As the Governor General's Ball gets underway, Rakan confronts Fate and his companions on a nearby rooftop. Meanwhile Negi and Kotaro are the stars of the show but with the possibility that the Ball is a trap, they are only thinking about the safety of their friends which can lead to only one thing, pactios. Once Governor-General Goedel finally confronts Negi he has some revelations about the past that push Negi to the edge.
This twenty-ninth volume of the brilliant `Negima!' manga is the first to be published by Kodansha Comics USA who took over the previous publisher Del Rey at the end of 2010. Despite the change in ownership nothing much has changed in style between the previous volumes and this new one with the translation being of the same quality and the volume still including the translation notes and extras.
As for the volume itself, the revelations about the past are very interesting and do bring new light to certain past events. Rakan, fighting against Fate and his followers, is as brilliant as always and this battle also gives us some nice action in what would otherwise be a very talky volume. As well as this the events at the ball itself with the race to make pactio contracts with the girls lightens the mood nicely before the somewhat darker tone of the revelations about the past and the flashback to the end of the war twenty years ago.
All in all this was a very enjoyable volume with a nice mix of exposition, humour and action. `Negima!' remains my all-time favourite manga and it is good to see it being released again as it has been more than half a year since the previous volume was released and I have been missing the series.