Oh My Goddess! is a manga series about a loser named Keiichi Morisato, who accidentally contacts the Goddess Relief Office when he’s trying to get in touch with one of his dormmates. The goddess Belldandy ends up staying with Keiichi, and the manga follows their developing relationship and the various obstacles that try to get in the way.

During the series, Belldandy’s two sisters, Urd and Skuld, also come to Earth and end up staying with Keiichi and Belldandy. Urd has a bit of a mischievous and “evil” streak, while Skuld has a lot of technological know-how and likes to build things.

Oh My Goddess! Volume Seven
Written by: Kosuke Fujishima
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
Release Date: January 1, 2008

This volume has a strong emphasis on Skuld, through mishaps she inadvertently causes through her inventions. First, Skuld knocks over a love potion that Urd created, and creates a device to clean up the spilled potion. After returning the potion to its container, Skuld thinks it looks a little low. Skuld attempts to “fix” the potion, but this ends up causing problems.

Later in the volume, Skuld creates Mini-Banpei RX, a robot that is supposed to help protect them from Mara, a demon trying to cause trouble for Belldandy. When Belldandy makes a booster circuit for the robot, the robot falls in love with her. Hijinks ensue for Keiichi and the others.

Speaking of Mara, she makes an appearance in this volume. She unleashes Senbei, a god trapped in a soda bottle who is the god of poverty and disaster. Mara attempts to use Senbei to bring unhappiness to Belldandy. Unfortunately, I thought Senbei came across as a rather annoying character, especially through the style of his dialogue. I really hope this is a character that I’ll never have to see again in Oh My Goddess!

Unfortunately, a character who had all but disappeared for the past couple of volumes is a major player in one of the storylines in this volume. That character would be Sayoko, the wealthy woman who is trying to get Keiichi for herself in order to make Belldandy unhappy. I had been so glad when Sayoko had disappeared, because I find her to be a rather annoying character who, in my opinion, really doesn’t add a whole lot to the series overall. I can at least console myself with the fact that she only appears in one story in this volume.

This volume only includes one letter in the “Letters to the Enchantress” section, which serves as a lead-in to the fan art that is included at the end of the volume. I have to say that I really miss reading Carl Horn’s commentary that appeared in the earlier volumes of the series. Not only were they entertaining to read, but they really helped to explain the context of some of the things that are seen in the series that would have made sense to readers who read this content back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, but could potentially go over the heads of readers who are seeing this material for the first time.

At this point in Oh My Goddess!, the concept doesn’t feel like it’s gotten stale, and it feels like the overall story is still progressing. Hopefully, I’ll still be able to make these kinds of statements by the time I reach Volume 40 of the series.

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