Watch as Negi astounds a group of children by turning a rabbit into a rubber ball and then hiding it underneath three cups. Where did it go?! Stay for the rabbit's perspective of his horrifying journey through the fabric of time and space.
Writer/Artist: Ken Akamatsu
Translation: Alethea and Athena Nibley
Adaptation: Alethea and Athena Nibley
What They Say
The Festival of Ostia is the Magical World's most amazing event - and includes a major martial arts tournament in which Negi and his friends will be active participants! But a team of professional bounty hunters blocks Nodoka's way to the event. Can Negi save her, or will they all fall into the hunters' trap?
The new volume of Negima is here, and with it the overriding question: do we finally get to see Negi beat on some baddies with his new, and sort of evil, bag of tricks? Rejoice in the news that yes, Negi does some facial reconstruction, with a fist or two filled to the brim with dark magic. Unfortunately the fight’s not as intriguing as you might have hoped, which leaves the rest of the volume to stand on its own. The whole, interesting volume. Damn.
We begin with Asuna, Setsuna, Kaede and Konoka finally reuniting with Negi HQ, and Negi's subjected to a hugging he's not liable to forget anytime soon. Soon Konoka joins up as well, with Negi rescuing her from the nameless peril mentioned on the back cover. We're now just a munchkin or two away from a full blown Negima cast reunion. I hear you asking, "Are there fight scenes?" You had better believe it! Well, there's <I>a</I> fight scene, which is frankly something I would have liked to see more of. We've been watching the cast assemble for a few volumes now, and as much as I love the reunion stuff, and the (small) insights into Fate's plans, and the final flare of interest Konoka's traveling group manages to elicit before being shoved aside forever, I would have really liked to see more fisticuffs a-flyin'. I know we're supposed to be kept waiting to see what Negi can really do until the tournament begins, but I can't help it. The power of darkness is way too cool!
Rakan continues to be an excellent character; between falling off airships with minimal harm to imparting grim portents of world dalmation (questionable spelling error included), his antics have remained amusing for far longer than I had initially thought they would. I can't explain why; that guy just always gets me. The mercenaries Negi rescues Konoka and Friends from is another amusing group of characters who, sadly, seem destined to be tossed after their appearance. I'd like to see both sides of that battle come back at a later date, but I won't be holding my breath.
This volume of Negima seems to be more focused on comedy than it has been for a while. Which is important, and a side of Akamatsu I appreciate, so I can excuse the slower pace and lack of big set piece battles. While I do worry that this storyline is beginning to drag a little with this volume, that promises to be rectified in the next installment. At least I hope so; another volume of friend gathering and hug delivering and I may just be tempted to puke, which would significantly dampen my enjoyment. But for now I remain thankfully vomit-light with two thumbs raised way up over my head, so you can see over this huge crowd of words.