Negima! #1 - Don't Touch That Wand

is a manga book published by Kodansha that was released on 04/27/2004

Plot Summary

Negima! Magister Negi Magi - Vol. 1 Don't Touch That Wand!

From the creator of Love Hina. A young boy wizard, Negi Springfield, is on his quest to follow his father, The Thousand Master, on the path to become a Magister Magi. His first task is to take on the job of teaching at an all girl's school in Japan, and keep the existence of the magical world a secret.

Contents

A Word from the Author

Ken Akamatsu welcomes the reader to this latest series after taking a year off after the completion of Love Hina, and introduces Negi and the thirty-one beautiful girls within on this new and grand adventure.

Honorifics

A list and general description of many of the most common Honorifics in the Japanese language.

1st Period - The Kid Instructor is a Magician!

Negi Springfield on his quest to be a great wizard is given the task to go to Japan and teach a class of middle school girls. Nagi meets the wild class of girls and one particularly violent girl stands out.

2nd Period - Panic in the Library

Negi tries to assist Asuna with a love potion, but a mix up makes Negi far more popular with the girls then normal. It's up to Asuna to come to his rescue before they catch him.

3rd Period - Bathhouse Rub

Though Negi is a genius wizard who became a teacher at the age of ten. He is still like most kids and need to be forced to bathe properly. It's up to Asuna to make sure the task gets done, and things somehow turn into a competition between the girls.

4th Period - The Dreaded Afterschool Session!

Negi really wants to start helping Asuna rather then being more trouble to her. When helping with her part time job fails. Negi turns to heling her with her studies.

Enter the Baka Rangers!

5th Period - Super Dodge Ball Competition!! Go Girls! Pt. 1

Negi faces his first challenge as a teacher with a class of senior girls start to bully his own class. Negi must find a way to solve this dispute and a Dodge Ball competition is the order for the day.

6th Period - Super Dodge Ball Competition!! Go Girls! Pt. 2

The game is set, but this senior class may be more then they bargained for in the game of dodge ball. Will Negi use magic to cheat or depend of the strength of his class?

Letter from the Editor

Director of Manga at Del Rey Books, Dallas Middaugh, welcomes the reader to this new series and talks about Del Rey's dedication to creating a manga as close to the original as possible.

About the Creator

A brief description of series creator Ken Akamatsu.

Concept Art Collection:

Creator art design sketches. In here we see a height graph of the whole Negi class. Design sketches and notes for Negi, Asuna, and Shizuna Minamoto. The organization of the class chart.

Translation Notes

If there is something that requires alterations or a Japanese phrase/joke needs explaining. The translators explains things here.

This volume the differences in how honorifics is explained and what it says about relationships between people.

Preview of Negima! Vol. 2

Six pages of Negima! Volume 2 in it's original Japanese form.

User Reviews
A fun read of a young boy wizard! Reviewed by FoxxFireArt on March 16, 2010. FoxxFireArt has written 71 reviews. His/her last review was for Highschool of the Dead. 277 out of 320 users recommend his reviews. 1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.

Negima! Volume 01
Negima! Volume 01
Publisher: Del Rey
Author: Ken Akamatsu
Rating: 16+
Genre: Comedy / Action / School Life
MSRP: $10.95 (USD)
Contents: 6 Chapters / 208pg.
 
 

Plot Summary

 Boy genius, Negi Springfield
 Boy genius, Negi Springfield
Negima! is from the creator of the very popular comedy series Love Hina, Ken Akamatsu. He start working on this series about a year after the completion of Love Hina.
The story starts off following a ten year old boy, Negi Springfield, who is graduating from the Magical Academy in Wales. Upon graduation he is given a special diploma that will show him the task he must take upon to reach the goal of the Magister Magi, a high ranking sorcerer. Oddly enough, Negi's diploma says that his task is to become a teacher in Japan.
 
Negi, a young genius, travels to the Mahora Academy in Japan to be an English teacher of an all girl class. The dean of the school is a mage as well, and several teachers know magic or of it. The task Negi must also be aware of is that he needs to keep the existence of the magical world a secret. If he is discovered his license will be revoked and he could be changed into an animal (ermine).
As most things go in manga, one of the girls in his class, Asuna Kagurazaka, witnesses Negi using magic to prevent a different girl in his class from falling. She confronts him and he tries to erase her memory, but the spell fails. Only thing he erases is all of her clothes. Negi has already been assigned to be Asuna's room mate, and he tries to help her out to make up for this embarrassment.

Volume Review

 Asuna Kagurazaka
 Asuna Kagurazaka
The volume may only have six chapters, but like with most first volumes. The first chapter is pretty large. The chemistry is pretty different then what Ken Akamatsu did in the past with Love Hina. Asuna is rather similar to Naru Narusegawa. Negi is rather different then the main protagonist of Love HIna. Being a ten year old boy raised in Wales. He's very much an innocent kid who wants to help and gets embarrassed easily by things. It's sort of refreshing to see a main character that doesn't get a nose bleed every time he sees panties, but gets flustered and shy. It's also nice that the author adds in touches like how most kids his age hate taking baths. This leaves Asuna, his de facto guardian, to make sure it gets done.
 
Ken Akamatsu's art is really great in this. The panels are really beautiful and full of life. The environments are something to see.  I'm impressed with how diverse he makes the class of thirty-one girls look without having people look really over the top with giant hair or bows. The personalities also vary, but seem to balance well. The writing and story come out really well. It's pretty hard to find something not entertaining in each chapter.
 
Del Rey is a publisher that really dedicates it self to being as close to the Japanese product as possible, but still easy to read. Every volume they publish has a list of many of the Japanese Honorifics in the first few pages. The back has translator notes. If something is changed or needs to be explained. You can find it there. At the very, very end are a few pages of the next volume as they appear in Japanese. This can be fun if you are like me and studying Japanese.

For a first volume it's pretty good. It's cute and funny, but might not be for you if you don't like fan service. There are a LOT of obligatory panty shots in this series. Still, not a great deal happens in this volume. It feels more like a sitcom with magic in it as we read about Negi trying to be a teacher and getting to know his students. Not as if that is a bad thing. It does feel right to slowly introduce a cast before things pick up. We do get a little hint of what is driving both Negi and Asuna, but there is so much more to be learned.

Score: 3/5

Most first volumes in a long manga series are never too spectacular. This is no exception. It's a cute and fun read. It's a series I enjoy. I just can't let that color my opinion that this volume is very much a 'getting to know you' sort of manga volume. If panty shots are your thing. It's certainly right up your alley. At best I give this volume a 3 out of 5.


Favorite Moment

3rd Period - Welcome to the Miss Naked Japan Competition

Least Favorite Moment

4th Period - Negi's after school tutoring with Asuna

WTF Moment

6th Period - Seniors play Dodgeball?

Favorite Character This Volume

Konoka Konoe  
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