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* WritingAroundTrademarks: During the manga arc with the [[SpaceWhale extradimensional whale]], Keiichi bonds with it by playing music. In the original, he plays songs from the Music/Carpenters ("Sing"[[labelnote:•]] {actually a ''Series/SesameStreet'' song}[[/labelnote]] and "Top of the World", specifically). However, due to the impossibility of obtaining the rights to publish the original lyrics, the English translation uses Music/MatthewSweet songs instead ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff he's big in Japan, you know]]; he's also known to be a huge anime nerd and was very willing to allow his lyrics to appear in ''OMG''). This was arguably something of an ''improvement'' over the original, because Sweet's "Missing Time" happens to fit the plot perfectly.

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* WritingAroundTrademarks: During the manga arc with the [[SpaceWhale extradimensional whale]], Keiichi bonds with it by playing music. In the original, he plays songs from the Music/Carpenters Music/{{Carpenters}} ("Sing"[[labelnote:•]] {actually a ''Series/SesameStreet'' song}[[/labelnote]] and "Top of the World", specifically). However, due to the impossibility of obtaining the rights to publish the original lyrics, the English translation uses Music/MatthewSweet songs instead ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff he's big in Japan, you know]]; he's also known to be a huge anime nerd and was very willing to allow his lyrics to appear in ''OMG''). This was arguably something of an ''improvement'' over the original, because Sweet's "Missing Time" happens to fit the plot perfectly.


** The TV series has a lot of this due to its debuting 16 years after the manga began. A lot of the cars look far newer than the ostensible setting. Fashion trends are altered to look more like the 2000's, so no big fluffy EightiesHair for the ladies. Also, there are 2000's-era cellphones; Sayoko owns one… meanwhile, Tariki-Hongan Temple still has a classic rotary-dial phone.


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* SettingUpdate: The TV series updates the setting from the late 80s-early 90s to the 2000s due to it debuting 16 years after the manga began. A lot of the cars look far newer than the ostensible setting of the adapted chapters. Fashion trends are altered to look more like the 2000's, so no big fluffy EightiesHair for the ladies. Also, there are 2000's-era cellphones; Sayoko owns one… meanwhile, Tariki-Hongan Temple still has a classic rotary-dial phone.

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A new spin-off manga that takes place after the end of the events of the original series has been announced. It will be called ''Ah! My Job-Hunting Goddess'', it will be about Belldandy having to find a job due to a recession. Its scheduled to premier in the March 2019 issue of Kodansha Monthly Afternoon magazine.


* CastingGag: The English dub of ''Flights of Fancy'' went to great lengths to involve voice actors who had been in previous instalments of the franchise.

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* CastingGag: The English dub of ''Flights of Fancy'' went to great lengths to involve voice actors who had been in previous instalments installments of the franchise.

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* CastingGag: The English dub of ''Flights of Fancy'' went to great lengths to involve voice actors who had been in previous instalments of the franchise.
** At one point Peorth cuddles up to Keiichi in the bath, imitating Belldandy to fool him into thinking his sweetheart wanted to scrub his back. Peorth's impression is spot-on; no wonder, since Juliet Cesario was Bell's dub actress in the 1996 OAV.
** [[Creator/DanGreen Troubadour]] challenges Keiichi to a [[Manga/YuGiOh DUEL]]!
** Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn played Urd in TheMovie. She plays Urd's mother Hild here.[[note]] Credited as Lucy Todd.[[/note]]
** Creator/WendeeLee voices the maid shinnentai Creator/ChiekoHonda. She played Urd in ''Mini-Goddess''.
** The original [=OVA=] had Scott Simpson as Keiichi and Juliet Cesario as Belldandy, who were dating in real life at the time. That arguably helped with their vocal chemistry.

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* SeriesContinuityError: The second season forgets that Keiichi and Belldandy had already gotten together in the first.


* {{Yandere]]: Believe it or not, Belldandy is this when she sees another girl macking on Keiichi. Her jealousy has been known to cause everything from minor explosions to freak weather changes whenever her relationship with Keiichi is threatened. It's to the point where the other goddesses know to run for the hills when they see another girl getting sweet on her boy. They've got good reason! – Bell has access to an utterly insane amount of power since, as one of the nicest and most levelheaded characters in the cast, she's unlikely to consciously abuse it; however, since LoveMakesYouCrazy and Bell-chan tends to hold back in almost everything, her jealousy has a tendency to seep out regardless of any knowledge that this is NotWhatItLooksLike or however much Keiichi looks like an AccidentalPervert. And if she ever intentionally lets loose, all you can do is pray for a quick death.

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* {{Yandere]]: {{Yandere}}: Believe it or not, Belldandy is this when she sees another girl macking on Keiichi. Her jealousy has been known to cause everything from minor explosions to freak weather changes whenever her relationship with Keiichi is threatened. It's to the point where the other goddesses know to run for the hills when they see another girl getting sweet on her boy. They've got good reason! – Bell has access to an utterly insane amount of power since, as one of the nicest and most levelheaded characters in the cast, she's unlikely to consciously abuse it; however, since LoveMakesYouCrazy and Bell-chan tends to hold back in almost everything, her jealousy has a tendency to seep out regardless of any knowledge that this is NotWhatItLooksLike or however much Keiichi looks like an AccidentalPervert. And if she ever intentionally lets loose, all you can do is pray for a quick death.

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* {{Yandere]]: Believe it or not, Belldandy is this when she sees another girl macking on Keiichi. Her jealousy has been known to cause everything from minor explosions to freak weather changes whenever her relationship with Keiichi is threatened. It's to the point where the other goddesses know to run for the hills when they see another girl getting sweet on her boy. They've got good reason! – Bell has access to an utterly insane amount of power since, as one of the nicest and most levelheaded characters in the cast, she's unlikely to consciously abuse it; however, since LoveMakesYouCrazy and Bell-chan tends to hold back in almost everything, her jealousy has a tendency to seep out regardless of any knowledge that this is NotWhatItLooksLike or however much Keiichi looks like an AccidentalPervert. And if she ever intentionally lets loose, all you can do is pray for a quick death.


* RealityEnsues: In Chapter 40 (Episode 14), [[TimTaylorTechnology Skuld upgrades the output on Keiichi's motorcycle to about 113%]]. Megumi was impressed, even as her big brother was horrified, but pointed out to Skuld the futility of said upgrade – the bike's chassis would not be able to withstand the extra power. Sure enough, once Keiichi (unwillingly) tested out his bike, it nearly sent him into orbit… then exploded. The manga goes into further detail: Skuld could, with difficulty, insert a turbo before the carburetor, but the brakes can't take it.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
** Keiichi gets thrown out of his male dormitory for violating the "no women allowed" rule.
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In Chapter 40 (Episode 14), [[TimTaylorTechnology Skuld upgrades the output on Keiichi's motorcycle to about 113%]]. Megumi was impressed, even as her big brother was horrified, but pointed out to Skuld the futility of said upgrade – the bike's chassis would not be able to withstand the extra power. Sure enough, once Keiichi (unwillingly) tested out his bike, it nearly sent him into orbit… then exploded. The manga goes into further detail: Skuld could, with difficulty, insert a turbo before the carburetor, but the brakes can't take it.


** The English dub of the OVA cuts out the middleman regarding Keiichi's wish – in that version, he tells Belldandy explicitly, "I want you to be my girlfriend forever!" rather than the more vague (though more accurate to the Japanese) "I'd like for a Goddess like to to stay by my side forever." So Keiichi and Belldandy are not only a full-on OfficialCouple from the start, but it's implied that [[spoiler:after the finale, ''they got married''.]]

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** The English dub of the OVA cuts out the middleman regarding Keiichi's wish – in that version, he tells Belldandy explicitly, "I want you to be my girlfriend forever!" rather than the more vague (though more accurate to the Japanese) "I'd like for a Goddess like to you to stay by my side forever." So Keiichi and Belldandy are not only a full-on OfficialCouple from the start, but it's implied that [[spoiler:after the finale, ''they got married''.]]



* RealityEnsues: In Chapter 40 (Episode 14), [[TimTaylorTechnology Skuld upgrades the output on Keiichi's motorcycle to about 113%]]. Megumi was impressed, even as her big brother was horrified, but pointed out to Skuld the futility of said upgrade – the bike's chassis would not be able to withstand the extra power. Sure enough, once Keiichi (unwillingly) tested out his bike, it nearly sent him into orbit… then exploded. The manga goes into further detail: Skuld could, with difficulty, insert a turbo before the carburetor, but the breaks can't take it.

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* RealityEnsues: In Chapter 40 (Episode 14), [[TimTaylorTechnology Skuld upgrades the output on Keiichi's motorcycle to about 113%]]. Megumi was impressed, even as her big brother was horrified, but pointed out to Skuld the futility of said upgrade – the bike's chassis would not be able to withstand the extra power. Sure enough, once Keiichi (unwillingly) tested out his bike, it nearly sent him into orbit… then exploded. The manga goes into further detail: Skuld could, with difficulty, insert a turbo before the carburetor, but the breaks brakes can't take it.

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* DistractedByTheSexy: Urd turns the tide of a softball match by showing up in a uniform two sizes too small without a bra, destroying the focus of the all-male team she and the rest of the cast were playing against.


* SexualEuphemism: Calling sex, "This and That" is used by Urd in the "instructional" video she gave Keiichi (in the English dub, it's "[[RuleOfThree this, that, and the other thing!]]") in TV Episode 8.



* ThisAndThat: Used by Urd in the "instructional" video she gave Keiichi (in the English dub, it's "[[RuleOfThree this, that, and the other thing!]]") in TV Episode 8.


* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Where Skuld apparently keeps enough explosives to take down a battalion… despite being [[{{Pettanko}} flat as a board]].

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* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Where Skuld apparently keeps enough explosives to take down a battalion… despite being [[{{Pettanko}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Pettanko}} flat as a board]].

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* ContemptCrossfire: Urd is held in contempt by both [[{{God}} the Almighty One]] (because Urd is the AntiChrist) and by [[{{Satan}} Hild]] (because Urd is half-angel, and this makes her noble and heroic and thus [[AntiAntiChrist not a proper harbinger of the Apocalypse]]).


* [[spoiler:AccidentalProposal: At the very conclusion of the manga, Belldandy reveals that Keiichi's wish for 'a goddess like you to stay with me forever' is the ''exact'' phrase one uses to propose marriage to a god or goddess. In hindsight, this goes a long way explaining the tone of their relationship.]]

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* [[spoiler:AccidentalProposal: AccidentalProposal: At the very conclusion of the manga, Belldandy reveals that Keiichi's [[spoiler:Keiichi's wish for 'a goddess like you to stay with me forever' is the ''exact'' phrase one uses to propose marriage to a god or goddess. In hindsight, this goes a long way explaining the tone of their relationship.]]



** Episode 29 [-(adapting manga Chapter 16)-] chronicles Keiichi's attempt to afford a ring for Belldandy. However, future episodes of the anime do not show Bell wearing it. This is in stark contrast to the manga where, once [=K1=] gives her that ring, she '''''never''''' takes it off (except maybe while bathing). Bell uses it as a metaphor for love throughout the series, and it becomes quite the ChekhovsGun during the Niflheim arc.

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** Episode 29 [-(adapting manga Chapter 16)-] chronicles Keiichi's attempt to afford a ring for Belldandy. However, future episodes of the anime do not show Bell wearing it. This is in stark contrast to the manga where, once [=K1=] gives her that ring, she '''''never''''' '''never''' takes it off (except maybe while bathing). Bell uses it as a metaphor for love throughout the series, and it becomes quite the ChekhovsGun during the Niflheim arc.



* AffablyEvil: Urd's mother Hild is the CEO of the Demon Realm, but she's also a caring (though spurned) parent and a big flirt. She's definitely still evil, though. A lot of the bad things that happen to the main characters in the second half of the manga are directly or indirectly caused by her.
** In ''Flights of Fancy'', she decided to steal Keiichi from Belldandy just to see how Bell would react.

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* AffablyEvil: Urd's mother Hild is the CEO of the Demon Realm, but she's also a caring (though spurned) parent and a big flirt. She's definitely still evil, though. A lot of the bad things that happen to the main characters in the second half of the manga are directly or indirectly caused by her.
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her. In ''Flights of Fancy'', she decided to steal Keiichi from Belldandy just to see how Bell would react.



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: '''''Very''''' averted. There's a grand total of ''one'' bad boy in this series – Toshiyuki Aoshima, who is established as TheCasanova, and is (especially in the anime) often accompanied by an entourage of reasonably attractive girls. However, his efforts to pick up any of the major female characters are universally failures. This is a series where genuinely nice guys get the girls.
** And yet played straight with Sora Hasegawa, who has a huge crush on Aoshima.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: '''''Very''''' averted.Averted. There's a grand total of ''one'' bad boy in this series – Toshiyuki Aoshima, who is established as TheCasanova, and is (especially in the anime) often accompanied by an entourage of reasonably attractive girls. However, his efforts to pick up any of the major female characters are universally failures. This is a series where genuinely nice guys get the girls.
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girls. And yet played straight with Sora Hasegawa, who has a huge crush on Aoshima.



** This trope's application to her gets cranked UpToEleven any time Keiichi's well-being is threatened (see above). A prime example is in the "Dream Castle" arc when [[spoiler:Tamiya and Otaki have been brainwashed into attacking Keiichi and try to crush him between them]]… only to be blasted with an attack spell by Bell. No trying to talk them out of it, no attempt to break their mind control, no sleep spell to peacefully resolve the situation; she just flat-out '''''struck them down'''''. Of course they survived, but the simple fact that Bell actually got ''angry'' enough to utilize an offensive spell on friends was enough to shake Skuld to her core (and readers too). Even Urd is disturbed enough by it to order Bell to stand back in case of future attacks.

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** This trope's application to her gets cranked UpToEleven any time Keiichi's well-being is threatened (see above). A prime example is in the "Dream Castle" arc when [[spoiler:Tamiya and Otaki have been brainwashed into attacking Keiichi and try to crush him between them]]… only to be blasted with an attack spell by Bell. No trying to talk them out of it, no attempt to break their mind control, no sleep spell to peacefully resolve the situation; she just flat-out '''''struck ''struck them down'''''.down''. Of course they survived, but the simple fact that Bell actually got ''angry'' enough to utilize an offensive spell on friends was enough to shake Skuld to her core (and readers too). Even Urd is disturbed enough by it to order Bell to stand back in case of future attacks.



** [[spoiler:The flowers that appeared in Chapter 278 due to Keiichi's and Belldandy's kiss had appeared before, all the way back in chapter 11, when Belldandy saved Keiichi from drowning. Keiichi wondered where they came from.]]
** The lucky tea stalk on Keiichi's drink proves to be pivotal [[spoiler:in getting rid of Mara from possessing Megumi when Keiichi's trapped in a burning vehicle and Belldandy cannot put off the fire as her powers were sealed by Mara]]

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** [[spoiler:The flowers that appeared in Chapter 278 due to Keiichi's and Belldandy's kiss kiss]] had appeared before, all the way back in chapter 11, when Belldandy saved Keiichi from drowning. Keiichi wondered where they came from.]]
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** The lucky tea stalk on Keiichi's drink proves to be pivotal [[spoiler:in getting rid of Mara from possessing Megumi when Keiichi's trapped in a burning vehicle and Belldandy cannot put off the fire as her powers were sealed by Mara]]Mara]].



* ComicBookTime: Averted early on in the manga, where one real-time year of chapters really did equate to one year in-universe. After that, though, '''''played oh so straight'''''. Over the course of the next 24 years IRL, about three years (if that) pass in the comic. It certainly goes a long way to explaining the ironic freeze in a relationship already bordering on marriage.
** Taken to its logical extreme at the end. The final 68 chapters – equivalent to 5½ years IRL – occur over the course of about one day in-universe… nearly all of ''that'' within a span of ''six hours''.

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* ComicBookTime: Averted early on in the manga, where one real-time year of chapters really did equate to one year in-universe. After that, though, '''''played oh so straight'''''.played straight. Over the course of the next 24 years IRL, about three years (if that) pass in the comic. It certainly goes a long way to explaining the ironic freeze in a relationship already bordering on marriage.
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marriage. Taken to its logical extreme at the end. The final 68 chapters – equivalent to 5½ years IRL – occur over the course of about one day in-universe… nearly all of ''that'' within a span of ''six hours''.



** [[spoiler:Belldandy also gets this in the 20-year anime anniversary special, as well as [[http://gateway.cjb.net/AMG/Gallery/Bell/bell-v25c161.jpg on one occasion in the manga]].]]

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** [[spoiler:Belldandy [[spoiler:Belldandy]] also gets this in the 20-year anime anniversary special, as well as [[http://gateway.cjb.net/AMG/Gallery/Bell/bell-v25c161.jpg on one occasion in the manga]].]]



** [[spoiler:When Urd wonders if Hild had trained Hagall and her posse specifically to overthrow her to create a loophole into demon law that would allow her to reset her term as Queen of Hell (and prevent her own death while at it), Hild doesn't really admit it but is very proud of her minion's work anyway.]]

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** [[spoiler:When When Urd wonders if Hild had trained Hagall and her posse specifically to overthrow her to create a loophole into demon law that would allow her to reset her term as Queen of Hell (and prevent her own death while at it), Hild doesn't really admit it but is very proud of her minion's work anyway.]]



* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary College Student]]: Keiichi. Megumi and Sora also count.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: They're the native denizens of hell, acting more like {{another dimension}} than an afterlife-{{Hell}}, and as such aren't evil outright. Their {{facial markings}} are either red or purple, instead of heaven's blue.

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* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: College Student]]: Keiichi. Megumi rather than high school, but Keiichi, Megumi, and Sora also all count.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: They're the native denizens of hell, acting more like {{another dimension}} AnotherDimension than an afterlife-{{Hell}}, and as such aren't evil outright. Their {{facial markings}} FacialMarkings are either red or purple, instead of heaven's blue.



* SacredFirstKiss: When the Gate -- who looks like a young girl -- forces Peorth, Urd, and Skuld to kiss her as part of her quest for [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove knowledge]], Skuld moans that she hadn't even kissed Sentaro (a mortal boy in whom she's shown significant interest) '''''yet'''''. And yes, the inclusion of that last word was remarked upon by Urd.

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* SacredFirstKiss: When the Gate -- who looks like a young girl -- forces Peorth, Urd, and Skuld to kiss her as part of her quest for [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove knowledge]], Skuld moans that she hadn't even kissed Sentaro (a mortal boy in whom she's shown significant interest) '''''yet'''''.'''yet'''. And yes, the inclusion of that last word was remarked upon by Urd.



* {{Satan}}: Hild, though she seems like less an ultimate evil and more an annoying trickster.
** Which is in line with the Norse mythology that the series borrows so heavily from. The Norse didn't have a Satan; they had Loki, who was… an annoying (and malicious) trickster.

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* {{Satan}}: Hild, though she seems like less an ultimate evil and more an annoying trickster.
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trickster. Which is in line with the Norse mythology that the series borrows so heavily from. The Norse didn't have a Satan; they had Loki, who was… an annoying (and malicious) trickster.



* UnresolvedSexualTension: No, the '''''glaringly obvious''''' between Keiichi and Belldandy isn't the only example in this series.

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* UnresolvedSexualTension: No, the '''''glaringly obvious''''' '''glaringly obvious''' between Keiichi and Belldandy isn't the only example in this series.



* UnwantedHarem: Keiichi definitely has one. However, not all the members of his harem are in love with him, and he'll '''''never''''' betray Belldandy (the only one who didn't show up uninvited). It's rather poignant, since basically anyone can barge into the temple at any point in time and abuse their welcome.

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* UnwantedHarem: Keiichi definitely has one. However, not all the members of his harem are in love with him, and he'll '''''never''''' '''never''' betray Belldandy (the only one who didn't show up uninvited). It's rather poignant, since basically anyone can barge into the temple at any point in time and abuse their welcome.



** Everybody and their dog asks this about Belldandy and Keiichi, since she's '''''way''''' out of his league. Keiichi himself constantly muses about this – as far as he's concerned, he ''knows'' he doesn't deserve her. Bell, for her part, feels the exact opposite, often fretting that ''she'' doesn't deserve ''him''.
** Sweet {{shrinking violet}} Sora Hasegawa has an unrequited crush on Toshiyuki Aoshima, the biggest {{jerkass}} in the series. No one can figure out why.

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** Everybody and their dog asks this about Belldandy and Keiichi, since she's '''''way''''' '''way''' out of his league. Keiichi himself constantly muses about this – as far as he's concerned, he ''knows'' he doesn't deserve her. Bell, for her part, feels the exact opposite, often fretting that ''she'' doesn't deserve ''him''.
** Sweet {{shrinking violet}} ShrinkingViolet Sora Hasegawa has an unrequited crush on Toshiyuki Aoshima, the biggest {{jerkass}} in the series. No one can figure out why.

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