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Negima! Magister Negi Magi
NegimaMagisterNegiMagi vol1 Cover.jpg
Cover of Negima! Magister Negi Magi as published by Kodansha
魔法 先生 ネギま!
(Mahō Sensei Negima!)
Genre Harem, Action, Comedy, Magical girl
Manga
Author Ken Akamatsu
Publisher Japan Kodansha
English publisher Canada United States Del Rey
United Kingdom Tanoshimi
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Japan Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Malaysia Weekly Comic
Original run February 26, 2003 – ongoing
Volumes 29 (List of volumes)
Original video animation
Mahō Sensei Negima! Introduction Film
Director Hiroshi Nishikiori
Studio Japan Xebec
Released August 25, 2004
December 22, 2004
March 24, 2005
Episodes 3
TV anime
Director Nagisa Miyazaki
Studio Japan Xebec
Licensor Japan Star Child Records

United States Funimation Entertainment

France Kaze
Network Japan TV Tokyo
English network United States FUNimation Channel
Original run January 6, 2005June 29, 2005
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Mahō Sensei Negima! : Spring (Haru)
Director Akiyuki Shinbo
Studio Japan Shaft
Licensor Japan Star Child Records
United States Funimation Entertainment
Released October 25, 2006
Runtime 25 minutes
Episodes 1
Original video animation
Mahō Sensei Negima! : Summer (Natsu)
Director Akiyuki Shinbo
Studio Japan Shaft
Licensor Japan Star Child Records
United States Funimation Entertainment
Released November 22, 2006
Runtime 28 minutes
Episodes 1
TV drama
Magister Negi Magi Mahō Sensei Negima!
Director Ryu Kaneda
Studio Japan Starchild
Network Japan TV Tokyo
Original run October 4, 2007March 27, 2008
Episodes 26
Original video animation
Mahō Sensei Negima! : Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba
Director Akiyuki Shinbo
Studio Japan Shaft
Japan Studio Pastoral
Released August 17, 2008 - February 17, 2009
Episodes 3
Original video animation
Mahō Sensei Negima! : Mō Hitotsu no Sekai
Director Akiyuki Shinbo
Studio Japan Studio Pastoral
Japan Shaft
Released September 17, 2009
Episodes 4
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Negima! Magister Negi Magi, known in Japan as Magical Teacher Negima! (魔法 先生 ネギま! Mahō Sensei Negima!?) is a manga and anime series by Ken Akamatsu (known for his best selling title Love Hina) that contains a large amount of fan service/ecchi scenes. The manga is currently being published by Kodansha and serialized in Shōnen Magazine in Japan. Del Rey Manga is publishing the English translated version in the United States and Canada. The series is licensed for English-language distribution in the United Kingdom by Tanoshimi.

The anime, produced by Xebec, aired in the first half of 2005 and is being released in the US by Funimation Entertainment. Additionally, two OVAs have been released, produced by Shaft and GANSIS, who had produced an alternate retelling of the series, Negima!?. The third set of OVAs, called Mahō Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba was bundled with Mahō Sensei Negima! volume 23, 24 and 25 and spanned from chapter 176 to 183 of the original manga.[1] The fourth set of OVAs, covering the Journey to Magic World arc, was bundled with the original manga starting with volume 27 on September 17, 2009.[2] An animated theatrical movie feature has been confirmed for a release in 2011.[3]

Contents

Overview

Negi Springfield is a ten-year-old wizard from Wales, who dreams of becoming a Magister Magi (Approximate Latin translation: "Master Mage"), a special wizard who uses his powers to help normal people, using covers such as working for NGOs.

Negi's reason for becoming a Magister Magi is to find his father, Nagi Springfield, the legendary mage also known as the "Thousand Master", who is believed to be dead.

After graduating from the Merdiana Magic Academy in Wales, Negi is given a duty as a cover in the real world, and training, before he actually becomes a Magister Magi. That duty is to become an English teacher at Mahora Academy in Japan. The task will not be easy, however, as Negi will become a teacher to a Middle School class of 31 older girls, each very special in her own way. The series details his time and adventures in Japan as he gains acceptance and respect from his students, helps them in their problems, and faces magical threats from inside and outside Mahora Academy. Although each of the girls has her own back story and personality, Negi's main relationship is with Asuna Kagurazaka, his student and roommate, who dislikes him initially but later accepts him as a friend and becomes his partner, helping find clues about his father and his life.

The series, while initially appearing to be another romantic comedy work featuring numerous bishōjo characters like Love Hina, has progressed into a mix of shōnen action, fantasy, horror, romance and comedy. Akamatsu stated that he specifically wanted to do something "different" than Love Hina. Negi himself is prepubescent, and many of his scenes with Asuna are specific subversions of the "awkward romantic scene" tendency of harem manga, quickly diffused and only played for laughs. In addition, many of the girls are able to fawn over him in a childish sense without any romantic expectations from the reader.

In keeping with this style, Negi himself is seen as a contrast to Love Hina's Keitaro and other typical male leads of manga. He is hardworking, capable, and treated kindly, but due to his appearance and age (well below most of his students), he feels completely non-threatening and finds it difficult to be taken seriously as a teacher; many of his students treat him as a cute little kid, if not a playmate (or plaything).

Pactio

The basic blank pactio

The pactio (Latin for "Contract") system in the series enables the magician casting the spell, the Magister Magi, to transfer some of his/her magic power to the other person involved in the pactio, the Minister Magi, improving the Ministra's natural capabilities, and providing a magical barrier against physical attacks [4]. The Minister also receives a special magical item called "Artifact", which reflects the Minister's abilities and personality. The Minister, in turn, has to protect the Magister from any dangers and assist him/her in any way possible. Since most Western Mages are vulnerable while chanting spells, a Minister primary duty is to protect the mage in combat situations.[5]. Although it isn't necessary that the Magister and Minister are of different sexes, its by far the most common setup, and usually pactio partners end up marrying each other.[5][6]

When a pactio is established, a card (Charta Ministralis) is created as proof of the contract, depicting the Minister with his Artifact, surrounded by several magic signs and a "title" related to his personality. The Magister keeps the original card with him/herself, though copies can be made for the Minister.[7] The card allows the Magister to communicate telephatically with his Minister (By touching the card to one's foreheand and chanting Telephatia) and summon him/her across great distancies[8], within a limit of 10 km.[9] Additionally, the card may be used by the Minister to summon his Artifact, with the word "Adeat" (Latin for "Let it come forth")[7], and to store different costumes "within" it, for later use.

While there are many ways to form a pactio, the most common is having both participants enter a magic circle and share a mouth-to-mouth kiss. Any mishaps result in a "Mistake Pactio", which only grants a badly drawn card. If one of the participant's doesn't want to commit to a life-long partnership, or is too young to make a "Permanent Pactio", a "Probationary Pactio" is created. Probationary pactio work like a permanent ones, except that there's a time limit to the activation of the contract and the contract can be broken at will. Permanent Pactio, on the other hand are life-long, always active, and the number of contracts is limited by the Magisters power.[10]

Characters

Negima includes a wide array of characters, including the 31 students from Class 2-A (later 3-A). Like many classes, Negi's students consist of a wide array of smart students, academically challenged, athletes, and cheerleaders. Furthermore, the class also includes several martial artists, a ninja, a vampire, a robot, a ghost, at least one half-demon, a web idol, and even a time traveling Martian. Nearly all the students are associated with various school clubs or sports teams. Many of these girls are eventually drawn into Negi's world of magic or have long been involved with the magic world. Through interaction, Negi learns about his students in depth. Some students also sometimes get the opportunity to make a probationary "contract" with Negi which will make them a partner and give them additional powers.

In addition to the class, a greater array of characters reveals to become Negi's problems beyond the classroom. These characters come from magic schools, demons, and other sorts of chaos. He and his students eventually find themselves drawn into multiple conflicts and incidents in succession or simultaneously. Ultimately, Negi's magic and training connects him to his father Nagi and his courageous comrades, whom he hopes to follow in the footsteps of someday.

Anime

Introduction OVAs

Before the beginning of the series, three OVAs were produced for the sole purpose of introducing the characters. The first two were released on DVD bundled with two drama CDs, with the third being sold separately. It is unknown if these will ever be released outside of Japan.

The first OVA is a re-enactment of the first chapter, where Negi first learns of his job as a teacher and is introduced to the students of Mahora Academy 2-A. It ends with profiles of the Baka Rangers (Asuna, Makie, Yue, Ku Fei and Kaede) as well as Ayaka. Asuna is the only girl in the class that doesn't have romantic feelings for Negi.

The second OVA is a re-enactment of the "love potion" incident of chapter 2, with profiles at the end of Nodoka, Konoka, the cheerleaders (Misa, Madoka, Sakurako) as well as Kazumi.

The third OVA is a re-enactment of chapter 13: Negi's Mahora tour with the Narutaki twins. The tour shows Negi to several of the students (Yuna, Akira, Chao, Satsuki, Satomi, Chizuru, Natsumi, Zazie) as well as others that he ends up missing (Sayo, Evangeline, Chachamaru, Chisame, Misora, Ako). After being chewed out by Haruna for completely skipping her, a final scene introduces Setsuna and Mana, keeping watch from something on campus.

First television series

The anime began airing in Japan on January 6, 2005 and ended June 29, 2005. The anime follows the story of the manga to a certain degree but also creates its own reasons for certain events happening - most of which take place towards the end of the series - which differ from the original story, as the situations addressed had yet to occur in the source material. These differences between the manga and anime are extraordinary, and most events in the manga never occur in the anime, again due in part to the manga being incomplete during the series' production. At one time it aired as part of the Funimation programming block on CoLours TV.[11]

Storyline changes

In order to bring a true ending to the series, starting approximately halfway through episode 22 and continuing until the end of the series, original work was created for the series.

First television series episodes

Anime revisions

Due to protests against the animation in Mahōu Sensei Negima!, the DVD release has been revised from the TV version. Various episodes have redrawn characters, expressions, scenes, and even a few episodes have been redrawn completely. The redraws are minor, and fix errors like in episode 16 Makie has six fingers in a scene. Funimation used this version for their English release of the series.

Spring and Summer OVAs

Two OVAs directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and produced by Shaft have been released, a Spring OVA and a Summer OVA. Both OVA's was released on DVD in English dub on October 14, 2008.

The Spring OVA called Negima!? Haru was shown to a private audience in Japan in April 2006 and was released for the public in DVD in October 25, 2006. It is based on the trip to the Southern Islands in volume 7 of the manga. The story is about how Negi makes up to Asuna after saying to Asuna that she shouldn't mind his business.

It's a running gag throughout the special in which Setsuna keeps ending up right behind Konoka when she's bent over and Setsuna gets a front row view of her backside. She continues to react to it in such a manner that might lead one to question her sexuality.

The Summer (Natsu) OVA was also shown to a private audience in September 2006, and the DVD was released in November 22, 2006. The beginning is about Nodoka and Yue practicing casting a spell. While training, Yue convinces Nodoka that they cast a spell of the red string of fate on Nodoka. A spell which shows them who her future partner will be. One end connects to Nodoka and the other end connects to Negi. Unfortunately, this spell isn’t a fate connection, but just a tie-up. The rest of the OVA are about how Nodoka and Negi spend the rest of the day trying to take their bath while their hands are tied together. The bath house depicted in this OVA is a parody of the one depicted in Spirited Away although the "creatures" are working on treadmills.

Both OVAs see various changes in hair and eye color of some of the students, most notably Asuna now having both of her eyes being the same color, changes that are also used for Negima!?

Second television series

A second series was announced on May 9, 2006 by Shaft and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, the director of Pani Poni Dash! and Tsukuyomi -Moon Phase-. It started airing in Japan on October 4, 2006. Negima!? is an alternate story with different character designs and an all new storyline, albeit with the same characters. The show also focuses more towards action and comedy, and less on the original series' lascivious themes.

Shiroki Tsubasa OADs

A third set of OVAs (officially an "OAD" or "Original Animation Disc" as these are limited edition OVA releases that are only sold exclusively with the purchase of a specific manga volume in Japan) called Magical Teacher Negima! ~The White Wing~ (魔法先生ネギま!〜白き翼 ALA ALBA〜 Mahō Sensei Negima! ~Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba~?) was announced by Ken Akamatsu on his website days after the end of the live-action adaptation's airing.[12] Production was handled by Shaft in cooperation with Studio Pastoral and the entire cast from Negima!? reprised their roles. The new OVAs cover chapters 176 to 183, excluding chapter 181, and are shown in three parts:

  1. The first OAD covers chapters 176 and 177 and was released on August 12, 2008, together with the release of Volume 23 of the manga.
  2. The second OAD covers chapters 178 to 180 and was released on November 17, 2008, together with the release of Volume 24 of the manga.
    1. A limited edition Negima audio drama CD was released on December 19, 2008, and covers chapter 181.
  3. The third OAD shows chapters 182 and 183 and was released on February 17, 2009, together with the release of Volume 25 of the manga.

Just like previous Negima adaptations by Shaft, Akiyuki Shinbo served as the director, together with the same staff as his previous works.[1]

From the Negi no Ochakai event that was held on May 2008, Ken Akamatsu mentioned that if pre-orders for the first of the OADs exceed 50,000 the staff would consider a film adaptation, and if it exceeded 100,000 views, the staff would consider a third animated series. The counter on the official website reached 82,581 before the first OAD was released.[13] The total sales of three volumes was 245,000 copies.[2]

Mō Hitotsu no Sekai OADs

A fourth set of OADs was announced in the Mahō Sensei Negima: Ala Alba event held on February 11, 2009.[2] The series is officially titled Magical Teacher Negima! ~Another World~ (魔法先生ネギま!もうひとつの世界 Mahō Sensei Negima: Mō Hitotsu no Sekai?).[14] This OAD series, covering the Journey to Magic World arc, was exclusively bundled with the manga starting with volume 27. The first episode, adapting chapters 184 through 188, was released on September 17, 2009; the second, which adapts chapters 189 through 192, was released on December 17, 2009. The third is scheduled for release on May 17, 2010 and the fourth on August 17, 2010[15].Just like the previous OAD adaption, this series will again be produced by Shaft in cooperation with Studio Pastoral.[14] A theatrical film adaptation is planned to be made if sales are good.[2]

Manga

Early in the production of the manga, Akamatsu began using CG background elements, for things such as crowds, buildings, and some objects. Many buildings are drawn from real-life structures all over the world, such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Belfast city hall. These are rendered in 3D, then characters are drawn in and around them for the panels. Many of these models are detailed in the appendix in the back of the books.

In the US and Canada, the manga is licensed and published in English by Del Rey Manga. Publishers in other countries and languages include Tong Li Comics in Hong Kong, Chuang Yi in Singapore, Play Press Publishing in Italy (dropped), Pika Édition in France, Egmont Manga & Anime in Germany, Schibsted Forlag in Norway, Glénat in Spain, Editora JBC in Brazil, Tanoshimi in the UK, Algoritam in Croatia,

In Indonesia, The manga has been licensed and released up to volume 20 by Level Comics a division of Elex Media Komputindo, under the title "Magister Negi Magi".

In Malaysia, the Malay version of the Negima books, named 'Magic Teacher! Ahli Magik Negi Magi', are retranslations of the Chinese edition. Evidence shows the names of the characters in Chinese style, such as Asuna as Shenlao Asuna and Konoka as Munai Xiang. Instead of printing "Ken Akamatsu" as the author, the name "Chesong Jian" is used – actually a Mandarin translation of Akamatsu's name in kanji. The characters' names were corrected in volume 15.

The manga is made up of several arcs:

  1. The Child Teacher Arc - After receiving his assignment, Negi becomes the English and homeroom teacher for Mahora Academy Class 2A. A general introduction section of the series, it mostly served as a basis for introducing the students and establishing the relationship between Negi and Asuna. Certain students gained particular development, including the Baka Rangers and the Sports girls, as well as individual focus on Konoka, Ayaka and Chisame. Chapters 1-15, Volumes 1&2.
  2. Evangeline Arc - (Partner Saga as Akamatsu calls it) - After officially becoming the full year teacher for now Class 3A, Negi gains his first real challenge: battling against his student (and immortal vampiress) Evangeline A.K. McDowell and robotic partner Chachamaru Karakuri. The Pactio system is introduced in this section as well as Negi's ermine familiar Chamo, with development regarding Eva's relation with Negi's father, Nagi Springfield. To fight Eva alongside Negi, Asuna becomes his first partner. Chapters 16-25, Volume 3.
  3. Kyoto Field Trip Arc - Following a lead, Negi takes the class on a trip to Kyoto to find more information on his father yet is forced to fight against Eastern mages with hired help. The arc focuses primarily on Konoka, both on her family's relationship to Negi's team as well as her own relationship with classmate Setsuna Sakurazaki. The arc also focuses on the blossoming feelings of Nodoka Miyazaki towards Negi and similar feelings beginning to emerge for her friend Yue. Nodoka, Setsuna, and Konoka become Negi's partners by the end of the arc. The end of the arc shows a drastic change in tone and atmosphere. The manga becomes more tense and action-filled. Suspense becomes a major issue, this arc symbolizing the turning point of the series (chapter 45 specifically). Mentions of a more sinister opponent are made through Fate Averruncus. Chapters 26-53, Volumes 4-6.
  4. Training/Wilhelm Arc - Seeing his own weakness after Kyoto, Negi begins to train with several students in order to become stronger. Meanwhile, an old evil from the past re-emerges at Mahora while tenacious rival Kotaro Inugami unexpectedly reappears and gains a new family. This arc begins to show the development of Negi's main team while Makie, Chizuru, and Natsumi all become involved in the events. Wilheim, like Fate Averruncus, is a pawn of a 'bigger and badder' fish that is yet to be mentioned. Chapters 54-71, Volumes 7-8.
  5. The School Festival (can be broken into sub-arcs) Chapters 72-168, Volumes 9-18.
    • Pre-Festival: Mahora organizes a festival to celebrate the peaking power of the World Tree and 3A prepares in their own ways. Many characters are both introduced and put forward as the students prepare and one of them begins the first hints of a much bigger plan. Mentions are made of the World Tree's power. Chapters 72-80.
    • Festival - Day 1: With the assistance of Chao's latest invention, the time machine Casseopeia, Negi partakes in many activities, including the class haunted house, patrolling with two students, dating three of them, and even helping one in a costume contest! He also takes parts in preliminaries for one of the big events of the festival: the Mahora Martial Arts' Tournament. Chapters 81-91.
    • Mahora Martial Arts' Tournament: After making his way to the top sixteen, Negi fights his way through rivals familiar and unknown to reach the finals, including another member of the Crimson Wing. Meanwhile, Asuna slowly discovers more secrets from her past, and Chao begins to make her move, with guards, from Takamichi and Setsuna to Misora, after her. Chapters 92-119.
    • Festival - Day 2: After the tournament, Negi takes part in more activities at the festival. Focused students in this section include Ako, who reveals her crush on an older Negi, the Library Club girls, and the bizarre friendship growing between Chisame and Chachamaru. Yue and Haruna become the fifth and sixth partners, respectively, by the end of this arc. Chapters 120-131.
    • Chao's Mission & Eight Days Later: With her plan finally in full force, Chao confronts Negi in combat with a surprise ending. Yet, troubles continue as an unexpected move throws Negi's allies into a world they never expected. Chapters 132-144.
    • The Battle of Mahora: After returning from their side-trip, Negi's team has a decisive confrontation against Chao, and Chisame finally relents into becoming Negi's seventh partner. Chapters 145-162.
    • Post-Festival: With the festival finally over, Negi comes to a decision regarding his search for his father and his relationship with Asuna. Slight focus is further made regarding Misora and Sports girls Yuna and Akira. Chapters 163-168.
  6. Journey to the Magic World (can be broken into sub-arcs) Chapters 169-Present.
    • Preparations: Negi and his partners form their own brigade, the Ala Alba (White Wing), and prepare to travel to the magic world to try to find information about Nagi. They are joined by Negi's childhood friend Anya and accidentally by Yuna, Ako, Akira, Makie, and Natsumi. Chapters 169-185.
    • Separation: As they arrive, they are ambushed by a group of mages led by Fate Averruncus. The gate is destroyed and Negi and his group are defeated and scattered across the Magic World. Negi enters in a series of fighting tournaments under his father's name to alert the others of his whereabouts and get them to meet up at the lost city of Ostia. Chapters 186-200.
    • Reunion: Negi begins training under Rakan, a former ally of Nagi. In order to obtain the power to defeat Fate, Negi decides to abandon the path of his father and chooses to specialize in Dark Magic, just like Evangeline. Kazumi becomes Negi's eighth partner. Meanwhile, Negi's lost companions start to learn the ropes of their new environment and are gradually reuniting with him at Ostia. Chapters 201-220
    • Ostia Festival - Part 1: The festival celebrating the end of the war that devastated the Magic Realm 20 years prior begins. Fate Averruncus confronts Negi asking him not to interfere with his and his associates' plans in exchange for a safe passage home for Negi and his students. At Asuna's behest, Negi declines Fate's offer resulting in a vicious battle between the two parties until the arrival of Rakan forces Fate to retreat. Little do they know is that the real Asuna was captured during the battle and held captive along with Anya by Fate, while a body double is posing as the real one. After Rakan tells the story of Ala Rubra to the group, Kaede becomes Negi's ninth partner. Fate forcefully restores Asuna's memories. Chapters 221-234
    • Ostia Festival - Part 2: Negi and Kotaro qualify themselves for the festival's fighting tournament, but their hopes to win the first prize are crushed when they find that Rakan himself is also participating. However, the duo refuses to give up and begins a heavy training routine under the supervision of Evangeline and some old friends of Ala Rubra, including Princess Theodora of the Heras Empire who forms a pactio with Negi, making of him her partner. Chapters 236-239
    • Ostia Festival - Part 3: Negi and Kotaro complete their training and confront Rakan in the final match of the tournament. Negi and Rakan fight to a standstill, with Negi pulling out a number of new deadly techniques after almost being defeated numerous times, while Rakan recognizes him as a "man". Chapters 240-248
    • Post-Festival: With Rakan's help, Negi manages to gather enough money to release Ako, Akira, and Natsumi, who were made into slaves, and his party's following objective is to reunite with their remaining missing members and return to their homeworld together. While Negi and Nodoka finally find Yue, Setsuna becomes Konoka's partner. Negi also meets Kurt Gödel, the Governor of Ostia and a former member of Ala Rubra who reveals Negi's hidden heritage as well as the identity of his mother. Chapters 249-255
    • The Governor's Ball: Kurt Gödel invites Negi and his friends to a ball offered by the Ostia Government. He also promises to lift the bounties on their heads and reveal to Negi the truth about his parents if he agrees to attend. The gang discovers that Mundus Magicus is a parallel dimension version of Mars. Jack Rakan engages Fate Averruncus and his Ministrae in combat. Meanwhile, Ku Fei and Chachamaru become Negi's tenth and eleventh partners, while Koutarou decides to become a Magister too having Natsumi as his partner. Chapters 256-264
    • Recollections: Gödel reveals to Negi the story of his parents including how his mother was unjustly tried and sentenced to death by the Megalosembrian Senate, and saved by Nagi at the brink of her execution. However, when Gödel asks Negi to join him against the senate, Negi figures that he is not being honest at all and refuses his proposal. Cornered by the Megalosembrian army, the members of Ala Alba are forced to fight their way out. Chapters 264-274
    • Return of Cosmo Entelecheia: Ala Alba's battle against the Megalosembrian army is interrupted by the sudden appearance of Fate's organization, the Cosmo Entelecheia, whose forces easily crush all opposition. Meanwhile, Nodoka discovers the ultimate secret of the Magical World, as just like the world itself, the majority of its inhabitants are created by magic, including Rakan and the friends the girls made during their travels who are effortlessly erased by Fate and his army. However, Nodoka manages to use her powers to read the mind of one of Cosmo Entelecheia's leaders, and discovers a way to bring them back. Chapters 274-Present

English version

Negima! was involved in a controversy surrounding the censorship of the English-translated manga in North America, typical of Akamatsu's penchant for fanservice and risqué humor. Fans fell upon initial rumors of potential edits by Del Rey, and upon receiving news of this, immediately began fighting against the changes. The compromise reached was to release the book uncensored but shrink-wrapped, which some collectors feel can cause damage to the books.[16] Since Volume 14, the books have been released without the shrink-wrap.

Del Rey's releases contain fully translated versions of the omake(s) found in the Japanese versions (which include character sketches, fan art, and information about spells and related concepts), as well as various notes about Japanese culture and other things of interest not found in the original omake(s).

Live action series

A live-action series of Mahō Sensei Negima!, distinguished from the manga, first TV anime (Negima!, having an exclamation mark) and the second TV anime (Negima!?, having the equivalent of an interrobang) by having two exclamation marks joined at the dot (or, Negima!!).[17][18] The cast of all of the 31 girls was released on July 2007,[19] while it is announced later that actress Yukina Kashiwa would play Negi,[20] Hiroshi would portray Takamichi T. Takahata, former AV star Nao Oikawa as Shizuna Minamoto, and Gajirō Satō as the school dean.[21] It started in TV Tokyo's late-night timeslot on October 3, 2007 and ran for 25 episodes. The 26th announced episode was a DVD exclusive.

Like Negima!?, the live-action series has an entirely different storyline from the manga and the first anime series.

Music

Note: This list pertains only to the theme songs from the first Negima! animation series.

Opening theme

  1. "Happy Material -Original-" by Yuri Shiratori, Madoka Kimura, Ayana Sasagawa, Natsuko Kuwatani, Kotomi Yamakawa, and Azumi Yamamoto ("Sayo Aisaka", "Yūna Akashi", "Kazumi Asakura", "Yūe Ayase", "Ako Izumi", and "Akira Ōkōchi"; ep. 1-4)
  2. "Happy Material -More Rock Ver.-" by Shizuka Itō, Akemi Kanda, Ai Bandō, Akeno Watanabe, and Mami Deguchi ("Misa Kakizaki", "Asuna Kagurasaka", "Misora Kasuga", "Chachamaru Karakuri", and "Madoka Kugimiya"; ep. 5-8)
  3. "Happy Material -More Happy Ver.-" by Hazuki Tanaka, Ai Nonaka, Sawa Ishige, Yū Kobayashi, and Yui Horie ("Kū Fei", "Konoka Konoe", "Haruna Saotome", "Setsuna Sakurazaki", and "Makie Sasaki"; ep. 9-13)
  4. "Happy Material -More Beloved-" by Akane Ōmae, Miho Sakuma, Chiaki Ōsawa, Ryōko Shiraishi, and Misa Kobayashi ("Sakurako Shiina", "Mana Tatsumiya", "Chao Lingshen", "Kaede Nagase", and "Chizuru Naba"; ep. 14-17)
  5. "Happy Material -Electric" by Kimiko Koyama, Mari Kanō, Mai Kadowaki, Yumi Shimura, and Yuki Matsuoka ("Fūka Narutaki", "Fumika Narutaki", "Satomi Hakase", "Chizame Hasegawa", and "Evangeline McDowell"; ep. 18-21)
  6. "Happy Material -Early Summer" by Mamiko Noto, Mai Aizawa, Junko Minagawa, Naomi Inoue, Yuka Inokuchi ("Nodoka Miyazaki", "Natsumi Murakami", "Ayaka Yukihiro", "Satsuki Yotsuba", and "Zazie Rainyday")
  7. "Happy Material -Now and Oldies" by Rina Satō, Mamiko Nōto, and Ryō Hirohashi("Negi Springfield", "Nekane Springfield", and "Anya")

Ending theme

  1. "Kagayaku Kimi e" by Akemi Kanda, Ai Nonaka, Mamiko Nōto, and Yū Kobayashi ("Asuna Kagurasaka", "Konoka Konoe", "Nodoka Miyazaki", "Setsuna Sakurazaki"; ep. 1-13)
  2. "Oshiete hoshii zō, Shishou" by Ayana Sasagawa, Natsuko Kuwatani, Akeno Watanabe, Hazuki Tanaka, and Yuki Matsuoka ("Kazumi Asakura", "Yūe Ayase", "Chachamaru Karakuri", "Kū Fei", and "Evangeline McDowell"; ep. 14-22, 24-25)
  3. "Happy Material" - acoustic version by Instrumental (ep. 23)
  4. "Kagayaku Kimi e ~ Peace" by the Class of 2-A (ep. 26)

References

  1. ^ a b "Mahō Sensei Negima: Ala Alba announcement in official blog". 2008-04-24. http://negimaalaalba.blog116.fc2.com/blog-entry-4.html. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
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Pactio is a system of magic within the fictional work Negima!: Magister Negi Magi. The word is based on the Latin word "pactiō", the action of making a "pactum" or "agreement". A pactio involve a magic-user who can select any companion, and the companion him/herself, who attain abilities related to their personalities. In the remake series, Negima!?, the system is called "neo-pactio."

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Pactio Basics

The pactio system enables the magician casting the spell, the Magister Magi (Magistra Magi, if female; Latin for "Master Mage"), to transfer some of his/her magic power to the other person involved in the pactio, the Minister Magi (Ministra Magi, if female; Latin for "Mage Servant"), improving the Ministra's natural capabilities, and provinding a magical barrier against physical attacks [1]. The Minister also receives a special magical item called "Artifact", which reflects the Minister's abilities and personality. The Minister, in turn, has to protect the Magister from any dangers and assist him/her in any way possible. Since most Western Mages are vulnerable while chanting spells, a Minister primary duty is to protect the mage in combat situations.[2]. Although it isn't necessary that the Magister and Minister are of different sexes, its by far the most common setup, and usually pactio partners end up marrying each other.[3][4]

When a pactio is established, a card (Charta Ministralis) is created as proof of the contract, depicting the Minister with his Artifact, surrounded by several magic signs and a "title" related to his personality. The Magister keeps the original card with him/herself, though copies can be made for the Minister.[5] The card allows the Magister to communicate telephatically with his Minister (By touching the card to one's foreheand and chanting Telephatia) and summon him/her across great distancies[6], within a limit of 10 km.[7]

Additionally, the card may be used by the Minister to summon his Artifact, with the word "Adeat" (Latin for "Come forth")[8], and to store differents costumes "within" it, for later use.

If the Magister in a pactio dies, then the pactio can be considered as cancelled or invalid. The Minister would no longer have mystically-boosted abilities nor an Artifact, because logically the source of his/her powers is gone.

Process

While there are many ways to form a pactio, only the easiest one has been showed in ther series so far: Both participant's enter the a magic circle and share a mouth-to-mouth kiss. If any error occurs at this part (Such a kiss anywhere other than on the mouth, or on a magical clone of one of the participants) the result is a Mistake Pactio. Such pactio don't work in any way, and only a badly-draw, humorous version of the Charta Ministralis is created.

If the process is followed correctly, a pactio is then created. If one of the participant's doesn't want to commit to a life-long partership, or is too young to make a Permanent Pactio (Like Negi himself), a Probationary Pactio is created. A probationary pactio works like a permanent one, except that there's a time limit to the activation of the contract and the contractec can be broken at will. Also, there's no limit to the number of probationary contracts a Mage can create. A Permanent Pactio, on the other hand, is always active, and the number of contracts is limited by the Magisters power. A permanent pactio is also a life-long commitment.[9]

In the manga, Negi has made six Mistake Pactios (With Asuna, Konoka, Ayaka, Ku Fei, Makie and the Narutaki Twins) and nine Probationary Pactios (With Asuna, Nodoka, Setsuna, Konoka, Yue, Haruna, Chisame, Kazumi and Kaede). He's also the Minister in a Probationary Pactio with Princess Theodora of Hellas.

Negima! - Manga Pactio vs. Alternate Media

In the controversial ending of the original "Negima!" anime, Negi must make Pactio with all thirty-one girls to stop an immense threat. At the time of the airing of this episode, only four girls had Pactio with Negi in the manga (Asuna, Nodoka, Setsuna, Konoka), while one had a Pactio minus Negi (Mana) and eleven other girls had official cards introduced by Akamatsu without a Pactio. (Sakurako, Chisame, Makie, Satomi, Ayaka, Evangeline, Fuka/Fumika, Kazumi, Ako, Yue) The anime chose to interpret the powers of the unmade Pactio of the existing cards their own way, while creating fifteen other cards to give powers and abilities for the remaining girls. At the time, it was unknown whether the anime producers had created the abilities originally intended for the non-Pactio girls by Akamatsu.

However, since the end of the first anime, further revelations show that these Pactio are not as intended. Three of the girls previously given official Pactio cards have since made Pactio in the manga (Yue, Chisame and Kazumi) and have been given different abilities than the ones interpreted in the anime version of their Pactio abilities. Another of the students (Misora) has also revealed a temporary Pactio through another mage that is completely different from her anime power: while the anime Pactio emphasizes her connection with a sect of nuns, the manga one gives her an ability connected to her running skills. Furthermore, Haruna Saotome, who did not have an official Akamatsu card and only received a card and power in the anime ending, has also made a Pactio in the manga, giving her a different set of abilities and even a different costume than what was depicted prior. These confirm that the anime and the manga Pactio, as they are revealed, will not be the exact same either in ability or appearance. Kaede Nagase has also received a recent Pactio, and, similar to Haruna, has a different artifact from the first anime.

Note: the official Pactio cards released were promotional cards tied to various Negima media merchandise both early in the manga run as well as during the first anime series. In particular, a run of twelve CDs featuring the girls in one of various groups as known in the manga had one card each. While four girls had the CD and the card to themselves (Asuna, Konoka, Chisame, Ayaka), one (or in one case, two) members of the eight group CDs got the card. For example, a CD for the Library Club (Nodoka, Yue, Haruna) used Nodoka for their Pactio representative (though she had a Pactio already in the manga at the time), while the Culture Club group (Kazumi, Chizuru, Natsumi, Zazie) had an official Kazumi Pactio, even though she does not receive the Pactio itself until much later.

Later, in the Spring OAV, produced by Shaft, sees Asuna using her manga Pactio card. Ironically, Shaft, which also produced Negima!?, would later develop the Neo-Pactio card system, discussed in the next section.

In the live action adaptation, Asuna, Nodoka, and Konoka form "Probationary" contracts with Negi, with Chamo still officiating despite being only a patch. The cards formed resemble the Pactio cards seen the manga, but with the live action actresses replacing the manga characters.

Neo-Pactio Cards

The anime series Negima!?, an alternate interpretation of the Negima manga, has a similar but slightly different style of Pactio. Known as Neo-Pactio, it follows the similar rules applied in the Akamatsu manga, with some differences.

Contracts

A contract is created between a mage and a potential Pactio, usually through a kiss. Chamo is once again the mediator, but this time, he doesn't have to draw up a magic circle with a piece of chalk. Instead, he simply summons it up. As in the manga, Chamo is eager for Negi to make as many Pactios as possible as each nets him 50,000 Ermine Dollars.

Upon creation, 3 card types are created for Pactio Invokation:

  • Dud (Suka in the original Japanese script): Similar to the botched card, this card ends up turning the Ministra into a super deformed character in an animal costume, where they can do little or nothing to assist the mage. In many cases, the animal they become expresses a certain attribute or connection regarding that student. This form also mentally regresses the Ministra into a child for the duration of the transformation.
  • Cosplay: The Ministra gains a special costume and a special artifact or ability for assistance. While not the most powerful of cards, there are skill advantages in this transformation.
  • Armor (sometimes called Rare): Equated to the Temporary Pactio of the manga, the Ministra gains a special costume and weapon or ability that enhances and allows them to fight in battle.

Within the first thirteen episodes, nine girls made contracts with Negi, six of who already had Pactio in the manga (Asuna, Nodoka, Setsuna, Konoka, Yue, Haruna) and three without them (Fuuka, Fumika, Kaede). However in episode fourteen, the situation presented itself where twenty of the other classmates had to make a contract in order to free Negi from a precarious situation. At the time, Evangeline reasoned that she and Chachamaru did not Pactio due to their inhuman natures (one being a vampire, the other an android). However, both did eventually Pactio towards the end of the series: Evangeline to be saved from a possession, and Chachamaru merely to complete Negi's collection.

Design

Each of the three pactio cards for each student has a different design to reflect its power. Like the original Temporary Pactio cards in the manga and the first anime, each card bears the name of the Ministra and various information about the Ministra.

  • For hilarity, Dud cards are entirely written in hiragana ("Suka Card" is written like this: すかかーど), and this applies even to non-Japanese names such as Evangeline's. Each card bears a rune letter and some gibberish below it (usually what the animal as which each student dresses says outside some "specific" lines for certain characters such as Nodoka, Evangeline and Ayaka). Each Dud Card also has a plaid pattern on the background. Unlike the two other kinds of cards in which each has one general background color, the colors of the plaid pattern in each Dud card vary from student to student. There are four sets of numbers (all written in Hindu-Arabic) on each Dud card: (a) Two sets of numbers on opposite corners of the smaller black frame which indicate the student's class number, (b) a number signifying the card level found at the lower right-hand corner of the card, and (c) a four-digit number which indicates the student's birthdate. (Evangeline's four-digit number is 9999, since her definite birthdate is unknown.) To add to the uselessness of the card, it lists the Ministra's likes and dislikes, rather the planet and color connected to her as indicated in the Armor and Cosplay cards, and while her equivalent direction is shown, it is indicated by a badly-drawn arrow instead of a compass rose used in the other two cards.
  • In essence, Cosplay cards are almost the same as the Temporary Pactio cards in the manga. They are almost entirely written in Latin ("Charta Figura" is the Latin name of the Cosplay card, although the words "Charta Ministralis", the name seen in the manga pactio cards, can barely be seen) but also includes the name of the Ministra in kanji and kana. It only differs from the Temporary Pactio cards in having a gray (rather than beige) stylized background and the magic circle seems to be a place podium for the Ministra. Below the student's name is a Latin expression, one that emphasizes the character. Also, a rune letter is seen at the top right-hand corner of the card with the name of a figure from Norse mythology related to the student below the rune. The seat number of the student is written in Roman numerals and found at opposite corners of the small black frame in the card. The card level number is written in Hindu-Arabic and is found at the lower right-hand corner of the card.
  • Armor cards are entirely written in English with the name of the student in Western order. They also have an outer space background, thus giving them a modern look. Each card bears the name of the card itself ("Equip") and the regular occupation of the Ministra ("Rank"). The only number written in each card is the card level, found in "Symparate" circle, which is the lower right circle in the card. There are three other circles in the card, labelled "Guardian", "Direction", and "Astral", bearing the Ministra's various information. Like the plaid patterns on the Dud cards, the color of the lines and the magic circle in each Armor card varies from student to student, but this at the very least is not immediately noticeable. Each Armor card also has two strange features: the given name of the student and her Japanese voice actress's name written in Wabun Code (Japanese Morse code) at the bottom edge of the card and a bar code at the left edge of the card, bearing the student's date of birth and her student number.

Pactio usage

The mage invokes the Pactio when needed from his Ministra. During invokation, the mage draws one of the 3 Pactio cards from the Ministra. The card is randomly drawn, but usually he has two out of three chances of drawing something that assists him in battle.

The process for activating the pactio is as follows:

  1. Negi must invoke the pactio with an incantation.
  2. The partner or partners in question must be within close proximity with him. In the case of one partner, she begins to levitate before him while a globe appears, normally around the abdominal area, (in Chao's case, the globe encircles her in the form of a nikuman).
  3. Negi reaches within the globe, and pulls out the contract card. This is purely a random selection, in which a Dud, Cosplay or Armor card is selected.
  4. Once selected, the partner undergoes an intricate transformation sequence and take on the appearance and powers of the image shown on the card. Usually in the anime, the image shown on a pactio card appears after the partner had transformed.

Note that it is within the realm of possibility that a mistake in the process can cause Negi to select the Dud card, such as in the case of Ku Fei, when she accidentally kicked his hand.

When summoning multiple pactios, the mage can simultaneously invoke a summon in one incantation. Likewise, cards are also drawn simultaneously, with one orb representing all invoked. However, the probability for drawing the one of three cards for each pactio summon is independent of each other. Thus, a combination of card types is possible. This is shown in the tenth episode where out of seven characters, Negi draws three Cosplay cards and four Dud cards.

By the time Negi has pactios with his entire class, he uses the class register in order to determine which student has the best abilities for certain tasks. In addition, he can use telepathy to transmit a message. In the case of Sayo, she was chosen to 'possess' a column in order to retrieve an object which was embedded inside it.

While the Neo-Pactio drawn is always luck of the draw, it only lasts as long as the Ministra has energy (usually seen as food in their stomach) to power their ability. As a result, the duration of each card, (Armor, Cosplay and Dud), varies from person to person. Predicatably, the Magistra is usually very hungry afterwards. Likewise, a meal is shown to be sufficient enough to restore that energy. Furthermore, in some cases, extreme emotional duress can cause the Ministra to use up her energy quickly. In the case of Nodoka, she immediately reverted back to her normal form when she became nervous at not being able to find the answer, despite using her Armor Card.

Card Levels

While the Dud, Cosplay and Armor cards each have different abilities for each girl, they assigned a different "power level" as depicted on each card. Power levels for all three cards can be found around the bottom right hand side of each card. It is raised in the case of armor cards. The power levels for each form vary so that one girl may be more powerful or useful in one form over another.

For example, a potential card for Makie's Cosplay form levels as a "50" in power, compared to a "30" for Asuna. On the other hand, Asuna's Armor form has a level of "90" compared to Makie, who has a "70". While these power levels show some sense in hierarchy in this anime and the manga, there are some anomalies that could show possible potential: the "Dud" form for Chizuru ranks at a maximum of "5", comparable to major fighters in the series such as Mana and Ku Fei. While this may or may not mean anything in regards to the buxom, good-natured female, it could be a hint for other things.

Statistics revealed in the final episode further emphasize that the statistics of a Neo-Pactio transformation changes from card to card, with some Cosplay cards being even more powerful than Armor cards. Chisame's Cosplay form in particular is seen as completely maxed in statistics, yet she may have lower statistics and potential in other forms due to her Dud card possessing a "4" in rank. Similarly, the abilities and personal abilities already possessed by the student may come into play in the power and use of a Neo-Pactio ability. In one case, Mana's Cosplay form instantly crushed the Armor forms of all three cheerleaders at the same time, which may stem less from the power of the form and more on Mana's own experiences and skills. Since her Cosplay weaponry are two handguns, weapons which Mana has experience in using, she is easily able to use them to stop the projectiles of Misa, Madoka and Sakurako, whose Armor weaponry are much weaker projectiles.

Other Neo-Pactio information

  • Besides making Negi and the student into partners, the power of the Pactio protects them from the influence of the Star Crystal. Thus, they are immune to mind-control. However, they are still vulnerable to altered-realities.
  • Similarly, the power of the cards allow all of the girls to loan Negi their power; this is best demonstrated in the final battle against the main posesee of the Star Crystal. (As an added note, all of the girls in this world were represented by their Armor Card except for Zazie, who was represented by her Dud card.)[10]
  • In episodes beyond the fourteenth, very few students had Pactio abilities activated, with four girls outside the original quartet gaining an individual activation (Sayo, Ayaka, Ku, and Chao). However, there were two cases of mass Pactio activation occurring:
    • An incident in episode 19 turns the 29 Contracted females into their childish Suka forms, which they remain for the remainder of the episode.
    • In the final episode, Negi gives the class a day in one of their Pactio forms to help him find his father Nagi, who is roaming aimlessly around Mahora. Three girls (Asuna, Konoka, Nodoka) are turned into Dud forms, five (Misa, Madoka, Sakurako, Chizuru, Natsumi) into Armor forms, and the rest into their Cosplay forms.
  • By the end of the series, only six girls have had all three of their Neo-Pactio forms activated: Asuna, Konoka, Nodoka, Setsuna, Ayaka and Chao. On the other hand, Chachamaru and Evangeline only have their Cosplay cards activated since they gain Pactio late in the series (their Dud forms, as well as Chachamaru's Armor form, were seen, but not in continuity).
  • Although they did not receive Pactio in this series or in further manga actions, the Negima!? anime has suggested Dud forms for three of the remaining main characters:[11]
    • Negi: Mouse
    • Nekane: Sheep
    • Anya: Calico Cat

3-A Pactio

Sayo Aisaka

  • Manga: None.
  • Negima!: Sayo is wearing a yellow kimono. Her weapon is a slow-moving blue hitodama (fireball[12]).
  • Negima!?: (An interesting point about the Provisional Contract in Episode 14, was that Sayo became visible to her classmates without the use of cameras and such. Most likely it was due to the added power of the pactio).
    • Dud: Clione
    • Cosplay: Very similar to her old pactio form in the first series but this time she is dressed in a "deep purple" kimono. Sayo becomes a "solid" being and has the ability to "possess" solid objects. Then, the possessed object becomes "fluid", which allows another person to "reach through" the possessed object (although Sayo is very ticklish when this happens). Her artifacts are eleven magic plates that she can throw as projectiles. This get-up references the ghost story of Okiku and her ten heirloom plates. The duration in which her powers last is in question since she is a ghost and does not need to eat (unless she wants to).[13]
    • Armor: Geisho-Ui: A barefoot angel with a halo and wings. She also wears her winter school uniform, torn at the sleeves. Two haloed winged hearts appear to accompany her.

Yuna Akashi

  • Manga: None
  • Negima!: She wears her basketball team uniform. Her pactio items are basketballs and a pair of shoes allowing her to jump very high.[12]
  • Negima!?:
    • Dud: Otter.
    • Cosplay: She becomes a basketball player wearing a belt surrounded by "balls" and staff with a broom at the bottom and a red-white-and-blue ball on top.[14]
    • Armor: Super Ball: Also dressed as a basketball player, but with rocket boosters around her shoulders and a mechanical ball in her hands.

Kazumi Asakura

  • Manga: Oculus Corvinus: Kazumi's artifact creates up to six small golem cameras that she is able to manipulate and send to any part of the world, allowing her to search for information or others, including missing allies. They have no combat ability and is used specifically for intelligence gathering. Originally named Reportatrix Denudans during its days as a purely promotional item before its use in the manga.
  • Negima!: Her artifact is a scope camera that allows her to record, capture, and focus in on anything, as well as display information about whatever it is focussing on (such as the ideal moment to fire a gun through Negi's wind barrier).[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Domestic Canary
    • Cosplay: Dressed like a field reporter with a long-scope camera and a pair of jeans with one pant leg completely torn. The camera is her main artifact, but its effect was not shown.[14]
    • Armor: Matahari Tools: Dressed as a TV reporter in a short black dress with a long white overcoat and a suitcase on her hands. She is holding a handheld phone on her other hand. Although this card was seen at the top of a Pactio deck after the mass Pactio, it was never used in the series and its effects are unknown.[15] The name of the Pactio card references the famous dancer-turned spy Mata Hari, in light of Kazumi's own skills in gathering information.

Yue Ayase

  • Manga: Orbis Sensualium Pictus: Her artifact is a set consisting of a cloak, book, witch's hat, and a broom. Their abilities are gradually being revealed, with the book appearing to be a beginner's manual for casting spells. Chamo mentions that she has the same Beginner Mage Set that Negi also had. This implies that her equipment is essentially the same as those given to mages in training. At first, her artifact does not offer any immediate firepower, but its potential is starting to prove useful. In fact, what was first thought of as only a beginner's manual actually has a wide array of general information on various magical topics, like an encyclopedia. It is able to display this information in the form of illusionary pages, like holograms. Even more amazing, is that the book is also linked with Mahou.net and updates continuously. It will answer any question Yue asks that pertain to magic. Simply put, Yue now has the equivalent of a magical library branch in one book. She was able to discern Asuna's magic cancellation ability to be among the most powerful, simply by looking it up. Furthermore, she was able to learn the spell needed to amplify Asuna's power. Yue also keeps a practice wand and is already able to cast a few simple spells with it. As for the broom, its purpose has not been shown as of yet, though readers have speculated that it is used like Negi uses his staff, (ie: spell-casting and transport).
  • Negima!: Very similar to the manga series, she uses a broom to cast thunder spells on the enemies.[12] (comparatively, the broom in the manga only casts spells Yue has learned)
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Owl
    • Cosplay: Maid with a broom and a holster which is her artifact with several of her "strange drinks" by her side, each of which has a special magic ability. She experimented with these concoctions on Nodoka in her Dud form. [14]
    • Armor: Enigma Cyclopedia: Slightly similar to her manga Pactio, she wears a witch's costume with a wand and a living hat with a face (similar to the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter series).

Ako Izumi

  • Manga:
  • Negima!:Infirmaria Cum Traumate: Her pactio weapon is a huge syringe complete with a catgirl nurse outfit. In the manga, this was a costume that the cheerleaders suggested her to wear in their fantasy cafe during the Mahora Festival arc .[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Chicken Chick
    • Cosplay: An overcautious nursing assistant wearing a jacket and a scarf over a soccer uniform and with a first-aid kit with a spout as her main artifact. Inside the kit is a giant band-aid that heals any wound instantly. She has a star painted on her right cheek and a clover on her right thigh. The pattern on her shorts also resembles the design of the standard Teamgeist ball.[14]
    • Armor: Knowledge Syringe: Similar to her Pactio card on the older series, she is dressed in a blue nursing outfit with wings while riding on a giant syringe which appears to be her main weapon. This time she no longer has her cat-like appearance.

Akira Okochi

  • Manga: None
  • Negima!: She is dressed in her blue swimsuit. In her pactio form she gains the ability to control water much like water-bending. Her pactio attack is "water thrust".[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Frog (similar in design to Motsu)
    • Cosplay: She is dressed in a swimsuit and sarong with a clam hairclip and water-drop shoes. A piece of coral is stuck in her mouth which she blows on allowing bubbles to come out like a pipe. The power of this artifact was not shown in the anime.[14]
    • Armor: Regalecus Russelii: A mermaid-like synchronized swimmer wearing a pink and maroon swimsuit and carp-like fins attached to her ankles.

Misa Kakizaki

  • Manga: None
  • Negima!: Dressed in her cheerleader outfits and is able to empower the others with cheers. In Satsuki's case, she was able to make her go faster to feed a huge crowd of demons.[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Goat
    • Cosplay: Dressed as a cheerleader wearing a maroon dress and a top hat. She also wears a choker with a key and holds a pair of pom-poms on her hands. She uses her pom-poms as her main artifacts for cheering with melodies.
    • Armor: Lily-Yarn Needle: A school uniform with a weapon similar to one of the heroines of Sukeban Deka. She throws the needle as a projectile.[14] Of particular note: the school uniform she wears is similar to one used by her, Madoka & Chizuru in the 3-A Haunted House during the Mahora festival.

Asuna Kagurazaka

  • Manga: Ensis Exorcizans/Hama no Tsurugi: A giant fan, called a harisen, that can exorcize demons with a single swipe. It is a rather powerful artifact. On the pactio card, it is depicted as a giant sword. Why it manifested as a harisen (giant fan) is not certain, though fans have speculated that it is the incomplete form of the sword version. Asuna's sword seems to manifest in times of great emotion, at one point it becomes a sword when she believes Negi is in a near-death situation, at another point a blinding anger does the trick. There is no indication of why this happens but extreme emotions has, to this point, been the deciding factor when Asuna summons the harisen or sword. An important point to note is that the harisen has little to no effect against opponents that possess no magic, such as robots and non-magical beings, (though if it has any substantial effect against Chachamaru is subject to debate, since she is a robot that is magically-empowered). The same cannot be said for the sword version, since it has been shown to cleave through rock. Most recently, Asuna was able to counter multiple magical attacks with the sword version, just with a single swipe. Furthermore, she is starting to gain control over the more powerful version of her artifact, making it appear at will.
  • Negima!: Same as manga, although her artifact's sword form is not seen
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Wild Boar piglet
    • Cosplay: Her Manga Pactio. She is dressed in a robe[16] while wielding the harisen.
    • Armor: Purifications Sword: Wearing a suit of armor, Asuna now wields the same sword as her true Pactio in the manga (similar in appearance to an outfit she wore in a manga spread).[17]

Misora Kasuga

  • Manga: Joculatrix Monachans: A pair of white sneakers with red soles and a golden wing on the side that gives her superhuman speed and agility. Their combat potential is limited as Misora states that she can only run away with them. However, the shoes are able to allow Misora impossible feats such as running along walls and on top of water. Her Pactio is with Cocone, not Negi, yet her card shows the Roman Numeral 9, her seat number, which is what Negi's Pactio's show.
  • Negima!: She is dressed like a nun. Her weapon is an Iron Cross allowing her to commune with God and use His powers, such as bringing lightning down on enemies.[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Pig
    • Cosplay: She looks very similar to her old pactio form in the first anime, the artifact that she carries is a mysterious pocket watch (its effects were not revealed). [14]
    • Armor: Swift Divine Shoes: Dressed as a marathoner with a sash and a relay baton. She wears a pair of Joculatrix Monachans sneakers that allow her to move fast.

Chachamaru Karakuri

  • Manga: Although she does not have an official card, she serves as Ministra Magi for Evangeline.
  • Negima!: She wears a black cloak with numerous laser guns hidden underneath them.[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Giraffe
    • Cosplay: Wears a full suited engineering outfit surrounded by gears. She carries a doll version of Evangeline as her main artifact.[14]
    • Armor: Lethal Weapon: She wears a maid-like outfit with a sword latched on a gauntlet on her right wrist.

Madoka Kugimiya

  • Manga: None
  • Negima!: Dressed in her cheerleader outfits and is able to empower the others with cheers. In Satsuki's case, Madoka was able to make Satsuki go faster to feed a huge crowd of demons.[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Black panther
    • Cosplay: She is dressed like a gang member (while wearing a bikini under her jacket) complete with a giant ball and chain on her leg and an immense wooden mallet as her artifacts. The outfit is a slightly adapted version of a "boy outfit" she wore in the manga (when she and the other cheerleaders were pursuing Negi and Konoka).
    • Armor: Yo-yo Ma: She is dressed in her school uniform with a yo-yo as her weapon, as used by the main heroines of Sukeban Deka. However, she also wears a metal gauntlet glove and a metallic headband under her hair. She uses the yo-yo as her weapon.[14]

Ku Fei

  • Manga: Mistake Pactio
  • Negima!: Magical tonfa that emit waves of energy when used[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Tiger (During her first attempt to activate her Pactio, she accidentally kicks Negi's hand, just as he was about to pull out a card, causing him to choose wrong.)[18]
    • Cosplay: Becomes a drunken fist master wearing a yellow robe who carries a sake-filled gourd.[14]
    • Armor: God's Dwell Cloth: Dressed in a Chinese martial arts master outfit similar to Gen, she uses powerful Kung-Fu moves in battle. Her weapon is a blue sash.

Konoka Konoe

  • Manga: Flabellum Euri/Flabellum Australe/Regina Medicans: The entire outfit she wears on her card, including the fans, is her artifact, in which has been revealed to heal any injuries as long they had occurred within 3 minutes. However, Konoka has mentioned that she can't heal them if their heads get crushed "like a tomato". In recent chapters, Konoka's Pactio outfit has changed to the nurse's outfit that she wore during Day 3 of the Mahora Festival, although the fans are still part of the attire.
  • Negima!: Presumably the same as the manga, though her power was never shown.
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Koala
    • Cosplay: Dressed in a fancy kimono similar to an outfit from the Kyoto arc. Her attack is to spout water by using the fans she holds in her hands as her main artifacts.[19] In the card itself, she stands on a bridge-like platform with two objects similar to lamp posts behind her.
    • Armor: Kochi No Hiougi (sic), Hae No Suehiro: Her weapons are a set of expanding fortune-telling chopsticks, which she is able to use like a whip[20]

Haruna Saotome

  • Manga: Imperium Graphices/Fictrix Comica: Her artifact is also a set. Hers consists of a sketchbook, inkwell, and quill, as well as a hat and apron. As in the anime, whatever she draws becomes real. She has been experimenting with her artifact, making small doodles of aliens, cats and Tama-chan from Love Hina. According to Chamo, the artifact is used for easy summoning of low-level Golems. The number of images she can bring to life and the size she can make them is yet unknown. Currently, she was able to make lifelike copies of herself and several of the other girls in order to fool the magic teachers who were after them. It was shown that the images begin to degrade after a short while. She was also able to conjure up a giant armored warrior and dozens of Chamo duplicates. Apparently, she can make any of her images come to life at any time, and does not have to draw them on the spot. Another recurrent drawing is a giant martial arts warrior. She also shown to have drawn a female knight that she called Goddess of The Swords which is shown in chapter 142 to slice the feet of Orthrus Illusion to free Chisame and Nodoka. A side effect to her artifact is that whenever any of her art golems takes damage, 1% of the damage is transferred back to her. During her time in the magic world, Haruna states that her drawing speed has increased to a near-holy level, being able to summon a mid-level golem in a mere 27 seconds.
  • Negima!: A magic marker that allows her to bring any image she draws to life.[12] (comparatively, this Pactio works by drawing in mid-air, while her actual Pactio can only be used with her magic sketchbook)
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Penguin
    • Cosplay: She uses a magic sketchbook. Objects drawn on the sketchbook become animated and move out of the paper.[21]
    • Armor: Popup Doodle: Dressed in a special outfit (long pink shirt, blue boots, skirt and beret) and equipped with a magic pen, she appears to use similar abilities to her manga version.

Setsuna Sakurazaki

  • Manga: Sica Shishikushiro/Gladiaria Alata: A complementary shōtō, or, wakizashi, is Setsuna's pactio item. In addition to being an extra blade, it is able to multiply into 16 copies and attack the target like a swarm of wasps, surrounding them in a barrier of sorts in which they are trapped in and thenceforth electrocuted. [22] In the most recent of chapters, she has gained another card by forming a contract with Konoka; this new card has a different design to her first and may possess a different ability which has yet to be shown. [23]
  • Negima!: Similar to her manga version
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Crane
    • Cosplay: Dressed in her samurai outfit from the Cinema Village section of the Kyoto arc (manga version) and wielding a naginata as her artifact.[19] The design of this outfit is similar those traditionally worn by the Shinsengumi.
    • Armor: Sica Sisikusiro: Dressed in the traditional outfit of the bird demons, she wields her nodachi as well as her wings. All of Setsuna's Shinmei-Ryū attacks are increased in power with the release of flowers and petals with each attack.[20]

Makie Sasaki

  • Manga:Armatura Quinquiplex: While she unofficially has a Pactio card by Akamatsu, she has only received a mistake card in continuity.
  • Negima!: A magic ribbon that she can wield like a whip[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Monkey (She has a heart for a belly in this form, similar to Playful Heart Monkey of the Care Bears)
    • Cosplay: Dressed in a cute magical girl dress, she wields a star wand and a heart-decorated hula hoop (her magical powers were not revealed).[14]
    • Armor: No Longer Human: She is dressed in a leotard and equipped with a ribbon which is slightly similar to her old pactio form in the older anime series. She has the ability to bend and stretch her body freely into any shape.

Sakurako Shiina

  • Manga: None
  • Negima!:Hilaratrix Fortunans: Dressed in her cheerleader outfits and is able to empower the others with cheers. In Satsuki's case, she was able to make her go faster to feed a huge crowd of demons.[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Dog
    • Cosplay: Dressed in a Japanese themed samba dancer outfit . She wears a green-pink tropical clothes with a corolla-like skirt with a small cherry plant for a head dress and blue-tinted shades. Her artifact is a maraca. Her costume is probably inspired by Carmen Miranda's samba dancing costume.
    • Armor: Brilliant Invocation: She is dressed in a school uniform with attack marbles, like a heroine of Sukeban Deka. She throws the marbles as projectiles. The meaning of her attack name is unknown.[14] (It should be noted that although she is the only cheerleader not to dress in this style of uniform in manga continuity, she most likely received this outfit to match her companions and their similarly themed Armor Pactio.)

Mana Tatsumiya

  • Manga: She originally had an artifact from her previous contract with a mage, but since her partner is now deceased, she is no longer able to call forth her artifacts, nor is given any additional magic support (as stated in the English version of the manga). The guns she carries are not considered as her artifacts, but may be replicas of the original magic items. Mana is seen wearing a similar outfit to her Pactio after taking Age-Deceiving Pills to get into a movie at a child rate.
  • Negima!: A rifle that fires magic bullets[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Asiatic Black Bear
    • Cosplay: Similar to her former manga Pactio card, the artifacts that she attacks with are two SIG SAUER P228 guns. She wears a sports jacket and long pants. This outfit was slightly similar to the one she wore in the manga when hunting down Sayo.[14]
    • Armor: Infallible xxx: Dressed in a frilly white sleeveless dress and wielding a long rifle on one hand and a pistol on the other.

Chao Lingshen

  • Manga: None, most likely due to the fact that she had just recently returned to her future time.
  • Negima!:A pair of metal tessens.[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Panda
    • Cosplay: Dressed in a Chinese waitress garb. She carries several platters of nikuman in various flavors (as well as a nikuman in her mouth).[14]
    • Armor: Koushu Tessen: She is dressed in a battle outfit similar to Chun Li, she uses powerful martial arts attacks. Her weapons are two metal tessens similar to the one she had on the first series.[24]

Kaede Nagase

  • Manga: Caerulum Tonus Fitting well with her ninja skills, Kaede's artifact is a cloak that can be used for camouflage/invisibility purposes. While underneath the cloak, Kaede is in another plane of reality which includes a house, complete with a kitchen.
  • Negima!: A HUGE shuriken. Its power was not shown.[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Kappa
    • Cosplay: She is dressed in the mountainous outfit of the tengu, complete with a special tengu mask and leaf for blowing wind. In this form, she can transform into anything she can think of (for example, she imagines herself as a frog to save the Narutaki twins when they get in danger).[25]
    • Armor: Cross Combination Kunai: Ninja outfit with a huge scroll on her back and another smaller scroll on her mouth. She also has two broad swords strapped to her back while crossing each other, this likely being the origin of the card's name.

Chizuru Naba

  • Manga: None
  • Negima!: Her artifact in the anime is a group of magic spheres from a swirling constellation around her that explode[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Cow
    • Cosplay: Dressed like a sexy version of a Chinese goddess, possibly Chang'e. She wears a white, short-skirted robe which shows her cleavage, has her hair tied behind her head, and drapes a long white scarf typical of several female figures in Chinese mythology.
    • Armor: Karakuri Bon: A waitress with a platter and a leek. When Natsumi asks what the platter is for, Chizuru has no idea.[14]

Fuka Narutaki

  • Manga: Geminae Simulatrices: Mistake Pactio with Fumika (they both kissed a copy of Negi at the same time). While she unofficially has a Pactio card by Akamatsu, she has only received a mistake card in continuity.
  • Negima!: Dressed in a ninja outfit and are able to do the shadow doppelganger technique alongside Fumika. The number of copies they can make is unknown.[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Bumblebee
    • Cosplay: A detective dressed in old-style Japanese clothing with kimono, puffy pants, wooden sandals and wide-brim hat. She carries a bamboo umbrella (only used to pose with her sister when seen) and a large suitcase as her own artifacts.[25]
    • Armor: Mini-Kunai Shuriken: A ninja with a kunai. This a split version of the twins' unofficial manga Pactio.

Fumika Narutaki

  • Manga: Geminae Simulatrices: Mistake Pactio with Fuka (they both kissed a copy of Negi at the same time). While she unofficially has a Pactio card by Akamatsu, she has only received a mistake card in continuity.
  • Negima!: Dressed in a ninja outfit and are able to do the shadow doppelganger technique alongside Fuuka. The number of copies they can make is unknown.[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Bumblebee
    • Cosplay: A Western detective (akin to Sherlock Holmes) with a magnifying glass and a bubble pipe. Her main artifact is the magnifying glass that allows her to look into an object's future.[25]
    • Armor: Bansen Shukai: A ninja with a scroll in her mouth. Also to differentiate from her sister, some red and blue features in her outfit are the opposite of those of Fūka's. This a split version of the twins' unofficial manga Pactio.

Satomi Hakase

  • Manga: Macinatrix Insana: During the battle between Negi and Chao, Satomi made a provisional contract with Chao in order to help her to reveal magic to the world. However, by the time Chao was defeated by Negi, she was able to complete the incantation for the Forced Recognition Magic, though the spell was changed with Chao's loss into an enchantment to remove hatred from the world for a day. Whether or not the contract is still active is in question, but it is most likely invalid since Chao returned to the future. Logically, Satomi's partner hasn't even been born yet. While Hakase unofficially has a Pactio card by Akamatsu, she has not made one with Negi in continuity.
  • Negima!: Mechanical arms that deliver a punch called a 'Plasma Punch.'[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Axolotl
    • Cosplay: Mad scientist outfit, her artifacts are a satchel and a Florence flask with a strange liquid. The satchel allows her to carry her experiments inside, no matter how large they are compared to the small size of the bag.[14]
    • Armor: Arm-Str (sic): Similar to her original Pactio card, but with the mechanical arms on a backpack instead of out in front; its controls are at a console worn at front

Chisame Hasegawa

  • Manga: Sceptrum Virtuale: Her artifact is a heart-topped staff, resembling to the weapons commonly seen in magical girl anime. The staff allows for several magical properties when used. For starters, it allows for her to attack opponents with a powerful magical attack when used properly. Secondly, when in conjunction with her laptop PC, it allows her and anyone within her vicinity to enter cyberspace, upon which she can internally hack into systems using her computer knowledge to put a stop to any opponent. However, their physical bodies remain in the real word in a kind of trance-like state. Most likely, it is their astral forms which enters cyberspace. Additionally, Chisame is supported by seven virtual 'electronic spirits,' which are seen as talking, long-tailed mice. They wanted Chisame to give them names, but she didn't want to be bothered with such a task and left their names up to Makie. Their names are as follows: Kincha, Hanpe, Konnya, Chikuwafu, Negi, Daiko, and Shirataki. They aid Chisame in her battle with Chachamaru in cyberspace by downloading data, and watching out for any kind of viral attacks. Apparently, they can also aid her in the Real World, as long as an active electrical device is nearby. The mice can also manipulate data from other computers, which allow Chisame's webpage to become the number one Net Idol page on the Internet. It is possible her Pactio has other powers that have yet to be revealed as Chisame later asks Negi about some of the functions of her card. It seems her artifact can set up a decent defence, which allowed Chisame to survive the impact of Shiori's attack.
  • Negima!: Idol Virtuale: She becomes her Net Idol alter ego with magical powers. Her glasses became a power staff[12] (Comparatively, Chisame's staff appears to be the main artifact for transformation in the manga, while her glasses remain as she deems fit.)
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Fox (because of the transformation abilities of foxes in Japanese culture, Chisame can become Chiu in this form)[11]
    • Cosplay: Transforms into her Net Idol alter-ego, Chiu similar to part of her manga Pactio ability. She wears a VR helmet on her head and flies around on her artifact, a CD. Her special ability allows her access the virtual web world.[14]
    • Armor: wAmiga (sic): A cross between a school girl and a magical girl, she wears a sailor fuku with boots, jacket, headphones and "fox ears". Her weapon is her laptop.

Evangeline A.K. McDowell

  • Manga: None.
  • Negima!: Magistra Puparum: She is shown in a real form of a vampire and her full powers are unsealed[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Rabbit
    • Cosplay: Dressed in a frilly and pretty little girl-like dress. She holds a Chachamaru (not Chachazero because of the doll's long hair) doll as her main artifact.[14]
    • Armor: Doll Master: She transforms into her adult/teenage vampiric form with her real powers restored. She sits on a floating throne with vampiric signs around it. The throne makes her magical powers even more stronger than before.

Nodoka Miyazaki

  • Manga: Diarium Ejus: Nodoka gained a picture diary that can read the inner thoughts of people, and prints those thoughts into words and images. This is very useful in a variety of situations, including combat and information gathering, (especially for interrogations, though Nodoka is reluctant to forcibly read the inner thoughts of others and only does it when absolutely necessary - she always apologizes afterwards). This artifact is considered to be very powerful and its potential for misuse is considerable. However, the reason why Nodoka received the book may be due to the fact that her innocent personality prevents her from abusing it. There are two drawbacks to take note. First, is that in order to read the thoughts of a person, she needs to know his/her name and second, the person's mind that the she wishes to read has to be within a 5-point radius of her. Its range might be further now, since Nodoka was able to read Yue's mind when she went chasing after her in the lower levels at Library Island. If she does not use the diary or not call a name, it will read her mind automatically by default, much to her embarrassment. Though now the weaknees of needing the person's name has since been solved with her acquiring a ring that can show her the name of anyone she wants. She has also attached a special magic item to the diary itself, which would tell her what is being written in the book through an earpiece, so she no longer needs to actually read the book in order to read other people's thoughts. Later in the manga, she also able to split her artifact into smaller, simpler versions so that she can read more than one person's mind.
  • Negima!: Similar to her manga version
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Seal
    • Cosplay: Similar abilities to her manga version, but with a pair of glasses[26] added as an extra artifact.
    • Armor: Thought Reading' Dialy (sic): She has four encyclopedias hovering around her, with the books' abilities being a combination of the Diarium Ejus (the ability to read other people's minds and predict their movements in battle) and the Orbis Sensualium Pictus (the ability to look up information on, among other things, magic-related topics; Yue's Pactio item in the manga). She wears a robe and a bunny backpack in this form (similar in appearance to an outfit she wore in a manga spread).[20]

Natsumi Murakami

  • Manga: None
  • Negima!: Dressed as motorcyclist from an action movie.(with a blonde wig and bigger breasts), she drives in a magic motorcycle (which makes Negi worried since she may still be underaged). Apparently, this ties in with her being part of the Drama Club.[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Hamster
    • Cosplay: Dressed in pirate attire with a cutlass as her main artifact.
    • Armor: Hyper Haboki: A Japanese household maid with a rug beater and feather duster used for cleaning.[14]

Ayaka Yukihiro

  • Manga: Burgenesis Florens: While she unofficially has a Pactio card by Akamatsu, she has only received a mistake card in continuity.
  • Negima!: A formal dress with flowers. When she throws the petals at the demons, they have no effect. Then again, since flowers always seem to appear around her when Negi is concerned, (with or without a Pactio), this could just be part of her usual personality and not her real power.[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Cheetah
    • Cosplay: Changed into a perfumer, she wears a classy dress with several cartridges of spray attached to a holster. Her ability allows her to immediately locate whomever's scent she finds on an object.[14]
    • Armor: Preconscious Whip: Dressed with a leather corset and skirt and wearing a tiara, she wields a whip.[27]

Satsuki Yotsuba

  • Manga: None
  • Negima!: The entire Chao Bao Zi stall she works at in the manga is her artifact, which enables her to feed dozens of demons at a time until they disappear[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Squirrel (in the card itself, she holds a cookie)
    • Cosplay: Dressed like a china doll, she sits in a giant ladle with a salt shaker in one hand and the ladle's handle in another. Her hat has a koala head on it (a reference to a bit in the manga in which a koala appears in the background when she tells a group of customers at Chao's restaurant to stop fighting). The giant ladle is also used as an artifact.[14]
    • Armor: Two Sacred Treasures: Dressed completely in an orange chef's outfit reminiscent of those of the Iron Chefs, particularly of Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi. She holds a cleaver on one hand and a stick-handled wok on the other.

Zazie Rainyday

  • Manga: None
  • Negima!: Zazie wears an acrobat bikini topped with a joker's hat. Her weapons are magical cards that can slice up demons[12]
  • Negima!?
    • Dud: Squid
    • Cosplay: Dressed as a fairy-like sky dancer performer with four juggling clubs as her main artifacts. When she uses her acrobatic ability, sparks fly around her.[14]
    • Armor: 4-D Silk Hat: A masked magician dressed in a tuxedo with a cape. Her weapon is a cane and a magical hat.

Negi Springfield

  • Manga: Magiserulus Magi: Made with Theodora, Third Princess of Hellas Empire, for the fight with Rakan.[28]. His Artifact is a rare type that looks similar to a passport with a chain. Opening it shows a card slot which holds his Pactio Cards. It allows him to use the Artifacts of any of his Ministra.[29]

Non-Class 3-A with Pactio

  • Mei Sakura (Favor Purgandi)- Her item is a broom. Not much information has been given about what this broom does; though Mei uses it the way Negi uses his staff (in chapter 156, she is seen flying with it). It may be similar to the broom that Yue has. One possible power of the broom is to completely disarm opponents with a stroke, but it is uncertain whether this is due to the broom, or Mei's own magical prowess. The Japanese name of her artifact is Osōji Daisuki (お掃除大好き, "I love to clean" or "I love to sweep").
  • Albireo Imma (To Fyuron To Biographicon) - His item is a bookmark accompanied by a spiraling archive of books. Using the bookmark, he places it inside a book (with the name of the person he chooses to imitate on the cover) and draws it out in order to transform into their clone. The artifact lacks its usefulness for Albireo as he can only keep his transformed appearance for a few minutes, if the being he wishes to emulate is stronger than him. Add to that the fact that most people are weaker than Albireo himself, he does not need to turn himself into them. Another ability of Albireo's artifact is that it can, for a full 10 minutes, make him become the emulated being completely (thoughts, emotion, personality, etc.), but the price to pay for this ability is quite high. The book that has the records of the then-copied being would lose all of its power after that time ran out, and that it would turn into nothing more than a simple biography. Furthermore, Albireo will only have the memories of that person up to the point in which the biography was written. When he was emulating Nagi Springfield, he did not know that the real Nagi had met up with Negi six years before the present time.
    • Albireo has in his possession more than one copy of his own pactio card, showing that Albireo has been a Minister Magi and performed contracts with multiple mages, although whether they were simultaneous contracts cannot be confirmed as only one copy is shown to be active. In addition, since all the dead cards appear to have the exact same design, it is entirely possible that they all "summon" the same artifact, and so therefore it is possible that one person only has one pactio artifact no matter who the pactio was formed with.
    • Much like the girls in the class, who have their seat numbers on their pactio cards, Albireo happens to have a Roman numeral MI (for 1,001) in the upper left and lower right corners of his pactio card. He has recently confirmed that this Pactio is with Nagi Springfield, the Thousand Master. Since it is currently active, the contract also proves that Negi's father is still alive.
    • Uncommon to most partners thus far, Albireo possesses two tonus (colors) associated with his card (cyaneum, [indigo] and aurum, [gold]), instead of the usual one. The reasoning for this has yet to be confirmed. It should also be noted that the gold makes his pactio a valuable and rare one.
  • Jack Rakan (Ho Helos Meta Kirion Furosopon) - Another of Nagi's partners, his artifact can transform into any type of weapon(s). The English Translation of his Artifact's name is The Man with a Thousand Faces.
  • Shirabe (Fidicula Lunatica) - One of Fate's Ministra Magi, Shirabe's artifact is a fiddle. The fiddle is able to create soundwaves strong enough to cut through rock.
  • Shiori (Signum Bioregens) - Another of Fate's Ministra Magi, Shiori's artifact allows her to create and take the form of a perfect reproduction (both appearance and personality-wise) out of anyone. For it to work, Shiori simiply has to kiss the intended target on the lips.
  • Tamaki (Encompandentia Infinita) - A third of Fate's Ministra Magi, Tamaki's artifact is capable of creating a vast barrier dimension, spreading hundreds of miles between the barrier walls. It follows the same rules as a normal barrier dimension, meaning that she has to be in the dimension along with anyone she intends to imprison, and if she is defeated, the dimension is broken. She has stated that she controls it by will.
  • Koyomi - Another one of Fate's Ministra Magi, she has a hourglass that controls time.

References

  1. Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga, Chapter 39, Page 15
  2. Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga, Chapter 17, Page 11
  3. Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga, Chapter 17, Page 11
  4. Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga, Chapter 15, Page 5
  5. Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga, Chapter 35, Page 5
  6. Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga, Chapter 31, Pages 08-09
  7. Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga, Chapter 189, Page 15
  8. Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga, Chapter 35, Page 5
  9. Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga, Chapter 19, Page 14
  10. Negima!? anime; episode 24.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Negima!? anime; episode 19.
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 12.17 12.18 12.19 12.20 12.21 12.22 12.23 12.24 12.25 12.26 Mahou Sensei Negima! anime; episode 26.
  13. Negima!? anime; episode 15.
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.15 14.16 14.17 14.18 14.19 14.20 14.21 Negima!? anime; episode 26.; Negi released this form for this student only in the final episode.
  15. Negima!? anime; episode 14.
  16. Negima!? anime; episode 4.
  17. Negima!? anime; episode 3.
  18. Negima!? anime; episode 17.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Negima!? anime; episode 25.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Negima!? anime; episode 6.
  21. Negima!? anime; episode 12.
  22. Negima! manga; chapter 134.
  23. Negima! manga; chapter 252.
  24. Negima!? anime; episode 22.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Negima!? anime; episode 10.
  26. Negima!? anime; episode 5.
  27. Negima!? anime; episode 16.
  28. Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga, Chapter 239, Pages 17-18
  29. Mahou Sensei Negima! Manga, Chapter 241, Page 17

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