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Manga Review: Oh My Goddess! Volume Three by Kosuke Fujishima

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Oh My Goddess! Volume Three is a manga with the story and art by Kosuke Fujishima; it was published in North America by Dark Horse Manga. This review is for the second printing of this volume, which was released in 2006. 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.

One thing I noticed as I read this volume was that none of this material appeared in the Oh My Goddess! OVA anime. One of the big developments in Volume Three is the introduction of a new character named Toshiyuki Aoshima, a freshman at Keiichi’s school who has his eye on Belldandy. To top things off, Toshiyuki is cousins with Sayoko, a woman who is trying to get Keiichi away from Belldandy. Over the course of Volume Three the cousins work together to try to break up Keiichi and Belldandy.

As I’m reading through the manga, I’m starting to wonder why Keiichi’s sister was introduced to the series in the first place. While she played an important role in Volume One, she becomes relegated to a background character in Volume Three, and at times her appearances in this volume almost feel like an afterthought.

The Motor Club has a central role in Volume Three as well. During this volume, another recruitment effort is underway to add members to the club, and this is where Toshiyuki makes his entrance in the series. The final story arc in this volume involves a race that the Motor Club has put a lot of money into. In a couple of the early stories in the volume, the appearance of the members of the Motor Club feel a little forced. I find it kind of interesting that Fujishima felt it was more important to the Motor Club to make appearances in the story than Keiichi’s younger sister.

The end of this volume includes a “Letters to the Enchantress” section and an editor’s commentary; both of these features are written by Carl Gustav Horn, the editor of the series. Once again, Horn delivers the information and trivia included in his commentary in a way that it’s an enjoyable read. I would highly recommend reading Horn’s commentary in order to better understand and appreciate what they have read and seen in Oh My Goddess!

As I read future volumes of Oh My Goddess!, it will be interesting to see how the series progresses. Knowing that at the time I’m writing this review, there’s already over 40 volumes of Oh My Goddess!, it makes me very curious how Fujishima will be able to keep the story going.

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