Keiichi will receive his own spirit
maybe not an angel or a devil, but something else. But it was hinted that he still is able to have a spirit living in him.
The Niflheim Arc will end with Urd becoming the new Daimaikaichou
This doesn't really fit with her character development very well but it make for a brilliant Curb-Stomp Battle
Hagall is going to have a Cry Cute
moment when Hild decides not to disintegrate her, despite her rebellion
And it will be absolutely adorable!
- As it turns out, things got even more cutesy than expected!
Belldandy is mentally retarded.
Think about it. She's oblivious to the trouble she causes Keiichi. Her entire job involves working with humans, yet she has almost no idea of what humans are like, the ways of humans and of life on Earth. She's unable to determine the motives of others, even when obvious, never considering that people might be lying or having ulterior motives (even when they did it before). She invites a self-declared enemy who tried to seal her before and almost destroyed the world into her house for lunch.
Heaven knows this, which is why her unusual contract with Keiichi was approved (Peorth laughed at the thought of its approval). That's also why she was given a little more time on Earth when the contract was destroyed, and why Kami-Sama looked the other way when his subordinates were breaking the rules to try and restore it.
Heaven simply wants her gone.
Belldandy's perceptions are being clouded.
It's a test of both her and Keiichi; him for not giving up, and her for breaking past the clouding. Kami-Sama is making sure it will work out before such an unusual pairing is allowed.
- And it'll turn out that it's not just Keiichi's lustful feelings being suppressed. Bell's are too. After all, Peorth and Urd show that Goddesses can be quite interested in sex.
Belldandy getting really mad would be just as dangerous as Urd thinks.
Note that she can overwhelm an individual by use of a Compelling Voice
, just by being moderately peeved. When she "believed" that Skuld built "Texas Murder"
to "help with the gardening", the thought process might have been, "I'll assume it's a gardening tool, otherwise I'd need to blast Skuld off the face of the Earth♥!". If she's as powerful as Urd (who is potentially more
powerful) seems to think, she has the same world of cardboard
problems as Superman
, and puts on the oblivious persona as a guard.
- Supported by the OVA and anime; when Belldandy's emotions veer to simply subconscious jealousy, it's sufficient to knock out an entire hallway of light in public.
Takano Morisato has clairvoyance.
Takano, from her appearance in vol. 23 to her departure in vol. 24 of the manga, repeatedly demonstrates knowledge of events that she was not present for, which she variously attempts to pass off as motherly intuition or eavesdropping, but there is one instance that cannot be thus explained Takano brings up Chihiro's envelope, given to Keima. While there is a period of time in which Takano is not "on-camera", it's heavily implied that she spends the entirety of this time playing Mahjong against Urd, Skuld, and Peorth, none of whom knew about the events in question. Keima and Keiichi were racing against each other, while Belldandy was performing in the role of hostess (and also giving Keiichi a tiny bit of help). Megumi was helping Bell with the refreshments during this period, and while she was present for the giving of the envelope and could have passed it along, this is never shown or referred to.
Belldandy's father is Balder.
This is not my WMG, but I think it was mentioned on rec.arts.anime.misc once upon a time.
- Jossed: Chapter 294 reveals her father is Tyr, the Almighty.
Belldandy planned Keiichi's wish.
It's not clear how
she knew that he was going to wish being with her (she only explicitly implies wish-earners are not the sort to wish maliciously) but when she teleported to him in the original OAV, we see an image of the temple that they eventually live. She also knew precise directions to the Temple when they hit the road. She somehow planned his wish and their getting kicked out of his dorm.
- That Belldandy has a sneaky side isn't too surprising, given her old teacher was the OMG version of Lucifer.
- That's if one even counts Celestine as a canon character. He neither appeared nor was mentioned in the manga.
- That was all Loki's plan, he wanted to cause Ragnarok, but seems like he failed. Again.
- She might not have planned the wish, but the manga shows she observed Keiichi for most of his life, and was already in love with him before he made the fateful phone-call.
- The OAV version of the story heavily hints this is the case, with the two of them meeting as children when Bell sneaks down to Earth, resulting in a Childhood Marriage Promise. Flights Of Fancy does something similar after Bell is forced to muck around with time travel to keep from losing K1 to Hild, though he's in high school when they intercept him.
Fairy Morgan Le Fay thinks that Keiichi is the reincarnation of her lost lover.
(This is in the movie.) And that's why she tries to steal Keiichi from Beldandy. It isn't just that he's the geeky guy in the middle of the harem show so every cute girl will fall for him, but rather deeper: trying for a second chance with him. It isn't until she sees Keiichi and Beldandy walk through the arch that she finally gives up. That Keiichi might actually BE isn't impossible; people can fail the test of the eternity gate.
Keiichi IS Morgan's long lost lover
And they failed the test of the eternity gate.
- It was made very clear that Morgan was one of the beings at the Eternity Gate (a.k.a. Gate of Judgement) during Bell's flashback, and she did fail the test. Whether the male was a previous incarnation of Keiichi is debatable, but it would make some level of sense.
Keiichi's Wish isn't specific to Belldandy
His Exact Words
are, "I'd like for a Goddess 'like' you to stay by my side forever." Belldandy herself is never explicitly named in the wish. Abusing this loophole
allows for Urd and Skuld to relocate to Earth, and lets Peorth, Lind, and the others come visit. Bell herself could leave anytime she wants to, so long as some other Goddess stays behind with him.
- Bell doesn't seem like the sort to bind some random unwilling goddess to the wish's terms. She probably couldn't anyway, since it would be a mild form of slavery, probably as illegal in Heaven as it is in Japan.
- This has proven to be false on multiple occasion by the statement that Keiichi's wish was asking 'Belldandy' to say with him forever.
Bell and Keiichi have already slept together.
Perhaps several times now. We the readers just haven't seen it, of course.
- Actually, it's fairly obvious that they have slept together. The question is whether or not they've had sex. The answer to that prior to Chapter 285 is a definitive NO.
Keiichi is unknowingly something other than a normal human — possibly even a god himself.
In the OVA's flashback to their childhood meeting, Belldandy remarked that no human should have been able to see her arrival. Either she overestimated the strength of her Bystander Syndrome
-invoking field (she was
a child, after all), or this is canon evidence that K1's perceptions are beyond human.
- Or it's just the OVA being wonky and not at all fitting the following twenty years of manga storyline.
Chihiro is the reason why Tamiya and Ohtaki don't allow women to live in their dorm.
- This is pretty heavily implied in the comic. Those two have a complex when it comes to Chihiro.
Keiichi's father is half-god half-human
Keiichi's mother is something supernatural
Not necessarily a goddess but definitely something. This would explain why she doesn't show her age at all, the way that she and Keima quickly identified what the goddesses where and all of the unusual
traits that Keiichi has.
- Also Lind might be in on it.
Urd is Hild's doublet
This leaves us at one of two outcomes, and possibly both: either Hild is old enough that she preceded the double system (and maybe proposed it herself), or before Urd, something, perhaps very frightening
, happened to Hild's last doublet.
- I seem to remember that Hild mentioned agreeing to the doublet system for Urd's sake. Also the entire point of the doublet system is that Hild would die with her doublet.
- If the Doublet System applies to Hild, it seems natural that The Almighty would be her Doublet. Why would either side be willing to risk their leader dying because some random low-level member of other side does something stupid and gets herself killed?
Because of the wish, technically, Keiichi is a god in a human body
Even if the wish itself was cancelled, there is something weird in it, the wish is to Belldandy and Keiichi be always together. now, it was cancelled, but the wish itself said they had to be always
together. at the time, no one know the wish would be cancelled, and as wishes in general are granted instantly, it's for sure that they solved the death
thing in that very moment... but no one realized it yet.
Even without the contract, Belldandy's goddess status and powers are bound to Keiichi
Simple: She loves Keiichi with all of her being. It is heavily implied that Love is the greatest source of a Goddess' powers. Furthermore, as a prerequisite to being a first-class goddess, Belldandy must never, ever tell a lie. If she decided to nullify the contract and return to heaven, she would be betraying her feelings, technically lying to herself
in the process. She would remain a goddess, but will lose her first class status, with her immense powers and wish-granting occupation along with it.
Skuld is in love with Keiichi.
Or rather, she falls for him over the course of the story once she realizes he really is a Nice Guy
. Problem is, of course, that she's too (physically) young and he's already taken both things that lead him to see her as just another little sister, and her unable to adequately express herself. Her actions to keep K1 and Bell separated really were originally to protect her big sister, as she claimed, but later on also reflected her subconsciously wanting Keiichi for herself.
Case in point: On at least two separate occasions when Skuld starts to mature (one the temporary Overnight Age-Up
, the other when she develops her face-stamp power), each time almost immediately she latches onto Keiichi. She also gets angry when Urd or Peorth kiss/molest K1, even though one would expect her not to care if Bell isn't involved. Perhaps most damningly, the local boy she starts crushing on, Sentaro, is for all intents and purposes a younger Keiichi in both looks and interests.
Urd and Peorth ship Keiichi and Belldandy for a different reason than we thought.They are both all too aware of the restrictions Yggdrasil puts on Keiichi's carnal desires, but they strongly disagree with those rules so they try to help Keiichi overcoming them.
- I think the part about Urd is canon. After all, she first arrived on Earth after she sabotaged Yggdrasil, and she immediately started trying to get Keiichi and Belldandy to make love.
- On Peorth, she probably found out after checking Belldandy's contract, and was talking about that when she referred to Keiichi's fondest wish that caused her to be summoned. After all, she openly presents herself as the best goddess at fulfilling carnal desires, and I can't find a better reason for Keiichi to accidentally summon that kind of goddess.
Kami-sama is a Gnostic
He runs the universe, but like many gods would not need to be its creator
. Thus he may be the Goddess' actual father (a common WMG in Western fan circles, since the translated comics have them calling him "Father"); if this is true, then he and Hela were an item once upon a time.
- Seriously and he's kind of an asshole too. His punishment for Urd sure seemed harsh to me.
- Odin of Norse mythology didn't create the universe either. And he is often called "the All-father". In the myths he comes off a lot harsher then Kami-sama.
- The "Father" thing is probably just a western influence. It's what you call a bishop (Presbyterian, so I wouldn't know), and it's part of the Holy Trinity-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
- Sort of confirmed: The Almighty is a title, and the current holder is Tyr, the Goddess' father.
The setting is after Ragnarok.
In Norse Mythology
, Tyr shared a lot of Odin's portfolio. So much that some people think he was the original leader of the gods, and "Odin" was a later fusion of him and Wodin. More interesting is in the Edda, it's prophecized he would be killed by Garm in Ragnarok. However, in the two poetic versions of Ragnarok, he goes unmentioned.
- Ragnarok is going according to schedule. Odin, Thor, Loki, all die the way they're supposed to. Tyr starts to face Garm....and then the unthinkable happens. The Norns are killed in a skirmish. Prophecy and causality are lost, and Tyr...survives. Realizing that aspects of the Past, Present and Future are needed, he sires the new Norns. He also sets up the Doublett system with Hild to ensure Ragnarok will NEVER happen again.
Clues can be seen in the Doublet System, where killing a goddess or demon has the potential of killing the corresponding number on the other side (though This Troper personal questions the effectiveness of it unless EVERY goddess has a Doublet) and the chapter in which Keiichi was the victim of a "automatic luck-balancing system".
- Keep in mind that those who are in a doublet don't know who their partner is. So if they kill someone on the other side they-
A- Will also kill one of their own.
B- Might kill themselves.
C- Kill a friend or family member. And do you think that, let's say, Urd would try to kill a demon if it meant she might also kill one of her sisters?
- Likewise Senbei the genie's personal philosophy is the idea of a finite source of happiness that can be moved around for malicious purposes. This is treated somewhat comedically, but may explain why Keiichi never complains too loudly about his life; he knows it's his generous karma being balanced out.
Reincarnation Exists, and this isn't the first time Belldandy has granted this kind of wish.
The question of what happens after mortals die has never been addressed in canon, and rarely touched in fics, though for some authors, it seems that Keiichi and Bell will be eternally separated when he dies
, because the Heaven that Belldandy comes from is different from any positive afterlife. If this is true, you'd think Belldandy would have let slip something by now
about how they only have about a hundred years at most together.
Therefore, it's quiet possible that souls get Reincarnated, and Belldandy only works at the Goddess Hotline because she's waiting out the centuries until the soul of her lover gets reborn and calls her back, and restart their whole relationship at the courtship stage. She never knows who that person will be, but that soul recognizes Belldandy each time, and thus makes the same wish. What we're watching now is only the latest cycle.
Urd knows of this, and since she wants Belldandy and her lover to have as much happiness as they can until the end of the cycle, she's always pushing the two to hurry up. As for Skuld, she either doesn't know because she was either too young to remember the last time, or wasn't born yet, or she does remember the last cycle, as well as how sad her Big Sis was, and wants to spare her the pain.
there is a third divine group besides the gods and demons
I think in Djinns and/or Shinigamis. Djinns because... well, it was recently explained that the gods and demons fulfill humans' wishes in exchange of their energy (or something like that) but without explaining why. The demons can qualify as Jerkass Genie
but I really
can't see them as tricksters who play with the person's word and make him suffer and/or die. The shinigamis is because the death
thing was never explained so far, so, as the Valkyries are an elite force more than reapers, as they are described in the myths, I think in shinigamis (or reapers) as the ones designated to watch the dead ones.
Kami-Sama and Hild are aliens who consumes emotional energies emitted by humans as means of life-support
...and goddesses and demons are cybernetically-augmented humans they created to provide and maintain a constant amount of energy flow from earth.
Here's the theory unfolded:
Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Kami-sama and Hild's homeworld was destroyed, leaving them as one of the last surviving members of their species. They barely escaped death and travlled across the universe to find a suitable planet for living. Eventually they found earth, a planet where intellectual species emit emotional energies strong enough to sustain them. Together they manipulated human society via means of religion, politics and more in order to draw out energies, and the eras went on.
Unfortunately, as time passed by, Hild became increasingly greedier at consuming energies. She decided that negative energies are much easier to draw out via the means of chaos, misfortune and death. Hungry for power, she abducted hapless humans and cybernetically-enhanced them to become her harbringer of misfortune, then set them free to spread chaos on earth. Them are the first demons.
Angry at Hild's doings, Kami-sama created his own minions - goddesses via similar means as an attempt to thwart her misconduts. Naturally, it broke out into a war, destroying much of earth's energy systems and living the clueless humans confused and frightened.
The war took its toll, realising that this will ruin the world for both of them, Hild and Kami-sama came to a truce. And from there on they parted their ways, assigning the duty to keep the energies balanced, which was to send goddesses/demons to help people in need.
Therefore, any of the "magic" we see the goddesses/demons perform are merely bio-engineered alien technologies at play, and "heaven"/"underworld" are alien spacecrafts which act as life-support for Kami-sama/Hild and mainframes/serve site to support the goddesses/demons.
This would also lead to the next theory:
Keichii emits an unusually large amount of emotional energy for a single human being, which is why all this is happening to him.
Assuming the above theory is true, then it would explain why Keichii gets so much attention from both sides. And even though the goddesses are with him, misfortune still happens to him on a daily basis (though admittably on a much smaller scale). These are Kami-sama and Hild's means to keep his energies balanced, which, although reduces his misfortune, would probably means that he'll never make further progress with Belldandy as it is, because Kami-sama and Hild are actively sabotaging any romance between them.
Like many fans, he felt that his creation had become rather stale and stagnant (and led to a lot of stale rip-offs
). Having watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica
and the Mind Screw
ending of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
, he decided to explore just what could make a Nice Guy so
nice, to make fans wonder if perhaps the Magical Girlfriend
ideal is just too good to be true, and, as Hideaki Anno
told otakus to stop "run(ning) away" from reality
into "the 2D world", he decided to remind otakus that, in fact, their "waifus" aren't real
and their preference for them over "3DPD's" has killed their chances of contributing to the gene pool
; so turn off your computers, brush off your neckbeards, and try to get an actual girlfriend
There is a legitimate reason why Heaven abhors a human/goddess romance, beyond them being douches
Namely, the possibility or perhaps past experiences with such a Half-Human Hybrid
would result in very bad things.
- Well, getting rid of the Nephelim (the offspring of unions between Angels and Mortal Women) was one of the reasons The Almighty sent the flood...
There's something really strange with Nekomi Tech
Tamiya and Otaki are allowed to run wild. A member of the faculty is obsessed with creating an android. The local beauty queen before Belldandy was a member of the BDSM Club a bit strange by Western standards, but with how prudish Japanese are in public it's next to impossible there. And whatever they and everyone else do, the locals don't give a damn
(even when Mara creates a castle from nowhere). Don't you think it's strange?
Belldandy was Haruka, Urd was Kana, and Skuld was Chiaki. Before being granted their goddess licenses they had to spend some time living among mortals to become more familiar with their society. However, one of Yggdrasil's many glitches incorrectly assigned three Norse deities to Japan. With Belldandy gaining great proficiency in the Japanese language and culture, she was eventually assigned to the East Asian division of the Goddess Helpline...and the rest is history. (When they returned to Earth to live with Keiichi, a similar glitch flipflopped the "ages" of Belldandy's and Urd's mortal bodies.)
More accurately the immediate past. Loki set Keiichi and Belldandy together for a bet, but without her around his sanity slipped, and he ended up forgetting that Bell is on Earth (otherwise he wouldn't have dared to invade with the Chitauri).
The angels and familiars are this universe's answer to Stands