Negima! 280 & 281

Double posting this because I was waiting for Eva to release but it seems like it’s not happening anymore so I just went with WhiteWings.

Negima

Nodoka’s counterattack begins! Dynamis? What does that mean… Wiki says it’s Greek for “power” though.

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Lucky she took those lessons in Badass while they were adventuring around!

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Escape successful!

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…. or not.

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And Setsuna appears right on time!

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Damn, it’s been a while since I saw her in action. That maid outfit really does fit her quite well!

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Woo-hoo-hoo! Power Up! Now she even has a Big Fucking Sword to add to her arsenal.

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Meh… what a wet blanket. Running away just like that.

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And Nodoka brings a new feeling of hope to everyone with her knowledge of the Key staff. Looks underestimating Nodoka’s going to be their most fatal mistake.

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Meanwhile, back at the ball…

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Whoaaaa… berserker rage Yue is surprisingly strong. Great to see all those lessons in Badass are paying off now!

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But of course, berserker rage is a dangerous drug. Lucky for her, Mana’s there to back up!

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Haha, even Mana’s impressed with Yue’s level up.

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And she’s even asking her to back her up. Probably the best recognition for her skills that Yue can get for now.

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On the other hand, we’re suddenly in space battle anime mode! I lol’ed when Haruna said she had always wanted to say all those cool lines. Looks like she got her chance now! I wonder what’s the other 7 on her list?

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Uh oh… even the huge dragon’s not immune to the Rewrite powers. What are they going to do!

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And Chacha’s Artifact makes its first appearance!!! Satelite… Support System?

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Oooh, that’s a cute gu-….

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OH MY GOD IT’S AN ION CANNON!!! OH MY GOD.

Is that a summonable Ion Cannon? It’s her Artifact right? So it means she can summon it ANYWHERE and use it? Holy crap that’s fucking mad. What the hell Akamatsu? How am I supposed to read ANYTHING ELSE after this? Portable, summonable personal KillSat. And Chachamaru’s the owner. Oh god, imagine the strategic possibilities with that. So how many girls haven’t shown their Pactios, again?

But really, the last two chapters have pretty much become a showcase of the Negi Party’s lessons in Badass. Nodoka and Yue have gone reeeeeeally far from their initial characters haven’t they? Nodocchi especially. God I kinda feel a little pity for the bad guys now because at the rate this continues, they’re all gonna get their asses handed to them by a bunch of 14-year old girls and a 10 year old kid. Putting Nodoka’s power aside, Chacha’s Artifact is pretty much OVER9000 already. I nearly crapped my pants at my first read of the chapter. Personal KillSat. Damn.

27 Comments

  1. Lollerman Said,

    March 2, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    See, Chachamaru’s artifact is badass cubed, but this raises one very important question: Why the bloody heck did Chao design this? Was her plan: “Okay, if I fail to change history, I’ll just wipe the entire academy of the face of the map from orbit?” Besides, isn’t this artifact overkill? Assuming the satellite can regulated in terms of power output, doesn’t this make this the god artifact, since you can’t knock the satellite out?

    Still, now Chachamaru has to make sure Eva, or worse Chachazero don’t find out about it. God knows what Zero would do just to have fun with that kind of power.

  2. harry Said,

    March 2, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

    exactly-the artifact for chacha is an all-or-nothing attack
    sort of like the satellite cannon in Gundam X (pilot only pull trigger)
    hence the line that she originally ‘knew of no practical use for it’
    IMHO consider the artifact similar to a ‘MAP’ weapon in the SRW series
    good for racking up exp/money/clear out mass enemy but useless in 1-on-1 or even squad-based battle

  3. Shin-Koganei Said,

    March 2, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

    So formidable,Chao’s arsenal

    for what? Chao doesn’t do meanless things…
    In any case,Considering Chachamaru is the fruit of future technology,
    her potential can crystallize in this awful KillSAT.

  4. SnooSnoo Said,

    March 2, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

    /nuclearlaunchdetected doesn’t even cut it.
    Anyone else think that the cat satellite has something to do with Negi imagining himself getting owned by 500 cats back before he earned Magia Erebia?

  5. Nosgoroth Said,

    March 2, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

    So they get recognized as the successors of Ala Rubra because of the KillSat. Negi, you just got owned by Chachamaru.

    @SnooSnoo Nah. Remember Chachamaru feeding all those cats back during the Eva arc.

  6. DoloMaker Said,

    March 2, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

    WhiteWings needs to release a v2 or something. An important line and some typo here and there were added after they released 281. See:

    >Chachamaru: Do not worry. I was surprised myself at first, but this is an invention of >Chao Lingshen. // Though I do not know how, it has come to me here… from the future.

    The satellite comes from the future, and probably materializes in orbit whenever Chachamaru summons her artifacts.

  7. Haesslich Said,

    March 2, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

    So, Chachamaru is now KOS-MOS with Alyssa Searrs’ own CHILD? Nice. Also, Yue and Nodoka will need to do a lot of catching up, after 10 volumes of adventuring.

  8. Shance Said,

    March 2, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

    You’re slow. But you got it up so I’ll forgive you.

    Also, SATELLITE CANNON? THIS IS NOT X GUNDAM, GARROD RAN. GTFO MY NEGIMA.

  9. ryggim Said,

    March 2, 2010 @ 11:45 pm

    Particle Cannon Activated. I wonder if she writes her name with it just for fun XD I did, in Command and Conquer Generals. Haha

  10. Onion Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 12:07 am

    Lol at Tsubasa Cat.

  11. Skribulous Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 2:26 am

    Holy shit, isn’t Chachamaru’s upgrade the Soul Shout from SoraKake Girl?

  12. Ygard Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 3:32 am

    “Why the bloody heck did Chao design this?”

    Martian mad-scientist doesn’t need a reason to do stupid things, like, say, making fly the Chao Bao Zi, or creating a KillSat.

  13. queenie Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 4:45 am

    I love how getting Yue’s memories back has taken the back seat at the moment (hell, it’s on the roof now for how much it’s getting addressed). That’s the only thing that bugged me in 281.

    Nodoka- it’s always the quiet/shy ones…

    But the Cha-Cha Ion Cannon (TM)? BFG X90000 for sure. :)

  14. Ben Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 6:19 am

    Still want to see “adult” form Chachamaru in her Pactio outfit.
    Speaking of Pactios: I hope we get to see Incho’s before the manga is over. (Whenever that might be.)

  15. Winter Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    Doesn’t this mean that Negi can use the ion canon also? can’t wait for the next chapter

  16. Necromas Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    Ha, go Nodoka! Too bad she couldn’t keep the staff. Kind of wanted to see Kaede do some fighting too.

    I still find Yues transition from normal girl to badass mage knight a little jarring considering she was just a normal girl that had virtually no experience going to some normal magic school for what couldn’t have been more than a few months. Sure Nodoka improved a lot in just as much time but she had actual in-the-field experience and probably just learned how to handle herself in a fight so she can make use of her artifact in combat, she didn’t pick up BFS skills and an arsenal of powerful spells.

  17. anon Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    Well, it’s not like Chachamaru needs much improvement in close combat or utility stats…

    I gotta say an Ion Cannon certainly fills a party niche.

  18. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 8:25 am

    @Nosgoroth: I don’t even think the Ala Rubra had their own personal KillSat man. With that kind of firepower…. best to make allies out of them hurr..

    @ryggim: OH YOU!

    @Onion: Good job spotting the reference, but I don’t think it’s exactly the same name due to translation.

    @Skribulous: Now that you mention it, yeah. Comes with the Golden Gun as well!

    @Winter: Oh god, that’s hard to imagine, but yeah, he CAN use it himself too.

    @Necromas: You forgot the fact she isn’t going to a “normal magic school”, she went to a military magic school specifically for the purpose of training peacekeeper magic knights. I am pretty sure combat skills were hammered in to her over the past few months. Plus, Yue’s actually extremely smart but she just can’t be fucked normally to show it off, but since her amnesia removed that part, we can just say she’s actually making the most out of her potential, eh.

  19. Dude Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 11:02 am

    Zenryoku Zenkai !

    Starlight Breaker !

  20. Asrialys Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    Hm…I guess Negima isn’t the type of manga that wouldn’t pull a Mai-HiME to bring everyone back…

  21. AstroNerdBoy Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    Unfortunately, this translation drops Chachamaru’s remark on the satellite coming from the future. From Cjones and verified by Zefyris on my blog.

    Haruna:”Hold on, Chachamaru! You’re picking a fight with that behemoth!? That’s insane!”
    Chachamaru:”It is alright. I was surprised as well, but this is an invention of Chao Lingshen. I do not know through what power, but it has found its way to me… from the future.”
    Haruna:”Heh?”

  22. Mzrts12 Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

    from: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/KillSat
    “The first anime Kill Sat was in Cat’s Eye, but they got the idea from Diamonds Are Forever.”
    why does this seem so oddly appropriate, :p

  23. Jon Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    And here I thought Negima was a love-comedy harem manga, was I ever wrong. I wonder what’s the cooldown time for the Orbital Weapon?

  24. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

    Hmm, the missing translation doesn’t really bug me since she already said it’s one of Chao’s inventions so that already implies that it’s from the future.

    The problem I am more curious about is that how is Chacha’s Artifact someone else’s invention since so far, all the Artifacts are pretty much items generated randomly based on each person’s aptitude, hobbies and/or powers but Chacha’s clearly the first one that had an Artifact that was pre-made already.

    Chacha’s also pretty unique because she is possibly the first non-living being Pactio ever performed (since there seems to be no other precedents and Negi had to literally force it out from her). Really, Akamatsu better have a better explanation for how it is possible for ChaCha’s Pactio to be possible AND have such a hax Artifact.

    One more issue that crops out is that is, does the Artifact summon the satellite or is it permanently around somewhere. I also have a suspicion that the Magic World might have an altered time axis as well, or possibly an axis that is independent of the real world, which could explain some of the time paradox possibilities that arise.

  25. Pappyman Said,

    March 3, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

    @Kurogane
    Actually there has been an artifact which was pre-made: Shiori’s Copying Artifact.

    She said it herself that Fate took 10 years to perfect it: which implies that Fate made the artifact (if not tweaked it). Either way it show’s that artifacts can be controlled to some extent.

    Also… at Chachamaru having a pactio: well, Negi did the impossible and break the unbreakable and controlled the pactio system and its laws. I mean, it was a HUGE explosion.

    As I see it, there are times where it’s random but at times it CAN be controlled, given the right strength or lineage for it. Also, I heard somewhere that it’s stated in the guidebook that part of the reason why most of Negi’s partners have awesome artifacts is because he of his bloodline .
    whether it’s Nagi or Arika…. wait, what’s the difference.

  26. hayate Said,

    March 4, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    Dynamis… :o
    And Fate’s real name was Tertium
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tertium_quid
    (insert random theme speculations)

  27. shaoron Said,

    March 6, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    ION CANNON! lol

    FIRE ZA LASHER!!!!!!!

    [insert “shoop da whoop” meme here]

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