魔法先生 ネギま！Volume 34
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For detailed chapter summaries of Negima! Volume 34 with chapter reviews, look below.
- Chapter 305
- Chapter 306
- Chapter 307
- Chapter 308
- Chapter 309
- Chapter 310
- Chapter 311
- Chapter 312
- Chapter 313
- Chapter 314
Highlights of the story feature Negi briefly falling, the rescue attempt of Asuna as well as the capture of the Great Grand Master Key, the arrival of other Fate-type beings for other elements (fire, water, and air), the loss of several important characters, and then Negi making an expected comeback.
The story is pretty rapid in its pacing with the endgame afoot. With Negi removed from the action for a time, it allows other characters to have a chance to shine, which was nice. Akamatsu-sensei even manages to get a tribute to the movie Aliens, which was a doubly nice treat.
Overall, at this point, I was really digging the story, and things are rapidly pointing to a final conflict between Fate and Negi since both are up and on approach, but have to take time to take out the trash before they can get to each other. Reading this on a week-to-week basis felt like forever, but as usual, reading the chapters all at once makes one realize how fast things are happening within the confines of the story.
When this volume was released in Japan, it helped market the then forthcoming double feature movies for both Negima! and Hayate the Combat Butler (which is a franchise sadly overlooked in the US for some reason).
On the Kodansha Comics side of things, they again give fans the middle finger by REFUSING to include the cover art and notes from Akamatsu-sensei. GAH! This is REALLY getting me angry. There is absolutely NO REASON to not include these things that Del Rey always included. Akamatsu-sensei provides some interesting thoughts with this art, and I think Kodansha Comics are a bunch of <censored> to do what they are doing to fans who are SUPPORTING THE BLASTED MANGA!
I normally never pay attention to things outside of the actual contents and the extras of a manga, but Bryce noted in his review that the Table of Contents have the last two chapters out of order, and that the manga no longer has the honorific definitions that had been standard for Del Rey. Oh yeah, the quality is FLYING HIGH at the AWESOME Kodansha Comics. I'm SO FREAKING GLAD they kicked Del Rey to the curve for such awesomeness. *_*
Another thing that angered me was how Kodansha Comics, who can't be bothered with decent quality control, who can't be bothered with including the line art, and who could NEVER be bothered to put up the clean versions of BOTH covers from Japan as an extra found they could do a 2-page color ad for some crappy-looking manga I've never heard of. Guess what manga I WON'T be buying, Kodansha Comics? That manga plus a few other titles I had been purchasing (I'll keep buying Fairy Tail for now).
There are three translator notes (don't know if the Twins put in more or not) as well as an omake on the pactio cards and the class roster.
While the story content of the manga is good, Kodansha Comics pretty much treats the release like crap.