魔法先生 ネギま！Volume 36 Chapter 330 (manga)
Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga Chapter 330
As the two fend off the attacks from KE, Shiori and Konoka gather the girls to try to save Asuna as her waking up is their only hope with only five minutes left on the clock. However, Primum and Nii stand in their way and with the blink of an eye, Primum takes Mei out with a massive bolt of lightning. Nii attacks with a massive inferno attack and it is all that Ku Fei can do to protect the girls. Chamo realizes the desperate situation as does Negi, who is distracted by the attacks on the girls. Fate gets taken down by the brawn member of KE while three others all cast 1000 Thunderbolts on Fate and Negi.
Fate and Negi down, Secundum taunts Fate, who had previously slain him, telling him he could go join his girlfriend for an eternity of coffee while he tells Negi that he can go to the world where his mother and father await. However, before Secundum can cast his final spell, his arm is grabbed by Eva, who is shadow-gating in. Secundum is surprised as Eva tells Negi that she had to help her weak and troublesome disciple.
If you'll pardon the cliched, Japanese response to the end of this chapter -- KYAAAAAA!!!! ^_^
It may be my own tire eyeballs, but I'm still not 100% sure on the the first resurrected figure. I'm calling him the Lifemaker because one translator ID'd him as such. However, the Lifemaker and Mage of the Beginning were always the same person, or so I'd thought. Well, I'm sure you guys will help me as well as a good night's sleep. ^_^
The setup for Eva's arrival kinda mirrors her arrival to save Negi's bacon in volume 6, but I don't mind at all. Negi is again in an impossible situation where he has fought well but now is outmatched. It makes sense that the MotB would bring back to life all of the former constructs now that there's so much magical energy there to do so.
I feel sorry for Mei. I'd like for her to get stronger and kick some arse but she often gets the short end of the stick, and fairly quickly. As Mei got taken out in this chapter, I couldn't help but recall how in the Mahora Budokai, Kotaro wondered if she should even be there considering how weak she was.
Still, lets get onto the real deal -- the last page of the manga. ^_^
When I saw this page, I felt the same way I did when I read volume 6 and Eva arrived there -- totally excited and squealing like a schoolkid. ^_^ Back then, we'd seen Eva toying around with Negi in volume 3 but there were always hints that she was extraordinarily powerful -- a final boss-type character. While her shadow-gating in to save Negi's keester in volume 6 was very nifty (combined with how she laid the smack-down on Fate, forcing him to beat a hasty retreat rather than fight a shinso vampire), she never got to show us much. Sure, she defeated Ryoumen Sukuna no Kami, but that wasn't so impressive because it wasn't able to fight back (best way to defeat your opponent is to make sure your opponent can't fight).
In the end, we only got a taste of Eva then. Akamatsu-sensei has wisely kept her out of Negi's battles, though she does observe, as she did during his battle with Graf Herrman and during the Mahora Festival. During Negi's training with Eva, Chachamaru, and Chachazero, we again get a taste of Eva's power and awesomeness. Negi's fight with faux-Eva during his training on the Magic World doesn't mean much either other than to tease.
So, when it came to Eva, there were two things I wanted to see. First, I wanted more on her backstory, including the circumstances behind her being turned into a vampire, what she did to score a high bounty on the magic world, and how she met up with Nagi and the rest of Ala Rubra. Second, I wanted to see Eva unleashed and in a real fight where she's trying to slaughter her opponents.
Thanks to how Akamatsu-sensei has crafted the ending of the Magic World arc, he tied Eva nicely in with the Mage of the Beginning and thus we start to learn a bit more about Eva's past with hopefully more to come. Then, thanks to the Gravekeeper's Palace appearing in the skies above Mahora (and apparently within Mahora's barrier) combined with the fact that the amount of magic at Mahora has allowed Eva to go back to full power, Akamatsu-sensei makes me giddy by having Eva shadow-gate in and stop Secundum the same way she stopped Fate back in volume 6.
Now, all that remains is for Eva to open up a serious can of whoop-arse on everyone, fighting alongside Chachazero. Oh, how sweet that would be if Akamatsu-sensei allows her and Chachazero to really go off. He could because all of the KE opponents are apparently constructs, thus as he's shown when Secundum brutally executed Shiori's sister, Akamatsu-sensei could allow Eva and Chachamaru to execute some KE fools.
Still, does Eva's appearance mean a deus ex machina ploy? I really can't see it as such. I have long thought that one day, Akamatsu-sensei would find a way to get Eva back into the thick of things and here it is. I don't think that Eva would be able to defeat the entire KE force with Chachazero at her side, but say Negi gets back on his feet and joins the fight alongside his master, then yeah. Plus, Akamatsu-sensei might take this opportunity to have the student surpass the master. ^_^
So, I eagerly await the arrival of chapter 331, though I understand it will be a shorter chapter.