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Ah! My Goddess TV #2: Love Plus One PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 September 2007 17:00
Ah! My Goddess TVLife together continues for Keiichi and Belldandy, and while there’s no realistic prospect of them ever reaching first base, it’s not for lack of desire on either side or lack of effort from those around them to try and prod things along. Balldandy’s elder sister has even come down from heaven to help – and with methods that would make most people wish she hadn’t bothered. There’s definitely some fun to be had along the way, though...

6 - Ah! A Blessing in Every Bargain?
Three days to payday, and 500 yen to spend - meaning the chances of eating well for the next few days aren't looking good for Keiichi and Belldandy, especially since the fridge is already empty. Belldandy may not be able to conjure up food, but she can conjure up good fortune. Allegedly. No sooner has she finished incanting her spell, though, than Keiichi's little sister Megumi arrives at the door, and Keiichi immediately has some explaining to do. At least she brought food with her. Keiichi's not at all keen on the idea of Megumi moving herself in - it's hard enough for him to get frisky with Belldandy when no-one else is around, thank you - so finding his little sister an apartment of her own soon becomes Keiichi's top priority. But with Megumi's skewed expectations, that's easier said than done - especially when the most likely apartment seems to be haunted...


7 - Ah! Where to Confess One's Love?
It's White Day - the day for the girls to give the men they love a little token of their appreciation. Not being from Japan, the occasion has kinda passed Belldandy by - until Megumi enlightens her. After learning about what's expected on White Day, Belldandy suddenly realises why Keiichi may have been acting strangely earlier in the day - he's been waiting for his present, and she hasn't bought him one. Time for Megumi to help Belldandy put things right...

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8 - Ah! Can you Pass the Love Test with Those Low Scores?
With the System having apparently crashed under the strain of trying to maintain Belldandy's contract with Keiichi, problems are beginning to mainfest themselves - both back in Heaven and on Earth, where they appear as an illness in Belldandy. Wanting to keep an eye on her sister and aware that what's really needed to put things right - and to prevent Keiichi's contract from being invalidated by the System - is for Keiichi and Belldandy to get it on, the ever-troublesome Urd pays an undercover trip to Earth and tries to influence Keiichi into being a little more direct with the girl of his dreams. She may have the best of intentions, but her efforts cause nothing but problems...

Urd TVLate night lessons

9 - Ah! The Queen and the Goddess' Secret
It's time for the annual NIT beauty contest - which would normally be a walkover for Mishima, but with Urd and Belldandy taking part this year, suddenly she's got a contest on her hands. When an on-stage confrontation between the three of them gets a bit out of hand (we're talking explosions and potential major injury here) and ends in Belldandy being declared Goddess of the Campus and new Miss NIT, Mishima refuses to take it lying down - and when Belldandy uses her magic to save Mishima from a potential motor accident, Mishima finds herself with an excuse to start looking for information to use against her newest rival...


10 - Ah! Can the Auto Club Triumph?
The annual club recruiting drive's underway at Nekomi Tech - although with the senpai wearing cheerleader outfits, the Auto Club's pitch is doing a better job of scaring people away than persuading them to sign up. The Four Wheels Club have also been using sex appeal to help their own signup efforts - and their supporter Aoshima has a challenge for the Auto Club: if they truly believe that Nekomi Tech should only have one motor-related club - and they do - then the winner of the next campus motor rally will get to carry on - the losing club will have to wind up. Belldandy agrees, but there's the small matter of what the Auto Club are going to enter the rally with (it's not like they have an appropriate car hanging around), and can the Four Wheels Club be trusted to play fair anyway? Of course not...

Scary sightBelldandy

Megumi seems to have a small dose of brother-worship going on, which Keiichi could well do without – hence his desire to get his little sister her own apartment as quickly as possible, despite there being a distinct feeling she had no intention of staying anywhere but with her brother. As ever, nothing is as simple as it seems, and along the way to Megumi gaining independence there are minor problems like poltergeist to deal with (actually, an Earth Spirit 3rd Class who looks suspiciously like Gan-chan from the Mini-Goddess series in his natural form). What, you expected a serious story from this series!?

Episode 7 almost provides one, with Belldandy learning about the White Day tradition of giving a gift to the man in your life. She’s still very na├»ve about life on Earth, and a series of misunderstandings and some deliberately bad advice from Mishima soon leads her into trouble. While it’s possibly the most romantic episode on the disc, though, there are still a lot of laughs to be had from the way things play out, from the way Belldandy deals with unwanted attention to her complete cluelessness about how to deal with Keiichi on the day.

New arrival Urd's a mischievous and extremely well-proportioned goddess with a determination to see her sister & Keiichi properly get together, by fair means or foul. There’s nothing she won’t stoop to in her efforts to ignite some passion between the two of them, and the way it’s done ramps the comedy up another notch and created some great slapstick scenes. Of course, the chances of her plans ever succeeding are essentially zero (as are the odd of Keichii and Belldandy ever getting it on on-screen, I suspect), but that doesn’t harm the enjoyment you get from seeing her try. Full marks for effort.

The lack of romantic progress between Keiichi and Belldandy is always going to be the big frustration with Ah! My Goddess, but given that refusing to resolve a relationship seems to be an essential feature of stories like this, it’s not really surprising – just something to get used to. The comedy aspect offsets that well, though – the five episodes here are never less than entertaining, and the arrival of Urd and her over-the-top interference in everyone else’s affairs just makes things even more enjoyable.

More of the same from Ah! My Goddess, in some ways – plenty of comedy, a little bit of romance, and endless frustration at the lack of directness on the parts of both Keiichi and Belldandy. That’s all part of the experience, of course, and Urd’s arrival adds a new level of slapstick and scheming – she’s definitely a great character. All told, these episodes are never less than enjoyable, and in places are very good indeed – and that makes for a release that’s well worth watching.

Rating - ****

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