Okay, this is unexpected. Pyo.
Picking up from 294 – Mana adopts the “shoot first, shoot later” attitude, which is understandable given the derailing of the logic train started by Zazie’s appearance.
Of course, Zazie can stop bullets with her mind (apparently). Mana, Kaede and Setsuna close in and hold her at gun/sword/shuriken-point.
And again, Zazie shows some strange telekinesis that blows away Setsuna and Kaede while holding Mana in the air.
Well, “Zazie speaking” can be crossed off the List of 10 Things That Need to Happen Before Negima Ends:
“Don’t move -pyo.
I have no intention of hurting any of you -pyo.
…I came here to stop you.
You are making a mistake -pyo. Right now, you are a dangerous existence -poyo.”
(Uh, the “dangerous existence” part, not the -poyo.)
Begin the rain of lampshades:
“Wh, wha?! Zazie-san?!”
“Hold it… Zazie-san, as in, our Zazie?”
“The one in the Circus Club? The strange and cool and quietest member of the class who occasionally looks a bit mischievous…?”
“Well, this is completely unexpected…”
“Wait, how is this possible?! Plot development-wise! And what’s with her sentence endings? You’re supposed to have foreshadowing in a story, you know – I mean, okay, Zazie is on the head of the ‘Weirdos of 3-A’ list…”
Serious (?) again:
“The path you walk will lead to even more bloodshed than Fate’s… poiyo.
…I think you already understand what I’m saying -pyo.
I will give you your final choice -pyo.”
And whoosh – they’re back at Mahora, ship and all.
According to Chachamaru, there’s been no Haruna considers forced teleportation, illusions, or a phantasmagoria, but Chachamaru just detects a huge amount of magic power… and it all looks real, at least.
[EDIT: My bad, misread it as Chachamaru’s line somehow… which makes no sense.]
“With this, over half of your problems have been solved, yes?”
“Heh, so you say.
And what happened to the ‘-poyo’, huh?”
“…have been solved -zazie.”
“Now it’s ‘-zazie’?!”
“…have been solved -ponyo.”
Mana breaks out of Zazie’s Force Crush with her rakansen:
“Don’t be fooled, sensei! There’s no way that can be Zazie!
It’s impossible to move between the worlds right now! This has to be a trap!”
Setsuna gets back up:
“With all the Gates destroyed, the two worlds should be completely cut off! It makes no sense for Zazie-san to be here!
And this situation we’re in now… Be careful, sensei!”
Nodoka starts drawing her Pactio Card…
Meanwhile, Fate’s girls are looking for the missing intruders, and Shirabe pulls up a recording of Zazie confronting Ala Alba. Koyomi thinks that she is a secret ally of Fate:
“I don’t know that person.”
Koyomi asks Dunamis:
“I do not know. Do not contact me for something so trivial, little cat.“
Back to Fate:
“…I don’t like her.”
“Do not be concerned with her. I called her here… we are old acquaintances.”
“So it was you…”
Yes, the one member of Fate’s team which hasn’t appeared since the Gateport attack is, er, still here. And he/she/it ‘go way back’ with Zazie…?
(Well, I’ll point out that he/she/it speaks nothing like the 2 biggest contenders – ie. Chao or Zecht – but that’s hardly an obstacle.)
“I will ask one more time -poyo. The path you walk will lead to even more bloodshed than Fate’s.
Even so, will you still walk it… poyo?
The path you walk will surely lead to the future that ‘Chao Lingshen’ had tried to prevent -poyo.”
Everyone’s shocked, except Negi:
I know that.
That it would probably end that way.
Even so… I intend to continue.
Following the steps of my father.”
Zazie pulls out her Pactio Card (!)…
“…Is that so -poyo?
Then it can’t be helped -pyo.
Artifact – Magic Lantern Circus.”
Gentou no Circus
And that’s the end of another chapter, the second in a part of the story I’m starting to think of as “the Zazie Twist”.
Very much looking forward to the next chapter -zazie.