Oh My Goddess! Volume Seven 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 2007. 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.
Oh My Goddess! is a manga series about a loser named Keiichi Morisato, who accidentally contacts the Goddess Relief Office when he’s trying to get in touch with one of his dormmates. The goddess Belldandy ends up staying with Keiichi, and the manga follows their developing relationship and the various obstacles that try to get in the way.
During the series, Belldandy’s two sisters, Urd and Skuld, also come to Earth and end up staying with Keiichi and Belldandy. Urd has a bit of a mischievous and “evil” streak, while Skuld has a lot of technological know-how and likes to build things.
This volume has a strong emphasis on Skuld, through mishaps she inadvertently causes through her inventions. First, Skuld knocks over a love potion that Urd created, and creates a device to clean up the spilled potion. After returning the potion to its container, Skuld thinks it looks a little low. Skuld attempts to “fix” the potion, but this ends up causing problems.
Later in the volume, Skuld creates Mini-Banpei RX, a robot that is supposed to help protect them from Mara, a demon trying to cause trouble for Belldandy. When Belldandy makes a booster circuit for the robot, the robot falls in love with her. Hijinks ensue for Keiichi and the others.
Speaking of Mara, she makes an appearance in this volume. She unleashes Senbei, a god trapped in a soda bottle who is the god of poverty and disaster. Mara attempts to use Senbei to bring unhappiness to Belldandy. Unfortunately, I thought Senbei came across as a rather annoying character, especially through the style of his dialogue. I really hope this is a character that I’ll never have to see again in Oh My Goddess!