Oh My Goddess! Vol. #26 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Alexander
Review Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Release Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kosuke Fujishima
Translated by:Dana Lewis and Lea Hernandez
Adapted by:Dana Lewis and Lea Hernandez

What They Say
The Devil came down to Tarikihongan! As Lind, the Fifth Goddess battles Hild to defeat the Eater of Angels, it is the weaponless, powerless Keiichi whose heart holds the key to victory. But the lingering Demon Angel within Belldandy is causing her magic to make strange hiccups, and it may be Keiichi again who must serve as the vessel of diabolic forces! Can he succeed without Chihiro finally catching on to the facts of his cosmic love life?

The Review
Eater of Angels + demon Hild + 5 goddesses = Destruction to the ninth degree.

Well, apparently Lind’s long ax is more of a regulator for her powers than a weapon. Once she loses the ax during battle, her full power is unleashed on demon Hild. Impressive as her powers are, they still prove to be inadequate for defeating the Eater of Angels. Seeing the opportunity to make a hasty retreat, Hild leaves the goddesses to deal with the beast from hell. I am thoroughly impressed with how well illustrated the characters facial expressions are throughout the battle. The battle itself is good too, but it’s fairly drawn out. With Keiichi’s help, Lind finally succeeds in drawing out both her twin angels at the same time, but will even that be enough to vanquish the Eater of Angels?

Once all the action finally ends, Belldandy is still left with the problem of possessing both her angel and the demonic-turned-good familiar. Unfortunately, the familiar screws with Belldandy’s body and causes her every thought to come alive. She could always cast the familiar out of her body, but it would die without a host and Belldandy could never do that. Keiichi also feels for the familiar’s situation, and offers up his own body as its host. This shouldn’t work, but because he had already joined with one of Lind’s angels, Keiichi already possess the power to host a familiar. Just because he can host a familiar, doesn’t mean he should. This situation leads to some decent comedy but more importantly something deeper. When the familiar first bonds with Keiichi, he witnesses a bleak empty world reflecting the familiar’s past. Belldandy also experienced this vision when she initially bonded to the familiar. The whole situation both brings her and Keiichi even closer and tugs on my compassion strings a little. I have enjoyed the battles over the last two volumes, but I’m looking forward to the story getting back to comedy and character development.

Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: A
Age Rating: 14 & Up
Released By: Dark Horse
MSRP: 10.95
Pages: 176
ISBN: 1-59307-715-7
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Oh My Goddess!