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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: 224
  • ISBN: 978-1-59307-970-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Oh My Goddess!

Oh My Goddess! Vol. #09

By Matthew Alexander     October 22, 2008
Release Date: June 01, 2008

Oh My Goddess Vol. #9
© Dark Horse

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

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!

When Urd and Skuld are called back to the heavenly realm for remedial training, Belldandy and Keiichi are alone at last! But two things are going to complicate their getting closer as man and woman: Belldandy has come down with a mysterious illness; and, thanks to fooling with Urd's medicine to try and cure her, Keiichi isn't a man anymore - he's a woman!

The Review
I thought volume 8 of this series was good, but this volume is even better.  Fast paced, funny, and full of strong emotions, this volume is a great example of good storytelling.  Plus, color pages are always a great thing.

Since Mara’s little ninja assassin Kodama failed to kill Belldandy and even swore to be her servant, more ninjas have been sent to deal with both Kodama and Belldandy.  These little ninjas may have been rats before Mara transformed them, but now they are all part of the same ninja clan and they take their job very seriously.  This portion of the story turns out to be much better than I thought as Kodama is pitted against her best friend Hikari.  The struggle between their friendship and duty is touching.  Things only escalate until Keiichi is nearly killed by a horde of miniature ninjas.  For all Belldandy’s control and belief in people, will she be able to control herself when Keiichi’s life is threatened?

Skuld and Urd are recalled to heaven for some paperwork and various exercises.  They should be back in a few days, but in the mean time will Keiichi be able to make a move on Belldandy.  Assuming he can get around Banpei, of course.  We will never know because Belldandy comes down with some kind of illness.  Desperate, Keiichi begins taking various potions in Urd’s laboratory in hopes of finding something to help Belldandy.  All this only goes from bad to worse as Keiichi grows long hair and breasts.  In the end he has to resort to calling random phone numbers in hopes of contacting the Goddess hotline and hopefully Urd.  Will he be able to pull that off a second time?  Or is Belldandy doomed while Keiichi is forced to permanently wear a bra?

Things never have a chance to slow down as Urd’s old lover shows up.  He dumped her, so she still has some feelings for him.  That doesn’t change the fact that she is still mad at him and refuses to take him back.  I love seeing her inner turmoil over this because she is usually so carefree, at least on the exterior.  This chapter is both funny and heartfelt as the reader is exposed to a side of Urd so rarely seen.  But, as good as this chapter is, the final chapter portraying a weak spot in Belldandy’s personality is even better.  After Keiichi receives a love letter from a stranger, Belldandy tells him he must meet the girl.  She seems quite understanding, she is Belldandy after all, but how will the universe survive her fit of jealousy?  You will just have to check it out for yourself.


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