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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 88
  • ISBN: 1-56971-421-5
  • Size: N/A
  • Orientation: Left to Right

Oh My Goddess! ~Adventures of the Mini-Goddess~ Vol. #01

By Megan Lavey     May 09, 2004
Release Date: May 01, 2000

Oh My Goddess! ~Adventures of the Mini-Goddess~ Vol.#01
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kosuke Fujishima
Translated by:Dana Lewis and Toren Smith
Adapted by:

What They Say
They're cute, they're small, they're...Oh My Goddess! Dark Horse collects for the first time the screwball mini-goddess cartoons by award-winning manga creator Kosuke Fujishima. A pint-sized offering of charming four-panel cartoons of your favorite OMG characters - and the trouble they get into! - some never before published in English. A super-deformed mini-collection Oh My Goddess! fans can't be without!

The Review
Studio Proteus goes the extra step to collect the side panels that originally ran with the Oh My Goddess manga in Afternoon magazine in its own volume. However, this a title most fans could probably do without.

Packaging: Keeping in the spirit of the small size of the comics, the book is half the size of a regular Oh My Goddess book. It's the same height, but the length is cut in half. The front is clean and white with a picture of the pint-sized Belldandy, Urd and Skuld on top of an octopus while Keiichi is wrapped up in one of its legs. It's a very cute picture. The logo is above the picture and the subtitle of the book below it. The back is very basic, in a green pattern with the book's summary on it.

Artwork: You run the specturm of Fujishima's art style here. There are comics here from his earliest days, when the style was very rough, to the more up to date style which is very very pretty.

Orientation/SFX: Flipped and translated.

Text: It looks like they did a pretty good job with text here. The one thing that people coming in from the anime might wonder is why Gan-chan isn't mentioned by name until the very end. I think it might be because he didn't have a name in the manga until those last few panels.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In the days before Azumanga Daioh, there was the Adventures of the Mini-Goddesses. These four-panel comics ran alongside the bigger stories in Afternoon magazine during the manga's initial run in Japan. This volume collects pretty much all of the panels Fujishima did up to the late 1990s (I think he's done a few more since then.)

These panels run the gamut of the series and often tie into the events that occur within that particular chapter it ran alongside. The first 1/3 of the book has panels that focus around what Urd does in her off-time, basically teasing Keiichi, handling a family of rats and making too many subcopies of herself. Then Skuld is introduced and there's several comics that revolve around the sisters. Along with Skuld's arrival comes the running storyline, with panels that take place in a series across several pages. Some of these series, such as the baseball game and creating a band, would later show up in the Mini-Goddess anime.

For the most part, this book really falls flat for me. You lose a lot by not having the bigger stories alongside of the panels to place the context in. For instance, there are several panels pertaining to the Ninja Arc and the Miss Keiichi arc that would really be funnier if they ran alongside of the original story. Often, you get the feeling that you are missing out on something because of the limited space and it doesn't have the overall cute feel that Azumanga Daioh has.

This book is really for the completionist. You won't be missing much by not having it in your collection. If you really want your Mini-Goddesses, pick up the anime. While I didn't care for the manga panels, the anime is absolutely hilarious and is one of my favorite things to pop in and watch. It is interesting to see how the animators expanded the concept of the four-panel gag and turned it into something that really is better than its manga counterpart.


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