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  1. 4 points
    I asked my 13 year old daughter to draw me Belldandy, this is what she posted: And apparently, according to her, that was just a mindless warm-up sketch. Stay tuned.
  2. 4 points
    Couldn't decide if i posted this here or in the art gallery. Since it's SS related, here it goes. I did not make this drawing. It was made on request by EastCoastCanuck user, from DevianArt. Cookies for those who can immediately tell which scene this belongs to.
  3. 4 points
    From Pixiv. Belldandy doing her best ^_^ impression, it would seem.
  4. 4 points
    Well, looks like it's official. Kodansha has greenlighted a third OAD that will be distributed with the next volume of the tankouban, volume 46. While this is probably the first of many announcements for the 25th anniversary of the series, it's simply the first that we've became aware of. Please note that there is no infomration available as to what the new anime production will cover. Feel free to speculate on what the episode will be about and as more information is revealed, this original post will be updated with new information as well as with information relating to the online release. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-11-21/aa-megami-sama-gets-new-original-anime-dvd OVA Episode 3 (2013): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPmxzBEC0F8 HQ Download: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=470999
  5. 4 points
    Since receiving requests for it,I've completed one more pinup for Hild.Hope you all like it..
  6. 3 points
    Riiight... Scarred survivors season 1 finale... Peorth entering Tyr's chamber. Have another one in the works, but it will only be posted when a brave soul discover where that door model comes from... The runes in the door mean "Tyr" and "Ansuz" btw...
  7. 3 points
    1/6 scale, 11in./27cm. character doll, custom hybrid of OBITSU corp. doll body mated with late-1990's TAKARA/HOBBY BASE Belldandy doll head;
  8. 3 points
    Shady phone camera, i know... Just something i made for you guys, since i'm on duty and had a wet piece of paper and a pencil on my hands. Done in 15min, with a dirty eraser and bad lightining... Added a beard 'cause i can't image a Seal without beard. Deal with it. If you guys are interested can make a real attempt during the weekend, when i'm home and have dry paper and decent pencils at my disposal. That, ofc, is gonna cost you tasty spoilers.
  9. 3 points
    Let's see if I can't keep you occupied. On IdiAmeanDada's prompting, I did some more horrible fanart for the story. This is for a scene in one of the later chapters, so I'll just leave it here without any context.
  10. 3 points
    Normally I hate celebrity news and think that anything related to it decreases your IQ just by reading or listening to it, but it's somewhat relevant to this site. From this article from Anime News Network. I had to admit, I was sort of surprised to learn that Fujishima himself wasn't married up to this point. Not sure why, but I sort of just assumed that he was and that his wife stayed out of the limelight. Regardless, seems Fujishima got married to a cosplayer named Nekomu Otogi earlier today (she's apparently famous, but then, I've never paid much attention to that 'scene' to begin with). The, er, interesting thing about this is the age gap between them: Nekomu is 20 and Fujishima is 51. I have to admit that makes me rather uncomfortable, but hey, I guess it's good the guy's at least taking responsibility for knocking her up. Congrats to the both of them.
  11. 3 points
    Some of our members are aware that I've become stricken with a nasty viral infection of unknown origin. The particulars aren't important but that someone had asked if I made preparations on what to do with the site should anything happen to me. While we do receive regular donations from some of our members, I have opted to renew our domain name for the next two years, instead of the customary yearly domain renewal that I had previously committed to over the past ten years. Considering that our hosting fees are placed on subscription level (this is something that I set up with Paypal where our hosting pays are paid automatically), we should be fine for the next two years, in the event that something happens. Suffice it to say that I plan on sticking around for a long time to come and that this community will will continue to exist as long as our member support it.
  12. 3 points
    Also factor in that they don't have to pay rent or a mortgage on their lodgings (which would be a huge deal in any Japanese city). That, combined with the fact that the goddesses barely need to eat or drink (Belldandy has stated that she doesn't physically require food and doesn't eat often, since she considers it "disrespectful" to eat something when it doesn't nourish you) and they conjure their own clothing with magic. That's three basic neccessities of life that the goddesses get for free, or close to it. With both Keiichi and Bell working, that's basically a whole extra paycheck every time. We've never really seen Bell spend too much on herself, but even if she did, she could easily sock away a lot of extra cash fairly quickly. The only thing the goddesses seem to use would be the utilities - they all bathe, and Urd and Skuld probably make up a bulk of the electric bill (Urd with the TV, and Skuld with her inventing.)
  13. 3 points
    It's nice to have those that have knowledge about the Japanese market posting in this thread. It grounds speculation a bit more that way, obviously. That said, I do think that the question really isn't "Can Mr. Fujishima continue making stories for the series?" but rather "Will sales plateau or even decline in the future?" This is what everyone's been getting at, of course, but I think it bears repeating that's going to be our final decision as to whether the series continues. I think vanagandr is quite right that the way Fujishima is positioning things does seem like he could be preparing for a possible cancellation as it would still be ending on a major plot point (i.e. Keiichi and Belldandy's marriage). Even if it seems that Japanese corporate culture, apparently, doesn't favor reinventing the wheel I think that we're still seeing a slight branching out of the material. This is a new direction for the manga and I think that it might very well be slight experimentation to see how things go sales-wise. There's been a lot of buildup to it and it marks an important moment for the characters. I think around 72,000 copies would probably be a good number for a series that's 20+ years old. It signifies to the audience that the story has the potential to go in new directions so it might be an attempt to bait readers back into the franchise. I'm admittedly not very well versed in anime or manga, but I'd think that since Oh My Goddess! has had the longevity it has, it'd strike me that this next step is a big deal. They're one of the media's most long standing couples, I'd imagine. I just hope that, if cancellation isn't in the future, then Fujishima doesn't put us back to the status quo once again and that K1 and Bell tying the knot isn't going to be dropped. They deserve to have an emotionally and physically mature relationship by now, I'd reckon. Certainly, too, there are stories left to tell. As Avinash said, marriage doesn't necessarily denote an end. Hild's sure to be a bit mad about being forced to eat crow regarding the success of the two at the Judgment Gate and passing Tyr's test; even if the series were to end around the time they exchange vows, I'd bet Hild will try to disrupt in some way or reveal some kind of plan (as was mentioned). Then there's the issue of a kid or kids. I don't know if it's that big of a deal actually; I can't see Belldandy or Keiichi pressuring one another for them so long as Keiichi's mortality is left unresolved. Nor do Keima or Takano seem like the type who'd pressure their to have grandchildren considering how unorthodox they are. I think if push comes to shove, Keiichi would choose godhood over leaving Belldandy alone for the rest of eternity, but it might take some extraordinary circumstances to get him to do so. That's definitely arc-worthy for sure.
  14. 3 points
    Fan art found on pixiv.net: http://www.pixiv.net...ust_id=27088685

    © Fujishima Kousuke (original character), 猫ちゃん (image)

  15. 2 points
    Wait a sec. Let me get this straight. Hold on. So..the guy was married and divorced in 2014. He has a child from this marriage. Ok He re-married with the 20 years old girl he got pregnant in 2016. Which means that he had an affair for 15 yrs during the time he was still married with a third woman. This i understand is the woman whom he promised to marry after he got the divorce. (and got his plans screwed when the 2nd girl got pregnant.) This is the woman whom he misled with promises for 15 years, only to dump her without many explanations when he had to run away with a 20yrs old chick. And you don't think that screws over a person? You think that is something as mundane as 2 highschool lovers breaking up? Unless i got some fact wrong...you're saying a guy who has an affair for 15 years while still legally married and empregnated a third woman who could very well pass for his daughter to boost, has any understanding of "ethics and values"? Are you saying this man is "family-oriented" when it comes to values? That he "stepped u p to the plate", like he was a brave, righteous man? Like...really? Am i the only one reading this? Are you actually putting this guy as a victim here? The 20 year old girl who got pregnant is a gold digger for me, and the woman who spent 15 years with him being fed of promises of marriage after his divorce is naive, at the very best. But him? There's a lot of words that might fit with the kind of person he is, and none of them is safe for this forum.
  16. 2 points
    Truth to be told, I'm not so sure about who's exactly the victim here, but there's a lot going on to make a manga out of it. To begin with, we're not talking about a woman who just showed up out of nowhere, but someone who's been in a relationship with him for 15 years. And not only that, but said man just went ahead and married someone entirely different because he apparently got her pregnant. While I may not know all the details about this story (nor I care, as I hate celebrity gossip stories), I can't quite say that this is merely the woman's fault. Also, Mr Fujishima's attempts to hide the fact that he was even married seems kinda weird to me. Almost as if he knows that part of what he's doing is problematic, and merely tries to cover it up. Again, this isn't my place to condemn anyone from a moral point of view, but at the same time, that's what happens when someone bites more than he can chew. Of course, that's just me, and in the end it's a ongoing legal dispute that's going to get settled regardless of our opinion, but I can't quite say that I'm terribly sympathetic to Mr. Fujishima on this occasion.
  17. 2 points
    Grayfox, that is, in all honesty, an amazing analysis based off what happened to the others. Thank you for sharing. Also, some additional good news: The next chapter is currently in the beta and has undergone the first round of edits. Hopefully we'll have the chapter up in the next day or two. Thanks for the patience, guys.
  18. 2 points
    It's about time I started participating in these fanfic forums. I'm looking forward to checking out some of the great content everyone has been creating for the community. Will post my comments on your work, @HotelKatz.
  19. 2 points
    That feeling when a new chapter is released and you're about to leave for work...and you're already running late....and you have this great idea of locking yourself in the bathroom, claiming to have diarrhea, just so you can quickly read SS on your smartphone... Oh god... The things i do to read this fic. Anyway, on with the review-thingy already. I sometimes hate how painfully slow things happen around here. Which sucks, because it's also one of the things i like most about SS. Sooooo....seems my crystal-ball is not that off-tuned. It does seems as some sort of mega-operation is happening from the Matrix side. But why? It can't be a coincidence. I don't think it has anything to do with Hagall. My radar is poiting it has something to do with Stuart-little, and Aiko, in consequence...Hmmm Almost like the demons are trying to "protect their investment" or something of the kind. I dunno. Something is off here. Urd must know why all the John's Smith's are there, and since i'm ruling out it being a coincidence...the thing is, Urd is not acting angry, offended, heck, not even surprised that the Demon Convention is taking place. If it IS indeed something related to Stuart-Aiko, then Urd fucking knows that her raping had demonic influence in the background. And she never told anyone. Not Belldandy. Not Aiko. Not Keiichi. Almost like "hey, what can i do? What were you expecting? Demons are supposed to be mean, it's what they do" style... Which would be a veeeeery douche move from Urd's part, since she got ready to start Ragnarok when something similar happened to her sister... Let's see. Also, think it's the first time i've seen Urd being so...how to put it...careless. Taking Deb for a harmless person is going to be the death of her pretty soon, in a manner of speaking. Unless she only said that to have Mara off her back, and is planning to do the investigation on Deb herself. Still, she's leaving plenty of clues for a detective like Deb to sniff her out. Deb already started making questions (all the time she was texting on the car and whatnot...she already started inquirying who the sisters are..and is intrigued by the answers someone from her work provided her with.) Deb: soooo...Urd, how was your evening? Urd: oh, it was alright. Spent all day sleeping in my bedroom. Very relaxing. Deb. I see. (already did a check and has cameras tapes of Urd and a blond woman drinking by the pool. That or managed to find about the bar bill of a whole afternoon drinking expensice whiskey.) Point is, something is going to happen because Deb is bound to ask, and Urd is probably going to lie about it. Moving on. God dammit, with all the childness going around, i'm starting to root for Deb. Ok, ok, so Bell is traumatized by 10 years of abuse, but Jesus fucking god, she's still some centuries old! And acts like a 19 years old around her highschool boyfriend and cheerleader "friend". Heck! You guys are really going to have to come up with some redeeming aspect of Belldandy, because, the way i see things, Deb is a MUCH better match to Keiichi than Belldandy! She's more stable, doesn't bring a shit ton of problems and drama with her, doesn't need an older sister tagging along to keep her on the line, never tried to choke him during sex, has a job, is intelligent, doesn't level the house when she gets angry and is a MORTAL who can atually age with him and have kids with him. Ok, so she left Keiichi before, but it's not like he was being "husband-of-the-year" material to her anyway. Throw in a few excuses, a night well spent and the rest is history! On the other side, Belldandy has provided Keiichi nothing but drama ever since the first moment she arrived in his life. Like i said i don't know how many pages ago, i would say Belldandy needs to get her head out of her ass and get better soon, or she's going to loose the man she loves. And it's all going to be HER fault. So Keiichi is really a wimp! Yey for a character flaw!!! I'm totally with Aiko on that one. He has some nerve to be angry about their (Bell and Deb's) attitudes when he's the one encouraging and justifying them in the first place. Wanna see how exactly he's going to tell Belldandy what happened between him and Deb and then how he is going to tell Deb that what happened between them was a mistake. Because ALL of that requires some "manning up" from Keiichi's part. Something he has never EVER done since the start of SS. If he did, maybe he would have adressed Urd already. Nope. Can't see Keiichi creating balls and assuming his position anywhere soon. Nope. Especially when he has the excuse of "being there for Aiko" (even if Aiko already told him she can face Stuart by herself) and not wanting to create a scene and/or upsetting everybody on such an important date. Which will probably lead to Deb being the one to break the news to Belldandy in a fit of rage over something. I wonder if it's going to be at the same time she's going to throw in her face the fact that Belldandy (and Urd) don't really "exist"... or exist in the other side of the world...where there's proabably a "missing person" sign under her ex-husband's name... Sweet times ahead. EDIT: i forgot about the fish. I would never think that demons find fish sacred. Maybe it's because i can't bear to think of people killing cows for beefs, but i'm quite ok with people fishing. A cow seems so much...sacred than a fish XD. But yea, fish comes from water, water brings life, i see where the demons are coming from.
  20. 2 points
    Tell me about it. In the first chapter of the manga series, Keiichi is seen smoking a cigarette but that Fujishima-san stepped away from that obvious character flaw. Plus, starting with the second chapter, which is Belldandy's true first appearance in the series, it's obvious that the portrayal of their kindergarten-style romance seemed to be aimed at bringing more younger fans, teenagers, into picking up on the manga series and why the two never seemed to get to the kissing stage. I've talked about this at length, about how this series to be fashioned after the Doris Day Show and Bewitched, both shows that broadcast on American television during the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's, when the most broadcasters could get away with was a couple holding hands or a married couple kissing each other on the cheek. Back then, it was also taboo among television broadcasters to show a married couple sleeping in the same bed. This was why you always saw such shows as I Love Lucy, Gilligan's Island, The Honeymooners, I Dream of Jeannie and other similar shows with the married couple sleeping in separate beds. This was mainly due to the broadcast censors, who rarely let anything besides hand-holding be broadcast on television. This has been an area of confusion among fans of the anime and manga series, who grew frustrated because Keiichi and Belldandy's relationship never seemed to evolve or mature beyond hand-holding and I suspect that the introduction of Urd was a way of trying to test those waters. I suppose that someone must have complained which might explain the introduction of Skuld as a plot device to prevent Keiichi from getting too friendly with Belldandy. The manga series actually debuted in September 1988 and it was published bi-monthly in Kodansha's monthly Afternoon magazine. My guess is that when Fujishima-s artwork started to improve, Kodansha decided to start promoting the manga more often in their magazine, which is why it started to get published monthly. I'm thinking that the manga series took a year or two of this type of publication before it was promoted to a monthly status. Back then, Fujishima-san's artwork was very rough but eventually, you can see his style of drawing manga evolve over time. Dark Horse Comics would begin publishing the manga in 1994. Note: If anyone is wondering why I refer to anime producers and manga creators with the 'san' title, it's because it's offered as a sign of respect. When a friend to the community saw I wasn't doing that, she asked I started posting that way because it's shown as respecting the Japanese. While I don't use the title when using their full name, I do employ that technique when I just use their last name.
  21. 2 points
    Fans have been creating fan fiction for Oh My Goddess dating as far back as the late 1990's, back when Dark Horse Comics was publishing the manga series in a comic book style format (only a select few of us are aware of the publishing format for manga back during the 1980', 1990's and early 2000's. Back then, every publisher released manga in a 32-40 page comic book format. Manga published as TPB's really wasn't a desire and it was Tokyopop who only published manga in TPB's, along with the manga publisher, Seven Seas. It wouldn't be until around 2004-2005 when publishers would ditch that format and start publishing manga in TPB form. I remember when the first comic book copy of Appleseed Book 1 Volume 1 was fetching for $35-50. Even though price guides didn't value manga that high, comic dealers started to clue into that fact. Even Oh My Goddess #1 was fetching for around $15-25. Eventually, monthly price guides periodicals started recognizing that there was a collectors market for comic book formatted manga titles. I just remember when fan fiction back in those early days was an underground community and there's a lot of classic Oh My Goddess fan fiction that most fans aren't aware of. I'll see what I can do about posting links to some of them.
  22. 2 points
    Sup guys, this is the mastermind speaking. So yeah, I've been to this forum before in the past, but left a few years ago. Only really got back into Oh! My Goddess after browsing through fanfics on FFnet and well, stumbled upon this one. I was really taken with the fanfic, so I decided to make a trope page for it seeing as it lacked both a review on the site, and I do truly believe the story is good enough to warrant its own page. Seeing as making pages for fanfics on tvtropes is a completely free action, I said why not. I do apologize if I got some things wrong while picking tropes. Do feel free to edit the page however you like. I after all, made it all on my own without any checking or editing from anyone else so it is bound to have mistakes. I don't mind if you even remove some entries. I made it because I really think the story should have one. It is just that good in my eyes. I plan to add tabs that keep track of the awesome/heartwarming/funny/tearjerking/nightmarish parts of the story. Many people like to read those too as well. So yeah, hi there.
  23. 2 points

    From the album IdiAmeanDada's gallery

    Found this on Pinterest of all places.
  24. 2 points
    Keiichi Morisato had had a long hard day at his motorcycle workshop, K1's Customs. He had hoped to be a bit home early from work, but there had been so many unexpected orders that day that by the time he and his staff had finished with them, it was almost ten pm in the night, and he felt beat. Tired. As he rode home in his beemer, he was looking forward to a nice hot bath, and a little chat with his dear wife of ten years Belldandy before calling it a night. No matter how tired he was, he always had time for his dear love, no matter what. They had been married for ten years, and yet it was as if they had just been married. The number of precious times they spent together far outnumbered the bad times. He got home to the modest house he shared with Belldandy. It was now half past eleven, and very quiet, except for a light in his and Bell's room. She always waited up for him, no matter what...and no matter how many times he told her not to....she always said (with a gentle smile) that it was her job as a goddess , and as his wife.... And with such pleasant thoughts...he got into the house, unprepared for the surprise awaiting him there... Belldandy Morisato had spent the whole morning as usual doing the wifely things that she did every day'....wake up before morning, have breakfast ready for her Mr Keiichi (she still called him that after ten years of marriage) , eat breakfast with her beloved, kiss him goodbye, and clean the house.After cleaning up, she decided to relax with a ladies magazine which had arrived in the post that morning. Now, as she turned the magazine, she saw some pictures of some lovely lingerie in the magazine. Now, Bell-chan was a very modest lady, but seeing those pictures reminded her of Keiichi's old ero-mags which he used to keep when he was a student...and which had long since gone, as Keiichi said he no longer needed them now that he had her. The lingerie in the magazine looked so lovely, that Belldandy could not resisit trying it on...so using her goddess powers, she did some subatomic particle rearranging, and after several tries had a result that she was pleased with. She decided to surprise her hardworking Mr Keiichi, who always worked so hard, and never asked for any special gift, but gave her so much, including his love...that night with the results of her experiments A phone call form her Keiichi later that afternoon telling her that he would be very late due to a lot fo work did not diminish her ardour....and so the rest of the day passed queitly. That night, she went to their room, did some rearranging...and quietly sat down to wait.. She heard the door open, and the quiet footsteps of her Keiichi, as he came to her room...and opened the door... Keiichi opened the door...and said,"Good evening lo- and stopped , silent in shock and awe... His beloved Belldandy had always looked beautiful to him. He always told her that....but tonight...she looked especially stunning.She wore a white bikini, with white underwear...with the shape of a heart in front, and her feet were encased in two cute looking boots. And she sat under a canopy, looking somewhat bashfully down, and managing to look innocent and ....not so innocent at the same time. Keiichi Morisato was silent for what seemed to him like an eternity, but in reality was a few seconds as he looked at his beautiful wife...and Goddess...and then he said...in a very hoarse voice..all tiredness vanished from his body in an instant. 'Belldandy'.. And Belldandy looked up at her beloved and said, tenderly....Mr Keiichi.....
  25. 2 points
    As reported on ANN, the perpetually 17-year-old Kikuko Inoue, who voiced Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess, is appearing in an ad campaign with her real life 18-year-old daughter Elecom's new "stereo headphones perfect for anime music." In the ads the two are dressed as high school girls. If you click through the link, I think you will find that the 52-year-old teenager is not very easy to identify in the pictures. It took me a couple looks to figure out which of the two was the legitimate teenager and which was the mom. If it is that hard to tell which is which, she can continue to call herself "forever 17" for as long as she likes!
  26. 2 points
  27. 2 points
    Those are good ideas, Nena. Admittedly, I didn't put much details in because I wasn't sure who'd be used for the commentary. But here are the changes. I'll improve it over the weekend.
  28. 2 points
    Hello. I just wanted to say that I stumbled across Ah! My Goddess for the first time this past May, and I immediately fell in love with the series (which is amazing itself considering I've never been a fan of anime before). I watched both seasons of the TV show, the movie, and part of the OVA series, but my favorite is still the TV show. After researching more about AMG, I was shocked to learn how long the manga series had been published, though I haven't read any of it. I know it's unlikely, but I pray that we get a miracle and Hideaki Gohda gathers the cast & crew back together (as much as possible) to make a new season (or two). I'm eager to see more of Belldandy's and Keiichi's life together. It sounds like there is plenty of additional source material in the manga to bring to life in another anime season (or several more seasons). It doesn't really matter how old the first two seasons are because true fans of AMG will remain fans and the more time that passes, the more new people like myself discover AMG for the first time and become fans for life. I wish there was some way to contact Gohda-san to express how much the fans, like myself, appreciate the amazing work on the first 2 AMG seasons and our hope for future seasons no matter how long it takes. It would be a nice surprise for a future AMG anniversary or something like that. No matter the chances, I'll never stop hoping that the series will continue.
  29. 2 points
    Actually, I don't think that she spent any of her money since she started working on Whirlwind. Keiichi's the one who pays for everything, and given that the goddesses aren't really eating anything (aside from a few things like ice cream, sake and tea), it's likely that Belldadny simply hasn't used any of her savings at all. So, after a year or two, she should've saved up enough money to buy Keiichi his rather expensive gift
  30. 2 points
    Personally, I'd start from scratch, with adapting the manga series into a new anime series. Or, building on what has already been produced, I'd go back and adapt the chapters that were originally skipped over and adapt those previous chapters. But, I'd definitely make sure that the series was adapted faithfully from the manga series.
  31. 2 points

    From the album Belldandy Nornir's Daily Life

    Belldandy attended a IT conference in Taiwan.

    © CC-BY-NC

  32. 2 points
    Straight from Anime News Network. Seems that Dark Horse Comics announced on Saturday at Anime Expo that they're going to release 15 omnibus editions of Oh My Goddess! with "larger art size, improved paper [quality] and more color art inserts." Even if we might not get the Blu Ray releases over here in the West, this sure is nice, though no release date was announced. Then again, I did just start buying the manga (up to volume 17 at the moment) so it's more than a little annoying. :p Wonder how much they're going to charge for them; hopefully not an arm and a leg...
  33. 2 points
    I remember when I first heard a reference to the series - it was in my favorite magazine, EGM (anyone remember those guys?) - on one of the staff profiles, the guy mentioned he was watching the Ah! My Goddess DVDs. No context about the series was given - just the title. However, it somehow embedded itself in my memory and lay dormant. Later, I think I was reading a magazine about comics (Wizard, maybe?) and there was a blurb about one of the upcoming volumes. Belldandy's name got filed away in my head next to the series title. Several years later, when Netflix streaming was a thing, I stumbled upon it, and the poster stood out to me. I hit "play" and the whole thing started. Midway through watching it, I found the scans online (and later bought the books to appease my conscience) and managed to locate the DVDs on eBay. (Good thing too, since it vanished from streaming not long after.)
  34. 2 points
    vanagandr

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    This is a page from a doujinshi made by Magu Shunichi featuring Belldandy.

    © Fujishima Kousuke (original character), Magu Shunichi (image)

  35. 2 points
    Tell me about it. The Nifelheim had turned into a three year-long storyarc. I stopped reading that long storyarc when it became obvious that it wasn;t going to end anytime soon. I don't know, it just felt boring as hell. Like Mr. Fujishima had just given up on being creative with the manga. I had expected a shorter storyarc. It just felt like three storyarcs all rolled into one another.
  36. 2 points
    Extended endiing. Continue the series, perhaps up until the almost inevitable apotheosis of Keiichi. While they are deliriously happy together, there's still the small issue of children, and the cross breeding problems of 3 dimensions vs. 10. Since it is certain Keiichi and Belldandy will want children (and moreover, Holy Bell will want someone to bond with, which is impossible while Keiichi lacks an angel of his own...), well, maybe they'll start off slow with that. Give him an angel egg of his own and see how well he handles that before finishing apotheosis. An angel egg is the sort of gift I could see Tyr giving Keiichi as part of his brilliant plan to never see his daughter cry. (Angels are sustained by the love of a goddess. Now that he's properly married to Belldandy, and there's no more desire blockers around, the love he has from Belldandy should be sufficient to sustain an angel full time.)
  37. 2 points
    A Belldandy fan art made by NeMO at pixiv.net Link: http://touch.pixiv.n...ust_id=43480848

    © Fujishima Kousuke (original character), NeMO (image)

  38. 2 points
    A Belldandy fanart made by 白琳@TO.sp参加中 on pixiv.net Link: http://www.pixiv.net...ust_id=43195675

    © Fujishima Kousuke (original character), 白琳@TO.sp参加中 (image)

  39. 2 points
    Warning: about to get sappy up in here, so you've been forewarned about reading any further. Proceed at your own risk. I'm often really hard pressed to think of 'why' I happen to enjoy a lot of the various fandoms I'm a part of. I usually shrug my shoulders and say, "Well, just because." A lot of the time, it's something I can't really describe; I just like what I like. But for Oh My Goddess, it's a little different. I can pinpoint at least a few reasons why I enjoy it as much as I do. Writing all this out feels very strange because confessions - if you can call this a confession - aren't really something I'm very good at either. If I were to describe the series in a single word, I'd say 'warmth.' The characters inhabit a world that is oftentimes cruel (see: the demons) but it's never overtly evil; people aren't bad apples through and through, instead they have layers to them that make them sympathetic. The world of AMG/OMG is upbeat and positive; if you believe in yourself enough, you can achieve your dreams. There will always be someone there to catch you if you fall, and if not, it's because they're trying to get you to see an inner strength that you yourself might not be aware of at first. Timotheus also had an interesting point early on in this thread: one of the series' greatest abilities is its ability to characterize. Whenever I pick up a volume of the manga, it feels like I'll be seeing a group of old friends I haven't been in touch with for some time. There's a sense of realism that's hard to articulate about each of them (even Belldandy, however much one wants to argue about her being an archetype). They feel like actual people that you could meet and that's pretty impressive for a work of fiction in any medium. More to the point: when the characters are put up against challenges, they manage to overcome them by searching inside themselves that doesn't come off, to me at least, as forced or cheesy. We know they'll come out on top but the way in which they do is always fun to watch. AMG's heart, though, is of course Belldandy's and Keiichi's love story. I don't often get emotionally attached to the relationship (romantically-oriented, I mean) in fiction. But the fact that they've had to learn about each other and grow up in their own ways makes them that much more believable. For lack of a better description, I'd call their relationship diabetes-inducing sweet. But more to the point: it isn't downbeat or cynical like so many other things are these days. Much as one might get a little tired of their constant worrying over if they're good enough for the other, it won't ever result in an unhappy ending. Plus: it's also kind of cool to see a rather well known couple in a work of fiction also be an interracial one as well (to an extent personal appeal, as I'm in one myself). ...That said, it's pretty disappointing we'll never get to see what their married life will be like. But then again: they've been together so long that this seems more like a formality than anything else.
  40. 2 points
    An Urd fanart made by 茶碗蒸し on pixiv.net Link: http://www.pixiv.net...ust_id=43107954

    © Fujishima Kousuke (original character), 茶碗蒸し (image)

  41. 2 points
    A Belldandy fanart made by 茶碗蒸し on pixiv.net Link: http://www.pixiv.net...ust_id=43011354

    © Fujishima Kousuke (original character), 茶碗蒸し (image)

  42. 2 points
    This is a character height comparison from the OVA series.

    © Fujishima Kousuke

  43. 2 points
    Whirlwind will become a top notch automotive design company with Keiichi as Head Designer and Engineer His reverse Trike Bike design will become a worldwide sensation after he turns it into a fully electric vehicle Belldandy will become chief of public relations and the spokeswoman for the brand
  44. 2 points
    If you put the media streaming online for a reasonable (keyword) price, then you can make money. . .sometimes. Hulu, Netflix, and Crunchyroll are all examples of companies that charge fees and are turning a profit. Clearly, people, even in the younger generation, are willing to pay for entertainment, but it has to be offered to them at they price at which they value it. Admittedly, this acceptable price is considerably lower than the pre-internet business models were using, so there is going to be some adjustment in every industry that revolves around the sale of copyrighted media. Its no surprise that many larger media companies are unwilling to adopt less profitable business models; this is how we end up with proposed (American) legislation such as SOPA and Protect IP. The smaller companies though, like MediaBlasters, who cannot make effective use of these laws, are forced to adopt new business models or die, which, in the long run, I believe is a good thing. Yes, people are going to lose their jobs, but perhaps the anime industry in the current era is larger than its consumer base. Adjustment may be needed for survival. I am suspicious of claims that the publishing industry's success is tied to general economic prosperity. In the recent past, this has not proven to be the case. The publishing industry as a whole has been on a steady decline uninterrupted even by the economic slow-down that occurred following September 2001, or the boom that occurred in the next couple years after it. Publishing, like many other similarly affected businesses, is almost entirely reliant on presumptive enforcement of copyrights to bring in money, meaning that people bought published material because of the assumption that the copyright was enforceable. As the consumer base has drastically altered, making use of file-sharing, it has seriously jeopardized the ability of companies to effectively enforce their copyrights and the presumption of enforcement has been seriously undermined. There are some signs that the decline of publishing industry is bottoming out as alternative methods have been adopted, but in no way is this tied to the overall economy.
  45. 2 points
    I just happened to think about one story line where the question comes to mind of who are the demon's equivlent of the Valkiries? Call them "Furies" maybe? Even go back as far as long before the computer system that both heven and hell uses? Maybe they had more direct confrontations? That sort of thing.
  46. 2 points
    New drawing to add to this series.. so Mara is now in court with Sayoko as her attorney.Peorth begins the examination with Keiichi acting as witness.Behind the bench sits Chihiro as judge while Lind looks on as the bailiff.I'll have to continue this with at least one more pic to conclude the series..
  47. 2 points
    It wasn't exactly a "Christmas version" but rather an extended version for the last episode of the series and yes it was released on audio. More details can be found over at Nekomi Kodai at the Wayback Machine Site. (see listing 49 below) Aa! Megami-sama Ongakuhen Volume 1 PCCG-237; Released 8-22-1993 The first OST (Original Sound Track) contains all of the BGM from OAV 1 and 2 of the series, as well as the OP and ED themes in both their on-air and full sizes. Most of this music is quite soothing to listen to, especially those with the acoustic guitar presence; some are a bit more, um... interesting. Check out Sexy Dynamite!! Part Two, for an example. Track Listing 1. My Heart Iidasenai, Your Heart Tashikametai (Full Version) 2. Goddess Descent 3. Entreaty 4. Acceptability 5. Force 6. Unreliable Friends 7. Contract 8. Critical Moment 9. Eyecatch (meow) 10. Mind Comlication 11. Restoration 12. Affectionate Atmosphere 13. Meddler 14. Restfulness 15. Omedetou! (ED Size) 16. My Heart Iidasenai, Your Heart Tashikametai (OP Size) 17. Fortune 18. Seaside 19. Sexy Dynamite!! Part Two 20. Troublesome Cupid 21. Marine House 22. How Splendid 23. Eyecatch (puff) 24. Sweetheart 25. Teardrops 26. Shock! 27. My Dear 28. With the Result... 29. Omedetou! (Congratulations)(Full Version) Aa! Megami-sama Ongakuhen Volume 2 PCCG-258; Released 6-1-1994 The second OST covers OAVs 3-5. Since 4-5 are included, the music on this OST tends towards the more dramatic and powerful. That's not to say that everything is that way; a key example is the inclusion of the famous "Tamago no Uta" (Egg Song) from OAV #3! Balancing this out is a redone version of the Belldandy single "Boku to Ikiru Koto ga Kimi no Shiawase" with Kikuchi Masami (Keiichi) performing on guitar. Track Listing 1. Piano Sonata (Heavens) 2. My Heart Iidasenai, Your Heart Tashikametai (OP Size) 3. And Troublemaker 4. Cake with Tea 5. Yearning 6. With Reason 7. Mission from Seniors 8. Excellent Beauty 9. Eyecatch (Boom) 10. Well-constructed Equation 11. Fancy 12. Super Motorcycle 13. Early Childhood 14. Clear Sky 15. First Racing 16. Struggly for Mastery 17. Winning Passion 18. Victory! 19. Street 20. Tamago no Uta (Vocal) 21. Piano Sonata (Illusion) 22. Premonition 23. Snow Playing 24. Chasing 25. Notice from God 26. Eyecatch (ring) 27. Admonition 28. Feel Opressed 29. Be Destined 30. Sweet-Tempered Letter 31. Fate Had a Past 32. Boku to Ikiru Koto ga Kimi no Shiawase (Keiichi Version) 33. Serious Menace 34. Misfortune 35. For my Goddess 36. Our Dream 37. Grief Stricken Twosomes 38. Sympathy 39. Memories 40. Ring of Promise 41. Compulsory Repatriation 42. Last Importance 43. All Over with Her 44. Recollection 45. Despaired Of... 46. Ties in the Past 47. Promise and Contract 48. Breach of Contract 49. Omedetou! (Congratulations)(Reprise Version) - the one you're looking for
  48. 2 points
    I thought this article was fascinating. He spotlights his Belldandy figures: http://www.figure.fm/post/en/98/女神降臨-Megami-Kourin.html Oh, and congratulate me elsewhere on the 125,000th posted message.
  49. 2 points
    THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF ALL THE RELEASED OH/AH MY GODDESS MANGA CHAPTERS IN SEQUENCE AND THE TV ANIME EPISODES THAT SEEM TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THEM. The list has been broken down into Trade Paperback segments for convenience, Beneath each chapter is the season and episode number of the TV anime shows that appear to have been based on or at least used noticeable elements from this chapter. Those chapters with no entries beneath them have not been referenced in the TV anime. This should help demonstrate how much of the manga has not been included in the TV anime yet. This is a work in progress. I still have the last few episodes of the second season to watch and categorize, but I should have them done by this week end. Hope this proves of some interest to someone. So far the TV anime has used approximately 92 out 245 manga chapters for story elements. TPB #1 Kodansha Chapter 1 - (Wrong Number) The Number You Have Dialed Is Incorrect Episode 1, TV anime, Jan. 6, 2005, Ah! You're A Goddess? Episode 2, TV anime, Jan. 13, 2005, Ah! Can The One Who Believes Be Saved? Kodansha Chapter 2 - (Into the Lair of the Anime Otako) Lair Of The Anime Mania Episode 3, TV anime, Jan. 20, 2005, Ah! Studying, My Family, And A Goddess! Kodansha Chapter 3 - A Man's Home is His ... Temple? Episode 3, TV anime, Jan. 20, 2005, Ah! Studying, My Family, And A Goddess! Kodansha Chapter 4 - (College Exchange ... Goddess) College Exchange Goddess Episode 4, TV anime, Jan. 27, 2005, Ah! The Goddess And The Queen Of The School. Kodansha Chapter 5 - Those Whom Goddess Hath Joined Together, Let No Woman Put Asunder Episode 4, TV anime, Jan. 27, 2005, Ah! The Goddess And The Queen Of The School. Kodansha Chapter 6 - (2SLP Camera - Mission Accomplished) Single Lens Psychic: The Prayer Answered Episode 1, TV anime, Jan. 6, 2005, Ah! You're A Goddess? Episode 2, TV anime, Jan. 13, 2005, Ah! Can The One Who Believes Be Saved? Episode 6, TV anime, Feb. 10, 2005, Ah! Unexpectedly Finding Something Blessed? Episode 5, season 2, TV anime, May 4, 2006, Ah! The Wavelength That Captivates Love? Kodansha Chapter 7 - The Lullaby of Love Episode 5, TV anime, Feb. 3, 2005, Ah! Living Under One Roof! Kodansha Chapter 8 - (The Megumi Problem) The Blossom In Bloom Episode 6, TV anime, Feb. 10, 2005, Ah! Unexpectedly Finding Something Blessed? Kodansha Chapter 9 - (The Apartment Hunting Blues) Apartment Hunting Blues Episode 6, TV anime, Feb. 10, 2005, Ah! Unexpectedly Finding Something Blessed? TPB #2 Kodansha Chapter 10 - (Naked Victory) An Honest Match Kodansha Chapter 11 - (Let Flowers Bloom) This Life Is Wonderful Episode 7, TV anime, Feb. 17, 2005, Ah! The Place To Express Your Feelings Kodansha Chapter 12 - (Leader of the Pack) Love Is The Prize Kodansha Chapter 13 - System Force Down Episode 13, TV anime, April 7, 2005, Ah! Just Who Does Onee-sama Belong To Anyway? Kodansha Chapter 14 - (Sexy Sister) Oh My Older Sister Episode 8, TV anime, Feb. 24, 2005, Ah! Taking An Examination Of Love, First... Kodansha Chapter 15 - I'm the Campus Queen Episode 9, TV anime, Mar. 3, 2005, Ah! The Secret Of The Queen And The Goddess Kodansha Chapter 16 - What Belldandy Wants Most Episode 3, season 2, TV anime, April 20, 2006, Ah! I Offer You This Feeling on Christmas Eve! TPB #3 Kodansha Chapter 17 - Turkey With All the Trimmings Kodansha Chapter 18 - Life's Just a Game of "Sugaroku Roulette" Kodansha Chapter 19 - (Final Exam) Upon Close Examination Kodansha Chapter 20 - (Belldandy's Narrow Escape) Belldandy in Danger Episode 7, TV anime, Feb. 17, 2005, Ah! The Place To Express Your Feelings Kodansha Chapter 21 - (The Secrets Out) Exposing a Secret Episode 9, TV anime, Mar. 3, 2005, Ah! The Secret Of The Queen And The Goddess Kodansha Chapter 22 - (Winner Take All) Who Will Win the Champion Flag? Episode 10, TV anime, Mar. 10, 2005, Ah! Will The Auto Club Win? Kodansha Chapter 23 - What A Miracle Episode 10, TV anime, Mar. 10, 2005, Ah! Will The Auto Club Win? TPB #4 Kodansha Chapter 24 - (A Wing And A Prayer) The Flying Motor Club Episode 10, TV anime, Mar. 10, 2005, Ah! Will The Auto Club Win? Kodansha Chapter 25 - (Love Potion #9) Let’s Take the Love Seeds Kodansha Chapter 26 - (The CD From Hell) The Nemesis Episode 11, TV anime, Mar. 17, 2005, Ah! A Devil Has Come And Is Creating A Calamity. Kodansha Chapter 27 - (Mara Strikes Back!) Mara’s Counterattack Episode 12, TV anime, Mar. 24, 2005, Ah! What About The Balance Between The Queen And The Goddess. Kodansha Chapter 28 - (Scales of Love) Balance-Ball Amour Episode 9, TV anime, Mar. 3, 2005, Ah! The Secret Of The Queen And The Goddess Episode 12, TV anime, Mar. 24, 2005, Ah! What About The Balance Between The Queen And The Goddess. Kodansha Chapter 29 - (Sympathy For The Devil) The Worst Day of a Demon Episode 11, TV anime, Mar. 17, 2005, Ah! A Devil Has Come And Is Creating A Calamity. Kodansha Chapter 30 - (Mystical Engine) Engine O’ Mystery TPB #5 Kodansha Chapter 31 - (Valentine Rhapsody) Valentine Capriccio Episode 7, TV anime, Feb. 17, 2005, Ah! The Place To Express Your Feelings Episode 12, TV anime, Mar. 24, 2005, Ah! What About The Balance Between The Queen And The Goddess. Kodansha Chapter 32 - The Third Goddess Episode 13, TV anime, April 7, 2005, Ah! Just Who Does Onee-sama Belong To Anyway? Kodansha Chapter 33 - (The Goddesses Big Crisis) The Goddesses’ Greatest Danger Episode 13, TV anime, April 7, 2005, Ah! Just Who Does Onee-sama Belong To Anyway? Kodansha Chapter 34 - Terrible Master Urd arc, part 1, (Urd Goes Berserk) Urd Goes Wild Episode 22, TV anime, June 9, 2005, Ah! A Devil's Whisper, Along With A Pot!? Kodansha Chapter 35 - Terrible Master Urd arc, part 2, (Urd's Terrible Master) Terrible Master Urd Episode 22, TV anime, June 9, 2005, Ah! A Devil's Whisper, Along With A Pot!? Kodansha Chapter 36 - Terrible Master Urd arc, part 3, The Ultimate Destruction Program Episode 23, TV anime, June 23, 2005, Ah! The Savior, Together With the Sound of a Flute!? TPB #6 Kodansha Chapter 37 - Terrible Master Urd arc, part 4, (Urd Calls Forth The Beast) Urd Wakens the Wolf Episode 23, TV anime, June 23, 2005, Ah! The Savior, Together With the Sound of a Flute!? Episode 24, TV anime, July 7, 2005, Ah! Together With You Forever! Kodansha Chapter 38 - Terrible Master Urd arc, part 5, The Secret Of The Lord Of Terror Episode 24, TV anime, July 7, 2005, Ah! Together With You Forever! Kodansha Chapter 39 - Terrible Master Urd arc, part 6, Confession Episode 24, TV anime, July 7, 2005, Ah! Together With You Forever! Kodansha Chapter 40 - (Robot Wars) Robot Battle Episode 14, TV anime, April 14, 2005, Ah! Is The Name Of The Showdown "Education". Kodansha Chapter 41 - Trials of Morisato, part 1, Episode 26, TV anime – OAV release, Dec. 24, 2005, Ah! Being An Adult Is Heart Throbbing? Kodansha Chapter 42 - Trials of Morisato, part 2, Urd's Fantastic Adventure Episode 25, TV anime – OAV release, Dec. 24, 2005, Ah! Urd's Small Love Story TPB #7 Kodansha Chapter 43 - Trials of Morisato, part 3, Belldandy's Tempestuous Heart Episode 19, TV anime, May 19, 2005, Ah! Don't Gaze at Me With Those Eyes! Kodansha Chapter 44 - The Queen of Vengeance Episode 9, TV anime, Mar. 3, 2005, Ah! The Secret Of The Queen And The Goddess Episode 2, season 2, TV anime, April 13, 2006, Ah! The Troubled Queen of Vengeance? Kodansha Chapter 45 - (Mr. Unhappy) The Man Who Invites Misfortune Episode 16, TV anime, April 28, 2005,Ah! Catastrophe Arrives! An Auspicious Sign Stands? Episode 4, season 2, TV anime, April 27, 2006, Ah! I Want the World to Be Filled With Happiness? Kodansha Chapter 46 - Thank You Episode 15, TV anime, April 21, 2005, Ah! A Heart Stolen By A Goddess. Kodansha Chapter 47 - Goodbye and Hello TPB #8 Kodansha Chapter 48 - The Forgotten Promise Episode 23, season 2, TV anime – OAV release, Feb. 23, 2007, Ah! The Promise that Time Exceeded!? Kodansha Chapter 49 - (The Lunch Box of Love) Lunch box With Love Episode 17, TV anime, May 5, 2005, Ah! What Are Ability and Effort? Kodansha Chapter 50 - Meet Me By The Seashore Episode 18, TV anime, May 12, 2005, Ah! Fated Confession in the Moonlight! Kodansha Chapter 51 - (You're So Bad ) No, Sweetie Kodansha Chapter 52 - Ninja Master Episode 19, season 2, TV anime, Aug. 10, 2006, Ah! A Goddess’s Love Can Save the Ninjas! TPB #9 Kodansha Chapter 53 - Law Of The Ninja Episode 19, season 2, TV anime, Aug. 10, 2006, Ah! A Goddess’s Love Can Save the Ninjas! Kodansha Chapter 54 - Together For Never Episode 20, TV anime, May 26, 2005, Ah! Save the Goddess. If You're A Man!? Kodansha Chapter 55 - (Jealous Love) Can't Stop Being Jealous Episode 6, season 2, TV anime, May 11, 2006, Ah! Is That Jealousy!? Episode 12, season 2, TV anime, June 22, 2006, Ah! The Tears of a Goddess and His Dream! Kodansha Chapter 56 - It's Lonely At The Top Kodansha Chapter 57 - (Fallen Angel) Tainted God Episode 15, TV anime, April 21, 2005, Ah! A Heart Stolen By A Goddess. TPB #10 Kodansha Chapter 58 - Play The Game Kodansha Chapter 59 - Sorrow, Fear Not Kodansha Chapter 60 - Demon Urd arc, part 1, Karaoke Hell Episode 15, season 2, TV anime, July 13, 2006, Ah! The Goddess and the Dream! Kodansha Chapter 61 - Demon Urd arc, part 2, Evil Spirits: 200 Proof Episode 15, season 2, TV anime, July 13, 2006, Ah! The Goddess and the Dream! Kodansha Chapter 62 - Demon Urd arc, part 3, Skuld Strikes Back! Episode 15, season 2, TV anime, July 13, 2006, Ah! The Goddess and the Dream! Episode 16, season 2, TV anime, July 20, 2006, Ah! Not Fearing the Darkness, Shine Brightly! TPB #11 Kodansha Chapter 63 - Demon Urd arc, part 4, The Battle For Urd Episode 15, season 2, TV anime, July 13, 2006, Ah! The Goddess and the Dream! Episode 16, season 2, TV anime, July 20, 2006, Ah! Not Fearing the Darkness, Shine Brightly! Kodansha Chapter 64 - Demon Urd arc, part 5, Shadow & Light Episode 16, season 2, TV anime, July 20, 2006, Ah! Not Fearing the Darkness, Shine Brightly! Kodansha Chapter 65 - Super Urd Kodansha Chapter 66 - Peorth arc, part 1, Fourth Time's A Charmer Episode 7, season 2, TV anime, May 18, 2006, Ah! I Will Fulfill Your Wish! Kodansha Chapter 67 - Peorth arc, part 2, I'll Do Anything For You Episode 7, season 2, TV anime, May 18, 2006, Ah! I Will Fulfill Your Wish! Episode 8, season 2, TV anime, May 25, 2006, Ah! I Want to Be of Help to You! TPB #12 Kodansha Chapter 68 - Peorth arc, part 3, The Battle For Keiichi Episode 8, season 2, TV anime, May 25, 2006, Ah! I Want to Be of Help to You! Kodansha Chapter 69 - Peorth arc, part 4, The Dating Game Episode 9, season 2, TV anime, June 1, 2006, Ah! The Goddesses Decide the Victory With a Date! Kodansha Chapter 70 - Peorth arc, part 5, When A Man Loves A Woman Episode 9, season 2, TV anime, June 1, 2006, Ah! The Goddesses Decide the Victory With a Date! Kodansha Chapter 71 - Peorth arc, part 6, A Goddess Never Forgets Episode 9, season 2, TV anime, June 1, 2006, Ah! The Goddesses Decide the Victory With a Date! Kodansha Chapter 72 - Peorth arc, part 7, Men Are From Earth, Goddesses Are From Yggdrasil Episode 10, season 2, TV anime, June 8, 2006, Ah! That One Word I Can’t Get Myself to Say! TPB #13 Kodansha Chapter 73 - Childhood's End Episode 13, season 2, TV anime, June 29, 2006, Ah! Wake Up That Feeling! Kodansha Chapter 74 - Crazy Little Thing Called Love Episode 13, season 2, TV anime, June 29, 2006, Ah! Wake Up That Feeling! Kodansha Chapter 75 - The Queen And The Goddess Kodansha Chapter 76 - Hail To The Chief Episode 11, season 2, TV anime, June 15, 2006, Ah! Grab Your Dream With That Hand! Kodansha Chapter 77 - Forever Grrls TPB #14 Kodansha Chapter 78 - Live To Work, Work To Live! Kodansha Chapter 79 - Pretty In Scarlet Episode 14, season 2, TV anime, July 6, 2006, Ah! My Dear Cupid! Kodansha Chapter 80 - The Goddess's Apprentice Kodansha Chapter 81 - Queen Sayoko arc, part 1, Call Me Queen Kodansha Chapter 82 - Queen Sayoko arc, part 2, And Then There Was One TPB #15 Kodansha Chapter 83 - Queen Sayoko arc, part 3, Sayoko Or Bust Kodansha Chapter 84 - Queen Sayoko arc, part 4, At Sayoko's Side Kodansha Chapter 85 - Queen Sayoko arc, part 5, Back Where You Belong Kodansha Chapter 86 - Megumi Verses The Queen Kodansha Chapter 87 - The Secret Of Speed Kodansha Chapter 88 - Two Hearts Beat As One Kodansha Chapter 89 - Another Me Episode 21, TV anime, June 2, 2005, Ah! The One I Yearn for is a White Winged Angel! Kodansha Chapter 90 - Never Let Go Episode 4, season 2, TV anime, April 27, 2006, Ah! I Want the World to Be Filled With Happiness? TPB #16 Kodansha Chapter 91 - I Wanna Hold Your Hand Kodansha Chapter 92 - Welcome Kodansha Chapter 93 - The Sorrows Of Bampei Kodansha Chapter 94 - Mystery Child arc, part 1, The Boy Who Could See Goddesses Kodansha Chapter 95 - Mystery Child arc, part 2, The Beginning Of The End Kodansha Chapter 96 - Mystery Child arc, part 3, Memories Of Youth Kodansha Chapter 97 - Mystery Child arc, part 4, Return Of The Goddess TPB #17 Kodansha Chapter 98 - Mystery Child arc, part 5, Light And Shadow Kodansha Chapter 99 - Mystery Child arc, part 6, The Trouble With Doublets Kodansha Chapter 100 - Mystery Child arc, part 7, Time Without End, Hope Without End Kodansha Chapter 101 - Mystery Child arc, part 8, Turn Back, Oh Time Kodansha Chapter 102 - Come Walk With Me Kodansha Chapter 103 - Learning To Love Kodansha Chapter 104 - Almost My Hero Kodansha Chapter 105 - Traveler arc, part 1, Unlicensed Goddess Episode 20, season 2, TV anime, Aug. 17, 2006, Ah! The Place Doesn't Matter As Long As the Two of Us Are Together! TPB #18 Kodansha Chapter 106 - Traveler arc, part 2, Wide, Wider, Widest! Episode 20, season 2, TV anime, Aug. 17, 2006, Ah! The Place Doesn't Matter As Long As the Two of Us Are Together! Kodansha Chapter 107 - Traveler arc, part 3, As Long As You're With Me... Episode 20, season 2, TV anime, Aug. 17, 2006, Ah! The Place Doesn't Matter As Long As the Two of Us Are Together! Kodansha Chapter 108 - Traveler arc, part 4, Traveler Kodansha Chapter 109 - Traveler arc, part 5, Missing Time Kodansha Chapter 110 - The Phantom Racer, part 1, The Ghost Of The Pass Kodansha Chapter 111 - The Phantom Racer, part 2, Sightings Kodansha Chapter 112 - The Phantom Racer, part 3, Three Of A Perfect Pair TPB #19 Kodansha Chapter 113 - The Phantom Racer, part 4, Welcome Back Kodansha Chapter 114 - Dr. Moreau, part 1, Meet Dr. Moreau!! Kodansha Chapter 115 - Dr. Moreau, part 2, Android Dreams. Kodansha Chapter 116 - Dr. Moreau, part 3, The Trap Of Dr. Moreau! Kodansha Chapter 117 - Dr. Moreau, part 4, Man? Machine? Kodansha Chapter 118 - Dr. Moreau, part 5, The Sign Of Life. Kodansha Chapter 119 - Sora Unchained, part 1, I Choose You, Sora. Kodansha Chapter 120 - Sora Unchained, part 2, The Shortcut To Winning. Episode 17, TV anime, May 5, 2005, Ah! What Are Ability and Effort? TPB #20 Kodansha Chapter 121 - Sora Unchained, part 3, The Director's Curse. 10th Anniversary issue, Japan Episode 17, TV anime, May 5, 2005, Ah! What Are Ability and Effort? Kodansha Chapter 122 - Sora Unchained, part 4, Special Training Episode 17, TV anime, May 5, 2005, Ah! What Are Ability and Effort? Kodansha Chapter 123 - Sora Unchained, part 5, Drive Kodansha Chapter 124 - Sora Unchained, part 6, Miles and Miles Kodansha Chapter 125 - Sora Unchained, part 7, The Race Gets Hot, A Goddess Gets Hotter! Kodansha Chapter 126 - Sora Unchained, part 8, The Best Magic Kodansha Chapter 127 - Sora Unchained, part 8, The Best Magic Kodansha Chapter 128 - Endless Battle, part I Kodansha Chapter 129 - Endless Battle, part II TPB #21 Kodansha Chapter 130 - Hild arc, part 1, The Devil Inside Kodansha Chapter 131 - Hild arc, part 2, Go Your Own Way Kodansha Chapter 132 - Hild arc, part 3, A Goddess Never Forgets Kodansha Chapter 133 - Hild arc, part 4, The Cat That Stretched Kodansha Chapter 134 - Hild arc, part 5, The Final Option Episode 16, season 2, TV anime, July 20, 2006, Ah! Not Fearing the Darkness, Shine Brightly! Episode 17, season 2, TV anime, July 27, 2006, Ah! The Advent of the Great Demon Leader! Kodansha Chapter 135 - Hild arc, part 6, She’s A Devil Woman Episode 17, season 2, TV anime, July 27, 2006, Ah! The Advent of the Great Demon Leader! TPB #22 Kodansha Chapter 136 - Hild arc, part 7, Let's Make A Deal Episode 17, season 2, TV anime, July 27, 2006, Ah! The Advent of the Great Demon Leader! Kodansha Chapter 137 - Hild arc, part 8, Sister Act Episode 17, season 2, TV anime, July 27, 2006, Ah! The Advent of the Great Demon Leader! Kodansha Chapter 138 - Hild arc, part 9, Maybe ...? Episode 17, season 2, TV anime, July 27, 2006, Ah! The Advent of the Great Demon Leader! Kodansha Chapter 139 - Wicked Game Episode 18, season 2, TV anime, Aug. 3, 2006, Ah! Do Demons Have Dignity? Kodansha Chapter 140 - Morisato Residence, Rooms To Let Episode 18, season 2, TV anime, Aug. 3, 2006, Ah! Do Demons Have Dignity? Kodansha Chapter 141 - Sparkle In Her Eyes Episode 18, season 2, TV anime, Aug. 3, 2006, Ah! Do Demons Have Dignity? TPB #23 Kodansha Chapter 142 - Parent's arc, part 1, Bell And Keiichi And The Terrible Guest Kodansha Chapter 143 - Parent's arc, part 2, Dad on the Run Kodansha Chapter 144 - Parent's arc, part 3, Garden of the Goddesses Kodansha Chapter 145 - Parent's arc, part 4, Dad in Hell Kodansha Chapter 146 - Parent's arc, part 5, Moment of Decision Kodansha Chapter 147 - Parent's arc, part 6, Mother's Battle, Father's Battle Kodansha Chapter 148 - Parent's arc, part 7, Let's Dance TPB #24 Kodansha Chapter 149 - Parent's arc, part 8, Running Dialogue Kodansha Chapter 150 - Parent's arc, part 9, The Path of Belief Kodansha Chapter 151 - Parent's arc, part 10, Prepared to Win, Prepared to Lose Kodansha Chapter 152 - Parent's arc, part 11, The Real You Kodansha Chapter 153 - Hot Spring arc, part 1, The Hot Springs Episode Kodansha Chapter 154 - Hot Spring arc, part 2, I Dub Thee, Yuufuin Kodansha Chapter 155 - Lind arc, part 1, Fighting Wings Episode OAV1, season 3(?), TV anime, December 8, 2007, Ah! The Descending of the One-Winged Angel! Episode OAV2, season 3(?), TV anime, December 8, 2007, Ah! Two of Us, Together in Joy! TPB #25 Kodansha Chapter 156 - Lind arc, part 2, Battle and Joy Episode OAV1, season 3(?), TV anime, December 8, 2007, Ah! The Descending of the One-Winged Angel! Episode OAV2, season 3(?), TV anime, December 8, 2007, Ah! Two of Us, Together in Joy! Kodansha Chapter 157 - Lind arc, part 3, A Dance of Feathers Episode OAV1, season 3(?), TV anime, December 8, 2007, Ah! The Descending of the One-Winged Angel! Episode OAV2, season 3(?), TV anime, December 8, 2007, Ah! Two of Us, Together in Joy! Kodansha Chapter 158 - Lind arc, part 4, The One-Winged Angel Episode OAV1, season 3(?), TV anime, December 8, 2007, Ah! The Descending of the One-Winged Angel! Episode OAV2, season 3(?), TV anime, December 8, 2007, Ah! Two of Us, Together in Joy! Kodansha Chapter 159 - Lind arc, part 5, Devil of a Plot Episode OAV1, season 3(?), TV anime, December 8, 2007, Ah! 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Kodansha Chapter 167 - Blue Lance arc, part 1, Inside Belldandy Kodansha Chapter 168 - Blue Lance arc, part 2, Landscape with Angels Kodansha Chapter 169 - Blue Lance arc, part 3, What We Would Save TPB #27 Kodansha Chapter 170 - Blue Lance arc, part 4, The Great Earth Search Kodansha Chapter 171 - Blue Lance arc, part 5, Kiss Me Goodbye Kodansha Chapter 172 - Rubber Band War arc, part 1, Shoot or Die Kodansha Chapter 173 - Rubber Band War arc, part 2, Horseshoes and Hand grenades Kodansha Chapter 174 - Machiners arc, part 1, Is Here She? 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Kodansha Chapter 193 - I Love You arc, part 1, Important Words Episode 24, season 2, TV anime – OAV release, Feb. 23, 2007, Ah! The Song of the Lover That Shakes the Heart! Kodansha Chapter 194 - I Love You arc, part 2, Love Overflowing Episode 24, season 2, TV anime – OAV release, Feb. 23, 2007, Ah! The Song of the Lover That Shakes the Heart! TPB #31 Kodansha Chapter 195 - I Love You arc, part 3 Episode 24, season 2, TV anime – OAV release, Feb. 23, 2007, Ah! The Song of the Lover That Shakes the Heart! Kodansha Chapter 196 - Gate arc, part 1, Return Kodansha Chapter 197 - Gate arc, part 2, Door Of Interdiction?! Kodansha Chapter 198 - Gate arc, part 3, Caught? Caught! Kodansha Chapter 199 - Gate arc, part 4, Goddess's Mission Kodansha Chapter 200 - Gate arc, part 5, The One Who Will Open This Door Is You. 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    Part three - Megumi Morisato, sister to the star. Revision history - 3/31/2007, 5/31/2007, 2/7/2009 3.1 Morisato Megumi is an interesting character in her own right. She seems to have been even more overlooked in the AMS! literature than Keiichi, yet she's the sixth oldest developed character in the series. (Only Bell, Keiichi, Tamiya, Otaki, and Sayoko have been around LONGER than Megumi. And Megumi has had more face time and background given than the NIT MCC sempais. Chapters Megumi has appeared in up to the parent's arc - 36.) ========================================================== The following is a listing of all the stories Megumi has appeared in, with a commentary on how she's presented and what I think this says about her personality. ========================================================== Repeat Warning ---- There will be a great deal of spoiler material here if you haven't read these stories. SO BE WARNED! ----------------------------------------------------------- 1) The Megumi Problem - APRIL 1989 issue Kodansha chapt. 8, Vol. 1, Feb. 25 release Megumi first appears dressed rather tomboyishly, wearing what looks like the sort of gear a motorcyclist might wear riding cross-country in rough weather. (All weather overcoat, double layer gloves with free fingers, jeans and jean jacket.) Her parents have had enough trust in her to let her travel on her own, but they still feel she should stay with her older brother (or uncle in the OAVs) until she's orientated. A feeling Megumi seems to be in agreement with. She immediately makes some assumptions about her brother's situation with Belldandy (which later prove to be slightly erroneous) and begins teasing him about it. Her general approach is that of someone who is very attached and emotionally close to the subject of her humor, and so feels no need for restraint in assaulting his pride and self-esteem. But while giving Keiichi grief like a good little sister should, she's also sensitive to the situation and doesn't want to upset his "arrangement". That she is supposed to have a more, call it "modern" outlook about romance and male-female relations is shown by her response to Belldandy's statement about being there for Keiichi alone, but she can also respect Bell's feeling that way if it's about her brother. (This aspect of the story has been curtailed somewhat in both the OAV and TV anime.) She's rather cocky and self-confidant, and immediately rises to the challenge of trying to stump Belldandy; which shows that her competitive nature was planned from the very start. The results of this battle of knowledge also display one of the themes of “Oh/Ah My Goddess!”, that the true purpose for competition is to improve YOURSELF by striving against others. Megumi's comment at the end about how she can solve a problem because she tried to stump Bell with a similar one demonstrates this idea. The entrance exam also shows that despite all her outward self-confidence, Megumi can still use a little support and reassurance in the pinch. Side Trip .......... Megumi's age relative to Keiichi varies according to the source. In the manga and TV anime she's two years younger. In the OAV anime she's one year younger. For biographical purposes we'll stick with two years. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 2) The Apartment Hunting Blues - MAY 1989 issue Kodansha chapt. 9, Vol. 1, Mar. 25 release The first element that struck me in this story was how Megumi's statement that she had just started looking for a place to live yesterday paralleled Keiichi's method of looking for a job in Live To Work, Work To Live! Apparently stalling on important decisions is a Morisato tradition. (i.e. Keiichi-Bell, important decision.) The second element is that she has prepared a handout sheet describing what she wants in an apartment. I don't know if this is a standard procedure in Japan, but it seems to indicate a very methodical mind for Megumi that sets standards to be met rather than taking what she can find. It's also hard to know if we should believe her statement that she was aware of apartment costs before Keiichi gives her the rental magazine. That whole conversation could have been the result of fast thinking on her part to cover her miscalculation so Keiichi wouldn't think less of her. (Keiichi also does the "just kidding" routine when he tries to cover himself after something he says seems to backfire. Like asking for a goddess to stay with him forever.) Next we have Megumi asking Belldandy into her room for tea and rice crackers. There seems to be a couple of motives behind this: One, to reassure Belldandy that Megumi really intends to move out so Bell will be free to do whatever she wants with Keiichi. And two, to try and get a better understanding of this strange foreign woman who's come into her brother's life. (Filling in for their mother, Takano, as it were.) Both actions show Megumi as caring about her brother's well being while not wanting him to be aware of it. (This element is highly emphasized in the TV anime.) Megumi's comments the next day seem to indicate real happiness on her part to be able to do something with her brother, while her attitude toward their lack of success (more worried about a brain freeze from chugging a cold soda than no leads) implies her absolute confidence that her brother will come through for her somehow (which he does). The final scene shows her correctly interpreting her brother's action for what it was and charging past him to see what he's hiding. Again, while she trusts and respects her brother, her respect doesn't extend to letting him hide anything from her. (Although its probably safe to assume she wished she hadn't seen what she now thinks he was hiding.) ------------------------------------------------------ 3) Let Flowers Bloom - JULY 1989 issue Kodansha chapt. 11, Vol. 2, May 25, release A great deal of Megumi's "Brat" reputation comes from this story. And she probably deserves it. From her first "Hey, I help pay for the food." to "Well, I asked if you wanted it." she's depicted as generally giving her brother the all grief she thinks he can take without actually being disrespectful. Then after ragging on him a bit over his love life, she turns around and tries to help him out in that department. It's very probable that while Megumi obviously thinks of her brother in the fondest terms possible, she's also convinced that he's got a way to go in the intelligence department and that's why he needs someone like her (or Belldandy) to watch out for him. Its also implicated that while she's still not quite sure about this strange foreign woman, its obvious that Megumi thinks she's perfect for Keiichi and it's up to little sister to make sure Kei-chan doesn't blow it. -------------------------------------------------------------------- 4) What Belldandy Wants Most - DEC. 1989 issue Kodansha chapt. 16, Vol. 2, Oct. 25 release Megumi is at the temple watching TV with Urd. The first interesting point is the implied concept that Urd knows Megumi well enough to ask her over to watch TV with her (this may just be a Dark Horse invention). More importantly, we learn Megumi is something of a material girl. Her ideas concerning a good gift for a girl are all high-end electronics or A/V equipment. This personality trait will be repeated later. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 5) Life is Just a Game of "Sugaroku Roulette" - FEB. 1990, issue Kodansha chapt. 18, Vol. 3, Dec. 25 release Megumi shows up at the door with rice cakes, demonstrating her intention to fulfill her New Year's obligations to her (local) family (Keiichi). (She will repeat this performance next year.) Apparently, she just meets the others there, as Tamiya was unaware she was Keiichi's sister. Keiichi is surprised to see them all. My guess is he hadn't considered the idea that as the head of a household (the temple), friends and relatives were now obligated to come visit him for New Years, and that he now had an obligation to entertain them. Megumi again demonstrates her preference for electronic A/V equipment (a video camera) as a highly desirable gift. -------------------------------------------- 6) Final Exam - MAR. 1990 issue Kodansha chapt. 19, Vol. 3, Jan. 25 release Megumi has a brief appearance reacting to the crash of the computer lab net. --------------------------------------------------- 7) Winner Take All - JULY 1990 issue Kodansha (chapt. 23) chapt. 22, Vol. 3, May. 25 release Megumi is seen once behind Urd while she's doing her cheerleader routine. --------------------------------------------------- 8) What A Miracle - AUG. 1990 issue Kodansha (chapt. 24) chapt. 23, Vol. 3, June 25 release A brief cameo for Megumi, just long enough to make a side comment about Urd's over-enthusiasm about their chances of winning and then disappears. ----------------------------------------------------------- 9) A Wing And A Prayer - DEC. 1990 issue Kodansha (chapt. 28) chapt. 24, Vol. 3, Oct. 25 release Another brief cameo for Megumi, just long enough to make another somewhat bratty objection to Tamiya's over-enthusiasm and then disappears. --------------------------------------------------- 10) Mystical Engine - JAN. 1991 issue Kodansha (chapt. 29) chapt. 30, Vol. 4, Nov. 25 release Megumi is seen twice, hanging with the other club members during the meeting at the start and, snoozing with them during the race. -------------------------------------------------------------- 11) Sympathy For The Devil - FEB. 1991 issue Kodansha (chapt. 30) chapt. 29, Vol. 4, Dec. 25 release Megumi is again fulfilling her obligation (somewhat grumpily) to visit her brother for New Years. As in Mr. Unhappy, while Megumi is present for the whole story, much of what happens with her cannot be considered typical. The personality elements that are most evident (to me at least) are: One, Megumi doesn't panic easily. She adapts to situations quickly, rationalizing what doesn't make sense and dealing with immediate aspects. (As in Queen Sayoko.) Two, when faced with a crisis she decides she can't handle, she immediately turns to her brother for help. (Implied in this is the conviction that her brother will somehow find a way to solve her problem.) And three, she tends to get impatient (and irate) when faced with a crisis and she thinks others aren't taking it seriously, but will act rationally as long as she feels things are being done about it. ------------------------------------------------------------------- 12) Terrible Master Urd arc, part 1, Urd Goes Berserk - JUNE 1991 issue Kodansha chapt. 34, Vol. 5, Apr. 25 release Megumi has a brief appearance when Urd borrows her motorcycle. Nothing really useful is displayed as to Megumi's personality, other than she's willing to loan something as valuable and personally important as her KSR to someone she considers a friend of her brother. It just shows that like her brother, Megumi tries to be helpful when possible and really can't say no to a person in distress (even when she probably should). ------------------------------------------------------------------- 13) Terrible Master Urd arc, part 6, Confession - NOV. 1991 issue Kodansha chapt. 39, Vol. 6, Sept. 25 release Megumi has a brief cameo watching the TV coverage of the convention hall disaster. ---------------------------------------------- 14) Robot Wars - DEC. 1991 issue Kodansha chapt. 40, Vol. 6, Oct. 25 release Arriving at the temple to check on Keiichi and the others (with all the strange and destructive events on TV lately and the fact that K-1's phone didn't work, Megumi is justified in being worried), Megumi is first impressed by how cute Skuld is and (being a bit of a brat and seeing that Keiichi is okay) can't help but tease him a bit about whether she's Keiichi and Belldandy's child. This inadvertently gets her off on a bad footing with Skuld right off the bat. Then we get a demonstration of how mechanically adapt Megumi is as she almost instantly recognizes the "improvements" Skuld's built into Keiichi's BMW and accurately predicts the problems that Skuld has overlooked. Skuld sees this as a challenge to her technological superiority (her "special" area, as opposed to her sisters' areas of supremacy), and things might have become explosive except Belldandy steps in and calms things down. Tamiya and Otaki appear with their solution to the proper arena for Skuld and Megumi to square off in, and the tale takes off. (Once again, Belldandy expresses the theme that competition is primarily to be considered as a way for individuals to improve themselves; therefore the challenge for each contestant must be made as equal as possible to give each a fair chance to exceed their capabilities.) During the rest of the story we learn several things about Megumi: She's a good design engineer, creating the Pot Shaker Dragon from the piles of scrap provided. She's a good design mechanic, assembling her creation from said piles of scrap. She's a good project manager, enlisting a team of competent assistants and coordinating their efforts to help build her creation. And most importantly, she's a good strategist, analyzing Skuld's creation's strengths and weaknesses and improvising a method of dealing with it by rethinking her own machine's capabilities. She shares these abilities with her brother, who will display his version of them in "It's Lonely At The Top." (She also expresses another theme of the series; that while individual effort is impressive, it's also limiting. The best results come from working together as a team and sharing abilities. This is also repeated in "It's Lonely At The Top.") In the end, Megumi displays a fine sense of sportsmanship, neither gloating over her victory nor acting at all superior about Skuld's defeat. She presents herself as a gracious winner, complimenting Skuld's efforts and trying to be as friendly as possible. An all around good person, just like her brother. And just like her brother, her efforts at good will end up being turned against her and she still winds up paying the penalty for crossing Skuld. ------------------------------------------------- 15) Mr. Unhappy - MAY 1992 issue Kodansha chapt. 45, Vol. 7, Mar. 25 release As in Sympathy For The Devil, while Megumi is physically present for the whole story, only her actions at the beginning and end count for analysis purposes here. In the beginning she has the presence of mind to yell "rape" when Mara grabs her, the sort of call that would most likely summon help if any were around. Then, as she realizes just how much danger she's in, it's Keiichi she pins her hopes on for rescue, indicating how much faith and respect she really has for him. Later, as she tries to figure out what she's doing behind the Nekomi campus, her mind quickly comes up with the only logical solution she can think of, sleepwalking. Then when she sees the Sonic doll, she somehow senses its importance to her and picks it up to take with her. This could be another example of the Morisato's having a feel for the supernatural. -------------------------------------------------------- 16) Together For Never - FEB. 1993 issue Kodansha chapt. 54, Vol. 9, Dec. 25 release Megumi and Jun are walking across the Nekomi campus discussing the situation of their women's softball club (including how hard it's been to even get such a team started in their predominantly male university. Besides introducing her into the story, it also shows (along with Play the Game) just how determined and creative Megumi can be when she decides she wants something (to play softball). When they encounter Keiichi and he essentially demands that Megumi put him up for the night, they 're rather frightened by his appearance (which, as depicted, seems a fairly rational response). Sitting alone later with Keiichi, Megumi quickly gets up to speed on the situation between him and Bell, showing how quick thinking and observant she can be. Realizing that their relationship (which in all other aspects has matured to a state of complete personal dedication between them) has stalled on the subject of intimacy; she states her belief that under the circumstances the physical side of their mutual love must be dealt with, and soon. She then tries to encourage Keiichi to go for it; adding that (based on her own opinion of such things) if Belldandy is a normal girl, she must feel the same. Then, after being so supportive of Keiichi in his time of need, but still being his sister, she leaves with a final little dig at Keiichi's ego. Keiichi finds himself in agreement with Megumi's observations, except for the fact that Belldandy isn't a normal girl. Megumi is shown as perceptive and (somewhat) compassionate in dealing with her brother's problem, while at the same time commenting repeatedly on how she really shouldn't stick her nose in. An explanation for this could be that while she doesn't feel she should be directing Keiichi's life; she also feels obligated to fill in for their mother and help her poor clueless brother achieve happiness. What's really interesting is that Megumi and Urd have such similar ideas about certain aspects of inter-gender relations. Maybe they ARE better friends than the manga would let us believe. --------------------------------------------------------------- 17) It's Lonely At The Top - APRIL 1993 issue Kodansha chapt. 56, Vol. 9, Feb. 25 release Megumi is shown as wanting to celebrate what she sees as her brother's good fortune at being elevated to a position of trust and authority. Rebuffed by Keiichi and being made aware of his problems, she quickly has an idea of how she can help him and sets off to put her plan into action. Keiichi is stunned when she shows up later with 200,000 yen to help finance the motorcycle. His happiness at his sisters' efforts is somewhat tempered later when he learns the stores she got the money from expect their sponsorship to be formal. While it didn't really affect the race, it does put a further large burden on Keiichi. First to win and, more importantly, then to go around and thank all the businesses involved and provide information about them to the media and help them advertise their support. Megumi's efforts have just dumped a whole new load of responsibilities on him. Still it shows what a resourceful, quick thinking person she is (like her mother) and how dedicated she is to being dependable for her brother. --------------------------------------------------- 18) Play The Game - JUNE 1993 issue Kodansha chapt. 58, Vol. 10, Apr. 25 release Once again, Megumi turns to her brother for help in a crisis, and as usual, while he personally doesn't seem to resolve the situation, his presence catalyzes the events that lead to the contest. He's also the key player in the final action that saves the day for Megumi, once again showing that while she's never quite sure just how he does it, calling on her brother for help always manages to somehow turn the tide for her. There is a translation glitch here that I want to point out because it changes the meaning of the story somewhat. Nekomi Kodai, Ed Chang translation: Megumi-chan: But will I get better when I grow up? Keiichi-chan: Yeah! Megumi-chan: Good Enough that you can count on me? Keiichi-chan: H'm, let's see... Megumi-chan: I won't give up softball until you can! Megumi: I won't give up! Dark Horse translation: Megumi-chan: So you mean I can be better when I'm bigger...? Keiichi-chan: Sure you can! Megumi-chan: Good enough to beat you, Keiichi? Keiichi-chan: Well, I don't know about that! Megumi-chan: Then, then... I'll NEVER Quit softball! EVER! Not until I can beat my big brother! Megumi: I'll NEVER quit... As you can see, this changes Megumi's motivation from becoming better than Keiichi to becoming so good at playing that she'll never be the one who loses a game for her brother (or her team) again. The latter is a more Japanese attitude, working hard so as not to be the weak link in the group's efforts and being able to live up to the expectations of someone she respects and wants to have respect her. It also spells out the difference between her and the baseball team's captain. Megumi wishes to save her club both for herself and the other members so they can play the game and better themselves at it. He's only doing it to show off his power as the best player and captain and to achieve his personal goal of a girl manager to wait on him. ----------------------------------------------------- 19) Sorrow, Fear Not - JULY 1993 issue Kodansha chapt. 59, Vol. 10, May 25, release Again, we see Megumi turning to Keiichi for help when her own efforts have failed. Even though he's totally against it, Keiichi compromises as best he can to help his sister out. That this is a real effort on his part is shown by his comments on how she shouldn't have put herself (and by extension himself) in this position in the first place. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 20) Peorth arc, part 1, Fourth Time's A Charmer - FEB. 1994 issue Kodansha chapt. 66, Vol. 11, Dec. 25 release While Megumi doesn't appear in person, she does have a part as the source of the camera Keiichi is taking pictures with. Even though she has a good camera, Megumi is again demonstrating her passion for high-end gadgets by buying a newer, better one. And she displays a flair for salesmanship (possibly learned from her mother), by first hooking her brother with the idea of the camera, and then hitting him with the cost. (I really don't know if 30,000 yen, or $300, is a good, fair, or high price for such a camera, but Keiichi seems more upset about the fact that she made him pay for it.) --------------------------------------------------------------------- 21) Peorth arc, part 3, The Battle For Keiichi - APRIL 1994 issue Kodansha chapt. 68, Vol. 12, Feb. 25 release While Megumi gets quite a bit of face time in this story, she's really there mostly for comic effect. About all of her "real" personality that's shown is a somewhat disparaging comment about how Keiichi has apparently fallen asleep in the middle of working on his motorcycle. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 22) Queen Sayoko arc, part 5, Back Where You Belong - SEPT. 1995 issue Kodansha chapt. 85, Vol. 15, July 25 release Megumi has a brief part, just long enough to show how the students of Nekomi Tech are very hard to faze. She quickly accepts the situation as only meaning she gets a day off and leaves without further worry. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 23) Queen arc, part 1, Megumi Verses The Queen - OCT. 1995 issue Kodansha chapt. 86, Vol. 15, Aug. 25 release Megumi is shown as having no interest in challenging the Queen or the race tradition of the mountain road. All she wants is to be able to take her class. However, once engaged in the competition, she quickly accepts the challenge and races with everything she's got. (Much like her father is said to race.) There is a translation glitch here that I want to point out because it changes the way the story expresses one of its internal plot points. During the second race, Dark Horse successfully translated the gist of the Queen's thought comments on the upslope that going against gravity her motorcycle had the power advantage over Megumi's 80cc KSR. On the down slope though, they only translate her comments about how far ahead she is and leave out the most important comment. It always bothered me why the heavier, more powerful motorcycle wouldn't have a similar edge when going with the gravity well. From Nekomi Kodai, Ed Chang translation: Queen: Now it's just to run down the slope. Queen: That's right... Queen: This (her motorcycle) is heavy, so going down there's a disadvantage... Queen: But the descent isn't important for this match. After all I'm... (so far ahead). Then Megumi flashes by. The point made is that because the Queen's motorcycle is so much heavier and more powerful, she has trouble controlling it on the down slope and lacks the confidence to go all out down hill. Megumi, on the other hand, on her lighter, more maneuverable bike, has the skill and will to take the down slope at full tilt, thus passing the Queen's larger cycle and proving she's the better rider. Just like she did in the first race. This demonstrates the first moral of this arc, that ability and determination will always beat raw power. From what we learn later in the Parents arc, this attitude (and racing ability) is probably something she and Keiichi have inherited from their father, and that Megumi will demonstrate this to the Queen by having her race against Keiichi (whom Megumi considers a better rider than she is) and Bell.) --------------------------------------------------------------------- 24) Queen arc, part 2, The Secret Of Speed - NOV. 1995 issue Kodansha chapt. 87, Vol. 15, Sept. 25 release First we see Megumi demonstrating her bratty side by yelling "thief" to upset someone she thinks is just looking at her bike. Then we see how she cleverly tries to get out of the confrontation by admiring the Queen's motorcycle and changing the conversation to discussing its virtues. Failing to sneak away after this ploy, she conceives a new way to convince the Queen that her KSR was only incidental to her winning the race. She immediately heads to the temple to wait for Keiichi. While there, she does some maintenance on her KSR, prompting Belldandy's comment on how she takes such good care of her bike. After covering some embarrassment over admitting that, Megumi then states the second theme of the story, if you're going to push your motorcycle to its limits, you have to keep it in perfect shape. Keiichi arrives, and correctly interprets Megumi's presence as her wanting something from him. Bell revises her earlier comment to how Keiichi takes such good care of Megumi. Now it’s Keiichi's turn to be embarrassed (showing how similar the siblings are) and he quickly turns the conversation back to what Megumi wants. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 25) Queen arc, part 3, Two Hearts Beat As One - DEC. 1995 issue Kodansha chapt. 88, Vol. 15, Oct. 25 release Again, Megumi shows her bratty side by annoying the Queen during her morning poem/meditation, then she springs her surprise explanation. At first totally against it, the Queen is convinced by Belldandy to go along with the plan, much to her surprise. (Belldandy may not have used magic, but she used some method of persuasion on her. That Bell makes this effort could be interpreted as she really wants to experience this race as Keiichi's partner and thereby share the thrill of competition with him.) The first theme is then repeated, as Bell and K-1 overtake and then pass the Queen, although the reality of the Queen's fears are also demonstrated by the near accident. It turns out the near accident is a reason to repeat the second moral of this story arc, that if you intend to push your motorcycle to its mechanical extremes, you'd better maintain it in perfect condition. Both these ideas would seem to be something they probably learned from Keima, who also comments on motorcycle care early in the Parent's arc (part 1, A Disturbing Guest) while Takano explains his all or nothing way of racing much later. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 26) The Phantom Racer, part 1, The Ghost Of The Pass - OCT. 1997 issue Kodansha chapt. 110, Vol. 18, Aug. 25 release Megumi joins the story on the side of the road through the Inokura Pass. Bell and Keiichi have gone out to ask her if she's heard anything about ghostly sightings. She hasn't, but adds she'll check. Then she calmly (and without really looking) raises her hand in a "halt" manner, immediately stopping all the motorcyclists passing on the road behind them. After chiding them for calling her "Queen", she rather royally inquires if any of her subjects have heard anything. They have, and as the story starts becoming a discussion, she again cuts it off in a regal manner. Then inquires of Keiichi if the ghost is supposed to be fast. He looks worried and asks if she's planning what he thinks she's planning. We next see her on the side of the road at night, commenting on how she's got to see how fast this ghost is. Her attitude is reminiscent of how her mother will act later on, plus showing how she has accepted her role as "Queen" while still denying the actual title, like her father. This acceptance seems to include the need to measure her ability against this new situation to prove herself worthy of the title, although her love of competition and the thrill of facing a real challenge is probably also part of her motivation. (Like it is for her brother and Belldandy.) --------------------------------------------------------------------- 27) The Phantom Racer, part 2, Sightings - NOV. 1997 issue Kodansha chapt. 111, Vol. 18, Sept. 25 release Megumi is confident at the start of the race. No one has beaten her yet on the Inokura Pass highway. Without really looking at her opponent she takes off, planning to follow her standard procedure for such races. While a bit surprised that her opponent hasn't passed her, she enters the down slope side with practiced assurance, racing at high speed and practiced techniques. Then she discovers her opponent is still with her. Realizing this is going to be a real race, she begins strategizing her moves. When she finally realizes it’s a real apparition she's racing, it seems to only double her determination. Its only when it proves capable of maneuvers she can't hope to match that she begins to give up hope; but she still keeps going, thinking the phantom wants to lead her somewhere. Then her knowledge of the road warns her of danger ahead and she avoids a potentially lethal situation the ghost seemed to be leading her into. This is the first time she becomes truly emotional in the race, raging angrily at the spirit for playing a dirty trick and trying to lure her into danger in violation of all the rules and ethics of fair competition. Suddenly spotting a headlight ahead of her, Megumi thinks it’s the ghost, back for another try. She angrily spins around to face the spirit's challenge as many times as it takes until she gets her revenge. But the headlights prove to be Keiichi and Belldandy, also here to challenge the phantom of the pass. This story is interesting in that it shows Megumi first racing in a very technical style, using her knowledge of the road to her best advantage, and then switching under pressure to a more instinctual style until her technical knowledge resurfaces to warn her in time. It also shows her as rather fearless and more concerned about her personal honor than a possible threat from the paranormal. (A family trait, perhaps.) (From the next story, it would appear the phantom wasn't trying to actually hurt Megumi, but rather following its habit of leaving the road and disappearing after beating an opponent. In this case, Megumi kept following it rather than give up. Most other riders would have stopped or fled after being passed by it.) ------------------------------------------------------------------- 28) The Phantom Racer, part 3, Three Of A Perfect Pair - DEC. 1997 issue Kodansha chapt. 112, Vol. 18, Oct. 25 release Megumi is initially surprised to see Keiichi and Belldandy, but more surprised at what they're riding on. She does a quick repeat of Skuld examining Bell's bicycle, then asks what they're there for. Keiichi admits it's for the same reason she's there, and they share a sister-brother moment. Then she sends them off with a warning and a call to avenge the family's reputation. Her final comment implies her confidence (justified) in her brother and Belldandy's ability to handle the situation. Once again, Megumi is shown as quick thinking and mechanically observant. She's also shown as understanding (and sharing) her brother's attitude toward racing and confidently believing that he is (at the moment) still a far better racer than she is. THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS FOR THE PARENT’S ARC. Revision date 5/31/2007 - This article is actually part of the revised topic "Keiichi, We Hardly Knew Ya" specifically the Megumi profile section. The chapter-by-chapter analysis in that section was originally written before Dark Horse had released the parent's arc. So subsequently, when I went back to update the article I found myself interpreting these stories in far greater detail than was needed just for Megumi's part in them. These are also the stories that form the basis of much of the earlier sections about Keima and Takano, so an in-depth look here also applies to those subjects as well. They are also a key point in describing the current relationship between Keiichi and Belldandy, so even further investigative effort was justified. The final version of this section will be left in the Megumi profile section, but it will also be posted as a separate topic for discussion. -------------------------------------------------- 29) Parents arc, part 1, A Disturbing Guest - JUNE 2000 issue Kodansha chapt. 142, Vol. 23, Apr. 25 release Chapter notes... It may not be clear, but at the start of the story Chihiro is trying to con her way into sharing Keiichi's lunch. She has a plain bowl of take-out Raman while he has one of Belldandy's box lunch specials. After a couple of conversation starters from Chihiro ("I was thinking..." DH, "Would you like the air conditioning turned on?" K) Belldandy of course invites her to share and she innocently accepts as if that was the furthest thing on her mind. (Page 12 - Chihiro is actually saying she doesn't see any resemblance between Keiichi and his father.) (Page 21 - Reverse Belldandy's third and fourth word balloons for the passage to make better sense.) (Page 14 - Megumi's comment as she sits in the chair is more along the lines of wondering if their mother Takano is all right. The Dark Horse version is an obvious change to support her questioning her parents later as to why only Takano and she can get close to Keima.) Megumi notes... Megumi is (perhaps understandably) upset about their father's arrival. This is also apparently the first time she's met Chihiro, so she hasn't been hanging out around Keiichi and the crew too much lately. As always, Belldandy has a soothing effect on people, but Megumi's panic returns quickly. Keiichi joins her when he learns the reason, as he realizes what such a visit means he has to do on short notice (mainly, explain Belldandy). An interesting point is how Megumi chides her father at one point about his actions, asking him to get down from where he's jumped to get away from Chihiro. It could be she feels it's also her job to fill in for her mother when dad gets out of control. ------------------------------------------------------------------- 30) Parents arc, part 2, Father Running Wild - JULY 2000 issue Kodansha chapt. 143, Vol. 23, May 25 release Chapter notes... Keima further demonstrates his skill as a mechanic, this time easily beating his son in a mechanical skills contest. We finally see the full extent of Keima's phobia over being touched by strange women as he goes into full panic mode. We are also shown a demonstration of how Keima can forget his errands, and how concerned he is with keeping his promises to his wife. It's also interesting that he asks Megumi what time it is, not Keiichi. It may be he's used to the women in his life keeping track of such things. Megumi notes... Megumi knows instantly what's about to happen when Chihiro slaps Keima affectionately. Megumi states how she has never been able to catch up with her father when he's going full tilt. The best she can do is just keeping up with him. This may be a bit of sexism on the part of Mr. Fujishima, that is, at comparable skill levels girls will still be slightly weaker than boys. While both Keiichi and Megumi know the only way to stop Keima when he's in a panic mode, it's Megumi who first suggests it and convinces her brother he has to do it in spite of his misgivings. Again Megumi takes the lead role. ------------------------------------------------------------------- 31) Parents arc, part 3, Goddess's Garden - AUG. 2000 issue Kodansha chapt. 144, Vol. 23, June 25 release Chapter notes... First we see Keima showing his stubborn side as he refuses to take any form of thanks from Chihiro. In this chapter we learn that Peorth has decided to stay around for a while, “on vacation”, and what happened to Sigel and Banpei during the Hild arc. Megumi notes... Megumi is honestly worried about how Keiichi is going to explain the situation he's in with Belldandy to their father and seems actually impressed with Keiichi's attitude that he should just state things as they stand and not apologize or try to hide anything. It's note worthy that Keiichi makes the comment (Japanese text) that he could consider it practice for later on. Practice for discussing his relationship with Belldandy with whom? Bell herself, or perhaps her parents? Megumi has obviously not been around the temple for a while (at least for the last few weeks) as she's unaware that Peorth has rejoined the inhabitants. She's also pretty sure her brother wouldn't have the courage to ask Urd and Skuld to make themselves scarce while Keima is there. ------------------------------------------------------------------- 32) Parents arc, part 4, Father's Hell - SEPT. 2000 issue Kodansha chapt. 145, Vol. 23, July 25 release Chapter notes... (The blouse Belldandy is shown wearing on the cover page for chapter 145 was used for one of her outfits in the TV anime and one of Kurthy133's cosplay outfits.) Classic examples displayed in this chapter of: Skuld's having prepared plans for possible future problems only to discover they aren't working out quite the way she thought they would. Banpei's use of magic markers to display his emotions. And one of those rare situations where even Belldandy is a bit stunned at what she sees before her (she has a sweat drop too). Keiichi is more resigned than stunned while Megumi seems to have received the full effect. It's amusing to note that exactly what happened is not shown, only the aftermath. Leaving it to our imaginations to decide from the lead-in what heights of insanity were reached before Keiichi, Bell, and Megumi arrive on the scene. Noteworthy points; the three goddesses are still on the table (whatever happened occurred so quickly they haven't had a chance to react); Sigel is still conscious, tied to Keima, and looking at Megumi and crew; and the mini Banpei have not only been stunned into deactivation, they are scattered about as if tossed or thrown wildly. In case it wasn't noticed, those are high quality leather racing gloves Takano is removing in the last panel, implying her interest in racing as well. Megumi notes... Repeat, Megumi has obviously not been around the temple for a while (at least for the last few weeks) as she's unaware that Peorth has rejoined the merry cast of inhabitants, although she does seem to have been aware of her existence (no introduction shown). (While she probably met Peorth back in the Fourth Goddess arc, such a meeting wasn't shown in that series.) ------------------------------------------------------------------- 33) Parents arc, part 5, Decision Time - OCT. 2000 issue Kodansha chapt. 146, Vol. 23, Aug. 25 release Chapter notes... This next few chapters are some of the most instructive chapters of the series, so I'm going to go into them in much greater detail than usual. Much of the background material for Keima and Takano in the previous section comes from these chapters and an effort will be made to emphasis these elements. WARNING! LOTS OF SPOILERS! It begins with Keima waking up in a meadow and hearing a song of some sort (we see that it's a song later). He looks about and discovers an enormous tree before him (Yggdrasil?) Walking around the tree he continues to hear the song all about him, then realizing something is above him he looks up to see what is obviously Belldandy in full goddess regalia and wings descending toward him. At this moment he awakens at the temple. At first a little sad that the vision he saw was just a dream, he's startled to hear the same song again. Looking about in amazement he sees Belldandy in goddess-like serenity singing next to him. His earlier dream flashes back and he envisions Belldandy in her goddess avatar again sitting in the giant tree. The vision disappears, replaced by Bell in her normal clothes sitting on the walkway with him. She continues to sing as she turns and smiles at him, and a confused and somewhat bemused Keima sits and listens as she finishes the song she was obviously singing just for him. The importance here is that Keima is shown as having visions of Belldandy as a goddess and in situations that relate back to her role in the heavens, either because OF the song or because something in his nature responded TO the song that way. The distinction is significant and we'll see later that it is probably the second reason. Still under the spell of the song/vision Keima starts to ask if Belldandy is something supernatural, but Bell smiles back as he speaks and the spell is somewhat broken. Feeling his earlier question would have sounded foolish, Keima pauses then thinks of a far more important one. He comments on how much Keiichi seems to like her, and Bell responds with a full blush and the admission that she likes Keiichi too, very much. Keima somehow senses just how powerful and compelling Belldandy's affection is, and she then goes on to the most important exchange in the chapter. Dark Horse's version seems to have been written to make the "thank you" at the end more logical but detracts somewhat from the power of Belldandy's statement. The phrase "to walk with you until life ends" is as close to a vow of total commitment as you can get and actually is used as a marriage proposal. So in this scene Keima is symbolically asking Belldandy if she is going to marry his son, and she says yes. Here are both versions (NK - Nekomi Kodai translation. DH - Dark Horse translation.): NK Belldandy: I ... made a promise. To always be by his side DH Belldandy: I ... made him a promise. I told him I'd never leave his side. NK Keima: ... I see. So you will walk with him then. (Note, not a question) DH Keima: ... Did you? Will you walk with him for me? NK Belldandy: Until ... life ends. DH Belldandy: Yes. Until the end. NK Keima: ... Thank you. DH Keima: ... Thank you. Things having gotten rather dramatic, so it's time to cue the comic relief as the other three goddesses pratfall their way onto the walkway to help cure Keima of his fear of women. As they topple onto him, Keima starts to go into panic mode, only to be halted by a karate chop to the head by his wife, Takano. (Note Keiichi is the one who exclaims, "Takano?!" or "Takano-san?!" and Megumi is the one who says, "But why are you..." or "Why!?" next to him. Dark Horse's layout makes it look sort of like its Skuld saying it.) (The seiyuu for Mara in the audio dramas and mini goddesses is Takano Urara. Whether this is another of Mr. Fujishima's little guest references is unknown.) Takano is shown from the start as a direct speaking, take-charge sort as opposed to Keima's more tentative and holding back attitude. She first explains how she had to follow Keima down because he forgot to bring the rest of the food she had prepared her kids and it would only be good for a day. The implication (K-1 and Megumi's "ha-ha-ha") is that this is a normal thing with Keima and somewhat expected. (The really interesting point is that she's driven half the length of Japan to deliver some sort of perishable commodity that could probably be picked up locally and at far less than the cost of the gas involved after having already sent her husband on a similar mission just before her. I smell excuse to visit kids without looking like we are.) She next more or less demands (in a politely motherly way) for Keiichi to explain the situation. (That is, the living at the temple with all the women. One point that is never explained is how Takano knew where the temple was that Keiichi was living at if Keima didn't. Probably just a plothole, but then again...) From Keiichi and Megumi's facial expressions (especially K-1's eyes) it's obvious that Takano's question involves how her son has come to be living in a private residence (on temple grounds) with three beautiful women and a young girl. Keiichi struggles to come up with a coherent answer, but Takano proves impatient and suggests a couple solutions of her own: Takano: I got it! *pon* (At this point Takano uses the phrase ending "be", an accent that marks her as from the country. This accent is considered rather demeaning in modern Japan and even people who might have grown up with it try not to use it front of anyone other than family and close friends. In Japanese manga and anime this accent is used as a sort of "bumpkin" or "hick" kind of speech, further reinforcing the stereotype. It should be noted that when Takano talks to the other goddesses later, she does not use this sort of accent. Her use of it now might be to reinforce the silly reasons she's coming up with for Keiichi's situation. Keiichi: Eh!? Takano: This place is a convent. Keiichi: Everybody has hair... Takano: I guess you're right. (Specifically, a Buddhist convent. Buddhist nuns will shave their heads as well as monks.) Keiichi: It's begun... Megumi: It's always been like this. (Apparently Takano likes to make wild guesses about things based on little knowledge, possibly a ploy to distract attention while she does her serious analysis.) Takano: I got it, this place is an inn, and you're the resident manager. Takano: That one's Ichinose-san, there's Yotsuya-san, Roppongi-san... Keiichi: What kind of story is that. (Characters and plot from the series Maison Ikkoku) Takano: Everyone here is your girlfriend. Keiichi: Sorry. Takano, reflecting on the posibility of her son being a ladies man: There's no way. (Common harem manga/anime plot situation.) At this point Takano pauses to exchange an almost knowing look with Belldandy, and then they introduce themselves. Takano gives Bell the perishable food (possibly some fish dish, according to the bag label) she'd brought with her, seemingly recognizing her as the mistress of the house, then cryptically announces that Bell is the girl Keiichi loves (or likes a lot). Keiichi is stunned, how could Takano know that already? Takano at first says it because she's his mother (and thus automatically knows such things), and then adds as an afterthought that she heard Keima and Bell talking earlier. Keiichi still feels it unlikely that she should be able to tell the depth of their feelings from just a partial conversation, so Takano drops the little bombshell on Keiichi that Bell had answered Keima's commitment question with a strong affirmative, much to Keiichi's surprise. She then challenges Keiichi to prove his commitment by racing his father. Keiichi agrees. Implied in this exchange is that Takano has a habit of appearing to be able to read her children's minds and of challenging them to back up their beliefs, training them to not hide things from her (because they can't) and making them decide what's worth putting up a fight for (is the reward or the belief worth the risk involved). Megumi notes... Nothing much Megumi specific in this chapter other than she stands by her brother and pretty much responds to their mother's actions in the same manner as he does. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 34) Parents arc, part 6, Mother's Battle, Father's Battle - NOV. 2000 issue Kodansha chapt. 147, Vol. 23, Sept. 25 release Chapter notes... The chapter starts with a recap of the end of the previous chapter, with Takano asking Keiichi if he'd be willing to prove the strength of his affection for Belldandy by racing Keima. After a brief pause for thought, Keiichi readily agrees, but goes on to point out his motorcycle has a sidecar, making it unsuitable for racing. Takano smiles and indicates that Keima and Megumi have already started detaching the sidecar. When Keiichi begins to bring up another possible problem, he's stopped by the sight of Megumi walking past with the necessary tools and parts to revamp the BMW's suspension for sidecar-less operation. I don't think he was stalling, but rather just being practical and reviewing what had to be done. After watching his mother's hand gestures Keiichi realizes there's no point in worrying about it, if Takano says it will happen, it will, and just joins in with the work of conversion. At this point Keiichi makes the interesting statement of calmly telling Keima that this time he's going to win. Keima replies equally calmly that that's something Keiichi can say after he's actually won, and goes on to point out that so far Keima has beaten his son in racing 97 times. Keiichi marvels that Keima has kept such close track. It's obvious that this racing against each other is an important thing between father and son, and that winning and losing in these races has great significance to both of them. There's a lot going on in the next sequence. While Keima has apparently accepted Belldandy for his son without reservations, Takano is of a more inquisitive nature. She has nothing against Belldandy as of now, but she wants to know a lot more about her before she'll feel comfortable leaving her son in her care. But Takano isn't the direct sort, she likes to put people into situations and then judge them by their reactions. That's what the whole Belldandy - Takano conversation/bet sequence is about, Takano trying to get a handle on Belldandy emotionally. Keiichi finally announces his BMW is ready and he and Keima mount up, already in their mentally competitive zones. But since this is Takano's show, she has to decide where they are to race. She unhesitatingly turns to Megumi who just as quickly suggests the mountain road between the two Nekomi Campuses. Belldandy points out (in the interests of fairness) that Keiichi is very familiar with this route while Keima has never ridden it before. Takano brushes this objection off, continuing to display her confidence in HER husband's ability to win anywhere. The two Morisato males take off with a bit of showboating wheelies and seemingly ignore Takano's parting instructions to not get hurt, much to her annoyance. Megumi sees this as normal family dynamics, while Bell doesn't seem at all expressive. Meanwhile, back in the temple, the other three goddesses are also preparing to move out (Skuld has some sort of drive transmission, Urd has an sealed ampoule of some sort, and Peorth has a rose). Their plans, whatever they were, are cut short by an innocent seeming Belldandy who appears before them and asks where they're going, thus ending "Operation Keiichi Definite Win". Belldandy and Takano continue to bond as Bell offers tea and yokan, then Takano spots the TV in the tearoom. There are two guest reference jokes in the sequence where Takano is examining how many channels there are there on the mainland. The first is a fast one, Dark Horse prints it as, "Iwata I Hate You!" while Nekomi Kodai shows it as, "Iwata-san, you're in last place." But both may be references to Iwato Mitsou, the seiyuu for Gan-chan. The second gets a bit involved. Nekomi Kodai... Reporter: Good evening, this is investigative reporter Miyamura Yuuko... Yuuko: Right now it's very dark, and I don't like it... TV Screen: Investigative Reporter Miyamura Yuuko Yuuko: I'm at a place called Inokuradai... *BU* Dark Horse... Reporter: Good evening and welcome to Yuko Miyamura's - News Attack!!! Yuko: I'm afraid to close my eyes... I'm afraid to open them... TV Screen: Attack Reporter Yuko Miyamura Yuko: For they say Inokuradai is home to... *Click* Yuko Miyamura was the voice actress for Asuko in Evangelion, along with many other roles. At the time she was doing a cameo part as a TV instructor in the film Battle Royale (which came out in Dec of 2000 in Japan) This is an actual drawing of the actress with her hair the way it was in the movie, reprising her role in the movie, so someone (whose initials are KF) was having a bit of fun with her. (From the Dark Horse notes section, TPB #23, editor Carl Horn) Urd at this point turns off the TV and informs Takano if she wants to watch it she has to "win the right". Peorth then offers the usual games the goddesses play to determine television privileges. Takano sort of sniffs this off and produces a rather professional looking Mahjong set, which she quickly sets up with what can only be considered practiced ease. Expressing disbelief that the three goddesses don't know how to play, Takano sets about explaining the game to them while Megumi marvels in the way daughters do about their mother's foibles that she can't believe Takano brought a game set with her. At this point it should be pointed out that in Japan Mahjong is not a parlor game but rather a more serious pastime, occupying a position similar to stud poker as a recreational occupation. It's usually played for money and even between friends the play is serious. Its not the sort of thing respectable young ladies are supposed to be involved in. Takano's whole attitude during this sequence is that of a Mahjong shark luring fresh marks. The chapter ends with Belldandy getting Megumi to serve the tea and yokan so she can go outside and dispatch a mini version of herself. Megumi notes... Megumi works on converting Keiichi's motorcycle as an equal with her father and brother, and knows where Keiichi keeps his hidden parts. Takano then turns to Megumi for a good location for the race, not Keiichi or the other goddesses. Like Keima, she also seems to consider Megumi as the child to turn to for advice and information of that nature. Megumi does not accompany them to the race site, however. This competition is to be between the males of her family. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Parents arc, part 7, Let's Dance - DEC. 2000 issue Kodansha chapt. 148, Vol. 23, Oct. 25 release Chapter notes... In this chapter we finally see a display of Keima's fatherly pride in his son and how far he has come in his skills and abilities. But apparently to Keima the most important aspect of this feeling is that he no longer needs to hold back and can compete against his son with everything he's got. Next we hear Keiichi comment on how he's still in awe of his old man's abilities and that in spite of his earlier words, he's not sure if he'll beat him. At this point we have a discrepancy between the Dark Horse text and Nekomi Kodai text that does change the story angle a bit. In the Dark Horse version, panel one on page 152 has Keiichi thinking, "But some little voice tells me... ...I shouldn't give up so easily." Nekomi Kodai's version goes - Keiichi: "Maybe I can't win..." Then another voice says, "That's not true." The second voice turns out to be Belldandy in her mini-form. Thus the remaining four panels on the page are: Keiichi wondering who said that, then him looking down and being surprised by something so that he lets go of the BMW's handlebars and startles Keima by his erratic behavior, Keima then wonders if this was some sort of focusing technique on the part of Keiichi, and finally we're shown what has surprised Keiichi, Belldandy standing on his jacket zipper. With Mini-Belldandy now with him, Keiichi explains just how good his father is at racing and that his only hope for victory is that he has special knowledge of the road ahead and without it he would never be able to beat his father. That and he has the aid and inspiration of a goddess on his side. The chapter ends with Belldandy enjoying how father and son seem to anticipate each other's moves and counter them in a pattern that almost looks as if they were dancing. Megumi notes... Megumi is not in this chapter ------------------------------------------------------------------- Parents arc, part 8, About Meeting While Racing - JAN. 2001 issue Kodansha chapt. 149, Vol. 23, Nov. 25 release Chapter notes... A lot happens in this chapter, but not much of an instructive nature. It's mostly just for fun and set up for later. It begins with Belldandy continuing to emote over the beauty of Keiichi's and Keima's riding against each other, then there's a brief father-son moment over riding motorcycles, this is disrupted when Keima's bike kicks up a stone that knocks out Keiichi's headlight. Keiichi tries to continue the race, relying on his memory of how the road runs, but Keima knows the race is over, since to continue at any rate of speed would be foolish for his son. Then Belldandy steps in and creates a light bubble around Keiichi's BMW so he can see the road again. At first confused by what has happened, Keima decides that since Keiichi's light is back the race is on and its time to get serious. (The drawings imply Keima's attitude is that if it isn't bothering Keiichi, he's not going to worry about it.) The story returns to ace reporter Yuko Miyamura, who is apparently interviewing the former Queen of the Inokuradai pass about the earlier ghost motorcycle sightings. As the interview progresses, Keima and Keiichi come roaring around the bend, Keiichi's BMW all aglow with its goddess induced aura, and scares the bejeezes out of the news crew, who promptly call their producer who has their production van at a row of vending machines down the road. The chapter ends with Keiichi beginning to review his secret plan to beat his father. Megumi notes... Megumi is not in this chapter ------------------------------------------------------------------- Parents arc, part 9, Towards The Believing Road - FEB. 2001 issue Kodansha chapt. 150, Vol. 23, Dec. 25 release Chapter notes... This chapter continues from the last one, as Keima begins to wonder what Keiichi is doing since his actions aren't making sense, then Keima realizes what Keiichi's plan was and that he can't avoid it. Keiichi is just starting to congratulate himself when a situation neither of the racers could have planned for occurs. The producer in the TV news van is backing across the road, checking out his crew's report of a ghost motorcycle. He's positioned in such a way that the road is blocked and there's only room for one motorcycle to squeeze between it and the guard railing at a time. One of the racers will have to drop back quickly or there's going to be a crash, but whoever does so will definitely lose. Keiichi and his father exchange glances, each deciding whether or not to play chicken. Keiichi has a brief flashback of his mother asking if he would protect this girl with his life (Dark Horse), or "I'll see your resolve then" (Nekomi Kodai), and Keiichi, without much further emotional thought knows what he has to do. Belldandy, sensing his decision agrees completely, and Keiichi drops back behind Keima. Megumi notes... Megumi is not in this chapter ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 35) Parents arc, part 10, Prepared To Win - MAR. 2001 issue Kodansha chapt. 151, Vol. 24, Jan. 25 release Chapter notes... Continuing from the previous chapter, Keima is at first surprised, and perhaps a little disbelieving that Keiichi gave up his chance so quickly. Keiichi again surprises him by apparently attempting to continue the race on the other side of the guardrail. But before any further emotions can be expressed, the open space between the guardrail and mountainside disappears in a dense growth of weeds. Keima shouts an involuntary warning as Keiichi disappears into the undergrowth. Fortunately there is no sign of a crash or other extreme ending and Keima assumes Keiichi and his BMW have soft-landed in the brush and it will just take a while for him to get out. Sadly, Keima continues the race, he's honor bound to finish the course so as to actually win it, but this was not how he wanted it to be. He'd much prefer a neck and neck with his son (and maybe losing to him wouldn't be all that bad, as long as it was an honest win.) Then, out of a drainage culvert, Keiichi and his BMW reappear on the road next to the totally astonished Keima. (Mr. Fujishima has included two drawings, one an aerial view, to show how Keiichi accomplished this.) Father and son break out into happily relieved laughter over the situation and continue the race, Keima in the lead and Keiichi right behind trying to find a way to pass as Belldandy once again comments on how beautiful the harmony of their racing together is. Back at the temple, the Mahjong contest has reached a crescendo as Urd, Peorth, and Skuld all are very close to winning with spectacularly rare and difficult combinations. Then Takano beats them all with a very ordinary, but still very winning rack. The impression that Takano is some sort of Mahjong sharp is continued, not that she cheats (which the goddesses may have been doing a bit of) but that she is very good. (Nekomi Kodai had a very good analysis of the four Mahjong hands in question, which I'll repost in the trivia topic.) (**) Meanwhile, Megumi has stopped Belldandy in the inner hallway and tries to apologize for all the disruption her parents have caused in Belldandy's household. Megumi seems to feel it is her duty to run interference and apologize for her parents' unusual behavior (as opposed to the behavior expected of senior Japanese family members.) Belldandy basically tells her not to worry, she's enjoying meeting Megumi and Keiichi's parents and finds the great love they have for each other and their children to be wonderful. Megumi is rather amazed that Bell feels that way, as most people think her parents are rather strange. But based on body language, Megumi too has always felt a great love between her parents and is grateful that Bell can sense it. More than ever she feels Belldandy is the right person for Keiichi, but before she can finish her statement Bell announces the racers are back. (The artwork implies her split-off mini-form has returned to her.) The ladies assemble at the temple gate behind Takano and wait expectantly for Keima and Keiichi to stop. With Takano posed dramatically above them, Keiichi announces ruefully, "I didn't win." Takano looks down with her eyes closed, her image that of someone who's heard what she expected. Belldandy appears a little sad (probably for Keiichi's sake) while the other three goddesses exchange questioning looks while commenting, "he lost?" Then Takano, with a mother's concern and no triumph in her features says basically, you forfeited the race didn't you. Bell and Keiichi both look surprised at this (it was the truth). Takano descends from on high toward her son and explains that she could tell that her husband and son were now equals in their skill as riders just from the way they started, so Keiichi should have pulled at least even with Keima. But she knew her husband would never back down in a race situation with someone he felt worthy of racing against, so if a situation arose where someone would have to give way for the other, she was sure it would be Keiichi. When Keiichi asks if that means she thinks he lacks determination she chastises him. When a person has something in their life worth risking that life to protect, she says, their normal resolve should be to always come back alive from dangerous situations in order to BE able to protect that something. Do or die situations are rare and not risking one's life or the lives of others is the more honorable action in almost all cases. She finishes this explanation with a look and a slight dig at Keima, who blushes embarrassedly because he knows that he's been guilty of just that sort of risk taking behavior in his races (including this one) in spite of having expressed the same opinion at different times in the past. Takano then smilingly announces that since she won the bet, it's time for Belldandy to tell her who she really is. As she waits in happy expectation the other goddesses stand aghast, Megumi, for some reason, looks stunned, Keiichi appears shocked, and Belldandy rather serenely replies, "Of course, I'm a..." Megumi notes... See above. (**) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 36) Parents arc, part 11, That "True Self" - APRIL 2001 issue Kodansha chapt. 152, Vol. 24, Feb. 25 release Chapter notes... Continuing from the previous chapter, Belldandy prepares to explain that she's a goddess. However, she only manages to get as far as the first syllable ("G-" for goddess in English, "Me-" for megami in Japanese) before the other three goddesses and Keiichi cover her mouth with their hands. She tries this a couple of times before Keiichi steers her away. Keima and Takano try guessing various words that begin with "G" in English (and "Me" in Japanese) in an attempt to figure out what Bell's saying, until Urd distracts Takano by reminding her they haven't finished the Mahjong game. Keima is left looking rather pensive, as if determining a course of action, then he asks Megumi if she has a gas torch. Keiichi and Belldandy get away from the temple residence and have a brief but meaningful discussion about if and why Bell shouldn't reveal she's a goddess to anyone. Bell asks if this would apply to even Keiichi's parents, and he admits that they probably have an idea about what's going on already; being how they are (implying he's always found them to be very perceptive of things). He then repeats his intent to always be there for her and they return to the residence without seemingly having made a decision. This is the first of two places where the Nekomi Kodai translation significantly differs from the Dark Horse version in this chapter and to my mind fits the pictures better. As Keiichi walks into the Tearoom he sees Peorth, Urd, and Skuld sitting with books or boxes on their heads, obviously the penalty decided by Takano for losing the Mahjong tournament, as Takano is seated happily watching the television. Keiichi's side commentary fits in either version. (Additional information from Tri Ring, "Mahjong starts with 30,000 points for each player symbolized by sticks instead of chips and kept in a box. The representation of the three with boxes on their head means that Takano sucked all three dry of their sticks which is quite rare." Aha! so that's what that meant! Further support for the notion that Takano is indeed a Mahjong Shark! And here she's just playing for fun. I wonder what percentage of her kid's college funds has come from the local Mahjong Parlors. You know, that would go along with the cultivated "Rural Hick" accent, cute lil' innocent housewife in from the country looking to play a little Mahjong with the big bad city professionals.) Next panel we see Takano turned around with a smile and in the Dark Horse version calls to Keiichi and begins to mention the envelope Chihiro (who as far as we know she hasn't met) gave Keima. For some reason this causes Keiichi to go into a panic and he blurts out something about how it was for helping at the shop. This really makes no sense and Takano's confusion is justified. In the Nekomi Kodai version Takano calls to Keiichi and begins talking about the "True Self" thing again, a much more believable reason for Keiichi to go into panic mode and it's he who starts blabbing about a ticket Keima got for a hot spring, which is what confuses Takano. Successfully diverted from the "True Self" question again, Takano tells Keiichi that Keima wants him outside (and apparently this applies to all the goddesses as well). Once outside, Belldandy is struck with an almost childlike wonder by the gift Keima has made for her, a glass feather, and asks if it's really for her. An embarrassed Keima says it is, and that he's made one for each of the ladies of the household. Urd, Skuld, and Peorth press forward to see what he has for them, their sudden presence triggering a panic retreat on Keima's part. The glass feathers are highly appreciated by the goddesses, who seem to respond to them on a more ethereal level than one would expect, briefly revealing themselves in their winged goddess avatar forms to a suitable startled Keima and Takano. The moment passes quickly, leaving Takano and Keima a little stunned and unsure of what they just saw. (The goddesses all have the classic, "What, nothing unusual here" looks about them as they sit on the porch while Keiichi has a rather pained "I didn't see anything" look about him. When the parents look to Megumi for some sort of confirmation, we see that she's been playing with Velsper and missed the whole exchange. Hence the reason Keiichi is thanking Velsper for side tracking her.) Still, Takano begins to put what she's just witnessed into words, that Belldandy's "G-" is for "goddess," so Keiichi leaps in with the first lame distracting question he can think of to change the subject. (The crossed hands are a negating hand signal from Japanese quiz shows.) Why can Keima only stand to be by Takano (and Megumi)? Megumi jumps in and choruses the question as something she'd like to know too. Takano smiles (maybe with a little nostalgic affection) and answers its because he truly loves them. Belldandy takes this calmly as nothing new, but Keiichi and Megumi are a bit stunned. Since they've been at the temple Keima has been able to be close to Belldandy too, so that must mean he loves her as well! This line of thought isn't pursued any further and we next see Keima and Takano getting ready to return to their home the next morning. This is the next spot that Dark Horse and Nekomi Kodai differ noticeably in their interpretations. In the Dark Horse version we see Takano sitting in her car saying "see ya" then she adds, "Oh yeah Bell... tell me..." at which point Keiichi freaks and leaps in to interrupt her statement, surprising both Belldandy and Megumi and provoking his mother to ask what's wrong with him. Not particularly coherent but not wildly improbable. In the Nekomi Kodai translation she again starts out with "Bye then." but pauses to add "Ah, that's right, Bell-chan... Shoutai-" at which point Keiichi leaps in because he thinks what Takano is saying is Shoutai, the Japanese for "true self" and is about to ask about Bell being a goddess again.. As he flies past, Takano finishes her statement with "-jou, I'll give one to you." What Takano was saying then was she would give Belldandy a shoutaijou, Japanese for a written invitation, implying that she and Keiichi should come and visit at anytime. If you look in the car Takano is holding a square piece of paper as Keiichi makes a fool of himself. In this version Takano again asks her flustered son, "What ARE you doing?" at this point. While I'm not certain, I believe this would indicate that Takano has also accepted Belldandy as potential family. (It's possible this paper is the sweepstakes ticket that comes up later, but there's no evidence one way or the other.) Takano then lowers her sunglasses and drives off, followed by Keima giving his son and daughter a more comradely slap on the back and hand before he too takes off after his wife, leaving Keiichi and Megumi standing and wondering why they had come down to see them in the first place. It's Belldandy who answers them, saying their parents were just worried about them and wanted to make sure they were okay. She then makes one of her magical gestures, fingers to mouth. As we see Keima and Takano driving side by side on the road back, they're somehow discussing who Belldandy really is. How they do this over the engine noise is unknown and I don't think it was supposed to indicate mental telepathy between them, but it's an intriguing thought. Nothing is actually said conclusively, but both parents seem to have a similar feelings about Bell and her "true nature". In the last double page panel we see that Holy Bell is overhead escorting them back home. Obviously Belldandy also cares a great deal about them as well. As a final bit, we return to the location where the arc started in the offices of Whirlwind where it is disclosed that Chihiro had given Keima a free lottery ticket for a hot spring vacation as her compensation gift and that somehow Keima has given it to Bell and Keiichi. While Chihiro goes on about how Keima deserved it, Keiichi can't help but consider how cheep Chihiro is. This plays off against Chihiro mooching a meal from K-1 and Bell at the start of the arc and definitely fits into the next set of stories. I believe this is the point where Mr. Fujishima decided to make Chihiro being a bit stingy part of her character profile. Megumi notes... Not much new here that hasn't been shown before, other than it's interesting that the trouble was taken to explain why Megumi didn't see the goddesses exposing their inner avatars. The implication is that she would have seen it as clearly as her parents and Keiichi and drawn much stronger conclusions from it because of her additional experience. ==================================== 3.2 So what do these appearances tell us about Megumi? Revised 2/7/2009 3.2.1 While sharing many attributes with Keiichi, Mr. Fujishima has tried very hard to make Megumi's personality distinctly different from her brother's by giving all the traits they share in common her own unique spin. They're both intensely competent motorcycle riders, exhibiting the same skills and abilities as their father. Keiichi, however, is a more technical rider while Megumi is a more instinctive one. That is, Keiichi uses his experience and knowledge of the dynamics of riding to plan his moves. He decides what actions he's going to take based on the situation; they may be split second but they're still calculated. In this respect he resembles his mother, the gambler. Megumi is more inclined to just open the throttle wide and trust her feel for the road, riding the way her father does. In either case, once one of them has run a course a few times, they develop a mental map of the best way to handle it. They both are very skilled mechanics and engineers with a "feel" for machinery, much like their father. They both have the necessary talent to visualize what must be done to get from what they have to what they want and how to go about it, but their versions of this ability are interestingly reversed. In Megumi's case, she uses her talents mostly for practical purposes, being primarily interested in getting the maximum performance out of her work. Her approach to such work is very matter-of fact, but at the same time she's highly creative, visualizing things that have never been before and seeing how to put them together. The Pot Shaker Dragon is an excellent example of such designing from the ground up. For Keiichi, however, mechanics and engineering is more of an emotional thing and he's inspired by both the technical results and the beauty of creation in what he does. But he's not all that creative himself. If he already knows what it is he's trying to design (like a hill climb motorcycle), he can assemble and modify existing systems to reach that goal as well as anybody. Likewise, when given a pre-existing object, he can almost intuitively sense how it is supposed to work and how to restore or mend it. (That's why he's so good at repairing things.) But when it comes to creating something completely new, he has trouble visualizing it and often has to rely on the inspiration of others. He’s better at taking something pre-existing and seeing a new way of using it. Once this initial conceptualization has occurred, he can take over the process of creating it, but he sometimes needs help for that first big step. This difference between the brother and sister can be related to how their parents are portrayed. Megumi is more like her mother on the outside, direct and practical, but closer to her father on the inside, artistically creative, imaginative, and having a strong sense of personal honor. Keiichi is more like his father on the outside; shy, trustworthy, trying hard to not disappoint anyone but leery of responsibility, while being more like his mother on the inside, observing, calculating, and decisive when the time comes. Megumi and Keiichi also seem to share their father's desire to avoid certain responsibilities, while at the same time taking those responsibilities extremely seriously once they have them. Neither of them actively seek positions of authority and reflexively fall back on the "just kidding" defense when it looks like their actions are about to get them into an uncomfortable situation. And both of them are markedly unhappy when circumstances force them into a position of authority. This attitude is not that uncommon for people who feel strongly bound to honor their promises and personal responsibilities. The stronger this feeling, the more likely they are to want to avoid being put in a position to have to be that way. Megumi's determined stance to NOT be called the "Queen" of the mountain race circuit parallels Keima's insistence that he not be called "Father". But once she's accepted the fact that she's been handed the position, she quickly adopts to the other bikers treating her that way, accepts (and makes use of) the authority that comes with it, and when a new challenge appears (the "ghost" motorcycle) feels obligated to defend her position. Her referring to Keiichi and Belldandy as the "true" king and queen of the mountain pass is both another way of denying her title, while at the same time showing her respect and admiration for her brother and his girl's abilities. Keiichi's version of this attitude is best demonstrated at the start of "It's Lonely At The Top." Further manifestations of it will be dealt with in his own section. 3.2.2 Momma Megumi ......... In most ways though, Megumi seems to resemble Takano; with her no-nonsense, take charge attitude and slightly cynical observations of the world around her (especially her brother's activities in the romance department). She also seems to share her mother's talent for being able to cover for herself when she's challenged. And finally, she seems to feel a responsibility to act as a surrogate for their mother, advising and looking out for her brother in a maternal manner while trying not to appear so. 3.2.3 Clothing and Romance.......... Much has been said about Megumi's personal appearance (or lack there of). Mr. Fujishima sometimes comes across as a frustrated fashion designer, creating all sorts of fancy outfits for the goddesses and other female cast members to wear. Fancy, frilly, fantastic, or fundamental, they all have an obvious feminine flair to them. But in Megumi's case he seems to have made a special effort to dress down her femininity. Sora Hasegawa is seen wearing outfits with more sex appeal than Megumi and even Mara finds her wardrobe uninspiring. Not that Megumi's taste in clothes is overly butch; they DO have a certain girly look to them, sometimes, but in general its jeans, shorts, Tee shirts, jean jackets, and duffel coats. And of course boots and riding gaiters. About the sexiest outfit we've seen her in was her bicycle shorts and Tee shirt top in the "Battle For Keiichi." (Of course she was supposed to be acting romantic in that story.) Megumi herself, we're told, is supposed to look kind of cute close up (by Mara, of all people; but then she would know.) and her character was designed by Mr. Fujishima to have a generally cute look. So what's with the lack of fashion sense? (While not in the manga story itself, Mr. Fujishima has done some stand-alone portraits of Megumi that reveal a far more flirty, feminine side of her. We also see her putting on make-up in the opening credits of the OAV and looking much more girly in the second episode.) Essentially, I believe what's being show with her character is that while she still maintains a certain female bias in its selection; Megumi is primarily picking her wardrobe for functionality. She's more concerned about how suitable something will be for her real interests, riding and working on her motorcycle, than in if someone (or anyone) will find her attractive in it. And this, I think, is supposed to show that Megumi isn't all that interested in girly romance stuff, like obsessing over boyfriends and such. Not that she's looking in any other directions either, it's just that she's not interested in playing those games. However, as the most recent story arc with her in it seems to show (chapter 224) she IS interested in boys in general. Megumi has shown that she has firm ideas about how relationships should work, so she's thought about the concepts and is all in favor of them (especially for her brother). But having established her standards, she’s now too busy living her life and exploring the new freedom she's just discovered while being on her own at college to want to compromise herself just to tie herself down with some male. Besides, if she's following her family's tradition, she probably figures that eventually she'll run into the right man (like her mother found her father and Belldandy found her brother) and THEN she'll make her move, he’ll be hers, and that will be that. So for now it’s just keeping her eyes open and watching the herd. 3.2.4 Big Brother is Watching Her .................... While I'm certain it isn't meant to imply anything bad about their family, Megumi seems to (secretly) be in tremendous awe of her brother. This could possibly be a result of their growing up in a rural area so they were rather isolated and little sister only had her brother to really measure herself against. This respect and affection for her brother has resulted in several of Megumi's personality traits as seen in the story. First of all it's made Keiichi Megumi's rival and the target of her adolescent rebellion. That's where her bratty attitude toward him comes from. Second, he's her primary playmate; she often only had him to do fun things with so she thinks of him in those terms. That's why she's hung around the NIT-MCC as much as she has even though she doesn't seem to be a member. Third, he's also her role model, so she judges herself against him in measuring her accomplishments. Fourth, he's her protector, the person she instinctively looks to when she feels helpless. And finally, he's the leader in her personal world, and like any good team member she wants to be his trusted supporter. 3.2.5 Conclusion.............. In many ways Megumi has been represented as a typical Japanese younger sister wrapped up in a very untypical package. This makes her personality appear somewhat contradictory. While a seemingly independent, no-nonsense modern woman quite capable of looking after her own affairs, she continually turns to her big brother for help whenever she feels she's in a bind and worries about fulfilling her family obligations to him. She greatly enjoys teasing him and leading him on, but also respects and looks up to him and definitely wants him to respect her and feel confident he can count on her support when things get tough. She can't help trying to expedite her brother's romance and has definite ideas about what it should involve, but doesn’t seem to be to forward about revealing her own affairs of the heart. All in all, Mr. Fujishima probably intended Megumi to be a sort of combination female version of Keiichi (only more self confident), and his idea of a modern Japanese girl (probably based on the girls he's met in the racing and manga fields), both traditional in her attitudes toward family members and personal responsibility, yet also refusing to be defined by them and seeking her own place in the world. She's certainly been all of the above. We’ll see what this new Megumi story arc (chapter 224) adds to our understanding of Keiichi’s little sister. ==================================== 3.3 – Profile Update Based On Dialog and Graphic Interpretation of Chapter 224 - Drunken Queen, and Chapter 230, Those Words, Again, Added 2/7/2009 In the original profile of Morisato Megumi given above, my original conclusion was that Megumi was not really interested in looking for a boyfriend, although she wouldn't have anything against finding one. She was not the sort of girl to sit quietly and wait for some guy to make her life complete, she'd go out and make her own life the way she wanted it and if some guy wanted to come along for the ride all well and good. The events of these chapters haven't really changed that view tremendously, but I now concede that Megumi is a little more of a traditional Japanese gal in wanting to have a boyfriend, but the terms are still her own. Megumi has always been shown as having firm ideas about how relationships should work, and would obviously be applying them to her own search for a partner. So the male students of Nekomi Tech had better be on their guard because this is one little sister who is not going to sit passively by and wait for the boys to get up their nerve and decide she's good enough. If Keiichi could manage to go after and win someone as far superior to himself as Belldandy, Megumi should be able to get someone decent, even if she is superior to them. (Belldandy pulled it off, right?)

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