Oh My Goddess 36
November 28, 2010
Kosuke Fujishima – Dark Horse – 2010 – 41+ volumes
Yes, it is still one of my favorites. Not in any absolutely fantastic way, but because it’s comfortable to read after all this time. I say it every time, but it bears repeating. You really do fall in love with the characters.
This was an interesting story about everyone losing their memories due to a Skuld device blowing up, and how they would react to one another and feel each other out if they didn’t know who even they were. They maintain most of their personalities, but they don’t know anything about themselves or others. They use clues, like the fact that the Goddesses have marks on their foreheads that mean they are somehow related (I had forgotten those were even there), that Megumi and Keiichi were the only ones with shoes that entered and left the temple, that Keiichi was likely the owner since the only guys’ room was clearly a single guys’ room and not that of a married man, stuff like that. Velsper shows up at one point to throw a wrench in the works, telling everyone that Belldandy is his wife and that Urd and Keiichi are together, stuff like that.
This storyline can only go towards a cute scene between Keiichi and Belldandy. It gets there. It’s not anything we haven’t seen before, but any romantic scene between those two is a small victory. Amazing, considering they are as comfortable together as any married couple save when it comes to romance.
Also, Keiichi is wearing a very unfortunate outfit through the entire volume.
It brought out the best in a lot of characters, and even a little bit of the worst in Belldandy. It was a lot of fun to read, and an unusual story in the context of the series despite the gimmick being such a cliche elsewhere. Again, not earth-shattering great, but wonderful when done with these characters. I miss Peorth.
Also, because I don’t review the other new volumes of the series (since I’ve already talked about them in the old format), volume 16 has the wonderful World of Elegance story, and also namedrops Judge Dredd in the back. Since catching up on years of the good Judge’s exploits is one of the reasons I haven’t been updating lately, I was happy to see his name come up for about the first and only time in the editor’s notes of a manga. And it was Oh My Goddess. YES. Though I would disagree about Urd making a good Judge. Romance is kind of her thing.