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Magical girlfriend-romance comedy series could all take a leaf from Ah My Goddess in their production. There are very few series of this genre out there that are simultaneously amusing and heart-warming to watch, and it is exactly for these reasons Ah My Goddess shines. Arising from a simple wrong number, the relationship that Belldandy and Keiichi develop is a simple, yet touching one, showing subtly the dynamics of true love. Through the course of the series, multiple obstacles and events occur to threaten their relationship, but every time, Belldandy and Keiichi reconcile and gain further understanding of their own intentions. The story is told in an episodic manner, with some episodes reflecting the events in the manga, although there are also standalone episodes. The 2005 anime remains one of my personal favourites; built on the manga, it modernizes some aspects of the series while maintaining consistency with the manga. With high animation quality, attention to subtle details and a beautiful soundtrack, Ah My Goddess will remain a personal favourite- my own interest in anime started here.
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