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Nov 20, 2018
A fantastic extension of the Miyu animation that built upon the previous success of the popular OVA series. With the addition of schoolmate characters that were more fleshed out than the background characters briefly shown in the OVA and the incredibly interesting Miyu foil in the Ice Demoness, the Shinma-Hunting Reiha, and her crusty companion, the Living Doll Matsukaze. Featuring highlights like a two-parter that looks into Western Shinma/Larva's past and some interesting twists and reveals in the final 4 or 5 episodes, the series excels upon adapting more of the Miyu Manga story which the short OVA had less space to adapt the manga read more
Nov 20, 2018
Looks alright, but isn't really all that memorable in retrospect.

Some okay technical work in terms of animation and sound design, but the plot is an abysmal mess of Sci-fi tropes and downright weirdness at times. I have the old VHS tape in my collection somewhere and don't really care if I ever see it again to be completely honest. It was a mess with forgettable characters and strange plot setups that came out of nowhere sometimes, I found it to be a pretty mediocre title even back at the time of it's release, and it hasn't aged well either.
Nov 20, 2018
A great animated conclusion to bookend the 'Ah! My Goddess' TV series!

This film was the first piece of AMG animation that was seen since the OVA and Mini-Goddess Series back in 1990s and was a real delight with sky-high production values, grand scale, and modern animation techniques, as well as adding wonderful new characters/designs. The plot involved a threat writ large to existence itself and Belldandy & Keichi's love. At the time of it's release it was touted as a sequel to the 5-part OVA series, but has become retrospectively in my eyes, the logical theatrical sequel to the two-season TV series and 'Fighting Wings' read more
Nov 20, 2018
This action packed bookend to the AMG TV series sees a shift toward action in this two-part OVA. With the Valkyrie Lind playing a principal role as she fights to stop the plans of the Demon Queen Hild who's insidious plan to utilize the Angel-Eater demon to help corrupt the goddesses threatens all Keichi holds dear. It also sees Keichi take an active role in the fight when Lind recruits him to help her, giving Keichi a rare 'action boy' role in an ongoing story that often sees him sidelined due to his mortal limitations. Also a quick mention about Peorth coming back, I really read more
Nov 20, 2018
Was so happy when this was announced on the heels of the first season, as I can never get enough AMG. Continuing to adapt the large wealth of manga plot arcs, the series introduces the popular 4th Goddess Peorth and the mischievous Queen of the Underworld & Urd's mother, Hild to great effect in recurring roles throughout the season and followup Specials/OVAs/OADs. A noted shift in this season sees Belldandy being the more introspective part of the couple this time around, as she assesses her growing affections for Keichi in the face of some of the supernatural adversity they see, where the first season focussed read more
Nov 20, 2018
Beautiful character designs and smart music choices are let down by an over-the-top cliched Harem narrative that rarely lets up on the slapstick nonsense that constantly occurs with annoying regularity. Female lead Naru was grating and obnoxious as a MC, and I often found I was more interested in her sometimes-rival Mutsumi, who seemed infinitely more interesting as a character. The other dorm residents were a pile of cliches I found forgettable, as I can barely recall their names. Everything the series does as a Romantic-Comedy are things I have seen done elsewhere in Harem/Romantic anime with far more panache than Love Hina manages. When read more
Nov 20, 2018
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An interesting tale about juggling obligations and love, the story of Kobato involves a mysterious young woman seeking to redeem herself due to some past tragedy, which is shrouded in mystery. In the first half of the narrative it shows her day-to-day struggles to achieve her goal of 'healing broken hearts' which seems to be the point of her quest. As the narrative moves toward the second half, character motivations and developments become more noteworthy as the sweetheart protagonist Kobato realizes her motivation shifting with her heart. As she begins to take a newfound romantic interest in Fujimoto, the male lead opposite her throughout the read more
Nov 20, 2018
Fantastic little short episodes which bookend a handful of episodes, best watched in sequence with the series proper, as they extend the narratives of the corresponding episodes. I enjoyed how each one corresponded to seasonal shifts in line with the main episodes' progression of seasons, as was shown in the end credits for the specials and episodes proper. The seasonal progression over the course of the series was a similar aesthetic to what Production IG did with the credit sequences in Kimi ni Todoke with seasonal shifts shown through art in the credit rolls, definitely a nice touch to help show time progression in a read more
Nov 20, 2018
A simple narrative with a lot of emotional weight, this story is a wonderfully honest slice of life Anime. When unconventional family circumstances put the career-focused protagonist, Daikichi Kawachi in a position to save a young female relative from the adoption system, he unexpectedly steps up to his family's suprise. What ensues is one of the most touching animes I have seen in years, with the unexpected joys that young Rin Kaga brings into Daikichi's bachelor life. As he faces the new challenges of being a paternal figure, we see him and Rin bond over the course of their first year together as they teach read more
Nov 20, 2018
Wonderful adaptation of the manga with well-realized main characters and fantastic visual & sound design. The chief problem lies in the fact that at 5 episodes this OVA barely has time to cover the principal characters and give passing notice to a few supporting characters before the climactic wrap-up in the final couple of episodes. Some supporting characters don't even get mentioned or seen, but considering that this OVA was made early in the manga run this makes sense. Fast forward a decade and the series saw a proper long-form TV adaptation, incorporating several manga story arcs. And although open-ended, did manage to feel complete read more