Me Give Up

In the words of the immortal Jar Jar Binks, that is.

I’ve been meaning to write about the Negima franchise again, as the latest installment of the Another World OVAs is out. They skipped several chapters and jumped straight to the point where Negi/Nagi and Kotarou have started appearing on TV, then spent some fanservicey time.

The manga, which is well ahead of that point, has been trucking along in “love-love” mode for a few issues, while Negi makes more pactios, Fate Avurnnicus gets angsty, and Asuna gets her memories back. Most of the dramatic tension (and fight material) has been coming from Negi sparring with Shadow-Eva, trying to gain control of the darkness, the “Magia Erebea” power that’s consuming him.

Which he finally does, but not by force of will. Oh no.

Not by ancient meditation techniques, magical research, the love of all the girls, or even realizing that he’s really The One. Oh no.

Sort of by deciding not to worry about it, but that’s not all of it. Ohhhhhhh no.

He masters his power, however imperfectly, by realizing he really wants to make friends with Fate Avurrnicus.

Yeah. That’s right.

Oh no, it’s that damned squishy Japanese idealism again. Me give up.

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