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Mania Grade: C-

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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 978-0345517906
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Negima!? neo

Negima!? neo Vol. #04

Negima!? neo Vol. #04 Manga Review

By Matthew Alexander     May 19, 2010
Release Date: December 29, 2009

Negima!? neo Vol. #04
© Del Rey

Anya’s quest for bigger boobs to catch Negi’s eye probably won’t end well.  Funny, but not the way she hoped things would go.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Takuya Fujima
Translation: Alethea and Athena Nibley
Adaptation: Alethea and Athena Nibley

What They Say
Negi Springfield is a true prodigy: not only is he a teacher at age ten, he's also a powerful magician! Negi's in charge of a bevy of beautiful girl students, which is a challenge even for a wizard. But Negi's job gets even harder when his childhood friend Anya joins his class. Anya's having a tough time fitting in with the other students - and an even tougher time accepting Negi as her teacher!

The Review!

Anya, Negi’s childhood friend and fellow magician-in-training, is quite the brat.  She isn’t fitting in well with the other girls, and treating Negi with the respect a teacher deserves just isn’t going to happen.  Sure, a lot of her attitude comes from the fact that she has a crush on Negi, but she needs to learn how to channel her jealousy.  She can’t stand to see how the other students fawn over Negi, especially the bigger girls that have already hit puberty.  Of course, this leads to some humorous moments as Anya tries to stuff her bra with water balloons and even casting a short lived spell to increase her bust.
Once Negi helps Anya find an afterschool club, he frees himself up to spend time with other students.  This aspect of this particular incarnation of ‘Negima’ is probably my favorite.  I enjoy seeing what the lesser character’s personalities are like.  For example, the three cheerleaders convince Negi to spend the day with them.  It is kind of a date, and the reader learns some of their likes and dislikes, why they like Negi, and even why they enjoy being cheerleaders.  I thought all cheerleaders just like the skirts, who knew.
Bringing a nice balance, there is an action leaning chapter focused on an interloper.  Apparently there are two main schools of magic/onmyoji in Japan.  One of these school’s star pupil takes it upon himself to test Negi’s power.  A few short battles later and both kids seem to be evenly matched.  They could probably even become friends if they could form a truce.
In Summary:
Some familiar aspects of the ‘Negima’ universe come up in this volume of ‘Negima Neo’ in the form of Nodoka’s love confession.  It is wrapped up nicely with no dragging it out.  Wham, bam, I love you, how do you feel about me, and then the story keeps on chugging along.  More to my taste are the chapters focusing on lesser characters.  Neither of these chapters wowed me with their storytelling, but I did enjoy seeing how the Walking Club spend their time.  The time Negi spends with the Cheerleading Club is also cute.  Overall, this series continues to be a less than spectacular retelling of Akamatsu’s original.


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