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- 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 Roman Martel
February 16, 2002
Release Date: October 09, 2001
Overall Rating: 4.7
(on a scale of 1-5)
Due to some shipping mishaps this disc of Oh My Goddess came at the same time as my copy of the film Ah! My Goddess. It was interesting to see both the OAV and the film in close proximity to each other. I'll focus on the OAV in this review. I must say that this disc contains some of the best romantic moments I've seen in an animated work. This is definitely an anime classic in my book.
The technical grades stay the same in this set. On my set up I didn't notice any problems with the sound or the picture. It was a great clean transfer. The menu keeps the same style it had in the first release. It works quickly and accurately. The presentation keeps the same grade as well. There is no parental rating on this disc and there is some nudity. It's done in a non-detailed kinda way. But aside from that, this is a pretty tame series. The disc comes will all the goodies of the original, including the commentary track by some of the English voice actors and the ADR director. Again it's very conversational, and kinda Mystery Science Theatre in style. It was more fun that informative, but I enjoyed it a bunch. It's definitely better than some of the boring commentary tracks I've run into (on Hollywood movies for the most part). My only gripe is the fact that the sound of the series overpowers the track at times and makes it hard to hear. You also get clean opening and closing credits, promotional artwork from the series as well as production stills. And there is the dub your own track as well. This is another solid release from AnimEigo. Keep up the great work!
In the first disc of Oh My Goddess this series established itself as a romantic comedy. It had a nice lighthearted feel and mixed fun and cute very well together. These two episodes focus more on the emotions that get stirred up when it is revealed that Belldandy must return to heaven. In some ways these episodes lack the fun of the previous episodes, but make up for it with some great drama and an ending that makes us hopeless romantics shed a little tear. These episodes are better than the previous ones but are a bit harder to watch.
As I mentioned above the plot revolves around Belldandy having to return to heaven. The reason is that a portal from heaven has opened up between Keiichi and Belldandy. Out of this portal "bugs" pop out and start playing havoc with reality. One minute it's sunny the next it's snowing... but only on the temple Kei and the Goddesses live in. Tea becomes boiling hot just by sitting on a table, Kei becomes a human magnet, and other random (and dangerous occurances). The only cure that can be found is for Bell to go back to heaven until it can all be straightened out (with Norton Anti-virus?). Kei goes on a quest to get Bell a present before she leaves, while Urd and Skuld try to find another way to stop the bugs. As the clock ticks down Kei works himself to exhaustion to make enough money to get the present for his love. And Belldandy... well she seems to be hiding something, a secret that not only scarred her heart but could lose her Kei forever... or will it?
The animation keeps up the high quality it had in the previous episodes. I love some of the scenes in here. The use of the lighting and the motion of the shots create the perfect mood to the scenes. Added to the great sound work, these episodes pull you into the story and get you all wrapped up with the characters. You also get some pretty cool looking and sounding spells in this set of episodes, not to metion the craziness that occurs when the bugs are around. But most importantly this OAV really utilizes some great visuals to capture the emotions. I am defiantly impressed with this series.
The plot is a bit sappy, and a bit overly romantic. But this is Oh My Goddess not Dragonball Z. It's a romantic comedy. For some people the lack of comedy in these episodes make the story slow or ineffective. But as I mentioned above, the lightness is replaced with a sense of sadness and nostalgia that are really effective. The story itself, revolving around Belldandy and Keiichi and the feelings they share, as well as the secret that Belldandy is hiding, make these episodes work. I get weepy every time I watch these episodes.
The English cast is very, very good. Considering that it was early work from them, they did a great job. Each character really plays the part perfectly and carries the right emotion for the scene. I really can't think of a weak section to the action at all. This is up there with El Hazard as a great example of English Dub acting done well in the early days of anime. So believe me, this stuff is out there.
The music is the only thing that isn't perfect. It's still a bit over the top and too much in certain scenes. There is a moment where the score uses and overpowering organ piece and I wondered where Captain Nemo fit into the story. The opening and ending themes are great and J-poppy. But I think the score while it isn't bad is just a bit too overdone at times. It could have been a bit subtler and it would have been perfect.
I've said it before, I'm a fan of this series and I might not be the most objective viewer of it. But I have to say that as far as entertainment goes Oh My Goddess gets a perfect score. When viewed in its complete five-episode form it works even better. The fun and light episodes on the first disc introduce you to the characters and situations and get you set up for the juicy story on the second disc. All the elements work very well together and get you to laugh and cry and get pulled into the story and the characters. That is why I think Oh My Goddess has earned a place as an anime classic.
Roman J. Martel
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