HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
True Don Quixote, The
Babymother
Mitchells vs. the Machines, The
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Unholy, The
How to Deter a Robber
Antebellum
Offering, The
Enola Holmes
Big Calamity, The
Man Under Table
Freedom Fields
Settlers
Boy Behind the Door, The
Swords of the Space Ark
I Still See You
Most Beautiful Boy in the World, The
Luz: The Flower of Evil
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Kandisha
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Justice League: War
Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The
Plurality
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Night of the Sharks
Werewolves Within
Honeymoon
King and Four Queens, The
Stray Dolls
   
 
Newest Articles
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
   
 
  Ah! My Goddess TV 6 sent from heaven
Year: 2005
Director: Hiroaki Goda
Stars: Kikuko Inoue, Masami Kikuchi, Yumi Toma, Aya Hisakawa, Miki Itoh
Genre: Animated, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, TV SeriesBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Kosuke Fujishima]’s fantastical romantic comedy first arrived as a video series, titled Oh! My Goddess. Fujishima’s intricate artwork was beautiful and the sweet love story was initially a breath of fresh air amidst an anime scene overcrowded with cyberpunk ultra-violence and tentacle porn. The set-up is sitcom simple: lovelorn student Keiichi phones for takeout and accidentally dials the Goddess Helpline. Heavenly deity Belldandy materializes in Keiichi’s bedroom and offers him one wish. Keiichi wishes Belldandy was his girlfriend and voila, she moves in, swiftly followed by her sisters: sexy, older Urd and kid sis Skuld.

Much like the similar, sci-fi themed Tenchi Muyo (1992-onwards), a staid story centred around domestic hi-jinks and a romance that never progresses beyond furtive looks and tedious misunderstandings, eventually wore out its welcome. The vapid leads were memorably dismissed by anime experts Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements as: “the wettest pair of lovers since Noah, a wimp and a doormat.” However, Japanese teenagers remain charmed by its innocence. OMG: The Movie (2000) finally arrived amidst much hype and delays, and now five years later director [Hiroaki Goda and Belldandy’s voice actress Kikuko Inoue (mainstays since the video series fourteen years ago) return for a television series, with the ‘Oh!’ now changed to an ‘Ah!’

The reworked Ah! My Goddess is a little less saccharine rom-com, a little more sci-fi/fantasy adventure. In the opening episode of this sixth and final DVD volume, Urd has been possessed by supervillain-of-the-moment, the Lord of Terror and has kidnapped the hapless Keiichi. Belldandy and gadget crazy Skuld receive a holy flute from ‘the Almighty’ able to summon the Midgard Serpent, but the battle takes a nasty turn as Lord of Terror hops from one body into another, turning friend against friend. Belldandy even faces off against the valkyrie Lind, to prevent her executing a possessed Keiichi.

A strange, yet appealing mishmash of Norse mythology (although the theme music is Irish, go figure), science fiction, and Christian theology, this remains more exciting than its Nineties incarnation, since there is an actual plot as opposed to characters sitting around gabbing. Keiichi and Belldandy show a little more backbone than before, but remain fundamentally the same drippy duo Clements and McCarthy pegged years ago. By contrast, sassy Urd is as vivacious as ever and perky, pint-sized Skuld and her nutty inventions are very cool. The story starts promisingly, but a succession of false climaxes and literal deus ex machinas sap the tension. However, the animation is beautiful, with lustrous colours and inventive designs. Several gags work well, including Skuld trapping a techno-villain inside a floppy disc and Urd interrupting the convoluted plot (“Excuse me… I don’t have any idea what’s going on”).

The latter two episodes, lightweight romantic confections centred around Urd and Skuld, recall the anime’s Nineties incarnation. A shortfall in the goddess’ energy supply transforms Urd into a child. Caught guzzling sake in the park, she befriends a bespectacled little boy who falls for her charms. Meanwhile, Skuld grows into a voluptuous hottie - leading to some predictably puerile breast gags, but also some genuine laughs and tender moments. Whilst Urd is visibly touched by her schoolyard romance, Skuld indulges her fantasies of being grownup. She learns how to walk in high heels, gets picked up by a sharp-suited lothario (“Is that a pick up line? I just read about those in a book!”), discovers the difference between love and lust, and falls for Keiichi after they’re asked to model for a wedding photo shoot. The stories veer between cloying and endearingly sweet. One should remember that for Japanese teens, under constant pressure to ace those all-important exams, escapist anime/manga romances like these are much cherished.
Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 6705 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: