The Devil in Miss Urd (Oh My Goddess! #11) ★★☆☆☆ (Manga Monday)

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Title: The Devil in Miss Urd
Series: Oh My Goddess! #11
Author: Kosuke Fujishima
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Genre: Manga
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback

 

Synopsis:

Kei, Bell and the gang all “win” a trip to a hotsprings. There, they run across Mara and they all decide to call a truce while on vacation. Of course, it is all a ruse by Mara to gain a strand of Urd’s hair, which she uses to make a clone of Urd. The clone is empty and needs a soul.

Mara kidnapps Urd and using junkstore equipment, separates her goddess half from her demon half. The demon half Mara sends into the clone and lets it loose. Belldandy realizes what is going on and knows that if one half of Urd’s soul perishes, the other will as well. So they can’t destroy Demon Urd, just try to subdue her. Goddess Urd gets free and with the help of Belldandy and Skuld, Urd is put back together again. Of course, there is an empty “Urd skin” lying around.

The book ends with a one shot story of Banpei the robot putting on the Urd skin and going around helping people.

 

My Thoughts:

This was amusing. Convoluted, silly and not well thought out, but amusing nonetheless.

I think my biggest problem with this series is that I constantly see the manga-ka undercutting himself in the longterm to get what he wants in the short term. Take Urd. She’s supposedly half-goddess and half-demon. Gods and Demons are supposedly the antithesis of each other, so how did she come about? And then it is revealed that even the Almighty couldn’t separate Urd’s two natures but we’re supposed to believe that imbecilic Mara can do it? It is just too evident that Fujishima is making things up as he goes and the inconsistancies are glaring.

Going to be talking to myself for a minute, so bear with it. This series is making me not want to read manga at all. I dread having to read this because it is so blah and this re-read has destroyed all my good memories of what I read before. The romance and humor that appealed to me when I was 24 has not matured along with me. I’ve outgrown this and cannot overlook the faults. And yet I paid for the whole 48 volumes. I feel like I’ve got a ball and chain wrapped around my neck and I’ve been tossed off the dock.

And when I put it as bluntly as that, I realize something. I don’t like this manga anymore and while I spent some good money on it, spending TIME on it will not justify the money. I need to cut my losses and just let it go. I am done with this series. Hopefully I can at least sell it on Craigslist and not lose all my money.

I think this final picture is appropriate. Goodbye Oh My Goddess! Only the anime ova shall live on in my memory. This manga has punished me enough.

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Sweet Belldandy. It wasn’t only Kei who was in love with you back then

★★☆☆☆

bookstooge (Custom)

 

 

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12 thoughts on “The Devil in Miss Urd (Oh My Goddess! #11) ★★☆☆☆ (Manga Monday)

  1. pcbushi says:

    It’s kinda funny how much anime and manga tend to be convoluted, silly, and poorly-thought-out yet still amusing.

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  2. savageddt says:

    Its a shame thos is what it has come too. Hope you get some form of cash back on selling these.

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  3. piotrek says:

    Well, I understand this decision, I don’t think I could go this far into the series at this point, and I also really liked it years ago… reading your review I was reminded of Nostalgia Critic’s heroic motto “I remember it so you don’t have to” 😉

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Man, that’s a great motto.

      And this series shows that sometimes re-reading isn’t all fun and games. Sometimes we change enough to make something fun and lovely be all blah now.

      I might have to go watch the ova just to get my love back for the whole idea of OMG…

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  4. Ah man, this is unfortunate but I can understand. Instead of COMPLETELY overwritting what’s left of your love for this series, it’s definitely a better decision to let go and leave the innocent memories alone. While it made you not want to read mangas anymore, will you make a return to it in the future, after maybe a long break from it? Cause.. from the sound of it, you might not be checking out anymore art-related stories for a while now (mangas and comics).

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I suspect a couple of weeks away from graphic related things should take care of it.

      I’ve got a Superman graphic novel that Bookwraith’s recommended that I’m hoping will wash the taste of “Doomed” (my last superman read) out of my mouth.
      I also want to check out some of my old Silver Sable comic books, which I haven’t touched in almost 20 years since she was cancelled.

      And finally, I do need to pick out another manga series to read. Shaman King is a top contender and my library has it all. But my own personal library is chock full of manga too. So I’m pretty spoiled for choices.

      I just hope I make the right one 😀

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  5. Such a shame you’ve outgrown it and cannot overlook the faults- but yeah I think it makes the most sense to cut your losses if you’re really not enjoying it.

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  6. […] had to bite the bullet in regards to the Oh My Goddess manga and just accept that I had moved on and it simply wasn’t palatable to me anymore. Going […]

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