Mahou Sensei Negima! 258
To the Core of the World's Secrets!!
[Insert text: Mars Shock! A Martian secret that not even NASA could uncover!! What is the shocking conclusion that Saotome has reached?!]
Haruna: Mars!!! // And the Magical World!!! // In other words!! / We have been thinking all this time that this was some separate "magical world"... // ...but we have actually been on Mars all along!!
Everyone: Wh - Whaaaaaat?!
People: D - Don't be ridiculous~~~~~! / Mars, my ass~~~~!
People: You idiot~~! // There's nothing on Mars but rocks and stuff! How could this possibly be Mars~~?!
Haruna: But... but...!
Chachamaru: Still... // It certainly would appear... // ...that the resemblances between the physical structure and names of locations are numerous - there's Olympus Mons, the Hellas Empire matches up with the Hellas Planitia... / Frankly, I'm amazed we didn't notice this sooner.
Chamo: Well, we kinda had more pressing stuff to worry about...
Chisame: But... even so, you can't just go and say that this place is Mars!
Nodoka: No, that's not quite true...
Asakura: You know something about this, Miyazaki?
Nodoka: According to common knowledge, the Magical World is concealed in an "alternate plane". / In basic magical theory, an "alternate plane" is a separate location designed to overlap with the real world... positioned only "half a step away"... // [aside]...so it wouldn't make any difference if there's nothing but rocks in the real world.[/aside] // Alternate planes... traditionally, places "not of this world", where spirits and the souls of the dead can be found. // Famous Japanese examples include the Dragon Palace, Ryuuguujou, and Takamagahara, the land of the gods... or more recently, mysterious towns with public baths found at the end of a tunnel... // The important point is that a large alternate plane requires a corresponding large area in the real world to serve as its base.
[Labels: Reality // Alternate Plane // Bottom of the Ocean // Dragon Palace // Conservation of Area]
Nodoka: Before coming here, Yue and I had been wondering where exactly a space large enough to accommodate the whole Magical World could be found in our own world... / ...but it looks like we've found our answer...
Nodoka: Using the surface of Mars as a catalyst, this fantastical world was created to exist alongside it.
[Labels: Magical World (Alternate Plane) // Mars (Real World)]
Nodoka: That's the true nature of Mundus Magicus. // [aside]...or at least, it would make sense.[/aside]
Yuuna: Eh? But then...
Makie: It really is true...?
Girls: We really are on Mars~~~~~~~~?! No way~~!!! / Go Mars~~~~~~!♪ // We've become space travellers without even knowing it! / Epic discovery~! / You're amazing~aru, Natsumi!!
Natsumi: R - Really?
Yuuna: But wait! This isn't good! If the Magical World is actually Mars... / Then that means...! / It means... // It means......... what?
Girls: What difference does it make if this is Mars?! / [aside]it's an awesome little bit of trivia, but...[/aside] // So pointless~~~~~! / We're obsessing over trivia~~! / Natsumi, you made a useless discovery~aru!
Negi: A "created world"...
[TN: Uh-oh. I think I can see where he's going with this already...]
Negi: Of course... the chances are absurdly high... why did I not realise this before...? / The "fount of the world's culture"... "Godly power"... "the Creator"... the "Mage of the Beginning"... "Blood of the Founders"... / The "Magic of the Beginning and End of the World"... the "Twilight Imperial Princess"... it all fits... / There was a 1908 thesis on "Instability of Artificial Alternate Planes: The Inevitability of Collapse"... / ...But when exactly was it created...? Everything hinges on that... // Naturally, the staff of Mahora Academy would know about this, as well as the upper echelons of Megalomesembria, a society ranking high amongst all the mage societies in the old world... // I'm just missing... a few pieces of the puzzle... / If I just knew a few more key pieces of information, as well as the aims and motives of the organisation that ties them all together... / ...I'm sure all the pieces would fit together into one big picture...
Konoka: Negi-kun, what're you muttering about over there? / [aside]something wrong?[/aside]
Negi: Ah... sorry, I was just thinking... // Setsuna-san... does hearing the name "Mars" not remind you of anything?
Setsuna: O... Of course.
Flashback!Chao: I'm a Martian from the planet Mars! // Martians don't lie, you know. // Within the next hundred years, Mars will become habitable...
Setsuna: You mean... Chao Lingshen, yes?
Konoka: Ahh! / [aside]that's right, she said she was from Mars![/aside]
Setsuna: B... But, Sensei, I just can't see what all of this means...
Negi: I'm not too sure about that myself. But if I'm not mistaken... // Everything about this world is linked in some way... My father and his companions, and Chao-san as well...
Negi: There's just one more thing... yes, just one more important piece that I need to make it all fit... that's the feeling I get. // Chachamaru-san! Could I have a little talk with you about Chao-san? Haruna-san, Asakura-san, Chisame-san, if you could come along as well! // [aside]Chamo-kun, too![/aside] // Quickly, we're short on time!
Makie: What were you guys talking about?
Konoka: [aside]I don't even know...[/aside]
Negi: Natsumi-san... / This is all thanks to you. I think I may owe you an incredible debt of thanks...
Negi: You may have just uncovered for us the most important key of all. //The key to the mystery that I believe led my father and mother into battle... / The mystery of this Magical World.
Mahou Sensei Negima!
Period 258: To the Core of the World's Secrets!!
[Insert text: The door of secrets is flung wide open!!]
[Text: Megalomesembria Trusteeship District / The New Ostia Government-General]
Girls: Wo~~~~w! // The whole place just screams "rich"~~!
Rakan: You guys~! Hurry it up!
Negi: Oh - you've let your hair down, Asuna-san! // You look wonderful - it really suits you.
Shiori!Asuna: O - Oh, be quiet...
Konoka: Yeah, it really does! You look like a real princess!
Shiori!Asuna: N - Not you too, Konoka... / [aside]you look better than I do...[/aside] // ...wait, huh? // What the heck are you wearing, Setsuna-san~~~~~?!
Shiori!Asuna: We're going to a ball, and you're dressed up like some kind of bodyguard...!
Konoka: I know~!
Setsuna: Well, I am Ojou-sama's bodyguard, after all... / [aside]I thought it would be easier to move about in if something were to happen...[/aside]
Kotarou: It was this guy who gave that suit the okay, ya know. / [aside]sayin' "It certainly does look easier to move about in..." or somethin'.[/aside]
Negi: Wha - ?!
People: Kotarou-kun, it's not nice to tell tales on p - // Don't drag Kotarou into this! Negi, you idiot! / Getting in the way of a maiden dressing up... what kind of gentleman are you?!
Chisame: Sensei, could I have a moment?
Rakan: So loli-Chisame-san isn't going to be turning back, huh? / [aside]you like that body that much?[/aside]
[TN: I do! I do! <3]
Chisame: [aside]don't call me a "loli"![/aside] // Oh, just shut up and listen. // ...All this stuff about the "secrets of this world"... I can't help but get a bad feeling about it all. Something's not right here. / ......I get the feeling if you take one more step in this direction... / ...you might never be able to return to the crazy-but-peaceful life you've always enjoyed back at Mahora Academy. // I can't shake the feeling that this is like a "point of no return".
Chisame: So let me ask you one last time... Negi-sensei.
Chisame: ...You really do have to find out about your old man no matter what, right? // Just going back to the Academy and having a crazy old time with all of us... / ...that's not enough for you, is it?
Negi: Thank you, Chisame-san... // I know you're always looking out for me...
Chisame: [aside]n - no, I'm not -[/aside]
Negi: But... I think you've got it wrong. / I'm going down this path so that I can go back home. // It's thanks to all of you that I've made it this far... // If this world... holds the secrets that will explain my father and mother's fight once and for all... / ...then that's something I have to find out. // How my father felt, the problems he faced, and what he tried to achieve... / The solution to these questions that I've been unable even to imagine is finally right before my eyes.
Negi: If I were to turn back at this point... / ...then even if I did make it back to Mahora Academy... // ...I'm sure I would regret it for the rest of my life. // That's why... // ...I have to forge on ahead. // So that I can be true to myself.
People: [aside]whooooa... // that kid really can be cool sometimes...[/aside]
Shiori!Asuna: (Do you really have to be so over-the-top about it? // [aside]'course, I've known since forever that that's just the kind of idiot you are...[/aside])
Chisame: ...Whew. / Well, if you're willing to go that far...
Rakan: Ahah... / HAHAHAHAHAHAH!
Negi: Whaaaaa?! // Wh - What the - ? Rakan-sa... // (He's serious?!)
Negi: What do you mean, "good"?! What are you playing at~~?!!
Rakan: Heh... you just dodged my kick and punch without even preparing any enchantments. // Don't you think that's pretty amazing?
Rakan: Let's take a look at you...
Rakan: Hahah. / You've really grown, haven't you? / [aside]seriously, just how good can you be at this?[/aside] // Looks like the speed with which you can draw out your power has increased significantly, but the burden on you is probably pretty big too. // Still, it's no big deal. You should be good for another three serious fights or so, at least. / Just get Eva to take a look at you when you get back.
Negi: R - Right.
Rakan: Mm... // There really is nothing left for me to teach you! You pass with flying colours! // Allow me to award you the Rakan Level Three. // [aside]here's your certificate![/aside]
Negi: No, thank you.
Rakan: Ah, come on. After all, you really have become...
Rakan: ...a real man, with the power to match. // And as a man, you'd better protect your women... / ...and save the world.
Rakan: Use your power for others, not yourself. That's the path of a real man... all right? / [aside]just a little pointer.[/aside]
Chisame: Big words coming from a cash-crazed dead man.
Rakan: [aside]that's Chisame-chan for ya! // always brutal!♡[/aside] // .........!
Rakan: Anyway, I've gotta go use the WC!♡
Negi: Eh? Rakan-san...
Rakan: Oh, yeah... that's right. // Just for the record, your Mother's Arika. No doubt about that!♡
Rakan: And one real fine lady she was, too!
Rakan: Tell the truth, I fell for her a little myself!
Setsuna: [aside]fell... for her...?[/aside]
Konoka: [aside]"fell for her"...!♡[/aside]
Chisame: [aside]"fell for her"...[/aside]
Negi: [aside]"fell for her"...[/aside]
Shiori!Asuna: [aside]"fell for her"...[/aside]
Rakan: Yeah, one fine lady, and a great one at that. / You should be damn proud! / [aside]sure can't blame your old man for falling for her![/aside]
Negi: R - Rakan-san, could you not be more careful about how you say important things like this...?! / [aside]just coming out with these things all of a sudden like that...[/aside]
Rakan: Ahh, maybe later. Heck, just talk to the old Governor-General, he knows more than I do anyway! / Actually, isn't that about enough from me anyway?
Negi: Whaaa?! // [aside]but you promised~![/aside]
Rakan: Anyway, you guys better go on ahead. We aren't talking a Number One here... // ...it's a BIG OL' NUMBER TWO. / [aside]ye~~p, this one's gonna take a while![/aside]
People: Wha - Rakan-san~~! // Guahh! // Shut up! // Get outta here! // What're you grinning about?!
Chisame: [aside]was he hiding his embarrassment...?[/aside]
Konoka: He's one interesting guy, huh~?
Shiori!Asuna: Yes, yes, I think we should all forget about that prize idiot and move swiftly onwards... / [aside]he said he'd fill us in later, after all.[/aside] / We still have to meet up with Yue-chan, after all.
[no text just ominous]
Fate: ......Pitiful and transient wooden dolls... / ...blissful in their ignorance. // Informing them that the human "self" is nothing more than an illusion of the mind... / ...would not even serve to comfort them. // Not, of course, that I am all that different myself... / As far as I am concerned right now, Negi-kun... you are...
Rakan: ......Gawd, gimme a break. I don't get a thing you smart idiot types say no matter which side you're on.
Rakan: That look sure brings back memories. Doing it to match Negi? // Hell, do you even have an invitation?
Fate: ...I must say, I didn't expect you to show your face. / I was under the impression you could not care less about the fate of the world.
Rakan: Sure, I'm not big on the world and all that crap. // But a little girlie friend of mine set me straight on somethin', ya see. // We've all gotta wipe... // ...our own damn asses!!
[Insert text: As the ball begins, an epic showdown breaks out?!!]
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