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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: C
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: A-
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: AnimEigo
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 69
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Ah! My Goddess
Oh My Goddess Vol. #2
By Edmund Lee
February 16, 2002
Release Date: October 09, 2001
Of all the weirdest thing, I got this disc first. Being a fan of Oh/Ah My Goddess for along time, this didn't really matter because I already know some background info on the world of Oh/Ah My Goddess.
The first episode on the disc, it starts of with a bad dream of Keiichi where Belldandy is about to leave him and return to Heaven for good. Turns out it was close to the truth as Belldandy is issued a Recall Notice when bugs from Yggdrassil start to cause havoc whenever Belldandy and Keiichi comes close to each other. This all link to a certain tree in their backyard, as Urd, Skuld and Keiichi found out at the end of the episode.
On the last episode, not wanting to see their sister in agony, Urd and Skuld devise on a plan to close the gate that will suck Belldandy back to heaven. While at the same time, Keiichi goes working non-stop for 3 days to buy Belldandy a ring as a farewell gift. Turns out that this was a promise they made long ago when they first met. And at the end, Keiichi manages to fulfill this promise even if he didn't know about it.
One thing that strike me odd is that these two episode reminded me so much of the story during the manga where Urd was recalled instead of Belldandy. Even the use of Ultimate Warding Mandala to stop the recalling process seem ripped from the pages. But anyway, it's an adaptation of the manga, so the show itself can stand on it's own. It has a nice blend of romance and drama, which of course is always one of the many reasons why people like this series so much, but I'm sorry to say this, I found it rather more cheese for my liking. Mind you compared that to the mangas, this is just a taste of things.
OK, onto the controversial side of things with a video comment. With my usual setup, I hardly notice any rainbowing. However, when played on my DVD-Rom, some bits were more obvious but not overall bad. The only thing that's bad here is the transfer and the source materials. Fairly used tape quality comes to mind, and it really pains me to see such bad source materials blemish such a well-loved show.
Audio on the other hand was pretty much alright. But one thing I have to comment on is the commentary track. Seems to me that the commentary and the background sound are fighting for the same audio time. Why can't they just lower the background sounds down like most other commentary tracks do?
Extras are a plenty. A commentary track by the English VAs (more like jokes and bloopers track to me), textless opening and ending (access via the angle button), some artwork, which is pretty neat, and a music and sound effects track for a good dub your own track session :).
The dub, well I can't really say a whole lot about it. In my book, the Japanese VAs consisting of Inoue Kikuko, Hisakawa Aya, and Touma Yumi rules as far as playing goddess is concern. There were a few voices that I found were good, and those were the supporting cast, overall I wasn't that much impressed with this one. Guess I was expecting too much thru word of mouth via fans.
If it weren't for the video presentation, I would love it more. Guess I better get the better alternative aka the region 2 disc. However, if this doesn't bother you at all then pick this up just for the story.
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