Based on the manga series by: Fujishima Kosuke Director: Goda Hiroaki Producers: Shindo Masao, Takimoto Hiro Character Design: Matsubura Hidenori English Version Executive Producer: Robert J. Woodhead Translation by: Shin Kurokawa, Matsushima Naoko
Belldandy has been confined to her room whenever Keichi is around due to the destructive nature of their getting too close to each other. Keichi in the meantime is working at various part-time jobs in an attempt to buy Belldandy a ring... something that he vaguely recalls having promised her, only when? A childhood promise that was made and locked away is finally surfacing, and may well be the root of the problem. The question is, will he be able to fulfill his promise to her in time?
The final episode -- and we discover the terrible secret which binds Keiichi and Belldandy's past. Everything comes full circle, as the significance of the old temple is revealed (remember when Keiichi referred to it as, "THAT old temple"?) I love the style of directing used in this series, and the fifth episode is probably the best example -- we get several snippets of action that are done in a "typical day in the life of..." style. Inoue Kikuko (Belldandy) goes a bit overboard with the sob scenes, and her cry of dispair just wasn't whole-hearted. Hisakawa Aya (Skuld) and Tohma Yumi (Urd) do fine jobs, as does Kikuchi Masami (Keiichi). (Did you know that Tohma Yumi played the part of the younger Bell-chan? Talk about versatile!) My favourite music of the series is in this episode -- a nice piano piece very reminicent of Frank Mills in his prime, which plays when we see Keiichi performing his various duties at part-time jobs. The story gets a bit preachy, however, with its rather idealistic presentation about the importance of keeping promises -- no doubt aimed squarely at the series' young target audience. Despite the shortcomings, it's a very good way to end this OAV series. Very enjoyable series, a great heart-warming ending, and a splash of good music. No wonder we've worn out the tapes! - AN
This is the final episode of the OAV series (at least for now...) While Belldandy's weepy nature is a bit overdone by Inoue Kikuko, the remaining cast members are solidly portrayed, particularly notable is Tohma Yumi who also plays the young Belldandy. I especially like how basic her (Urd's) thinking is, which we do see in the manga series as well. (She's really only a second class goddess due to her lack of discipline. Otherwise, she's much more powerful than Belldandy). The music is again very well-done and really adds to the overall OAV series. This episode really ended the OAV series on a nice note and really doesn't need to have anything carry on. Of course, there still a lot of things that happens in the manga series which isn't even hinted at or touched on in the OAVs. Shall see how the next series does... - JYN
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