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The Beginning of a Disastrous End
on March 20, 2013
WARNING: WHILE I TRY TO KEEP IT MINIMUM AND NOT GO INTO DETAILS, THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.
As the Magic World arc comes to a close, things begin to go downhill for Negima. Even after an arc such as long as the Magic World arc, there's so many questions out there that needs to be answered. However, with only one volume remaining after this one, and what Ken Akamatsu does in this volume, there's a good reason why some people yearn for a continuation of this manga.
Yes, there's some key storyline moments such as the resolution of the storyline where Yue suffers from amnesia and a major revelation involving the fate of Asuna. However, there's also a number of potential storyline items in this volume that end up getting wasted due to the limited amount of volumes that the manga has left, and instead, the volume pretty much reverts Negima back to the unwanted harem days of the early volumes, with the last two chapters setting up a storyline which throws common sense and character development out the window in favor of a storyline that feels more like something out Ken Akamatsu's previous hit, Love Hina, than Negima.
Die hard Negima fans will likely pick this one up in order to ensure completion of their collection. However, for those who care about the story, this is going to be a "read at your own risk" volume, as it's pretty much going to be a messy ride.