Negima! Manga Vol 32 Ch 287 Review

魔法先生 ネギま!Volume 32 Chapter 287 (manga)
Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga Chapter 287
Negima! Manga Vol 32 Ch 287 Review

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Within the diorama sphere, Takane decides to let Yuuna know that both of Yuuna’s parents are mages. Mei worries about this and Chisame isn’t happy that the number of “normal” girls are dwindling from their class. Akira is stunned by the news of Yuuna’s parents, but Yuuna finds it makes perfect sense with Donette being her father’s friend and her mother having taught Yuuna a bit about magic as a child. Yuuna wonders how her mother died, to which Takane answers she was killed in the line of duty, likely related to the current issue they find themselves in. Yuuko had been sent to Megalomesembria by Mahora and was killed on that mission. Beyond that, Takane has no additional details.

On Earth, Yuuna’s father is at Yuuko’s grave site when Kataragi arrives to also pay his respects. The headmaster phones Akashi and tells him to round up the magical teachers immediately as there is an issue. Flying to the campus, Akashi and Kataragi discover the World Tree is glowing with power and it shouldn’t be. The headmaster briefs the gathered mages that the lone working gate in old Ostia is pouring its magic into the gate under the Mahora Library. Realizing that Cosmo Entelecheia is planning to attempt what they tried 20-years ago, the headmaster assigns the various instructors with tasks as the results could be disastrous for Mahora.

The headmaster heads to Al’s underground lair where Eva and Eishun are. Eva wants him gone as the headmaster bows to Eishun and lets them know that CE has Princess Asuna.

Over in Great Britain, Ayaka is reading the latest report on Nagi Springfield when she gets a surprise call from Eva, telling them to come home as Negi and company will come directly to Mahora if they are able to return home at all.

Negima! Manga Vol 32 Ch 287 Review
Thoughts/Review: Just how long has it been since we’ve seen Ayaka and company? Even though I can’t say I’ve missed them like I have Asuna, I do like how Akamatsu-sensei managed to give them another cameo here, but more than a cameo. There are two big things to take out of this. The first is that Ayaka continues to have her family’s organization do research on Nagi Springfield. After the Magic World arc concludes, I expect that will come into play for the next arc.

Next is Eva telling Ayaka that Negi and company will return home to Mahora directly rather than Great Britain. That’s the final confirmation I needed to say, “there’s a transportation gate under Library Island.” Once we saw the gateport on the Magic World, I immediately thought the structure under Library Island must be a gate. What I couldn’t figure out is why the headmaster wouldn’t direct Negi and company to use that gate to get to the Magic World. Now we know that it was connected to Old Ostia and that explains everything since Old Ostia fell 20-years ago.

In the headmaster’s visit to Al, Eishun, and Eva, I couldn’t help but notice something that made me smile — the headmaster’s beard. Now, I haven’t been paying attention, but with Eva and the headmaster in the same room together, I thought about a previous chat of theirs and remembered how Eva “trimmed” the headmaster’s beard with her Ensis Exsequens (Executioner’s Sword, aka: Sword of Conviction) spell. ^_^ Clearly, Akamatsu-sensei hasn’t forgotten it either as he remembers to keep the headmaster’s beard trimmed. *lol*

I loved how Yuuna got to learn the truth of her parents. We already knew her father was a mage. We all believed Yuuna’s mother was a mage because of a chapter ages ago where Yuuna remembers walking with her mother and having a practice wand. So this chapter basically reminds us of all that and reinforces it for old fans. One thing we didn’t know was (1) Yuuna’s mother’s name (Yuuko) and (2) where is she now? Now we know Yuuko was killed in the line of duty. I believe this will strengthen Yuuna’s resolve to get a pactio, only now, she’ll have a personal stake in it rather than kissing Negi-kun and getting a cool artifact.

I liked how Akashi visited Yuuko’s grave while obviously worrying about Yuuna. He was a bit surprised by Kataragi’s visit (reading the Japanese). Kataragi comes with flowers AND the Japanese water bucket to clean the headstone. I wonder if Kataragi knew that Akashi was there or not. I suspect he did because otherwise, why would he visit the grave of a colleague’s wife?

So, an interesting chapter to be sure, but still rather “quiet” while setting the stage for the next big event which will have Negi and the battle harem return home to Mahora (as best as I can tell).

Negima! Manga Vol 32 Ch 287 Review

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20 Responses to “Negima! Manga Vol 32 Ch 287 Review”

  1. Anonymous says:

    this is not about negima but haruhi, the new novel advance is already available in the senaker, and cnet already publish the first chapter in english, its magnific, the link is

    http://www.haruhisuzumiya.net/2010/05/03/early-translation-of-surprise-of-haruhi-suzumiya-preview/

  2. ~~Clint~~ says:

    Kinda late…astro san~~

    If i were yuuna..i can easily get it right away~~~
    At the moment she was brought to Mundus magicus(magic world)~~~

    waah~
    im so excited~

  3. ~~Clint~~ says:

    well anyway..nvm what i said on the first comment XD~~~

    i know you have your own..~ schedule right?~~~

    back to negima~
    Im wondering how the real eva would react… when she found out that negi mastered her forbidden technique~~~~~

    And about what negi become of (about absolute control of ME) ~~~

  4. Ultimaniac says:

    This chapter re-ignited my interest in Negi’s age. It has to have been at least half a year since Negi first came to Mahora, combine that with all the extra days he’s spent with Eva in the diarama sphere for normal training and the majority of the month for the “Defeat Rakan” training, AND the time discrepancy Akashi mentioned in this chapter, there’s no way he’s still ten by the time they get back to the “real” world.

  5. Nick says:

    this chapter is awesome, i hope we do get to see a battle at mahora, mostly because i want to see Al fight at full power along with Eva getting to see Negi finally and how suprised she will be that Negi has her technique along with Eishun there sould be an interesting battle i still wonder if he has pactio with Nagi and what it is. Theres a bunch of stuff i want to happen soooo bad i hate waiting i wish the chapters were longer or something lol.

  6. Anonymous says:

    We get raws this week right i
    wonder if it will be focusing on Mahora or back to Negis group i wanna see negi in new GOD mode. Quickvenom

  7. Anonymous says:

    “[I thought about a previous chat of theirs and remembered how Eva “trimmed” the headmaster’s beard with her Ensis Exsequens (Executioner’s Sword, aka: Sword of Conviction) spell]”—-from what chapter did this happen?? I can’t remember this detail.
    I’m excited for the future chapters. I think Ala Alba and the others reappearing in Mahora Academy would be something grand. I hope its something as good as the ones that happened in the Mahora Festival Arc. For me, that was the best arc, not that I’m saying that the current arc is bad.
    Also, I hope that Akamatsu would stop using time discrepancies. Although all the characters here are fictional, I somewhat feel bad for Negi’s body. It’s not nice to disturb and advance his growth. Unless what Akamatsu’s trying to do is to make Negi’s age catch up with the others.

  8. SL from MH says:

    Anonymous said…
    “[I thought about a previous chat of theirs and remembered how Eva “trimmed” the headmaster’s beard with her Ensis Exsequens (Executioner’s Sword, aka: Sword of Conviction) spell]”—-from what chapter did this happen?? I can’t remember this detail.

    Check chapter 159.

    @ Ultimaniac: I think he is a year older than before now.
    During the start of the series it is mentioned that his real age is 9 years in chapter 03 (under “Kazoe” system he is 10 years old).

    Then in one of the chapters which i don’t remember, it was said that Negi has been teaching at Mahora for 6 months (it was just before the start of the MW arc).

    Then in ch 202, Negi mentioned to Raken that he has been training under Eva for three months & if the time spent in the villa is considered then it would be around 7-8 months.
    Then comes the training for about a months time before the match against Raken.

    Then adding up the time difference between MW & Earth, it would suggest that Negi would be around 10 years old now (under “Kazoe” system it would be 11 years old).

  9. fernando says:

    I found a clear scan here:
    http://manga.animea.net/mahou-sensei-negima-chapter-286-page-1.html
    It has been scalated by “White Wings” Scalations, but I cant find their site nor the download link for that chapter (the one i found is actualy reduced in size). Can any1 help me, plz?
    In exchange for the help I offer the web address of a new scalator who has alredy posted a clear scan of chapter 287:
    http://prankster.vndv.com/

  10. SL from MH says:

    @ fernando: There is also another scanlation of ch 286 and other chapters from ch 282 to 287 (ch 281 is in progress) done by Zasel. It is of much better quality than the White-Wings one (the version which you linked is ok but there “redraw” is not good compared to Zasel’s, likewise Zasel’s “typesetting” is not great but i really don’t care about it that much, what i really care about is quality scans & translations). Even ANB knows about Zasel.

    Also as far as i know, White-Wings doesn’t have a site.

    As for the “prankster”, i have known about it already for a few days (though i don’t know about others though).

  11. SL from MH says:

    Mistake in my post a few minutes ago. I was thinking about another scanlation when i said that Zasel’s “typesetting” is not great.

    It is very good for almost all the scanlation except for the places were skill or spell names are printed out largely without any speech-bubbles like saying “Adeat” or “Ardescat” (he uses simple text to describe them).

  12. Philip says:

    since Chisame is so dismayed that there are less and less ‘normal’ people in her class, how would she react if she was told she has magic potential?

  13. Maybe Yuuko and Katazaki are related?

  14. Anonymous says:

    This OVA is pretty good the only thing wrong with it is that its not a whole series. Quickvenom
    http://www.anilinkz.com/negima/mahou-sensei-negima-mou-hitotsu-no-sekai-episode-1/

  15. AstroNerdBoy says:

    “Kinda late…astro san~~”

    Busy with work. ^_^;

    “…there’s no way he’s still ten by the time they get back to the “real” world.”

    Age pills. ^_~

    “i hope we do get to see a battle at mahora, mostly because i want to see Al fight at full power along with Eva getting to see Negi finally and how suprised she will be that Negi has her technique along with Eishun there sould be an interesting battle “

    We might see them fight before the manga ends, but I rather suspect they won’t fight in this arc. We’ll see though.

    “i wonder if it will be focusing on Mahora or back to Negis group”

    Hard to say, but if I had to guess, I’d say a return to Negi’s group.

    “”[I thought about a previous chat of theirs and remembered how Eva “trimmed” the headmaster’s beard with her Ensis Exsequens (Executioner’s Sword, aka: Sword of Conviction) spell]”—-from what chapter did this happen?? I can’t remember this detail. “

    Gah. I’m in too much of a hurry to look up now, but it was toward the end of the Mahora Festival when Eva was going to watch the fun of Chao’s attack on the campus and the headmaster joined Eva in the sky. Eva sliced his beard and part of his earrings off along with a warning for him to not get involved in the fight.

    “Check chapter 159.”

    *LOL* Thanks SL. ^_^

    “since Chisame is so dismayed that there are less and less ‘normal’ people in her class, how would she react if she was told she has magic potential?”

    Heh. Good question.

    “Maybe Yuuko and Katazaki are related?”

    Yeah…could be that Kataragi and Yuuko are brother-sister. That would work for me. ^_^

    @Anon — yeah, the OAD’s are good.

  16. arimareiji says:

    @Ultimaniac there’s no way he’s still ten by the time they get back to the “real” world.

    True. Akamatsu-sensei has already started invoking the idea of time-dilation between worlds, though, so none of the aging will be “official”.

    It took Nagi years to beat KE, and that was without uprooting the nasty power structure behind them; heaven only knows how long it’ll take Ala Alba. Negi might be Asuna’s mirror-opposite by the time they get back, in terms of actual and official aging.

    Poor Asuna’s out of luck, with Takamichi in MM and therefore aging at the same rate… but Yuuna might be ecstatic to discover she’s the same age as her dad when they get back. Now they can be a couple after all, eh? (^_~)

  17. junior says:

    ————————
    Poor Asuna’s out of luck, with Takamichi in MM and therefore aging at the same rate…
    ————————

    Heh. Of course, given the little bits of information available about Asuna’s past, it’s entirely possible she’s really an “old hag” that stayed physically four years old for the last hundred years until her memory was sealed, and is decades older than the “old man” that her classmates tease her about.

    😛

    The series does seem to enjoy playing around with ages. Asuna’s age discrepency, Eva’s real age versus her apparent age, Negi’s apparent age versus his additional aging while training, etc… I doubt that Negi will be in danger of catching up with any of his students in the age department (except maybe the twins… are they REALLY as old as the rest of the class?), but it does make for some interesting and amusing speculation.

    As for the more immediate stuff –

    Interesting to see class rep again. Given just how many secrets so many of the students have, there’s a little voice at the back of my head whispering that there’s still a big revelation on the way about her that’ll tie into all of this (good thing she doesn’t know how many of the girls have kissed Negi…).

    But that voice is probably wrong.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I think these are the RAWs for 288 please hurry and post them. http://www.megaupload.com/?d=THSGLCQY. Quickvenom

  19. why arent chp 288 eng trans out yet?

  20. Devilen says:

    CNet Trans aren’t out but that doesn’t stop White wings from releasing a translated Scan

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