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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: C+
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: AnimEigo
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 87
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Ah! My Goddess
Oh My Goddess Vol. #1
By Edmund Lee
February 16, 2002
Release Date: August 14, 2001
Finally, the animation that is based on the most popular manga has arrived at my doorstep. At last! I can finally see for the first time how it all started, in full anime glory! And sorry if this review seems a bit weird, it's just that I reviewed volume 2 first.
The first episode begins with our loveable protagonist, Keiichi taking phone calls for his sempais while they are out. Starting to feel hungry, he starts to call multiple phone numbers randomly to get some food until he reached the Goddess Helpline. From there a beautiful goddess named, Belldandy, appear out of the window and tells him he will be granted only one wish. Not really taking it seriously, Keiichi wishes for Belldandy to be with him forever, and the wish got accepted. Seeing as it's a men's only dorm he's living in, they both get chucked out, and soon they found an old temple where they would live happily for a while.
The second episode, Belldandy's sister, good old Urd, shows up and trying to convince Keiichi that Belldandy wants him and he must be more manly. All this leads to a trip to the beach, where Urd's entire plan goes wrong when Sayoko shows up. It nearly got out of hand when Keiichi drank Urd's love potion and Sayoko "happens" to be there. Of course Belldandy finds out it's all Urd's doing and was able to break the spell. A happy end with as Urd is forced to live together with the happy couple.
And finally the last episode, Yggdrasil is having bug problems and poor old Skuld can't handle the pressure. Taken upon herself she goes and tries to convince Belldandy to come back to heaven. Of course Belldandy refuses, not because of the contract but because she loves Keiichi that as long as he needs her, she will stay with him forever. Of course during this episode, there's an upcoming race and what perfect opportunity for Skuld to sabotage the whole event. Course fate has it that (more like predictable) nothing bad happens.
I think I prefer these 3 episodes more that the other 2 on volume 2. The last 2 were too cheesy for me, but seeing these 3 made me smile all the way thru to the end. Guess I enjoyed this sort of thing, a nice blend of comedy and romance with a bit of techy things to keep things in perspective. I think it's the charm of things that was what I was looking for. I can't really describe it, only that you have to watch it to really get what the charm is in this series. It was one thing I couldn't find in volume 2. "Mellow-mellow" Don't ask, just wanted to put it in here. ;)
With the video, it's much the same with volume 2. Not so much rainbowing on my set up, just my qualms with source material. It seems rather old and not much of a high quality sort of transfer really jared me. But since I enjoyed the episodes on this disc, I'll overlook it for once.
Audio, there ain't much to really complain here.
The extras come with all the same stuff in volume 2. The audio commentary, while really nice and interesting, with has nice bits of information that was really cool, it wasn't much I could hope for with English production commentaries. Then there's a music and sound effects track, a slideshow, some hidden omake, and clean intros and endings.
The dub, while I still prefer the original Japanese to the English, I would like to admit in my volume 2 review that I was a bit harsh on the dub. I think it's more like the mood of the show itself and the fact I was annoyed at the time when volume 2 arrive before volume 1. Well enough of that, I found it quite enjoyable, especially with Amanda Spivey (Megumi) and Belinda Bizic (Sayoko). Yet I can't shake the first impression of Ohtaki, his voice is just wrong, Tamiya on the other hand kicks ass!!
I would definitely recommend this disc to get you started on the world of Oh! My Goddess.
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25" X-51F4