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Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 1 (Negima!: Magister Negi Magi #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  2,998 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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 displ
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Paperback, 190 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Del Rey (first published July 17th 2003)
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Lord
Apr 22, 2010 Lord rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Don't believe the bad reviews from readers who read just the first volume and dare to rate this series. Akamatsu sensei succeeded in creating the whole class of girls with distinctive characters and that's no easy task. Add a sweet harem-like story that evenutally evolves, at least for a few volumes, into a shonen faito manga, and you have a manga that you will want to re-read several times. And believe me, everytime you read this series again, it gets better because you now remember the charact ...more
Crystal
Full of laughter, awkward moments, crazy situations, learning, and friendship. :)
Seth Hahne

[These take up a lot of space]

There are very few books I read any more that I'm partially embarrassed by. For the most part I've either abandoned the stuff that shames me or grown confident enough in my enjoyment that I can feel no guilt for reading something others might not understand. And yet, there remains that small number of works that I demur to recommend—or even admit I read.1Negima: Magister Negi Magi is one of those. It's highly embarrassing to me, but I can't stop. Because for all the
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Marija
I think that this was intended as a introduction to the series and that's the reason why I gave it three stars. It was a fun read and that's it, there's no action or drama that would make it a little bit more interesting. It has some funny moments but only where you smile and think "this is insane" not where you laugh out loud. I will definitely continue reading this and I'm sure the next volumes get better.
Harry White
Must Read Manga - School Harem/Comedy/Magic

If you enjoy magic, comedy and harem in a manga this series is worth reading at least a few times. Most books I enjoy best the first reading, but with this series each time you read it you get more out of it and enjoy it even more than the last time. Of course even the first time it is a great read. Despite the many characters they are all very well developed in this series. This is one of the best manga series ever.
Federiken Masters
Apr 25, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Incondicionales del género
Recommended to Federiken by: Shimbo
No me suelen molestar los lugares comunes de por sí, pero cuando se acumulan a lo largo de 200 páginas, raramente me convencen. Ni dibujo ni historia me parecieron malos, se dejan ver y leer con comodidad. Tampoco me molesta particularmente el sub-género de "harem manga", ya que Ranma 1/2 entra en esta categoría y es uno de mis comics ponjas favoritos. Pero en cuanto a este Negima #1, hay tantos pero tantos clichés en este primer tomo, que me cuesta mucho verle algún tipo de gracia individual a ...more
Jade  Vidal
Negi-Sensei is a 10-year- old wizard who was just assigned a job after graduating from the wizard school. He is assigned a job as a middle school teacher! Due to his "cuteness", the majority of his students fall in love with him. One student, Asuna, finds out that he is a wizard, but she can't tell anyone. He is searching for a "partner" so he can upgrade his wizard abilities. But in order to do that, he has to kiss someone! Asuna, didn't care since he is 10, kissed him to help him and she also ...more
Akihisa Carriosn
Nov 09, 2014 Akihisa Carriosn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys perverted content.
Recommended to Akihisa by: I found it at a local bookstore.
Ken Akamastsu is a master at making harems, I really enjoyed this series, it has a good line of characters but I prefer the Negima!? Edition because it focuses more on character development and comedy than just straight up perverted content.
Trip
It's by the creator of Love Hina so you know what to expect: wacky high jinks and a harem of teenaged girls without their clothes. This time, the boy is a ten-year-old British wizard sent to teach at a girls' school in Japan and the harem is an entire class of 14-year-old girls. Negi Springfield is much less of a schmoe than whatsisname from Love Hina, though.

None of the fan service shows more than you could see by undressing a Barbie doll, but I have to admit there's something dubious about a
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Katie
Hmmm......It took me a while to get through this one. I want to say that it ends up being really good towards the end. I am curious to see how else the story develops. Character setup is great as others have mentioned. However, it was so full of silliness and perviness that I don't think I will give any more of my time to it. I think the book could have been half as long and been great. I am not against the silliness & perversion of it (lots of practically naked girls) but too much time was ...more
Emily
Fun story, although there was more nudity than I thought I was getting into. have the second one, well see if I stick with this series.
*Queen Diva*
Negima seems like it'll have some real good potential. There are many characters, it is hard to keep them straight. But Negi is sweet and I'm curious to find out how he gets a handle on his classroom of students who are older than he is.
Noran Miss Pumkin
Cute, but just not my cup of tea. Too many naked girls for me. Well drawn, but the plot lines, just did not keep me interested. It seems like all the manga I have read lately, involve girls with dead parents.
Zac Chase
Negi is a ten year old prodigy who just finished wizard school. He then gets orders to go to Japan and become a English teacher for one quarter. The problem of it is that its an all girl school. All of the girls thinks he's adorable except for one girl Asuna. For one she seen Negi levitate a eraser before it hit his head. then she finds out because Negi is ten and that her roommate is the deans granddaughter so he has to bunk with them. Asuna finds out Negi's secrete and is using it against him. ...more
Grace Kelley
Negima has always been one of my most favorite animes. So eventually, I knew I'd get around to reading the manga someday.

From the start, the one thing that bugged me the most was Asuna. She was a major bitch from the start. And since I read the anime, they obviously didn't have much time to stretch out the progression from bitch to cute sisterly figure in 27-30 episodes. So I was used to nice Asuna before mean Asuna.

Negi is a cutie. I wish I could babysit him or have him as a little brother. Alt
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Aurora
(At the time of writing this review, I've read through the 24th volume of the series.)

Wow. What can I say about Negima? I have very, very mixed feelings about this series.

I love the plot - a ten-year-old wizard teaching middle school while looking for his long-lost father. And all the little complications and side-stories, like him learning to live with his students, Asuna (a student; basically the female lead) having to struggle with her feelings for Negi and another one of her teachers, the fr
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Mazohyst
Have you ever read a manga where one of the characters were just so tsundere/ridiculous that it hurt? It hurt so much that you put down the book and could not continue further? This is that book. Usually I take ~1 hour to read manga but this one took me three days. THREE. DAYS.

I JUST. KEN AKAMATSU. WHY?

I should know by now that 99.9% of the time, I do not enjoy light hearted romantic comedy bull. Especially light hearted comedy MANGA bull. Yet I pick this up! Somehow I assumed that this might be
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Nick
May 13, 2008 Nick rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: F
Synopsis: 10 year old child wizard/genius Negi Springfield has to teach English at an all-girls boarding school. Magic and fan-service ensue.

Both the manga and the anime seem to focus more on fan-service involving middle school girls than on plot or magic. I was tempted to rate it a D, but I have only seen the first disc of the anime, and read the first volume of manga, so maybe it gets better. I wouldn't count on it though.

Both seem to be closer to a male's first wet dream tha
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Hayley
Dec 17, 2013 Hayley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fanatics and manga fans.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jacqui Geisel
Note: review is for the series up to where I've read (volume 26).

For whatever reason, I've always had a thing for stories with a lot of characters, and boy, does this series have a lot of characters. Just taking Negi and his students into account already gives you 32, and then you add the various other mages, teachers, family members, friends, enemies...yeah, it's a lot. With so many characters, I think you're bound to find at least one you really like (for the record, my favorites, just out of
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Ivan
Mar 01, 2008 Ivan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
I ended up dropping Ken Akamatsu's other series, Love Hina, about eight or nine books in because I couldn't stand the meandering story and the you-can-see-this-coming-from-across-the-ocean comedy. And, remembering this, I was hesitant to try the Negima! series at first. The premise sounded cute, though, so I ultimately took a chance.

Not so bad, actually. Yeah, it's still harem comedy with the usual awkward moments (I wonder if Akamatsu knows how to write anything else), but the fact that it star
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Caroline
I remember really enjoying Love Hina when I read it years ago, so I figured I would pick up this new series of Ken Akamatsu's from the library since the premise was cute and I've always enjoyed his art.

Well, I don't remember Love Hina being so full of blatant fan service, although it's been so long it's quite possible it was. Between the school girls constantly obsessing over 10-year-old Negi in ways that seem overly sexual, and every single opportunity them being naked, partially naked, or at t
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☆ Molly ☆
I've read all of Ken Akamatsu older series. I have to admit I'm a serious collector that likes to read manga back to back. To the extreme. Hence I am probably one of the few people with patience to wait from 2006-2014 to have a series finish. THEN start to read it back to back. Anyway, I loved his art in Negima! I can't really say why... maybe just because it's detail is cute but not overly detailed or too cutsie? I'm not sure that's what I mean exactly. I mean it in a GOOD way!

I enjoyed meeting
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ᏦᎥᏦᏦᎥ ❝But how long will tomorrow last?❞
Very good start to the series, but dear me if there is not a lot of pantie shots and girls losing their clothes! Despite this, I think the book, or volume as it was, is pretty good and I'm hoping I'll still feel the same the farther into the series I delve.
Elin
I remembered I was so excited for this series when I was finish reading the Love Hina series, and so sad when the stores in my city quitted selling them... I only got the two first books.
Carl
Really funny, really great series. Ecchi but with great plot and lots of really interesting characters that are all fully developed over 38 volumes. The artwork is great too.
Roberto Guillen
I read it when it first started coming out it's my favorite and still is if only the ending was allowed to flourish rather than how it was interfered with
Veronica
I'm now on chapter 35 and it's consistently funny and interesting! I usually pick up Mangas who have lesser chapters because experience told me most of them go stale anyway after 30 chapters or so. But this isn't the case with this Manga. This cracks me up a lot! The panty shots are a few and far in between (some people are worried about that), the storyline is cute and even though it is predictable, I'd still recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of fanservice, random funny lines and refreshin ...more
Casey
Sep 02, 2010 Casey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Before reading the manga I watched the first episode of the anima on-line. I thought it looked really cute & fun. When I was at the book store I saw the manga (didn't know there was one till that point). I took a quick look at it, & thought it would be fun to read. So I got this one, & Volume 2 to start out, along with another manga. Since they didn't have what I was really wanting (School Rumble).

I read this one very fast, & Really enjoyed myself. I really got sucked right up i
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Jessica
Loved it!! So funny when he sneezes their clothes off!!
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Ken Akamatsu (赤松 健, Akamatsu Ken, July 5, 1968 -) is a Japanese mangaka from Tokyo.

In his teenage years, Akamatsu failed the entrance exam to Tokyo University, and applied for Film Study instead (it is speculated that this is where he got the idea for Love Hina). Eventually, he became famous as an illustrator featured in Comiket (short for Comic Market, a comic convention bi-annually held in Japan
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Negima!: Magister Negi Magi (1 - 10 of 38 books)
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  • Negima!: Magister Negi Magi, Volume 5
  • Negima!: Magister Negi Magi, Volume 6
  • Negima!: Magister Negi Magi, Volume 7
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