Wrong Number (Oh My Goddess! #1) ★★★★☆ (Manga Monday)

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Title: Wrong Number
Series: Oh My Goddess! #1
Author: Kosuke Fujishima
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Manga
Pages: 160
Format: Paper copy

 

Synopsis:

Keiichi Morisato dials the wrong number from his dorm room and ends up on the Goddess Hotline. Thinking it is a joke by his seniors, he wishes that the young woman who appears before him be his girlfriend forever. Belldandy is a real goddess and Keiichi’s wish comes true. He and Bell are now part and parcel.

This leads to many hijinks, as the Ultimate Power does whatever it has to to keep them together.

Belldandy becomes a student at Nekomi Tech, where Keiichi is learning to become a mechanic/engineer/something. Suddenly, Keiichi has gone from Zero to Hero with the beautiful Belldandy at his side. Sadly, it’s not all fun and games as jealously rears it head.

But between Keiichi just being a nice guy and Belldandy actually loving him and being a goddess, they’ll work things out. But can Keiichi keep everyone from finding out that Bell is a goddess? And when the book ends, his little sister has just moved in with them.

 

My Thoughts:

This was just pure fun. It was light and fluffy and romantic and pretty much what every single guy wants to happen to him. Back in the day, this hit my romantic spot right on target, as I was short, thought I was a really nice guy and knew a couple of young ladies who I thought were goddesses.

Now, being married for just under a decade, this was still just as fun. I laughed out loud several times. Being written by a guy, about a guy, I think this will appeal to males more? It is really tough to tell though. I’d certainly recommend at least reading this book to check out if you like the over-arching idea.

The art is a little rough, but in the kind of way that gives it character and uniqueness, not in a slap-dash kind of way where it seems the manga-ka was drunk that day and couldn’t be bothered. The piece I’ve included here is a great representative of the art style for this volume. Bell and Kei sitting on the roof of their temple/home. I’m going to try to include a sample from each volume so you can see the evolution of the art style as Fujishima grows more into his role as a mature manga-ka.

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I LIKE black and white manga. It just works for me.

It is episodic. This was written chapter by chapter and released in a weekly or monthly magazine in Japan. Darkhorse just published the chapters in one book and there aren’t clear dividing lines at all between chapters. In fact, there aren’t chapters at all. Which can make it feel almost whiplash’y as you jump from one adventure straight into another. But hang on and you’ll have a good time. A lot of info is thrown at you, such as Keiichi being at a tech school, having a sister, etc, etc, but it is never overwhelming. Belldandy is the bell of the manga and she always takes center stage.

I am really glad this was so fun.

★★★★☆

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12 thoughts on “Wrong Number (Oh My Goddess! #1) ★★★★☆ (Manga Monday)

  1. I never imagined mangas did the whole chapter by chapter release and then get collected in a single volume like comics do nowadays. I’ve always imagined they were done by volume and release by volume. That was an interesting bit of info about manga-ka. Sounds like a nice series, and I also love the artwork. Very reminiscent of classic mangas. There’s a more modern style that seems too odd for me (even more observable in animes).

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  2. I thought I knew this one but I must have mixed it up with another story…
    It does sound really cute and like every young guy’s dream 😀 Probably nothing for me. But I do like the drawing.
    I haven’t read a manga in so many years. I think the last one was Dragonball Z and I was still going to school. I was in a real anime/manga craze back then.

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  3. I was just eyeballing this last night! It popped up while I was pricing The Ancient Magus Bride. I wasn’t sure though. I think I will add it to the list for future note 🙂 I have a few series I am working on and man, manga drains my funds haha.. some of them are neverending!

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    1. I know what you mean about neverending. I’ll no longer read an ongoing series for fear it will turn into the next Bleach or One Piece. One Piece vol 84 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) just came out yesterday. I’m sorry but that is plain ridiculous. End the story, tell another.
      Even OMG I wouldn’t have seriously considered if I hadn’t already owned so many. Buying that many, yeah, not happening from scratch.

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