November 22, 2011

Period 345

Filed under: Updates — CanonRap @ 10:10 pm

* They have a Mahora-wide parkour competition and a war game with helicopters and tanks (and as one blogger notes, they’re heavier stuff than even what the Self Defense Force can generally field). School was never this epic.

* Oh God, Takane spoilers were real. Trying to force Negi to either strip her or marry her? Genius, Akamatsu. (And considering this flag’s been raised ever since their match in the tournament, it’s been a long time coming.)

* lol, Negi getting confessions left and right

* Wait, is that how Fate usually gets around the campus? Levitation?

* Fate just called Negi an idiot twice in two consecutive panels. Tsun tsun!

* lol, people demanding Negi’s clothes

* Yuuna apparently leveled up a bit; either her shots can home in on their targets, or she can direct them. It still seems to be the magic-sealing bullets she used before, though.

(And again: Yuuna’s pactio outfit is awesome.)

So, can Negi escape unscathed without magic for 6 minutes? (Probably.)


  1. I have this hard feeling Negi was just betrayed and fooled. If he can get REALLY disappointed with the girls’ eccentricities someday, I will call that an epic moment…

    Comment by Blogima — November 22, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

  2. So Asuna can beat Misora in a foot race now. Listen, Akamatsu, we get Asuna is and always has been a good athlete. We get she needs to make up for 100 chapters of doing nothing. But please, in addition to being the one who is acting mature and responsible about a huge world saving sacrifice while the others act like selfish and moronic children, in addition to being one of the few who still will be there for Negi in 100 years while the others feed the worms, in addition to her oneshotting Mr. I pwn Ala Rubra singlehandledy, in addition to her grabbing all the movie images, you don’t need to start making her outdo everyone else in what they do best. Really, you don’t. Asuna is great because she’s a flawed but likable person who always tries her best even if she can’t win them all the time. Please don’t make her Jesus with Twintails. Please don’t.

    Comment by OverMaster — November 23, 2011 @ 1:21 am

    • Yes, Asuna’s faster than Misora when it comes to a regular footrace, but Misora is hands down the fastest person when she uses her artifact. We don’t know if either of them were using magic or kanka to augment themselves, so I think it’s quite awesome of Misora to keep up with Asuna who has naturally higher strength and stamina.

      Comment by Matt — November 23, 2011 @ 2:05 am

      • Yeah, I think Asuna’s speed and being faster than Misora was mentioned either during the MW arc or immediately after.

        Comment by Anonymous — November 23, 2011 @ 3:10 am

    • I actually think there’s a huge flaw in her selfless decision to sacrifice herself for the Magic World. It feels like she’s not taking into account what others would think of this. And even if she’s doing it for the sake of those who helped her, I honestly can’t see those people being happy with what she’s doing. It sort of makes me wonder why Takahata (though he obviously looked upset), Rakan and Albireo didn’t really give their opinion on the subject, which in turn means Ken really needs to show us how this decision even came to be. We still don’t know why Negi’s accepted it, either.

      Well, my point is that she’s being a bit of a hypocrite. She’s always telling Negi to think about how he’s making others feel (she just did so last chapter), but it seems like she’s not thinking about it either. I suppose it’s not very apparent with how mature Ken is painting her lately. Though, her new attitude honestly feels kind of strange when we, the readers, didn’t really get to see the development she went through. It almost makes her bland, in fact. For Asuna fans, it’s sort of disappointing, for those that don’t like her, it causes cries of bullshit (not accusing you of that).

      Also, it was indeed mentioned some time back that Asuna is the only person who can keep up with Misora in a foot race, so I’m honestly not surprised she managed to beat her. For all we know it was the first time she succeeded in doing it.

      Comment by Anon — November 23, 2011 @ 10:55 am

  3. I’m bemused by so many folks complaining about how boring, stupid, pointless, etc. this chapter is. Actually, it reminds me of “Babylon 5” when series creator JMS would make posts and answer questions in his old newsgroup forum. Some folks would whine and complain whenever there would be a “breather” period or a more comedic episode because these people wanted the main story to just keep pressing on nonstop. JMS tried to explain to them that in a series, this is not a good thing and the audience needs to have some release after an intense arc story.

    Me, I wanted an extended downtime and that’s what I’m getting. The MW story arc was the longest to date and frankly, I wanted some “normality” in terms of school life.

    Now, if we can just get RHS to release last week’s chapter, things would be rockin’. ^_~

    Comment by AstroNerdBoy — November 23, 2011 @ 3:17 am

    • It would be perfectly delightful if people just enjoyed the actual story, and let Akamatsu get on with it. We’ll get to plot eventually guys!

      Comment by Kota-kun — November 23, 2011 @ 3:39 am

  4. The problem isn’t a filler or breather period is bad, it’s that, in this particular period, the characters are acting plainly stupid and regressing mentally to suit the direction Akamatsu wants to go.

    Comment by OverMaster — November 23, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    • Why regressing? I dont believe that they acting stupid is regressing. Heck, even when they were in front of really powerful enemies they have never lost their stupidity and I actually feel this is going to help Negi loose up a bit. He’s been under terrible strain lately, and in 344 even Asuna tells him to relax a bit, so that’s what he’s getting now. It will be good for him to have fun a little IMHO.

      Comment by KrLa — November 23, 2011 @ 6:38 am

      • The point is: I don’t think he will really have fun being chased around (without magic or help of any type) by a whole school of crazy people. On the other hand, if he fantastically put the odds in his favor (which look like hightly unlikely), THIS will be fun…

        Comment by Blogima — November 23, 2011 @ 6:53 am

        • Another thing that OverMaster was referring to was how the girls acted in Chapter 344 about the Pactios and whatnot (in which I totally agree with). The whole “Blame Negi-kun” meeting they were having after the non-MM girls found out. IMHO, the way girls acted and are acting just plain infuriate me now.

          Comment by brent917 — November 23, 2011 @ 11:22 am

      • The stupidity in the MW arc had class and was actually funny sometimes. The stupidity now is just your typical retarded harem show bullshit.

        Comment by kaze — November 23, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    • Pretty much have to agree with OverMaster here. To me, it feels as if the past few chapters have reverted things back to the pre-Kyoto days of the story (i.e. where the main focus was more on harem comedy). While it may be fun for a chapter or two, it ends up getting boring if there’s too much of thatt and not enough focus on character and story development. Trust me: this is a major reason why the second half of Negima!? was a disaster.

      Comment by Joseph Klemm (@TnAdct1) — November 23, 2011 @ 11:36 am

      • Make that “quick laughs over story”.

        Comment by Joseph Klemm (@TnAdct1) — November 23, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

      • The second half of “Negima!?” being crappy was more to do with SHAFT’s brand of comedy being very stupid times. Sometimes they get things right but often, they don’t. And to be honest, I don’t think they really thought that series through very well.

        That being said, I’m not sensing the hideousness of “Negima!?” here. Indeed, in typical Akamatsu-sensei fashion, plot points and foreshadowing markers are being laid all over in the midst of a comedic “battle.” Plus, we all already knew that the entire class would be gaining pactiones with Negi, so he needs a vehicle to accomplish this without a crisis at hand.

        One thing everyone seems to be forgetting is the ages of the characters in question here. Negi is only 10 (or thereabouts). The other girls are between 14 and 15, save for certain special characters like Eva and possibly Zazie. I guess the Twins are younger than 14-15 as well. Regardless, these are teen girls with raging hormones who sense the power within Negi at various levels and whom often allow their teenage emotions get the better of them. Sounds like typical teen girls to me. ^_^;

        Comment by AstroNerdBoy — November 23, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

        • Totally agree. This “Negi’s hunt” is a classical Ken Akamatsu comedy setting about some of the most turbulent students in 3A (which, like ANB said, are still in middle school) during a festival and taking place in a school that can organize real-life wargame with M1 Abrams and helicopters. Nothing is to be taken so seriously there.
          Besides, some characters, like Yuuna tend to only have development in that kind of chapter.

          Comment by Stepk — November 24, 2011 @ 12:51 am

        • Definitely agree with SHAFT not thinking Negima!? through very well.

          The way I see it, SHAFT had a good idea in their hands. However, they didn’t really utilize the full potential of the idea (let’s just say it involved a Fairy-controlled Konoka and Haruna, among other students), and in the end we have a second act where the story ends up taking a back seat in favor giving all 31 students camera time (no matter how one-dimensional the character is in this verison of Negima).

          Comment by Joseph Klemm (@TnAdct1) — November 24, 2011 @ 2:23 am

  5. Well, this was the first chapter of the festival, and we’re already on the main event. Even if Akamatsu has stuff planned after this aside with Yuuna and co, I honestly can’t see this festival lasting more than five or six chapters, tops.

    Or maybe that’s just my optimism talking.

    Comment by CanonRap — November 23, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    • Two things in response to this:

      1. I pretty much agree that the festival will last until 349 at the latest.

      2. Personally, the first four pages (where there were focus on actual events) were decent. I just wished that the focus of this festival was on that than a bland piece of harem comedy.

      Comment by Joseph Klemm (@TnAdct1) — November 23, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

  6. On other notes, I think no one in 3A can subdue negi in a pure physical combat except Ku, Setsuna and Tatsumiya. Paru’s face at the final panel was epic.

    Comment by Mr_ShiNi — November 23, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    • Asakura’s face > Paru’s.

      Comment by Eiserne Jungfrau — November 23, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  7. Negi also needs to start putting the girls in their place when they act bitchy. His badass fighting prowess already makes him way better than your typical lame-ass eunuch male harem lead. Now he just needs to drop the nice guy gentleman shtick and start acting like a boss in order to become truly awesome overall.

    Comment by kaze — November 23, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    • This is a thing I’d like to see. But, assuming all the girls are on it, by the way that thing sounds, Negi is just doomed.

      Comment by Blogima — November 23, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

      • It’s just that Negi is still too much of a nice guy like most harem leads. To give Negi his credit though, he has made significant progress in becoming and alpha male, which is what every male harem lead should be.

        Comment by kaze — November 23, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

  8. Another thing is that Negima is Ken’s first major work of actual quality. His other major works have all been typical harem crap (I’d even go as far as to say that Ken helped found the modern harem brand that caters to loser otaku), and he is still probably trying to move past that stage completely.

    Comment by kaze — November 23, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    • To add to my post above, I see Negima as Ken’s attempt to create a quality harem series and reverse the damage he has done to the harem genre.

      Comment by kaze — November 23, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

      • The problem: this chapter (as well a number of chapters once the Magic World arc ended) is bringing the ugly portion of harem comedy (i.e. what Negima was like before Kyoto) back as the focus (what with numerous strippings, a lack of real flow from one chapter to the next, an event that’s obviously “harem comedy” focused).

        When it comes to Negima, the “harem” portions work best when there’s at least one bit of genuine “love for Negi” in the it (rather than being completely about girls falling for Negi just because he’s cute) and the fanservice doesn’t feel forced (i.e Yue having a nude scene in her mind after confessing her love to Negi = natural; Negi stripping Asuna and Evangeline with a sneeze = forced).

        Comment by Joseph Klemm (@TnAdct1) — November 24, 2011 @ 2:16 am

  9. I’m surprised ken akamatsu wrote negi vs 3a classmates in english instead of japanese.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 24, 2011 @ 10:39 am

  10. Well, i suppose i will relax and enjoy the upcoming chapter…
    After all, Negima is not all that serious series, it’s slowly evolving from just another harem to a more action oriented… and when it comes back to it’s nature, it is still enjoyable for me…

    Comment by Victor — November 28, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

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