Based on a manga by Kosuke Fujishima, Oh My Goddess! was made into a popular five-part OAV in 1993-94. Keiichi Morisato acquired the goddess Belldandy as a girlfriend in a charming, small-scale domestic comedy. The feature... more » (2000) is set three years later: Keiichi has grown more attractive and less maladroit. Belldandy remains essentially unchanged--until she encounters Celestin, her former "mentor." Celestin rebelled against the powers of Heaven and was imprisoned. Having escaped, he wants to resume his rebellion and reformulate the universe according to his designs. The filmmakers attempt to link computer viruses with apocalyptic mythology and the relationship between Belldandy and Keiichi. Although they made an agreeably mismatched couple in the OAVs, Keiichi and Belldandy simply don't have enough depth as characters to challenge what amounts to a Lucifer figure or support such a baroque story line. Rated 13 Up: brief nudity, risqué humor, violence. --Charles Solomon« less
"I'm not a big fan of the Oh! My Goddes series. I thought it was really sappy. However, the movie is among my favorite anime films of all time. Instead of being happy all the time Beldandy and Keiechi's relationship takes a tragic turn. Heaven is in chaos and they have nowhere to turn to for help. And to top it off the Earth is at the brink of destruction by a forced evolution.The graphics are excellent and the sound is superb. Also the scene "Beldandy vs Urd" is without a doubt the most artistic fight scene i've ever seen in any genre of anime or film. It was only between two characters and it had a epic and urgent feel that had me on the edge of my seat. Rent or buy this movie! You will enjoy it."
Specialist or mass market
Kai-kwong Ho | Quarry Bay Hong Kong | 10/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The megamisama movie is beautifully drawn, with fluid motions and bold use of colour (see the scene when Celestine appears in front of Belldandy). The character design is true to the latest style of Fujishima sensei's drawing, which is distinctly different from the OVA. The plot itself is twisty and focuses a lot on Belldandy and Keiichi battling through their emotional problems. A true masterpiece. Although viewers who are used to the extrovert Holywood style are advised to glue their eyes on the screen for the subtle changes in facial expression and voice pitch, which is typical of Japanese story telling.However it does have a few problems. First of all, for fellow viewers in the US who probably have seen the OVA, but generally do not have access to all (the latest) 22 volumns of the manga; you might be wondering who Chihiro and Peroth are, and the movie never attempts to explain these major characters from the manga.And for those who know Fujishima sensei's story well, you'll notice there is a discrepancy in the time line - in the movie, Keiichi is still a student while Chihiro's garage has already opened. This discrepancy probably doesn't matter too much for the movie's plot, but it's irritating for a fan like me, who keeps wondering while watching, how come Chihiro's shop could open without Keiichi and Belldandy working for her. Who's changing the oil? Who's keeping the cash register?The movie also seems at times to bring in characters just to please the fans. (I do admit seeing familiar characters on the movie screen is quite a treat) But honestly I don't find it necessary to bring in Megumi or Chihiro in the plot. And the one thing that really irritates is the appearance of Noble Scarlet. Everybody familiar with the story knows Skuld's angel is Noble Scarlet, but everybody familiar with the story also knows that Skuld doesn't have an angel (digest this!). The sole purpose of her appearance is to please the fans and make the scene look good with all three angels (from all three goddess)battling out with Morgen.Although there are a few reservations from a fan's point of view, it shouldn't stop anybody from enjoying this wonderful film, whether you're familiar with the manga's story or not. I'm sure everybody will find it rewarding to watch."
A re-release with DTS
eau | USA | 11/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is easily one of the best anime movies ever. It has an engaging plot, fluid-like animation, and an excellent orchestral score performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic. Although it is very entertaining and pretty much stand-alone, viewers can benefit more if they get some background information on Kosuke Fujishima's work of the 3 goddesses and their earthly friends, since the movie doesn't spend much time introducing the characters and their relationship.
This DVD is practially a re-release of the old edition with the addition of Japanese DTS 5.1, which is only half bitrate. The video transfer is exactly the same as the old one. The old video is anamorphic and excellent to begin with, but you do get the same brief hard sub in two places in the movie. All the extras are literally carried over from the old release, including the mini-goddess episode. New is the inclusion of the TV and theatrical teasers and trailers and an art gallary. There is no reversible artwork and the keepcase is white this time.
If you are die-hard AMG fan or don't already have this movie, get this DTS release by all means. If you have the old release, you really don't gain much by upgrading."
A Beautiful Movie!!
Debbie L. Maxwell | GALIEN, MI USA | 06/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well to start off with I thought this movie was excellent!! If you have not read the manga or seen the OVA thats ok.I watched this movie with only a little bit of knowlege of what its about.
But I do recommend that you find about a little bit about it or you may get a little confused of how Belldandy and Keichi meet.
Even without seeing the OVA or manga you can still enjoy this great movie like I did.The main plot is there is a fairy princess named Morgan Le Fay.
She had released a crimnal who is a god named Celestine. Not too long after that Celestine infects Belldandy with a virus that affects all of heaven and later earth. Morgan stays on earth as a student at Neckomi Tech the college Keichi goes to and watches them. The virus affects Belldandy in a way that she only loses her memory of Keichi. I think I will stop here so I don't spoil the movie for you. You will just have to see the movie yourself and you won't regret it.The animation is really nice only cause its a theatcal release. But the character designs are different of that of the OVA and Manga. Pioneer did great with this DVD. The extras include the first episode of the Adventures of the Mini Goddesses which if you don't understand alot of japanese humar and culture you may not like it or understand it. Then you have some artwork like with most DVDs and some original japanese trailers. In all this is a great movie and one to keep if your a fan of Oh My Goddess or looking at it to see if its for you. It is a great place to join in the fun!!"
This brought me right back in...
fnordboy | New Jersey | 12/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't seen Oh My Goddess in atleast 5 years, and then it was a fan sub, I enjoyed the OAVs a lot then, but never bothered to get good quality copies.I bought this DVD on a whim one day when it caught my eye. I am so happy that I did. This is one of the best anime movies i have seen in a long long time. It is beautifully drawn, the packaging is great, and has more extras then on most anime dvds. It is definitely one of the best quality anime dvds i own.After watching this i rushed out and bought the OAVs on DVD. Now I am debating on getting all the manga too. This movie totally sucked me back in to the series.I dont think you need to have watched the OAVs before watching this movie, I mean I knew the basic idea of how Belldandy and her sisters came to be in Keiichi's life, from what I remembered of the original OAV. Of course it always helps to fully know the background story."