Oh My Goddess! 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 2005. 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. At the beginning of the volume, he is left alone by his dormmates, and is expected to take phone messages for them while they’re out. A call comes in, and Keiichi takes a message. When he tries to call his dormmate to pass on a message, he accidentally dials the Goddess Relief Office.
A goddess named Belldandy suddenly appears before him, saying that she can grant one wish to Keiichi. He thinks it’s a prank set up by his dormmates, so he wishes for Belldandy to stay with him forever. When Belldandy tells Keiichi his wish has been granted, he becomes flustered; women are not allowed to be in his dorm. Suddenly, Keiichi’s dormmates return and see Belldandy, and she and Keiichi are both thrown out of the dorm.
Belldandy explains that the force of the wish works on him as well as on her. Basically, when something threatens to separate the two of them, a force will intervene to remove the threat. This force shows itself again and again in this volume as various obstacles get in their way. Belldandy also has some limited powers she can use as well to help out with situations that arise.
My first exposure to Oh My Goddess! actually came from watching the OVA anime series a few years back. Reading the manga, it’s been interesting for me to see how much was either changed or removed completely between the telling of the story in the two mediums. In some respects, I can see why some of the stories that appear in this volume were cut from the OVA, because they really don’t add much to Keiichi and Belldandy’s relationship.