Oh My Goddess! Volume Eight 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.
A sad note: about an hour after I checked out this manga volume from the library, I sadly learned about the passing of Toren Smith, who had served as a translator for the Oh My Goddess! manga series.
The first story in this volume has Keiichi, the Motor Club, and the goddesses going to an old-fashioned mountain resort owned by Keiichi’s grandfather.
When they get there, they meet a character named Chieko Honda; she was named after an anime voice actress, who ended up voicing this character when this story was adapted for the anime. Another sad note: Ms. Honda passed away after a battle with cancer a couple of weeks before I read this volume.
Unfortunately, Aoshima makes an appearance in the next storyline. I’m personally not a fan of this character, and think that in the long run, he really doesn’t add much to the overall story. It turns out a young woman Keiichi knows is in love with Aoshima and wants to learn how to cook so she can make a bento for him. Belldandy takes the young woman under her wing, while Aoshima misunderstands the situation and tries to take advantage of the situation because of his misunderstanding.
Urd tries to meddle with Keiichi and Belldandy’s relationship, while Skuld wants to interfere in Urd’s plans. This storyline takes place at the beach, and it gave me a chuckle when Skuld’s invention is obviously named after the manga and anime series, Blue Submarine No. 6.
The final story sees Mara making another return to the series, this time bringing along a ninja master named Kodama. Fortunately, this character is nowhere near as annoying as the god named Senbei that Mara unleashed in Volume Seven.
Once again, this volume only includes the “Letters to the Enchantress” section; this time, only one page is devoted to any letters, while the remaining four pages are devoted to fan art. I miss Carl Horn’s commentary, but I suspect this is something that won’t be appearing in any more volumes of Oh My Goddess!
Oh My Goddess! is still an entertaining read, and I hope the series continues to be enjoyable as I continue progressing through it.