Article first published as Manga Review: Oh My Goddess! Volume Nine by Kosuke Fujishima on Blogcritics.
Oh My Goddess! Volume Nine is a manga with the story and art by Kosuke Fujishima, and it was published in North America by Dark Horse Manga. This review is for the second printing of this volume, which was released in 2008. There isn’t a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but after reading it, I would recommend Oh My Goddess! to manga readers who are 12 or 13 years of age and older.
The main character of Oh My Goddess! is Keiichi Morisato, a first year student at the Nekomi Institute of Technology. One day, he accidentally dials the Goddess Relief Office, and a goddess named Belldandy appears before him. She is able to grant one wish to Keiichi, and he wishes for Belldandy to stay with him forever.
Unfortunately, Keiichi and Belldandy aren’t alone for very long. Keiichi’s sister Megumi starts going to Keiichi’s school and is nearby, and Belldandy’s sisters Urd and Skuld move in with Keiichi and Belldandy. Urd tries to use various tricks and potions to get Belldandy and Keiichi closer together, while Skuld doesn’t want them to be a couple. Over the course of the series, other people try to break up Keiichi and Belldandy.
The first story arc in Volume Nine focuses on the small ninja that the demon Mara has ordered to cause trouble for Belldandy and Keiichi. One of the ninja was introduced right near the end of Volume Eight, and this story continues that story thread. This story ends up progressing and ending in a way that I’ve come to expect from the other stories where Mara has tried to interfere with Belldandy. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this story quite as much as the other stories that featured Mara as the main antagonist.
The next story sees Urd and Skuld being summoned back to the Heavenly Realm, leaving Belldandy and Keiichi by themselves temporarily. Belladandy falls ill, and Keiichi tries to figure out how to take care of a sick goddess. I found this story to be very amusing, especially when Keiichi is unable to decipher the code for Urd’s potions and takes them in order to figure out what each one does.
Urd gets a major storyline after she returns to Earth. Her ex-boyfriend, the Plum Tree Spirit, makes an unexpected appearance on Earth and tries to win her back after he was the one who had dumped her; unfortunately, the Plum Tree Spirit has a hidden agenda for this reunion. Thanks to the Plum Tree Spirit’s bad singing and his character traits, this ended up being my favorite story arc to appear in Volume Nine.
In the next story, Keiichi unexpectedly finds himself in charge of the N.I.T. Motor Club, and discovers there’s a race that the two regular officers had wanted the club to participate in. With help from the other club members and Belldandy, Keiichi is able to make all of the arrangements and get everything ready for the race. While this was an enjoyable enough story arc, I didn’t think it was quite as strong as the story with the Plum Tree Spirit or the story about Belldandy becoming ill.
The final story arc in Volume Nine sees a young woman named Shiho Sakakibara approaching Keiichi, saying she can sense that he has been possessed, and insists that she can drive the spirits out of him. The young woman won’t take no for an answer, and her efforts to help Keiichi have humorous results. This was another story arc in Volume Nine that was a lot of fun to read.
Overall, Volume Nine of Oh My Goddess! is an enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to reading Volume 10 to see what happens next for Keiichi and Belldandy.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Oh My Goddess! Volume Nine that I checked out through the King County Library System.