Oh! My Goddess
Morisato Keiichi is just a normal college freshman trying to order dinner when, completely by accident, he dials the goddess wish-fulfillment hotline. Wherever an accident prone, golden hearted, otaku-identifiable dork goes, romance, comedy, and life adventures are soon to follow, as Belldandy, goddess on call, shows up to grant him one wish!
To start off, I think this anime is mostly what gives AnimEigo it's reputation as being constantly good, without resorting to being "trendy." As one of the regulars on the THEM message board puts it: "AnimEigo ... is the Jaguar XK 120 of anime distros. Not flashy, not the fastest, not the biggest, but you'll never be dissatisfied with their performance." That also describes this series to a tee. Oh My Goddess may not be the biggest thing out there, or the most readily remembered title when someone asks for examples of favorite anime. However, when a description or opinion of this anime is asked for, however, it is generally regarded as one of the best titles available, even considering its age (it's already ten years old!), and the quantity of anime now available in North America.
Why? Well, from the opening to ending of this anime, I personally had a smile on my face. Starting with its first punch (the fresh-meat's the gofer for upperclassmen) and all the way through to the end, this title is thoroughly and completely satisfying, and definitely one of the best OVA series out there, Ever, Period.
Its only drawback: (or plus if money's a deciding factor in what anime you purchase) Length, or the lack thereof. The entire OVA series is five episodes, lasting a mere two and a half hours, or one movie night (whichever you prefer). One popular theory was that they ran out of money animating the goddess's hair, which, for this quality of animation in the early 1990's, is quite a possible explanation, or that they intended it to be an introduction so that more people would read the manga. Regardless of the reason though, the outcome is the same: Short.
Alone (without the movie) it's much too short and suffers from that. Take back another star if you refuse to fall in love with animated characters or if you don't like romantic comedy. The depth and beauty of the artwork, however, keeps this title at a solid four stars in my book. — Isaac Cynova
Recommended Audience: Very young children may be scared by some of the goddess's effects (lightning, etc). Urd's antics and the way she dresses may give some parents a pause, but it's all in character and usually done in a comedic way. Probably good for older children and above.
Version(s) Viewed: R1 DVD
Review Status: Full (5/5)
Oh! My Goddess © 1993 Fujishima Kousuke / Kodansha / TBS / KSS Films
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