We have finally reached the final chapter of this long-running series that we’ve all come to love during the past decade. While we understand that most of you will be going for the online reader link right away, we’d appreciate it if you could patiently read this post before the chapter, and allow us to properly send off this series. While we have seen many manga come and go in this group, Negima is the first one to span this many chapters, so seeing it to its end is of major importance.
It was nine years ago when Ken Akamatsu, following the success of his previous series, Love Hina, decided to try his hand at something other than your usual harem manga. The author didn’t think that he’d be able to keep up a story with a character such as Negi instead of the everyday everyman we usually get to see, yet here we are now. From the introduction to Class 1-A to the Mahora Festival to the journey to the Magic World, the result was a stroke of brilliance that few series can claim to have today. We were introduced to a vast array of characters, all sorts of magical sceneries and to one of the most touching and exhilarating plots one can find in modern manga.
Starting from the original cast of 40 characters, the series would eventually go on to consistently feature more than a hundred characters on a weekly basis. Yet I believe we can all agree that all of these characters were unique, each with his own wacky personality yet deep and enthralling backstory. From the events that would become the drive for Negi’s pursuit of his father to Eva’s lonely past, all characters were relatable and kept contributing to the plot either from the sidelines or directly, no matter whether they were “major” or “minor” ones. Akamatsu asked us to see over Negi as he grew up, but we got to see much more: The titular character learning to trust and depend his students, every girl getting to stand for herself and overcoming all odds no matter what adversities lied on their way, and a group of companions taking matters into their hands when they have to, be it in the name of ethics, destiny, or love.
We traveled from an extremely festive all-girls high school to gargantuan library islands to the magic world, all for the sake of realizing that one dream Negi has been striving to turn into reality - finding his father. This journey intertwined with the development of the relationship of a teacher with his students, relentless training in places where time has little effect, tournaments in both the magic and the normal world and a quest to save the world, all just for the sake of one more clue which would help in finding the Thousand Master.
From Japan to flying islands and palaces in the sky, there was little that we didn’t get to see, our fantasy buds having tasted all sorts of mythical sights and awe-inspiring adventures. From start to finish, the group would keep on going to all sorts of places we only visit in our imagination, carrying us with it.
Yet this adventure hasn’t been just a spectacle for the eyes, but one for the mind as well. It has to be said that everything that transpired during the events of this manga has also taught us quite a few things. Be it the gravity of courage and determination or the importance of friendship, we learned a handful of morals as we saw our favorite characters change from aloof or goofy characters to ones that can get really serious and carry the fate of the world in their arms. We are all capable of great things, no matter whether we’re just netizens or athletes or bookworms. We are all hiding incredible potential inside us, and it is enough to change the world if we have the determination to do so.
As a group we had the chance to bring to you the series’ swan song. It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to this great series that has kept all of us entertained for the last nine years. We of Red Hawk had the chance to work on Negima on multiple occasions - one of the releases being our group's very first - and it was with great pleasure that we provided scanlations that everyone could enjoy. For some of us, that was the reason we even joined the business in the first place, so it is an incredibly sad yet joyful feeling, being able to see the series to its end.
We thank everyone who was involved with the task of bringing these chapters to you, like all of the scan groups that previously provided you your weekly dose of Negima, as well as our own staff members that made these scans a reality. But most of all we want to thank and praise Akamatsu-sensei for creating these series. We pray that his next manga is as good as this one. We only hope that you enjoyed this series as much as we did, and that you hold it dear for many years to come. It’s been one heck of a ride.
“True magic results from the courage of the heart.”
Red Hawk Scanlations
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