May 26, 2010

290 – we must struggle together

Filed under: Updates — CanonRap @ 3:10 pm

What sways the heart that does not cry?

“If this continues, you will destroy yourself, boy – and without even fighting Fate Averruncus.”

New chapter, same kicking of ass administered by Eva.

This time, though, Negi managed to slowly bring himself back from demon form by bringing out his Pactio Cards…

Fate thinks back on Rakan’s words:

“Truth”? “Meaning”? That crap ain’t got a thing to do with my life.

…But it’s been fun, right? So let me just have a little more fun.

Tsukuyomi walks up and nonchalantly drives her sword next to his throat. Fate answers in similar fashion:

“…Was there something you needed, Tsukuyomi-san?”

Tsukuyomi is interested worried because Fate seems to have changed after his fight with Rakan:

“Even though Fate-han never seems interested in anything… did the words of a puppet sway your heart?”

She attacks what turned out to be a stone statue decoy, while Fate appears behind her:

“…I am a puppet, just like him. A piece only meant for carrying out the plan.

I have no heart.

Tsukuyomi thinks differently:

“I’ve never seen that expression on your face before, you know? The swaying of the heart which I love so… haven’t you noticed it yourself?

For the first time… I’m interested in you, Fate-han.

It’s pointless to cut up a wooden puppet. But a human being is different.

The way you are now, you are worth drawing my blade…♡”

(Now that is a horrible place for a heart. Thank you, Tsukuyomi.)

Fate makes the first move with flying steel blades… which is pretty pointless considering Shinmeiryuu has sword techniques specifically for use against steel. Tsukuyomi says as much:

“Shinmeiryuu is capable of cleaving even steel. Don’t you think your affinity for ‘stone’ is a poor match against me?”

Apparently not…

“I am Averruncus of the Earth. Don’t assume that the stone element is my only specialty.”

Fate attacks with highly concentrated clouds of sand. Akamatsu noted the destructive power of sand-based magic (a “shotgun-like effect”, as I recall) almost ten volumes ago… which reminds me, I really need to get that translation back up.

“But, it does look like you’ve gotten just a bit annoyed… that’s not like the you I know at all. ‘Don’t have a heart’, you say…?”

Fate, ever tsundere, tries to dodge the issue:

“Geez… aren’t you having fun today, Tsukuyomi-san…”

“…Is it because of him (Negi-kun)?”

Fate’s blades catch Tsukuyomi, only for it to have been a paper puppet… and Fate loses an arm one frame later.

“Well~ looks like I was right, hm?

Zanmaken Ni no Tachi… before my sword, sand and magic barriers however thick have no meaning.

…There’s also no meaning in trying to hide your infatuation. I can’t possibly miss the one thing I love most.”

Fate apparently doesn’t understand, so Tsukuyomi goes one step further:

“I’ll be taking him. You don’t mind, do you?”

“…Tsukuyomi-san. That is unacceptable.

I will fight him.”

(No sir, I see no Foe Yay here, nope.)

Tsukuyomi leaves after “curing” his moodiness (‘cowardice’, in her words) and Fate’s girls show up wondering what all the explosions were about.

Fate. Body part gags. Oh god I lol’d.

Koyomi flashback time… like the other girls, she was saved by Fate. However, when Fate handed her an application for studying at Ariadne, Koyomi refuses to leave his side.

Back to the present, Fate thanks all his girls for their troubles, and asks them all the same question:

“As we have seized Princess Asuna, the plan is accelerating towards fruition.

Do none of you have any regrets?”

“With all due respect, to be chosen by Fate-sama, given a noble purpose, is a blessing that we can call miraculous.

The burden on our backs are the unrepayable souls of thousands and tens of thousands!”

Fate goes off for some alone time:

“No… there are no doubts. I am a tool meant only for realising the dream of my master. Nothing more than a puppet.

But, Tsukuyomi-san, perhaps you were correct. Right now, Negi-kun, only you…

Only my battle with you, is something I wish for myself!”

Wordy chapter was wordy. Very interesting development on Fate (he is building up to be one of my favourite manga villains) and one notable part is where Koyomi describes Fate as someone “going with the flow” or “random”… the exact same words usually used to describe Rakan.

There’s some interesting contrast between Fate and Rakan. Rakan is detached from the world – someone who has achieved nirvana, a perfect, boundless state of mind, standing at the end of the world free from all negative emotions.

Which sounds a bit like the goal Fate is working on, but unlike Rakan, Fate claims he has no will. He is building a world of perpetuity because it is the task he was given. Rakan achieved enlightenment for his own sake, Fate thinks he is achieving it for others – which for him is good enough reason to name himself after the ambiguously-malignant Roman God of averting harm. But what does he think of all this?

Well, I’ll cut this off for now.



  1. I was stunned to get a Fate chapter this time out. Akamatsu-sensei is certainly providing more depth to the Fate character. I would be rather disappointed if he switches sides at the end though.

    Comment by AstroNerdBoy — May 26, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

  2. I agree. I can’t think of any way of turning Fate without it being anticlimatic, unless he dies (or is committed to something equivalent) immediately after redeeming himself by helping Negi. Or something.

    Comment by CanonRap — May 26, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

  3. I guess even bad guys need some nee-chan love/advice (nevermind the fact that we don’t even know his true age)…

    Since this chapter painted Fate as a somewhat tragic villain type, I wonder if he will really be the last boss. Will the Lifemaker be revived? Would he kill Fate for treason? If that happened, can he be revived (along with the supposed others)? And would Akamatsu stop with the Foe Yay already? I like Negima better than other shounen manga because it lacks Ho Yay (and that it has a lot of gorgeous ladies, of course)…:(

    Comment by Nestor — May 26, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

  4. Oh yeah, finally some REAL development.

    You gotta admit, Fate is turning out to be a pretty enigmatic villain that one just can’t hate fully despite the brokenness.

    Comment by Kurogane — May 26, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

  5. If anything, I’d expect Negi to be the one switching sides. Fate’s plan is kind of like the cynical way of saving most of the world with the cards he’s been dealt, while Negi’s way is an all or nothing bet. It would be interesting to see the Lifemaker and realize the “plan” he left for Fate was indeed a PURIFY THE WORLD BY KILLING EVERYBODY and Fate’s just twisted his words to make a way to save everybody that’s within the restraints of the task he has to complete.

    Cool ending would be Lifemaker showing up, trying to kill Fate for corrupting his oh-so pure plan, then using the good old ‘an enemy of my enemy is a friend (no matter how many times he tried to kill me)’ and teaming up with Negifor an EPIC WORLD-SAVING COMPROMISE.

    Comment by Orion — May 27, 2010 @ 12:03 am

  6. I would be disappointed if Fate really was the last boss. He’ll probably be in the story until the end, but not, I hope, as the main enemy.

    Fate is one character I don’t remotely hate, so I really have to thank Akamatsu for building such an interesting anti villain. I’ve said this a while back, but Fate’s actual motives and personality are still question marks and nothing really justifies calling him irredeemable EVIL.

    And Lifemaker as the redeemer? That’s one theory I hadn’t thought of… ^^;;

    Comment by CanonRap — May 27, 2010 @ 12:33 am

  7. I been wanting to ask, does anyone know if Ken hired a new linguist, or will we continue to go through the manga with not new cool Latin/Greek spells.

    Comment by Hector — May 29, 2010 @ 3:10 am

  8. There’s new Latin from 280 onwards and he’s been posting some on his blog as well, so yes, he probably did.

    Comment by CanonRap — May 30, 2010 @ 10:28 am

  9. I read somewhere that some of the Latin/Greek are done in Japanese in the magazine issues, but were fixed (added in, etc)in the tank volumes. Is that true?

    Comment by Hexai — May 31, 2010 @ 5:35 am

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