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Oh My Goddess! (Ah! My Goddess) OVA Series Volume 1
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Kosuke Fujishima's delightful Oh My Goddess! began as a manga in 1988 and was made into a five-part OAV in 1993-94. Fujishima used bits of Western mythology for his offbeat romantic comedy: the three sister-goddesses are based on the Norns, the Fates in Scandinavian legends. Keiichi Morisato is a familiar anime type: a short, skinny nerd at the bottom of the pecking order. One afternoon, while he's stuck in his dorm taking phone messages for his older classmates and trying to order lunch, the lovely Belldandy appears and declares she is a goddess who will grant him one wish. Convinced she's part of an elaborate prank, Keiichi asks her to become his girlfriend forever--and is dumbfounded when she grants his wish. Her presence gets him kicked out of the all-male dorm, so they set up housekeeping in an abandoned temple. What should be an idyllic existence is soon complicated by the arrival of Megumi, Keiichi's kid sister; Urd, Belldandy's voluptuous older sister; and Skuld, her sulky younger sister. But despite the contretemps, the bond between Keiichi and Belldandy only grows stronger. Keiichi, like Tenchi or Akito in Nadesico, is initially unprepossessing, but his maladroit exterior conceals a genuinely kind heart. Perhaps because she's a real goddess, rather than a magical girl, Belldandy never whines or grows smarmy; she remains a warm, gentle presence. Voice actors Scott Simpson and Juliet Cesario offer sensitive performances that add to the series' charm and good-natured comedy. Unrated; suitable for ages 12 and up for minor nudity and occasional risqué humor. --Charles Solomon
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Moonlight and Cherry Blossoms - College freshman Morisato Keiichi gets more than he bargained for when he goes dialing for dinner and gets an unexpected delivery - Belldandy, a real live, honest to goodness GODDESS! Belldandy grants him a wish, and Keiichi decides that what he really needs is a girlfriend just like her. And that's exactly what he gets. The mysterious Ultimate Force that enforces all Wish Contracts comes into play, and Keiichi and Belldandy are now inseparable. Then Keiichi remembers that his dorm has a strict rule: NO WOMEN ALLOWED!
Midsummer Night's Dream - Five months have passed since Morisato Keiichi dialed out for dinner and got a goddess instead, but he still hasn't managed to put the moves on the divine Belldandy. Belldandy's big sister Urd is not amused, and decides to give him some serous make-out advice. The result is a trip to the seashore, where every attempt by Keiichi to advance a base or two with Belldandy goes hilariously askew. Then Urd unleashes her ultimate weapon - the Love Potion!
Burning Hearts On The Road - It's really lonely up in the heavens without your big sisters to keep you company, especially when that means you are stuck with the job of tracking down all the bugs that keep cropping up in the Ultimate Force System. So little Skuld decides to pay her big sister Belldandy a visit. When she hears about the contract that binds Belldandy and Keiichi together, she decides that something must be done! Meanwhile, Keiichi gets stuck with representing the Auto Club in the University Drag Race, only to find out that his sempai, Tamiya, has a secret bet laid down on the outcome. But that's not his only problem. He's got an angry little goddess gunning for him!
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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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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.
"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.
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.
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.