Article first published as Manga Review: Oh My Goddess! Volume Two by Kosuke Fujishima on Blogcritics.
Oh My Goddess! Volume Two is a manga with the story and art by Kosuke Fujishima, and it was published in North America by Dark Horse Manga. This review is for the second printing of this volume, which was released in 2006. There isn’t a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but after reading it, I would recommend Oh My Goddess! to manga readers who are 12 or 13 years of age and older.
The early portion of this volume places an emphasis on Keiichi and the Motor Club. During this portion of the volume, there is an emphasis placed on Keiichi, the goddess Belldandy, and Sayoko Mishima (who is trying to get Keiichi away from Belldandy). I recognized the drag race portion of this story from the Oh My Goddess! OVA anime series; the main difference is that the drag race shows up later in the OVA than it does in the manga. Also, the character of Sayoko wasn’t used in the OVA episodes, so this angle of the story is completely new to me.
Next, Keiichi receives a strange videocassette in the mail. By the title, it appears to be porn; however, as Keiichi watches it, another goddess emerges from his television screen. This is Belldandy’s sister, Urd. She has seen that Keiichi and Belldandy’s relationship isn’t progressing, and says she wants to help things along. Urd’s “help” usually causes misunderstandings between Keiichi and Belldandy. It turns out that Urd has gotten in trouble with the Goddess Relief Office, and is forced to remain on Earth. Now, not only does Keiichi have to deal with Sayoko, now he also has to contend with Urd.
While the basic setup for Urd’s arrival is the same between the manga and the Oh My Goddess! OVA anime series, some of the events that take place after her arrival are a little different between the two tellings. The addition of Urd to the story adds another obstacle for Keiichi and Belldandy’s relationship, but I know there’s potential with Urd from what I’ve seen in the OVA. I’m not entirely sold on Sayoko, but I know this is due to the fact that I saw the OVA several years before I started reading the manga.
The end of this volume includes a “Letters to the Enchantress” section and an editor’s commentary; both of these are written by Carl Gustav Horn. I really enjoy Horn’s writing style for these sections, because he takes what could potentially be dry reading and makes it interesting and amusing for the reader. If you read the Oh My Goddess! manga volumes, I would also recommend reading Horn’s writing at the end.
Oh My Goddess! is off to a good start, and it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes next.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Oh My Goddess! Volume Two that I checked out through the King County Library System.