Oh My Goddess
Volume 2

Author: Kosuke Fujishima
Artist: Kosuke Fujishima
Titan Books
RRP: 6.99, US $10.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 486 9
ISBN-10: 1 84576 486 2
Available 27 April 2007

Now that Keiichi and the Goddess in his life are the hot item on campus, they find themselves constantly putting out fires - mostly set by Keiichi's buddies in the N.I.T. Motor Club, who gently requisition his monthly living budget, make him test-ride a monster funnybike, and toss him on a beach retreat. After all this, Keiichi just wants to relax and watch some home video... expect this video (literally) introduces a second goddess into his life - Belldandy's "sophisticated" older sister, Urd...

Volume Two of Oh My Goddess sees more adventures for Kosuke Fujishima's characters. While this was turned into an anime show (Ah! My Goddess) Fujishima's original manga still remains one of my favourite collections.

All it took was one wrong number - now struggling student Keiichi Morisato has one more problem in his life: a goddess who has promised to stay with him... forever. With the N.I.T. Motorclub shaking Keiichi down everyday for change and Megumi eating the young couple out of house and home, it's time to get out there and earn some money.

Yes, Keiichi is skint, and desperate to ensure his sister has her own place - that way he will be free to make his romantic move on Belldandy. So he ends up accidentally agreeing to act as a naked life model for an art class. Not really relishing the fact that he has to strip off, Belldandy comes to the rescue and performs a spell so that Keiichi doesn't really have to strip off.

From modelling in an all-female art class to test-driving the latest breakneck dirt bikes... how far is Keiichi willing to go to prove himself a man to Belldandy?

And, when an adult video arrives unexpectedly in the mail, Keiichi's in for much more than he realises. As he watches the video, the beautiful woman on the TV screen suddenly leaps out into Keiichi's room. This mysterious woman is in fact Belldandy's older sister Urd, who has come to earth to sort things out - the System Force has inexplicably stopped working.

This collection also sees Keiichi so desperate to win the heart of Belldandy that he buys her a ring for way more money than he can afford. The result sees him taking odd jobs, including dressing as Game Rabbit (a strange cross between a rabbit and a tortoise) in a museum; doing some heavy labouring in a quarry and working with some very expensive software in an office. All of which he manages to mess up in some way.

This second volume finally has all the main characters in place so that Fujishima can now concentrate more on the comedic storylines, rather than introducing the characters - not that those introductions were handled clumsily, it's just that now the characters can settle down while the amusing storylines take over.

If you've never read a manga before, then this series will have you hooked. And if you are a serious manga fan then you will already have ordered this.

Darren Rea

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