Oh My Goddess 35
August 10, 2010
Kosuke Fujishima – Dark Horse – 2010 – 41+ volumes
That “Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga” used this series as its inspiration to do better saddened me a little, because this really isn’t that bad. It’s formulaic, but it’s way less trashy than similar series, and the characters are easy to get attached to. It’s true there are lots of stereotypes at work here, but they’re easy to forgive because they’re twenty years old and less common at this point, and also because it’s easy to pass off some of the bigger offenses as “groundbreaking” and pretend that all those other series copied this one. Which is true to some extent, but I’m sure this still borrowed from what was available at the time.
The stories are still very sweet though. This volume finishes up the Skuld/Sentaro story from the last volume. It’s sentimental, but I think the buildup was better than the conclusion, especially since the conclusion features the usual Urd/Skuld fight and a typical cop-out of the sad situation. It’s still been my favorite story of the past several volumes, though.
Later, there’s a semi-haunted camera. Sort of. It’s really just a camera with personality that won’t take pictures of anything except beautiful women. It’s interesting that in both this story and the Skuld one earlier, the Goddesses are using their powers over time, something that doesn’t often happen, so maybe things are starting to take more of a turn. Belldandy uses her powers of the present to develop old film, saying the pictures are moments in time that have been captured, and she simply needs to trace them back and make them clear. Ultimately, the story doesn’t directly involve any of the characters (though we do briefly get to see the long-gone Aoshima), but the meandering mysteries that lead to out-of-the-way places, frequently with happy endings, are part of why I enjoy this series so much. Stopping to smell the roses is what it does best, so much so that I forget that the main couple is still embarrassingly awkward around each other.
There’s one more story at the end focusing on Megumi. She keeps getting dumped by her boyfriends for being Megumi Morisato, biker chick. She’s drunk and sad about this, but it’s unclear where things will go from there. That’s a story for next volume.
Yup, still the same old Oh My Goddess. After a couple disappointing volumes earlier in the 30s, I’m happy that the last few have returned to all the things that make me like this series so much.