In these brief cartoons, excessively cute miniature versions of Urd, Skuld, and, occasionally, Belldandy from the Oh My Goddess OAVs get involved in silly misadventures with a walleyed rat named Gan. In the opening episode... more », Urd misreads Gan's fortune--and marries the hapless rodent to a teakettle (who subsequently elopes with a coffeepot). The cleverest episodes involve "Gabira": Gan turns into a monster-rat in spoofs of the Godzilla movies of the '50s, complete with title sequences. But most of the stories are just inane little comedies that lack the personalities and charm that made the original series a hit. Rated 13 Up, but appropriate for children five years younger; contains minor slapstick violence. --Charles Solomon« less
"It's not animation that will change the world or make you think. And that's the point. Adventures of the Mini-Goddess is a foray into cute, harmless fun, and there's nothing wrong with that. Fifteen episodes of your favorite Goddesses, Belldandy, Urd, and Skuld, as they explore the house in a diminuitive size, and have adventures with their friend (and constant foil for their mischevious pranks) Gan-Chan. Missions to the moon, weddings among household appliances, and battles with giant moldy monsters (remember kids, just toss the moldy cake and don't eat it), as well as adventures in weight loss, and a game of baseball, it's good clean fun."
Funny, Fun, & Fantastic
Bryan Weber | 05/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the funniest little anime bits I've seen in a long time. I really laughed hard. While the animation is good and consistant, it's not amazing as some purists may want it. Being 'shorts' allows for funny genre parodies that would probably have failed if they were any longer. While these bits are part of the Ah! My Goddess universe, there really is no need to know anything about A!MG to watch. If you need some comic relief, pick up a copy of Mini Goddess. You'll find yourself, for the first time, feeling sorry for a rat."
Scott Shingle | Chester Springs, PA USA | 03/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the cutest, funniest, most adorable thing you will probably ever see. I've had import VCD's of this for the past couple of years and have watched them over and over. I'm excited that it's now coming out with english subtitles so that I can fully appreciate some of the jokes. Even without the translations, the stories are so easy to follow that anyone can enjoy them. The goddesses and Gan-chan lampoon everything from Godzilla to Galaxy Express 999, and from the Wright Brothers to the first landing on the moon. What makes these stories so funny is that you can never tell how much is real and how much is just in the characters' imaginations. It's really the anime version of Muppet Babies, just done much, much better. If you like silly parody anime, you won't be disappointed in this."
Laugh your .....and find a sickening adoration for vermin.
R. A. Brown | The Commonwealth of Virginia | 03/18/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I watched first the Ah! My Goddess ovas, then the movie when it came out. I was touched by the romantic story and character design, all which make the sensitive side in me get beaten up by the sports jock side of me. The straight truth, however, concerning the Mini-Goddesses and Ganchan is that it throws out everything story wise from the movie and series,(except the goddesses and their presence), for the sake of comedy. So if you dislike seeing the beautiful goddesses shrunk down to the size of cell phones, the near complete absence of K1,(inside joke for japanese language students, Keichi), the overwhelming presence of a rat, and a main focus on just Urd and Skald,. .....then skip Mini-Goddess.
If you said no to the above, super.
Now to the grits of the Mini-Goddesses. First off, as mentioned above, you can get a taste of the series on the dvd of the Ah! My Goddess movie.(great movie). If the hook sets in properly, then continue on to the Mini-Goddesses dvd. Each episode is approximately five minutes long,(not counting credits), and is basically stand alone story lines involving Urd, Skald, and the rat, Ganchan. The stories are as grounded in truth as much as Ronald McDonald is acclaimed as a serious dramatic actor. To give a point of reference, the Mini-Goddesses emerged from a panel cartoon consisting of perhaps three to four panels; hence their shortness, lack of continuity, and hardly any grounding in reality.
The complaint that it has an educational slant is entirely out of base. One of the running gags of the show is that Belldandy pops up and gives real short lectures,(it happens maybe twice?). Utterly, Mini-Goddesses is a straight up comedy that while often time using a poor rodent as a punching bag, its still repeatedly entertaining.
David Nakamura | San Diego, California United States | 03/15/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is the weirdest thing ever. The 3 goddesses of the ah my goddess series use their powers to become small! They hang out with this talking rat and do stuff!! Its funny but weird as hell. To get a taste for it and to see if you want to continue watching, I would buy the Ah My Goddess movie dvd, which has the first episode of the mini goddess series.(in my opinion I actually thought mini goddess wasn't that funny and kinda dumb)"