魔法先生 ネギま！Volume 28 Chapter 252 (manga)
Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga Chapter 252
SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: Konoka and Setsuna are about town when a couple of local guys try to pick up Konoka and she seems OK with it. Setsuna sends them packing but frets over spending such down time with Konoka. Setsuna thinks back to her last fight with Tsukuyomi as well as Eva's words to her and wonders what she should do about the situation. Has she gotten weaker? Should she choose the sword or happiness? A couple of nearby guys are battling for fun when the one guy with a mace on a chain has the mace-ball break free and head for Setsuna. Instinctively, Setsuna uses a blade to slice the ball in half, not even conscious of what she'd done as she still frets over spending time with "ojousama" like this.
Konoka gives Setsuna a kiss on the cheek for her actions. Konoka then tells Setsuna that she knows what Setsuna's thinking. Konoka believes that happiness can be a source of strength and she's decided to be a Magister Magi like Negi's father and mother. As such, Konoka wants Setsuna to be her partner, so the two head off to find Chamo, who figures this is long overdue. They kiss and Chamo retrieves the pactio card where he sees it is a completely new design.
Elsewhere, the Governor-General of New Ostia, Megalomesembrian Senator Kurt Gödel, has arrived to see Negi, Nodoka, Shiori-Asuna, and the four knights. He greets Emily and states that he was there with his guard after hearing reports of an incident. He produces pictures of the girls when their clothing had been blown off. They deny it was them. Despite Emily having signaled Bea to get Negi's hood up, Gödel addresses Negi. Gödel first calls him the son of the hero who saved the world, then changed it to the son of the witch who destroyed Ostia -- the Queen of Calamity, Arika Anarchia Entheophysia.
Thoughts/Review: First, I'm going to address what many will see as the death nail in my Negi=Nagi theory. If you think that, you are sadly mistaken. After all, what good is a theory if it can't handle a little stress? *lol*
This may very well indeed be the moment where Akamatsu-sensei decides to let everyone know that Negi is the son of Nagi and Arika, so I'll concede that right now in case it becomes true. That said, one of the reasons I have long believed Negi to be Nagi in disguise is that (1) Nagi has been PERFECTLY hidden for about 10-years (almost everyone believes Nagi to be dead), (2) Negi is about 10-years old, and (3) the best place to hide is in plain sight. I remember as a teenager having a coworker tell me he decided he wanted a magazine without paying for it. I wanted nothing to do with this, but my coworker told me I was worrying for nothing. He simply rolled the magazine into his hand, then as he walked towards the exit, he made a point of saying goodbye to our store manager and waving the magazine in a "goodbye" fashion. Score coworker a free car magazine with the hot bikini babe on the cover. ^_^;
With that in mind, IF Negi is in fact Nagi in disguise and hiding, then it would be very reasonable that he planned this event. Such planning would include making sure everyone knew that he was about to have a son, that the mother of said son is Arika, and that this information was officially recorded in some fashion or other. Ten years ago, he also arranged for Al to give his son a message -- interesting how Nagi knew his son would come to Mahora, don't you think? Also interesting that Nagi knew that Al would never leave Mahora (the maps that he had pointing to Al's location -- remember?) in order for Al to deliver said message to Negi. Further interesting that Eva and Takahata didn't even know Al was there despite the fact that he was there for 10-years (an interesting year 10-years ago was, don't you think?).
So, having the Governor-General of New Ostia bait Negi into doing something stupid by insulting Arika, whom Negi now believes to be his mother, means nothing to me at this point. The Governor-General may know something, he may only know the official record, or he may know nothing. We'll see how future chapters go, but my gut says that this is a red herring. My gut may be wrong, but as I just learned with Fate/stay night, my gut can be very right even though what I was seeing in that story didn't seem possible. ^_^
Now to the chapter itself -- there's not much to say about Setsuna's going through a bit of angst over what she should do. That said, is that her pactio which she just instinctively pulled to destroy that mace-ball? The fact that she acted so on instinct goes to show that like Negi, when she overthink things, she comes up short. When she just does what comes naturally, she really hasn't lost a step.
I like that Konoka has taken a step forward on becoming a Magister Magi. In order to be one, I feel she should be able to take charge and be in command as it were. That's what Konoka did here. Maybe we'll see her get some sort of training to advance her mage skills before the Magic World arc concludes.
As to Setsuna's new pactio card, I note that Chamo seems a little surprised that there is a new card produced and not one like Negi has. There's not really enough information to go on, but I figure that normally, a pactio card remains the same -- only the Magister changes who supplies the power to said card. We saw that with Al's many dead pactio cards and his one living one. I also believe that based on what Emily has stated, artifact cards are rare and so for Negi to create an artifact card every time is amazing. So either Konoka and Setsuna's pactio is a true provisional card (no artifact maybe?) and Negi has the different, true pactio cards or Setsuna has two artifact cards somehow.
As to Negi's encounter with the Governor-General, it is interesting to see how Emily and company have shifted into a "protect Negi" mode. Obviously, the Governor-General was expecting such a thing and to be honest, I think he's quite possibly behind Negi and company being on the wanted list. Some have speculated that this may be Fate in disguise, but I don't think so. Governor Gödel may have simply sided with Fate's people and is doing what needs to be done. It will be interesting to see where this goes.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
魔法先生 ネギま！Volume 28 Chapter 252 (manga)