Kosuke Fujishima's delightful Oh My Goddess! began as a manga in 1988 and was made into a five-part OAV in 1993-94. Fujishima used bits of Western mythology for his offbeat romantic comedy: the three sister-goddesses are b... more »ased on the Norns, the Fates in Scandinavian legends. Keiichi Morisato is a familiar anime type: a short, skinny nerd at the bottom of the pecking order. One afternoon, while he's stuck in his dorm taking phone messages for his older classmates and trying to order lunch, the lovely Belldandy appears and declares she is a goddess who will grant him one wish. Convinced she's part of an elaborate prank, Keiichi asks her to become his girlfriend forever--and is dumbfounded when she grants his wish. Her presence gets him kicked out of the all-male dorm, so they set up housekeeping in an abandoned temple. What should be an idyllic existence is soon complicated by the arrival of Megumi, Keiichi's kid sister; Urd, Belldandy's voluptuous older sister; and Skuld, her sulky younger sister. But despite the contretemps, the bond between Keiichi and Belldandy only grows stronger. Keiichi, like Tenchi or Akito in Nadesico, is initially unprepossessing, but his maladroit exterior conceals a genuinely kind heart. Perhaps because she's a real goddess, rather than a magical girl, Belldandy never whines or grows smarmy; she remains a warm, gentle presence. Voice actors Scott Simpson and Juliet Cesario offer sensitive performances that add to the series' charm and good-natured comedy. Unrated; suitable for ages 12 and up for minor nudity and occasional risqué humor. --Charles Solomon« less
"I sought this title out for two reasons, one being the fact that I am a big fan of the manga, and two being the fact that "Oh My Goddess" is a pretty popular series. After watching it it is easy to see why. Each episode is incredibly fun to watch, has beautiful artwork, delightful characters, and more.In "Episode 1: Moonlight and Cherry Blossoms",Keichi Morisato lies alone in his desolate, lonely apartment. Starving, Keichi desperatly trys to find some restaurant that is still open so he can get some takeout. But he never knew a simple desire for food could change his life so abruptantly. For Keichi misdials and finds himself with a different delivery, a wish granting goddess named Belldandy. But when Keichi jokes about Belldandy living with him, Belldandy activates his wish and becomes assigned to stay with him forever.In "Episode 2: Midsummer Night's Dream" Belldandy and Keichi have been living together pleasantly for five months now. That day, Keichi checks his mail and finds what he believes to be a pornograhic video, Entitled "Sexy sister #2". He eargerly puts it in his VCR. Low and behold, Urd, Belldandys sister, jumps out of the T.V. set and persuades Keichi to seduce Belldandy during Keichi and Belldandys vacation. Keichi makes attempt after attempt but to no avail; he's not brave enough. And so Urd decides to drug Keichi. But Urds plan goes from clever to disasterous. This Episode is my personal favorite; I love the character Urd. She is generally a pretty attractive person, but she's not at all like Belldandy, Personalitie-wise. When Urd gets interested in something, it literally becomes her passion. Urd is very dedicated to spiceing up Belldandy and Keichi's relationship, which results in some of the funniest moments in the "Oh my Goddess" series. I noticed a little racy behavior due to the arrival of Urd, however, some of which might be found objectionable to the parent, but its overall pretty innocent. The climax to this episode was, in my opinion, quite touching.In "Episode 3: Burning Hearts on the Road" We are introduced to Skuld (I believe it's pronouced like School) who is totally against Keichi and Belldandy being together. Skuld is deeply attached to Belldandy, and wants her to leave Keichi's side and join her in heaven (or wherever Goddess's live). This particular tale has a solid plot and, at times, has delightful tension.In "Episode 4: Evergreen Holy Night", "Oh My Goddess" becomes much more serious. Melodrama haters need not apply. In this episode, troublesome bugs, which Skuld was meant to elimanate, have arrived on earth. Bug mainly cause Pandemonium to an almost dangerous level, and the only way to get rid of them is for all three of our goddess's are to cease interaction with Keichi (gasp)."Episode 5: For the Love of Goddess" This is an incredibly tounching episode. Belldandy Belldandy has been confined to her room whenever Keichi is around due to the destructive nature of their getting too close to each other. Soon she will be forced to leave earth. Keichi is saving up money and working all kinds of jobs so that he can buy Belldandy a going-away present: a ring. This Episode is Triumphant as it is teary-eyed.Ultimatly, "Oh My Goddess" is a charming, above average comedy/romance. Fan's of "Ranma 1/2" or "Tenchi muyo!" with undoubtfully enjoy this anime. Its may not be the most complex, but it should be praised highly for what it is, a very enjoyable anime that remains to be one of sweetest love comedy's to date."
A Beautiful, Fun-Filled, Heart-String Tugging Masterpiece!
Gremio | 04/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a dynamite series. Oh My Goddess is a five-part anime full of wonderful music, beautiful art and warm, human characters. I am a 46 year old father of two teenagers and I own the Japanese language (English subtitled) version of these videos. There are no fighting robots or splashes of blood... just a well engineered romance with many a twist and turn. I enjoy the language and the energy that went into the making of this anime. Also... check the internet. Search for the characters in this story: Belldandy, Urd, Skuldo, Keichi. You will discover the huge following of fans behind "Oh My Goddess". You might also like the animes "Tenchi Muyo" and "You're Under Arrest". Fun characters, excellent quality... Good stuff!"
Ah! My Goddess
richiepublicnick | 06/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Second DVD concluding the five part OVA series. Contains the last two episodes, 4 and 5, which are the longest episodes of the series. This is done by AnimEigo so you will known this DVD will be done right.Episode 4: Evergreen Holy Night Keiichi's life finally seems to be getting back to normal (or at least as normal as life gets when you live in a temple with 3 goddesses!). Yes, he does get strange dreams, and yes, Urd and Skuld are a pain, but what the heck - his girlfriend is truly divine! Alas, System Bugs are escaping from the Heavens, upsetting the balance of the Earthly Plane. Skuld gets on the case, and soon discovers that whenever Belldandy and Keiichi get close, a Bug Exhaust Port is formed. Until the problem is solved, Belldandy and Keiichi can't be together. Then Belldandy gets a Notice of Recall from the Lord. She has to go back to the Heavens, or else! Episode 5: For the Love of Goddess You'd think with a goddess as a girlfriend, Keiichi's life would be Heaven, but the fact is, it's coming to resemble the other after-life address. If he even gets close to Belldandy, Bugs escape onto the Earthly Plane and foul up the works. Worse, the Lord has slapped her with a Recall Notice. In two days, she has to relocate home to Heaven. As the clock ticks down, Belldandy must begin to erase herself from Keiichi's life and memory. And Keiichi? He's working his fingers to the bone so he can buy a ring for Belldandy. A ring that will fulfill a promise... a promise he doesn't remember making!Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles."
Definitely one of the Best!
M. Damore | USA | 12/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Please allow me to apologize in advance for the length of this review, I got just a little carried away with my description.When I finished the Uresei Yatsura manga, (please look it up)I was at a loss. What could possibly entertain me after I ran out of Lum? The answer came when I was flipping through a catalog of animes. It said something to the effect that if Uresei Yatsura is zany, the word for Oh My Goddess is sweet. The reference to UY was enough to catch my interest, so I bought volume one of Oh My Goddess. The result: an instant favorite! When a college student named Kaechi Morisato (sp?)accidentally dials "The Goddess HelpLine" while trying to order food to be delivered, he orders much more than he bargained for! The Goddess Belldandy, a kind, attractive, open minded Goddess grants Kaechi his heart's desire, but the rules say she can only grant one wish. Kaechi's wish: Since Goddesess don't really exist and this is most likely a joke, he'll take Belldandy as his wish! She will be his girlfriend forever! Belldandy is very pleased to inform Kaechi that his wish is approved, and thus begins this wonderful adventure! My younger brother sat down to watch this with me and immediately raved about how well drawn the characters were. "Finally, someone knows how to draw people!" He told me. I personally fell in love with the music. The characters are more realistic than in other animes, and thus easier to understand and become attached to. Plus the movie is completely innocent, with almost no unsuitable scenes! I say almost because there is one brief daydream featuring a semi-unclad Belldandy, but unless you're looking for it, nothing shows. If you are new to anime, or want to interest a friend, this is the one to begin with. I would give it more than five stars if I were able to!"
REMASTERED VIDEO QUALITY?
Peter Tilton | New York, USA | 07/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So what makes 'Oh My Goddess: The Collector's Edition' so special?
REMASTERED VIDEO QUALITY!
Thats right for the first time ever Animeigo have released the remastered version of 'Oh My Goddess'. The original release which was split over 2 dvds had very medicore quality with rainbowing, dot crawl and too much brightness.
Now for the first time you can see Belldandy and her friends the way they were meant to look. Colours now actually look saturated opposed to the washed out look of the previous dvd release.
Conclusion - Even if you bought the original dvd releases, you owe to yourself to upgrade and to see the huge difference in video quality."