Volume 10

Author: Ken Akamatsu
Artist: Ken Akamatsu
RRP: 5.99, US $10.95
ISBN-13: 978 0 099 50507 5
ISBN-10: 0 09 950507 X
Ages: 16+
Available 04 January 2007

The sprawling, activity-packed three-day Mahora Academy Festival is under way. Overwhelmed and exhausted by his schedule, Negi falls asleep and almost loses an entire day. But thanks to Chao Lingshen's amazing pocket-size invention, Negi suddenly has time to spare. So Negi goes on a date with Nodoka, patrols the dangerous areas surrounding the legendary World Tree, becomes accidentally possessed by strange magic, inspires a heart-to-heart with usually secretive students, and prepares to compete in a martial-arts tournament against opponents who are more formidable than he ever imagined...

Volume 10 in the Negima! series features the continuing adventures of ten-year-old, Negi Springfield. He has just graduated from a British school for magic only to find himself assigned to teach English in an all-girl's Japanese high school. All Negi wants is to become a great wizard - but he's forbidden to use magic in his new post.

I have to admit to being thrown in at the deep end here. I hadn't read any of the previous collections in this series when Volume 10 landed in my in-tray. But, to be perfectly honest, it didn't really seem to matter that I wasn't fully up to speed with the back story of these characters. It was fairly easy to pick up what was going on.

There's something for everyone here, cute teenage girls (the odd flash of panties - a Japanese obsession), time travel, magic fighting tournaments, and humour by the bucket load.

It's probably advisable to start this collection from the beginning. I know I'll be adding the previous volumes to my shopping list.

Pete Boomer

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