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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Adventures of the Mini Goddess

Adventures of Mini Goddess Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     June 14, 2002
Release Date: June 11, 2002


Adventures of Mini Goddess Vol. #3
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
Whenever Keichi leaves the house, Belldandy, Urd and Skuld shrink themselves to play with the other residents of the area - including their clueless rat sidekick, Gan. Whether it’s fishing lessons by Gan or the case files of Detective Skuld, the goddess adventures are dangerously funny!

Based on the characters from Ah! My Goddess the Movie and the Oh! My Goddess Manga!

The Review!
After a mildly amusing second volume, the third volume provides more solid laughs throughout.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The show is your basic stereo mix using just the forward soundstage for everything. The dialogue is pretty clean and clear and there's little in the way of real directionality to it. Sound effects fill up the entire stage and the music sounds nice and warm.

Video:
The source materials for this transfer continue to look pretty good. Colors look nice and properly saturated, cross coloration is extremely minimal with only some mid range shots of the mini goddesses causing problems and shimmering in general is very low. Backgrounds in particular look good throughout the episodes and avoid any really noticeable macroblocking or other problems. The character designs continue to be nicely detailed and all of it shows up clearly here as intended.

Packaging:
The front cover provides a nice bubbly image of the three girls in various outfits blowing bubbles while poor Gan-chan gets caught inside of one, his tears like waterfalls. And for those with a SD-lolicon fetish, Skuld is in a schoolgirl outfit. The back cover provides a couple of small animation shots and a brief summary of the show. There’s a listing of all twelve episodes and their episode numbers as well as the discs features and production information. A small blurb tells more about Urd since the subtitle to this disc is the Urd Files. The insert provides another shot of the front cover while it folds out to provide some SD sized Urd cheesecake. The back of the insert provides the episode listings again.

Menu:
The menu system for this release really qualifies as basic, with no animation or music playing even in the main menu, which is a rarity for a Pioneer title, especially one where there's so many possibilities with it. The design is simplistic enough with a nice image of the goddesses and the selections in the center. Moving between menus is nice and fast and access times are pretty good.

Extras:
The extras are a bit minimal here, but I don't think this is a series that was laden with material outside of what was in the show. There's a two page section that gives some character notes on Urd and there's also several images of Urd in the art gallery.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With this batch of twelve episodes, there’s more single episode fun as well as a couple of more overlapping ones that extend the fun a bit. Overall, there was a lot more to laugh at in these episodes than the second volume. A lot of this is probably due to the addition of Marla to the cast of “villains”.

In one particularly good storyline, the goddesses leave to run some errands but put on a massive lock system on the fridge. Gan-chan is left to defend it, but realizes that it’ll be fine with Skuld’s gear on it and decides to take a nap. Marla, intent on causing grief for the girls, hires a crew of rats and equips them with machine guns and they attempt to take over the fridge. Rats everywhere in the temple become oppressed, leaving Gan-chan to actually be the hero, in his own amusing way.

Another amusing storyline, one much briefer, dealt with a piece of gear Skuld made that would show you peoples dreams and allow you to manipulate them. Urd’s dreams gave the animators a chance to show off some high-tech doomsday fun, but it’s when they went to check out Gan-chan that the most fun occurred. Naturally, being a rat asleep, he dreams of himself asleep. So they insert Belldandy into his dreams and have her confess her love to him, driving the poor guy batty.

What was surprising in these twelve episodes was the “Rainy Day” piece. Entirely devoid of voice work, it’s a tale that follows Urd as she travels around the city during a mild rainstorm, with her mood being contemplative. It’s a very interesting piece, told entirely in music and animation, as we follow her around different areas, seeing the city through her eyes during this inclement weather. It definitely didn’t fit within the other 35 episodes we’d seen so far, but was a real highlight of this disc.

There’s a number of other good stories throughout this disc as well, but you pretty much know how the formula works after the first couple of episodes of the first disc. If you’re picking these up, this is a spot of good fun that doesn’t disappoint. I’m definitely enjoying these episodes a lot.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Urd Character Profile,Urd Image Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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