8:36 PM:Good evening everybody, and welcome to another AIC-themed showblog!
8:36 PM:This will actually be the last one for AIC week, barring another find like Pretty Sammy/Mihoshi Special .
8:37 PM:Unless you WANT me to suffer through a night of Pretty Sammy tomorrow. :P Uh… anyway!
8:37 PM:I’ve decided to make it the biggest of all, and one of my all-time favorites.
8:37 PM:That’s right – Ah! My Goddess.
8:38 PM:Tonight we’ll be going old school! Episode 1 of the OVA series.
8:38 PM:This is another spur-of-the moment thing – I actually had the TV series ready to go in the player. ^_^;
8:38 PM:So, I’ll just get a few of the basics out of the way:
8:39 PM:Directed by Hiroaki Gohda (Bubblegum Crisis – ep. 8, Please Teacher! Project A-Ko 2)
8:39 PM:Original series by Kosuke Fujishima (Sakura Taisen, You’re Under Arrest)
8:39 PM:Opening Theme: “My Heart iidasenai, Your Heart Tashikametai” by the Goddess Family Club – aka Inoue, Hisakawa, and Touma.
8:40 PM:Ending theme: Congratulations! by The Goddess Family Club
8:41 PM:Released by AnimEigo
8:42 PM:AE Actually lost the rights to this not too long ago, sadly. I hope someone picks it up
8:42 PM:Anyway, I’ve stalled enough to get the DVD going, so let’s begin! ^_^
8:43 PM:Right into the opening credits – bouncy Kikoku Inoue song. how can you hate that?
8:43 PM:Sorry – I’m dyslexic tonight – KiKUko
8:44 PM:Fun fact: Mara appears in the opening credits to this, but never appears in the OVA proper, as do Peorth and Sayoko
8:45 PM:And we open with Heaven. Gorgeous, high-tech place… and there’s Bell :D
8:46 PM:Who’s doing… something, and we see a glimpse of the shrine, followed by? -BRIIING :D-
8:46 PM:Poor Keiichi. Stuck being a secretary for his classmates XD
8:47 PM:And he’s hungry. >->;; His roomies stiffed him on food so.. TAKEOUT TIME :D
8:47 PM:And he’s a strikeout even with food orders >_> “We don’t order before 5 :D” #foodfail
8:48 PM:“We’re not open T_T” #foodfail
8:48 PM:“Goddess helpline :D” food…win?
8:49 PM:And bitch comes outta the mirror :O “Konnichiwa :D” “O_o”
8:49 PM:Keiichi’s got a stalker. And her name is Belldandy
8:50 PM:“I’m a goddess :D” “A goddess? :O” “Yeah :D” “You have to be joking T_T” BITCH IS FLOATIN THERE
8:50 PM:“You only get one wish :D”
8:51 PM:“Does this mean anything? :3” -flash to billions of girls, lots of cash, winner of race circuit- oh, you…
8:51 PM:He ain’t buyin’ it.
8:51 PM:“Why don’t you have a girlfriend? o_o” Short guy is short
8:51 PM:“Is she for real? >_>”
8:52 PM:And it’s time for the wish that changes his life forever :O
8:52 PM:“I want a girl like you to be with me FOREVER! :O”
8:52 PM:Belldandy be glowing and shooting laser beams out of her forehead. That’s ALWAYS a good omen. >_>
8:53 PM:“Your wish has been approved :D” She’s very calm for a girl that’s signed her life to him…
8:53 PM:“The Ultimate Force will keep us together :D”
8:53 PM:…Didn’t she start freaking out about now in the TV show and books? o_o
8:54 PM:“Women are forbidden in this dorm so… :|” uh oh. >_>
8:54 PM:Here comes the senpai… and Keiichi’s in a less than flattering positiion
8:54 PM:He broke Rule 36. Mortal sin of manliness
8:54 PM:…Jesus – they dont’ waste time o_o
8:55 PM:And they’re hobos – just like that
8:55 PM:Aw, Keiichi – you know just what to say. :D “if a pretty girl like you is with me, I’m okay”
8:56 PM:Magical clothes change is go – forgot how great this show looked. It’s been a good year or two since I last saw
8:56 PM:Fun fact: Belldandy looks great in a beret
8:56 PM:Screw it – she could wear a burlap sack and look good
8:57 PM:Operation: Couch surf is go! :O
8:57 PM:First guy just wants Bell >_> uh… ew
8:57 PM:Swing and a miss.
8:59 PM:Now we’re seeing Belldandy explain the logistics of wishing. It’s stuff like this, here we just see them talking, that I love
8:59 PM:You get to see Bell’s innocence really come out, and Keiichi be, well… He’s Keiichi – he’s a lovable guy
9:00 PM:Ohp – spoke too soon. >_> Off they go on the road agin
9:00 PM:Belldandy = Garmin for the ’90s
9:00 PM:And an oncoming car… is that… KEN NAKAJIMA? O_o
9:01 PM:Aw… Bell’s tired and it’s starting to rain. Things went from great to terrible just like that.
9:01 PM:“Oh THAT temple :D” …how does he know? >_>
9:01 PM:Wait… why does an OVA have an eyecatch? -blink-
9:02 PM:…Temple’s abandoned… wait… wasn’t there…? Nevermind.
9:03 PM:“Gotta do something about those wet clothes :O” Those headphones’ll do the trick -_-
9:03 PM:And now it’s “Watch Keiichi run around like an idiot looking for an outlet” time :D
9:03 PM:Poor guy would rather freeze than let her get sick.
9:04 PM:And now HE’S sick. Poor guy can’t win
9:04 PM:But Bell’s gonna make it all better with MIND BULLETS
9:05 PM:Mind bullets that can turn a decrepit shrine into an adorable place for two, apparently.
9:06 PM:House is happy and somehow 20 years newer. Goddesses rule
9:07 PM:And Keiichi? He wakes up in a bedroom safe and sound again.
9:07 PM:Fact: Birds love goddesses
9:07 PM:Or something
9:07 PM:“Is it alright to live here? :D” “I got permission :D” …wasn’t there an old monk that did that?
9:08 PM:Fact: moving costs money – Keiichi blew his savings
9:09 PM:But he has “luck swirling around” him >_>
9:09 PM:TENSION! “We’re living together :O”
9:09 PM:Keiichi = Pervert
9:09 PM:And accidental indecent pose time PART TWO!
9:10 PM:“BERRDANDEEEE! T_T”
9:10 PM:Hah. :D Megumi has perfect timing. She knows the score.
9:10 PM:Love her sly grins. “Wow, Kei and a woman? WITH A GAIJIN? :O”
9:11 PM:Hah :D “I’m staying here :3” no asking – she just does
9:11 PM:“College? You’re that old? O_o”
9:11 PM:Hah… poor clueless Keiichi
9:12 PM:“I won’t tell mom that you’re living with her :3” Oh, Megumi
9:12 PM:Hah :D “It’s like you’re a goddess or something :o” ” :D I am a godde- -mouth covered-”
9:13 PM:Score another one for the Ultimate Force! 40000 yen!
9:13 PM:Keiichi’s seniors are back… and pissed that he’s a playa
9:13 PM:O_o Ouch… Den-chan.. people don’t BEND like that!
9:14 PM:“She’s my sister! ;-;” “Oh. :D Why didn’tcha say so?” Um… PAIN does that
9:14 PM:And now… they celebrate by getting drunk
9:14 PM:But you just KNOW they were gonna get drunk anyway
9:15 PM:Keiichi’s buzzed, it seems… he’s staggering out. o_o
9:15 PM:It’s also like late night now, so yeah… they were clearly aiming to get slammed with that much liquor
9:16 PM:Aw… and the episode ends on a sweet moment with Bell and Keiichi together.
9:17 PM:Even all these years later, I love Ah My Goddess – all of it – this OVA is no different.
9:17 PM:It just has that timeless quality that you can’t help but fall in love with
9:17 PM:The animation is gorgeous, and the character designs really show off Fujishima’s love of the characters
9:18 PM:It’s still possible to find this at a reasonable price – but it’s getting harder and harder to find
9:19 PM:As an anime fan, treat yourself – pick this up while you still can. It’s STILL one of the sweetest romance stories out there.