- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (August 29, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345492315
- ISBN-13: 978-0345492319
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Negima!: Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 11 Paperback – August 29, 2006
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Negi makes the rounds of the fair, making sure to check in on all the students he's been neglecting of late. A short stop at the classes' Horror House leads to some disturbingly cute cross-play which sends the Class Rep's blood pressure a'risin... after that, it's off to a plethora of locations... Yuetchi's Philosophy event, the Yakitori bar, Yotsuba's fine cooking, Maki's rhythm gymnastics, and so on... the main event, though, seems to be Chisame's odd reluctance to participate in the grand underground CosPlay competition... so it takes a little oneupsmanship from Maki and the Class Rep (as well as some gentle prodding by Negi) to even get her considering it. Once all the duties are done, it's time to catch up on some rest... and what better place to do it than at the resort?
This first few chapters of this volume are pretty much just festival service, giving everyone a little screen time while giving Negi a break from all of his time tripping (it's fun to watch him try and keep track of who he has and hasn't met at various times of the day).
The art is a little busy, but that's to be expected with all the detail needed to keep the various festival sites distinct from one another... plus, Akamatsu-sensei's art is always at least a little busy to begin with... just a bit more so here.
Anyway... pick it up, enjoy it, and watch the sparks fly as the Tourney proper begins! (Suprise! The meat of the book is actually the first round of the tourney! Takamichi v. Negi! wooo!)
Negi and Kotaro are using the magic watch to repeat the same day of the Mahorafest, with Negi helping out each of his students -- even Chisame, who is involved in a cosplay contest. Finally the boys just get to rest and relax in Evangeline's resort, where Kotaro shows Negi some new fighting moves. But Negi isn't sure -- even with Kotaro's tips, can he defeat a grown mage?
He'll soon find out, as the martial arts tournament gets underway, with several of Negi's classmates (and some hostile mages and robots) involved. But behind the scenes, the devious Chao Lingshen is manipulating the tournament. Can ten-year-old Negi defeat Takahata, whose power is greater than anyone at Mahora Academy ever suspected?
Ken Akamatsu does a stunning job balancing character development and action in this one -- there are some truly stunning duels, both magical and physical. And while it ends on a cliffhanger (hinting at a big event in the next volume) it's pretty clear that whatever is coming up may be his most intense and best-written story yet.
The first half of the manga is pretty comic, with the boys doing stuff like accidentally ripping off Chisame's cosplay clothes. But then the story is devoted to the skills Kotaro is teaching Negi, such as the ability to run incredibly fast and utilize chi. And Akamatsu creates incredibly inventive, complex and suspenseful action scenes, from "cloth-fu" to Takahata's devastating magic and Negi's inventive spells.
We also get some new insights into characters -- Akamatsu reveals Kotaro's hardscrabble childhood, Web idol Chisame's lack of self-esteem, and we learn that Takahata is a stunningly powerful mage, albeit a handicapped one. At the same time, a student we thought we knew suddenly turns out to be more dangerous -- and mercenary -- than anyone suspected.
The Mahorafest storyline is rapidly building to a climax in the eleventh volume of "Negima," which almost perfectly balances action, comedy and character development. But what will happen next?