Volume 15

Author: Ken Akamatsu
Artist: Ken Akamatsu
RRP: 6.99, US $10.95
ISBN: 978 0 099 50679 9
Ages: 16+
Available 06 September 2007

Boy wizard Negi Springfield has confronted some tough challenges. After all, he's an English teacher at an all-girls high school. But now he must face one of his own students in battle... without relying on his magical powers...

From Ken Akamatsu, the creator Love Hina, comes his new series, Volume 15 of Negima, which follows the 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. Still, he can't help himself when his powers can solve somebody else's problem. Of course, sometimes his magic only makes things worse.

Volume 15 is not going to be easy going on the Negima novice. If you haven't been keeping up to speed you're better advised to pick up the first volume. I had a bit of a problem remembering what had gone before and ended up having to have a quick flick through the previous volume.

Another point worth making is that for some unfathomable reason this volume has rocketed in price from £5.99 to £6.99 (interestingly enough the American RRP is still the same). It may not sound like much, but that's an increase of around 17%. While this collection is worth £7, you do have to ask why our American cousins (who are paying less than us Brits in the first place) manage to avoid the price increase.

Despite that, this is another entertaining addition to the collection.

Pete Boomer

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