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Ah! My Goddess - Vol. 1: Always and Forever

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Hiroaki Goda

The story of a typically reserved engineering student who unwittingly acquires his very own sex goddess after misdialing a number for takeout, this anime series comes from the long-running manga of the same name. Highlights of AH! MY GODDESS- VOL.1: … see full wiki

Director: Hiroaki Gôda
Release Date: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Ah! My Goddess - Vol. 1: Always and Forever

Ah! Volume 1!

  • Aug 14, 2006
Rating:
+5
Pros: Ah! Fun! ^_^

Cons: Takes a bit of time to get established, but there's really no hurry is there?

The Bottom Line: If you've got time and want a little amusement, why not?

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

Welcome to Ah! My Goddess (I refuse to put it as Oh! My Goddess as I’ve occasionally seen – it really makes NO sense to change the Ah to Oh), a world of, well, goddesses, pleasantry, the kind of bad luck you say “awww” to, annoying younger sisters, and a fair share of people wanting one of two things for a certain couple – to either break up or get it on. I can recall seeing one of the main characters, Belldandy, for a long time before now – and I remember I didn’t like her. I think it might have been the little blue marks on her face…they annoyed me for some reason. But I don’t really think too much about it now that I’ve seen the series and know who and what exactly I’m looking at.

Anyway, Ah! My Goddess’s creator is Kosuke Fujishima who, I might add, had a very cute idea. I will admit, there were a few things I could have done without (well, okay, maybe one big one), but that won’t get mentioned until later. I’m going to try and give short synopsizes for each episode, but keep in mind that each episode leads into another, so the beginning of one essentially picks up from the end of the one before it – I hope I’m not spoiling anything for anyone. I’ll leave out the details for you to find out on your own. ^_~

Episode 1: There are some people on Earth that are just born under an unlucky star. That’s the way it is. Morisato Keiichi is one of those people, even if he is a really nice guy who tends to do the right thing all the time. He’s finally out of high school and in the Nekomi Institute of Technology where he can be cool, or free, or that’s what he’d like to think. Instead he’s stuck obeying some loopy senpai (upperclassmen in this case) in the Auto Club where he lives who make him wake up at the crack of dawn, exercise, clean, and do other er, ridiculous things. However, sometimes the hands of fate switch around to give people a break – and when Keiichi makes a phone call that will change his life – and a lot of other lives as well.

Episode 2: Keiichi’s unintentional call to The Goddess Assistance Agency has lead to a number of things – namely a consultation with the goddess Belldandy and a sudden wish. Poor Keiichi isn’t quite sure what to do in this very odd situation, a goddess in his room and all, and things only get worse when his senpai find Belldandy there…especially with a rule of no females allowed in the dorm.

Episode 3: Finding a place for two people is tough – especially when you’re very nearly broke like Keiichi. It doesn’t help when a gust of wind takes your last bit of money from your hands and blows all over the city, leaving you with…a lump on the head?

Episode: 4: Meet Sayoko – Queen of the Campus. She’s pretty, she’s rich, and she has all the guys drooling over her. Life is good for her – at least, until Keiichi shows up with Belldandy at his side…

Episode 5: Keiichi, with egging on from others, finally decides perhaps that if people are going to think of him and Belldandy as a couple, perhaps he should try getting her to go on an actual date with him. After all, they are living under the same roof…but then again, Keiichi isn’t exactly a ladies’ man either.

So Far?

The Animation: Compared to other series, the detail isn’t as prominent, but that’s not the say the animation is anywhere near bad. It’s simple and quite perfect for the mood and plot of the series. The details and other things that are there, such as Belldandy’s hair and ear ornaments are consistent, which is always a good thing. I do like the way they drew the Belldandy’s angel – very unique and soft; angelic (well huzzah for that!).

The Voices: As usual, I prefer the Japanese original, though the English voice actors aren’t bad at all. I don’t have any major problems with them or even really one in particular which can happen from time to time (such as Kakashi’s voice in English – I simply have to turn the TV off, but that’s another story). Still, in both I don’t have a favorite voice either. Sometimes I latch onto a certain voice (big fan of Brian Drummond) such as Jin’s in Samurai Champloo. So whatever floats your boat.

The Music: Haha, I love the music. The opening and ending music, though thoroughly different from one another, are still fun to listen to. Knowing what little Japanese I do, I do my best to sing along, which is quite fun. Specific scenes call for specific music, which is delivered all the time, from really goofy (“Er…what the..?”) to the tense you-don’t-know-what’s-going-to-happen kind. The instruments vary; it seems as though there are a lot of flutes and violins involved, and they make for a nice atmosphere, especially when Belldandy is around as they seem to compliment her temperament.

Overall: Depending upon what you’re looking for in anime, I think it will be hard to find yourself let down with this series. If you go into it without any series expectations and are simply looking for a good time, you should be pleased. I found it nice to kick back on my bed and watch a few episodes in a row before bed. True, I think it might be more girly so guys, I’m not sure what you’d think of it. It all really depends on what you’re into. Still, you never know, and boy do I like the music at the end…hahaha!


Episodes in Volume 1:
1. You’re a Goddess?
2. Ah! Can the One Who Believes be Saved?
3. Ah! Studying, My Family, and a Goddess!
4. Ah! The Queen and the Goddess!
5. Ah! Living Under One Roof!

NT

Ah! My Goddess Series:
Volume 2: Love Plus One
Volume 3: With or Without You
Volume 4: We’ve Got Tonight
Volume 5: In Your Eyes
Volume 6: Last Dance

Ah! My Goddess! OAV Volumes:
Oh My Goddess! DVD Vol. 1
Oh My Goddess! DVD Vol. 2

The Movie:
Ah! My Goddess!: The Movie

Recommended:
Yes

Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day

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