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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-59307-457-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Oh My Goddess! Vol. #02

By Matthew Alexander     July 19, 2006
Release Date: February 08, 2006

Oh My Goddess! Vol.#02
© Dark Horse

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

What They Say
Now that Keiichi and the goddess in his life are the hot item on campus, they find themselves constantly putting out fires! First, to raise money for the N.I.T. Motor Club, they get roped into posing nude together for a life drawing class - even though, as Keiichi's sister correctly guesses, they haven't even kissed yet!

Then his "buddies" in the club stake Bell-chan as the wager in a funnybike race - but Keiichi has trouble seeing the humor when it starts coming apart at high speed! After all this, Keiichi just wants to relax and watch some home video - except this video introduces (literally) a second goddess into his life: Belldandy's "sophisticated" older sister, Urd!

Volume 2 features a beautiful new cover by creator Kosuke Fujishima, plus eight pages of interior manga story in color - not available in the original English edition! A bonus back section keeps the U.S. Oh My Goddess! fan tradition alive with readers' letters and notes on this classic series.

The Review
But before I get to that, let me pick up where volume one left off. Keiichi still has a lot to learn about living with a goddess. First and foremost on his mind is how to show is affection for her and move their relationship along. But before he can remedy that little problem he has to put up with his motor club co-members constantly causing problems for him. In an attempt to raise money for their club, they send Keiichi and Belldandy to meet their classmate Sayoko for a job that pays a lot for little work. As usual, Sayoko is out to humiliate Belldandy, and this time she's going to try by making Belldandy pose nude with Keiichi for an art class. But Belldandy has enough looks and brains to get them out of their situation. After all, she isn't a Goddess First Class for nothing.

After nearly a year of living with Keiichi, Belldandy's older sister Urd drops by to pay a surprise visit to Keiichi. But Urd is Belldandy's complete opposite, she's just as attractive and definitely more of a seductress, but she has a penchant for causing trouble which keeps her stuck at the level of Goddess Second Class. Urd has been spying on Belldandy and Keichii from heaven and at this point she's pretty much disgusted at Keiichi's pathetic attempts to show his feelings for Belldandy. So Urd has decided to use her own womanly charms to 'educate' him in the ways of a woman. Urd's lessons take the form of coed baths and nighttime rendezvous, which Keiichi secretly wouldn't mind having with Urd. But Belldandy will have none of this and sadly Keiichi is usually on the receiving end of Belldandy's anger aimed at her older sister. In the end, Urd receives punishment from heaven in the form of banishment for her interference. So it looks like Urd will be living with Keiichi and Belldandy for awhile.

The artwork has definitely picked up a notch since the first book. It still has a way to go to reach the quality level of later volumes but it is interesting to see an artist as his style changes and improves over time. Dark Horse has really succeeded with the packaging quality for this re-release.

The print quality is great and I really appreciate the addition of color artwork at the beginning of many of the chapters. Seeing as how the Oh My Goddess TV anime picks and chooses different portions of this manga series I highly recommend the fans of the TV series pick up these books to get a more rounded vision of the story and lots more Urd goodness.


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