....whoah. So now the secret is out. We know what the magical world really is, and we know what the non-human citizens really are. And we now know the unsolvable puzzle.
This series has come such a long way. I know I've said this before, but I have to say it again: I can't believe I ever once thought that I was never going to get into this. If I'd known the series was going to be this epic, I never would have doubted for a second. And now, here we are: on the verge of discovering what may become of Negi if the dark power within can't be tamed.
As always, the art and action are fantastic. I could never get bored reading a series like Negima! when there's so much to appreciate. In a way, though, there was something of a heaviness in me when I read this, because it feels like we passed the halfway mark somewhere back there. Since we now know many of the series' secrets and are aware of exactly what is happening and why, there can't really be too many more directions it can take us in... or can there?
I have to say that I'm still immensely curious about Zazi Rainyday. Of all the characters in the series, she's the one whose details are still the most buried, and considering what she appears to be capable of, I'd like to see her put to the test. Mainly, though, I want to find out what's up with her. Just who is she, where is she from and what are these abilities of hers? Inquiring minds want to know, Akamatsu-san!
I like how three of my favorites in Negi's class get some special time in the spotlight in this volume. Asuna is the obvious one since she's on the cover, though I can't spoil it for everyone. And Nodoka... wow, has she come far. The shy bookworm we met back in the early volumes has turned into an amazing young lady who is powerful, clever and resourceful and puts what she has learned to great use. I love how much she shines. And bringing Evangeline back in is always welcome, especially when done in that way Akamatsu-san does so well!
31 volumes. It's incredible. And we're still not done yet! I'm anxiously awaiting volume 32!