The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 141 – Birdy the Mighty: Decode

This week on the Silver Emulsion Podcast, Stephen and I talk about an anime series called Birdy the Mighty: Decode, directed by Kazuki Akane (The Vision of Escaflowne)! Join your consciousness with an alien and enjoy! 🙂

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Music Notes

Intro:

  • B.B. King – Hummingbird

Outro:

  •  Cab Calloway And His Orchestra – A Chicken Ain’t Nothin’ But a Bird
    • Are You Hep To The Jive? (iTunes, Amazon)
    • A Chicken Ain’t Nothin’ But A Bird / Make Yourself At Home 78RPM Single (Discogs)

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Stephen reviews: Escaflowne: The Movie (2000)

Escaflowne: the Movie [エスカフローネ Escaflowne] (2000)
AKA Vision of Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea

Starring Maaya Sakamoto, Tomokazu Seki, Jouji Nakata, Shinichiro Miki, Ikue Ohtani, Minami Takayama, Aki Takeda

Directed by Kazuki Akane


I have only seen Escaflowne: The Movie once before, back when I first got a hold of the DVD set, which must have been around 15 years ago by now. In that time I had forgotten pretty much everything about it, except that it had disappointed me all those years ago. The TV series has long been one of my favorite anime series, and I felt like the movie just couldn’t compare. A big part of this was because Escaflowne is a mecha series, and the movie only has one fairly short giant robot fight. I’ve wanted to revisit this film for a while now without having the series fresh in my mind to color my expectations, and that day has finally come.

The movie is drastically different from the TV series, and the first time I saw it, those differences were the main thing I was upset about. This time however, those differences were what I found to be the most fascinating part of the story. I’m actually glad the film isn’t just a simple rehash of the show. Instead it gave me brand new things to see, which makes it much more worth watching than simply retelling the same story I’ve already seen. Even better, because events are so different, there are no spoilers of the show inside the film, so it can be watched all on its own and still leave the series as a fresh experience for later viewing.

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