Book Review: Negima! Volume 35

August 7, 2012


It has been a while since I did a book review, huh? Well, I am kind of behind on my book purchases, but I finally got around to the bookstore. Recently, I purchased three books from Barnes & Noble, with four more from a recent order to come. Today, I will be reviewing one of those books, which is called Negima! Magister Negi Magi Volume 35 by Ken Akumatsu.

As I already gave a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

Once Negi and fate have dealt with the fate-like entities, They face off in their final battle, in order to decide the fate of the magical world. Meanwhile, at Mahora Academy, beasts from the magical world come to target the World Tree, but with help from Yukihiro, reaching the tree is no easy task. Also, while watching how things are going, Eva demands to know what Konoe and the members of Al Rubra are hiding beneath the World Tree. However, the secret seems to have links even further back than the incident that happened 20 years ago.

Even though I already know how things are going to end, I got to say that I really enjoyed this. There is certainly a lot of action, which would be expected. People that we thought were dead also came back on the scene, which confirms that Quintum and Quartum, who fight Negi and Fate, definitely obeyed the rule not to kill humans. The conversation between Zazie and Eva was also pretty funny, consider the fact that Zazie is pretty much unfazed by Eva's remarks towards the way she talks. Yue's blushing and the fact that one of her classmates says Yue likes Negi is quite funny, considering that she has had amnesia for some time during the current arc. Outside of those, Kodansha seems to be listening to fans, as reported by AstroNerdBoy. The line art is certainly included, along with a few other stuff. They even included the honorific definition list, which I have been complaining about missing for quite some time that would make things friendly for those not familiar with Japanese. In my review of the previous volume, I complained about the horrible job that was done on the Table of Contents. Fortunately, the issue I had in the last volume was done properly with all the chapters listed and the page numbers listed were pretty much correct. Also, the preview for the next volume was completely in English, which is a major plus over giving us a preview in Japanese without any warning, like what happened in Bloody Monday Volume 3. I have to say that this really is a great improvement, like AstroNerdBoy said it was. However, as I follow two other series published by Kodansha Comics, I do not really want to say for sure that they are listening until I see quality like this in their other series, instead of the inconsistent quality that not only occurs between the volumes in this series but also the inconsistent quality overall.

Since nothing man-made is perfect, there has got to be some flaws. However, I cannot really think of anything that would take down the quality of this release very much, if at all, especially considering how much things have improved over the last volume. Because of that fact, I would have to say that there is not anything bad that is worth mentioning.

Considering how greatly improved this volume was over the last, I would say that this definitely was worth reading. I would recommend this to fans of Ken Akamatsu or those who like harem comedy. For everyone else, the reappearance of the honorific definition list makes this a decent series as an introduction to manga, but there are things yet to come that may not make this that great of a series.

What are your thoughts on Negima! Volume 35? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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