Back in the nineties, all fans of the Ah! My Goddess manga had was a short, very condensed five-episode OVA series. It was lovely, of course, and we would watch and love every second of it. And yet, there was a thirst that the short OVA couldn't quench (and neither could the excellent 2000 Ah! My Goddess film, even if it is still the single best piece of Ah! My Goddess media ever released): we knew this series deserved to be made into a TV series. Back then, the odds of this happening seemed slim. Thankfully, we were wrong.
The TV series is everything we'd hoped for and more. This wasn't a rushed 13-episode project that'd only develop things slightly more than the previous OVA. This was (and is) a major, high-quality project. The series neither follows the manga completely faithfully nor veers off in some unknown direction: it takes the basic flow and material provided by the manga and fashions itself as its own creature.
As far as the series goes:
Visual: A fairly high-quality level of animation is maintained. The visual aspects of the film are maintained, so this and the film don't look that terribly different.
Audio: Thankfully, unlike the OVA with its dinky BG music and simplistic J-POP, we get quite a few good tunes with this series. The first season opening is an excellent, Celtic-ish piece of soft rock. The ending is a cute, and, dare I say, slightly country-ish tune. The background music is not spectacular, but it accomplishes its job and, again, it is a far sight better than what was provided in the OVA.
Extras: Sparse extras. Very little. Extras-fanatics will be disappointed; for people like me who merely want the show, though, this won't be a problem.
All in All, a great show at a very affordable price. Highly recommended!
If you've never seen any Ah! My Goddess, though, try to get your hands on the OVA first. If you like the OVA, you'll love the series.
ONE POINT OF CAUTION
The five stars above are for the show itself. I advise against keeping your DVDs in the case. The way it is designed makes it very tough to get the DVDs out. I've never had troubles with any of my other DVDs, but I actually snapped one of the discs in this collection trying to get it out, and had to order a new individual copy of that disc! Get the set for the price, and then find some jewel cases or case-books to keep the discs in.