June 29, 2010

294 – the Joker

Filed under: Updates — CanonRap @ 6:25 pm

A sign of the Apocalypse.

With Ala Alba still going straight for the Palace, the combined fleet now has to deal with the 500,000+ summons (golems) they left behind – an M.M. soldier says that the number of enemies is close to the last battle fought above the Palace 20 years ago.

Takamichi confirms with Kurt that the enemy is using the Code of the Lifemaker. Since even the rank and file have access to the Master Keys (the simple version) most of the combined fleet will be completely powerless against them.

Haruna asks them to hold off the zerg rush and use the combined firepower of the fleet to create an opening for Ala Alba to charge through and into the ‘weak spot’ of the Barrier.

Ku, Mana, Sayo, and Kaede are fighting from the Paru-sama while Kotarou, Mei, and Takane do so from the Manta, with Yue, Collet, and Beatrix between them. Both the ships start taking damage, and they are attacked by two giant stone dragons, though a timely Titanoktonon takes care of them.

Having broken through the ‘eye of the storm’, Ala Alba finally sees the Palace directly – and are promptly shot at by the ancient defense systems from the main tower. Taking fire the entire time, both ships crash land into the lower sections of the Palace.

Haruna and Johnny need some time to fix up the ships before they can fly again, so Negi will leave some rear guards while the rest continue. But just as Negi is calling for Chisame, Nodoka, and Asuna…

“Hold it right there!”


“What’s wrong? We won’t run into anyone but enemies here.”


“Good day… Negi-sensei.”

And the totally-spoiled-by-now spoiler – the utterly unexpected appearance of Zazie. Just look at how dumbfounded Negi is on the last page.

Barely two chapters in, Negi’s plan is already going off the rails. Both ships are out of the fight (for now) and there’s no “safe zone” in the air while the defense is active, forcing even the non-combatants on to the Palace itself.

In any case, this was a preparation chapter to get all the major players in position, so here’s much looking forward to 295.


  1. This chapter I cannot afford to miss. Negi’s reaction was OMGWTFZAZIE!? And probably alot of questions filling his mind

    Comment by Yami[Len] — June 29, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

  2. Apparently Ken is familiar with the number one law of combat. “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy”…

    Comment by quigonkenny — June 29, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

  3. Until you made this article, I totally forgot that there are other things happening before the Zazie twist…really didn’t see that coming…

    Comment by Nestor — June 30, 2010 @ 12:52 am

  4. so you think the series is ending? or is this a mind screw with the Zazie Q&A comment?

    Comment by Raso — June 30, 2010 @ 10:05 am

  5. Is it just me, or was the spelling of the Thousand Bolts release different this time? the Furigana was キーリプレーン・アストラペーン・プロドゥカム!!, so the Khilipl and Astrape both have an “n” on the end of them. Any thoughts?

    Comment by quigonkenny — June 30, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

  6. @ Raso: Weeeell, Akamatsu’s answer to the Zazie question was that he’ll reveal her true form/role in the “final arc”. Which is completely meaningless, considering we know nothing about her, so technically he can delay the ending for as long as he wants until he actually feels like revealing the truth behind Zazie in-story.

    (But the manga is probably ending soon, if not this arc then the one immediately after.)

    @ quigon: It’s a specific variation for 千雷招来, Khiliplen Astrapen producam, the same move he used on Rakan. It’s mentioned under Titanoktonon.

    Comment by CanonRap — July 1, 2010 @ 1:46 am

  7. why aren’t english scanalations for 294 out yet….
    and somebody translate 295

    Comment by NANEA — July 4, 2010 @ 10:18 am

  8. Something I noticed as I wrote my review of this chapter — Negi appeared to recognize that the distant figure of Zazie wasn’t an enemy as he wanted Mana to back down. However, when he saw whom it was, that’s what floored Negi.

    Comment by AstroNerdBoy — July 7, 2010 @ 11:20 am

  9. Mana was completely okay with gunning down everything not obviously an ally, and it seems more like he was hesitating about that. Trying not to hurt innocents and such. Of course, as Mana points out, they shouldn’t run into anyone but enemies at this point.

    Comment by CanonRap — July 7, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

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