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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 978-1-59307-889-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Oh My Goddess!

Oh My Goddess! Vol. #08

By Matthew Alexander     June 30, 2008
Release Date: April 30, 2008

Oh My Goddess! Vol.#08
© Dark Horse

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

What They Say
Ever since a cosmic phone call brought the literal young goddess Belldandy into college student Keiichi's residence, his personal life has been turned upside-down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions!

It's a-haunting we will go... with the N.I.T. Motor Club, as Urd and Belldandy join them on vacation to a mysterious hotel haunted by the g-g-g-ghost of a lovely young maid who wants to hold Keiichi to a promise his grandfather made long ago! And between Sora's crappy cooking and Skuld's funny feelings, the summer is bound to stay hot!

Plus, four pages in color, twelve Mini-Goddess strips, a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima, and your fan art and letters!

The Review
This volume is exactly why I love Oh My Goddess!

The first chapter is one of those heartfelt stories with the ability to leave the reader smiling at its romanticism. Keiichi meets a cute girl at a country inn, only she's not actually alive. She is an entity with a solid shape, but some of the characteristics of a ghost. She mistakes Keiichi for his grandfather, before claiming Keiichi must keep his promise from decades earlier. Will Keiichi be able to rectify his grandfather's past mistakes? Will it be enough to satisfy this girl's spirit?

A trip to the beach for Keiichi and the goddesses leads to major Urd fanservice. Not only are these pages in color, but it turns out Urd is very comfortable with topless Euro-style beach going. As much as I think Keiichi is secretly enjoying Urd's sunbathing, his real reason for taking the girls to the beach is to profess his love for Belldandy. Of course, we've seen this before. However, this time there is a magical rock that will make Belldandy love him forever if he professes his love while standing on the rock under a full moon. Yes, there is a reason this sounds hokey, and that reason is spelled U-R-D.

As par for the course, Keiichi screws everything up by professing his love for Belldandy to Skuld by accident. Good thing the whole idea was Urd's, so the magical 'Love Rock' shouldn't work. Only problem is that after they all return home, Skuld begins to act so weird even Keiichi notices. Skuld is more confused about her feelings than Keiichi. Urd notices how things are going and begins to believe her 'Love Rock' may have actually worked. Always quick to mess with everyone's love relationships, Urd tries to make Skuld return to hating Keiichi. Makes sense, but why is Belldandy trying to make Urd stop? Could it be Skuld isn't in love with Keiichi? Maybe Keiichi is right and Skuld is just getting her first period. Any way it works out, seeing Skuld acting like a lady for the first time is just plain cute.

Three different love stories, Urd's fanservice and interfering antics, Skuld and Urd throwing down, and another attack from Mara make this volume a must read for even the passing Oh My Goddess! fan.


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