The Mahora Budokai draws to a close. The final fights promise to be something spectacular. Just why has the mysterious Ku:nel Sanders come to the tournament? Meanwhile Asuna take it upon herself to rescue Takahata-sensei who is being held deep underground.
Volume thirteen marks the end of the tournament, Negi predictably has made it right through to the ending rounds. He is spurned on by a challenge by the mysterious Ku:nel, who reminds Negi strongly of his father. The confrontation with Ku:nel sets the tone for most of the book as it becomes increasingly obvious what will happen. Negiís search for his father dominates the plot of Negima, and it seems pretty obvious that heís not going to get any conclusive answers soon. That said anytime the plot touches on this particular point itís when Negima is at its best, and itís hard not to sympathise with Negi. Itís also nice to see Asuna jump into action without Negi, even if her quest ultimately ends up a little redundant.
Having read this volume before reviewing, and again as a refresher before writing up the review itís interesting to note that Negima gains from re-reading as thereís such a lot going on. On first read itís easy to skim through in order to find out what happens, but there are so many little moments between the extended cast that can be missed itís highly advisable to re-read it.
This volume includes the usual Japanese fan art, 3D background breakdowns as well as rough cover art, translatorís notes as well as a Japanese preview of the next volume.
Negima manages both to tug on the heat strings and dish out the fan service. By volume thirteen I suspect most will have decided if Negima is for them or not. Whilst the fights are probably enjoyable by themselves to get full enjoyment reading ( and probably re-reading ) previous volumes is essential.