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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 0-345-48441-X
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Mahou Sensei Negima! Vol. #10

By Robert Harris     October 11, 2006
Release Date: May 30, 2006

Mahou Sensei Negima! Vol.#10
© Del Rey

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

What They Say
Ten-year-old prodigy Negi Springfield dreams of becoming a master wizard. But when he graduates from the magic academy, he's sent to Japan to teach English.... at an all-girls high school!

Negi faces his toughest challenge yet when the school, the Mahora Academy, holds its sprawling, activity-packed festival. Overwhelmed and exhausted by his schedule, Negi falls asleep and almost loses an entire day. But thanks to Chao Lingshen's amazing pocket-size invention, Negi suddenly has time to spare!

So Negi goes on a date with Nodoka, patrols the dangerous areas surrounding the legendary World Tree, becomes accidentally possessed by strange magic, inspires a heart-to-heart with usually secretive students, and prepares to compete in a martial-arts tournament against opponents who are more formidable than he ever imagined. Will there be anything left to do on days two and three?

The Review
Picking up where Volume 9 left off, Negi and friends get to finally experience the first day of the Mahora Festival�multiple times, since the nifty pocket watch Chao gave Negi at the end of the previous volume was actually a time machine (queue various pop culture sight gags, including a Negima-ed Delorean). With time now a triviality, Negi manages to get through roughly half of his schedule for the first day at the Mahora Festival, including his date with Nodoka, his rounds to prevent confessing students, and the martial arts tournament preliminaries. He even finds time to fit in some unscheduled events.

This volume is actually very similar in execution to the last, but whereas 9 focused primarily on previously unexplored characters, 10 is more about the budding romantic relationships (one-sided as they may be) between Negi and some of his more popular students. The date with Nodoka may carry no real surprises (aside from the disaster that�s bound to strike whenever Negi does anything) but there are two other girls that are revealed to have at least some feelings for Negi, and those surprises are one of the highlights of the volume so I won�t ruin them. If I do, you may want to beat me up, and I don�t want to be beaten up! I will say they are handled very, very well though.

I must admit I am a big fan of the romantic comedy aspect of the series, because I feel it�s what Akamatsu does best (though, as I�ve said before, he�s no slouch with the action element either). Since Volume 10 is approximately 90% romantic comedy, then, you can imagine why I like it so much. In particular, the relationships between Negi and the girls don�t feel forced or contrived, and Akamatsu manages to make the idea of 15-year-old girls falling in love with a 10-year-old teacher realistic and interesting instead of flat-out creepy. That�s more of an accomplishment than many realize.


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