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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: 0-345-49505-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Mahou Sensei Negima! Vol. #13

By Robert Harris     March 14, 2007
Release Date: February 28, 2007


Mahou Sensei Negima! Vol.#13
© Del Rey


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

What They Say
As the "Bud'kai" Martial Arts Tournament draws to a close, Negi finds himself facing one of his own students, Setsuna, in battle. But after the strange disappearance of Takahata-sensei, and an even stranger conversation with the mysterious "Ku:nel" Sanders, can Negi pull it together to emerge victorious? Elsewhere, student Asuna leads a group of rescuers "among them another student of magic "deep into the catacombs beneath Mahora Academy. Who will receive the greater shock: Asuna in the depths below, or Negi facing his long-lost father?

The Review
The Mahora Budokai Tournament is over! The third volume of the arc marks the end, and what an end it is. In contrast to last volume, 13 is filled wall-to-wall with spectacular and, perhaps more importantly, story-relevant fights. While I won't be sorry to see this story arc go, with its conclusion I can honestly say it was just as excellent as any other Negima arc.

The fights take center stage, as they have for the past two volumes, and it really pays off here. There are only three total, but they compromise a large part of the book, and are epic enough that you can't help but get excited. Without spoiling anything, I will say that the semi-finals are fairly predictable, yet great, and the final match is very satisfying. It's a good thing too, because the tension building up to it is almost palpable. It's a great ending to the Tournament arc, not only from a story standpoint but also from a pure, visceral action standpoint as well.

While I felt Volume 12 had a problem of quantity over quality regarding action sequences, this volume flips that around and really nails all the fighting completely. There's also substantially more story development than there has been in the last two volumes of Negima, which helps to jumpstart a storyline that began to stall during the Tournament. In particular, much more information about the Thousand Master is brought to light, and Chao's plan is fully revealed; both major plot developments that really leave you thirsty for more.

Negima has really given the action fans something to look forward to over the past few volumes, and while that stands to change with Volume 14, 13 should hold them over until Negi and pals find occasion to start kicking faces again. After being (slightly) disappointed with Volume 12, this volume really blew me away in many ways. Regardless of what you like best about Negima, you will not be disappointed by this installment.

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