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Ah! My Goddess!: The Movie

A movie directed by Hirokai Gouda

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Ah! A Movie!

  • Apr 1, 2006
Rating:
+5
Pros: Beautiful animation, I'm a big fan of the antagonist

Cons: Resolved way to easily

The Bottom Line: If you enjoy a bit of Ah! My Goddess! then this is for you. ^_^

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

So it’s odd the way things come out. There’s the OVA (basically straight to video animation), then there’s the movie, and finally the newest series. A lot of goddesses running around, wouldn’t you say? And poor Keiichi has to deal with all of them… I’m sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself – you need to know what Ah! My Goddess! is first! Just for references, please don’t say Oh! My Goddess! That drives me nuts. I don’t see how the Japanese “Aa!” translates into “Oh!” No, I get it, but I still think it’s dumb when “Ah!” works just fine. Anyway, moving on. Like most anime, Kousuke Fujishima’s little manga blossomed into the moving scenes we see today. Joy for us.

You see, Morisato Keiichi is just a university student getting by what little ways he can in his all-guy residence. His senpai (upperclassmen) are a bit crazy and usually leave Keiichi to do all the housework etc. etc. Keiichi has horrible luck too, the poor guy, and he’s such a nice person too – which is exactly why one day when making a call to order some food he connects with The Goddess Assistance Agency and Belldandy pops into his life (via a mirror – she scared Keiichi half to death), granting him one wish. Keiichi makes the abrupt wish for Belldandy to stay with him forever and walla! Keiichi gets his wish, and as much as he loves being with Belldandy (and she with him), he is now stuck with a whole slew of problems and goofy mishaps with Belldandy’s two sisters, Urd and Skuld, and a crazy cast of characters.

And a couple years later, that’s where we get to come in.

The movie opens not on Earth, but on the moon, where a strange, butterfly-like girl has just opened a really large seal, thus releasing…! A tiny mask? Hmm…

Back on Earth, Keiichi looks around for Belldandy and finds her outside singing. Ah…such a lovely voice. Well, time for school! The Motorclub is looking for new members, and the first to join up is a strange, quiet girl. After the new members are all signed on, it’s time to party! Of course, drinks are involved, and as good as Belldandy is, it bothers her to see a drunken Hasegawa falling over Keiichi, and she runs outside, Keiichi quick to follow. In what might have been a super-romantic moment for Keiichi, instead a strange man appears and Belldandy instantly runs to him. His name is Celestine, and he used to be Belldandy’s mentor in Heaven. He looks like a nice enough guy, but when Urd shows up, very angry, he suddenly kisses Belldandy, and she goes unconscious. Keiichi isn’t happy with this at all and Celestine disappears. Soon after Belldandy falls ill and Heaven receives a virus in its systems (yes, Heaven is run by a big computer). When Belldandy finally awakens, she has no memory of Keiichi, and from then on, things only get worse.

So why is Celestine doing this? He seems like such a nice guy. Why is he erasing Belldandy’s memories of Keiichi? What makes Belldandy so important? And what is with that strange butterfly girl? So many questions – will all the answers be revealed?

Why is it that the movies always look so much smoother than the TV versions and such? Not like I’m complaining because the series is actually very nice. The movie was quite noticeably soft and bright and all kinds of beautiful. Very pleasing to the eye. The way certain things were done were interesting too, like the way a certain tree looked a lot like a DNA strand (unless that’s just me).

Music – ack. Er, well the music is good, though for some reason (and I noticed another reviewer mentioned this as well) at times when the music swells it gets loud, which was kind of annoying because things would be fine and dandy and then I’d go “Ack!” and have to turn it down. Up, down, up, down. Grr. Oh well. But the music is all nice and orchestrated, very nice, though there are a few times where it feels like it doesn’t really match what’s going on. But that can be easily overlooked.

Voices, ah the voices. For the Japanese version they’re all the same as the series, which is nice. Everyone looks the same too, by the way, except Keiichi got his hair cut. He’s a lot cuter this way, in my opinion. I always did like Keiichi’s voice, haha. Buuuut I’m not the biggest fan of his English voice. It’s too deep. Japanese Keiichi wins. Everyone else I’m fine with – you might recognize some of them. Belldandy happens to be Bridget Hoffman (Miaka from Fushigi Yuugi), Urd is Melissa Williamson (Washu of Tenchi Muyo and Nuriko of Fushigi Yuugi among others) and Sherry Lynn as Skuld (Sasami of Tenchi Muyo). Of course, I can’t mention voices and not mention Celestine. Why is that? *super-excited grin* Because, though he’s a tie between Japanese and English VAs for favorite, his English VA is Steven J. Blum of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, yayness! I love his voice.

And the movie as a whole? Very interesting, I like the idea of the bad guy not being truly bad, I guess misguided or mistaken might work better, as well as what he wanted to do. The ending? Well, I did list it as a con, or a mild one at least. It’s just that after everything Celestine did (might I add that I also enjoyed what he did to Keiichi – things like that always serve to amuse me), they seemed to resolve things so easily – even the other goddesses in Heaven didn’t know what was going on. How much sense does that make? And I was never quite sure whether or not Belldandy regained her memories of Keiichi, but I’m assuming the answer is yes.

Cute movie, 4.5 stars.

NT

For clarification (or anyone who wants to know) for this movie:
English VAs
Tony Oliver .... Keiichi Morisato
Bridget Hoffman .... Belldandy
Melissa Williamson ... Urd
Sherry Lynn .... Skuld
Stephanie Greene .... Megumi Morisato
Richard Epcar .... Ootaki-senpai
Melissa Charles .... Sora Hasegawa
Steven Jay Blum .... Celestine
Lia Sargent .... Morgan le Fe (aka the Butterfly Girl)

Ah! My Goddess! The Series
Volume 1: Always and Forever
Volume 2: Love Plus One
Volume 3: With or Without You
Volume 4: We’ve Got Tonight

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

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening

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In the popular AH! MY GODDESS! OAV series, Keiichi, a lovelorn college freshman, tries to order takeout food one night and instead finds himself talking to a helper goddess service, through which he summons the goddess Belldandy to Earth, with whom he ends up falling in love. This feature film picks up after the series, just as Belldandy and Keiichi's life begins to settle down. Unfortunately, trouble begins when an eternal seal is stolen and two goddesses, Belldandy's mentor, Celestine, and a new recruit at the auto club appear. As the goddesses discover that the seal is missing, they also find that their ability to communicate with heaven is gone, forcing them to face the evil alone. A beautifully animated and welcome follow up to the delightful original series, AH! MY GODDESS!: THE MOVIE is sure to please even the most die-hard fan.
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Director: Hirokai Gouda
Release Date: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: Geneon Entertainment (November 27, 2001)
Runtime: 1hr 55min
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