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Negima!: Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 8 Paperback – December 27, 2005
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After every training session with Evangeline, Negi comes back exhausted. Asuna and other students follow him one day -- and get sucked into Evangeline's "resort," outside of normal time. During their visit, Negi tells Asuna his tragic life story, and why he is so determined to be strong. Meanwhile, students Natsumi and Chizure stumble across a stray puppy -- who turns into a fevered, naked Kotaro Inugami.
The girls take care of Kotaro, but the amnesiac dog-boy can't help them for long. The sinister Graf arrives, and his jelly-like demons start kidnapping girls important to Negi... including Asuna. Negi and Kotaro put their feud aside to challenge the Graf and get the girls back. But will Negi be able to prevail against the Graf, when the learns the old man's place in his darkest memories?
The eight "Negima" volume has plenty of the slapstick, innuendo and goofiness that you'd expect from Ken Akamatsu's storytelling. However, this volume ventures into darker territory, and illuminates characters whose backgrounds were only hinted at before this.
He also explores Negi's past heartbreaks and losses, and his fruitless quest to find his father. It goes a long way toward explaining how a ten-year-old could be so mature. The scene where four-year-old Negi sees his uncle die, and cries "Father" at the sky, is heartbreaking. Akamatsu makes these scenes sorrowful but not maudlin; his talents are obviously not limited to comedy.
It also features the return of Kotaro Inugami, a feisty dog-eared kid who seems like Inuyasha's baby brother. He's also got a rough past, and finds a weird kind of haven among the girls of Negi's class... even if he and Ayaka get along like fire and dynamite. Not to mention that Akamatsu reveals a massive secret about Asuna, and a possible use for Konoka's healing skills.
But the advances of the plot are the best of all -- the Graf and his jellylike minions have a very sinister connection to Negi, and a lot of power at their disposal. Especially when you consider what the Graf is -- a horrific demon whose real appearance is onlyseen for a few minutes. If Akamatsu brings him back to clash with Negi, the story may grow even more amazing.
The only flaw is the translation. I understand the translators' desire to keep it genuine by keeping honorifics in the dialogue. But when a Welsh child addresses an old Welsh man and a young Welsh woman -- while in Wales -- it sounds very strange to hear him using Japanese honorifics. "Grandpa Stan" would have worked a lot better than "Stan ojii-chan."
The eighth volume of "Negima" takes our hero into new and terrifying adventures, and the series into better territory. Excellent work.
Meanwhile, the 'dog-boy' Kotarou-kun is found by Natsumi and Chizuru as he's been injured and his memory blocked. While spending time with them, the powerful Graf (Count) Wilhelm Josef von Herrmann pays a vist, which triggers Kotarou-kun's memory. The Graf captures Negi's girls including Asuna causing Negi to come to the rescue. Kotarou-kun and Negi team up to battle the Graf, who has a few secrets about himself that will strike Negi's core. Can Negi and Kotarou-kun free the girls and defeat the Graf?
Again, Akamatus-sensei does a wonder as he continues to show Negi's progress. Eva's resort is a convienent plot device, however, it works well. Considering Eva's age and true power, it does not surprise me that she had such a place. Her doll Chachazero continues to be a scene-stealer, especially with her comments. However, while she has a nice presence, she's carefully put into a place where she doesn't completely steal the manga. As such, her role is perfect without going over the top and deliciously done.
The further exploration of Negi's past, including his meeting with his father was very interesting. Some things are answered, like what happened to his oneechan (who's really his cousin and not his sister) when his father arrived on the scene. However there are still many more questions to be answered about Negi's father. I look forward to getting those in future volumes.
The fight with the Graf is nice, but not as great as the battles in the school-trip arc.
Del Rey continues its winning ways. "Boya" returns to Eva's vocabulary. I know it is geeky for me to say this, but I love it being untranslated like that. I still feel it gives Eva such sass and character. Del Rey continues to use other terms previously established which makes the manga more fun, certainly for those of us hardcore fans. This includes full use of Japanese honorifics. I know some may have problems with an English boy using them in as a child in Great Britian, but for me, it is no odder than having hidden magic communities there, battles against demons, schools of magic, etc. So for me, his usage of Japanese honorifics in England can be chalked up to the ways of those living in magical communities. ^_^
The German title-honorific "Graf" was used as well, which was also a nice touch. Del Rey included a chart defining the German ranks which was very cool.
Bottom line: another good volume from Akamatsu-sensei and another good job from Del Rey. Next stop -- the VERY long school festival arc!
Kotaro makes a reappearance and from this point and on, he will become a regular character on the cast; also, this chapter features Evangeline's resort for the first time, where one will know about Negi's training with her and how he fares...since he seemingly is exhausted day after day... wonder what is tiring him so much, uh?
There's action, uncomfortable and wild situations, slime girls, and a troublesome little pendant. All in all, it has everything one expects from Negima, and more.