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Oh My Goddess! Vol. #07 Manga Review

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Oh My Goddess Volume 7 CoverCreative Staff
Writer/Artist: Kosuke Fujishima
Translated by: Dana Lewis and Toren Smith

What They Say
If you think Urd’s magic love potions should be a controlled substance, wait till you see the danger they pose in their deadly crystal form – especially when cut with a little blundering from Skuld! But Keiichi can’t blame alchemy for the way he embarrasses himself with the Motor Club’s newest member, cute meganekko (girl with glasses) Sora Hasegawa!

Plus, this volume includes four pages of color, fourteen Mini-Goddess strips, a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima, commentary, and your fan art and letters!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The goddesses’ still can’t use their powers 100%, Yggdrasil is still down, but things are relatively normal now that they can gather small amounts of energy from special bracelets Keiichi made. The girls also return to their normal activities; Belldandy knits a sweater for Keiichi, Urd makes a love potion, and Skuld screws up Urd’s concoction. Only instead of facing Urd’s wrath, Skuld tries to replace the potion. Initially, Urd doesn’t realize anything is wrong, so she tricks Belldandy into taking the love potion. Which works, only too good. Belldandy becomes really aggressive and tries to seduce Keiichi every chance she gets. Will Keiichi finally man up, or will Urd and Skuld save Belldandy from herself?

Mara makes her return to Earth, and this time she has a master plan. First she possesses Keiichi’s sister, Megumi, then summons a genie with the power of bad luck. Mara hopes the genie’s power can injure Keiichi enough to make Belldandy suffer. Much hilarity ensues as the genie isn’t incredibly brilliant. Mara’s real problem is she turned the earth elemental protecting Megumi’s home into an old Sonic The Hedgehog doll. The walking talking Sonic doll is pretty dang funny, but can it reach Belldandy in time?

Most of the chapters in this volume have received anime incarnations in either the OVA’s or the TV series. Including the chapter where Skuld first builds the little Banpei robot to protect Belldandy from Mara. Cute and powerful, Banpei seems like a good idea. That is until Banpei’s circuits are crossed and he protects Belldandy from everyone. Very much like a jealous child, Banpei beats the crap out of Keiichi and the other goddesses’ if they try to even go into the same room as Belldandy. Like this series in general, the Banpei chapter is a cute and enjoyable read. In addition, these ‘Color’ re-releases are a great pickup for fans that never got around to picking up the early volumes of Oh My Goddess!. This volume has four color pages at the start of Chapter 45, which begins on page 67. While not glossy color pages, I really appreciate these color pages scattered throughout these first seven re-released volumes.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: December 30th, 2007
MSRP: $10.95

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