Retro mecha anime fan Hayden Kerry received a pleasant surprise this week when his Twitter timeline was filled with people sharing screenshots from the 1991 anime Taiyou no Yuusha Fighbird, or Brave of the Sun Fighbird in English.
Fighbird is a traditional mecha series from Sunrise about space police fighting evil scientists and aliens, the second in the “Brave” series of mecha anime. Hayden is a staunch defender of Fighbird’s quality, but his recommendations of the show seemed to fall on deaf ears, until suddenly everyone he was following started posting screenshots from a scene in episode 3 where Yuutarou misidentifies a butterfly as a pigeon.
“I’ve been telling people for years Fighbird was great. Now it looks like everyone decided to take my advice and started watching the show all at the same time. I mean, they must have, since they’re all posting shots from the same episode and I don’t know why they’d suddenly start posting from the show if they weren’t watching it.”
Looking at his timeline more closely, Hayden realized that people were only posting images from one scene, but wasn’t dissuaded from his enthusiasm.
“People really seem to be focusing on this one joke, but to be fair it is a good joke,” Hayden added. “They’re even making their own spins on it, which is encouraging. I can’t wait until people start making new content based on the show’s later episodes!”
In follow-up interviews we asked the opinions of several less naïve mecha fans who all stated they were just happy that any mecha anime besides Darling in the FranXX was getting literally any attention at all.