As I have said before, all things must come to an end some day. For one such series, it ends in the only remaining title of the books I recently got. Today, I will be reviewing Negima! Volume 38 by Ken Akumatsu.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
As the big event of the Mahora Sports Festival continues, the girls' goal changes from teaching Negi a lesson to finding out whom he likes.
However, the fun ends when Asuna must leave and accomplish the task she needs to do.
I am not too sure about this volume. I did like that the there was humor. The funniest which was Ku Fei trying to fight Negi, not knowing that he was not at full strength. I also liked how much of it did feel like an ending. No matter how bad an ending can be, I at least want it to feel like an ending. After all, I did say back in my review of volume 37 that if an arc that was as action-packed were to be started, only to end the next volume, things would be worse than they were. I felt like everyone really was saying goodbye. I also liked how we got to know what happened to the characters, though if was mostly a description of events, as opposed to actually experiencing things. Outside of that, I cannot really think of much else that I liked. The fact that things really did feel like an ending and there were some funny parts does make this volume look kind of good.
Although there were things to like about this volume, there were certainly some issues. First, even though things seemed like it really was an ending, it felt drawn out. While Ken Akumatsu did express an interest returning to this series in the future, it is no excuse to make things last longer than they should have. Honestly, if this whole thing ended right when Asuna left Negi and the gang, I would be satisfied enough to be interested in a continuation, as there are still some unanswered questions. However, here, I just felt like I was being dragged along through numerous endings, which was the same feeling I got from the last of the live-action Lord of the Rings movies. Another thing that I did not like was that Nagi appears, yet we do not get to see this great battle to rescue him from the Mage of the Beginning. After seeing that Nagi was the host for the mage in volume 36, I really was hoping to actually see the battle between father and son, which I had hoped to see before the series ended in Japan. Instead, we are just told that he was rescued successfully. Another thing that I did not like was that it appeared to be cut short. In the Table of Contents, it does list all the chapters that should be contained, but after chapter 353, when only two remained, I saw stuff that should have been saved for the very end of the volume. This made me think that Kodansha had left out chapters, when the back of the book itself claimed to be the final volume. They could have just put the message about one ending immediately after chapter 353 and put all of the rest where it should have been, but somebody either at Kodansha USA or Kodansha Japan is definitely to blame here, since I am not too sure if things like this in the Japanese release. The fact that I was made to feel that cut short, by putting extras in between chapters 353 and 354, as well as the fact that the end felt like it dragged on too long to make me very interested in a continuation turned an otherwise decent volume into one of the worst.
Despite the good present in this volume, the negatives outweigh it enough that it was a waste of time. I only recommend this to fans of Negima! that want to know how the series ends. As for everyone else, I recommend skipping this, and maybe the rest series as well.
What are your thoughts on Negima! Volume 38? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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