Whenever I start a long running series of posts, I like to do an Intro Post, at least if I think of it. I did an un-named Intro Post for my Malazan Book of the Fallen series and I did an actual Intro post for Survival Saturdays. An intro post allows me to talk about the subject as a whole before I start in on a book by book, or food by food, gritty battle for supremacy. So I shall sit down and type my thoughts for this upcoming manga series.
I was actually introduced to this series through the anime. It was a 5 part ova [each episode was 30minutes long] and I immediately bought the 2 dvd box set. Once I realized it was an ongoing manga, I began to slowly collect the volumes. Each volume was around $15 and for a young 20’s something guy trying to save for a house and other things that life required, it wasn’t something to splurge on.
Oh My Goddess! has 48 Volumes. However, the first 19 volumes actually comprise 20 volumes as the publisher, Dark Horse, was releasing whole volumes as they saw fit, not when a whole book hit Japan. It had to do with rights and whatnot. It was a lot more tricky back then, with more legaleeze and not so much money greasing the wheels of international love and brotherhood. * eye roll * But from Vol. 21 onward, the size was shrunk to what we think of as manga size and mirrored the book releases in Japan. It was a sad day when the books went down in size.
Fast forward 14 years. My reading of Eyeshield 21 was coming to a close. It was time to pick another series and since I owned up to Vol 35 of OMG, I decided to tackle that. Why have them on my shelf if I’m not going to read them? So I bought the last 13 volumes, now more affordably priced and things are taking off.
This manga ran from 1988-2014. The art will have changed and I’m going to try to showcase at least one page from each volume in each review. Some of the volumes are pretty slim so the review might not consist of much more than a synopsis and me whining about how little there is to the book. I figure this series will be read for all of 2018, as I know from experience that there are times I just don’t want to read manga. I know I’m not going to read a volume every week. I’m inviting burn out if I try that again. I would love to get back into a Manga Monday routine but that is going to take some forethought and planning. Probably use November and December to work out the mechanics of if it is viable.
And with ALL that blabbing out of the way (I skim posts this long when written by others, so I feel like I should be apologizing to you all)…
Here is a comparison of the first and last book:
While I will be listing each volume reviewed at the end of the current review, I will also be adding an OMG tag. Eyeshield 21 showed me that more than 10-15 links in a single review is just unwieldy and ugly.