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I've check nodoka on manga again and whoa! Nodoka's hair bangs really grown up!! Nice observation...
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Well just to recap, I'll use for now a few sources for whenever the latest chapter comes out, whether it be http://www.onemanga.com , http://www.mangafox.com , here or elsewhere. Also nice with a few translators now from Franky House to Aquastar, as each brings their own flavor to even the translations. But enough of the techincal stuff, onto the review!

CHAPTER 206 - Beloved Reunion

-Awww the title already gives you all warm fuzzies inside. But for the opening we get KAEDE back in the jungle and I LOVE the way she trains with a new blindfold on her eyes (think classic martial arts training for using your other senses/the mind's eye...or wax on, wax off if you wish). A HUGE dragon is chasing her as she runs with her giant shuriken. Then we get coolness. CUE THE SHADOW CLONES! Then she activates her ninja arts to do use the clones in a new blazing flame battle formation as she chucks the shuriken tied to a chain! Wow! If you watch Naruto enough, you'll then also notice attached on the shuriken are explosive tags, so BOOM goes the dragon!

-Oh when you call a chapter a reunion you're bound to get more of Negi's team back. We see down below KONOKA back too with Kaede. And gee no kidding Kaede about wondering if you went overboard. Training's interesting as it's Konoka's turn as she cues her healing Pactio to heal the fallen dragon but to avoid healing its horn (a source for its rage that grows each year). Yep, her healing level has gone WAY up too! Oh and she pulls a Dr. Doolittle telling the dragon to not rampage again. Yeah. Well they return to a nearby village, horn carried back. Looks like a reward will be given even though Kaede notes they only encountered 1 of 2 dragons terrorizing the village (a brigade is on its way to help but will only likley find the other one only).

-While the villagers celebrate Kaede notices Konoka still depressed they have yet to reunite with the team (of course most worried for Setsuna, Negi and Asuna). Cue SETSUNA AND ASUNA coming...with the other Dragon's horn! YAY REUNION! Cue happy moment for Konoka/Setsuna fans! So with those 4 practically levelled up immensely and now reunited, their next goal is to find Negi and the rest! (So at this place in the chapters only Haruna and Fei Ku remain unaccounted for I believe).

-CUE BACK to Negi still inflicted by whatever "Pseudo Eva" cast on him for choosing the Dark Magic. This degraded copy of Eva seems to be in Negi as a test now Ranka notes. The risks: he might never get up again or might not be able to use magic anymore. Dang. We finish within Negi's mind, where he awakens in an area facing Eva's copy in a battle to the death!

Well there you go as we really push forward in the story. Take care!
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i look the last pages of chapter 206,

what she's holding at? is that her sword?
looks pretty powerful sword.
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dunno, may be only fan art, as you can also see that Asuna has two diferent eye colors like in the first Negima anime (I wonder why did they do that, since Asuna doesn't have that in the manga colour art).
On another note, have you noticed that this chapter only had 15 pages, instead of the usual 18? I hope this didn't happen in the future, or it will become like D.Gray-man chapters.
Ah, and speaking abouth other mangas, just by seeing Kaede you know she could give all the Naruto crew a serious trashing
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I guess most people are out on the picture already. Now the only ones who have yet appear would be Haruna, Ku Fei and Anya. (wait...she did get suck in to the place with the rest right?)
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Next chapter has some kind of repor from Asakura's golems, with the location of most of Negi's party members. It seems Ku-Fei is found next chapter while Haruna, Anya and Yue (whe know she is amnesic somewere, but the characters don't) remain missing. I'm not exactly sure, but I don't think I saw Chamo (the ermine) on that report.
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Ok quick hit replies before my review. The pictured Asuna there is fan colored by the scanlators but the design is about right for her released sword form like seen in the Mahora Festival tournament. lol Kaede would slip right into Naruto and of course is a homage of sorts to them and other ninjas. Thanks ndo for reminding me about Anya! OK that's it so let's get to the review!

CHAPTER 207-No Chance of Victory

-We go right back into Negi's battle with the Eva clone of the scroll...but now with lightsabers! Well energy swords from their hands as Negi now uses his Sword of Conviction to match Eva's. But she's tough and to further taunt him of his choice of darkness, she teleports them to a simulated version of the bridge WAAAAAAY back in volume 3 when they first met! She questions what he thinks is darkness and says he should have chosen a simpler power while attacking him. She says he must figure out the beginning of chaos like a dark hole sucking things in or he'll simply get taken in and destroyed. "The beginning of darkness, which takes in anything," so to speak. As he tries to figure it out he also comes to the conclusion this Eva is his mind's interpretation of her...so he's screwed.

-Just like with all virtual worlds of sorts, Negi takes real damage too while fighting in his mind (blood spurts and Chisame worries). But wow graphic, she and we can SEE the wounds open up as he fights for his life. That's some nasty nightmare. Ranka tries to help using the Ultamecia Leaf (why'd I suddenly think Super Mario Bros. 3?) to aid his body, but guilts her for making him do this. Sort of overdoing it but it's classic character development to push all involved even if it sounds mean, like saying if Negi dies, he wasn't worth it even as Nagi's son. Ouch, tough love. He goes one further by offering a dagger that sure looks like a mini-Soul Calibur Soul Edge sword. If she feels he can't make it, she's to stab the dark scroll, ending any chance of Negi learning Dark magic but saving his life. Good ol' throw in the towel tactic.

-We then flash to Chachamaru picking up a signal of a White Wing badge thanks to Kazumi's new Pactio. Activate Raven's Eye and Kazumi's new outfit! Yay, Sayo gets a mini-satellite to ride now! KAWAII! We then zoom in on who she found: Fei Ku, in training...breaking mountain sides. I think it's safe to say everyone's coming along and levelling up. And she overdid it and broke the whole mountain she was standing on. Yikes, but thank goodness for instant movement. lol Sayo finds her of course.

-Then zoom to Kotaro getting the call from Kazumi about finding Captain Fei, who was working as a bodyguard (and considering she can break mountains with her fists now, not a bad choice of employment). Natsumi meets up with him at the telephone booth (BTW, don't they again make such a CUTE couple?). She comes with news of Asuna and Konoka's group meeting with each other, and Nodoka also sending a message of her status. So we then get a much needed recap page of who Kotaro and friends have found so far:

*Nodoka in the Noctis Labyrinth area
*Fei Ku and now Sayo in the Longchamp Mountain Range
*Kazumi and Chachamaru stationed near a channel near Shangri-La
*Chisame and Negi near Granicus, and not too far from there Ako, Natsumi, Kotaro and Akira
*Asuna, Setsuna, Konoka and Kaede at Nyandom
*Still unknown to Kotaro are the whereabouts of Makie & Yuuna (who we know are working at another bar), Yue (in the Magician's school still striken with amnesia), Haruna and Anya (who we don't know where they are either)

OH and we all missed one more animal, our forgotten ermine (that sadly even I had to recheck his name), Chamo! (Thanks to blopa too for pointing that out) WE have no clue where he is and he's the type of character that if not on screen, we tend to forget until he returns. lol So Kotaro says they got to get everyone home safe and worries in particular for Yuuna and Makie who have no training like the others (unless you count Makie's amazing ribbon skills or the hinted shooting prowlness Yuuna has maybe from her dad) and don't have badges.

-Lots happening this chapter as we now zoom to Akira and Ako working, when a dolphin person summons them over, holding a picture. He wishes to talk to Nagi and Kojirou (Negi and Kotaro's fake names of course) as he's doing a favour for a trucker buddy who asked him to drop by the area. The photo of course turns out to be Makie and Yuuna while working. The message on the back assures they are alright, and are working to make enough money to arrive in 1 month to the Ostia Tournament, the rendez-vous point for the gang. So happy times as things are moving along on the reunion note.

Phew that was a lot to cover in a chapter but it had a lot for us all. Good stuff so take care and enjoy!
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i agree with trigunkwan, sayo riding on azakura's spy golem while in chibi form was so KAWAII!!!
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Wow I got in just a bit ago to see what anime was in (again going to be nuts around here since moving so I might be late on reviews in the next bit if they fall on days I'm away), and then almost thought it was an April 1 thing but it's just before that. OK, getting to the review so enjoy!

CHAPTER 208-Limit (only found the title on the Onemanga version)

-We come right back to the duel between Negi and imagined up Eva, with Negi having taken critical damage (wasn't it just a bit ago they re-attached his arm, man Red Cross must work overtime for him...well and MANY anime characters if they existed in animes/mangas lol) from Evas, yes multiple versions of her now shooting ice spells. This whole battle again he reminds himself are a reflection of himself so really, he's beating himself up to find the answer to passing the test of the dark magical arts. He's taking everything thrown at him including an imagined version of Chao's restaurant. His soul in this so called mix of a phantom world and his subconscious can't take much more...

-We learn back in the Magical World Chisame has been tending to Negi with the plants from Ranka who watches on and is amazed she's been doing it for 2 straight days and nights with no sleep (wowzers for both Chisame AND Negi to do this for so long!). She of course has grasped that if he dies she's half at fault (Negi himself being the other person at fault). Ranka calculates Negi in his mind has been fighting for over 10 days now. By daylight would be roughly his limit, so now Chisame too must choose: stop the test by cutting the scroll and thus Negi can no longer learn Dark Magic, or risk him either never waking up again or using any form of magic period. I must say to those not into gory mangas, I MUST WARN YOU that this is the most grotesque violence shown to date, and we're covering A LOT if you think about it! We see Negi again pretty much beaten to death by Eva while she says maybe it's for the best he can no longer use magic and just go back to the real world if his friends save him now, to be a normal kid, and to forget his dad.

-Then he suddenly gets up from the shadows and DECKS Eva with a glowing fist/arm! We suddenly get Superman like battling with the whole phantom world being torn apart by their fighting back and forth once again. Eva screams for him to remember this is his real power, his initial drive of his original self, but even with this last attempt, it was all for naught as Eva kills him in the end. As Negi falls from the skies of battle he thinks that maybe it really is impossible to achieve his goals, stupid as they seem...wait...that wasn't Negi saying that but ASUNA suddenly appearing to Negi! She tells him he knows all along how to win, just as Eva flies in for a final finishing blow as Negi teetles between life and death. He recollects as Eva launches her attacks the words his students told him:

*Chisame appearing with Chachamaru beside her saying "If it's a huge worry, don't just forget about it. Hold it in your chest and continue moving."
*Satsuki then appears (wow really LONG TIME no see) to remind him that even if it's power derived from hating someone or running away from something, it's still a splendid power, and it's yours.
*Eva appears again and he recalls that even if you're covered in mud (so at the lowest of lows and sinking fast) you must continue moving forward.

-Negi suddenly stops his descent and death, stopping Eva's spell with one hand, in it, the formation of a dark hole like ball like Ranka showed him before! He finally discovers he must accept BOTH good and evil in order to not only master dark magic but to also succeed in his goals and wishes, so strength and weakness all come together (think the old Ying/Yang analogy that one opposite needs the other to exist), and the power to accept and absorb it all is there to be had. The ball of dark energy grew into a sucking vortex which he calls complexio, which absorbs the darkness into his body to reform it into a NEW Negi form! DARK NEGI!

So after last chapter that covered more loose ends, this one was Negi focused in his battle and now his transformation into Dark Negi as I will dub it. Go read it to see all the action, and thanks again for reading the review. Take care!
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207- I wonder where on magical Earth could Asakura buy those child sized revealing clothes. This is Akamatsu for you, as well as Eva-chan fighting with barely more than her underwear.

208- Agree with trigunkwan about the gore in this chapter, that's something new on Akamatsu's manga. On another note, DARK NEGI WAS JUST TOO DAMN COOL!!
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Didn't I just cover 2 chapters 7 days ago?! And as it gets more popular and exciting, yet another scan group appears and it's translated again, so I'll do my best to review it! And blopa, it has to be Banana Republic for Kazumi's clothing, lol, j/k.

CHAPTER 209 - (NOTE: Since this group is new you'll notice some missing things already like a translated title for the chapter)

-Now where were we...oh right DARK NEGI arises! And just in time Negi wakes up...to catch the dagger from Chisame who was about to cut the scroll next time him IN HIS INDEX AND MIDDLE FINGERS! OK that alone is super special awesome. She cries and is happy to see him alive (and fangirls, since he's been upkept he's now got a bit longer, shoulder length hair! Or I guess it looks longer since he's been unkept, I'm not sure.). Of course we get Chisame going bonkers on him afterwards acting serious again while chucking pillows at his scarred body, lol. Now, when he focuses his magic in his hands, you can see glowing runes similar to when Chao used her magic (interesting to note...). Ranka explains it's a sign that he gained his Master Eva's powers all on his own now.

-Change of scene to a far off mountain range similar to where Fei Ku was training. Oh lookie here, it's FATE (remember him, the main current villain, lol j/k) coming from the clouds overlooking some ruins. He talks about something about a fallen Capital Ostia while talking to 2 hooded cohorts. He talks about some ruins that are to appear soon, once the magic flow peaks there one of the hooded hoodlums notes. Fate says they were made for this moment, yet thinks it's boring if nothing changes the situation or tries to stop them. Suddenly Tsukuyomi appears (the other glasses and goth wearing swordswoman we've met before that is Setsuna's rival from the Kyoto affair) and reports of the 2 princesses (I assume that's Asuna and Konoka) going to Ostia with their 2 bodyguards (whom I assume are Setsuna and Kaede) since security is lax there considering they're wanted women. She's told to continue observing them and it's killing her since she wants another fight with Setsuna of course (whom she calls Sister now). She also reports that Negi is training with Rakan, which seems to concern one of the hooded partners. Fate is of course unfazed, calling Negi's existence his lone pleasure left in the world (ew). Suddenly a hungry dragon appears upon them. Fate simply seems to use his powers to pierce it as he walks away with his team, claiming to looking forward to facing the only person to hit his face twice now (what, no hate to get at Eva again?! ). THIS LOOKS LIKE THE END OF THE CHAPTER AT THE LABELLED PAGE 10 of 17 SO PLEASE READ THE BELOW PART CAREFULLY NEXT!

WARNING: THIS FOLLOWING PART REFERS TO PAGE 11 on for this particular scan by NFS. IT IS NOT IN ORDER SO BE WARY-I'LL TRY TO REVIEW THIS PART AGAIN TO DOUBLE CHECK ONCE THE OTHER SCANS HOPEFULLY APPEAR IF I CAN DURING MY MOVING. FOR NOW NOTE IF YOU READ THE ONE POSTED ON MANGAFOX BY NFS IS LIKELY IN MIXED ORDER AS I THEN BACKTRACKED AND SAW THE PAGE NUMBERS WERE OUT OF ORDER TOO, MOST LIKELY PAGES 11-17 HAPPENING BEFORE NEGI WAKES UP BUT AFTER THE FIRST OPENING PAGE WHERE DARK NEGI STARES DOWN EVA.

*Speaking of Eva, her doppleganger is now training Negi in his new powers which are called Magica Elebia. Dark Negi now has figured out the whole goal was never to beat Eva in his mind but to awaken his powers, which Eva charges in now to witness herself. Chisame is still watching over Negi and fighting over thoughts to cut the scroll to stop the Dark Magic training OR to risk losing his magical powers or even risking him dying or never waking up again. She always thought she would stay the spectator in his life, despite his showing of always trusting and respecting her (hence explaining again her embarassment for being thanked afterwards for watching over him, not a romantic link but a respect angle). So she is trying to swallow her own advice to face his fears head on. She holds his hand hoping he'll succeed as dawn breaks. She considers how she would have to say she failed to wake him to Asuna and the others (pictured are oddly Ayaka, Anya, Nodoka, and Nekase). Even moreso, he's only 10 and has barely lived his life yet, so if she fails now, she fails his whole existence too. This part ends with her trying to stab the scroll but then Negi's fingers catching it.

OK had to do extra legwork but that's fine, better than packing boxes and cleaning the place for a bit. Hope this all makes sense now as you read it. Do take care everyone! And yay to Chisame for really shining most of all this chapter!

ADDED UPDATE WITH THE ONEMANGA POSTING: As I said I rechecked it once it was up elsewhere and I was right to say how the order should be. Also note the version there is clearer AND seems like the other version missed a page 3 of the chapter where Negi and Eva collide in the imaginary world into a huge exlposion before he awakens. OK take care!
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Nice chapter, seems like things will get a lot heated up in the following chapters (or at least in the next 4 or 5 if the character gathering comes first). Fate, as always, acting al misterious and all saying that they where made for something related to the magical flow reaching it's peak (a huge tree image comes to my mind... I wonder why...). Now the fun comes in guessing who's the mastermind behind all this.
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I just wanted to take a bit to talk about that on a separate posting then here for now blopa. Good points made as we have seen only one World Tree but know there are other sources of magical power in the world.

The bigger topic is the whole mastermind idea. Some ideas to toss around:

*The Eastern Mages who rebel against the others as we saw in the Kyoto arc, and whom we believe Fate and the others were either hired or a part of.

*Someone who rivalled the Red Wings before.

*Hermann, if you recall the demon that destroyed Negi's village and turned them to stone, OR a similar demon who maybe sent those one to Negi's home in the first place

*Something or someone related to what causes the trouble in Chao's future (so don't discount again her return)

*Random villain (whom I hope has a good excuse).

I'm not sure why but I'd be nagged to death too if it's like a former good guy like a Red Wing (maybe Gateau didn't really die, or maybe it's Nagi but I'm not even going to begin to fully conspire on how that makes sense). Good topic to bring up blopa. OK we shall see how my move goes and how fast I can get settled and reconnected online so if I'm late on reviews the next few weeks, you'll know why. Otherwise while I still can will do the reviews from this location. Take care!
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Yo!! Chapter 210 is out, but it's not really an important chapter, exept for Nodoka who gained a new power (I wonder where she learned about that combo) and the miscelaneous characters who finally get some pages for themselves. All that's left is for trigunkwan to make his review
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