This is typically where I'd say something about Negima, chapter 353 and 354. The topic is still Negima, but I can't say anything about a chapter that hasn't been released yet. There are three chapters (supposedly) left until the end of the series, and it goes on a two week hiatus.
Next chapter, February 29.
Now, I'd like to express my incredulity about this. In chapter 352, we were left with the mother of all cliffhangers (and some more things that didn't make sense), and were told that the series would be concluded in three chapters.
Last week, I dutifully checked every day for a new chapter, and just figured that the translations were slow. This week, when chapter 353 failed to come out (since we'd normally be at chapter 354 as well), I went searching.
That's when I found that chapter 353 hasn't even come out yet, and won't until February 29th.
Of all the things to pull, this has got to be the worst. If there's a legitimate reason for the hiatus, fine...but it feels like it's just being stalled off. Every series has a hiatus now and then, typically no more than a week long, however, unless it hits a hiatus around a huge holiday.
On the other hand, Negima has pulled a lot of hiatuses since it started (though, I only started reading it around when the school festival arc was concluding), and left a lot of plot holes from the Magical World arc...and if those holes are explained in three chapters, I'll eat my metaphorical hat.
In any case, to pull a hiatus when there are only three chapters left until the end of the series is bad comicing in my book. If it's the 'zine that Negima is being published in, fine...I'll retract my "WTF" and only go with a written glare in the direction of said 'zine (unless they're going out of business or something).
My biggest issue (besides the fact that it was a hiatus that occured when there are only about three chapters left until the end of the series) with this is that we weren't told that there was going to be a hiatus at the end of the last chapter. Typically, we're told if the series is going on a break for a week (or longer).
Oh, well...Natsume Yuujinchou Shi on Mondays...nice breath of fresh air from all the stalling (Detective Conan), hiatuses (Negima), falling storylines (HxH), frustratingly frequent flashbacks (Cardfight Vanguard), and series going downhill (just about everything else I read).
Negima used to be the other breath of fresh air that I looked forward to every week. Oh, well...at least there's one series that's still on top.
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