as a group to football matches. This rap hip-hop piece isn’t bad actually. Just felt it was a little odd in the sense that it doesn’t fit with the pace and theme of the genre. But then again, it’s just me. The ending credits animation sees a silhouette of Tsutomu skipping by, passing people and finally doing a high five with Birdy. I thought I heard the second season’s ending theme somewhere before. Tane by no3b somehow sounded very closely to To Aru Majutsu No Index II’s Magic World (for your information, I only recently watched this series)! So I thought the latter was a rip off of the former. But that’s just for the main tune that sounded similar. The animation for this ending credits sees young Birdy doing some somersaults and self-training running. No matter how many times she falls and fails, this doesn’t stop her from trying again even if it gets her down. That’s why she’s one tough cookie.

So having to share a person’s body really brings a new meaning to sharing. And you thought sharing your personal space was bad enough. Now you have to fight for time and use of the body. Say goodbye to personal privacy too. What you know, I also know. But it’ll be a great way to escape certain people you want to get away from and learn how to cooperate with each other. Sounds like a nice idea when the future of Earth has too many people to support so you save space by sharing bodies. May lead to other undesirable incidents too. For me, if I ever get killed, I’d prefer to stay dead. And if they really insist in repairing my body, I hope they’ll make it a handsome hunk with six packs. That wouldn’t look like me on the outside but hey, it’s the inside that counts, right?