Ah! My Goddess vs Oh My Goddess
First of all, to the uninitiated: these are actually the same show. I get a kick over the little rivalry about which title to use. These are two different title for the same show. Most sellers, such as Amazon or similar merchandisers use the first title Ah! My Goddess, which is a literal translation of the Japanese title Aa! Megami-sama. I personally use the second title - at least when crediting the series in my videos - because the second title Oh my Goddess is the official English language title.
Both the TV series and manga (a graphic novel) have similar storylines, though the TV series goes into much more detail and storylines from the manga may be combined or in a different order. Here's a readers digest of the plot:
Keiichi Morisato, a young college student, accidentally dials the "Goddess Helpline" and is visited by a girl named Belldandy. Belldandy, claiming to be a goddess promises to grant Morisato one wish. Of course, Morisato thinks that this is some kind of joke so he wishes for "a goddess like you to be by my side forever." His wish is granted, registered in a heavenly computer system, and for all intents and purposes the laws of physics are rewritten to include "Belldandy shall be by Keiichi's side." Insofar as that should anything try to separate them, bad things begin to happen, often with hilarious results.
The title Oh My Goddess first appeared in 1994 when AnimEigo obtained the rights to publish the five-episode original miniseries (known as an Original Video Animation or OVA) in North America. Dark Horse comics followed suit when they began publishing the manga in English. However, while almost everyone pronounces it "Oh," many purists still use the title Ah! My Goddess in writing, and the "Ah!" title is definitely more popular.
As for myself, I use the title Oh my Goddess strictly for the fact that it is the official title in North America and English Europe. After all, a goddess by any other name would still be just as lovely, no?
- Anime Review 2
By RachaelLefler. I cannot recommend this writer enough. Although I kind of disagree with her review on Oh My Goddess, she does bring up some interesting points. Check it out.
- Oh my Goddess wiki
The community built for all your Oh My Goddess needs. And hey! they also use "Oh My Goddess"
- Oh My Goddess! - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Wikipedia page for Oh My Goddess - Ah! My Goddess redirects here, wink wink;)
- Aa! Megamisama! (Video 1993) - IMDb
IMDB's page covering the OVA
The first season of Oh my Goddess in English
The first Graphic Novel in the series, published by Dark Horse Comics