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Ah! My Goddess: The Movie
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 11/15/2001

Two and a half years have passed since Belldandy came into Keiichi's life (see OAV series). Everyone's been living happily on earth, and Keiichi couldn't ask for anything more. But Belldandy's former mentor, Celestin, has suddenly appeared... and he wants to take Belldandy with him in order to form a new world. Celestin seals away Belldandy's memories of Keiichi, and now nothing can hold Bel back from following him. With Urd and Skuld's help, Keiichi must do everything he can to stop Celestin, or forever lose Belldandy as well as the world he lives in...
Boasting of breathtaking visuals and an incredible level of detail, Ah! My Goddess: The Movie is the answer to every true-blooded Ah! My Goddess fan's prayer.
Life has been smooth sailing for lovebirds Keiichi and Belldandy, but here they are confronted with their greatest trial yet. A few new characters are introduced -- the main antagonist Celestin, who used to be Bel's teacher; Morgan, a butterfly-like girl who's bent on helping Celestin achieve his goals; and Peorth, a first-class goddess who seems to have a lot of control up in heaven. The main conflict arises within Belldandy, as she is torn between her beloved teacher and her human lover.
Ah! My Goddess: The Movie takes on a more serious tone, and the few comical moments it has are restricted to the first part. It also gives us a glimpse of Bel's childhood... subsequently revealing what had caused the present situation. Audiences will also be treated to a more in-depth look at the goddesses' home -- heaven. Ah! My Goddess's depiction of heaven is rather interesting. It takes your idea of heaven (clouds, majestic palaces, and all) and merges it with cutting-edge technology. They use complex computer systems to run things, and become helpless when Celestin plants a virus that takes the network down. The goddesses also get to show off their great powers in spectacular fight scenes, proving that they are more than just pretty faces.
The art and animation are magnificently done. I thought the OAV series looked exquisite, but this movie takes the cake. The characters look even more refined (which I didn't think was possible), and they move about as fluidly as running water. In addition, the backgrounds are rendered via an excellent combination of cels and computers. Spanning almost two hours, Ah! My Goddess: The Movie will assault your senses and stir your emotions. A must-see and a must-have for fans of the series, as well as a superior piece of work in its own right.
For a greater appreciation of this movie, watch the OAV series first. This film assumes that you already know the main characters.

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Review Title:
Ah! My Goddess: The Movie
Alternative Titles:
Gekijouban Aa! Megamisama!, Oh! My Goddess: The Movie
105 Minutes
General Rating:
5 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Adventure, Drama, Magic,
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