a.k.a. Aa! Megami-sama TV
Morisato Keiichi’s life at university isn’t so great. His Auto Club doesn’t have enough funds to do anything worthwhile, he has no luck with women, and school isn’t getting any easier. One day, the Auto Club president gives Keiichi a list of chores to do around their apartment complex, and he sets out to finish them before his senpai come back. At the end of the day, he attempts to make a phone call but dials a wrong number and gets the Goddess Assistance Agency instead. He then receives a visit from a goddess named Belldandy, and life just won’t ever be the same.
summary by Eek
Highs: It’s more Ah! My Goddess fun!
Lows: Excessive fluff just kills it
11 years after the release of its OVA counterpart, Ah! My Goddess TV began airing. For everyone who couldn’t help but smile when they saw Keiichi and Belldandy together, this anime is a godsend… better now than never, perhaps. However, a mildly accurate statement would be that this is nothing more than an extended version.
Don’t get me wrong; I adored the original Ah! My Goddess despite its flaws. This anime is much of the same, and that isn’t necessarily bad. Keiichi and Belldandy’s relationship is given more time to develop, and we’re allowed more opportunities for lighthearted fun with Urd, Skuld and the rest of the cast. And all of these characters are voiced by the same seiyuu as in the original! With another decade of experience under their belt, pros like Inoue Kikuko and Hisakawa Aya shine with their superb acting. Even the vibrant art and beautiful music make a wonderful return.
But I cringe when I realize that the original was better. Despite being marred by a short running time, it didn’t really beat around the bush; by contrast, Ah! My Goddess TV doesn’t do much other than kill time. Character development is a luxury, and only Urd and Hasegawa Sora receive any noticeable amounts of background. Any introspection? Nay. Characters retelling stories about their past? Nope. Tidbits of information given about anyone? Some, but not enough to even fill half an episode. What about the romance? Keiichi and Belldandy make some headway with their relationship, but each step is rather awkward and very tedious; imagine watching water evaporate on a cold, winter day and you’ll begin to understand. Any real story is hard to come by as this series is primarily episodic until the final four episodes.
I’m glad that Fujishima Kousuke’s manga was finally animated, but I never realized just how dry it is. Ah! My Goddess TV is still a nice change of pace from more modern anime, but it lacks the drive and passion that one might desire. I hesitate to recommend this to anyone but hardcore Ah! My Goddess fans. Here’s hoping for a second, better season.
Ah! My Goddess TV can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.