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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 0-345-48273-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Mahou Sensei Negima! Vol. #09

By Robert Harris     October 04, 2006
Release Date: March 13, 2006

Mahou Sensei Negima! Vol.#09
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Ken Akamatsu
Translated by:Toshifumi Yoshida,
Adapted by:T. Ledoux

What They Say
It's almost time for the legendary MahoraFest - the Mahora Academy Festival - and the whole school is buzzing with anticipation. Class 3-A is preparing a haunted house, even though the class really is haunted.

Eva's robotic servant appears to be malfunctioning, but the mechanical girl might just be feeling human emotions. And she's not the only one! Asuna sees the upcoming festival as the perfect opportunity to finally confess true love to Takahata-sensei. Unfortunately, Asuna can't work up the nerve. What's a girl to do? Why, go out on a practice date with a magically aged Negi, of course!

The Review
With this volume, Akamatsu embarks on what will affirm his action mangaka status: a story arc that lasts for over a year. Yes, the Mahora Festival�s three days last for a very long time. He can be excused for dragging it out so long, I suppose, considering what an excellent setting it is, and this entire volume only takes place during the preparations!

Volume 9 focuses primarily on girls that have been in the background so far, which is absolutely great. It�s always nice to see some of the girls that have been background ornaments for so long develop into their own. Satsuki, Sayo, Hakase, Chachamaru, and Chao all get significant panel time (I�ve coined that term and there�s nothing I can do about it now) and it�s really a joy to have characters that still haven�t been focused on after 8 volumes. Instead of making the story feel unfocused and wandering, it really helps keep things fresh and adds to the story as a whole. No girl really feels like a throwaway character, nor do their stories seem like a bid to extend the life of the series. They�re so well defined and interesting; it�s great to see characters you�ve been wondering about for a while finally given some time to establish their own identities.

I think Chachamaru deserves special mention, as before this volume began I had absolutely no interest in her as a character at all. I mean, she�s a robot right? Who expects a robot to have much of a personality? After I finished reading�wow. Talk about a 180; she�s exponentially more interesting now, and I can�t wait to see what Akamatsu has in store for her. I�d say the same about Chao, but you just look at her smirking and you know she�s plotting something you just know it.

Don�t get me wrong; I�m a big fan of story advancement. The search of Negi�s father is the fuel that keeps this manga going. However, I also like to see manga I really enjoy last as long as possible. Some people want a quickly paced story that wraps up cleanly, but those people aren�t me. As long as I get plenty of great character interaction and development, with the occasional push to the main plot, I couldn�t be happier. So if you�re one of the former, and just want to get on with it, you may not enjoy the direction Negima is heading. For those of you who enjoy a more leisurely paced, character-driven story, this volume should make you very happy.

But then again, you probably already knew that.


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