By Kosuke Fujishima (Titan Books)
This is a classic example of a Japanese story genre which uses a fantasy framework and derives humour from embarrassment and loss of conformity. Nerdy student Keiichi Morisato dials a wrong number one night and connects to the Goddess Technical Help Line. Beautiful and powerful Belldandy materialises in his room, offering him one wish, and he geekily asks that she never leave him. This traps her on Earth, and in fact she is even unable to move too far from his physical proximity.
The college society he pledged to – the Nekomi Institute of Technology Motor Club – are a bunch of maniacs, always spending his money and getting him into trouble, his little sister is always nosing around, the campus queen, Sayoko, inexplicably has the hots for him, and to top it all, Belldandy’s sister Urd – an even more powerful goddess – has decided to make him her pet project.
This volume sees yet another milestone in Keiichi’s inevitable descent into madness, ulcers and baldness when not only the demonic and sexy Mara but Urd too attempts to sabotage Belldandy’s Valentine gift. Then the obnoxious younger sister Goddess Skuld moves in, almost ending the World with her Celestial programming glitches and accidentally turns the hapless boy into a Black Hole.
But nothing could prepare him for the cataclysmic events when wicked Urd turns full-on EVIL…
When you’re a lazy slacker who just wants a hassle free life, you should be careful what you wish for. This fifth collection of Kosuke Fujishima’s brilliant and beautiful comedy of errors is a frantic yet gentle miracle of quality entertainment that can’t fail to bring a smile to a jaded comic palate.
This book is printed in the ‘read-from-back-to-front’ manga format.
English language translation © 2007 Dark Horse Comics, Inc.