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Because I’m the Goddess Vol. #01 Manga Review

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This is a funny story if you give it a chance and a must-read for fans of cute girls and voluptuous women because you get 'em both at the same time!

Busty goddess has age-related transformation issues, an infatuation with an older than he looks guy, and a genderless talking cat sidekick along with a young gender-confused monk tagalong. I know, I’m just as confused as you!

Creative Staff:
Writer/Artist: Shamneko
Translated by: Mike Kiefl
Adapted by: Jamie S. Rich

What They Say
Goddess Pandora has been sent to Earth to collect “gifts” that were spread among humans. Sure she has a nice body that can tempt anyone, but when she uses her powers, she shrinks to a young girl’s body! The only way for her to regain her voluptuous power is to kiss her reluctant peon, Aoi.

The Review:
Contents: (Oh yes, there may be spoilers)
A newly created goddess named Pandora has been assigned the task of collecting all the ‘gifts’ that have been released on Earth. Since Pandora is only days old when she reaches our world, she is given a sidekick in the form of a talking cat that enjoys a good cigarette and insulting Pandora’s intelligence whenever possible. Pandora is so beautiful, especially in her skimpy god clothes, that she entrances men and turns them into blubbering fools that would do anything for her. But then a young man named Aoi comes along who appears to be immune to Pandora’s charms.

Aoi instantly rejects Pandora and claims she is the kind of woman he despises. Then Aoi unknowingly comes to her rescue after Pandora uses her magic for the first time. You see, when Pandora uses magic she transforms into a young girl, so Aoi thought he was helping a defenseless young girl. Pandora becomes instantly enamored with Aoi’s kindness and kisses him, which causes Pandora to transform back into her adult form. When Aoi figures out what is going on he tries to get away from Pandora but to no avail. Pandora has decided Aoi will be her manservant and while Pandora is in her small form Aoi promises he’ll protect her. So Aoi is kind of stuck, he really doesn’t like Pandora’s adult form but he’s somewhat enamored with how cute and defenseless her young form is.

Eventually, the goddess and her manservant encounter their first ‘gift’, which is a small cherub that takes over a woman’s body. The ‘gift’ uses the woman’s deepest desire against her and places a collar around her and a man that falls under the ‘gifts’ spell. The two are then connected and the enslaved man does whatever evil thing the ‘gift’ desires. It is Pandora’s job to break the link between the two enslaved humans and capture the ‘gift’, freeing the possessed woman. Since Pandora needs a recharging kiss from Aoi after she uses her magic to capture the ‘gift’, she cannot lose Aoi or she will be unable to accomplish her mission.

Pandora and Aoi capture a few gifts before they discover a strange young monk suffering from a ‘gifts’ collar. This monk is not only strange because he can see his collar, but also because he looks and talks like a girl! Will Pandora be able to free the monk with Aoi’s help? Will Aoi ever accept Pandora in her adult form? Why did Aoi run away from home and why does he hate older buxom ladies?

The artwork for this title is smiley fun. No seriously, if you flip through this book you’ll see the female characters are almost always smiling. But in all seriousness, I enjoyed the artist’s style. The characters are all very cute, even the males, and the comedic use of SD is just right (not too deformed). The shading and backgrounds are average, however, the artist does a good job of expressing the character’s feelings and I found myself laughing at some of the panels before I even read the dialogue. Whether Pandora is in her sultry form or her young form, she really is a cute and fun character.

Give me busty and/or half-clothed women and comedy and/or action and I’m a happy man. Well, Because I’m the Goddess has the busty lady (Pandora in adult form) and the comedy, but after that, I’m not sure what I think. I can’t decide if I found the gender-bending artwork and characters funny or just plain confusing. I mean yeah, a smoking cat that talks like a drag queen but really has no gender is funny. On the other hand, the young monk that looks and talks like a girl but claims to be a guy gets to be confusing, especially when he blushes after accidentally kissing Aoi. I keep waiting for it to be revealed that the monk is really a girl but it never comes.

In Summary:
Anyways, reading this title turned out to be a pleasant delight because the synopsis didn’t sound that great. However, the artwork is cute and sexy at the same time and the story is pretty funny if you give it a chance. I say this because I didn’t think the humor really kicked in until the second half of this volume. I was also pleasantly surprised to find some unexpected depth to the story. I’m referring to the way Pandora learns about human emotions like love and jealousy just as a little kid has too, which makes sense since she is mentally a child in a woman’s body. I look forward to seeing Pandora’s character grow and learn how to deal with her feelings in future volumes.

This is a funny story if you give it a chance and a must-read for fans of cute girls and voluptuous women because you get ’em both at the same time!

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

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: TOKYOPOP
Release Date: August 1st, 2006
MSRP: $9.99

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