Negima! 25 Paperback – Feb 23 2010
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The entire school is preparing for the massive Mahora Festival, and 3-A isn't sure what their "theme" will be. And Negi is still depressed, believing himself to be weak and a bad teacher. Who will rescue him? Satsuki Yotsuba, a kindly gourmet with a knack for helping others -- both with food, and with her common sense.
Negi also gets to know other girls in his class -- the girls go a-ghostbusting when the timid class ghost tries to get friendly; robot girl Chachamaru suddenly gets klutzy and stuttery, prompting mad scientist Hakase to run a diagnostic. The results are unexpected -- Chachamaru is experiencing human emotions, and has fallen in love.
And while Asuna has had a crush on her hunky ex-teacher for awhile, she's never worked up the nerve to admit it. Eager to help her, Negi tries a magic pill that temporarily ages him four or five years. He's quite the hottie, and Asuna finds herself disconcerted by this handsome teenager. And when the Dean reveals some stunning new facts about the World Tree, Negi finds himself having to defend one of his students -- from other wizards!
When "Negima" started, it seemed like a rather limp cross between Harry Potter and "Love Hina." But as the ninth volume rolls around, it's clearer than ever that Ken Akamatsu has grown into his series' large shoes. He's better than ever at mixing fantasy, comedy and lovable characters.Read more ›
And while the twentieth volume of "Negima!" Magister Negi Magi" is mostly fanservicey goofing, beachside fun, Anya's jealousy and some random hijinks from Negi's high-spirited students, it starts growing soberer and more haunting when our many myriad heroes finally get to Wales. The last third is undoubtedly the most brilliant -- and Akamatsu is obviously thrilled to take readers into the Magic World at last.
With only a few days before the trip starts, Negi and his friends decide to have some fun -- they frolic on the beach (cue obligatory shot of Negi going to "marshmallow-hell"), go to a manga/anime convention (where Negi innocent flips through an explicit yaoi manga), and have a sleepover where the assorted girls feud over who gets to sleep next to their dead-to-the-world teacher, and end up tossing him around like a teddy bear ("What happened here?" "I don't know, but I ache all over").
Throughout all of this, Negi's childhood friend Anya is getting a bit jealous of Negi's many new friends and their spectacular powers. He assures her that he hasn't forgotten where he came from, or the people who were petrified in their village -- but that doesn't stop her from attempting a disastrous breast-enhancing spell on herself and Nodoka. Cue a mixture of fanservice and deranged slapstick -- the spell causes them to float away on hot-air boobs.
And when they arrive in Wales, Negi's students get to see firsthand where he's lived and worked, as well as his older sister Nekane.Read more ›
New mages are revealed as Asuna and the newly clothed Takane go on a mission to rescue Takahata, with the help of some magic nuns. But the girls find themselves in combat with a bunch of killer robots controlled by Chao Lingshen, and elsewhere the skeptical Chisame learns that more info on Negi (including about his dad) is leaking onto the web.
Meanwhile, the final rounds of the Budokai are underway as Kaede battles the mysterious Ku:nel, Negi battles Setsuna -- and the winners will get to the final round. But the boy wizard is distracted by the Ku:nel -- is this his long-lost father, the Thousand Master? As the two do battle, Negi discovers the Ku:nel's true identity, and a message meant just for him.
Unsurprisingly the thirteenth volume ends with another cliffhanger, just as we're about to learn of Chao's secret plot involving the mages. But there's plenty of new revelations in this volume anyway, particularly the real identity of the Ku:nel, how he's so powerful -- even for a mage -- and how he knows so much about Negi and Asuna's pasts.
The thirteenth volume suffers from a bit of middle-book syndrome, since not much is actually finished here except for the Budokai. After all, Asuna and the others are apparently still hunting for Takahata. But Akamatsu keeps things interesting with robot henchmen and kinetic magical battles full of gravity orbs and shadow doubles. There's even some comic relief like Takane freaking out at the prospect of losing her clothes for the third time.Read more ›