Genre: Fantasy/Romantic Comedy
Creator/Studio: Kosuke Fujishima/AIC
Distributor: Media Blasters
No of Episodes: 24
Suggested Age: 13+
My Rating: 9/10
Summary: Keiichi Morrisato is an ordinary college student and a member of the automobile club. One day he calls someone on the phone and accidentally taps into the Goddess Network and contacts a goddess named Belldandy, who proposes that she will grant any wish. He decides that his wish is to have her stay with him forever. Not only does he get his wish granted, but her sisters Urd and Skuld also come along.
Review: Ah My Goddess is one of my all-time favorite anime. It’s a true classic.
The animation is great. It seems similar to the Tenchi Muyo anime. I love the character designs, especially because Belldandy is so pretty.
The characterization is also good. Keiichi is a great protagonist. Sure, he’s clumsy, but he’s honest and compassionate.
Then there’s the three goddesses. I’ve heard quite a few people complain that Belldandy is a Mary Sue, a perfect and boring character who seems to have no faults and lets people walk over her. However, I must disagree. Belldandy is anything but boring. She is kind, and actually if the right button is pushed, she will fight back.
What I like best about all the three goddesses is that each one represents a different kind of love. Belldandy represents compassion. Urd represents sexuality. She has an exotic figure and isn’t shy at all about showing it. She ahs a great sense of humor and I love watching her embarrass Keiichi with her frankness. I also love how devoted she is to Belldandy. We’re shown in flashback that when they were younger, Skuld risked her life and position by stealing Odin’s horse Slepinir so she could find a cure for Belldandy when she fell sick.
And then there’s cute, adorable Skuld. Skuld represents creativity and is the youngest of the trio. Because of this, her magic is the weakest. She compensates by inventing. She does have one flaw: she is extremely possessive of Belldandy and does whatever she can to monkey wrench their relationship at first. But she eventually learns to like Keiichi and soon drops the act.
This series is very charming. It has its laws, but I still think it is an excellent show and I highly recommend it. If you need a break from those intense high-action anime, give this a try.
Sub/Dub: I’d say the sub is better. The dub’s okay, but Skuld’s voice gets annoying. It’s like she’s trying a little too hard to sound like a little kid.
Music/Score: The music is just gorgeous. The opening theme and first closing theme are very pretty.
Violence: (3/10) Occasional slapstick and magic.
Sexuality: (6/10)–Well, I did say there’s a sex goddess didn’t I? Urd likes to make sexually frank comments at times.
Nudity: (3/10)–Mostly for Urd’s choice of attire.
Religion: (4/10) The series borrows heavily from Norse Mythology. Belldandy, Urd, and Skuld are named after the Norns. Their network is actually Yggdrasil, the world tree.
Related Media: There is also a manga published by Dark Horse. Animeigo distributed an OVA version (which predates the TV show), but good luck finding it. FUNimation released the second season, entitled Flights of Fancy. I will be reviewing that separately.
Trivia: Fujishima loves cars, and this is reflected in Keiichi’s membership in the automobile club.