Version reviewed: Japanese Subtitled
Date of Review: 28 Feb 2011
The classic title makes a fantastic transition to the big screen.
Three years after Belldandy’s arrival, things couldn’t be going smoother for her and Keiichi. That is, until Belldandy’s old mentor Celestin comes to Earth and infects Belldandy (and in turn, the Heavens) with a virus whose effects are unknown. One effect that is quite apparent, however, is that Belldandy’s memory of Keiichi seems to have been erased. This, along with the arrival of a new girl trying to work her way into Keiichi’s life, has Urd, Skuld, and Keiichi trying frantically to find out what is going on and how to solve this crisis.
Before the television series came around, the only way for Ah! My Goddess fans who had not read the manga to get more of their favorite goddesses was with this movie. (Not counting the comedic Adventures of Mini-Goddess shorts, of course.) Overall, this theatrical outing is a fine entry in the Ah! My Goddess canon.
Production values are quite high, so the film looks and sounds excellent. Traditional animation and computer graphics are blended well, so the combination of the two is not jarring. Shiro Hamaguchi also provides a great score for the film, so the soundtrack simply adds to the high quality of the overall presentation. Ah! My Goddess has never looked or sounded better.
The story flows well, and offers a glimpse into the world of the series which was, until then, hidden. We are able to see some events in the Heavens, where the goddesses oversee things with the Yggdrasil system. It is amusing to learn that Heaven is run like an IT department, but when you consider that Skuld’s primary job there is debugging, it all makes sense, really.
The Ah! My Goddess movie follows the OVA storywise, so that is all that one needs to see beforehand in order to catch the major points in the film. The movie is a good side story which stands on its own, though some prior knowledge of the characters will be helpful. Fans of the series should be sure to add this to their to-watch lists.