Oh My Goddess!
Oh My Goddess! is a fairly popular series. Just surf a handful of anime-related pages and you're more than likely to find references to this anime. Being so popular, I eagerly sought it out.
The story revolves around a young fellow named Keichi. Being a bit short on stature and not very successful with women, he is forced to spend many a night alone. However, one night he accidentally dials the wrong number and calls in Belldandy, goddess of love. Needless to say, his past ineptitude with the opposite sex is about to be turned around.
Characters are the central driving point behind this series. If you like the characters, then you're set. Otherwise, you might have trouble enjoying this. I myself had mixed opinions. Keichi seemed like a nice enough fellow, even if a bit on the timid side. Of course, the fact that he does have trouble with meeting a girl sets the whole story in motion. Enter Belldandy. Unfortunately, the one character I didn't like would happen to be her. Now while she *is* incredibly nice (almost sickeningly so), her lack of assertiveness and general naivete tended to really get on my nerves (particularly in the third episode). At least her sisters, Skuld and Urd, were much more interesting and likable.
The episodes tend to focus on Keichi and Belldandy's somewhat awkward relationship. The first episode was a bit funny, as we get introduced to Keichi and Belldandy. Things pick up in the second episode when Urd makes her appearance, which results in some of the funniest moments in the series. The third episode introduces Skuld, and this episode was fairly entertaining as well. However, the final two episodes were sappy beyond belief. I'm not going to spoil anything by telling you what happens, but the predictable and overly-melodramatic romantic stuff that does occur was beyond the limit of what I can usually tolerate. On a lighter note, the ending credits of each episode are kind of fun to watch, especially the one with the crayon-style animation, featuring a super-deformed Skuld.
The technical aspects were well done. The music was decent, and the art and animation were pretty good.
If you're looking for a romantic comedy, with more emphasis on romance than comedy, then Oh My Goddess! is worth checking out.
The Verdict: * * * (average)
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