This volume is on the short side, but a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Writer/Artist: Kosuke Fujishima
Translation: Christopher Lewis and Dana Lewis
Adaptation: Christopher Lewis and Dana Lewis
What They Say
Ever since a cosmic phone call led five literal young goddesses - Belldandy, Urd, Skuld, and, like occasional vowels, Peorth and Lind - to live in college student Keiichi's residence, his personal life has been turned upside down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions! Despite the otherworldly situations he's gotten into, Keiichi's everyday joy is still found as an engineer and mechanic. And as Chihiro's training retreat by the seashore continues, the two of them put that shared passion into practice by building two bikes based on different philosophies, with the help of her old high-school friends, Eri and Tasuga - plus (or maybe minus) the help of Urd and Skuld!
Keiichi and the girls don’t waste anytime partying it up on their retreat to a small beach town. But now playtime is over, and it is time to get down to business. Chihiro brought everyone to her hometown take their first step to her dream and the whole reason she started her own garage, to make motorcycles.
Chihiro knows what kind of dream bike she wants to make and has a plan, but Keiichi is really put on the spot, as he hasn’t thought about it before. In classic Chihiro fashion, she decides Keiichi and her will separately build their dream machines and see who does the best job. This is going to be a bit of a tough job for Keiichi since he didn’t have a plan. Lucky for him, no one can say no to Belldandy when she asks them for something. Whether it be a snowmobile chassis, a motor, or any other parts they can find around town.
Of course, it would be unlike Urd and Skuld to quietly standby and watch. Once the competing bikes are done, Urd secretly modifies Chihiro’s bike and Skuld modifies Keiichi’s bike. Should be funny and not too dangerous considering Skuld’s tweaks are usually the most dangerous and Keiichi will be on that bike. Only problem is, the next morning Chihiro’s friend convinces them to ride each other’s bikes. Will they survive the secret modifications? Will Belldandy find out in time to save either of them?
Like many OMG fans out there, I picked up this volume and thought, ‘where’s the other half?’ This volume is definitely short in length, but not in quality writing. The way the author explores Keiichi and Chihiro’s desire to build a dream motorcycle is very well written. Keiichi’s, and really the author’s, love for motorcycles are nothing new to this series. However, the way the author describes the way Keiichi and Chihiro’s cycles ride, and the mechanical aspects behind them, is impressive. I don’t ride a motorcycle or have any real desire, but even I wanted to take the character’s places and feel what they feel.
On the flipside, some fans may not appreciate this story and feel cheated by the shortness of this volume. However, the art is still beautiful and the introduction of Chihiro’s sexy librarian-glasses wearing friend is a fun addition.