Starting as a popular manga in Japan, Oh My Goddess was made into
a five episode OVA in 1993. This show manages to capture a lot of
the charm that the comic has, and is a fitting tribute to the manga.
Animeigo first released this in 2001, and tough there are some video problems with the disc, it's still worth picking
Morisato Keiichi is a freshman in college hanging out in his dorm one
afternoon when he tries to order some food. All of the places he
calls are either closed or not delivering yet, until he accidently dials
the Goddess Hotline. The voice on the other end says that she'll
be right over, and the next thing he knows, a beautiful girl, Belldandy,
is standing in his room. She explains that she's a goddess and will
grant his wish. Keiichi is sure that this is a joke that his dorm
mates are playing on him, so he tells the apparition that his deepest desire
is to have her as his girlfriend forever. Belldandy's not a joke
of course, but a real goddess. The 'ultimate force' lets her
grant his wish, and she becomes his girlfriend.
Having a stunning woman for a girlfriend isn't all it's cracked up to
be though. First of all, there's no women allowed in his dorm room,
so he gets kicked out. They eventually find an abandoned temple that
is perfect for them to live in, but Keiichi has another surprise in store
Things get a little complicated when Keiichi decides to take Belldandy
to the beach for a vacation. Bell's big sister, Urd, doesn't think
that Keiichi is moving fast enough with her sister, so she turns up to
give him some pointers. Putting the moves on Belldandy isn't Keiichi's
style though, and no matter how much she pushes, he's not going to make
a pass. So Urd tricks Keiichi into taking a love potion, too bad
he doesn't fall in love with Bell.
The final episode has Keiichi getting ready for his motor club's drag
race. He's trying to build a custom motorcycle, but things keep getting
in his way. Not the least of which is Belldandy's little sister,
Skuld, who misses her favorite sister. Skuld dislikes Keiichi, to
say the least, and when she finds out that Keiichi's club has put up Belldandy
in wager with their rivals, she starts routing for the other team.
This is a fun show that has a lot of charm. It's definitely character
based, and the group of strange and funny people who populate the show
grows steadily throughout the disc. I especially liked the beefy
members of the auto club who aren't too bright but really enjoy their motorcycles.
The three goddesses who end up living with Keiichi are interesting too,
and I'm sure they'll cause a lot of problems in the rest of the series.
Definitely a show worth checking out.
This disc comes with Japanese and English tracks, both in stereo.
I alternated tracks while watching the show as I always do and enjoyed
them both. The sound in both languages was clean and clear.
There wasn't much use made of the soundstage, with the voices centered
on the screen, though the music and sound effects were in the split between
the two front speakers. There are subtitles in English.
The full frame video quality wasn't nearly as good as I was expecting.
The image had a problem with ghosting, everything was outlined, but it
didn't look like edge enhancement, more like poor TV reception. This
was really distracting and made the picture look like it was out of focus.
Cross coloration was also a bit of a problem with rainbow effects popping
up every once in a while, especially during pans. The colors looked
good and there wasn't any print damage, but the other defects really marred
There are a few extras on this disc, starting with a commentary track
on all three episodes. I'm not a big fan of commentaries on anime
shows, but this one was even more dull than usual. The three commentators,
who don't bother to introduce themselves, don't seem to realize that they
are supposed to be providing comments for the audience at home. They
just chat among themselves about scenes they like or dislike.
Bring in a couple of friends who've seen the show and ask them to talk
through it and you'll pretty much reproduce this track.
The other audio based extra is a presentation of the show with only
music and sound effects. This is a neat idea, allowing a group of
friends to make their own dub of the show. This would be a fun activity
for an anime club or group, and I'm surprised that more companies haven't
included this on their discs.
Finally there is a art gallery of production cells, and Animeigo's liner
note inserts including notes on the show and the lyrics to the songs.
I like comedy shows that don't stray too far from reality, and this
show falls in that category. They don't rely on fan service for the
jokes, and the humor is quiet yet amusing. A fun show that has a
lot of charm. This was an early DVD release, and Animeigo was still
getting used to mastering disc when they released this one. There
are some irritating video defects, but the show is still worth watching.