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Oh My Goddess! (Ah! My Goddess) OVA Series Volume 1

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  • Actors: Kikuko Inoue, Masami Kikuchi, Yumi Tôma, Aya Hisakawa, Yuriko Fuchizaki
  • Directors: Hiroaki Gôda
  • Writers: Kôsuke Fujishima, Naoko Hasegawa
  • Producers: Hiroo Takimoto, Hiroshi Iwakawa, Masaaki Sekine, Masanori Tazawa, Masao Mochizuki
  • Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: AnimEigo
  • Release Date: Dec 16 2003
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00005LB8E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,791 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber on March 24 2004
Format: DVD
This is the type of show you watch to feel good about yourself and everything around you. There aren't any monsters or world-ending crises to deal with--the worst Keiichi and Belldandy have to deal with are finding a house and a minor misunderstanding with a love potion. Other than that, they basically bask in each other's love.
Oh, and let me clarify something. I own all of the books currently in English, both dvds, and the movie. Despite what you may think, this is not like Tenchi Muyo or Love Hina. Belldandy is the only one with the hots for Keiichi. Urd treats ALL MALES like that, with the teasing and (for some) the kissing. That is just the way Urd's mind works. So her little scene with Keiichi meant nothing. And Skuld hates Keiichi, with all her heart, at least at this point.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Nice Break From Anime May 27 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
Oh, My Goddess or Ah, Megami-sama is a cute and endearing series which is a nice break from the repetitive bloodshed, giants robots, and transforming school girls. Don't get me wrong I love those shows to but this is a nice break away from that.
This is the story of a boy who is calling for take out, dials the wrong number, reaches the great beyond, and contacts a goddess who gets bound to him by the powers that be. The whole story revolves around their love and the problems that having a goddess in the house can present.
This is the ultimate masculine fulfilment series. Sort of like 'I dream of Jeanie only not as problematic'. The characters are very endearing, the music is brilliant, the animation is so beautifully done you will wish you were a part of the series. I highly suggest this for anyone. It's a beautiful romance film with a lot of chuckles in between.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Very Cute Romantic Anime July 14 2002
By mp - Published on
Format: DVD
The first three episodes of the "Oh! My Goddess" OVA series are included in Volume 1 of this two volume DVD set. "Oh! My Goddess" is an irrepressibly cute series, marginally Tenchi-esque, in that our hero, Keiichi Morisato, is a young man who comes to live with some mischievous young women that are not from earth. That said, the writers do an excellent job in this series of making it not exactly like Tenchi, giving each of the main characters, Keiichi, his sister Megumi, and the three goddesses, Belldandy, Urd, and Skuld, their own distinct personalities. Even though it is only a five episode series, the characters are developed well enough to make them interesting and appealing.
"Oh! My Goddess" begins with Keiichi, a college freshman at Nekomi Tech, made to do the grunt-work in his all-male dorm, taking phone messages for his 'sempai,' which I assume means the upperclassmen. Unfortunately, they've left him no food. He desperately starts calling for takeout, only to find that all the takeout places are either closed or not delivering. In a moment of classic comic anime serendipity, Keiichi wants food so badly that his desire triggers an unintentioned call to the Goddess Helpline. Before he knows what's happening, a lovely goddess, Belldandy, appears in the dorm, telling an incredulous and shy Keiichi that he can have one wish. He decides in yet another classic moment, that he wants Belldandy to be his girlfriend forever.
Kicked out of the dorm for having a girl on the premises, Keiichi and Belldandy come to live in a deserted shrine, where they are shortly joined by Kei's little sister, Megumi. Over the next two episodes, this little group is joined by two of Belldandy's sisters, the hypererotically charged older sister Urd, and the mechanically genius, but lonely younger sister Skuld. A great deal of the comedy in this first volume of "Oh! My Goddess" comes from Keiichi's repeated attempts to overcome his shyness and make a move on the wonderfully magnanimous Belldandy.
This first DVD contains the first three episodes, "Moonlight and Cherry Blossoms," which introduces the lead couple, "Midsummer Night's Dream," in which five months after Kei and Belldandy move in together, Urd tries her best to force them to hook up, and "Burning Hearts on the Road," where Skuld joins the cast, in the midst of a drag race competition at Nekomi Tech. These are all excellent episodes. The characters play well off of each other, and the stories in these first three episodes are charming and cute. Belldandy is a terrific character, as are Keiichi's two bulked up, often drunk, sempai in the Auto Club, who are great minor characters. The fact that the major social organization in the series (and later in the movie) is an Auto Club, and that they all go to a technical college is just a great touch.
The English voice actors do a good job interpreting the characters, but having watched it in Japanese with English subtitles, I tend to like the Japanese dialogue better. The extras on this DVD include a slide show of cells and drawings from the series, and a clever 'dub your own DVD' feature, which is basically the episodes without dialogue. Volume 1 of the "Oh! My Goddess" DVD set is certainly worth watching and owning.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great features plus a great anime make this a definite buy! Nov. 13 2001
By John Nolley II - Published on
Format: DVD
I won't go into the Aa! Megami-sama (Oh My Goddess to those of us who don't speak Japanese) story itself as numerous other sources have done a better job than I at that task... however, I would like to mention some of the neat features found on this disc.
First, there's the obligatory commentary track by three of the voice acting talents (the voices of Belldandy, Keiichi, and Skuld), which though perhaps less informative than those found in some live action films, makes a quite entertaining listening.
The audio options don't stop there, however. You can play the episodes in English, Japanese, or in "soundtrack only" mode, with the option of English subtitles. Switching to this last mode allows fans to "dub their own Oh My Goddess" according to the disc--so if you and your friends have seen this anime a few too many times, have fun giving your own rendition of the story!
The menus work well, allowing you to skip to a particular episode or a scene within an episode. The only extra I'd have liked to have seen that wasn't included would be an interview with the creator of Aa! Megami-sama.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent OVA on two DVDs? Ridiculous! June 5 2001
By Zack Davisson - Published on
Format: DVD
Let me start off by saying that I love "Oh My Goddess" and I was really looking forward to the series' DVD release. It is very sweet, funny and easily one of the most charmingly romantic series I have seen. I am most happy to spend some time with Belldandy, Keichi, Skuld and Urd.
That being said, I am shocked and disappointed to find that they split the series onto two DVDs, each for separate sale. The episodes are very short, totaling a little over an hour per DVD (I believe it is 82 minutes for Vol. 1, and 62 minutes for Vol. 2). There are no extra features included. Yikes! That's a lot for two and a half hours of viewing.
I find it hard to believe that Animego could not do more justice to this excellent series, or provide more value to their customers. The six-part "Moldiver" OAV managed to find it's way onto one well-priced DVD. How disappointing that "Oh My Goddess" could not do the same. I am sad to say that this is an excellent series to rent (but not to buy).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good for fans of the series, but there's more out there May 13 2006
By K.M. Viglione - Published on
Format: DVD
I remember when I first heard about Oh My Goddess. At the time, the movie was not released, and there was only the manga and this OVA available. Because the manga was not yet out in my area, I purchased the OVA. It's a good way to sample what the series is like, and a good way for a newbie to decide whether or not they like it. However, in comparison to the manga and the new anime series out, it's very tiny and only gives you a glimpse into a much bigger world.

Anyone who is well-versed in anime knows the basic set-up, even if they have never seen or read anything of Oh My Goddess. College student Keiichi Morisato dials the wrong number and winds up with a goddess, Belldandy, offering to grant him a wish. Thinking it's a prank, Keiichi declares he wants a beautiful woman like this goddess to be with him forever. Belldandy grants the wish with the slight misinterpretation that he specifically meant her. Yet the Almighty has spoken, the contract is made, and Belldandy is stuck on Earth with Keiichi. However, Keiichi lives in an all-male dorm, meaning no girls allowed!

Such is a summary of episode 1 of the OVA. In episode 2, older sister Urd invites herself over to help heat things up between Keiichi and Belldandy. In episode 3, baby sister Skuld shows up, who is not pleased with the idea of sharing her beloved older sister with a mere mortal.

This first volume is mostly comedy with some sweet, romantic moments. And for a love story, Oh My Goddess can be rather tame, but still emotionally driven. But as a device that merely retells something that the manga and new anime series are already portraying, it can be rather dull. If you have already read the manga or have seen the anime, you won't really miss out on much. You may even be bored with it. But if you're a die-hard fan of the series, you will like it, or at least want to add to your collection.

This OVA is a good way to gauge whether or not you're into the story. If you are, I recommend looking into the manga or the anime, as well as the movie. Creator Kosuke Fujishima created a vast world with more than these 4 main characters and their lives, some characters that I like more than the goddesses and Keiichi. You can also see a great deal more character development than what can be done in a 5-episode OVA.

But the OVA is a cheap way to start, and could be a big money saver than investing the manga or anime series.

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