Negima! 352

Negima!

Sorry, bracing myself to reread this chapter when the scanlations came out took some time.

So… pretty much everyone knows by now Akamatsu’s ending Negima! in three more chapters. Not only was the announcement pretty sudden, he also threw in a 130 year jump in the series timeline to accompany it as well. God damn, he’s such a horrible troll at times.

Frankly, opinions are pretty mixed about the skip, but personally to me, it just shows how ballsy Akamatsu can be when it comes to pulling sudden plot twists like this. We’ve seen this in pretty much the entire run of Negima! where he’d build up some pre-established convention, then suddenly goes against it, so I’m not surprised when 352 came in and the spoilers started flowing. Really, Akamatsu, he has the balls to pull shit off and that’s one thing I’m not going to begrudge him with.

Still, he’s also showing that he’s got the skills to pull it off and 352 is probably going to be one of the hardest-hitting emotional chapters of the series. Within one week, the series time just skipped more than a century and of course, most of the characters have understandably died of old age. Even Negi. But what truly hit me the hardest was Ayaka’s final recorded message..

Negima!

Negima!

Negima!

Holy shit, when I finally got my hands on the raws and reached that part, I… I… broke down a little as well. Ayaka pretty much outlasted everyone else just for the slight hope of meeting Asuna again after a century just because of a promise and a childhood friendship. That’s… dedication ;_;. And it was so damn sad she actually stayed alive but unfortunately Asuna overslept!

I still have this vision of a 115 year old Ayaka, frail.. decrepit, lying on a bed, awaiting through the final year… maybe a little past it, yet Asuna never appears again. And in a pleasant spring/fall day, she just.. passes on. Fuck, I’m getting tears in my eyes again just typing this.

*sniff*

Still, with Chao and Eva appearing at the end of the chapter, there might still be hope to see the rest of the gang back again… but my feelings are still ambivalent as to what I really do want from the next three chapters? Do I want a cheesy deus ex machina where Asuna gets to go back in time and live her life again? Or do I want to have a bittersweet ending as Asuna slowly accepts the fact her previous life is pretty much gone (‘cept for Eva and Chao of course) and she bravely decides to live on and protect the world that Negi and co has built up in their stead?

Only time will tell I guess. I can only hope Akamatsu will manage to surprise me in the final three chapters. In a good way, of course.

17 Comments

  1. semtex Said,

    February 16, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    Considering this is a shounen manga and from the author of Love Hina, most likely it will be a happy ending.

  2. kiryuu Said,

    February 16, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    Odds of Negi “faking” his death? I’m wondering if that wasn’t an intentional blip in there by Akamatsu saying Negi’s whereabouts were unknown rather than deceased.

    Or it could just be we’re being trolled by Akamatsu big time.. take you pick :)

  3. Azure Said,

    February 16, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

    I spent a good amount of time staring at Konoka and Setsuna’s descendants (?) and wondering how the heck that happened after using up an entire pack of tissue.

  4. AidanAK47 Said,

    February 16, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    I thought it was a bit dickish to show Asuka looking at pictures of the girls future and not show them to us. Come on I want to see future Nodoka!

    What I wouldn’t give to see a kurogane reaction about that certain scene in episode 6 of another…

  5. Fencedude Said,

    February 16, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    I spent a good amount of time staring at Konoka and Setsuna’s descendants (?) and wondering how the heck that happened after using up an entire pack of tissue.

    Science and/or magic. We’ve almost got the tech now to do it, so them being able to have a child at some point in the future is completely reasonable.

    Also, while I always knew that Ayaka loved Asuna more than anyone else, I may have underestimated just how strong it was. Damn. This was heartbreaking.

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    February 16, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    @semtex: Well, I wouldn’t mind having an ending as good as Love Hina’s was (real closure to the romance fuck yeah!)

    Also, that scene in Another episode 6 was random as fuck. You can follow twitter for shows that I don’t blog, AidanAK74. Just use a RSS reader if you can’t be fucked to sign up for an account.

  7. Necromas Said,

    February 17, 2012 @ 1:27 am

    @Azure: Gender changing pills.

  8. Xellos^_- Said,

    February 17, 2012 @ 1:43 am

    @Azure

    donations form Negi is the most likely explanation.

  9. Yerocha Said,

    February 17, 2012 @ 3:17 am

    I do hope there’s some sort of happy ending on the horizon, even if I’d rather they not go the traditional route and have Negi and Asuna get together.

  10. Ixidor Said,

    February 17, 2012 @ 5:03 am

    i would really hate and like a bad ending….

    but… but…

    Asuna doesn’t deserve to have that…. :(

    and i really don’t want a sad ending…. although i know the impression left for a bad ending… would be longer…. i don’t want it….

    i cross my fingers for a happy ending…

    and damn…. you made me imagine that scene as well… ;_____; so sad… :(

  11. S_1 Said,

    February 17, 2012 @ 5:36 am

    *cries and sobs like a little girl*

  12. Roarke Said,

    February 17, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    Wants to know Chisame’s life story.

  13. onanimous Said,

    February 17, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    Asuna can go back to the past using Chao’s time machine right?

  14. Azure Said,

    February 17, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    “Wants to know Chisame’s life story.”
    THIS.

    Gender changing pills sounds very feasible, hurhurhur

  15. Giovanni Said,

    February 18, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    Akamatsu…is a heartless genius.

  16. negifan Said,

    February 18, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    must go back to the past….

  17. OverMaster Said,

    February 20, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    This has set up a fail end no matter what. Either we’ll get a Deus Ex Machina ending or a sad, miserable one. Also, THANKS FOR WASTING MOST OF THE CAST AWAY AND MAKING ME WASTE YEARS HOPING TO SEE THEM PROPERLY RESOLVED, AKAMATSU! I know whose’s next manga I won’t be reading.

    Genius my foot.

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