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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha (14 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935429620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935429623
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.5 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. Pears on 24 Oct. 2011
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Negima - the latest work from Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina) has been running now since 2003 and despite initially seeming to be another harem/romance manga like Love Hina, Negima has fully separated itself from that series to become one of the best shonen/action/romance/comedy manga's out of there. I have read a lot of shonen action manga's over the years, Naruto is a good series but runs at a snail's pace, Bleach got repetitive, Historys Strongest Disciple has dissolved into fan service, One Piece is too bizarre and Yu Yu Hakashu ended prematurely. These are all great action manga's (along with many others) in their own right and will have legions of followers who will swear that 'they' are the best shonen manga out there these and yet for me, Negima remains the most enjoyable, action-packed manga out there - why?

The set up for Negima initially seems bizarre. Negi Springfield (aged 10) from Wales dreams of becoming a Magister Magi and as part of his studies is sent to Japan to become an English teacher at the all girls school of Mahora Academy for a class of 31 older girls. Between his magic studies and work as a school teacher he is on the hunt for his father, Nagi, the legendary 'Thousand Master' believed to be dead.

Thus the first volume introduces Negi and he is as overawed and confused by his class of 31 ladies as the reader is, what quickly separates this series from many others is that over time, each of the 31 ladies (plus many other supporting female and male characters) becomes fully developed and integrated into the story. Many other authors would struggle to make each character individual and special, yet Akamatsu largely succeeds, hence why each character has a fan club of some description back in Japan...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2012
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Ten year old wizard Negi Springfield has graduated top of his class from his magic school in Wales. In order to complete his training and become a fully-fledged Magister Magi like his famous father he must now teach a class at Mahora Academy, an all-girls school in Japan, without anyone discovering that he is a wizard. As he deal with both his own problems as well as those of his students he quickly discovers that his class and the school itself aren't quite as normal as they first appear.

'Negima!' is a brilliant series that is easily my all-time favourite manga. This omnibus contains the first three volumes of the series and I must say that it was very enjoyable to read the early parts of the series after reading through the entire series as it is nice to see how much the series and the characters have developed over the years. The original Del Rey release of these volumes was quite infamous for the poor translation and this omnibus retranslates these volumes to be much better, although there are still a few minor issues here and there.

The first volume in this omnibus is an introduction for the characters, allowing us to see how Negi deals with his first few weeks as a teacher and introduces the various students. The volume doesn't have much in the way of plot but it does lay the groundwork for the series and has some foreshadowing of future developments.

The second volume consists mostly of the Library Island arc where the Baka Rangers, the five worst students in the class, search for a magical book that will make them smarter so that they can pass their exams. After this there are four chapters that each focuses on a one or two of the students (Chisame Hasegawa, the Narutaki twins, Ayaka Yukihiro and Konoka Konoe respectively).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett Smithson on 4 Aug. 2012
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Not only is this a high quality and nicely presented product, but the quality of translation is (in my opinion) far better than the original English release.

If you, like me, are a manga fan that wants a translation to be accurate and faithful to the original Japanese text then the Omnibus translation is for you. I have compared it to the original Japanese text and the new translators have done a great job of keeping the English extremely close to the original without sacrificing clarity or flow.

The previous translator of the Del Rey release of Negima on the other hand evidently had no issue at all with changing the script and attempting to add his own creative touch to the translation. Whilst this can sometimes add energy and humour to a manga and improve the overall reading experience for English fans, in this case I have to say that he took one too many liberties in my opinion. Yes, Negima contains fan service, but I never realised how many additional sexual puns and suggestive references had been added in the Del Rey English translation when they were completely absent in the original Japanese release. To give one example, there is a scene on a train in volume one where Negi is travelling to the school and some giggling girls ask him where he is going. In the original Japanese and Omnibus translation they simply tell him that he has missed his stop as the next stop is the Mahora girl's school. However, in the Del Rey translation they tell Negi he should have "gotten off" and then ask him "have you ever? Gotten off I mean". This is just one of many added sexual references which were not present in the original Japanese and yet were added to the English release. Looking back, the original release feels kind of smutty in comparison...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Must buy for Negima fan, but... 8 Oct. 2011
By Xanthos Acanthus - Published on
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Collects the first three books into one volume with improved translations. However, there is something that I don't really like. The pages seem very small. I never owned the del rey version, but I really wish the pages were bigger, especially for such a thick book. Also, it can sometimes be difficult to view the sides of the pages close to the center because of the thickness. Overall, I am pleased with my purchase and recommend it to anyone who is considering purchasing this book.
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New Translation! 14 Jun. 2011
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I received it yesterday. I only skimmed through it, but did notice better translation, and no more "Southern Master". That alone was good enough. Just waiting on Volume 2 Omnibus now so I can get rid of Vol. 1-5 of the Del Rey ones.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good translation, some typesetting errors 15 Sept. 2011
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The translation was good and, as said in other reviews, much better than the first one. Though I was used to the verbal tics as-is from online translations, the way they were rendered here did bring across the types of speech they were meant to convey. (I can't help but hope Ku Fei gets a *little* less caveman-sounding as the story gets more serious, though!) I also appreciated that the honorifics were left intact, and that the sound effects were also translated but not replaced in the artwork. There were a few instances of empty speech bubbles or speech bubbles with the wrong text in them (one chapter was particularly bad), but all in all I was glad to have the three volumes all together and I enjoyed all the extras at the end as well.
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Great Magical Fantasy 12 May 2014
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Negima! is an interesting series. It was written by Ken Akamatsu of Love Hina fame. Essentially, it is the story of a ten year old (well, nine going on ten, as we find out in the series) magical prodigy named Negi Springfield. Young Negi has graduated with honors from a magical academy in his native country of Wales, and so he now has to do some field work. This is a type of practicum designed to give him real-world experiences on his path to become a "Magister Magi". This is a high-level of wizard who is a champion that helps people in trouble. All budding young wizards who want to be Magister Magi have to do go through such real-world living and training. For Negi though, well, let's just say this is not what he probably expected.

He is sent to be an English teacher at Mahora Academy, Middle-School Girls Division, in Japan. Mahora Academy is what is called in Japan an "escalator school". Normally, students in each level of education in Japan take tests to progress, at least for High School and University. In other words, it is like how education was formerly in the US and Canada pre-20th century. But if one goes to an escalator school, then you automatically are approved for the next division upward if you pass your classes.

Anyways, young Negi is already a little surprised to be sent to this school, but his surprises are just starting, as this is no ordinary Japanese school. It seems that if there were to be a magical center in Japan, it lies within Mahora Academy. Moreover, so does an old enemy of Negi's missing father, one who sees Negi's death as the way to free themselves from the curse placed upon them...

This is combination action fantasy/slice of life comedy/love comedy parody (emphasis on the "parody" part) all rolled into one. The antics and high-jinks are off-the-wall, as is the fanservice. Though to be fair, while the fanservice is abundant, it is mostly for humor, and even then, the humor is less of the bawdy and more of the "cringe" comedy type. It also highlights and is woven into the plot of Negi's developing powers and the story of our hero and his class growing up and dealing with all that entails.

My favorite characters are Evangeline (she is too spoilerific to describe herein), Asuna (who, along with her room mate care for Negi, as he is only nine), and Nodoka (a shy library club member called "bookstore-chan" by the others). Especially the big sister relationship of Asuna to Negi is touching and heartwarming. Nodoka is cute and adorable in her uber-shyness, and is, for me, a character I instinctively want to see happy.

One thing I really liked was how the story kept the honorifics. A lot of manga, light novels, and so on, when translating into English, drop the honorifics, but that is a mistake to my way of thinking. In Japan, honorifics are important, and the use of them, absence of them, and general placing of them in the conversation can reveal a lot about what is happening in the scene in question. The removal of them thus makes some of the context disappear from the story.

I know some may not like the level of fanservice here, but none of it really gets inappropriate, as I earlier said, and when there is some revealing shot, it is usually done tastefully for a purpose, such as bathing, and even then it is not at all titillating.

There is, of course, the magic adventure part of the tale. The spells, the system for chanting and having a partner protect you, and so on, are all explored. This aspect of the comic is consistent in a way Brandon Sanderson would like, and the stories of magical battles are typically shonen exciting.

I loved this Omnibus volume containing the first few volumes of Negima!, and look forward to reading more as time goes on.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Must have for Negima fans 28 Jun. 2011
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Although there are some minor typing errors, this is a must have if you're a fan of Negima and if you're looking for a better translation.
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