Do you believe in magic? I didn't too, until I saw 30 teenagers falling in love with a 10 year old dwarf.
Magister Negi Magi, aka Negima, would easily be like one of those old fairy tales from the Grimms Brothers' collection, except that it'd go “Once upon a time, fuck you”. Sounds like a bad joke from a hangover but yeah, the image kinda fits this manga.
Originally an erotic delusion made by Ken Akamatsu, he later narrated it to his editor during their usual visit to a strip club in Shinjuku, who replied “That's awesome, why don't you make a manga out of it? Love Hina sold so well so it could totally work twice”. The story starts with the 10 year old Akamatsu being the most fucking amazing wizard ever getting a job as a sensei (tlnote: sensei means sexual molester) in an all-girls school in Japan, where all the various eroge stereotypes that compose his classroom slowly gets to love him because he's so kakkoi and sugoi doing magic tricks and poses. Probably also due to the little teacher's ability to get up his sturdy wooden stick... I mean the flying broom or whatever it is. The girls apparently loved riding that shaft.
Then some shit happens, like the apocalypse or so, and then the end.
Negima is also a well-thought bildungsroman about how courage is the best magic in the world. Second only to the Super Saiyan Sneeze that strips girls, but still close enough to be best. Courage is a crucial concept in the story, even more if you think about it from the perspective of the character development of Ken Akamatsu himself: he started as a shy douche in Ai Ga Tomaranai, then he became a hardworking goofball in Love Hina and finally he got enough courage to raise the self-insert level to world class tier Gary Stu while also being shota fanservice. That's awesome!
Aside from Ken-sama in Wonderland, the cast is also composed by gods, werewolves, loli vampires, robots, nippleless naked girls, JoJo, ninja nuns, dragons, army of demons and a talking voyeur ermine. I was mostly disappointed by the lack of nazis tho.
Of course many will be thrilled by the thought of reading an unfunny harem comedy, but Negima gives its best when the hilarious serious battle shounen parts actually begins. I am a big fan myself of power ups, speeches about nakamas, deus ex machina, plot conveniences and lots and lots of unimportant characters, so I was delighted by how everything was all here in one unoriginal package. Oh, and also the bankai stripping sneezes were my favorites.
Akamatsu's art shine at its best when it comes to drawing characters and then paste them to some CGrendered background, it marvelously shows all his ability in the use of Adobe Photoshop. Though I still wonder why the gom gom undressing sneeze is able to make panties appear yet there are no nipples for 38 whole volumes of nudity. Must be some weird magic too.
This would be the part where I conclude the review with some witty comment, but to keep til the end the original spirit of the manga I'll just end it without saying anything that you might expect or want to know. read more