Negima! Volume 1

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DON’T TOUCH THAT WAND!

Ten-year-old prodigy Negi Springfield, has just graduated from magic academy. He dreams of becoming a master wizard. Instead he’s sent to Japan to teach English . . . at an all-girls high school! All the students are delighted with their cute new teacher—except for Asuna, who resents Negi for replacing the teacher she secretly has a crush on.

Although he is forbidden to display his magical powers, sometimes Negi can’t ...

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Overview

DON’T TOUCH THAT WAND!

Ten-year-old prodigy Negi Springfield, has just graduated from magic academy. He dreams of becoming a master wizard. Instead he’s sent to Japan to teach English . . . at an all-girls high school! All the students are delighted with their cute new teacher—except for Asuna, who resents Negi for replacing the teacher she secretly has a crush on.

Although he is forbidden to display his magical powers, sometimes Negi can’t resist. And when Asuna discovers Negi’s secret, she vows to make his life as difficult as possible— just the thing to prepare Negi for the challenges of life as a master wizard!

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Publishers Weekly
A bespectacled young boy magician enters a new school, where he will learn all about life, love and the extent of his powers-which include his ability to remove girls' clothing just by sneezing. Ten-year-old Negi Springfield is a new graduate from magic school who is sent to Japan to teach English to a class of 31 eighth graders. The twist? It's an all-girls school. Since this is by Akamatsu, the cartoonist behind the extremely popular Love Hina, the story includes page after page of sexual innuendo, panty shots and the odd manga convention of teenaged girls who look cartoony with their clothes on, and like Maxim models when they lose them in some embarrassing manner. Negi himself is adorable, as people keep reminding him ("Damn my charisma!" he says at one point). But that doesn't go far with Asuna, a temperamental student who is in love with 30-year-old Professor Takahata (the only adult within sight). To atone for accidentally removing her clothes on several occasions, Negi agrees to help Asuna by brewing up a love potion. Silly, unsurprising situations ensue, but if readers can get past the idea of teenaged girls pawing a 10-year-old boy, they should enjoy Akamatsu's real fondness for his cast and inventive, energetic cartooning, which is as loopy and manic as the story. A tense dodgeball showdown between Negi's class and the dreaded St. Ursula Girl's High School team showcases both to fine effect. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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When ten-year-old Negi Springfield graduates from wizarding school, his mystic diploma says that he must become a teacher in Japan as part of his training. So he sets off to teach English at an all-girl Japanese middle school. The girls don't take him very seriously (though they do think he's cute as a button), but Negi is determined to prove himself. Akamatsu's previous series was the highly popular teen comedy Love Hina, and aside from some Harry Potter influences, this enjoyable book is basically Love Hina redux with even more girls. There's also a look- and act-alike counterpart for Love Hina's Naru in the short-fused girl Asuna, with whom Negi, in the book's most contrived development, is forced to room. The hijinks here benefit from the English adaptation by well-known writer Peter David (Incredible Hulk) and his wife, Kathleen O'Shea David. Del Rey was originally going to alter some panels featuring semi-nude girls, but fan and retailer outcry squelched that idea, so the book was released with a 16-up age rating instead. Despite Del Rey's higher price and inferior paper quality compared with Tokyopop or Viz, this is recommended for most collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345470461
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/27/2004
  • Series: Negima! Series , #1
  • Edition description: Ages 16+
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    Nothing like the xebec anime (the ending episodes anyway)

    This was my first manga, my introduction into the manga world. This was so good the day i bought it i read it, ate it up in one night and i couldnt wait to get my hands on the next volume the vary next day. Currently on 33, n im egerly waiting for 34 n the rest. This series will hook you in n drag you though an awsome adventure, this is ken akamastu greatest thus far, in my opinion anyway. I want to say this is like harry potter but its like harry potter if harry was awsome at magic combat instead of stupifying everything, harry being age of ten, being a teacher of 31 cute japanese girls, being a magic genius in his own right instead of the boy who got lucky, n something harry potter lacked major fanservice with a dash of romance. What im trying to get at it is a fine read, wicked art work, and an awsome story. You cant go wrong getting your hands on this one. Stay Frosty!

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    HARRY POTTER ON STEROIDS!

    I'm 28 volumes in and im hooked! this series has more laughs, more action, and more romantic twists and turnes. Unlike Harry Potter, Negis problems are seldom black and white. Unlike Harry who is never prepared for his challenges but always seems to get bailed out. Negi is constantly in preperation for the next unseen challenge, even if it means asking help form former foes. (He digs his well befor he's thirsty.) However LIKE Harry he has the support of unlikely but loyal comrads in arms. in this case a bunch of feisty but supermodel hot middle school girls that for some reason have a hard time staying dressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2010

    One more collection to Ken Akamatsu's BEST!!

    This manga is one of Ken Akamatsu's BEST WORK!! I Read Love Hina,I Read A.I.Love You,even though not mao-chan yet(Sadly). This is soo far THE BEST MANGA I HAVE EVER READ!!! It beats every single manga that i bought! But in Simple Thoughts and readings....This book is a MUST!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2009

    Hooked on this series (Review for the whole series)

    I was already a fan of Ken Akamatsu before this (Love Hina being my favorite series initially) but I really feel that he has outdone himself with this series. It's one of those collections I will happily pick up and read again and again.

    A rich story and a huge cast of characters makes it even better, allowing it to go in so many different directions. Though there may be that element of exaggerated Mary-Sue characters, they reflect genuine human emotions, and can truly make you emphasize with whatever their plight may be.

    Contains a well balanced blend of many genres from comedy to tragedy, romance and fantasy, and eastern and western cultural influences, making the mundane extraordinary, makes this a compelling involving story with twists and turns at every corner.

    The art work in itself is more than impressive as well with Akamatsu-sama's great attention to detail and beauty. So many little things to catch in the background, that you'll find something new each time you read it.

    There is something in it for everyone, and everyone will be able to take something differently from it. Even with it being a long and ongoing series (and I usually give up half-way through those) this is one that I will stick with to the very end. I myself was fortunate to discover this series later that I was able to buy the first 20 volumes in bulk, though now I'm stuck playing the waiting game, but I feel it's worth it.

    Give it a try and see how you feel, and my hope is that you will enjoy this series as much as I have (and will continue to).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    BIG Negima fan of all time!

    I LOVE THIS IS BOOK IT IS THE BEST! I love the part where Konoka tricks Asuna into yelling out Takahata-sensei 5 times then bark in public. lol i was rofl big time when i read that XD...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    Negima is my favorite. I am the biggest fan. I love it so much. It is funny and has action and romance at the sane time. It the cooliest of the coolio cows. If you love Love Hina then you will love this book for sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2006

    Excellent Manga

    Funny with a tint of action that love hina didnt have. A great combo of harry potter and romance and laughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    get hooked on manga with this

    for any of you out there who haven't gotten hooked on manga yet, this is the one to do it! non-stop comedy and action from the very first novel. this series will make you wonder how on earth Merlin ever made it big out in the real world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    Positively Funny and Cute!

    This manga is possibly one of the best I've ever read! Shojo readers shout hurray for Ken Akamatsu-sama's work for this book is the deal on the best comedy-romance novel ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    A reviewer

    This is a really interesting book, and Ken Akamatsu hasn't disappointed any of us with Love Hina, another of his great creations. I have both of them and they are the best manga ever. Kudos!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2005

    Negima rocks.

    Negima is the story of Negi Springfield (I live in a city with his last name) who is a wizard. The story revolves around the school and his powers, and it's amazing to know that Akamatsu-sensei could give about forty characters different and (slightly) new personalities. You can see Love Hina's influence on the character designs, though. Mostly noted is Asuna Kagurazaka, the angsty teen with a crush on her teacher and the female protagonist, who is almost exactly like Naru Narusegawa! Even so, I think he did a great job on this volume and reccomend it, although you may want to wait until you're thirteen or so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    His best work yet

    Ken Akamatsu rulez!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2004

    Man, this is one of the best....

    Ive seen the Love Hina Anime before, and i loved it. When I seen this book, i just had to pick it up. I read it in about an hour or two, savoring every last bit. They story is intreging, and I am planing on picking up the next 3 soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2004

    This dude is great!

    When I first started reading it, I was like 'Whoa! I don't understand this!' But thats because i was reading it upsidedown. Ken Akamatsu's newest story is very interesting. A ten year old Englishman has become the English teacher of not just a High School class, but the English teacher of an all girl's High School class. What insues is cheek pulling, cookie eating, random panty shots, and many school girls falling in love with him. This little dude makes Keitaro look like a Feather Whieght. It looks like this story is shaping out to be the best yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    Akamatsu Casts Another Spell

    All followers of Ken Akamatsu¿s Love Hina are in for a real treat with his next homerun hit. Negima has the same humor, charisma and involving storyline that his past mangas have had. All new readers will also be enchanted by this new tale of a young sorcerer and his trials and tribulations of teaching at an all girls¿ school in Japan. Sit back relax and enjoy Ken Akamatsu¿s new masterpiece in the making.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    Another Great Manga by Ken Akamatsu!

    This is by far the best Ken Akamatsu manga ever written. It has so much humor like Love Hina. The characters kind of represent the characters from Love Hina. This is like Harry Potter meets Ken Akamatsu. One of the greatist reads of all time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2004

    Negi Is Such A Sweetie!!

    I loved this Manga, EVERY SECOND OF IT!!! I laughed for hours! It was great! I cant wait for the next one and I just know it's gonna be even funnier (I wonder if that's even possible)! Negi is such a sweetheart! My friends and I love him so much!!!! We're just like his class!! (sweatdrop moment)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    An Excellent Start for Akamatsu's new series

    Negima Vol 1 from the start is quite large for a standard volume or graphic novel, so I picked it up for a satsifying read. Akamatsu makes a somewhat different approach to his new series than compared to Love Hina or A.I. Love You. The main character is actually a talented magician, not some poor teenage kid that can't pass his exams or talk to a girl. Both are suitable introductions to a story, it was just more enjoyable to see Akamatsu introduce a new type of character. However, Akamatsu fans will not be disappointed as he returns to his usual harem of beautiful and entertaining female characters which now includes an entire grade of girls to torture the main character. Magic does provide a moderate amount of entertainment and other showings of fan service will be reminscent of Love Hina. However, the drawing is incredibly detailed and the material is well placed for fans of his previous series. I hope to see the plot growing deeper in the next few volumes, just as Love Hina did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    Best Manga by Ken Akamatsu

    This is defenitly the FUNNIEST manga I have ever read. I am stressing just waiting for the second one to come out in English. Anyone who likes magic and school girls in small outfits will love this manga. Plus Ken Akamatsu is a great writer and has you laughing all the way through this manga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2004

    Another great series from the master Ken Akamatsu.

    Yes this is the new series from Ken Akamatsu, and it can easily remind you of Love Hina, expect for the fact The main character is 9 years old, and instead of 7 cute girls there's 31 cute girls.If you loved Love Hina, than I suggest you get this book, and if you haven't read the Love Hina series(you must have eiter lived in a cave or looked over buying it) then I suggest that you read it and dive into Ken Akamatsu's world.

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