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- Belldandy and her sisters are based on the Norns, who were the goddesses of fate in Norse mythology. Belldandy (Verthandi) was the goddess of the present. Urd (Urthr, Urdr) controlled the past, and Skuld represented the future. They lived at the base of Yggdrasil, the World Tree. In the original "Aa! Megamisama!" manga, the computer system used by the goddesses is also named Yggdrasil.

- The system of class, category and license limitation of goddess (for example, Belldandy is "First Class, Second Category, Unlimited License") are actually from Japanese driver's license.

- Urd often likes to have tiger stripes on her bathing suits and goddess outfits, a reflection of her demon heritage. Tiger skins and striped clothes are a traditional Japanese sign of a demon. (Like Lum in Urusei Yatsura.)
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- There is some debate as to the origins of the name "Hild" (ruler of the infernal realm). Some believe it comes from the name of one of the Valkyries, battle spirits who take the souls of fallen warriors to Valhalla (here "Hild" means "The Battle"). Others believe it derives from "Hel", the traditional Norse leader of the underworld. A Germanic version of this goddess found in Denmark is "Hyldemoer", or Elder Mother. This goddess was the ruler of the underworld and had one daughter, Irpa, who was the goddess of foul weather (like Urd's power over thunder and lightning?)

- In the manga, it is revealed later in the series that the demons have a counterpart system to Yggdrasil — the Nidhogg system. In Norse mythology, Nidhogg is the name of the dragon that is wrapped around the base of the Yggdrasil tree, continually gnawing at its roots.

- The first novel of the series was written by Urd's voice actress, Yumi Tohma, with the illustrations done by Fujishima, and Hidenori Matsubara (Animation Director for the OVA, movie and TV series). The story follows the story of the manga, taking place three years after Belldandy and Keiichi first meet. The novel was first published in Japan in 2006 by Kodansha; the English translated novel came out on December 19, 2007 and was published by Dark Horse Comics.
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- The hat/helmet Banpei is wearing is based on the Jingasa style helmets of the Edo and Menji restoration periods. These were often worn by foot solders of these periods and were especially common amongst early musket and rifle troops. They were commonly painted black for infantry, but clan and family colors were not uncommon. The circle on the helmet isn't really a circle, its an oval shape just like Skuld's goddess marking. Skuld's goddess uniforms and clothing all tend toward reds and pinks. So Banpei's helmet is a visual reference to the old family retainer, Lady Skuld's sworn foot soldier in her red colors and bearing her family symbol on his helmet.

- The 8-legged steed, Sleipner, "borrowed" by Urd is, in Norse mythology, the steed of Odin, the king of the gods.

- In the movie adaptation of Ah! My Goddess, Peorth is given the order to nullify the threat to the world-tree by using the eradiction spell Gunghir. Gunghir is the name of the enchanted spear used by Odin, the king of the Norse gods.
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For those who like the song (thanks to kyougre019 of YouTube):

Shiawase no Iro
by : Yoko Ishida


kono hiroi sekai no naka
deau beki hitotachi ga
mado no mukou niji no mukou ni mieru kidzuiteru hazu

miagete sora ha ima demo
ano toki to onaji iro de
kumo wa katachi wo kae kyou mo anata wo mimamotteiru

kyuukutsu na omori wo nuide
kimochi wo yurushite
saa mimi wo sumashi so toki wo matte
ima mezamenasai

oozara ni egaite chiisana yume wo itsumo kanjite

toorisugiru hitonami ni
tsukarete shimatta toki mo
utsumuitari nagedashitari shinai de hane wo yasumete

shinjiru kimochi no tsuyosa ga
areba kikoeru deshou
massugu anata wo omoi utau
watashi no koe ga

shizuka ni irodzuku machi asa no hikari
soshite kyou toiu ichinichi ga PEEJI wo mekuru no

oozora ni tsutsumare kyou mo utau wa kokoro wo komete

owaranai kono michi yuku tame mado wo akete arukidasu
sou sureba motto niji ni chikadzukeru kitto
oozora ni egaite chiisana yume wo taisetsu ni shiyou
sou sureba itsumo shiawase ni nareru kitto
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Here's a quote from The Goddess Relief Office's timeline of the initial appearance of the Ah! My Goddess manga:

YEAR - 1986 .......................................................................
Fujishima Kosuke does a manga style report on the live adaptation of "Live Free" for Kodansha's Comic Morning magazine. Policewomen characters become inspiration for "You're Under Arrest."

YEAR - 1987 ......................................................................
Your Under Arrest manga series begins, Nov. 1987
79 monthly issues, ending May 1992, Published in Kodansha's Morning Party Extra.

YEAR - 1987/88 .................................................................
August 23, 1988 - YUA Promotional Gifts Contest (T-shirts, pictures, key chains, etc.) Fujishima Kosuke does an advertisement cartoon featuring Miyuki as a goddess and Natsumi as a girl who needs help with her YUA T-shirt. The goddess character drawing becomes the inspiration for Belldandy.

YEAR - 1988 .......................................................................
Oh! My Goddess begins, Kodansha Afternoon magazine, Japan

NOV. 1988, issue, DH - (Wrong Number) The Number You Have Dialed Is Incorrect
K - The Called Number is a Wrong Number
K - chapt. 1, Vol. 1, Sept. 25 release
DH - issue 1, TPB-1, Aug. 1994 release
DH TPB #1 reissued on Dec. 7, 2005
Belldandy and Keiichi meet, on a Saturday according to a song lyric.
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bendunnb4 wrote:

Here's a quote from The Goddess Relief Office's timeline of the initial appearance of the Ah! My Goddess manga:

YEAR - 1986 .......................................................................
Fujishima Kosuke does a manga style report on the live adaptation of "Live Free" for Kodansha's Comic Morning magazine. Policewomen characters become inspiration for "You're Under Arrest."

YEAR - 1987 ......................................................................
Your Under Arrest manga series begins, Nov. 1987
79 monthly issues, ending May 1992, Published in Kodansha's Morning Party Extra.

YEAR - 1987/88 .................................................................
August 23, 1988 - YUA Promotional Gifts Contest (T-shirts, pictures, key chains, etc.) Fujishima Kosuke does an advertisement cartoon featuring Miyuki as a goddess and Natsumi as a girl who needs help with her YUA T-shirt. The goddess character drawing becomes the inspiration for Belldandy.

YEAR - 1988 .......................................................................
Oh! My Goddess begins, Kodansha Afternoon magazine, Japan

NOV. 1988, issue, DH - (Wrong Number) The Number You Have Dialed Is Incorrect
K - The Called Number is a Wrong Number
K - chapt. 1, Vol. 1, Sept. 25 release
DH - issue 1, TPB-1, Aug. 1994 release
DH TPB #1 reissued on Dec. 7, 2005
Belldandy and Keiichi meet, on a Saturday according to a song lyric.


where did you get this,btw do you know where i can find you're under arrest :movie
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kampungbdk wrote:

where did you get this,btw do you know where i can find you're under arrest :movie

The Much Touted OMG Timeline:
http://www.goddess-project.net/board/index.php?showtopic=1273

You're Under Arrest Movie and Specials (BitTorrent):
http://isohunt.com/download/32629567/You%27re+Under+Arrest+Movie

Link to one of the subbers (they have a torrent for the first episode of the J-Drama):
http://www.live-evil.org/
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bendunnb4 wrote:


kampungbdk wrote:

where did you get this,btw do you know where i can find you're under arrest :movie

The Much Touted OMG Timeline:
http://www.goddess-project.net/board/index.php?showtopic=1273

You're Under Arrest Movie and Specials (BitTorrent):
http://isohunt.com/download/32629567/You%27re+Under+Arrest+Movie


finally, thanx
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ummm...

gentle heart?
a piece played in the series..
piano and violin duo...
very beautiful...
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