Ah! My Goddess Ch. 288 Manga Review

Ah! My Goddess Manga/Oh My Goddess! Manga
ああっ女神さまっ Chapter 288
SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Gate greets Belldandy and Keiichi, leading “her” to explain that there are multiple Gates, all appearing as a young, female child, whom are networked together, thus why this Gate knew Belldandy and Keiichi. Gate wonders if Belldandy and Keiichi can make it through safely. While Keiichi isn’t confident that they’ll succeed, it is something they must do. As such, Keiichi has faith in their decision. Gate finds Keiichi’s answer illogical, not understanding the concept of faith, so Belldandy attempts to explain. Despite her explanation, Belldandy ponders to herself on her faith in herself, as she has faith in Keiichi.

Gate transforms and opens two portals, one for Keiichi and one for Belldandy. As they are pulled down to the Lakeside of Judgement, Belldandy asks Keiichi to forgive her, saying that she did not deceive him. With that, the two are pulled down and Gate returns to humanoid form. Gate ponders the term “faith” when she is apparently hacked by someone, talking about having faith in oneself, but also remarking that even this person can’t interfere. Gate returns to normal, wondering if she was hacked, but then concluding that gate security couldn’t be bypassed. Gate decides that even though no one has ever returned from the path she put Belldandy and Keiichi on, she’ll wait and see, hoping to then understand faith.

Keiichi finds himself in darkness, unable to determine if he is falling or rising or even if he’s dead or not. Keiichi emerges from the darkness by a lake, hearing music. He finds himself in a male body that is playing a harp and singing. The man slips and falls back, losing his harp in the water. When the man reaches into the water, Keiichi doesn’t recognize the man in the reflection. Keiichi is puzzled by the fact that he’s inside another man’s body, but he recognizes the feelings being experienced as similar to his own.

It is then that a beautiful woman emerges from the water, holding two harps.

Thoughts/Review:

The Gate’s return has an interesting twist, in that there are multiple Gates, but all are networked together. I do like the explanation, although I don’t remember the specifics on how Gate was initially presented.

I think it may be safe to say that Kami-sama is the one who briefly took over Gate.  I don’t think that Hild nor Ansuz would have, or even could have done so.

In my review of the last chapter, the whole notion of a Judgement Gate was one covered in the Ah! My Goddess Movie.  As I said then, I don’t remember much about what happened (other than Keiichi and Belldandy survive), but I feel fairly confident that Keiichi didn’t “wake up” in the body of another man.  I get the feeling that the man Keiichi’s experiencing things through is a normal human, and that the woman that emerged from the lake will be a goddess. Indeed, I strongly suspect that what Keiichi is experiencing is something that happened sometime in the past (maybe 300 or more years back), but knowing Fujishima-sensei, I could be WAY off track here.

So, does that mean that Belldandy is experiencing things inside the goddess? I think that’s highly likely as well, but again we’ll see.

In the end, how does Keiichi (and possibly Belldandy) experiencing an event from the past test them on their present relationship?  That will be the fun thing to learn.

In the end, this is a good chapter with an unexpected twist in how Keiichi is experiencing things via another person.

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12 Responses to “Ah! My Goddess Ch. 288 Manga Review”

  1. Lan says:

    There really isnt much difference between the GMT releases and these new quicker translations. Youre now 3 chapters behind most AMG fans, and these new translations get produced within a day of the chapter release in japan. Just saying.

    • Anonymous says:

      The differences can be significant! For example, back in chapter 273, the quick translation had Keiichi say he probably would have opened the door, or at least had Ehwaz interpret it that way. That’s the only one I can remember off the top of my head. Also, it looks like the quick translations may get the subject (as in who it’s referring to) of some sentences wrong, which can make things make no sense.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      The reason I haven’t been doing the fast releases is that the couple of times I saw them, they were pretty bad. So, I decided to wait. I haven’t looked in a while though.

  2. Anonymous says:

    In the movie the “Judgement Gate” was an arch that they walked through. They did not undergo any test; the J.G. instantly determines if the couple is worthy. If I recall correctly Keiichi & Belldandy were the first couple who passed Judgement and made it through. All the other couples who went through the gate failed to pass Judgement and were separated instantly, nevermore to be reunited. This is what made the Fairy Queen Morgan so bitter.

    In the manga, if “The Almighty One” is also the father of the Norns he was also obliged to go through the “Judgement Gate” and was separated from Hild because they weren’t found to be a worthy couple.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Thanks for the reminder on the movie gate. ^_^

      As to Kami-sama, I do agree that he would have been forced to go through the Judgement Gate with Hild. Interesting that they couldn’t stop nor prevent Hild’s pregnancy.

  3. Anonymous says:

    If you look at past chapters you will see that the Gate that was first introduced had a different look than the current Gate

    As for the woman who emerges from the lake, she is indeed a goddess but we learn that she jnf obea uhzna naq jnf bssrerq gur punapr gb orpbzr n tbqqrff ol (V nffhzr) “Gur Nyzvtugl Bar”. Vs zl thrff vf pbeerpg guvf snpg jvyy unir terng fvtavsvpnapr sbe Xrvvpuv Zbevfngb va gur shgher.

  4. […] It appeared that Gate was taken over again. This is what I said about that happening back in chapter 288. […]

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