Am I the only one who didn't really enjoy this whole fight? I'm not saying it was bad, it was much better than most shounen fights, but imo it was dragged far too long and wasn't all that interesting compared to other fights in Negima. Neither Rakan nor Negi showed anything exciting or original. Only the tactical side of this fight was really good.
Rakan is just an OP fistfighter that can conjure blades from thin air (there is a ton of such characters) and Negi's ME was only making him faster and faster witch each chapter. Nothing creative here. Negi's artifact is plain OP and boring too. It's just a reuse of already existing artifacts, and imo it's very unfair for his team that he can use all of their artifacts.
What wories me the most is that fights in Negima are all about magic kung-fu now. There are so many interesting ways to use magic in combat, yet all strongest mages in MSN seems to be martial artists. Where are all the ranged magic specialists, demonologists, summonners, necromancers, DOT'ers and such? It's all about magical punching right now.
And Negi surpassing Eva in ME is stupid beyond reason. 10 years old kid after one month of training surpassed a shinso vampire who spended 10 years developing ME and then used it for centuries... I hope it turns out that scroll Eva was created right after real Eva developed ME and don't have any memories beyond that.
Maybe I'm exaggerating but I really think vol. 27 is by far the weakest in all MSN. And it's a shame since I really love this manga. Hopefully it'll get better in next chapters.