Because I can't keep polluting other threads with my manga chatter
This manga series has been coming out since 2004, and is the most recent (afaik) series from Ken Akamatsu (author of "Love Hina," "AI Love You," and "Mao-chan"). It finally seems to be winding down... but then again, who knows. With 331 chapters and 34 volumes currently published, the series is huuuuuge and... slow. Dreadfully slow.
Time to rant.
Negima! starts with a fun premise: 10-year old Negi Springfield is a British wizard and son of the famous "Thousand Master" who mastered 1000 spells. As the last step in his goal of becoming a Magister Magi (a wizard rank), he is assigned to become a teacher at Mahora Academy in Japan for a class of about 30 teenage girls. Lulz and fan service galore ensue, as the girls adjust to their cute and precocious teacher. This covers the first 6 or so volumes, as Negi (and the readers) learn about the distinct personalities of all the girls, who include (among others) a (potential?) Martian, a vampire, a robot, and a half-demon.
This is by far my favorite part of the series. Each girl gets a bit of the lime-light, and readers will come to pick their favorites (Nodoka and Yue for me). There's a ton of humor, a lot of fan service, and the plot slowly shapes up to be "what happened to Negi's father?"
By the end of volume 6, there's a shift. The shift actually starts around volume three, when Negi fights a vampire in his class... but then the next three volumes have progressively more fighting against enemy mages and a strange boy named Fate, which leads to two volumes more about training. Hmmm. And while the next "arc" is about the school festival, many chapters are devoted to a fighting tournament. The entire festival lasts nine freaking volumes, of which I seem to think about half were fighting.
The shift is clear by this point. The story had gone from mahou + school days to a fighting manga. And it hasn't shifted back. Sigh.
Flash forward another 150 chapters, and I have no idea what the plot is now. Perhaps with a week break in between each chapter I just forgot. It's been like 2 years (IRL) since Negi and co. went to the magic world, and honestly I'm not sure who they're fighting, or why, or what's happened to Asuna, or Nagi, or Negi's mom. But I do know one thing:
TL;DR Jack Rakan is awesome, a deus ex machina, and the only thing worthwhile in the last couple of years of this manga.