A little while ago, I caught up with Negima after not reading it for…I can’t believe it, years. Ahh…the memories… Anyway, to commemorate the fact that I’ve fallen in love with the series for the second time now, I have this post! (I FINALLY, FINALLY have this post…after wordpress ate it 3 times)
Note: this will have more spoilers than what I usually have, so if you get spoiled, consider yourself warned. Also, wordpress hates screentones, so most of the images will look very, very odd.
He can sit down calmly for tea, kick the table up, go for a punch to Fate’s face, and then step back and catch the table with one finger without spilling any of the tea which was placed on said table. You know you all want to do that.
It’s unending and more powerful than anything else in the world. Won over the right hand girl of the arch nemesis? Check. Broke most of the natural laws with a kiss? Check. A record from the future containing the name of the person that he will marry is considered to be on the same level as a weapon of mass destruction? Check. Have one of the biggest harems in the history of fiction? Check.
He’s going to be a force of nature when he grows up.
I stopped counting after the tenth girl developed feelings for him.
It’s so strong that it’s spread halfway across mars and back.
The school has magic. And a giant magical tree. Of course, like most manga, the school also contains ridiculous people. We have a ridiculously powerful shouta, a ghost, a magical knight, a girl with a mysterious scar, a magical princess, a nun, a robot, three cheerleaders, a kung-fu master, a magical tank, a mangaka, a half demon, an assassin, a martian from the future, a Chinese genius, an internet idol, an ojou-sama who lives like she’s richer than Bill Gates, a vampire, an ojou-sama, a restaurant owner, and a circus performer.
And that’s only in one class.
How can they look so cute and still stay so monstrously strong, I do not know. But they’re adorable. So much so that I want to use the word glomp again.
8) The mysterious shota:
We need to know more about him! The precious little that we’ve been shown of him is only a tease, I’m sure there’s something in his back story that’s going to be completely awesome.
The guy has a good fashion sense. I would actually buy and wear most of the normal (NORMAL, okay?) clothes that the girls wear.
10) Eva’s wardrobe:
It feels like she has an endless supply of gothic lolita outfits. And they all look fantastic.
I’ve noticed that there’s an odd trend in kidnapped girls: their captors dress them up in elaborate dresses that they’ll probably never wear if left to themselves. Off of the top of my head, I can remember the same thing happen in DNAngel, Sailor moon, and that new Alice in Wonderland movie (not a particularly good movie, but the costumes were good). So, does this mean that the captors (which were all guys for some reason) all have fetishes where they would buy/make dresses beforehand? I wonder…
The girls in Fate’s harem are all dressed nicely, with fitting and elegant capes (unlike the hideous thing that Nagi so insists on wearing). Did Fate get those for them too? I hope he wasn’t the one who chose Anya’s maid outfit. It’s the ugliest (or the most unfitting) maid outfit I’ve ever seen save for that first episode of Kiddy Girl and.
They always look good. Plus, for some reason, the outfits always look really simple, but refreshing at the same time. No two outfit looks similar, and considering Negima’s insane cast number, that’s an amazing thing to pull off.
I’ll never understand. Well, I understand how the girls dress up and do a reveal like this. What I don’t understand is how they forced the reluctant girls into their costumes. And then they act surprised at the fact that they’re wearing it. Is that possible? I don’t know. But I’m enjoying the eye candy anyway.
15) The love tri-sq-pen-si-deca-I-give-up-let’s-just-call-it-a-web web:
There’s no picture that’s complicated enough to describe it.
16) The fact that each character gets their crowning moment of awesome:
There’s is something awe-worthy and amazing about every character. And no matter how powerful/amazing/ridiculous the new attack or action is, it doesn’t feel out of place. Unlike certain other series coughnarutocough where you get the feeling that a few of the kids who couldn’t even become chuunin was stronger than all the chuunin from all the villages combined, there is no jarring feeling in Negima. Yes, the rate at which people get power-ups is ridiculous, but it doesn’t feel out of place as you’re reading, and that’s all that matters.
Believe it or not these imaginary costumes were actually worn later in the story. There’s other little things, such as how the girls were randomly guessing that Negi’s a prince. Well…a few hundred chapters later…yup, he’s a prince.
18) Crazy people:
Okay, Negima has lots of crazy people, but in my mind the most messed up is Negi. If you think about it, at that time, a four year old pretty much committed suicide just so he can see his father. That’s messed up. And the methods he uses when he gets to the age of ten…
19) The three million things going around at the same time:
The story requires multiple readings to fully understand, but it’s incredibly well planned out.
Yes, the jokes are funny. But I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard as when I saw the zettai ryouiki on Negi’s arms.
That flashback to Negi… I get a little teary just thinking about it.
23) The heart warming hugs:
Aww… The above scene also cemented it as one of my favorite love triangles of all time.
A worse half hug has not been seen since Tsubasa. I cried.
26) Kotaro’s socks:
I’ve got a thing for striped socks now…they’re so cute…
He’s kickass. And a hell of a lot more likeable than certain other fathers in shounen manga (I don’t think I need to cough for this one, do I?)
Going from one of the shyest and frankly weakest characters of all to one of the most kickass and dangerous. You go, girl! Unlike certain other shy girls in shounen manga, the more I read about her, the more I want to support her.
Yes, with her magical notebook, she has created golems and shields and people. However, I maintain that Haruna’s greatest creation was Dark Nodoka. What’s really scary is how well it seems to fit Nodoka’s image…
31) The GHOST WITH THE PENCIL:
As an Asian who cannot do the pencil spin. I am greatly jealous of her abilities. I will also praise Akamatsu-sensei’s ability to make me love a character with half a page and a few panels.
It’s SO cute. I love how Kotaro gets all flustered when Natsumi asks him how he feels about her. It’s only a matter of time before they get together and I go on a KYAAAAAA-ing rampage.
Too awesome for words.
It suits her so well!
36) Evil Eva:
Everything’s better with a villain mode.
37) The floating ball:
Forget about everything else, I want that floating ball for Christmas. Okay, I admit it, I want that kitty cannon just a LITTLE bit more…
Forget about diamonds, this is a girl’s best friend. What? You don’t think it’s useful?
A fleet of magical warships and the strongest dragon on Mars can’t stand up to that thing. And The kitty cannon wipes it out with a single blow. Just thinking about it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside… I’m not too keen on Chachamaru’s outfit, but for the sake of mass destruction, it’s all good.
This needs to be made into reality.
Chapter 1 versus chapter 250. There are only a few months of in-story time between them. I am shocked.
42) The pactio items:
Ranges from a book and pen that will make anything drawn in it become reality to a mind reading diary to a magical index that I actually like to a mahou shoujo hacking wand to a kitty satellite laser cannon to the legendary Chinese stick to every single weapon you can possible imagine.
Admit it, you want some of that. There’s a really nice list of pactios and their information here.
I want to be like that when I grow up.
Okay, it’s cute, it’s funny. That doesn’t make it particularly special. What I love about the training is that it doesn’t go on forever, where a character struggles for 20-30 chapters to master one move (you know what I’m talking about).
The scary part is that I can’t tell just how consciously she’s manipulating people.
Even the nameless characters look great!
In Negima, there are some of the most powerful middle school girls ever written into fiction. So much so that you forget that they’re in grade 9. Grade NINE. But then again Negima is one of those series where you just have to suspend your sense of belief and enjoy the ride. Speaking of which…
The in story characters have more suspension of disbelief moments than the readers. And I like that.
I have no idea how old she is. That only adds to how entertaining she is.
Words fail me.
Once again, absolutely delicious. Plus, he loses the glasses, which makes things much better (normally, I love and adore glasses, however Negi’s pince-nez wasn’t too flattering).
Also, for some reason, Negi’s personality seems much more natural in his adult body. It doesn’t feel so ridiculous for him to act so mature (until Chisame points out that he’s doing things that no 10 year old should understand, again).
He’s so adorable, it’s no wonder everyone dots on him.
The triangular relationship between her, Nodoka, and Negi is addicting to read about. And I have a soft spot for flat chested know-it-alls (Anzu-sama forever!).
Once again, adorable and kickass at the same time. Guh, I’m starting to feel bad about repeating myself. I have to wonder how she managed to learn all the different spells in such a short time though. Is everyone in Negi’s class a genius?
That outfit won me over the first moment I saw it. And of course, There’s the personal sympathy I feel for her, being what I am.
The greatest hacking loli who has ever existed. Ever.
Their ship gathering powers are so strong that most of the main characters in the story are their shippers. And I don’t think you can find any reader that are against them either. That’s how amazing they are.
Ako’s cute. Whenever the story shifts in her direction I can’t help but ship for her, no matter what’s going on elsewhere. The fact that these are the few moments where Negi is naked helps. A LOT. Hmm…now that I think about it, has there been a Ako/Nagi moment without Nagi being at least semi naked?
They are always, always, always absolutely adorable.
I can’t tell if this is supposed to be a set up for something or not. But this scene has a suspiciously Inuyasha-y vibe to it…
ALso, one of the reasons that the relationship…web is so complicated, is moments like these that connect characters that had little to no relation to each other before.
61) OMG Kotaro is cute moments:
Look at the above image. Just look at it.
Why aren’t normal kids like that? Why?
When taken out of context, this scene is very, VERY misleading, is it not? Hohoho…
Graceful and gorgeous. For some reason, I just really love this move. Also, I love to see the differences in how each character moves and fights.
65) Setsuna’s “OJOU-SAMAAAAAAAAA” mode:
The scary thing is, even when she’s completely preoccupied with thoughts of Konoka, she can still slice a steel ball cleanly in half, and then not even notice what she did. Now that I think about it, I wonder why it’s always either slicing solid metal, bullets, or leaves?
Almost EVERY SINGLE TIME, they end on a note that makes me crave more, MORE, MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Because just using any big ass sword isn’t enough.
Is there no end to the awesome?
Rarely has there been an antagonist that I wanted to strangle and hug at the same time. But Fate… guh, no matter how annoyed I am at what he’s doing, I can’t ignore how adorable he looks while doing it. I can’t help it, I have a soft spot for that kind of shouta…
Doesn’t like how I place the pictures so I have to write this here. If you have a different screen resolution than me, this might look odd.
71) Fate’s harem:
I really feel quite sorry about how out protagonists keep messing with them, but it’s entertaining.
For some reason, absolutely everything about Arika just screams of awesome.
Something about her feels like a breath of fresh air. She also gives Nagi the most powerful pactio item that can possibly be given to him (the ability to use the powers of anyone from his harem), too bad the contract was canceled after only one match. Although I have to wonder just how their family tree works. Arika and Asuna looks human, but Theo clearly doesn’t. Now that I think about it, Asuna also aged much slower than Theo. Is there something going on there? Are they actual siblings?
75) The Kisses:
I can’t believe it took them 83 more chapters to kiss properly.
By all definitions, an epic romance. Possibly my favorite pairing in all fiction (I had thought the two c****s from Tsubasa would be unshakable in that category, but this just might beat it). Arika’s tsuntsun deredere, Nagi’s stupidity and prince-like sparkliness…Ahh… (melts into a happy fangirl puddle)
78) The transformations:
I have no idea why power ups so often result longer hair. But Negi looks good and that’s all that matters.
This is the greatest attack ever invented. Period.
So cute…but so badass at the same time…
You don’t get such a kickass attack at age ten for nothing.
What? You say that pactios can also be created through blood sharing rituals and that’s what Nagi used with Colonel Sanders? I REFUTE that! They kissed. It’s as sure as the fact that I’m typing on a keyboard at this very moment. I don’t like how they didn’t show it, but it’s fine, because that image will always be in my heart.
Runner up scenes: exactly what happened to Negi’s parents and what’s the big secret that everyone’s hiding.
Now, REASON 1 WHY I DON’T LOVE NEGIMA:
The hiatus/breaks that Akamatsu-sensei keeps taking. Damn it, I want the next chapter now~!