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what is in Negima neo? is it different from the original manga...?? O.o


Yes, this is by a different manga-ka, adapting the shaft anime
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hansuke22 wrote:

what is in Negima neo? is it different from the original manga...?? O.o


Yes, this is by a different manga-ka, adapting the shaft anime


Oh is that so.. that would be nice.. I wanna try it
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Gah sorry about my tardiness for reviewing Chapter 200, a nice mark for this awesome manga! Been swamped in work so finally took the moment first to do anime catchups and then saw the chapter on a check! OK let's get to it as it looks like 201 will come sometime soon too! (won't say too much for sure until it's translated and we're sure of all that happens).

CHAPTER 200!

-We sure get confirmation: the second stranger identified by Kage (just simplifying his name for review sake's-go check preview reviews for the full name) is Rakan of the Thousand Blades, yep, the member Nagi's group! OK in layman's terms, when attacked as we see, HE'S FREAKING STRONG! And like Alberio he does indeed have an artifact pactio! The Hero with a Thousand Faces (think of a multibladed weapon that can change into other weapons...wow). Like even his finishing blow is like a HUGE summoned sword on its own! Yeah I'd say that would finish a match easily. Kage reveals that he wanted revenge and Rakan counters that Negi is his pupil even at that age (he can see behind the Age Pills mirage).

-Fastforward back to the present with Chachamaru and Chisame snapping Negi back to reality. Kotaro comes with news of their comrades as well. An encoded letter says Setsuna and Asuna are together, still looking for others like Konoka. Speed over to WHOA! Older looking Setsuna with her wings out...and showering in a waterfall...*fanboy recovery moment...*...
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OK whoa I rarely get ecchi overwhelmed but you'll excuse me for one of my fav characters I hope and GROWN UP! OK past that we suddenly get Asuna coming into the scene fighting all out and mastering the instant movement now! Sweet. She combines it with distraction branches and her blades almost make it through if not for Setsuna's wings knocking her away with their amazing strength (ok pause...OK so I got a love for Angel wings so sue me...). And in good old Akamatsu fashion it ends with Asuna joining her in the bathing. OK everyone say "FAN SERVICE!" WE get some cute banter between Asuna more happy now having seen Negi on TV and Setsuna worrying over Konoka (Awwwww....). That and the revelation of getting closer to finding Konoka, reuniting with Negi and the others, but most of all Asuna now rising very quickly in power especially ever since they arrived in the Magic World (so count on more of her past being revealed in the next bit along with her true power).

-We end...with someone looking over them, and that is the return of Tsukuyomi, Setsuna's Kendo rival from Fate's team!

Yay good stuff and looking forward to more Negima talk next time! Off to dinner I am!
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CHAPTER 201!
The Birth of a New Student/Teacher Duo
Let's get right to it!

-New map of everyone's assumed status starts us off so go see the manga of course for that. The gang is gathering soon to the meeting point. TWO NEW THINGS!
1.Kazumi is now in chibi form too using the age pills but more importantly (THANKS TO sonicspin on this)
2.SHE'S THE LATEST PACTIO! Yep as Negi was being healed she got one (in Pactio Stores lol Even came with a commemorative photo!). Her Pactio is like Chisame's but her data gathering via her Raven's Eye lets her take control of those Spy Golems (6 of them from the Festival arc). Now COMBINE that with Sayo and she can now pretty much see what anyone is doing (oh boy...now see Nodoka got the book due to her being innocent enough to handle it; this one in Kazumi's paparazzi hands SCARES ME! Oh wait...did she see me type that?! )

-Of course out comes the worry Ako will see the photo, and then that Kazumi makes the 8th Pactio (a shock to Natsumi and especially Akira of course). Also more Kotaro/Natsumi hinting (and Kotaro is as blind to it as Inu Yasha is sometimes! ).

-We now get teams dividing up again: Chachamaru, Sayo and Kazumi head off to locate more people. Chisame sticks to the main group since she can also gather info via her Pactio, and the cost was too much for more to travel. Negi (with Kotaro and Chisame encouraging in their usual way) now looks for Rakan to be trained. Kotaro will continue the battles in the stadium to train.

-Negi (back to normal age) is changing when someone sees him: Chisame back to her normal age. Yay! She says she's Asuna's substitute for now (makes odd sense considering for Akamatsu, combine them and you get Love Hina's Naru) so she's now his backup. She lets Negi know Rakan was to be the guy they were to rendez-vous with at the Gate before Fate came anyways, explaining why he might be there even if they're uneasy with him still. They find him at an Oasis training and pretty much doing scary powerful stuff! LOL Oh but the names ARE too long as he notes for his moves (hear that my fighting video games? lol). He's too funny not knowing his own strength and struggling to name each move. AND THEN Negi remembers the talk with Kotaro: idiocy brings power! Red Wing were idiots! ROFL! Oh perfect. Well we get to see what he'll teach Negi, the Eternal Negi Fever (a huge light blast from the chest lol)...well for 30% off. Amazing. Of course Negi doesn't have the cash, and anyways asks to be trained instead. And we shall see it next chapter!

Not bad as we further in the plot. Take care until next time!
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Well Ch. 202 is ready and scnalated so let's get to it!

Chapter 202

-Storytime to start, yay! We get a recap of how Red Wing/Ala Rubra came to be in a time 20 years ago in the Magic World when heroes were needed to stop a war that began from small quarrels that got out of hand. We get a team rollcall:
-Leader, Thousand Master Nagi at the age of 14
-Shinmeiryuu Swordsman EIshun Konoe (Konoka's dad from the School Trip arc; master in the same kendo/samurai style from all of Akamatsu's stories like Love Hina)
-Ki Magic Fusion user/Former military man Gateau Vanderburg (Passed away in battle as we saw in Asuna's storyline and sensei to...)
-Takamichi (Cute as a kid!)
-And others glossed over lol (Alberio/Colonel Sanders is there, and one more caped person-not sure who that is yet)
-And of course Rakan, Man of a Thousand Swords, a former mercenary and lone rival to Nagi (explaining more his interest in Negi, Nagi calls him Jack in flashbacks-so consider this history repeating since you can compare Rakan to Kotarou now!)

-And that's all we get for now or Rakan charges extra... And we hear he simply neglected to continue the mission to get them (Negi, Chisame and others) "for the place was too far and the name too long." But things worked out now so to training! We get more taunting/comparisons to Nagi to rile Negi to his max. I can't even put into words how powerful Negi can get! Sure, take your best hit and Rakan nearly gets blown away.

-So after Negi lands from Rakan's angry punch, we get more talk with Negi talking of his other master Evangeline (who everyone knows of course). Once Negi goes past mere gaining power to protect everyone and surpass his father, Ranka coaxes out of him the specific goal to beat Fate and that sparks Ranka's worries. Of course again we get no indication on who Fate is without Negi paying the cost (darn literary cop out! lol), we do get Ranka explaining levels of power between them. Not completely sure of accuracy but it's pretty huge. But there are "indirect ways" to become stronger, and thanks to Evangeline (using her curse that's sealed) Negi can become more powerful than Fate.

-NEW CHARACTER! We now move to where Yue is with a new character (glasses, cute looking, mushroom haircut) named Colette. Both are in the sorcerer's attire for school in the Magic World. Thing is as she talks to Colette holding the White Wing/Ala Alba button, she says....she remembers NOTHING! Uh oh amnesia angle! To be continued...

So see you then and again thanks to sonicspin for doing spoiler previews!
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Since the start of the whole "find the missing partners across the world" thing, I bet most of us where thinking "I wonder who'll end up with amnesia". Now whe have the anser (danm, I was putting my money on Asuna, being her the princess and all).


Edit: 203 already came out. Magical Girl Yue.
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Before I begin cool to see you again blopa! lol Guess old plot twists are hard to avoid, for anything. OK to the review now!

Chapter 203: Magic Girl Yue

-Flashback to start to the City of Magic Education, Ariadne about 19 days from the persent. Looks like Colette found Yue and was healing her of a bad bump on the head with help from her sensei, who is a magical nurse, is cute with her magical nurse fairies! ^_^ Most likely Yue will regain her memories unless some magic was the cause of the loss. Of course this meant that no one had a clue what Yue was caught up in or who she really is (good due to the warrent, bad for an amnesiac). At least she's in a teaching college for anyone seeking knowledge (how appropriate for her Pactio). At first Colette volunteers to keep Yue with her in her room out of friendship, but we find out in Colette's mind that SHE was the cause for the amnesia from both a sudden collision (KIDS, never read and walk or ride a broomstick all at once...I know...I tend to hit street posts while I read mangas on the road sometimes...eh heh heh but I digress...) when Yue reappeared from the teleportation spell AND from Colette's training wand going off and casting a forgetfulness spell. (So Colette's a cute klutz. )

-Yue decides too then from her intuition to stay and learn from the Mage Knights Cadets in the meantime, something the Sensei admires in her will to learn at such a young age. Love the inside joke on how LEARNING is so the opposite of Yue of course. Baka Ranger Amnesia too! So back in Colette's room, we get more info on the Magic Knights training both Colette (who told Yue about them and got Yue interested in the battle-type magic) and Yue are going to take. So we watch over time Yue regain her memory of the simple spells Negi taught her, and some attemptedbroom flying training (yay!).

-Fast forward a bit to the first class, where Yue is introduced as Collette Farandole's (now this scanned version calls her Colet so go as you wish with either name I suppose) cousin. Won't go too much into the class notes details but it's talk of how the Old World came into existence. In a nutshell, only the Magic World knows of us as this Old World that became more technological while of course the Magic World worked to advance Magic. They are Mirror Worlds then. We go to Gym class which is Broom flying, and poor Yue still can't do it.

CUE NEW CHARACTER! We get the school bully/glamour gal the Class Rep (think unlike Ayaka a nasty gal, pigtails like Asuna's and overall pretty mean towards newbies). This doesn't deter Yue's stubborn determination so we see more training (and crashes from flight attempts).

-24 days pass and we see her get powerful enough quickly (she can fly!) because she's chasing "that person" she works so hard to recall (Negi...awwww...).

-Speaking of Negi back to the present where Rakan is talking to Negi about a forbidden spell Evangeline had made up called Dark Magic. 10 years of perfection went into it, and it rivals the ultimate power of Kanka. Very few know it now due to it being based in Dark Energy building. Chisame says it suits Negi to try to learn it since he gets gloomy about being alone sometimes (awwww). Funny since Negi of course is not all willing about training for it even if Evangeline the Lord of Darkness is his master. Now to conjure it, hmmm, sound familiar? Hate, anger, fear and resentment, all negative emotions lead to it (lol and to the Dark Side...yes Emperor Palpatine...err...Rakan ). Oh course Rakan sums it up comically as BAD FEELINGS! So Negi begins Dark Magic training.

Lesson #1-Become your Bad Feeling...so make a BAD FACE! And PUNCH! (reasons to have bad feelings in Rakan's opipion are too funny! As are Chisame's memory reaction to her bad times on the Net.) So Negi uses memories of losing to Fate and it's too funny for words! And we end there for now! Take care!
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wonders if he ends up being Emo because of it....can't wait for the next one X3
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Negi is already pretty much an emo, as he blames himself for every bad thing that happens. Black Magic summoned by a sorrowful heart sounds powerful....or will Negi find a brighther way to make the spell? Don't miss next Negima chapter on your friendly webpage ^_^ (I always wanted to do this, sorry)


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Love the inside joke on how LEARNING is so the opposite of Yue of course. Baka Ranger Amnesia too!

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Yes short of new levels of emo, Negi is there at his age already. And nice call blopa, appreciate any +1! But let's get to it, chapter 204!

CHAPTER 204-If I Become an Idiot (cue Dare to be Stupid by Weird Al!)

-We get back to Negi's training and still not too hot finding that "Dark Side power/ Dark magic training". Chisame acts as the voice of reason on how harsh it is on a kid (even a powerful one like Negi). BETTER RECAP of the power levels (insert your Dragonball Z jokes here), with Negi going over them: Fate at 3200, Kage Shawdow user at 750, the average swordswoman at 1500 and a wizard at 2000. Negi...at 500...yeah... oh and FYI cats are 0.5! Meow, so Negi is about 1000 cats. After some of the usual emo thoughts (do emos dream of cats beating them in a ring?), Chisame gives the Asuna punch of reason and we get back on our merry way (guess this is how Akamatsu planned to have the Naru role from Love Hina play out: start with Asuna then pass over to Chisame = 1 Naru). Then FAN SERVICE (we had to have a Chisame thinking moment while she showers nude in a waterfall of course! And I review all this, seriously only review... )! Wait...next page...a blur...OMG!!!!!
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-OK then. We get to RANKA BATHING NUDE so fan service goes both ways (man this will be fun when Del Ray gets to THIS chapter!) so YOU'VE BEEN WARNED! OK once we get teh chapter's fan service out of the way, it's back to discussing about Negi between the two. Ranka is brought up to speed about Fate and the teleportation spell, and of course how Negi feels bad about it all since his quest for power and finding his dad got the class involved. Negi returns in a neat Chinese outfit to request about this dark magic training that clashes with his wind and thunder magic. Well this leads to Negi requesting...

TO BECOME AN IDIOT LIKE RAKAN AND HIS DAD...

-Well Rakan says Negi is too logical thinking to do this (and resenting the way he's called the idiot). After a Rakan Bonk on the head of Negi (now after so much reading for if I get Super Smash Bros. Brawl I wanted to scream FALCON PUNCH ) Rakan questions if Negi could be ready to be that way to find strength, thus changing his way of living and personality. Rakan sees Negi wanting to really become his dad and questions again his love for his Master Evangeline. Negi has to choose which path to take now. Yep, insert your Star Wars: Knights of the old Republic references here: Light side/Nagi, a straight path directly with teamwork, OR the Dark Side/Evangeline, a loner's path of evil the indirect way. The Light Side is straight but long to become powerful, while the Dark Side is quicker but has its risk of a weak fighter losing his life possibly (hence being forbidden). To put home this point, Rakan now demonstrates the dark side power. We see it frame by frame as Rakan only takes in a fragment of Eva's dark power to use...cast a dark magic ball...then fizzle and explode out. Yep, recall Rakan is also the idiot and didn't really think before demonstrating it.

Well tune in next time once Rakan peels himself from the laketop he exploded on as Negi must now decide which path to follow his training upon. Take care!
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Good thing I check this group often, since I would have missed the the chapter otherwise. I would dare to say that is not an average swordswoman the one following Fate Averrucus if you take in mind that Evangeline said that the level Negi and his party had reached (before going to the magic world) was greater than even the order of regular knights. Other than that it's another great work reviewing the chapter.

On another note... I MISS NODOKA!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHERE ARE YOU??????
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Woohoo Happy Leap Year day! Go figure on it I find that I can review the latest chapter so soon! Let's get to it adn thank you blopa and others for the kind comments no my reviews! I enjoy doing them as I read the chapters. BTW the swordswoman is again most likely Tsukuyomi from the Kyoto arc who likes Setsuna and also knows Shinmei Ryu kendo style, who was also on Fate's team before then.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Characters_of_Negima

Yeah I recall Evangeline saying something like that too but then again, times change and people get stronger. Fate of course shows that; also note in that Kyoto arc when Evangeline only managed to chase him away and she was at full power, that she said he's the one you got to fear the most in the future so Fate's on another level for sure! Again, to the new chapter!

CHAPTER 205 - The Road of your Father or the Road of your Master

-As you know we're back to Negi's training (I love watching his practice sparring! Think Virtua Fighter or Tekken since he does borrow the dashing elbow attack from Akira in VF.). He contemplates the 2 roads in front of him (as I read this, why do I sense he might be the one to somehow instead MERGE the two paths into one? Just a thought as I read) like dark and light (yes again cue the Star Wars references). Love Ranka's bluntness: "Wow, who knew Dark was so dangerous...if not for being a person like me I'd be dead...Negi, don't try it."

-BTW on the art I LOVE the split poster like image of Dark (Evangeline) and Light (Red Wing, with all members (from top to bottom when you see it, Takamichi, Gateau, Rakan, Nagi, Konoe and Alberio) at around page 4 and a bit in the last chapter.

-So he goes over how dark can get him there to beat Fate, but also his teammates can help him overcome too (Yay, image of Chachamaru, Kei Fu, Kaede, Setsuna and Kotarou! I miss Nodoka too blopa but I ALSO MISS SETSUNA! I miss the team!...but I digress...). Then a flashback pic to the Festival (still the best completed arc to date) and all his other students helping. Chisame interrupts his kempo training which he explains a bit to her on how it can get his power more dialed up to hit in close contact. Heh, then she gives him a magic scroll that seems to have Eva's dark art described in it. Now you get the Matrix like choice: open it to learn the Dark side, don't open it to continue learning the Light side. She tells him to think carefully as his heart can be reckless at times.

-We get to Rakan still bandaged up checking on Negi's choice. Negi hands the scroll to him and seems to have chosen his father's path of Light. He contemplates his absurdity and thus then opens the scroll even if it means he'll be swallowed by the Dark Side! He denounces right there he cannot be his Father no matter what he does. He also mentions he likes his Master Eva which of course causes the usual reaction of shock from Chisame and teasing from Ranka. But then suddenly...

-...EVA APPEARS! Now it's sort of like a hologram or spirit form like in Star Wars and such (then again I can't recall Yoda or Obi Wan suddenly appearing there nude/white form but again I digress, lol.). OK and then the form GRABS Negi's head and pours in dark energy! He's told to endure it or die. Well the Dark side as we know doesn't come cheap...

-And that's all we get from that for now. But wait, and blopa and others should enjoy the last pages are for NODOKA'S CURRENT LOCATION! NEW CHARACTERS: Some excavation group is with her and she's in her mage costume (go figure a slight bit of fanservice shot too for her return lol). I can make out a swordsman, female witch on a broom and 2 other possible fighters with her leading the way out of a crumpling tomb or cave of sorts. The ruins crumble but they escape. OH AND NODOKA'S HAIR BANGS HAVE GROWN OUT AGAIN!!!!!! KAWAII!!!!!

-We meet the team of sorts who congratulate her on growing in power. Cool. You get a better look at the witch, swordsman, a sort of blunt bunny eared gal and another cheerful member. Swordsman asks where'd she learn so much at a young age and she gives her always cute reply blush and says club activities (KAWAII! OK now I'm going all fanboy...calm...). In closing they divy up the treasure but she only wanted a magical item as she looks it over. It's called the Magical Item that lets you see your partner's "name": Fierce God's Children's Song. Ohhhhhhh, nice way to leave us on another cliff hanger until next time but again YAY NODOKA'S GETTING EVEN MORE COOLER!!!!!!

OK that's enough from the fanboy reviewer. Take care!
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That was something I couldn't predict (congratulations for those who could). For one side, if Negi had taken Asuna's words more seriously, he would have chosen Light. If he took his father's (or more exactly, Alberio's memories of Nagi) about choosing his oun path despite his admiration to the "invencible father that's undefeatable", he clearly chooses dark. I get the feeling that if Asuna had been there, she would have forced Negi into the path of Light.
Two very important things are to note in this chapter, and those are Eva naked and Nodoka's slight fanservice. When you're a woman in a Ken Akamatsu manga, youre bound to show your ass sooner or later, no mather how young you look...
Thanks trigunkwan for the funny review
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