Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy, The Complete TV Series Season Two – DVD Review

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Review by: Sophie Stevens
Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
MSRP: $69.98
Running Time: 600 minutes
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Rating: TV PG
Release Date: November 25, 2008

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Ah! This series is just way too much fun to watch.

Ah, what’s not to love about a show about a shy young man that accidentally calls a Goddess hotline and makes a wish to have a pretty girl by his side? Ah! My Goddess is one of those sincerely funny and likeable love stories that is sweet without overdoing it and utterly charming when it comes to the characters. In other words, Ah! My Goddess is that absolutely perfect romantic comedy anime series that deserves a great Complete TV Series treatment much like this one.

Ah! My Goddess, The Complete TV Series Season Two picks up after the events of the first season. It has been a year since the shy and likeable Keiichi Morisato made this wish to have the kind and noble Goddess named Belldandy stay by his side. What he didn’t expect was that this deal also included Belldandy’s hilarious sister, Urd and Skuld, and – more importantly – that he would fall in love with the attractive Goddess. Fortunately for Keiichi, Belldandy likes him a lot and this is the reason she decided to stay with him on Earth rather than returning to Heaven.

Once again we find Keiichi attempting to get his feelings across to Belldandy who now attends school with him as well as works at the same convenience store. Belldandy is even a member of the auto shop club. Meanwhile, Urd and Skuld – who continue their comical bickering – have adjusted to life on Earth and have become a big part of Keiichi’s life. Well, the older Urd enjoys playing with Keiichi and getting him to do things that would eventually push him and Belldandy together. While there’s mischief in her actions, Urd’s intentions are actually to see her sister and Keiichi finally come to terms with their feelings for each another and become a couple. Skuld, the youngest, however, still clings to her childish notion that Belldandy belongs to her. I mean, she doesn’t want to “lose” her sister.

This second season finds Keiichi accepting another job to buy Belldandy an expensive gift. It’s clear that he wants to express his true feelings for her and is grateful that he has a Goddess in his life that genuinely cares about him and takes care of him. Unfortunately, a number of events occur that get in their way such as the moment Heaven sends a message that Keiichi must recall the exact wording of his request that got him Belldandy in the first place. Then there’s a fellow classmate who begins to develop feeling for Keiichi and sees Belldandy as a rival. At one point, the girl even invites them to a huge formal party she threw just to outclass Belldandy only to have that plan blow up in her face.

The mere presence of Belldandy has inspired others to fall in love as well, such as auto shop member Otaki who falls in love with a girl who loves cosplay just as much as he does. Of course, the big guy isn’t good with the ladies and asks Keiichi and Belldandy for help. In the second disc of the four disc set, even young Skuld finds love with a boy named Sentaro as she attempts to learn how to ride a bike. Meanwhile, an Elf named Troubadour shows up and it turns out that he was once Urd’s one true love. Of course, having been dumped, Urd wants nothing to do with him despite the fact that Troubadour goes on television to sing her a love song.

Keiichi and Belldandy’s relationship is put to the test when Keiichi accidentally dials the Goddess Hotline again and another Goddess named Peorth shows up wanting to fulfill Keiichi’s wish in a physical way. Of course, he wants nothing to do with her and, for a few episodes, Peorth becomes a member of the household. While the gentle and understanding Belldandy trusts Keiichi, she can’t help but feel the sting of jealousy … which isn’t a good thing. You see, in one episode a girl showed interest in Keiichi and her jealousy manifested itself in a powerful way. So you see, the strain of having a lovely half-dressed Goddess after the guy she likes becomes unbearable.

On top of these problems, they run into the demon named Marller who is determined to get back at Urd (despite the fact that they’re still great drinking buddies) and wreck Belldandy’s life anyway she can. Things get bad when Urd’s mother shows up to help Marller cause more mayhem. At one point, Urd’s mother attempts to lure Keiichi away from Belldandy by moving back in time and dating a younger Keiichi. The pair of demons also mess with Belldandy’s Goddess classification classes and turns the girl into a demon temporarily.

Despite these problems, however, Keiichi and Belldandy have a strong affection for each another that might feel the strains of regular relationships but trust always wins out. Season Two’s many roadblocks does make this Goddess/human relationship all the more real despite the magical elements and its also great to see that the series’ great sense of humor is back in full force. Who would have thought that Belldandy can down wine and beer without feeling the effects but a single can of soda will get her completely drunk. When Marller tells her she must commit a number of evil acts to help Keiichi, Belldandy goes on what she sees as a series of horrible acts that including reading magazines without paying for them and crossing the street when the Don’t Walk sign lights up.

The 24 episodes that make up Ah! My Goddess, The Complete TV Series Season Two will not fail to please those fans that love their anime with plenty of humor and great characters. As a fan of the series, I knew exactly what to expect but I was still pleasantly surprised by this series that is just way too much fun to watch. If you haven’t heard of the series, you are missing out on an endearing anime series that is just as sweet as Belldandy herself.

 

DVD REVIEW BREAKDOWN

MOVIE/EPISODES: A+
Keiichi and Belldandy’s relationship continues to blossom despite a number of inconveniences such as a visit from another Goddess named Peorth, the return of the saucy demon Marller and Keiichi’s own insecurity. We also get to see Skuld fall in love for the first time and a peek at the guy that broke Urd’s heart. Oh, but that’s just the tip of the ice burg.

VIDEO QUALITY: A+
The video quality is beyond excellent in all four of these discs so if you have a great video set up then you will certainly get some truly gorgeous video. Even if you don’t, the quality is still just as good. This is good news seeing as the animation is excellent.

AUDIO QUALITY: A
The English dub cast is wonderfully talented and it shows in the quality of the voice work that does justice to the Japanese voice work. The series’ score is also quite lovely and the Yoko Ishida opening and closing themes are simply awesome.

EXTRAS: B+
Each disc contains audio commentary from the cast of the show and it’s actually enlightening and humorous to hear. There’s also some production art and clean opening and closing songs. These are not bad extras at all.

OVERALL: A+
The Complete TV Series Season Two of Ah! My Goddess is, by far, one of the best seasons of this enchanting and utterly captivating romantic comedy that won’t fail to put a smile on your face. Filled with genuinely funny scenes and sweet romantic moments, Season Two raises the bar but is still able to remain just as charming as the first season. Whatever you do, do not miss this fun series.

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