And just what is Belldandy? What is it that’s special about her? Power level? Training? Empathy? Following are some probably silly speculations; I say silly because I don’t think Fujishima worries about these things or has any plans to head in this direction. But it’s fun to theorize. Or as TVTropes calls it, engage in Wild Mass Guessing. (I ought to go back and see if this one’s in the list…. maybe when I have a couple of days to lose.)
Well, Bell’s definitely empathetic, she had a special trainer just for her, and it’s remarked that she is one of their most powerful godesses. In fact, it looks like she blew straight through the classification system to First class from the very outset. It really starts to sound in the movie like there was something planned for her from the beginning. All the comments could be explained by “hey, she’s really powerful, and with great power comes great responsibil– oops, sorry, Uncle Ben. Wrong story.
Anyway, I keep having the sneaking suspicion that it’s Keichi that was planned — that it was not an accident that Belldandy got that call, and not Peorth. Why? Why is it that three major goddesses, those in charge of the past, present, and future of the mortal world are essentially being allowed to play hooky on Earth? Granted, Bell’s technically “on assignment” but I don’t think even Heaven’s so overstaffed that they can give, oh, several decades of FMLA leave to a goddess whose client made such a jacked-up wish that she became his platonic love-slave!
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not claiming that Keichi was born and raised for Belldandy, but I think Kami-sama had it in mind that the three Fates should be grounded in an understanding of humanity. That way, when the time comes for them to make decisions crucial to universe, they will truly understand the costs of such. The key was Belldandy: Kami-sama believes that The Goddess of the Present should be in love with a mortal, in order to ground her in the flow of time. With her located in a fixed, mortal environment, she’d inevitably pull her sisters into her orbit, doing the same for them. I mean, what a coincidence that they should both happen to abandon their Heavenly responsibilities and follow her to Earth, thereby enmeshing themselves in the mortal world! And despite all the trouble they cause there, there’s no repercussion for it.
Seriously, isn’t it just a little strange that Kami-sama’s punishment for Urd playing hooky on Earth is to exile her there? Now, if the Almighty is their father (often assumed by fans, but never actually stated), we can excuse him for indulging his daughters. But if not, what’s his game plan?
Why are Belldandy and both of her sisters being humored by Heaven? Ok, Bell supposedly has to be there — but it’s not absolute. When one of Marller’s plots is to wrap Keichi around Sayoko’s little finger, it almost works. Bell’s about to leave before Keichi breaks the spell and goes to find her. Wish or not, System Force or not, Bell stays with Keichi because she wants to.
Now as I’ve pointed out before, Keichi comes to really love Bell for who she is, and he’s a pretty unique guy after all. But even given that it takes a special person to earn Heaven’s Grace, it can’t be that rare, or there wouldn’t be a Goddess Help Line to answer all the calls and make wishes come true. In fact, it’s suggested at one point that there must be hundreds or thousands of goddesses doing such work, because Heaven (and Hel, per a discussion between Bell and Hild in the manga) are powered off of the energy that that humans would have expended to make their dreams come true, except that a goddess or demon shorcuts the procedure and diverts the energy. (With apologies to the families of all the catgirls I’m about to kill, I have to remark that this violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Damn immortals never play by the rules.)
What I’m suggesting is that Yggsdrasil was programmed to sift all the callers for someone that would match Bell perfectly, and direct the call to her line. K1 was it, and somehow he just happened to make a wish that locked Bell to himself long enough for them to really fall in love. The only problem with this theory is the obvious one: How could even Kami-sama have predicted Keichi’s wish? Well, he IS the Almighty…
Or he might have stacked the deck. Who says Keichi was the only eligible doofus? Bell might have helped 3 or 4 eligible clients with simple wishes, until K1 hit the jackpot. I don’t much like that theory, so I’m going to go with Kami-sama just being amazingly good at manufacturing his own luck.
“But,” you say, “there’s absolutely no evidence that he’s involved in this.”
Wrong. The fallout from the Lord of Terror storyline is that Yggsdrasil had to be partly rebooted, and Keichi’s wish was erased. Kami-sama himself calls the Morisato residence and explains to Keichi that he has to remake the wish, in the exact same words, in order to restore it. Yep, you read that right. Kami-sama called a mortal. On the phone. Now that’s some heavyweight customer service… “Our customer’s happiness is #1!” He’s the Big Kahuna. Why did he get that involved? It only makes sense if he needs K1 to remember that wish.
So we have a powerful goddess with a mortal boyfriend, and her sisters move to Earth also and everyone learns about humans and humanity first-hand. What about the future though… the part Skuld’s nominally responsible for?
Well, there don’t appear to be any old gods or goddesses. The existence of the doublet system is because they can be killed, but in fact it also argues that such they can’t die of natural causes, since that would be a death sentence for the other half of the doublet. Therefore, Bell is immortal. Keichi, by definition, is mortal. She’s doomed to lose him, right?
Well, there’s that pesky wish again. Keichi didn’t say “I wish a goddess like you would stay beside me for the rest of my life.” He said forever. And the response was that Yggsdrasil accepted his wish as valid. Not valid, with modifications. Not invalid entry. Valid.
Did Keichi accidentally back into immortality as well as get a goddess for a girlfriend? Lucky bastard.
And for completely un-serious speculation, I can get really evil and keep playing with that wish…Keichi said girlfriend. Not lover or wife. So Bell will never put out or marry him. And given her jealousy storms, he’ll never get to make out with other girls or either of her sisters (assuming adult Skuld here, ok?).
Update 8/30: I read the Welspar arc, and in fact the natural death of one half of the doublet pair will kill the other. Sucks to be a goddess or demon.
Also, I’ve reached issue #110, in which the sidecars from the movie are featured.