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Ten-year-old prodigy Negi Springfield, has just graduated from magic academy. He dreams of becoming a master wizard. Instead he's sent to Japan to teach English . . . at an all-girls high school! All the students are delighted with their cute new teacher-except for Asuna, who resents Negi for replacing the teacher she secretly has a crush on. Although he is forbidden to diTen-year-old prodigy Negi Springfield, has just graduated from magic academy. He dreams of becoming a master wizard. Instead he's sent to Japan to teach English . . . at an all-girls high school! All the students are delighted with their cute new teacher-except for Asuna, who resents Negi for replacing the teacher she secretly has a crush on. Although he is forbidden to display his magical powers, sometimes Negi can't resist. And when Asuna discovers Negi's secret, she vows to make his life as difficult as possible- just the thing to prepare Negi for the challenges of life as a master wizard!...

Title : Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 1
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Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Seth T.
    2019-04-03 17:28

    [These take up a lot of space]There are very few books I read any more that I'm partially embarrassed by. For the most part I've either abandoned the stuff that shames me or grown confident enough in my enjoyment that I can feel no guilt for reading something others might not understand. And yet, there remains that small number of works that I demur to recommend—or even admit I read.1Negima: Magister Negi Magi is one of those. It's highly embarrassing to me, but I can't stop. Because for all the ways it's really bad, there are as many ways in which it's really good.[Magic, yo!]I came to Negima through another guilty pleasure. In 2001 or 2002, I decided I needed to check out all these books that were importing from Japan in the freshly minted manga wave. I had read Akira way back when Marvel was releasing it through Epic and scattered issues of Viz's Area 88 and First Comics' Lone Wolf and Cub, but that was all more than a decade earlier. Coming to manga at that time just after the turn of the millennium was, for me, daunting. There were a lot of titles available and a lot more coming out every month. And despite the internet, it was still pretty difficult to find legitimate critical sources from which to find recommendations. After combing through forums and blogs (2002 was pretty much the zenith of the blogging phenomenon2), I saw the title Love Hina crop up often enough that I began to recognize it when walking through Walden Books or Suncoast Video (remember those!). I figured what the heck and picked up Love Hina volume 1 as my first foray into modern manga imports.The book was bizarre, rather offensive, and kind of intriguing. I was immediately confronted with blatant pandering to a decidedly lascivious male gaze, sexism, and probably even misogyny. My memory of the series is a bit spotty, but I do recall not being comfortable with the book. Still, in the interest of not prejudging cultural expression foreign to my own, I wanted to give Love Hina a fair shake. I picked up the second book, confident that reading two volumes would fulfill Due Diligence and then I could abandon the series. Only, I grew attached to the characters. For all their fulfillment of sexist tropes and promotion of female objectification, these were characters whose plot I became invested in. So I begrudgingly finished off the series. The conflict within me was real, but I've always been fairly good at sifting wheat from chaff. Being a thinking person whose ideological foundations are constantly evolving with the acquisition of new information, it's rare to encounter a work from any author that doesn't contradict some aspect of my paradigm-shifting belief system. I became, then, accustomed early on to reading books and encountering art that said things oppositional to what I believed. Sometimes those things would be deeply confrontational with the way I perceived the world. So I learned not to be entirely put off by such encounters but to instead compartmentalize for evaluation after reading. It's been a helpful system for me and allows a level of critical involvement impossible were I to simply react in the midst of a text. So that's how I read Love Hina. And that's how I read Ken Akamatsu's following work, Negima.[*hugs*]Not long after I finished with Love Hina, I discovered that Akamatsu would be releasing a new series, featuring a ten-year-old British wizard teaching a class in Japan. I figured I'd give it a shot and hoped that the author had gotten the fan service out of his system.3 He, as it turned out, had not. And in several substantial ways, Negima is a much more objectionable work than Love Hina is. But it also paints a much more compelling portrait of the women it horribly objectifies.Negi Springfield is ten years old (almost) and has just graduated from his school of wizardcraft and witchery and the sorting hat has decided that he will be employed at an all-girls junior high in Japan. The girls junior high at Mahora Academy is part of a much larger academic complex, with attached elementary and high schools and university. Its headmaster and several teachers are wizards, so Negi's not completely on his own. Because Negi's only ten and not quite capable of caring for himself (because he's ten), the headmaster installs the boy in the room of Asuna and Konoe (the headmaster's granddaughter). Hijinks, of course, ensue.[Hijinks!]Not only are there plenty of opportunities for naive and innocent Negi to accidentally stumble into his students topless, bottomless, and any other assortment of awkward pseudo-sexual situations,4 but the author forces the point regularly. In the beginning, while the series flounders for a few volumes, Negi is given a flaw by which if he is criticized too sharply, he'll sneeze. And if he sneezes, he'll disintegrate the clothing of anyone around him. (Note: he teaches at a girls' school.) Beyond this, several of his students develop feelings for him even though—as Asuna continuously reminds everyone—he's only ten and this makes the whoops-I'm-naked scenes still more awkward. [Scenes like this are not uncommon, like, at all.]Like Love Hina, the nudity in Negima is coy and silly. The girls are unashamedly drawn fully nude but are nippleless. Either strands of hair or amazing tricks of light work to obscure their nipples so that we never need worry about seeing too much (as if nude fifteen year-olds weren't already too much). Groins are always hidden by legs or other props. The whole thing reminds me of that Mormon bubble-porn meme that was circling the drain a few years back. In the end, I'm not at all sure what to make of this stuff. The girls are drawn like twenty-three-year-olds but their ages put them well below the age of consent, thrusting them into the spotlight of awkward fantasies for I'm sure any number of the title's readership. (Maybe it's all some subtle commentary on the arbitrary nature of social rules like ages of consent vs evolutionary instinct.5 Or maybe it doesn't matter since the target demographic is fifteen years old anyway? Actually, I don't know who the target age for the book really is.) At any rate, Negi's students are regularly objectified in blatantly sexual manner and not (usually) in service to the plot. It's stale and old and often misogynistic. And I'm sure it does nothing to foster an environment of care and comfort for girls in Japan—or from the guys who read the book over here.So why bother, right?[That this is an actual outfit worn by a fifteen-year-old girl is pretty much indefensible.]The strange fact of the matter is that for all that (and actually in opposition to all that), these books—like Love Hina before them—are curiously enjoyable. The real joy of Negima lies beyond its building of anticipation and pacing out of scheduled reveals. Those are all good and fine and keep things moving in the narrative department, but the greatest abundance of Negima's strengths is in its character building. The book begins with Negi Springfield and his class of thirty-one girls, and while some of them only get passing personalities, it's pretty impressive how many of them (an easy majority) Akamatsu explores in better-than-average detail. Through revealing these girls' characters, Akamatsu engages the reader's empathy for their circumstances, bringing greater tension and involvement in their struggles and trials. More than that, by turning these girls into full-orbed characters, Akamatsu actually begins subverting his sexual objectification of them.There's a delicious6 clash between contradictory purposes that actually mirrors how many inhabitants of our paternalistic world are happy to behave. The book posits that these young women are foremost people with strengths and dreams and goals that exist wholly apart from their genetic sexual disposition. They are individuated apart from their relationship to the series' male lead (this is solidified in the series epilogue in volume 38). And yet, for all that—for all their character strength both tied to and independent from their femaleness—Akamatsu always returns to their position as object for sexual fetishment. This is really how most men (and a fair number of women) treat the real-life women who inhabit their lives, mixing sensible well-regard with a careless desire to sexualize without consequence. That Negima does this so blatantly deserves, I think, at least bookclub-level consideration; and while Akamatsu may not have intended any net good from his creative decisions along these lines, I think the opportunity here for the reader to critically examine their own understanding and treatment of the female person is worthwhile and should not be overlooked in the face of disgust for the surface of objectification.[What's being a girl have to do with...?]The most curious thing about Negima is that Akamatsu first establishes his female characters as sexual objects and then reestablishes them as non-object persons. And while he ping-pongs between their object and non-object states (sometimes within space of a single panel), the title's final statement is in support of these women not as objects but as wonderful, full-fledged characters. This is not to justify the book's rather gross and awkward use of sexuality, but to merely recognize its complexity.And now because we all7 approach texts containing disagreeable content with a sense of nuance and find ourselves able to appreciate quality and value even while disapproving of aesthetic or moral deficits, let's talk about what makes Negima something I rate well despite my deep conflicts over the book's material.I've already mentioned Akamatsu's character work, but here are some specifics. Negi, the book's hero, is only ever okay. He's a bit of a Mary Sue but never really gets in the way of the book's true characters, the students. Negi begins the book as a fledgling magician, fresh from the academy and ready to prove himself. He's rather singleminded and so as much as he takes his role as teacher (and eventually protector) to these thirty-one girls seriously, he always struggles with his need to prioritize his true goal of locating his missing father. He's self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-absorbed. If his character has an arc, it's wrapped up in his struggles 1) to put his students first and 2) to learn to rely on the powerful, wise, and intelligent friends who are happy to help him out. [But at least this happens at one point, right?]But as I've implied, Negi may not even really be the main character in his own book. It's fun to watch him grow up a bit, even if he never really has to strain to do so. The real protagonist is his class of thirty-one girls. While the book seems to think it's the story of how Negi becomes the Best Wizard Ever, actually sitting down and reading the thing it becomes clear that this is really the tale of a bunch of girls who gradually discover the world is full of magic and how they'll interact with that knowledge. And while, as a class, there's never really any grave conflict over these girls' acceptance of the magical world (and a character arc with no conflict is generally dimly viewed under most rules of narrative critique), the charm of the individuals who make up Negi's class is so winning that it's hard not to consider their story worthwhile.The girls are varied in temperament, skills, backgrounds, interests. Asuna has mysterious abilities and amnesia. Evangeline is centuries old and has millions of dollars in bounties on her head (and a crush on Negi's father). Nodoka is bookish in the extreme and her primary skill seems to be her courage in overcoming her shyness. Another girl is Negi's descendant from the future. Another is trying to be a good gymnast. Another wants to draw manga. Another died in 1941. Another is a scientist. Another is a chef. Another is a robot. Another is an orphan adopted by the church. Another has trained for years to protect the life of another student, who is the headmaster's grand-daughter. Only a handful of these girls have full arcs, but out of the thirty-one, each gets narrative spotlight for at least a short time and most are given distinct personalities and stories. That by series' end I can identify and tell you about almost all of them is, to me, pretty amazing.Despite the title's rocky start, most of the stories end up being a lot of fun. After two volumes, I had given up on the book. Negima, in those volumes, just seemed an endless stream of disconnected school-daze stories and excuses to showcase nude teens. I took a long break from the series and then somehow got the third volume (maybe from the library). That volume was a distinct step in a better direction. The entire volume presents a single narrative arc (prior volumes never had stories longer than two chapters) and introduces the first hints that there might be some driving story behind the series. Volumes four through six offer a still longer arc and build more characterization and history into the series. As well, the fan service gets scaled back a bit, allowing the story to breathe on its own merits. By this point, I was invested enough in the story and characters that seeing where they'd go convinced me to stick with the series.Akamatsu seemed to have trouble deciding what kind of series Negima would be. The first couple books seem to aim for Harry Potter crossed with harem comedy. After volume two, however, the harem aspect is relegated to occasional filler episodes scattered across the thirty-six remaining volumes. With volume three, the series seems to transform into supernatural adventure. Then, around volume eleven or so, the book becomes a tournament book for about three volumes. Then it becomes an otherworldly adventure, then tournament book, and then a kind of world-shattering epic adventure. Scattered throughout are chapters that seem to want to transform the book into a romance comedy. If the reader pays too close attention, a kind of literary whiplash may result, prompting frustration in those who want the book to be a single thing. Personally, I found the constant evolution of the series endearing—as it's hard to stay mad at the mistakes when the status quo is shattered with such alacrity and ease.[Annnnnd: fight.]There remain a couple more things to talk about. Foremost perhaps, if one can minimize concern for the book's sexuality, most readers will want to know about the title's premature conclusion. For reasons I'm not yet aware of, Akamatsu elected to end the series before the principal story actually wrapped. The conclusion is moderately satisfying. With chapter 353 (of 355), all the story points are tied up save for Negi's quest for his father. This was the reason behind Negi's entire mission and so it's kind of the most important piece of the story. Chapters 354 and 355 zip the reader ten or more years into the future to a reunion of Negi's classmates where we are given a brief summary of how Negi's quest concluded. The series ends with an epilogue giving biographical synopses of each of Negi's students. It's a little bit underwhelming—but less so if one considers the series to be the story of Negi than that of his students. It's problematic, but could be worse.The other thing is the sexuality. I've talked about it a bit already, but it may be worthwhile to discuss the age problem just a bit.These girls are 14 and 15 years old according to their plot points and so, by fetishizing them, Akamatsu promotes a sort of statutory objectification. But then again, not really? These girls don't carry the awkward sexuality, physical proportionality, or carriage of a young teenager, but are instead mature women that the plot simply decides must be junior high students.8 Still, no matter how old these girls appear, Negima encourages the readers' acceptance of them as junior-high-aged (even while confusingly depicting them as being much older).I'm conflicted on this point somewhat. I think it's good to recognize that women, even young women, are sexual beings as much as anyone else—that they might have all the desires, curiosities, and kinks that you may have and plenty you don't. Negima recognizes that and pursues it (doggedly). The problem of course is that it does so with a camera lodged distinctly and completely within the cleft of the male gaze. Akamatsu presents strong female characters that are sexual and don't (often) apologize for their sexual natures—but he does so with the goal of titillizing his male audience (at least I presume his motive and audience here). It's one thing to present a mature and thoughtful depiction of a woman and her natural appetites. It's another to do so in order that a man can turn that woman into a sexual object. Too much, I'm afraid, Akamatsu's work is fueled by this latter prompt. And whether that's his intent or his editors', the result is pretty gross and kind of reprehensible.[The girl here remarking on Negi's small penis is hundreds of years old but trapped in a ten-year-old's body.]As I've suggested, it's rare that a single ideological element (or even a collection of such elements) is enough to cause me to judge a book's quality in one way or another. Case in point...[Goodreads character limit on reviews cuts this one short. For full review, see the original on Good Ok Bad]

  • Lord
    2019-04-21 23:29

    Don't believe the bad reviews from readers who read just the first volume and dare to rate this series. Akamatsu sensei succeeded in creating the whole class of girls with distinctive characters and that's no easy task. Add a sweet harem-like story that evenutally evolves, at least for a few volumes, into a shonen faito manga, and you have a manga that you will want to re-read several times. And believe me, everytime you read this series again, it gets better because you now remember the characters (there are really many girls, mostly good looking, of course) and you will get attached to them. All in all very good manga, maybe not for everyone, but deffinitely surpassing Ai Ga Tomaranai and Love Hina, earlier series from the same author.

  • Marija
    2019-04-03 17:12

    I think that this was intended as a introduction to the series and that's the reason why I gave it three stars. It was a fun read and that's it, there's no action or drama that would make it a little bit more interesting. It has some funny moments but only where you smile and think "this is insane" not where you laugh out loud. I will definitely continue reading this and I'm sure the next volumes get better.

  • Harry White
    2019-03-22 22:06

    Must Read Manga - School Harem/Comedy/MagicIf you enjoy magic, comedy and harem in a manga this series is worth reading at least a few times. Most books I enjoy best the first reading, but with this series each time you read it you get more out of it and enjoy it even more than the last time. Of course even the first time it is a great read. Despite the many characters they are all very well developed in this series. This is one of the best manga series ever.

  • Crystal
    2019-04-12 19:06

    Full of laughter, awkward moments, crazy situations, learning, and friendship. :)

  • Daniel
    2019-03-31 20:15

    Guilty pleasure :PU sustini vrlo tesko za opisati manga. Sa jedne strane imamo harem mangu sa gomilom devojaka koje stalno upadaju u neke polu ecchi situacije sa glavnim likom (10-togodisnji carobnjak) Sa druge strane ipak ima dosta srca u svemu i ume da bude cak tuzna ili teska. Ali to tek u kasnijim knjigama, ovde na pocetku vise upoznajemo devojke ovog razreda i uzivamo u interakciji i reakcijama usled bezvezne postavke.Ja volim ovaku vrestu bezveznih prica ali to je stvarno stvar ukusa tako da svako mora za sebe da odluci.

  • Feather Mista
    2019-04-08 16:35

    No me suelen molestar los lugares comunes de por sí, pero cuando se acumulan a lo largo de 200 páginas, raramente me convencen. Ni dibujo ni historia me parecieron malos, se dejan ver y leer con comodidad. Tampoco me molesta particularmente el sub-género de "harem manga", ya que Ranma 1/2 entra en esta categoría y es uno de mis comics ponjas favoritos. Pero en cuanto a este Negima #1, hay tantos pero tantos clichés en este primer tomo, que me cuesta mucho verle algún tipo de gracia individual a la historia. Hay chistes y escenas muy bien logradas, pero padecen ante la predecibilidad y tontería de otras. Supongo que si tengo chance le daré un par de tomos más de margen para ver si me convence. Si no, que pase la siguiente.

  • JadeVidal
    2019-04-20 18:22

    Negi-Sensei is a 10-year- old wizard who was just assigned a job after graduating from the wizard school. He is assigned a job as a middle school teacher! Due to his "cuteness", the majority of his students fall in love with him. One student, Asuna, finds out that he is a wizard, but she can't tell anyone. He is searching for a "partner" so he can upgrade his wizard abilities. But in order to do that, he has to kiss someone! Asuna, didn't care since he is 10, kissed him to help him and she also upgrades (when she says "adeat" she gets a weapon of a giant fan, which later changes to a giant sword).

  • Imogen Kathleen
    2019-04-14 17:32

    Fun fact: without knowing a single thing about the series, I bought every single volume because I saw them suuuper cheap. This may have been a bad investment.The Good- The art style was pretty cool.- Some parts were funny...The Bad- Plot? What plot?- Okay so I get that fan service is a thing in manga. I get that. I just cannot understand how semi-naked MIDDLESCHOOL girls made up about 95% of this volume??? This is probably why there was no plot.- The magic system was lame and unexplored.Overall, I will for sure be giving this manga a second chance (mostly because I have all the volumes and I don't want to have wasted money), but as of yet I am not sold. At all.

  • Nick
    2019-04-18 19:24

    Overall Rating: FSynopsis: 10 year old child wizard/genius Negi Springfield has to teach English at an all-girls boarding school. Magic and fan-service ensue. Both the manga and the anime seem to focus more on fan-service involving middle school girls than on plot or magic. I was tempted to rate it a D, but I have only seen the first disc of the anime, and read the first volume of manga, so maybe it gets better. I wouldn't count on it though.Both seem to be closer to a male's first wet dream than anything resembling plot, with panty shots and barely clad schoolgirls thrown in at every opportunity. I originally picked up the series because I like magic, and I like manga, and I thought this might be along the lines of Harry Potter. It was closer to being along the lines of a bad romance novel. A bad romance novel that makes you feel like a dirty old man.For example, one novel side-effect of Negi's magic is that it tends to eradicate clothing. When he tries to erase the memories of the female lead, Asuna, he instead erases her clothes...huh? To top it off, one can only assume Negi has a severe allergy problem, because he sneezes a lot. What relevance does that have, you might ask? Well, apparently, his sneezes cause skirts to fly up, resulting in much fan-service. Fortunately, the manga is rated 18+, so people kind of know what they're in for, but be forewarned, do not read this in a store. The last thing most people want is to stumble over someone in a Dragonball Z shirt that's looking at middle school girls' underwear. Trust me, it's creepy, and you'll end up dying alone.For more manga and anime reviews, please check out Hobotaku.

  • Mazohyst
    2019-04-18 16:07

    Have you ever read a manga where one of the characters were just so tsundere/ridiculous that it hurt? It hurt so much that you put down the book and could not continue further? This is that book. Usually I take ~1 hour to read manga but this one took me three days. THREE. DAYS.I JUST. KEN AKAMATSU. WHY?I should know by now that 99.9% of the time, I do not enjoy light hearted romantic comedy bull. Especially light hearted comedy MANGA bull. Yet I pick this up! Somehow I assumed that this might be a nice fantasy series with minimal boobs. Then I realized why the name Ken Akamatsu sounded so familiar.Now, I whipped through Akamatsu's Love Hina rather quickly when I was younger and I just... Did not appreciate 90% of the humour. Is it guy humour? Weird lonely guy otaku humour? I will never know. But holy crap do these characters get on my nerves! And the lead female... I'm probably using the wrong term but... SO MUCH TSUNDERE.Maybe I'm too bitter and have too high of expectations for manga nowadays.The public library needs a better selection of manga... To bad 90% of English translated manga are like this...

  • Miss Ryoko
    2019-03-26 20:06

    Negima seems like it'll have some real good potential. There are many characters, it is hard to keep them straight. But Negi is sweet and I'm curious to find out how he gets a handle on his classroom of students who are older than he is.Edit 6/18/16Wow... I can't believe I started reading this series 11 years ago! I have finally decided to read the entire Negima series! I have collected nearly half the volumes, but the library has the other half so I'm embarking on the long journey to finally get around to reading this series. It's a cute series, though very Japan... the fact that Negi is 10 and sneezes off girls clothing is of course not a surprising coming out of Japan... and the over sexualization of the junior high school girls... all very classic Japan. Despite that, the relationships forming are fun and entertaining... though I do fear that Negi and Asuna will become a love interest which just makes it all even more awkward and Japan. Oh well.Let's see what kind of shenanigans Negi and his class of 31 girls get into!

  • Caroline
    2019-04-21 15:16

    I remember really enjoying Love Hina when I read it years ago, so I figured I would pick up this new series of Ken Akamatsu's from the library since the premise was cute and I've always enjoyed his art.Well, I don't remember Love Hina being so full of blatant fan service, although it's been so long it's quite possible it was. Between the school girls constantly obsessing over 10-year-old Negi in ways that seem overly sexual, and every single opportunity them being naked, partially naked, or at the very least providing a panty shot, I don't know if this series is for me. I had fun reading the story about Negi trying to teach middle school English, but after a while all of the excuses for nudity and panty shots just gets annoying.I have a few of these out from the library so I'll keep reading, but if it weren't free there'd be no way I would continue.

  • Trip
    2019-04-07 20:34

    It's by the creator ofLove Hina so you know what to expect: wacky high jinks and a harem of teenaged girls without their clothes. This time, the boy is a ten-year-old British wizard sent to teach at a girls' school in Japan and the harem is an entire class of 14-year-old girls. Negi Springfield is much less of a schmoe than whatsisname fromLove Hina, though.None of the fan service shows more than you could see by undressing a Barbie doll, but I have to admit there's something dubious about a manga where the age advisory on the back would exclude most of the major characters.

  • Akihisa Carriosn
    2019-04-18 22:26

    Ken Akamastsu is a master at making harems, I really enjoyed this series, it has a good line of characters but I prefer the Negima!? Edition because it focuses more on character development and comedy than just straight up perverted content.

  • Emily
    2019-04-19 18:27

    Fun story, although there was more nudity than I thought I was getting into. have the second one, well see if I stick with this series.

  • Teetee
    2019-03-25 17:32

    3.5 stars

  • Jessica ➰
    2019-04-19 18:20

    Me ha gustado bastante la historia, no obstante ha habido partes que no me han gustado demasiado. Lo que menos me ha gustado probablemente es el problemilla de Negi.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-21 22:25

    Couldn't finish. Too sexist.

  • Karen Hannum
    2019-04-09 23:31

    I wanted to like this, but by the end of this volume, I gave up. Just another harem.

  • Brandon Varnell
    2019-03-26 17:24

    What starts off as a creepy harem comedy about a 10 year old boy teaching a bunch of 14 year old girls eventually turns into an epic journey that is, surprisingly, really fun to read. Are you surprised? So was I. Truth be told, the initial story behind this series is one that I didn't think I would like. I'm not into manga about 10 year olds being put into pervy situations with his 14 year old students. It's just awkward.The first volume starts off with Negi, a young mage who graduates from a magic academy, getting his first job as a mage... which somehow ends with him being a teacher for a bunch of girls. I'm not really sure how being a teacher is supposed to help one become a better mage, but I'm assuming there are plot reasons for this, like, ya know, the "oh, my God! I just ran into the girl's communal bath to find a bunch of surprisingly busty middle school girls naked!" kind of plot. Either way, it sort of creeped me out, and despite how I enjoyed Ken Akamatsu's first manga series, Love Hina, I was initially turned off due to the ages of the characters.Despite my initially being put off, I continued reading, hoping that it would get better. Low and behold, this manga does get better. As you begin to read more volumes, you learn more about all of the girls that make up Negi's class - and let me tell you, these girls are an absolute riot. They're the most carefree and insane group of outgoing people I've read in a manga. Each one has a distinct, unique, and vibrant personality. Not only do they have great personalities, Ken Akamatsu is able to balance the amount of time they get on screen, giving all the main characters a moment to shine, while allowing side characters to get their time in the limelight. Several of the characters who, at the beginning were just background characters, occasionally get pulled to the front, where you learn new and exciting aspects about them - their past, their dreams, their goals. It was the way these characters are portrayed that really sucked me in.As the manga progresses, I became less bothered by the random bouts of nudity. Now, I'll admit, part of that might just be my propensity as a male. We're horndogs at the best of times. However, like I said earlier, I was initially put off because of the characters' ages. I think what softened the blow here was how... busty, many of the girls are, and how surprisingly mature they act. I just can't see them as a bunch of middle school students. The more I read, the more I realized that many of these girls acted more like high school and college students. That they also LOOK like high school and college students further took the edge off their actual age. In the end, I just decided to think of them as being older than they actually are, and decided that the middle school setting was simply part of the plot by which Ken Akamatsu decided to tell his story with.One aspect of this story that I really enjoyed was how it mixed and matched genres. At the start, this series is almost purely romantic comedy with a lot of fan service. As the story progresses, it enters the realms of magical realism, fantasy, epic, tournament, dark fantasy, sci-fi, sci-fantasy, and continues playing the guessing game all the way to the end. The manga's evolution from purely fan service-y romcom to insanely epic sci-fantasy with hints of romance and comedy are one of the aspects that I feel make this worth reading.Of course, one cannot forget the main character. Negi starts off this story as a prim and proper Englishman... boy, who happens to be naive and incapable of dealing with real-life problems. His entire life is centered around the goal of finding his father. As the story progresses, Negi undergoes many metamorphoses, changing, growing stronger, becoming more mature. As a main character, and one in a harem series, I'd say that he's one of the better ones. If Ken had made him older, like, 16 at least, I probably would've placed him as my number one favorite character. As is, Negi is a protagonist who I enjoyed watching grow.While some people may be put off by the risque humor, if you enjoy a little romance, fan service, epic magic battles, insane fights, well-crafted characters that you can actually care about, and a plot that becomes more complex and immersive as the series progresses, then you'll probably enjoy this series.[image error]

  • Grace Kelley
    2019-04-09 15:22

    Negima has always been one of my most favorite animes. So eventually, I knew I'd get around to reading the manga someday.From the start, the one thing that bugged me the most was Asuna. She was a major bitch from the start. And since I watched the anime, they obviously didn't have much time to stretch out the progression from bitch to cute sisterly figure in 27-30 episodes. So I was used to nice Asuna before mean Asuna.Negi is a cutie. I wish I could babysit him or have him as a little brother. Although if he was real, I'd hug him as much as I could (while making sure he would be able to breathe). He does have a problem with ladies almost suffocating him with love or affection.*As far as the pervy stuff, I have to admit I don't enjoy it, but it isn't so frequent that it detracts from the story. At least, not for me. I'm used to the authors style of comedy. Plus stuff like that seems to be more humorous in Japan then it is here, so you have to keep in mind the cultural differences.All in all, Negima Vol.1 is cute, quirky and just a tad raunchy. But I love it all the same.(Although, if you want my opinion on which anime you should watch, Negima?! is the way to go. It doesn't follow the story as closely as Negima!, but its funnier and provides a lot of good, wacky humor with action and suspense. And the animation is more detailed than the first one. But both animes are good nevertheless.)*Edit:4/2/2014Ok, so I've really been thinking about what I've said here. And I'd like to correct it. The initial reason why I had thought that something like that was common in Japan's humor started when I watched an episode on banned Pokemon trading cards. (Weird thing to start with, but it helps my point, trust me.) One of the banned/changed cards featured one Pokemon peeping up a schoolgirl's skirt. The person talking about the card mentioned that the humor in Japan was like that, and that our American audience just wouldn't get it, so the card was changed to have the Pokemon's eyes looking at the person holding the card, and not at the girl.Then a while after I initially posted this review, I was browsing the Negima! Wiki, and I found that the more scandalous parts of Negima! are dubbed as fan service, and not as any type of humor. It didn't strike me to put two and two together in order to write this, until this morning, when I thought "Wow, someone could get upset by this because I virtually have no proof on this type of humor even existing."So, I essentially based that comment on what I learned from the guy, rather than doing research to back it up. The thought just didn't come to me at the time. And its not like the guy didn't do his research either, it takes a lot to actually research four or five banned cards. Nevertheless, I've started to research Japan's humor compared to ours. It hasn't been easy, since I'm looking at forums for information, but I still will search and tell you all what I found in Vol.2!Again, if you want something less fanservicey, and still like Negima enough to want to watch it, go and see Negima?!I remember both series based on what punctuation mark they have at the end for those who mix them up:?= Non canon/ completely off topic of the main series!= Canon, part of the main plot of the show.

  • Aurora
    2019-04-21 23:19

    (At the time of writing this review, I've read through the 24th volume of the series.)Wow. What can I say about Negima? I have very, very mixed feelings about this series.I love the plot - a ten-year-old wizard teaching middle school while looking for his long-lost father. And all the little complications and side-stories, like him learning to live with his students, Asuna (a student; basically the female lead) having to struggle with her feelings for Negi and another one of her teachers, the friendship/romance of students Konoka and Setsuna, rivalry with Kotaro, one of the students is actually a ghost, cultural festivals, and love potions. There's truly a little of something for everyone and you could classify this manga as almost any other drama. Yet the plot never gets off-track or boring, with the exception of maybe the loooong tournament during the Mahora Fest.I love most of the characters. They were incredibly well-developed for a harem genre. Every single girl in a class of thirty-one has her own individual personality. There are no "just filler" characters. They still have the typical unrealistic "everyone loves the main character" issues, but it's easy to ignore. Also, a lot of them actually have a good reason why they would like him. Even the main character is quite likeable (again, unique for a harem series since they're usually passive, annoying, and perverted), and one of my favorite manga characters. And I love the art style. It's adorable. It can be hard to tell all the MANY, MANY characters apart at first, but even that, as the story progressed, presented much less of a problem than I initially thought it would. AND YET. The fanservice. Ugh. Normally I can tolerate fanservice, yet in this manga it gets to be straight-up disgusting. It tones down slightly after the first few volumes, but even still, hardly a volume goes by without several pages of nude scenes. I mean I could understand a fewpanty shots - it's inevitable when the whole story revolves around girls fighting magical battles in miniskirts - but do we REALLY need so many nude bath scenes? I really got so sick of seeing it that I've started taping paper over the fanservice to censor it. Whatever. I know some people like fanservice. Just don't let your little siblings see this manga... and be careful about reading it in public.

  • Aaron Gertler
    2019-03-22 22:07

    (Review is for the full series -- it starts slowly but gets better)It's hard to know what to say about a series that features over two dozen compelling, memorable characters while also showing most of those characters in their underwear.There's no getting around it: Negima!, a manga series about a ten-year-old boy wizard (Negi) who teaches English and magic to a class of Japanese high-schoolers, contains ridiculous amounts of fanservice --- that is, underage girls (with adult proportions) swimming in pools, getting their clothes blown off by gusts of wind, and so on. (Negi is also PG-13 naked for a few panels in many of the early chapters.)This makes it really hard to recommend. I almost cut it from the list entirely. But if you ignore/flip past the fanservice, you'll find one of the greatest stories ever told in cartoon form. Despite starting with a few stumbling chapters of high-school misadventure, Negima! soon embarks on a series of epic quests, filled with clever writing and character development and interesting combat scenes and difficult moral decisions. (After one chapter-long debate between a hero and a villain, I spent a few minutes just staring off into space, trying to figure out whose side I was on --- and I couldn't decide, which is a rare thing indeed.)I could rant about the virtues of the series for pages. Nearly every girl in Negi's class of thirty has her own arc, chock-full of meaningful character development. The "villains" are complex characters with worthy motives, who in some cases may be doing more good than the heroes. The non-magical characters react with appropriate confusion to the strangeness of their world. The jokes are hilarious. There's a chaste, adorable lesbian romance. There's this panel, which sums up my entire worldview:And the fanservice almost ruins the whole thing. It's more the fault of the manga business than the author --- he makes plenty of self-mocking jokes about his obligation to feature half-naked characters. Still, it's completely understandable if you decide never to pick this up.

  • Ivan
    2019-04-02 22:22

    I ended up dropping Ken Akamatsu's other series, Love Hina, about eight or nine books in because I couldn't stand the meandering story and the you-can-see-this-coming-from-across-the-ocean comedy. And, remembering this, I was hesitant to try the Negima! series at first. The premise sounded cute, though, so I ultimately took a chance.Not so bad, actually. Yeah, it's still harem comedy with the usual awkward moments (I wonder if Akamatsu knows how to write anything else), but the fact that it stars a ten-year-old boy surrounded by teenage girls --and that this ten-year-old boy is both a magician AND the girls' English teacher-- makes it different enough to be interesting. Negi tries hard to be a good teacher and win his students' respect, but he's only ten years old and he's in pretty far over his head. Luckily, he manages to get a little help here and there from the class representative and one of the school's more respected teachers.There's also the fact that he is forced to room with one of the girls, who happens to be a brash hothead that doesn't like him much. The two have an interesting relationship; he constantly tries to make her happy and she constantly tries to get rid of him. Oh, and every time he sneezes, she loses her clothes. Much to her chagrin.Volume one does more than just focus on the comedy, fortunately... there's something of a story here, although the most interesting bits are obviously things being set up for later volumes, so we don't get too much info. It's interesting enough, though, that if subsequent volumes actually bother moving ahead with the story, it could very well be worth following.

  • Jacqui Geisel
    2019-03-29 23:31

    Note: review is for the series up to where I've read (volume 26).For whatever reason, I've always had a thing for stories with a lot of characters, and boy, does this series have a lot of characters. Just taking Negi and his students into account already gives you 32, and then you add the various other mages, teachers, family members, friends, enemies...yeah, it's a lot. With so many characters, I think you're bound to find at least one you really like (for the record, my favorites, just out of the students in Negi's class, are Sayo, Chachamaru, Konoka, Kaede, Satsuki, and especially Nodoka).And what is so great about all of these characters is that they all get developed. ALL of them. Obviously, some are more involved in the plot than others, and thus get more development, but everyone gets at least a little bit of time in the spotlight.The series starts out looking like it's simply going to be a typical ecchi comedy series with magic, and while the fanservice never really goes away, the story soon becomes much, much bigger than a simple school comedy. Plus, it has at least a little of just about every element you might find in fantasy or sci-fi. Vampires, ghosts, demons, ninjas, martial arts, robots, time travel...yeah, this series is just FULL of stuff. Some people might be bothered by the fact that there is always so much going on, but I personally like trying to pick out all the little details.

  • Hayley
    2019-04-20 21:09

    Negima! by Ken Akamatsu is a gripping, miraculous story that has touched the hearts of many. Admittedly, the thought of a ten year old child (Negi Springfield) going off to earn an occupation as a teacher at a high school (Mahora Academy), is a little strange, but the whole story makes up for it completely. Negi, is not an ordinary child, however. He is actually the son of a famous wizard, Nagi Springfield, making Negi a wizard himself. The purpose of him going off to become a teacher is for his ''wizard training.'' When Negi arrives at his new school, he meets a young teenaged girl named Asuna Kagurazaka. Their meeting, you may think, was just an unnecessary part of the manga, was leading to a whole new storyline. Negi unfortunately manages to get on Asuna's bad side, and when somebody's on her bad side, nothing good is ought to happen. The first volumes kick off with short mini stories, worth about 20 pages per story, it eventually stops at one point and goes through an entire storyline. I mean, Negi becomming so strong his eyes are so slanted and he glows? What isn't cool about that? Personally, Negima is one of my favourite stories of all time. All the cute, enchanting girls of the story really add a nice touch, and Negi himself is such a phenomenal character. I highly recommend Negima for any hardcore anime fan.

  • Katie
    2019-04-17 20:12

    Hmmm......It took me a while to get through this one. I want to say that it ends up being really good towards the end. I am curious to see how else the story develops. Character setup is great as others have mentioned. However, it was so full of silliness and perviness that I don't think I will give any more of my time to it. I think the book could have been half as long and been great. I am not against the silliness & perversion of it (lots of practically naked girls) but too much time was spent on such things for me. As I said earlier, it started getting really good & interesting later in the book but I had to struggle through more than half of it to get there. One more thing.....the illustrations are great!!!! If they hadn't been as nice as they were I wouldn't have finished it at all.

  • Conan Tigard
    2019-03-29 23:18

    Negima!: Magister Negi Magi - Volume 1 has it all: action, comedy, fun and adventure. There are a lot of characters to learn, as there are quite a few girls in the classroom. Ken Akamatsu has created an enjoyable book for any lover of manga. The artwork is excellent and the translation is perfect. Never have I read a manga book that flows in dialog so well as does Negima!: Magister Negi Magi - Volume 1. I loved all of the characters in this book and the funny situations that Negi and Asuna find themselves in. It always make me laugh when Negi sneezes and blows the clothing off of the girls, especially Asuna. I guess he has a pretty powerful, magical sneeze. Overall, I found that I highly enjoyed Negima!: Magister Negi Magi - Volume 1 and can't wait to see what trouble is stirred up in Negima!: Magister Negi Magi - Volume 2.I rated this book an 8 out of 10.

  • ★ Molly ☆
    2019-03-26 22:25

    I've read all of Ken Akamatsu older series. I have to admit I'm a serious collector that likes to read manga back to back. To the extreme. Hence I am probably one of the few people with patience to wait from 2006-2014 to have a series finish. THEN start to read it back to back. Anyway, I loved his art in Negima! I can't really say why... maybe just because it's detail is cute but not overly detailed or too cutsie? I'm not sure that's what I mean exactly. I mean it in a GOOD way!I enjoyed meeting some of the Charaters in this volume, Asuna, Nodoka especially. There's as always - fan-service, I personally don't mind the fan-service. I like some here and there. Overall I'm not so much talking about the plot in this review much. Just that I loved this volume very much~♡