Ah! My Goddess - With or Without You (Vol. 3 of 6, Eps. 6-10)
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As the broadcast series of Ah My Goddess continues, life grows more complicated for Keiichi Morisato and Norse goddess Belldandy. Marller, a demon Belldandy and her sister Urd sealed away ages ago, reappears and turns Keiichi into a motor scooter. Once Keiichi is back to normal--or as close as he's likely to get--Belldandy's younger sister Skuld arrives. As she's gadget-happy, she quickly clashes with Keiichi's mechanically minded younger sister, Megumi. The addition of these characters reduces Keiichi and Belldandy to relatively minor roles in their own series. The filmmaking is sometimes sloppy: when a glowing, rabbit-like creature steals the magic CD that gives Belldandy and Urd power over Marller, the goddesses don't even seem to notice the theft. But fans of the series aren't likely to worry about plot points. (Rated 13 and older: risqué humor, brief nudity, cartoon violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
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Its a definate must have for any collection and I would recomend it to anyone, although at times it may be a little much for anyone under the age of 12, overall its very clean and I would definately say that it was family friendly.
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However, I really enjoyed this product. Even though i got the super-saver shipping, i got the DVD sooner than what i expected! The DVD cover captivates what is going to happen in Eps 11-14 (yes, the devil does appear!). We are introduced to 2 new characters and we also get a sneak-peek of what "Heaven" looks like. Overall this series is a fan favorite (I would also say a "must-have" but since they omitted Ep 12.5, I felt like it was a let-down) Voice acting is great, although Skuld's squeaky voice might annoy some viewers. I really recommend this series for anyone who likes romance-comedy, and for those who haven't watched the series. Hope that i'm not the only one that noticed the missing episode but other than that enjoy the mis-adventures of Keichi Morisato!
Buy the soundtrack if you like the music!
This is the volume that introduces both the demon Marller and youngest goddess sister Skuld. Marller's intro was especially funny (who paints a CD black and tries to play it on a record player?!) I'm not going to spoil too much more of the plot other than to say that two episodes feature two attempts by Marller to get Belldandy to go back to Heaven from whence she came, and the other two deal with Skuld's appearance on Earth and her attempt to get used to life on our planet.
After watching the four episodes here, I instantly fell in love with the series and wanted more. It's hard not to fall in love with Belldandy, she's just that sweet and pure. The bickering between Urd and Skuld is always amusing, though their arguments don't involve Keiichi's (lack of) advances on Belldandy until the next volume.
Since I picked this series up at about the midpoint, there are a few things that i've had to accept as fact (the goddess/demon power struggle, the Sayoko/Belldandy "rivalry") but it hasn't affected my enjoyment in the least. This is an easy series to pick up, and it's a wonderful series that'll make you feel good after watching it. And there aren't many other shows that can say that.
Others already reviewed about this volume 3 of AMG season 1 quite much, so I have little things to put on top of it. I just want to add some trivial background information about the show.
Did you ever wonder why cats are seen so frequently in the show? There are cats in Keiichi's school campus, on the streets, and they are just every where. In episode 1 of this volume, Belldandy asked to a cat where Mara the demon is. And, if you remind episode 4 of volume1, she answered to the college dean that she was pleased to meet a nice cat in the school, when she was asked how she like the university. So, why so much of cat stuff in this AMG? Because in Japanese language, "Neko" means a cat. If you are a real AMG fan, you now should have got what I am going to say. What is the name of university that Belldandy and Keiichi are in? Nekomi Institute of Technology. What is the name of the city where they live? Nekomi City. Nekomi means, literally, "cat actual." So, I think that the cats all around the campus and other cat related stuffs are kind of cute jokes that the show makes to our watchers. It is like, you put lots of salt-shakers here and there in a movie, which happen to be placed in Salt Lake City.
Another cat related trivia in AMG. Did you noticed that cat-like charms are one of weakness of Mara the demon? In episode 1 of this volume, when Belldandy and Mara had a fight, Urd throws a cat-face-looking charm to Mara and she got debilitated because of her allergic response to it. I heard that in traditional Japanese beliefs, cats have powers to expel evil spirits, and those cat-looking charms are usual treats for wicked spirits like silver Cross in western culture. So, poor Mara is indeed doing losing fight against goddess sisters. She is outnumbered 3 to 1 by goddess sisters, combating in the city named "cat," and her enemies are too well aware of her weakness.