|Last updated Octobe 12, 2006.|
Needs more Peorth.
You know, just about everything could stand to have a little more Peorth—especially the Ah! My Goddess manga.
Oh, it's still quite good, despite the fact that after twenty-four books it appears Keiichi still has not put the wood to Belldandy.
I don't really have a take about Ah! My Goddess, here. I just thought this site could use a little more Peorth for no particular reason.
A Winamp skin featuring Peorth from Ah! My Goddess (A.K.A. Oh! My Goddess and Aa! Megami-sama). Basic template stolen from Scott808.
Inspired by rumors of a new Aa! Megami-sama! anime in the works, I have been rewatching the Ah! My Goddess movie in bits and spurts. This time around, it occurs to me that perhaps I haven't given this movie a fair shake before. This will actually be about the third or fourth time I've seen it, but in many ways it's the first time that I've seen it.
My first viewing was via some mediocre Divx encode with subtitles in some God-awful font. Having been introduced to Aa! Megami-sama through its OAV (from even crappier Divx encodes), I was a little taken aback by the different character art and the introduction of the "angels." I also thought the plot was pretty mediocre.
Still, I bought the DVD anyway, because I'm a big Pioneer whore. Also, by then I had started reading the manga and had become familiar with all the elements that had been missing from the Oh! My Goddess OAV, including the angels and the different character art. For those of you who don't know, the Aa! Megami-sama! character art has changed drastically over the course of the manga, beginning with initially unattractive character designs that evolved into the art used in the Oh! My Goddess OAV, before settling upon its current state which mirrors the art used in the movie.
Of course, this still doesn't stop the plot from being mediocre, but I was able to enjoy the DVD more.
This time around, I'm finally able to watch it on a decently-sized 16:9 television, and I'm rather taken by how good the movie looks. This is a gorgeous movie. The production value is quite high, and the art is fantastic. I find myself scrutinizing the artwork more and focusing on the movie itself less. For example, I'll stare at the telephone Urd uses to talk to Peorth instead of paying attention to what she's actually saying (of course, it helps that I've seen the movie a few times before).
All in all, it's a great movie to look at, providing you have enough screen real estate to fully appreciate it, and it fuels a considerable amount of interest in more Aa! Megami-sama! anime. Let's hope those rumors are true. And yes, it does make one want to buy a motorcycle with a sidecar.
More good news for Aa! Megami-sama fans:
The new Ah! My Goddess TV series, set to air later this year, will take place after the OVA series and follow the stories laid out in the original manga series. Hiroaki Ghoda has stated in a TV interview that, should the show prove to be popular, he would like to animate the entire manga series.
News taken from http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/
Now if we could only get them to release the English-translated manga unflipped.