|Negima! Magister Negi Magi|
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|
|English publisher|| Del Rey
|Magazine|| Weekly Shōnen Magazine
|Original run||February 26, 2003 – ongoing|
|Original video animation|
|Mahō Sensei Negima! Introduction Film|
|Released||August 25, 2004
December 22, 2004
March 24, 2005
|Licensor|| Star Child Records
|English network||FUNimation Channel|
|Original run||January 6, 2005 – June 29, 2005|
|Original video animation|
|Mahō Sensei Negima! : Spring (Haru)|
|Licensor|| Star Child Records
|Released||October 25, 2006|
|Original video animation|
|Mahō Sensei Negima! : Summer (Natsu)|
|Licensor|| Star Child Records
|Released||November 22, 2006|
|Magister Negi Magi Mahō Sensei Negima!|
|Original run||October 4, 2007 – March 27, 2008|
|Original video animation|
|Mahō Sensei Negima! : Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba|
|Released||August 17, 2008 - February 17, 2009|
|Original video animation|
|Mahō Sensei Negima! : Mō Hitotsu no Sekai|
|Studio|| Studio Pastoral
|Released||September 17, 2009|
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. 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. An animated theatrical movie feature has been confirmed for a release in 2011.
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).
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 . 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.. 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.
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. 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, within a limit of 10 km. Additionally, the card may be used by the Minister to summon his Artifact, with the word "Adeat" (Latin for "Let it come forth"), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!?
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.
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. 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:
Just like previous Negima adaptations by Shaft, Akiyuki Shinbo served as the director, together with the same staff as his previous works.
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. The total sales of three volumes was 245,000 copies.
A fourth set of OADs was announced in the Mahō Sensei Negima: Ala Alba event held on February 11, 2009. 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 ). 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.Just like the previous OAD adaption, this series will again be produced by Shaft in cooperation with Studio Pastoral. A theatrical film adaptation is planned to be made if sales are good.
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 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:
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. 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).
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!!). The cast of all of the 31 girls was released on July 2007, while it is announced later that actress Yukina Kashiwa would play Negi, Hiroshi would portray Takamichi T. Takahata, former AV star Nao Oikawa as Shizuna Minamoto, and Gajirō Satō as the school dean. 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.
Note: This list pertains only to the theme songs from the first Negima! animation series.
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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."
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 . 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.. 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.
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. 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, within a limit of 10 km.
Additionally, the card may be used by the Minister to summon his Artifact, with the word "Adeat" (Latin for "Come forth"), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.