Akamatsu-sensei posted this on Wednesday (when chapter was released in Japan), but I'm behind so I'm only sharing this now. ^_^;
In Japan, everyone can read chapter352 of Negima today.
Now, I must say that Negima will end at chapter355.
It is not truncation.
Please expect a good ending of Negima.
I'm pulling two things from this post.
- Akamatsu-sensei is ending the manga in a way that he pretty much planned to.
- The ending of Negima! won't have fans angry and ready to riot again.
As to the first point, it is hard to believe that Negima! is being ended without truncation. However, stories like Ako's scar, more of Eva's history, the truth of Chachazero, etc., aren't important to the main storyline and thus do not have to be addressed (though I for one would LOVE to see these things addressed). So for the main story, with three chapters left, the only things left in terms of the main story are (1) seeing Mars saved and (2) having Negi resolve the issue of Nagi (and subsequently, Arika). Even then, it seems hard to believe that these things could be resolved in three chapters, even if extended chapters, but it *could* be done.
So, however the story ends, it would seem that this is the way that Akamatsu-sensei planned, with the possible exception of having the manga extended by a couple of volumes and throw in one final "fun" story arc.
That brings me to Akamatsu-sensei's second point -- "Please expect a good ending of Negima." So, Sensei is saying that he'll wrap things up nicely in terms of the main plot, and we'll have one of those "and they all lived happily ever after" endings. I sure hope so.
Regardless, we have another week to wait before Negima! chapter 353 comes out. It should be around that time that my LE edition of volume 37 should be shipped from Japan, so I'll have my pactio set if nothing else. ^_~