© Fujishima Kosuke / Kodansha * Pony Canyon
by Charles McCarter
Belldandy. Urd. Skuld. They're backsort of! That's right,
everyone's favorite goddesses are back, and this time they're on
television. Unfortunately, though, someone seems to have washed
them in hot water, as they've been shrunk.
Originally airing as part of the first line-up on the ANIME
COMPLEX program, AH! MEGAMI-SAMA:
CHICCHAI-TTE KOTO WA BENRI DA NE
(AH! MY GODDESS: BEING SMALL IS CONVENIENT) is now being released
on video. This is certainly good new for GODDESS fans, since the
ANIME COMPLEX shows have never appeared on video before.
However, these are not the goddesses you remember from the OVA
series. The entire series is done in a SD format, which certainly
lends an air of "cuteness" to atmosphere. However, it's never
really explained how they got to be this size, but believability
is easily suspended once the comedy begins. Belldandy is still the
sweet (but somewhat vapid) doting sister, Urd is still scheming
and Skuld is inventing. But there's no Keiichi, so who is the foil
for all of these doting deities?
Enter Gan-chan. A rat. Yes, a rat. He hangs out with the Goddesses,
goes on adventures with them and, more often than not, winds up
getting the short end of the stick in these episodes. In the course
of these eight episodes, he will be given faulty equipment, married
to a teapot, shot into the sky in a makeshift rocket, turned into a
giant radiated monster and forced to go on a weight loss program!
When a show is done in a very simple animated style, what it really
needs to succeed is clever writing. And the ADVENTURES OF THE
MINI-GODDESSES has that in spades. There are terrible puns,
parodies of famous movies and other anime shows, and a lot of
slapstick. For example, in one episode, when the Goddesses with
Gan-chan in tow go off to investigate a mystery in the attic,
Skuld outfits them with "mecha" she built out of cell phones.
They are called "Unit Zero," "Unit One" and so on. Does this
The first LD runs 60 minutes and contains 8 episodes (since the
episodes are about 7 1/2 minutes long each). And while that may
not seem like much, there are a lot of laughs contained in this
video. There really isn't much more to say. This show is just
plain funny and is one of the most original takes on a popular
set of characters that I've seen in ages. You will find yourself
rooting forand pityingGan-chan as things go right
and then horribly wrong. But it always winds up okay in the end.
So, until the AH! MY GODDESS movie comes out in theaters (and
on video) later this year, you can still get your Goddess fix.
And you'll even have enough room left over in your pocket for
a bag of M&M's too.
Released by Pony Canyon
Laserdisc PCLG-0062, 60 minutes
Available now in Japan
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