Friday, March 25, 2011

Ah! Megami-sama!

There are certain animes that just make you smile, even when the characters have to deal with serious situations. Others are just plain silly fun. Oh My Goddess fits both very nicely. It is the story of college student Keiichi Morisato who one day dials the wrong number, instead of reaching the take-out place he gets the Goddess Help Line. And the goddess Belldandy responds to grant his wish. After much hesitation, he admits he wishes he had a girlfriend as nice as Belldandy. Flash of light and wish is approved by the Almighty. Luckily for Keiichi Belldandy is sweet, honest, true, and simply wonderful. Unluckily for Keiichi she is all the above and a goddess, so the series centers around Keiichi trying to muster the courage to express his love for Belldandy. Along the way Belldandy's sisters, Urd and Skuld, come to Earth to find out what is going on, further complicating Keiichi's life. He can't expect anyone, even his sister or the likes of Tamiya, to believe Belldandy is a goddess. Then Peorth of a rival Goddess help line enters the picture and so does Urd's mother Hild. And I mention Keiichi is a college student with a strong mechanical aptitude, is a member of the college's motor club, and his sister is also attending the same college.

I just finished watching the first episode of a new Ah! Megami-sama! TV series. It's about Keiichi and Belldandy going on a date to an amusement park that is closing. Naturally things look dicey for our love-birds as Hild, who is a demon, tries to use their love to remove the need for the Goddess Help line on Earth. If you stop and think about what is going on, there is a lot to think on in this episode even as it maintains a light and frantic energy. And all I can think about is the people of Japan who are still without power and shelter. I am hoping they are finding happiness in the small things they do have while working on recovering.

The picture at the top? Where did it come from? It came from the closing credits of the new series and I fell in love with it. It shows Belldandy embracing the world with her love. Her hands are touching Indonesia and Japan. Notice the lilies, in this season a sign of resurrection. A very appropriate image for this time. Let us use our love for our fellow man to help Japan rebuild.

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