Mahou Sensei Negima! Vol. #11 -

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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: 0-345-49231-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Mahou Sensei Negima! Vol. #11

By Robert Harris     October 18, 2006
Release Date: August 29, 2006

Mahou Sensei Negima! Vol.#11
© Del Rey

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

What They Say
The first (lo-n-ng) day of the Mahora Academy Festival is finally coming to a close... even if Negi had to repeat it four times to get through his "To-Do" list. Thanks to Evangeline's magical resort, Negi's had enough training and rest - but will he have the courage to face fellow magic-teacher Takamichi in the very first round?

It's time to do what Negi's father Nagi did before him: not only survive the "Budokai" Martial-Arts Tournament, but win it! Can you believe it's still only Day Two of a three-day event...?

The Review
If you like your action fast, your spells in Latin, and your teachers cross-dressing as female fox spirits, then this is most definitely the volume for you. Negi finishes the rest of the first day of the Mahora Festival with short visits to all of his students, while both Ayaka and Chisame get their own chapters. Chisame in particular is getting much better, and is no longer relegated to "annoying background character that constantly makes snarky comments" status. As for Ayaka, we simply need more Class Rep in Negima, because every chapter that focuses on her is excellent.

However, the rest of the book is where the action is. Yes, apart from the first few chapters, Volume 11 is all about the Budokai Martial Arts Tournament and the magical combat contained within. Since Chao has supposedly disabled all electronic devices in the area, the combatants are encouraged to go all out with whatever means they have, which makes for some very exciting combat. The key highlights are definitely the Ku vs Mana fight, and the very long (and very well done) Negi vs Takamichi fight.

This volume of Negima is pretty black-and-white, and I don't just mean that from a printing perspective. If you really like the action in Negima, you'll really like Volume 11; the fighting is as well done as anything that's come before it, if not better. Seeing the relative power of people that have been around Negi since the beginning is particularly interesting. If you're a fan of the romantic comedy aspect, though, you may find little past the first few chapters to interest you. Personally, even though I am one of the latter, I really appreciated the change of pace and thoroughly enjoyed the fighting segments. Which is good, because there's a whole lot more of them to come in the next volume. There's also a great hook at the end of the volume, which hints at something deeper behind the Martial Arts Tournament and is definitely setting up a brand new story arc.


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