Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Oh my god! vol. 2 by Natsuho Shino review

Oh my god! vol.2

Author/Artist: Natsuho Shino

Publisher: Deux Press

Rating: OT – ages 16 and above

Genre: Shonen-Ai, Comedy, Supernatural

Grade: A-

*** Review originally appeared at The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society at http://liheliso.com/buzz/. Check it out! ***

Yuto Hikami has his hands full. He comes from a family of sorcerers, but believes that the magic ran out a long time ago. The reason he has his hands full you ask? Well… at home he lives with an amnesiac god he named Jade and an agoraphobic water god named Rin. It turns out that Yuto is actually very powerful, but he’s not aware of it yet.

In Oh my god! vol. 2 our trio of magical misfits seems to attract trouble wherever they go. First they deal with possessed glowing red beads. Plus there seem to be forces outside the human realm that seem to know who Jade might be and know of Yuto’s power as well. Not only are there weird things going on around them but there is another mysterious stranger that looks familiar to Yuto, but he has no idea who this man might be.

But these three (plus Rin’s guardian spirit, Kyo aka Crowley) continue to get in trouble at home too. Rin and Jade continue to fight over who gets to have Yuto’s attention, all while Yuto remains blissfully unaware. Who are these mysterious forces at work behind the scenes? It seems there is a storm brewing on the horizon.

Deux Press has done it again! They’ve licensed a great series that grabs you by the nose and get you hooked. As of October 15, 2008 mangaupdates.com claims that there are currently two volumes out, but it is an ongoing series in Japan. The ending is a cliffhanger and it leaves you wondering what is going to happen next, so it better be continued over here as well! Not only do you get the main story, there are a few short shojo one-shots.

This is a great continuation on the first volume. There is the very light shonen-ai aspect of the story, but if you are looking for something hot and heavy, you’ll need to look elsewhere. But I don’t recommend it. Even though the boys love aspect of the story is light it is still worthy of your time. It is funny. You’ll definitely burn some calories while reading this manga. Shino-sensei’s art is a great addition to the story. Everyone is extremely attractive and they still have great hair. There is even the appearance of a character featured in another of sensei’s series (Mr. Kurashina from Kurashina Sensei’s Passion-which has been licensed here in the states by a publisher other than Deux, but it was caught up in the Biblos/Libre licensing mess that I won’t bore you with the details).

I highly recommend this volume/series to anyone! It is rated OT so a larger audience can enjoy this title. Check it out, don’t make me send angry gods after you!

***Review Copy provided by Publisher***
***Reposted with permission from The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society***

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