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Belldandy’s father Tyr has demanded a miracle out of a mortal–to win the hand of his divine daughter in marriage, Keiichi has five minutes to reach her…racing his bike over an unearthly course where failure means the end for a mere fragile human! But if Keiichi Morisato was an ordinary man, he wouldn’t have already won the extraordinary love of the goddess Belldandy…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As fans of graphic novels especially from those coming from Japan, it is easy to get jaded. A lot of content is coming out through Japan, and some of it is just not good. Add that to the “Keeping up with the Jones” mentality that anime fans have with content, you tend to shy away from series that aren’t necessarily modern. But as Rakim said in Classics “Timeless ’cause age don’t count in the booth”, and that’s what separates Oh My Goddess! from its younger counterparts. Oh my Goddess is a testament to the concept of classics and this volume proves no exception to the idea.
In this volume, we are treated to the “challenges” arc. In this arc, Keiichi has to go through a trial in order for him with Belldandy at the finish line. What makes this arc interesting is that it explores places that seem usually from what we’re used to seeing. One particular area of said arc comes from the scenario of if he should lose (which I’ll leave at that). Keiichi, while also be the main character, goes though a scenario not typical of the male hero and even “shoujo”-eque. That’s what makes it so interesting, the fact that what seems to be even a trope, or just their typical of adamant, has a unique field that makes oh my Goddess enjoyable.
While Belldanny took a more passive role, she doesn’t feel as passive is what you would think of a woman character in this scenario. Through she may need a little bit of impact with her words, however those words have a purpose because it is cheering on Keiichi, which shows the connection between those two. Moreover, her knowledge of her own needs serve as a good reminder that the encouragement is not one way and that it’s okay to be selfish every once in a while.
What strikes me interesting about this particular part of Oh My Goddess!, is how accessible it is. Unlike with a lot of graphic novels up to this particular point, you don’t necessarily need to know what happened in the previous series. It creates a cohesive story that allows you to jump it as if you knew what the series was entailing.
Some readers may feel that the art is dated, I prefer to recognize as timeless . It captures the greatness of late 80s early 90s design what exact same time bring a sense of timelessness that other art styles tend to not have. Moreover the details and the way that Kosuke Fujishima
expresses the emotions of the series makes us all more impactful.
By now, if you are a fan of the series, you’re in until the very end. If you suddenly jump into this series, this volume makes a strong case to go back actually marathon through previous content. While the love always prevails team may feel played out, Oh My Goddess makes it feel refreshingly comfortable. It not only makes you want to move for Keiichi and Belldandy, but really want to see the series player until it’s final volume that may ultimately have them Live there happily ever after.
Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: N/A
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 31st, 2015