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Mahou Sensei Negima!  
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Ten-year-old prodigy Negi Springfield, has just graduated from magic academy, and in order to become a master mage he is sent to Japan to teach English at an all-girls middle school. But Negi has a bigger dream than just becoming a master mage. He wants to find his missing father, "The Thousand Master", the strongest mage that has ever lived. And he soon finds that searching for his father wont be as easy as he first hoped. In fact, it pushes him and his students into life-or-death battles that decides the fate of millions.


Related Series
Negiho (Ito) Bun (Alternate Story)
Negima!? Neo (Alternate Story)
UQ Holder! (Sequel)

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c.355 (end) by Red Hawk Scanlations (1116d ago)
c.354 by Red Hawk Scanlations (1121d ago)
c.353 by Red Hawk Scanlations (1129d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
38 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 5, Chap 38

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (1863 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.37 / 10.0
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Kodansha USA (9 Omnibuses & 11 Volumes - Complete)

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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Rehwyn
May 5th, 2008, 1:31am
I heard about this series several months ago and the premise sounded interesting, so I picked it up. I've been very glad that I did. I base my ratings on a few criteria, so I'll talk about each seperately.

Story (8): I've enjoyed the story a lot, even if the overall plot of "a boy seeking his father" is relatively straightforward. There are some cliche'd elements, but the constantly evolving subplots and good presentation have kept me interested for the ride so far. My biggest complaint would be the plot progression sometimes seems very slow (for example, you won't get into any really good stuff for several *volumes*), but that's mainly due to my next topic...

Character (10): The author takes a lot of time to develop tons of characters in this manga. It's, in my opinion, one of the reasons the plot can sometimes seem a bit slow. Since there's 31 students with unique personalities and backgrounds who (mostly) have had considerable exposure plus all the extra characters outside these students, it takes a while to get to know them all and can be overwhelming at first, but it's worth it in the end.

Art (9): What can I say? The art is great. All the characters are well designed and though there are similarities between some, no two are indistinguishable. Scenery and magic are both well-drawn too, and the action is satisfying. Sometimes the art and dialogue can get a bit dense on the page, but I never find it bothering me.

Enjoyment (9): Great characters, story, and art don't always make a manga enjoyable if the presentation is poor. With that said, the fantasy elements set in real-world times make this a fun read for me, especially since the manga has a health combination of action, comedy, and drama to back it up. I've read several chapters (and volumes for that matter) multiple times just because I enjoyed them so much. That's a good sign.

There are definitely ecchi scenes as others have said, but let me make it clear that they are usually there for comedic effect and that I don't read this manga for the ecchi itself (I have hentai for that if I want it). I read it because I enjoy the many other elements of this manga and I would strongly recommend that anyone looking for a good fantasy/magic-based manga of the action/comedy/drama variety try it out.

Hopefully someone finds my comments helpful.

P.S. If you've seen the anime that is based off this manga and pass it up simply because of that, you're making a mistake. As is often the case, the manga is far, far superior.

... Last updated on May 5th, 2008, 1:39am
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Pretty Good, Unfairly Criticized   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sandman1008
July 4th, 2008, 1:00pm
I put off reading this manga for a while since I saw the plot and thought, "How can a 10 year-old be a harem lead?" It's a fair question, and it should be enough to make people want to put off reading this manga. However, soon after I started reading it, I realized that this isn't a typical harem manga. This isn't like Love Hina. The main focus in this manga is not a character (or characters) falling in love, but rather a boy (who is obviously mature for his age, but not in the love department) who goes through the trials of trying to obtain his goal. Like many other manga, there is a side story of love, but this is barely touched up on. There will be chapters, or maybe multiple chapters, dedicated to developing this aspect, but other aspect of the story (gaining strength to obtain one's goals) takes up many more chapters than the love chapters.

Now as for the criticism I've read so far, I have to say that this is mainly due to people always wanting to read the greatest thing ever when they pick up a new manga. People say the story is simplistic. I have to say, so what? I mean, there are manga out there with philosophical meaning behind the story, or that contain many twists that will make the reader have to step back and say, "Damn. That's crazy." However, not to come off as a jerk, but if every manga was complex like that, there will be fewer manga readers than there are now. People like simplicity. It's straightforward and doesn't require you to take a step back and think about what you just read. I mean, if you want to read philosophical manga, or things of that sort, than you should read them. Don't try to put other people off from reading a manga because it doesn't fit your tastes. It's easy to say, "This manga won't make you think. It's all straightforward. It doesn't suit my tastes, but it might suit yours." That comes off much better than, "This is the worst manga ever. Don't even bother reading it." What may be the worst for one person, may be the best for someone else.

People seem to unfairly criticize fan-service. BTW, fan-service does not only refer to ecchi scenes (although that is a majority of fan-service). I mean, if you really hate fan-service to the point where it makes you hate a manga, than you're going to have a hard time reading any Shounen manga. Yes, there are ecchi scenes in this manga. Is it so overbearing where you can't go a single chapter without one? No. They give you plenty of time to breathe. Believe me, I have read manga that are much worse in terms of the amount of ecchi scenes.

So, lets wrap this up. Overall, I would give it a 10. It's not the greatest thing I've read by a looooong shot. However, it is still an enjoyable read and many people can find this to be entertaining. There are ecchi scenes, but not enough to make it overbearing. It is not very deep, and it will not make you sit back and say, "Hmm, that was quite an interesting chapter. Let me discuss this with the rest of my pseudo-intellect companions." However, it will make most people laugh and the fights will make most people say, "That was pretty cool." I recommend you read it before you let someone's opinion put you off from reading it.

... Last updated on July 4th, 2008, 1:01pm
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Negi > Love Hina   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by hamburgers
June 1st, 2009, 1:49pm
A great mix of comedy (baka rangers anyone?), drama, romance, and emotive storytelling; there's something here for most everybody (including you damn loli/shotacons). This is the 'best' take on the world of magic that I have yet encountered, and definitely one of the best shounen works I've read yet.

Story arcs haven't dragged along for an infinite amount of time like in other manga (though I may be getting ahead of myself), and you see a great deal of character development in many of the characters as the story progresses. Also, the storyline becomes MORE interesting as the series progresses (unlike others), and each arc has several expository mini-arcs, meaning no '8-chapter flashback' arcs that can be found elsewhere.

Since everyone's comparing this series to Love Hina, its time for me to climb on the boat as well. I like this series far more than Love Hina, but I appreciated the mangaka's homage and references to other works, throughout the series. Unlike Love Hina, I don't find the main characters to be excruciatingly annoying. The slapstick humor is very similar, but the eccentricity of some characters in Negi make it much more enjoyable for a person like me.

This review may not make a lot of sense, and is in no way objective. But you should most certainly have a look. It was worth my while.

... Last updated on July 9th, 2013, 12:59pm
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Changed my opinion as i read further...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Faukner
December 4th, 2009, 8:37pm
When I first started out reading MSN it didn't appeal to me much and I dropped it after about 40 something chapters. Reading about the later chapters on blogs made me interested again so I picked it up again and boy was it worth it. I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed reading through all the chapter especially after the first major arc ends. Lets just say a whole new world opens up and really gives new meaning to the word adventure.

There are many iffy parts about the manga of course one being the blatantly silly ecchi situations. But as the manga went on I didn't mind them at all, since the story actually goes somewhere I don't really care about the pantsu... ok maybe I didn't really mind them at all later on biggrin

MSN ought to be judged by being read further and not on its face value. This manga really grew one me and now I eagerly anticipate the weekly releases. A pleasure reading it!

... Last updated on December 10th, 2009, 8:47am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by U-Jin
December 17th, 2009, 4:55pm
Please check genre next time you read manga and decide to rate it publicly, because Negima is one of the top manga in ecchi/harem/shounen genre. One of the comments makes me want to ask someone skilled to write me a script that gives 1/10 rating to all shoujo, josei, yaoi, shounen-ai, etc. manga. Because when i know its not something i would be interested in i just dont read it.

Negima is a great manga, Akamatsu did a great job drawing action based story like he wanted, even when his publisher wanted it to be some random ecchi/fanservice shit. First volumes are just to introduce characters (with a lot of fanservice), but after that, when popularity increased, Akamatsu got green light and the real story begins biggrin
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Thethhron
December 8th, 2008, 7:37pm
Akamatsu does not disappoint with his most recent work, which starts out as an almost too cliche harem manga that quickly turns into something entirely different. As I said, It does start out in a setting that looks immediately like another harem manga: a ten-year-old mage boy that starts teaching at an all girls high school for training. 31 students are in his class. Sounds like a harem, yes? WRONG. there starts out with zero romance or any such thing. The teacher is not weak or unreliable at all, nor is he greatly powerful (initially) with some dark-past problems. as the story progresses there is a greater romance factor, as discussed by the perv-ermine Chamo-kun. However, this is mainly used for character development and comedy (and also as a kind of plot device.) Also, this manga is even longer than Akamatsu's previous mangas. Once again, I say it is not the BEST of mangas but no manga really IS the best, simply because "best" is all judged by opinion. I would definitely recommend this manga to those looking for laughs with a lighthearted overtone. While it's not overly complicated it is not very simplistic either. There is some occasional fanservice and (unfortunately) an entire chapter devoted to it. However, if you don't look at it and only watch the speech bubbles, it is very easy to ignore (except in the one chapter; it takes place all in a bathhouse, so it's kinda hard to not look. However, nothing important actually happens in this chapter; regarding the story it could be skipped.) anyway, before I go into spoilers, I'll just say that, once again, I definitely recommend this manga.

EDIT: In response to someone else's comment, no, Ken Akamatsu does NOT draw h-manga on the side.

EDIT2: In response to someone else's comment, the characters ARE PARTIALLY BASED ON characters from Love Hina. He did that on purpose. Also, you aren't supposed to be able to relate to him. Not only is he a child, he's a GENIUS child. Were you ever a genius child? I think not.

... Last updated on May 19th, 2009, 7:35am
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Akamatsu's Greatest Masterpiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moondoggiebuiscuit
August 30th, 2010, 8:07am
After Love Hina, the master Ken Akamatsu decides to make a Shounen manga inspired by Harry Potter. But as his publishers wanted more cash from the Love Hina fame, he decides to cheat his publishers out by having a harem that will rival Love Hina on the outside but has enough action and character development to rival Bleach, Naruto and One Piece inside. The result is a 20% Harem, 40% Comedy, 40% Action, 100% Badass Manga Xanathos Gambit that deserves a place in the annals of the manga industry. true to the Akamatsu style of story telling, we get more characters than ever, more comedy than the previous works, amazing action and backgrounds, 30+ females and a hero so badass you'll be comparing him to other shounen heroes as soon as you reach the latest volumes.... oh and did we mention that the hero is 10 years old?

Some may not agree just because of the first 5 volumes. His publishers did want a shallow harem comedy. But this master just Xanatos-ed his publishers in the second major arc which increased the action and the development, connecting past events and building up the story past Crazy Awesomeness Levels of Badassery in line with Naruto and Bleach. Even some mangas parody to it for it's sheer Moments of Awesome: Rampaging demon god? Bring out the Evangel of Darkness! Evil descendant mage threatening society? Team up with your best students and use a time machine to kick ass! Evil kid and organization up to destroy magical Mars? Go crazy with power and figure it out!.....Past 10 volumes, you'll be shouting for more. The author is a certified master!

Also apparently different from the rest is that the hero is unlike those from before. A 10-year old with the mind of a 15-year old and the power to blast a city to bits even more than Lucky Strike. And all that Chinese, Greek and Latin....

My tip on those skeptic: read first. Sometimes it pays to just try and swallow. Some people will hate this just because and will make all sorts of ridiculous accusations. But just try! His success in Love Hina isn't just for show.

And about his hiatus once in a while..... BLAME HIS HOT WIFE..... It's a common knowledge to all true Akamatsu fans that his moe cosplaying wife will forever demand hiatus.

... Last updated on September 4th, 2010, 9:22am
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What's with all these 'negative comments'?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Schpwuette
June 9th, 2008, 10:01am
Yeah, ok, the first 2 volumes are... embarrassingly shallow, and the ecchi continues throughout the series, but if you dismiss it simply because of this - well, put it like this: you're not as shallow as those who would read it purely for that ecchi. But damn, you're not far off.

Not only is his art style pretty much perfected, but the humour's decent and the 'shonen aspects' of the manga (i.e. the bits that make it comparable to naruto and the like) are much better than average - the fights have structure and thought behind them (similar to sasuke's first fight vs orochimaru); and you can really tell he's using a martial art. The magic is well executed, and the incantations are interesting.

The manga never spends an entire volume or two on a fight which barely has any actualy fighting (and is mostly "i must get up", "you'll never win" and "insert tragic memory here"), and reading at a steady speed, finishing all 22 volumes of this manga would take someone twice as long as finishing 22 volumes of any other [naruto, bleach] shonen manga.

And finally, we have a [naruto, bleach] shonen manga with a main character who breaks the mold. I can't really say more than that without spoiling the plot... hey, just put some effort into getting past the first two volumes - you won't regret it.
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Well thought up series   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nugro
June 29th, 2011, 3:40pm
Start like any generic harem series but in actuality thing have been laid on carefully from the start (except the characters design) culminating in truly grand setting for the world, its history and subsequently the plot, the kind of planning that mindless manga like Bleach could only dream of.

Still with all the seriousness it retain all the charming atmosphere of Akamatsu's style, truly enjoyable read.

... Last updated on June 29th, 2011, 3:42pm
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One of my all time favourites.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Jandalman
June 20th, 2011, 6:04am
I admit, the first reason why I started reading this was for the ecchi and humour ala Love Hina. But then as the plot progressed I noticed how it changed from a harem series to one hell of a kickass action storyline while still retaining the humour and fanservice. This series has been with me since my highschool years and now into my university days. A truly great series.

EDIT: And so it ends...very disappointed in the ending. Nothing feels truly resolved and a major plot point is concluded without any of it being in the manga! It was just one moment its a huge mystery and the next it's all done! We never know who Negi ends up with, interesting characters with huge storytelling potential wasted and some of them just disappear never to be mentioned even in the epilogue! Everything is just one hell of a crazy disappointment. This series, great as it was during the journey ended with a bitter taste.

... Last updated on March 11th, 2012, 12:15am
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