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Just reposting this as I'm not sure why it's not showing properly; if later on someone replies and I can adjust it I will.

Aww shucks thanks blopa I do them because I love the series, I can share it in my own way with others, and it even helps me read more carefully to better enjoy and understand it too. I'm on it as I'm still connected at my old place but like I said, soon I'll be moving the major stuff to the new place, and thus be offline until I re-connect over there. When that happens if I'm late to review you'll all know why. Well, onto this chapter's review then!

CHAPTER 210 - Everybody's training hard!

-Yep as others have noted in brief this looks like a chapter to cover in short hits what others are doing similar to the chapter prior to them going to England. But wow, it's MAHORA ACADEMY! It's been like...wow...feels like forever since we last saw it other than in Negi's dream world during battle. Not to mention we get to see those other students (do we even need to take a gander for the manga's periodical character popularity polls that if you're NOT in the Magic World, your rank dropped dramatically, lol). But I digress. It's August 19th as we start this chapter with Satomi (And yes it's been so long I had to open another window to check names... ), one of Chachamaru's little sister android, Eva, and Zazie (are we EVER going to cover her at all? Mind you we're impressed if she even SPEAKS that we keep her word count.) at the Chao Bao Zi restaurant that Satsuki is working at alone at the moment. Of course, I imagine since only her doppleganger got action, she's BORED. Satomi thinks about the adventures in the Magic World the others must be having but even that Eva counts as boring (well being hundreds of years old, finding new things to stay entertained must be tough), and those left are even boring to tease, lol. So she decides that she and Chachamaru (yes it's not her but for this chapter's sake I'll call the other android Chachamaru) will make them...CUTER. Ok then...I turn the page and...OMG *nearly falls out of his seat* Wow, Eva needs to lay off dolls and cosplay, or maybe our author needed to sate his and fans need for dress-up. lol I kid, it is cute (maybe just a shock to see Satomi in a costume well outside her norm, even Satsuki is good but nurse?). But sadly even cosplay for Eva lasts her a mere hour of entertainment and she's bored again as the others just go back to normal in their outfits. BTW now that I think about it, that must be some cool magic to whip out so many costumes within a few pages, lol.

-Can you tell I'm doing my best to make this not simply a boring, recap of characters chapter? Well we get back to the Magic World to see Kotaro and Tosaka (remember the mean son of the beast woman Ako and company are working for?) taking on some random huge beast (Random RPG encounter! lol OK I am well too geeked up for a weekend...or maybe I really DO need a rest from packing...). We then are above Ostia with Kazumi and the real Chachamaru, who Kazumi is doing the now infamous key windup to help Chachamaru's gears we saw Negi do last time. Yeah, too easy for a joke there. Just go read the page and Sayo's comment fits this perfectly "I-is this ok?" Asakura scares me sometimes and gives me other strange feelings I don't think I'm at liberty to share here. Moving on...

-OK you can Akamatsu needs a break sometime if not from the earlier silliness, then from his lax titles now like "Some Adventurer's town, Sept. 13" for the next part. OK at least it's Nodoka's time as she learns the new Forbidden combo. Yay! Everything is more fun when forbidden! The treasure hunters she's with are still trying to convince her to stop being so reserved and modest by taking more of the cut of the findings this time but she insists she's fine with travel and lodging expenses (so kawaii!!!!...ahem ...drat my Nodoka fandom...) The one lady with lighter hair is named Aisha, and she notes that this time Nodoka only took clips from the treasure haul from a recent hunt, which can only read written words, so it's not very expensive, yet Nodoka is content with it. So as noted by others here again, this item is very valuable to Nodoka as she combines the item with her own Pactio diary to now be able to HEAR whatever the book is writing! SWEET! Again can I stress she has one of THE BEST Pactios in the manga? Think about that now? She can move around and not have to even read the diary, and still be able to read thoughts so long as their name was written in the book and she's got the face (yes Death Note style minus the dying part, lol). I liked how some said it's like she got a Blue tooth headphone to her diary. So add how her awareness for noting traps has also risen thanks to past adventures and the current ones with the Treasure Hunters makes her an amazing team member for recon missions! OK it gets better as the ring she got in the previous chapter lets her have "Shinigami Eyes" of sorts, as when she wears it, she can now offset her old weakness by now being able to see anyone's name, which then automatically triggers her clip attached diary to read thoughts instantly. BTW blopa, don't forget she's quite bright but also can pick up things easily so by testing each treasure item with powers, she slowly pieces them together to her advantage.

She of course for us readers tests this out on her team to see. She can now see the one guy's name is Craig Coldwell above his head. So now this registers automatically into her diary, and now she can read his mind. Interestingly she sees that he's so protective of her and saying he wants her to be less reserved is due to her semblance to an old childhood friend who he loves. She looks over to the rest of the team and sees their names are Christian Danchecker (lighter long hair, whose thoughts show how he's onto how Aisha loves Craig and her blushing is hardly helping and it's making himself jealous), Rin Garand (dark haried gal who quietly thinks she should mention how Craig still likes his childhood friend who looks like Nodoka but is of a different social rank) and Aisha Colliel (who's jealous a bit of the attention Nodoka gets and wonders if Craig is merely into lolicon...ROFL man do all us guys get tagged with that...and stop giving me the suspicious eye...I like Nodoka as a CHARACTER...really...dang, let's move on and stop broadcasting MY thoughts too much...). Innocent Nodoka nearly loses it as she can now see the love triangle...no...trapezoid? Um it's complicated but it goes thanks to the diary being able to graph it:

*Christian and Craig are long time friends
*Christian is in love with Aisha but she's obvious to it
*Aisha loves Craig but he's obvious to that
*Craig protects Nodoka a lot only since she looks like a shorter haired version of his childhood friend whom he loves but are of a different social rank (I assume she might be royalty)
*Rin is a spectator, lol

So Nodoka has tested the Forbidden combo well enough for today, heh. See why only SHE can have this, as she is way too good hearted to abuse it. Imagine if the earlier shown KAZUMI had this Pactio?! Her satellites are already quite enough for her, but Nodoka's pactio in her hands?! Yeah, let's move on folks...

-We get to Ariadone on Sept. 9th where Yue is located at. She still has amnesia and has adopted the name Yue Farandor (sounds Lord of the Rings like) to hide her identity as being a relative to her roommate, Collet Farador. Due to her strong studying skills (am I still typing this correctly?! Yue STUDYING?! Man amnesia does odd things but this...) her practical powers are rapidly progressing that she can summon fireballs now (sweet), she scores near perfect scores on written tests (again I'm shaking my head here...the Baka Ranger leader no more for now! Well I guess Magic really is her true calling too as it interests her more than the studies at home), and she can now fly that broomstick (yeah, show that broom who's the boss!). The Class Rep even takes note of this progress. Collet notes in her journal the only weakness Yue has is her perchance to use the washroom often, which Yue screams out for her to stop noting out loud while in said washrooms. So from this the Class Rep calls her out, noting her sudden rise in learning but says using the toilet so often is unacceptable of a Magic Knight Candidate. Sadly Yue can't retaliate as that WOULD suck in battle (imagine your favorite hero having to need to use the washroom in mid battle, lol). She also notes the stranger drinks of the school are even more tastier than the ones from home. Collet brings out the solution (oh gosh even before I read I know this is so going to be bad and close to more of Akamatsu's ecchiness): the string knickers Yue wore when she arrived to the academy (I knew it, ROFL). It offers her the room she so badly needs. Um yeah...again just trying my best on doing this review. Still she'll need to use the washroom often for more chuckles. Even mangas use toilet humour folks. Oh great now I got to use the washroom mid-review, brb...

-And I return. We're now whisked away to Megalomesembria during August 9th-14th to see how apparently Misora along with fellow sister Cocone were also in the Magic World but for a vacation, unaware of what's happened to Negi and the others. You get the typical hotel treatment for them, which of course Misora is loving being a magic student. Sister Shakti and Mei are also there poolside, with Shakti telling her off since it means their jobs are ever more important to get VIP treatment. Misora knows and mentions they're next off to visit Cocone's home before returning to the Real World while Mei panics how dangerous the Magic World can be. Cue the irony as the news on TV shows to them a few days later the gates being destroyed between worlds. While Mei and Shakti panic, Misora momentarily wonders how she'll graduate now, but then figures she can simply live her days out in the Magic World.

-Back to the Real world where Ayaka (the Class Rep we know) is calling back to Mahora Academy and gets...ZAZIE?! OMG Is her word count going to go up?! This is BIG FOLKS! We get...lots of dots...Ayaka asks more questions...more dots (can we count these as words?!)...well Ayaka seems to be getting answers so maybe they're whispers or some foreign language?! OK then, we DO get an audible bye so I guess we can get her count up to around 7 times EVER in the manga Zazie's spoken, which even shocks the others like the cheerleaders Misa and Madoka, since she said to Ayaka (as Ayaka retells it) how everything's fine and they played dress-up. I concur with the cheerleaders.

-Meanwhile, outside, Sakurako (Miss Lucky) is with the twins Fuka and Fumika. She retells how the others they were tracking a while ago disappeared into the ruins of Stonehenge. The other cheerleaders show up to freak out the twins with stories of UFOs and Negi being a British Spy (the image in their minds is SO Lupin!) and something about Asuna's blood being sucked out by aliens. Why they are teased, Ayaka and Chizuru ponder where Negi and the others really are now.

-Back to Jack Rakan's humble abode on Sept. 9th (man this is a long review with lots to cover actually!). Rakan informs Negi the others are safe and sound from messages he received. Chisame notes how 3 are still unaccounted for: Yue (already mentioned earlier), Anya and Haruna (whom I imagine with this recap done we'll find about next). Chisame shows great faith though and says those 3 could likely handle themselves even on their own (wow, I was a bit shocked by that comment unless it was to keep Negi calm most likely too). But feels like we forgot someone...*rechecks the page* OH RIGHT! We see Chamo is somewhere in the wilderness near death. I'm sure we'll get back to him just like the Bleach cast remembers about Kon.

So that ends the story part for now folks! OK the next parts on the manga are the latest fan polls from Japan! Huzzah! I'll cover those in a separate thread for you, OK? Been a blast again! Take care everyone and we'll see how I'm doing to get the next review done!
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OK no clue why I keep getting double posts today for this so please understand I'm not doing this on purpose. So instead I'll just edit one of the posts to say that those last 2 pages for this chapter are the fan poll results (which I talked about in a separate post) and the ad for the new OVA to come out soon. Take care!
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*Christian and Craig are long time friends
*Christian is in love with Aisha but she's obvious to it
*Aisha loves Craig but he's obvious to that
*Craig protects Nodoka a lot only since she looks like a shorter haired version of his childhood friend whom he loves but are of a different social rank (I assume she might be royalty)
*Rin is a spectator, lol



typo at obvious, its spelled oblivious

(yea obvious is a word too but it means something else)
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211 is out :D....excited for nxt chapter:D its yue's tym to shine:D
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Welcome froginvader and ricom 10 to the group! As I said, I do what I can to catch any errors (I actually substitute teach English as a second language...sadly I don't get an adventurous class like Negi does, lol) but even I miss the occasional error so thanks for the pointing out of it and yes, I meant oblivious (meaning not aware) and not obvious (apparent). Do continue to enjoy the reviews as I do them when I can, even this late at night on my end. Enough chitchat, onto the last review at this old apartment of mine (so PLEASE be patient if my next review is late since I will be in transition since I'm moving addresses, thanks). This might not be too bad as One Manga noted it is GOLDEN WEEK next week so mangas and animes will not be showing until the following week since it's a break like Spring Break for them.

(SCREAMS...OK this was going up a few hours ago but my computer and WINDOWS needed an update...a 3 hour one! Yeesh...onwards!)

CHAPTER 211: Witches, Magi-Battle

-As noted by ricom, we start right off at the Magic School Yue is at. Yes she still has her memories locked up inside while she continues to study diligently. Do take note the teacher talks about an old war between the established North of the Magic world and the newly rising South, but not enough reason, even as far as 20 years ago, to start an all-out war. Apparently though there was 20 years ago a war caused by the manipulation of both sides by outside evil forces (sound familiar?). This evil group that created war for its own gains was called "Kosmo Entelecheia". The Royal Knights, whom the students of the School dream of becoming, sacrificed themselves to rid the world of this group and avert disaster. She of course mentions helping them were Nagi and Ala Rubra, which sparks off memories in Yue's mind conveniently. After calming to try to not alert suspicion (though the Class Rep notices her sudden shocked state when she stood at the name of Nagi), we continue to listen in on the story, where a magical disaster caused Ostia to be uninhabitable until recently, and of course the big tournament will be held there along with a festival to honor 20 years since the war (HA! We get another Festival arc, sweet! Of course I consider the Mahora Festival one of the best arcs in Negima to date). You get before the story continues a nice inner cover with Yue in her outfit along with Collet, the Class Rep and one more gal.

-This of course perks Yue's interest so she heads to the library to check up on Nagi and only finds information that is common knowledge about him. Collet suddenly surprises her, both with her appearance then her insistence to ask her about it being a huge Nagi fan. We then get a Spaceballs moment if you ever saw the movie, where Collet whips out ALL her Nagi merchandise! What no Nagi Flamethrower too?! Well she at least even has a membership card to the fan club (old school!). Collet then shows her a magical letter interview with Nagi in this world (Negi of course prior to his training with Ranka). The Class Rep shows to...show HER Membership card! lol Oh my, fangirl alert. Once she starts talking about how Nagi "must be some reincarnation sent from the heavens" we can see she's just like Ayaka but with Asuna's older men interest. Well after more arguing on who's a bigger fan night falls and we see Yue asking Collet how the world sees this new "Nagi." Some hate him for being a possible imposter, others don't mind, and then you get the usual conspiracy theories like a brother, clone, ghost, reincarnation and secret child of Nagi's (so even if this is sort of right, I guess in this world no one knows of Negi's birth). Yue uses her deducing skills to try to figure out why she got some important feeling for Nagi (this is likely her love for Negi as she shyly tries to shake a thought off of love). Yue concludes she needs to meet him in person so she says it's off to Ostia! So now we got only 2 people left to find in Anya and Haruna!...Oh right and Chamo.

-So now it was the tricky part of getting there since they were only students. Fate (not the evil guy, actual fate) plays a role again when the school posts a recruiting post for security at the Festival (I could make an Olympics joke here but I won't) with 2 students from each year being taken, so a selection test will be held if needed if too many applicants apply. Of course being a big position it attracts many to it, including the Class rep and the aforementioned new gal in the cover. In black and white, she looks like an older Nodoka but with a more quiet, sombre, serious look (like Setsuna when you first met her) and a flower in her short hair. So the challenge is on to beat everyone to make it. Collet tells Yue the test will be a 100 KM broomstick rally with free-for-all usage of magic. And somehow to please the ecchi lust in us all, since offensive magic is too high skilled for girls, it will be all STRIPPING SPELLS. Well it's all for getting Yue's memories back so it's all good! I think...

-We now shift focus back to the aforementioned Negi, once again using the Age Pills to look like the older Nagi while he trains with Ranka. Negi while training still worries that 4 members of his team are still unaccounted for so Ranka tells him to not sweat it, and to worry more about training himself as they might be lightyears ahead of his own training. We then return back to Yue at the test, with the Class rep and her friend pretty focused and confident they'll win. We learn the Class Rep's name is Emily Sevensheep and the other gal is her secretary Beatrix Monroe (I do like the Class Rep's custom broom with grips and looking a bit like a weapon itself for melee fighting) from class 3-C. Other participants: 3-F's J Von Katze and S du Chat (as you may note they both have the last name of "cat" in German and French respectively, and also have cat like features), 3-G's Marie de Noir and Louise de Blanc (Black and White in French), 3-J's mary Croix (Cross in French) and Anna Van Eyck and of course Yue and Collet. Of course, Class Rep Emily dreams of bumping into Nagi ("à la Ayaka" once again). Yue might not have her memories back but senses this is something for the first time she's throwing her whole passion into, all for meeting Nagi/Negi of course (awwwwww). Collet takes the back defensive position while Yue takes the front and focuses as the rally starts!

-So we then switch to a hotel in Ostia likely...INTO the bathhouse! Well you all should be used to here by now, lol. Dolnegus the rich beastwoman is with her servants Natsumi, Ako and Akira bathing and contemplating how Nagi is doing. Ako of course is particularly pumped for his return that she vows to make him tons of food. Ako shocks Akira with what she overheard others talking about, how the Nagi they knew has the same name and appearance as the deceased Nagi everyone admires. Akira, knowing the truth, pieces together the old Nagi must be Negi's dad whom he's imitating. Akira is conflicted on whether to finally tell her the truth she knew even though Ako was so happy trying to figure out if Nagi ("Negi's Cousin") and Nagi Springfield (the deceased one) are related. Of course in the spirit of the manga, she simply says they'll all cool and runs away from Ako.

Alright there you have it! More things set in motion as we continue to work towards the next big tournament/festival arc! Maybe it's a bit repetitive? Well at least if you're going to repeat something, they chose the best thing to imitate. Until next time when I settle at my new place, take care and keep enjoying the group and series!
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Usually shounen action mangas tend to overuse the tournament feature, and seems like Negima will not be the exeption. Of course the tournaments in here imply girls stripping each other, so I don't complain, hehehe.

On another note, we finally have a chanse to see something about the "misterious" war 20 years ago, and now what's left to know is which was the reason of everybody thinking Nagi is dead (sorry trigun if you see flaws in my English, It's a foreing languaje to me).

Soo, all that's left is to expect a heated (in more than one sense) battle between the Royal Knights wannabes. Good luck until then everyone.
Posted 4/27/08
<3 Chapter 200 pg 12
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Yeah!! Ecchi is back on chapter 212, with catgirls included. I missed it soo much XD
Posted 5/7/08
I want more Ku-fei! i know kazumi's golems found her smashing rocks but i want to see her fighting fate's minions!! [ku-fei 2nd best!]

i also see that yue got her pactio card back and got some of [or all of her] memories back! [yaay for yue!!] naked yue [nosebleed]..
Makie learnt magic yaay!! now her boobs are bigger =D but yuuna's got smaller [hahaha, but i wonder if yuuna will get back at makie ?? hmm i guess we shall find out in the next few chapters shant we? i do hope there shall be more pactios involved but not negi as the mage [kotaro and natsumi??, i dont care if hes a hanyo the make a really cute couple!] but im wondering if ako and sakurako will actually get a pactio card in the manga [since they have the latin ones] it would be really awesome to see what sakurako's power would be [i doubt its giving energy like the first anime] its obvious that makie will gain a pactio since she is quite involved with the story but i still would love to see it [shes my 5th fave character]
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Makie learnt magic yaay!! now her boobs are bigger =D but yuuna's got smaller [hahaha, but i wonder if yuuna will get back at makie ?? hmm i guess we shall find out in the next few chapters shant we?


True that Makie learned magic, but wasn't the boobs part Yuuna's dream?

Posted 5/8/08

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NatsumiOtaku wrote:

Makie learnt magic yaay!! now her boobs are bigger =D but yuuna's got smaller [hahaha, but i wonder if yuuna will get back at makie ?? hmm i guess we shall find out in the next few chapters shant we?


True that Makie learned magic, but wasn't the boobs part Yuuna's dream?



ah yes. so it was guess i didnt see the last panel on the manga thanks for correcting
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haha! makie learnt magic! o.o and nodoka is really smart with her artifacts and those equipment she got XD<----long ago like chap. 190- 210 i think...not sure XD....and yue got some of her memory back woot! and her pactio card! i think yue and colette however u spell it XD....will win the broom race and yue is surprisingly skilled o.o and Ku Fei isnt getting a lot of screen time isnt she...wish ken akamatsu would screen more about ku fei + Nodoka! since shes my fave character xD
Posted 5/16/08
=D yue in action!! loveley~ cant belive her and emily defeated the griffin so quickly [probably much longer in the manga time], so unlucky for yue that she only knew how to use her artifact, i didnt know it had the name of the magister magi on the back of the pactio card veryy odd...

Ooo me has an inkling that asuna's old home is ostia, considering her expresion when her kaede, konoka and secchan got there, konoka was soo adorable when she was going on about ostia being a floating castle in the sky, kawaiii X3
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natsumi i agree with u...i think ostia was where asuna used to live cause i rmb in one chapt. it shows nagi and his crew saving asuna in a floating island during its warring state. I wish asuna gets her memories back XD
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yeah T_T man all this plot is nices make the story even better
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