While fans of Kanon have had to wait more than four years for a remake, Mahou Sensei Negima gets one after less than two years! I actually liked the first series of Negima, so I didn’t see why they needed to remake this anime so soon.
Negi has just graduated from magic school and has received his first assignment as a mage. He’s a teacher at Mahora Academy, an all girl’s school. This could be a normal assignment except for the fact that Negi is just a little kid. Many of his students are older than he is! If it worked for Pani Poni Dash, I guess it could work for Negima…
Meanwhile, at the school rumors are spreading about some kind of Chupacabra monster sucking girls’ blood! I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I can tell you for a fact that the Chupacabra exists! But I dunno how it made its way to Japan…
So this episode was pretty much designed to try and introduce each of the students of Negi’s class. There’s a few that I don’t remember, like the gun shining girl. Did they add new girls? At the end of the episode, Konoka gets attacked by a vampire! Um, we all know that she’s Evangeline, right?
It appears that this version of Negima has been put on the fast track. That’s probably good, since I don’t even remember half of the stuff that happened in the first series (which means it wasn’t important). Hopefully this series will go farther than where the first series just tried to make up a dramatic ending (and failed horribly).
SHAFT did an awesome job with the animation for this series. The visual style that they used was definitely unique. Even if the story was pure crap, I’d still watch just for the pretty animation. This is probably the best looking anime of the season. The animation does remind me of Pani Poni Dash, including the random stuff on the chalkboard.
Do I really need to say anything about the character designs? There’s about a billion different girls in the class, and I’m sure there’s enough to suit just about anyone. My favorites are Chao Rinshen (because hair buns are hot), Saotome Haruna (because glasses are hot), and the ghost (because seriously, who else would include a ghost in their favorite characters?).
There wasn’t an OP or ED for the first episode, but I got em from episode 2. The OP would sound really cool if the girls would stop talking and just sing! I dunno if it’s a special version or if they’re gonna be talking for episode 3 too. The part where they actually do sing sounds really cool, though. The ED seems pretty average to me. The vocals are cute so it gets a thumbs up!
Download the OP: “1000%SPARKING!” by Rina Satou, Akemi Kanda, Ai Nonaka & Yu Kobayashi
Download the ED: “Hoshizora Letter” by Akemi Kanda
I guess this Fall is the season for awesome remakes of anime. Negima!? definitely surpasses its predecessor in terms of animation quality. I have a feeling the story will be moving much quicker, too. Negima!? will definitely have a spot on my watch list for this season.