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So here we go again. This long running (1988-present) manga series has been done in an animated format twice before.
The first being the fan-favorite OAV series. While only five parts of the story are told in this adaption, and many bits of the manga are skipped over, the focus is more on romance. A very good romance story indeed.
Then there was the 2001 full-length movie, which put even more emphasis on drama and romance, with hints of comedy. This movie had some of the most beautiful animation I've seen to date, and the story told here is very touching, and it is sure to get a few fans, male or female, a bit misty-eyed.
If one doesn't count "Adventures of the Mini-Goddess" series, which was just a collection of comedy skits, showing all the crazy things the three Goddesses (Belldandy, Urd, and Skuld namely) do while Keiichi is away, this TV series makes it the third-go-round for animated Ah My Goddess.
For the unknowing buyer, this story is actually a fairly simple one. The strengths of this series are in its strong romance plot between Belldandy and Keiichi, and all the comedic bits thrown in, especially once the other two Goddesses, Urd, the luscious one always trying to pull some little scheme to bring Bell and Kei closer, and Skuld, the smart, but slightly bratty one. There's many others who come to disrupt the lives of the young couple, but that's part of what makes this series enjoyable. Through it all, Keiichi and Belldandy undeniably have feelings for each other, which, when they 'are' alone, allows for the sweet touching moments to shine through in this series.
To me it seems the below reviewer has a bit of a biased disliking of dubs, so I'll give a more positive take, or rather, an outlook since this series doesn't street until the date above.
I've watched most of the anime I own in English. Knowing Media Blasters, they tend to do a decent job. The trouble is, Ah My Goddess ended up having two variations, since the OAV set was done by AnimEigo about 10 years ago, and the movie, by Geneon (then known as Pioneer) in 2002. Media Blasters went and assembled an entirely new cast, making for a third English dub. Some are fans of the movie recording, some of the OAV. I liked both of those equally, but it would be impossible for me to form an opinion on this new dub until I actually get to see this. From initial reviews I've been reading at other sites, the dub actually turned out well done, but again, I have to listen for myself.
Even 'if' the dub turns out to be a disaster to some ears, there is always the Japanese track for the purists. I don't think fans of English-dubbed anime who are ordering this title right now should be too worried. I've watched other Media Blasters titles in the past in English, and while mostly minor characters get some odd voices, the majority of the cast is a strong lineup, and do a good job.
Personally I'm looking forward to this release. It's been a long time coming, and there's still so much manga left for this series to cover. Here's hoping a 'Season 2' is forthcoming overseas.