Manga Review: Oh My Goddess! Volume Six

Article first published as Manga Review: Oh My Goddess! Volume Six by Kosuke Fujishima on Blogcritics.

Oh My Goddess! Volume Six 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 2007. 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.

Oh My Goddess! Volume 6
Written by: Kosuke Fujishima
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
Release Date: September 18, 2007

This volume begins with Urd still under the control of the Lord of Terror. Together, they launch the Ultimate Destruction Program. In order to combat this threat, Belldandy has broken a seal that was placed on her. Belldandy and Skuld are also given a vaccine to delete the Ultimate Destruction Program. Quite a bit of the story in this volume focuses on the Ultimate Destruction Program, and the various attempts that are made to get rid of it.

This volume also sees Skuld meeting Keiichi’s sister, Megumi. Both girls are mechanically inclined, and a rivalry develops. The school’s motor club enters the two girls in a robot competition, where they must both build a robot and have their robot grab the most drums before the competition ends.

The last story in this volume shows what happens to the three goddesses in the aftermath of the havoc wreaked by the Ultimate Destruction Program. There’s a very sweet section near the end that focuses on Urd.

Since this volume focused so much on the Ultimate Destruction Program, it meant that characters like Sayoko and her cousin Toshiyuki do not appear anywhere in the story. Personally, I’m not too terribly heartbroken about not seeing them. In some respects, I hope I hardly have to see these characters again, because I don’t think they work as long-term obstacles to come between Belldandy and Keiichi. At this point, I really wouldn’t mind if they quietly disappeared from the series.

This volume has another “Letters to the Enchantress” section, as well as four pages of fan art. I’m disappointed to no longer see the editor’s notes that appeared in some of the very early volumes of Oh My Goddess! These notes helped me to better understand some of the cultural references that appear in the story, as well as giving a perspective of what Japan was like at the time that particular volume was originally written. Not only were Carol Horn’s notes helpful, they were also entertaining to read.

Overall, I really enjoyed this volume of Oh My Goddess! In my opinion, it was probably one of the strongest volumes at this point after the first volume. If you’ve read the previous volumes of Oh My Goddess! and enjoyed them, I suspect you’ll also enjoy reading Volume Six.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Oh My Goddess! Volume Six that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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