I know love is a powerful word, but in retrospect, it does not do this feeling justice. The bond between these people is much deeper than that. The survivors genuinely loved one another. They didn’t have much of anything, but like childhood friends, they knew they had each other. And in the end, that’s what’s important–the love you shared with others.
-Hayamiya Natsumi, “Before Long,” Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode 02
Maybe it starts as a crush, as a full blast of lust, or warms steadily over time, but love is one powerful emotion that is nigh impossible to forget or live without. There are many forms to this deceivingly simple word, many of which are featured prominently in the 2008-09 TV series, Tetsuwan Birdy Decode. The theme of love encompasses many of the actions and decisions that our main characters make, though it does not do so in an overwhelmingly dramatic way. Instead, it is interspersed amidst well-balanced sections of humor and action, slowing growing into a part indistinguishable from all the rest.