Ah! My Goddess: The Movie
|Ah! My Goddess: The Movie|
Japanese film poster
|Hepburn||Gekijōban "Aa! Megami-sama!"|
|Directed by||Hiroaki Gōda|
|Produced by||Seiichi Horiguchi|
|Screenplay by||Michiko Yokote|
|Story by||Kōsuke Fujishima|
|Music by||Nobuo Uematsu|
|Edited by||Toshio Henmi|
Ah! My Goddess: The Movie (劇場版「ああっ女神さまっ」 Gekijōban "Aa! Megami-sama!") is a 2000 Japanese anime film directed by Hiroaki Gōda, written by Michiko Yokote and Yoshihiko Tomizawa, animated by AIC and co-produced by Kodansha, Dentsu, Sega Enterprises, Pony Canyon, Nippon Shupan Hanbai, AIC, MOVIC and Shochiku, based on the manga of the same name by Kōsuke Fujishima. The film's theatrical release took place on October 21, 2000. It was also distributed by Shochiku in Japan. The film was licensed by Geneon Entertainment in the North America, MVM Films in the United Kingdom, and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.
Three years prior to the events depicted in the film, Belldandy, a goddess from heaven, comes to live with Keiichi, an engineering student attending the Nekomi Institute of Technology.
Celestine, a high-ranking god who served as Belldandy's mentor for most of her training, returns from imprisonment with a plan to infect the Goddess System with a virus. Celestine needs Belldandy to effect his plan, but must first destroy the bond between Belldandy and Keiichi.
The music was composed by Shirō Hamaguchi and conducted by Mario Klemens with performances by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. The main theme, Try to Wish, was performed by Saori Nishihata. The main theme was composed by Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu. The soundtrack was released by Pony Canyon in Japan and Geneon Entertainment in North America.
Home Videos Releases
- November 27, 2001 (Pioneer)
- November 8, 2005 (Geneon)
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T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews described the animation and music of the movie as "absolutely beautiful", and gave the movie a perfect rating. Anime News Network praised the blend of CGI and cel artwork for the movie, and the casting choices for the dub. Sequential Tart criticised the film's lack of comedy, praised the artwork, and criticised the dub acting.