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October 20, 2010

306 – point of no return

Filed under: Updates — CanonRap @ 12:54 pm

Well. Damn.

EDIT: To clarify – Dunamis is talking about his 主 (aruji) which is ‘lord’ or ‘master’ (as in, superior). Negi literally calls Eva “Master” in English. If anything, Dunamis is referring to the Lifemaker here.



Picking up from 305: Negi, having been speared to the ground by Dunamis, starts transforming into his demon form again…

“Wha… even his shape is kind of more demonic now…

What the hell – it’s still encroaching into him?! This is bad!!”

Everyone within the Palace can feel this “sinister presense” – from Kotarou, Yue and Anya to Chachamaru. Even Poyo and Mana:

“Negi-sensei… that’s not good…

You won’t be able to come back!”


Sprouting ‘wings’, Negi charges Dunamis again, and holds off his attack with one hand…

“This power…!”

Magia Erebea, was it?

Could it be…?

Could it be, that this form is an extension to my master’s technique…?

No… that’s ridiculous. That can’t be possible.

Dunamis draws out a huge number of arms…

Submit, boy!!

To two thousand strikes a second – the burier of great dragons, the unending thrusts of these heavy fists!!

Not a speck of you shall be left!!

The two clash again… ending with Negi breaking through.

You surpassed me… boy?!

Negi continues his attack relentlessly, cutting apart Dunamis’ entire shadow armour.

This… yes, there is no mistaking this power…!

Both Fate’s girls and Ala Alba are shocked by Dunamis’ fall, while Negi’s attendants notice “cracks” beginning to appear on his body. Negi’s arm begins to morph…

Kokuu Eisou, Kanshu Hassatsu!!
虚空影爪 貫手八殺!!
“Void Shadow Claws, Piercing Hand of Eight Deaths!!”

Beating on Dunamis some more, Negi then summons “black lightning” and grows horns as he uses a dark version of his trump card: spear of Zeus, Titano-ktonon.

Emittens, Khiliplen Astrapen producam.
解放 千雷招来
“Release, bring forth the thousand thunderbolts.”

Kokuryuu Raigou
黒龍雷迎
“The black dragon lightning comes.”

The attack blows through the main section of the Palace, and Dunamis collapses, cut in half and stripped of his shadow armour.

“I see…

with the blood of the last descendant of Vespertatia…

the magic power inherited from your heroic father…

your own talents…

in addition to that magic technique, an extension of my master’s opus…

against all of these arrayed together, a mere puppet such as myself has no chance of winning.

However… it is still our victory. Do it. You will fall into darkness here.”

Homura, ever loyal, leaps in. Dunamis gets slightly singed.

“No!! I won’t let you kill Dunamis-sama. If you’re going to do it, then you’ll have to kill me first!!”

“Do not stop him, little girl. This is our victory. Our plan will be complete.”

“But-”

“Do it, boy!”

Before Negi connects, Shiori – removing her disguise – puts herself in front of both of them…



If he doesn’t stop, then… it’s all over!!

So, it turns out that Negi really is not at all right, even after having barely suppressed his demon before. Dunamis, who should at least be close to Fate’s level, is completely flattened by this new ‘form’, an even further progression of Magia Erebea’s invasion.

Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if Negi does hit Shiori – just not in an instantly fatal way. I guess Shiori’s apparent death (and her experiences as Asuna) will have some significance in bringing Negi back – after which she’ll be dropped off-screen, possibly to be revived backstage by Konoka or at the end of the arc by the Great Grand Master Key.

In any case, Negi’s plans are unchanged – he, Chiu and Nodoka will head for Fate while Kaede and co. are tied up with defeating and/or ensuring the safe exit of Dunamis’ team. It’s just a matter of how long it takes for Negi to come back. Which he will, definitely.

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15 Comments

  1. Things take a darker turn.

    It’s good at least that Akamatsu is taking Negi’s demonification seriously, and not just writing it off as a short plot point that would be entirely forgotten except when he needs a quick power boost.

    Comment by Shiirn — October 20, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

  2. Agreed with the above!

    I’m actually expecting Shiori to actually be impaled by Negi. She would probably be out of the count for the rest of the battle. Konoka will probably heal her.

    As to Negi’s demon-mode MK III (I was at the ball, II was when he was supressing it), it was foreshadowed a few chapter’s before, in 301.
    In Setsuna’s words “You’re supplementing your own magical capacity using Magia Erebea…aren’t you? You’re becoming more attuned to it…In which case its corruption, too, must be…” Negi also agreed to this.

    Also, after Dynamis lost his shadow armour, did anyone notice that he suddenly got slimmer? What happened to the muscles? Not that I care but…

    Comment by Kota-kun — October 20, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

  3. It’s good at least that Akamatsu is taking Negi’s demonification seriously, and not just writing it off as a short plot point that would be entirely forgotten except when he needs a quick power boost.

    Someone brought up the theory that, since “light comes from chaos” (from Greek mythology, referenced in Negima) and Negi as he is now is pretty much fully chaos, a pivotal point will come up when Ala Alba will the ones to bring that ‘light’ back out. I’m still curious how far Akamatsu intends to go with Magia Erebea as a whole, because every once in a while, something else about it is expanded on.

    Also, after Dynamis lost his shadow armour, did anyone notice that he suddenly got slimmer? What happened to the muscles? Not that I care but…

    It’s like that time with Ku… you can only see the muscles when Akamatsu wants you to.

    Comment by CanonRap — October 21, 2010 @ 3:03 am

  4. “Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if Negi does hit Shiori – just not in an instantly fatal way. I guess Shiori’s apparent death (and her experiences as Asuna) will have some significance in bringing Negi back – after which she’ll be dropped off-screen, possibly to be revived backstage by Konoka or at the end of the arc by the Great Grand Master Key. ”

    I’ve been long thinking that Shiori is a marked girl but we’ll see if Akamatsu-sensei pulls the trigger or not.

    Also, Dynamis wanting Negi to go full “dark side” seems to be identical to what Kurt wanted to happen and that alone would be a win for them.

    Comment by AstroNerdBoy — October 21, 2010 @ 9:33 am

  5. Also, Dynamis wanting Negi to go full “dark side” seems to be identical to what Kurt wanted to happen and that alone would be a win for them.

    It seems every antagonist from the Mahora Festival onwards has been trying this. And I think even Chao had shades of this – it was Negi’s fight with her that makes him realise “doing the right thing” and “doing what needs to be done” are not the same. If the theories about Chao’s actual intentions are correct, then this would definitely have been a part of the plan.

    Comment by CanonRap — October 21, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

  6. I want to hear more about this seeming connection between Magia Erebea and the Lifemaker’s power. I can see Negi’s royal blood magics having an affect on it, but not the skill itself being a part of that package, being pioneered by Eva and all.

    Then again, Eva has called herself the final boss >_> Though that theory is practically swiss cheese, with all the problems that’d have.

    Comment by Carect — October 21, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

  7. “Then again, Eva has called herself the final boss >_> Though that theory is practically swiss cheese, with all the problems that’d have.”

    Well, she didn’t actually call herself their final boss… She called herself a next-to-final or final boss character… It was more of a description of how powerful she was compared to Asuna and Setsuna when she was telling them about her history…

    (Chapter 110, pg. 9, AQS translation) “To use the game that I like as an example, I’m the last or middle boss that’s meant to be defeated.”

    Comment by Fenyx — October 22, 2010 @ 1:30 am

  8. >I want to hear more about this seeming connection between Magia Erebea and the Lifemaker’s power. I can see Negi’s royal blood magics having an affect on it, but not the skill itself being a part of that package, being pioneered by Eva and all.

    Speculation:

    Life-Maker’s power/ability/magic = Chaos
    Magia Erebea = Erebos
    ??? = Aether

    This makes sense since ME is recognized as an “extension” of LM’s power. Chaos gave birth to Erebos, and Erebos gave birth to Aether by mating with Nyx. Shortly after coming back to Earth, the corruption will be just a step away from being critical, beyond the returning point, and I can see Negi being brought (possibly forcibly) into Eva’s phantasmagoria globes, and Eva will have to do “something” in order to help him out. Negi will represent Erebos, and Eva will represent Nyx, and after hours, if not days fighting, “something” will happened, and Negi will give birth to a new technique, one that will represents Aether, which is the source for all substances and energies that permeates in all things. In doing so, that’ll make the concept of ME being able to born light a reality.

    Or something like that.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 22, 2010 @ 6:02 am

  9. “Well, she didn’t actually call herself their final boss… She called herself a next-to-final or final boss character… It was more of a description of how powerful she was compared to Asuna and Setsuna when she was telling them about her history…”

    Huh. For some reason I remember Eva stating she was a final-boss character when she froze Sukuna… Welp, there’s an excuse or two to reread the series 🙂
    ———
    *Something*, eh? >_>
    Anyways, the Chaos/Erebos/Nyx/Aether connection is something for me to look up. However, not what I meant. I was wondering why the technique was considered an extension of Life-Maker’s ability, or passed down from him. It implies that Eva didn’t come up with the thing all by herself and found inspiration for it somewhere, or somehow found a way to tap into a form of magic that only a specific bloodline is supposed to have, as far as I can tell.

    Beyond that, I don’t see much of a connection between the two anyway – except that you could consider them opposites, which may just be coincidence. The power Life-Maker seems to be named for is likely quite extroverted in nature, while Magia Erebea is introverted. One deals with production – or removal – while the other deals with acceptance/absorbtion. I just don’t personally see why there should be a connection right now. And I seem to have gone on about it for a nice few words now >_>

    Comment by Carect — October 22, 2010 @ 9:15 am

  10. ME is something Eva created herself. It’s unknown if she based it upon any knowledge/concept that came from L-M, intentionally or unintentionally. Most likely, it’s just a coincidence that Dynamis recognized it as an “extension” to his master’s technique. And Negi having Vespertatia blood in him, and the technique that’s recognized as extension to Dynamis’ master “works” are two separate things. Even without Vespertatia blood, ME is still something that’s related to the L-M. But maybe, having Vespertatia blood and ME brings Negi closer to L-M, in blood ties and connected.

    If ME really is an “extension” to L-M’s powers, then it’s not hard to imagine that L-M’s powers is probably Chaos, which is emptiness and void that existed before the creation of the cosmos, and is the womb which everything emerged from (in this context, before Mundus Magicus, the Western magic system, and all the elements/substances). Erebos is one of the first that emerged from Chaos, and it is the darkness that fills every corner and space of the world. Being darkness, it’s that which enveloped everything, even light.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 22, 2010 @ 10:34 am

  11. “Speculation:

    Life-Maker’s power/ability/magic = Chaos
    Magia Erebea = Erebos
    ??? = Aether

    This makes sense since ME is recognized as an “extension” of LM’s power. Chaos gave birth to Erebos, and Erebos gave birth to Aether by mating with Nyx. Shortly after coming back to Earth, the corruption will be just a step away from being critical, beyond the returning point, and I can see Negi being brought (possibly forcibly) into Eva’s phantasmagoria globes, and Eva will have to do “something” in order to help him out. Negi will represent Erebos, and Eva will represent Nyx, and after hours, if not days fighting, “something” will happened, and Negi will give birth to a new technique, one that will represents Aether, which is the source for all substances and energies that permeates in all things. In doing so, that’ll make the concept of ME being able to born light a reality.”

    now what a minute if this is true then Negi would not create 1 new technique, but multiple. you according to mythology Erebus and Nyx had 12 to 13 off spring

    Hemera goddess of day
    Aether god of sky
    Cer goddess of death
    Oneiroi god of dreams
    Hypnos god of sleep and his twin brother Thanatos god of death
    Momus god of satire and the like
    Nemesis goddess of revenge
    the Hesperides guardians of the golden apples
    Charon the ferryman
    Geras god of old age according to Hyginus (c. AD 1)
    Some accounts attest that Erebus is the father of the Moirai with Nyx as well

    so if Negi is Erebus and Eva is Nyx and the technique are the off spring, then does that make dark Negi and Raiten Taisou, 2 of these off spring. if so I would say dark Negi is Nemesis, while Raiten Taisou is Hemera.

    Comment by RedRyan — October 22, 2010 @ 11:01 am

  12. You lost me RedRyan…

    The only other Greek God persona based magic technique that would be created would be whatever Negi creates to replace ME. And technically, Eva would be both Erebus and Nyx, but for this scene, more Nyx due being female, shadow affinity, and a create of the night, etc. Of course, this is merely just speculation and writing up theories.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 22, 2010 @ 11:18 am

  13. well I was just going off the Speculation from the last 3 comments before me. personal I don’t think Negi will replace ME, if he even can, I think he will get something else to counter the ME that what usually happens with these kind of Powers yet you can’t say anything is usual about Negima

    Comment by RedRyan — October 23, 2010 @ 1:52 am

  14. who’s richer ayaka’s or konoka’s families??!!!!

    Comment by princess kolade — October 24, 2010 @ 3:11 am

  15. That’d be Konoka, if one would consider her old lineage… or maybe Ayaka?

    Comment by Askeladd — October 27, 2010 @ 1:31 am


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