Ah! My Goddess: Bad Goddess is a FAN FILM Season made for the internet community, that is only available on YouTube and Archive.org, but has a listing on Internet Movie Database with an extensive Trivia Section explaining it. Over the years, as fans repeatedly questioned when Kodansha was going to get around to making a third season, Goddess-Project.net discussed the possibility of Fan Film episodes being made unprofessionally and under the radar as an experiment. One of their members, Kevin Neece, who was, at the time, interning at a Public Access Station in Austin, TX, got the idea to adapt his SATIRICAL SPOOF Fan Fiction series, Bad Goddess, in the form of a Storyboarded Practical Joke Fake Pitch Video Comic, using screencaptured stock animation off of the Ah! My Goddess dvds.
In order to not upset the AMG Internet Community, Kevin chronologically set the series to take place TWENTY YEARS AFTER the Niflheim Rebellion incident in the Oh My Goddess Manga, thereby freeing the Producers of Ah! My Goddess to finish adapting the rest of Kosuke Fujishima's stories. In Kevin's alternate universe, The Goddesses met Kosuke Fujishima after all of their adventures, and allowed him to adapt their stories into the manga, hence the anime convention fandom of Ah My Goddess now exists in Belldandy's universe, and the Goddesses could earn a living cosplaying as themselves. Immediately after the first pilot movie, things take a turn for the bizarre when Planet Earth is wiped out in a Nuclear Holocaust and the Nekomi Gang is relocated to another Planet that's been technologically upgraded like Blade Runner meets the Fifth Element. There, they befriend a Doctor Who impersonator that works on Public Access, photoshop cast as Charlie Day, Stephen Geoffreys, Sean Gunn, Lloyd Kaufman, and Jeffrey Combs. Doctor What doesn't fight the Daleks, or live up to the adventures of the BBC tv show, although he does have the ability to jump dimensions into other people's anime shows. The Villains of the Bad Goddess universe are a terrorist group called The Individual Me's (stolen from a 1964 Rod Serling Nuclear Holocaust film called Carol for Another Christmas, which features the ghosts of Past Present and Future).
When Kevin wrote the Fan Fiction series, he didn't just want to make Ah My Goddess dirty and foul mouthed, he wanted to put extra layers into the stories to make it psychological, and allegorical, and possibly even cathartic. In the stories, the Goddesses become Self Aware that their show has been hijacked by a Blacklisted Bootlegger, and repeatedly criticize his bad writing decisions, often referring to him as Kevin from the Other Dimension, while secretly plotting on how to get their original creators back, aka Hiroaki Goda and Kosuke Fujishima. This was partly inspired by a Daffy Duck cartoon called Duck Amuck where Daffy breaks the fourth wall and starts arguing with the Animator. It was also intended to be a metaphor for how people constantly blame god for their bad life decisions.
Kevin also used the Ah My Goddess characters to create metaphorical "Brer Rabbit" stories about his life, particularly the incident where he tried to leak all of Alamo Drafthouse Theater's preshow material online, exposing them for ripping their material off the internet. Kevin's revenge tactics fell flat on his face, as the theater didn't care one way or the other, but eventually he realized he may have accidentally saved theatrical material for future film collectors that would've otherwise been thrown away, and finally came to terms that his Blacklisting was his own fault and perhaps it was time to let things go and move on with his life. Kevin's point with these stories, was that, no matter how hopeless your life looks, perhaps there is still light left at the end of the tunnel. The Keys of Marinus also features a climax where the characters represent the Angels of Judgment telling the story of his life to decide if he should be sent to hell for committing suicide. This scene was created in reference to Kevin's Nephew, Dylan Guitierrez taking his own life, so that he could put a memorial for him in the film.
While Kevin's attempt to create a new Ah My Goddess universe was admirable, and feature the same sentimentality and passion as the original anime series, the show features a sense of humor similar to South Park, and would earn itself a Hard R-Rating due to Foul Language and Adult Subject Matter. Because Kevin made the show without permission from Kodansha from stolen internet materials, it can never be released on dvd through a distributor. Kevin was called out by a French Photographer as a Thief for using some of her models for the Three Norns off of what he thought was a Desktop Background that had already been downloaded a thousand times over. In his attempts to get a critical response from the Ah My Goddess Voice Cast Members, none of them responded, and whenever he attempted to post the videos in anime facebook groups, or send them to anime film reviewers, they removed the links, referring to the show as illegal. Eventually, Kevin had to acknowledge this and make fun of it in his own show to explain to the Ah My Goddess community why it was having such a hard time finding an audience. Eventually, the show started to slowly find it's own group of fans when Kevin started paying YouTube to recommend the videos.
About one year after completing the adaptation of almost the entire fan fiction series, Kevin lost his job off Public Access and decided to vent all of his anger by rebooting the series and making it about Mara Marller. This time, it would be different. Kevin tried to make most of the episodes crossovers with other Anime shows so that he could take the Bad Goddess formula and make fun of other tv series in SNL Sketch Format. The plot concerns Doctor What and Sayoko kidnapping Mara Marller and getting stranded in the Middle Ages, where they find Velsper the Demon Child (before he was turned into Belldandy's Housecat), and Keiichi Morisato's Twin Ancestor, Keiichi the Spineless. The Marller Gang does battle with a Medieval Warlock called The Dragon Eye, but just when they think they've won, The Dragon Eye uses the Tardis to unleash Thirteen Demons into the other Anime Universes that the Marller Gang now has to track down and bring to justice. The plot is a SPOOF PARODY of quest format cartoon shows like The Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby Doo or The Pirates of Dark Water, which were cancelled before they could reach a resolution. Some of the crossover characters include: Those Who Hunt Elves, Hellsing, Ghost in the Shell, Najica Blitz Tactics, The Guyver, Bubblegum Crisis, eX-Driver.
Shortly after completing Marller Gets a Spinoff, Kevin witnessed a girl from one of his youtube documentaries alleging on facebook that she had been sexually assaulted by a member of The New Movement Comedy Club, and that the owners of the venue did little to nothing about the situation, giving the accused "a good talking to" and then allowing him to continue intermixing with the other members. The girl alleged that he may have had other victims. Kevin immediately screencaptured her accusation and sent it to the local police who said that there was little to nothing they could do if no one would co-operate (including the girl herself). She immediately blocked Kevin on facebook, which kept him from getting the rest of the facts about the situation. Kevin was so upset that he vented all of his frustrations into a Bad Goddess PSA about Sexual Assault Awareness called The Moral Dilemma. He then tried to give it to the manager of The New Movement Comedy Club in person, without telling her what was on the dvd, and she was nervous to take it, stating that she had just resigned, implying something was deathly wrong. Kevin created a testimony video for the police trying to argue his case about why the issue should be looked into even though the girl refused to come forward. He then tried to give the video to the Police and the Local News. He was immediately chastised by all of his friends, out of fear that he accidentally involved them, and they caused him to second guess himself out of fear that he may have been wrong.
He then got into an argument with a friend of his over facebook, and realized that she was a lead towards getting information about the incident to the police, and that she was telling more about herself and the incident in anger than she did when he asked her politely. Kevin repeatedly screencaptured their conversations, turning them into You're Under Arrest cartoon PSAs to further anger and upset her into helping him. In the cartoon, Kevin's dialogue was played by Officer Ken, and the girl's dialogue was played by Natsumi Tsujimoto, and Kevin's Note assessments were made by Miyuki Kobayakawa and the Chief. But the whole affair crashed and burned, falling victim to a case of Tragic Irony. The girl that Kevin was trying to get information from, was herself being accused of covering up Sexual Assault Allegations, only this time, there was a large body of evidence to suggest it was SLANDER. The accuser was upset over losing control over a facebook group and somehow convinced all of her friends to attack Kevin's lead with no evidence whatsoever. The Accuser's actions also affected Kevin as he had a documentary show called Saul Ravencraft's Vault of Horror that was almost cancelled when the Accuser called up the venue and threatened them to shut down all of the horror screenings, under the guise that she worked for SAFE and the local APD. As it turned out, SAFE had no records of any accusations ever being made against the accused.
She Liked It Spooky: The Drag/Burlesque DocumentaryEdit
Kevin's You're Under Arrest cartoon conversations build up to Kevin taking a Documentary job recording a Memorial Drag/Burlesque show at an Austin TX venue called The Elysium. Kevin knew that a fight was going to break out, and while he couldn't catch it on camera at the risk of them destroying his camera, he was able to use his videos to create map of the surrounding areas and maintain a time frame of events and where people were to help the Police should they look into it. During the recording of the documentary, anything and everything went wrong. The lighting of the venue was too dark, and the noise was too loud. Ultimately, all of the wrong accidentally created a right, as all of Kevin's friends thought that the film was hilarious in a shot on vhs mom and pop video store kind of way.
Kevin's friends, that were mentioned in the You're Under Arrest: Path of the Raven cartoons were horrified, even though he had disguised them using You're Under Arrest cartoon characters to deliver their dialogue and only used first names to reference other people, and demanded he never release the episodes online out of fear that it would hurt their case against the SLANDERER. Kevin, agreed to never release the cartoons online to the general public, but felt that there was one last thing he could do to help. In response to witnessing his friends being attacked at the She Liked It Spooky Drag/Burlesque show, Kevin did a straight adaptation of William Wyler's The Children's Hour, straight off the dvd, with a message not to attack people on someone else's word when no evidence has been given. During this whole incident, Kevin, upon being put on the other side of things, realized that what he did with The Moral Dilemma was no better than what the Accuser did in her Slander attempts. The Irony of the entire incident had Kevin question whether the Slander attack was real, or if his friends were trying to teach him a lesson. Kevin's final conclusion in Path of the Raven was that the Slander Attack was real, The Goddesses of Fate were using IRONY and SERENDIPITY to teach Kevin the error of his ways, even though he had the best of intentions. Kevin's friends, upon seeing The Children's Hour adaptation, were satisfied, stating that the cartoon was funny, and that they appreciated his attempts to help them by video recording the Drag/Burlesque show to try and help their case. However, in the end, they still consider Kevin to be the villain in the whole affair for sticking his nose into somebody else's drama where it didn't belong.
Since Kevin could not release the You're Under Arrest cartoons, as a consolation prize, he re-used the You're Under Arrest artwork for a series of three OVA cartoons: Date Night, A Few Bad Apples, and Bubblegum Shortage. Date Night was about the officers being called to catch a theater pirate called The Bone F---er, unaware that they were tipped off by Skuld, who was trying to get Keiichi busted for cheating on Belldandy with Peorth during a screening of Ken Russell's Crime of Passion. For revenge, Belldandy has Doctor What jump her into the movie so that Keiichi would be forced to watch her cheat on him during his date. After the incident, the YUA Officers actually DO catch the Theater Pirate, only to discover, to their horror, that he was connected to the death of several officers over a time period of ten years. Natsumi Tsujimoto demands Doctor What take her back in time to stop him, but Doctor What has second thoughts when she tells him they were all investigated for Corruption. After completing Natsumi's mission and stopping the serial killer, Urd, Natsumi, and Doctor What face the serious consequences of messing with the timeline when they return home only to find that the Oh My Goddess universe has been replaced by Bubblegum Crisis and eX-Driver. With the completion of these three stories, the Bad Goddess series reached it's 40th episode (45th if you count Path of the Raven)
ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Back during the Marller Gets a Spinoff season, the Ah My Goddess Internet Community saw Kosuke Fujishima scandalized in the news for his marriage a second time when one of his girlfriends tried to sue him for palimony. Apparently, Fujishima had been married while seeing a second woman on the side for 15 years, and promised to marry her once his divorce was finalized. Instead, he married a well known cosplayer that was less than half his age and already pregnant with his child, implying that the marriage may have been a shotgun wedding. As Keiichi Morisato is loosely based on Kosuke Fujishima during his college days, and Fujishima was such a major part of the Goddesses lives, Kevin memorialized the affair in the Bad Goddess Anniversary Special by having Keiichi, Belldandy, and Peorth undergo a similar relationship dynamic. This was not intended to pass judgment on Fujishima, but to help lend an understanding to his plight and request that the fan community not pass judgment on him.
LOVES BITES: Kevin had his own suspicions about Fujishima's marriage, such as 1) They have Arranged Marriages in Japan and his first marriage may have been a marriage of convenience; and 2) The Extended Time of the Relationship, mainly 15 years, implies that Fujishima's wife was probably aware of the second woman and chose to let it go. A possible explanation might have been that it helped give Kosuke insight into a three way relationship needed to write the character dynamic between Keiichi, Belldandy, and Urd in the Oh My Goddess Manga. Kevin himself knew what it was like to be trapped in marriage of convenience, as his wife openly stated that she no longer loved him as a husband and simply considered themselves to be roommates raising a child and even consented to the possibility of him seeing other women. Kevin felt that being forced into this relationship dynamic would brand him as a major hypocrite after poking fun at Fujishima, and decided that he should practice what he preached: that nobody is allowed to escape the guillotine on Bad Goddess, not even himself. Kevin used Keiichi and Belldandy to make fun of and help explain his relationship problems and eventual separation to his daughter, helping her to understand that while all relationships come to an end, and are sometimes affected by the relationships of the parents, that one should not be afraid to engage in them. A Relationship is about the process of being in a relationship, NOT how it ends.
When Kevin originally wrote the Pilot Movie, he frequently found himself laughing so hard that he nearly choked to death and got intense headaches. Kevin got a bad feeling that while the cartoon Belldandy, Urd, and Skuld may be fictional, and the Norse Mythology Verdandi, Urdr, and Skolde may be abstracts, the forces of fate that inspired them may have been real and somewhat angry that he wrote a movie about Belldandy giving Keiichi Morisato a night of sex so intense that he dies of a heart attack and has to be rescued from Valhalla. When Kevin moved the series onward and made it about Doctor What, he would frequently get hit with bolts of inspirational dialogue that would come out of nowhere, but whenever he dragged out The Pilot Movie script, bad things would begin to happen in his life. Three months after writing the pilot movie, Kevin overstrained himself during a sex session with his first wife for the first time in their fifteen year marriage, where he felt like perhaps he had popped a blood vessel in his brain and was about to die, leaving him in agony for twenty minutes. Kevin also nearly choked to death during the writing of The Bad Goddess Who Fell to Earth because of all of Skuld's "Poledancing is an expressionistic art form" jokes. Bad Goddess also had an infamous time finding it's audience, appearing to be universally ignored at first because it was a fan film. Kevin now gets hit with cases of bad luck whenever he stops working on Ah My Goddess for too long to focus on his documentary films. It's as if the "Goddesses of Fate" are telling him "You wanted to smoke that cigarette, now you have to smoke the whole pack". Kevin dragged out The Pilot Movie again recently, it hit 4,600 views overnight, only to be blocked on youtube by Wag Corp for using Ah My Goddess music, and could only be advertised and shown in the region of South Korea. Kevin felt that this was the work of the former Ah My Goddess team flipping him off in reference to a joke he made in Marller Gets a Spinoff Blame It on Brodsky, where Michael Palin runs a pyramid scheme offering to give people voice acting roles on a "Special" version of Pokémon only available in South Korea. When Kevin showed the episode Misrepresentation of Our Gods Through the Media to one of his spiritualist tarot card reader friends from Zombie Life TV, he said he sense the energy of a god emitting out of the video. Kevin accidentally invoked The Norns in that episode, and they took delight in him using his own twisted sense of humor to convey how they actually felt about the Ah My Goddess fanbase that wanted to believe they were the same as their anime counterparts.
For the second season of Marller Gets a Spinoff, Kevin wanted to wrap up the Bad Goddess series with an extended serial that was a crossover with the anime series A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun, and featured cameos from Angel Tales, Love Hina, Ah My Buddha, and Oh My Sex Goddess. The plot revolved around Eddie Griffin playing The Mad Doctor, who has brainwashed the entire cast of A Certain Magical Index into running their own prostitution ring using the Misaka Sister Clones. The Marller Gang interrupts the Mad Doctor's plans only to find that this was just ONE of his evil schemes. The Mad Doctor has just regenerated Jeffrey Combs Doctor What as director Spike Lee (voice acted by Jaleel White), and has unleashed The Blue Meanies from Yellow Submarine into Do The Right Thing in an experiment called The Gauntlet. The Mad Doctor is one of the Dragon Eye's Thirteen Escaped Demons, and intends to break up and send the Marller Gang into a movie hopping quest through a bunch of films featuring actors from Do The Right Thing to collect their souls. It is suggested within the story, that all of these anime universes are located on the hard drives of Funimation, not unlike Wreck It Ralph, and that the Thirteen Escaped Demons are in fact a computer virus sent to freeze the hard drives and shut down future film productions. The only way to shut down the program is for Spike Lee's Doctor What and the Marller Gang to find the souls of the lost actors, to open the gateway into Bed-Stuy, and fight off the Blue Meanies by getting everyone to Wake Up. Over three hours of material was created for this serial, but creation was stopped due to the death of Kevin Neece's father. Kevin wants the material to represent what he was able to make during the period between his father's death and his father's funeral in the documentary Danny My Boy.
The Puppeteer Mokkurkalfi is first introduced in the Niflheim Rebellion storyline that ended the Oh My Goddess manga. Skuld meets her match when faced with a demon that appears to be the Yin to her Yang. They are alike, and at the same time total opposites. Skuld builds her machines out of love and feels that they are alive and filled with life, even if they are simply machines that are unaware. Mokkurkalfi builds machines out of apathy and pits them against one another to the death, believing them to be expendable. This confrontation is important as Mokkurkalfi walks away from the battle having learned something about love and humility from her encounter with Skuld. And it explains why Mara Marller believes she might secretly be Doctor What. And I emphasis the words "might be". Just remember kids, when Mokkurkalfi makes her cameo appearance, they are still in The Gauntlet, a virtual reality controlled by the Mad Doctor, who can create the illusions that people want to see. Mokkurkalfi does not appear to Marller until after she says her name out loud where The Mad Doctor can hear it, and then disappears right before Spike Lee's Doctor What returns. And her appearance at the end of the Mad Doctor Serial could also imply two different endings. Either she is Doctor What... or the Marller Gang is still trapped in The Gauntlet, even after defeating The Mad Doctor.
During the making of A Certain Magical Pimpdex, Kevin Neece's father died, surrounded by frightening coincidence. Kevin was working on a scene that took place on the tropical island from the Ah My Goddess PS2 video game when one hour later, his mother got the phone call that his father died of a heart attack while snorkeling out in the Bahamas. He was celebrating his retirement, and didn't even live to see his first retirement check. He also died on June 24th, the same day as Debbie Brand's first husband Freddie (who had also just returned from a trip to the Bahamas). Jim Neece also died on the day after the one year anniversary of Dylan Gutierrez's suicide, memorialized in The Keys of Marinus Serial. And the day after Jim Neece died, one of Angela Soto's aunts also died. When Kevin received a copy of Jim's handwritten will months later, it was dated June 24th, 2009. He wrote the will on the day he would die nine years later. Death seems to revolve around the three day time period of June 23rd-25th in Kevin and Angela's families. Kevin shot a documentary about the day of his father's funeral, and confesses in the opening about the Serendipity Curse that had been plaguing him during the entire Bad Goddess series, explaining why the series has to be cancelled. Shortly after shooting the documentary, Kevin recorded a conversation with Jim's second wife Nancy, revealing that he had worked for the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, and was thinking about reporting his job to their superiors after he retired. The issue revolved around an 80 year old lost Factory in Galveston TX, that no longer exists, which had been dumping it's paper waste into the ocean, where it's sat for 80 years stagnant. If they attempt to move it, the clorax bleach used in the paper will mass dissolve into the water. Jim felt that there was no safe way to move it, and that it should be left alone. His bosses didn't listen. Kevin thinks he knows where Jim hid the information on his computer, but isn't able to confirm it at the moment. Kevin tried to take this information to the Authorities, but has not received a response from them. Whatever Jim Neece needed to tell everyone, it appears that it may have died with him. Let's just hope the issue doesn't pop up again around June 24th, like a bad premonition waiting to happen.
In dealing with his grief over the death of his father, Kevin created a second scene on the PS2 Island where the AMG characters read a poem called The Lost Soul in memory of Jim Neece. Kevin used ZLTV's Brenda Dickerson as Jim's stand in during the cartoon short, which feels somewhat out of place in the Pimpdex storyline. Kevin intention was to create a moment similar to the Once There Was a Boy chapter in The Keys of Marinus.
About a month before the death of Jim Neece, Kevin was chatting with director Josh Becker, whose father had recently passed away. Josh used the inheritance money to get his films off the ground. Kevin stated if something like that ever happened, he would probably use it for advertising his youtube videos. Kevin meant this statement hypothetically as the death of Jim Neece seemed a far off possibility at that point. Shortly afterwards, Kevin admitted to playing a game at Saul Ravencraft's Vault of Horror where everyone was passed out Good Fortune cards with a witchcraft symbol on them. How the game was played, was on two of the cards, you write down goals you are trying to achieve, and on two other cards, you write down the things that are hindering you. You tear the cards in half, put one piece to the side, then shuffle them really good. Finally, you play them out in a line and pick one card at random to see if it matches up with the discarded piece in your pocket. Whatever the two pieces are, is what's going to happen. Kevin wrote down that he wanted an internet audience for Bad Goddess, and that this was hindered by a lack of monetary resources for advertising, and an apathetic audience. Seeing Jim Neece die in serendipity connection with the show, combined with his email statement to Josh Becker, left Kevin with an overwhelming sense of guilt. This is called Karma. You never say something flippant in the manner that Kevin did because fate will twist it around on you and it'll end up being somebody you love. In order to put his paranoia and guilty conscience to rest, Kevin took the witchcraft symbol from Saul Ravencraft's show and subliminally hid it in a cartoon recreation of the Good Fortune trick. The test is simple. Will the cartoon create a psychological sense of paranoia in the viewer as it did Kevin?? Technically, after watching and engaging the cartoon, the first good thing that happens matching your "Goal" will be associated to the cartoon, and the first bad thing that happens will also be associated back to the cartoon. Did these things happen because of Witchcraft? Or are you just associating these things yourself by coincidence? Kevin got the inspiration to do this from such films as The Video Dead, 976-Evil, and Evilspeak… films that revolve around an obscure technological object being found that is a source of evil energy or witchcraft that sparks off the plot of a horror film. In this case, the horror is a sense of Serendipity not unlike the Final Destination films... and it's entirely in your head. It does not matter if you believe the witchcraft symbol is still there, or if it has been erased by the cartoon, because the point of the Good Fortune symbol is to draw your focus, and subliminally plant the event in your mind so that you associate it with the things that are going to happen. If one were to watch the cartoon, but not engage in it's orders, then theoretically, nothing would happen to the viewer. To quote Ringo Starr, "It's all in the mind." The cartoon also carries a very strong warning to all of it's viewers: Do not flippantly play with witchcraft. Nothing that the spell causes to happen is free. Everything comes with a price, whether you are aware of that price or not. If you ask for something too big and unreasonable, Fate might just decide to take the price out of your ass or your loved ones. Treat witchcraft with the same respect that you would treat a motor vehicle. When driven properly by someone who took the time to earn a license, a car is a valuable tool, but in the hands of an irresponsible person, it can also be a dangerous weapon. It's not the car that's dangerous, it's the person that uses it irresponsibly. And so is the moral of Marller's Good Fortune.
After the cancellation of Bad Goddess & Marller Gets a Spinoff, Kevin decided to turn his focus to a passion project idea that had been sitting in the back of his mind since Path of the Raven. When you watch Kosuke Fujishima's You're Under Arrest series, the credits read "This is a Work of Fiction, any similarities to people living or dead is coincidental". But, what if the stories WERE REAL. What if the YUA Character held discussions everyday about the police events that hit the local newspapers. Each story would be an improvised Police PSA skit ranging from five minutes to fifteen minutes. Kevin made six episodes, which were immediately flagged off of youtube as spam, and his archive account was locked down, leading him to wonder if it was censorship by the police.
Note: In the Bad Goddess series, Kevin from the Other Dimension is a Public Access intern who is pitching the story ideas gone wrong to Kodansha. The show that he is working on is Zombie Life TV, and you can now see his rise from a lowly technical director (control room, switching angles, off-camera) to an onscreen documentary director and eventual fall into madness and despair side by side with the Bad Goddess cartoons.