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Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 1

(Negima! Magister Negi Magi #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,138 ratings  ·  107 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 di ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Del Rey (first published July 17th 2003)
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Seth T.
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics

[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.1 Negima: Magister Negi Magi is one of those. It's highly embarrassing to me, but I can't stop. Because for all th
Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Harry White
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
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. ...more
Crystal (VanillaHearts62)
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Full of laughter, awkward moments, crazy situations, learning, and friendship. :)
Jade  Vidal
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Miss Ryoko
Jun 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
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.

Edit 6/18/16
Wow... I can't believe I started reading this series 11 years ago! I have finally decided to read the entire Negima series! I have collected nearly half the volumes, but the library has the other half so I'm embarking on the long journey to finally ge
Oct 26, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Akihisa Carriosn
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
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Let us first get a few things out of the way: this is a harem manga, which means one main male character, fawned over by a populous female cast (those would be his 31 students). Secondly, it is kind of a shota manga, which is to say the opposite of lolita, as this professor, Negi Springfield, is a 10-year-old prodigy, who teaches a class of 14-year-old girls who come in all shapes and sizes, from similar to his own diminutive figure, to full-blown curvacious babes.

HOWEVER, this is just a premise
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
bored and i feel like writing a review for one of my favorite manga series ever. i never recommend negima to anyone because it gets off to kind of an embarrassing start - absurd and inappropriate harem situation with a 10 y/o welsh boy wizard teacher and his japanese middle school (14-15 y/o) female students, all who have debilitating crushes on him. lots of panty shots and fan service, esp in the first 10 volumes.

BUT... the art style is SO cute and perfect and evolves/matures with the story as
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Blergh!!!! My apologies you guys but I thoroughly disliked this. I think its because there were way too much ecchi and "convenient nudity". This is the same creator as love hina so there's also a harem trope in it which is fine but I just -.- was getting very annoyed by the entire 1st volume. There was 5 volumes of this in this giveaway but I just don't think I can continue. However, if those things don't bother you plus you enjoy magic check this out 2-2.5 out of 5 stars ...more
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, 2020-o-w-l-s
I have loved this manga series since I first watch the anime when I was around 12 years old and decided to give it a re read. It did not disappoint It had been a few years since I read it but my love for these characters is still so strong and I just really enjoy the dramatics of this story.
Karen Hannum
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
I wanted to like this, but by the end of this volume, I gave up. Just another harem.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-shojo
3.5 stars
Joshua Williams
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
This is some creepy sh*t.
Brandon Varnell
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harem, manga, ecchi, funny
What starts off as a creepy harem comedy about a 10 year old boy teaching a bunch of 14 year old girls eventually turns into an epic journey that is, surprisingly, really fun to read. Are you surprised? So was I. Truth be told, the initial story behind this series is one that I didn't think I would like. I'm not into manga about 10 year olds being put into pervy situations with his 14 year old students. It's just awkward.

The first volume starts off with Negi, a young mage who graduates from a ma
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i’ve missed them so much i’m emo 😪
Grace Kelley
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 watched 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.
Aaron Gertler
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
(Review is for the full series -- it starts slowly but gets better)

It's hard to know what to say about a series that features over two dozen compelling, memorable characters while also showing most of those characters in their underwear.

There's no getting around it: Negima!, a manga series about a ten-year-old boy wizard (Negi) who teaches English and magic to a class of Japanese high-schoolers, contains ridiculous amounts of fanservice --- that is, underage girls (with adult proportions) swimmi
Feb 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jacqui Geisel
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-read
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
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy fanatics and manga fans.
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Feb 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 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
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, fantasy
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
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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 spen ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Negima!: Magister Negi Magi - Volume 1 has it all: action, comedy, fun and adventure. There are a lot of characters to learn, as there are quite a few girls in the classroom. Ken Akamatsu has created an enjoyable book for any lover of manga. The artwork is excellent and the translation is perfect. Never have I read a manga book that flows in dialog so well as does Negima!: Magister Negi Magi - Volume 1.

I loved all of the characters in this book and the funny situations that Negi and Asuna find
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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

Other books in the series

Negima! Magister Negi Magi (1 - 10 of 38 books)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 2 (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, #2)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 3 (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, #3)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 4 (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, #4)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 5 (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, #5)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 6 (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, #6)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 7 (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, #7)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 8 (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, #8)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 9 (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, #9)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 10 (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, #10)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 11 (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, #11)

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