Mahou Sensei Negima

By bluemist on June 30th, 2005

Mahou Sensei Negima!

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I first heard about Mahou Sensei Negima because of my Love Hina hype back in my early anime days. Back then, Love Hina was one of my favorites, and so having this Ken Akamatsu guy doing another new manga serialization is quite a treat.

31 girls? Whoa! 31 girls! When I heard about Negima having 31 girls, I was thinking the guy is really crazy. I mean, are 7+ girls, Love Hina-style not enough? Furthermore, in the midst of the Harry Potter movie craze, main character Negi is being hyped as a HP-ish magician, hmm… a shounen series eh? And so, put extreme harem and shounen together, I didn’t think it was going to be good at all. I forcefully read the first chapter, and I was not impressed at first. Anyway since it was a new serialization at that time, I figure I skip this first, and get back to it when more volumes or chapters are available.

I ate my words that time. Upon announcement of the anime, I went back to reading the manga… and I was so hooked! I went totally ballistic, it is a great manga series! Words can’t express the happiness I had at that time, eating 50+ chapters (up to the Kyoto arc) all in one go, collecting wallpapers, music, etc. I expected the anime to be the main dish. Watching the two initial introduction videos, I was literally stunned! Familiar seiyuu, masterful animation, and staying true to its manga roots, I was thinking Negima anime is bound to be a success, maybe more so than the huge (but in the end crappy) anime that was Love Hina.

Alas, a disappointment.

The TV series was shrouded in horrible stock market animation levels. One episode may not look like another, and inconsistent character art annoyed me to the core. Moreover, the colors of their hair, it’s like basic and neon. I was asking “WHY” all over the internet. Why did XEBEC, the same company who did the excellent introduction videos, change the look of the TV anime? Why is each episode radically different from others? Why did they arrange and mix up events from the manga?

On the flip side however, the strength of the manga content still shines through. I anticipate watching the latest Negima episode every week, more so than similar current anime series. As I said, the Negima manga RULES, and even though the fanservice is toned to nothingness, the rest of the story and events stayed true. My hopes of having better animation came to fruition little by little, as the latter half of the series had some great animation moments, and the upcoming DVD releases will feature remastered versions of the horrible episodes.

The latter half, however (again), became ridiculed with speculation. Fillers, and extreme story rearrangements are abound, but nevertheless it is still as good as it gets. One highlight is the ghost girl Sayo episode, one of the best episodes in the anime. But, here we go to the Kyoto arc, a massive 20+ chapter spectacle in the manga, now reduced to 2 episodes. How about that? From an outsider viewpoint (someone who hasn’t read the Kyoto arc), it was an excellent, action-packed 2 episodes. For fans, it is a disservice.

The alternative story leading to the anime’s ending is a given, knowing that the manga still isn’t finished. While it is quite a SHOCKER, it isn’t too strong to make a good conclusion. Seeing that, I guess the varying animation quality levels, coupled with multiple staff changes including staff and directors really hurt the entire series’ coherence. It’s a shame really, considering that the rest of the Negima franchise is doing so well. I was astounded at the huge number of singles and drama cds related to Negima, and even some of them sell well enough to rank in the Oricon music sales charts. I guess the PS2 and GBA games are doing well too, but I haven’t played them too much because I can’t understand the gameplay. The PS2 game was quite nice though. I should mention all the great seiyuu devoting time and effort for all their voice work in those multiple mediums. And of course, the manga has a huge following because of its awesome quality, both in drawing and story. Ken Akamatsu is quite smart.

Anyway, I can talk legions more text specifying all the different emotions that this series (manga, anime, music, games) had brought to me, but I have to stop at some point. (I thank myself by the way for not reacting on EACH of the 31 girls) In any case, Mahou Sensei Negima the anime is still a worthy watch, despite the flaws. But be sure to check out the manga too. Besides, where else can you get more than 31 beautiful girls, and a great shounen-style story progression, all in one package? Look no further.


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37 Comments

Posted By: Willuknight On: July 01, 2005 At: 7:33 pm

the one thing i love about the tv series, is the absense of all the preteen fanservice

reading the first volume of the manga almost completely put me off the series, it was nice to see what its like without all that stuff…

in other news i’m really enjoying the manga now… i’m just past the part about that really weird library and the english test or whatever it was 😉

Posted By: James McMullen On: October 18, 2005 At: 8:59 am

do you know where i can buy the dvd’s?

Posted By: CapFuture On: October 29, 2005 At: 11:32 pm

Could you tell in which book the Kyoto Arc happened? Would be interesting how many books the Anime covers 🙂

Although I haven’t read the Manga yet, I had quite the same impression: Anime buh, but the Manga should be great. Was the same with LoveHina…

Posted By: Knight Of Kaze On: February 14, 2006 At: 9:19 am

Well both TV and Manga version are interesting, but manga series always so us, something about Negima that won’t happen on TV series, thatz make it more interesting, currently da manga still going, for me i’m reading chapter 125

Posted By: Sophie Jennings On: April 12, 2006 At: 3:05 am

i heard quite a bit about Negima and the impression i got was really good, i love the love hina and Ai Love you Manga’s. just reading the review i alreadystarted to get excited. Ken is amazing at putting great storys together

Posted By: Curious On: May 20, 2006 At: 7:00 am

I was wondering if you had the screencap on the very last anime episode of Negima where Konoka is dressed up as her pactio form then there is Setsuna in her’s with her sword drawn horizontal? If so, could you email it to me? For the life of me, I am amazed that it is not anywhere that I can find. I agree with you though. The anime series isn’t as good as I had hoped but the manga is entirely better. Better plots and more character development. Including with several mysteries. I just hope that Akamatsu will not leave us hanging with a crappy ending.

Posted By: lily On: August 13, 2006 At: 7:10 pm

i love negima, i dont realy mind if the coulors look difrent cos it good why do you complain, can you do somethink like that? im geting book five soon i hope its good

Posted By: Clara On: September 25, 2006 At: 6:49 pm

This is a really kyoot anyme and i like it very much

Posted By: sophia On: January 30, 2007 At: 6:06 am

you can read negima online here:
http://www.onemanga.com/Mahou_Sensei_Negima%21/

Posted By: Justin On: May 31, 2007 At: 4:42 am

Hey sophia why does negima start at chapter 155 at your website? And I just started reading negima yesterday it is so koooool!!!

Posted By: catherine On: August 24, 2007 At: 5:11 pm

hello c cool negima!
j’adore vos mangas y sont cool
les mangas a dessiner…!!!!!!!!!!¨;)a+

Posted By: Dieru On: August 28, 2007 At: 9:01 am

i really love negima its my favorite anime is it possible for you to get the episodes out for dpwnload????

Posted By: núria On: October 15, 2007 At: 7:30 pm

hellooooo I love this manga I’ve got the numbers 1 to 10. I nead the number 11 !!!
Its probably the best anime I have readed.

Its true can I read negima in the Internet ?
bye hasta pronto

Posted By: Natasha On: October 26, 2007 At: 11:08 am

read the manga. its like, fucking one THOUSAND times better than the crappy anime.

and more fanservice, for all the perverts. xP

much MUCH better art and the hair color and stuff is much better looking. (talking about cover art here. xP)

seriously, its pretty damn good.

and the anime doesnt even MENTION Kotaro Inugami!!! >.

Posted By: kiy On: November 16, 2007 At: 1:17 pm

hey i love negima i’m a huge fan and my favorite chacter yue.it’s soo awsome!!!!!!!!

Posted By: Sarah On: January 07, 2008 At: 3:39 pm

I’ve only read the manga so far, but I like it. It’s definitely different from most of the manga I have read so far. It has great humor and action.

Natasha, are you serious?! That sucks! I can’t believe they would take out Kotaro, he’s one of the greatest male characters I’ve seen in the series even if he isn’t in it for long.

Posted By: bobby On: May 14, 2008 At: 6:52 pm

negima is one for the best anime and i hope they do more for them

Posted By: Sarah On: October 01, 2008 At: 10:01 am

I watch everyday…

Posted By: jessenia On: January 10, 2009 At: 12:39 pm

desearia que estubiera en español y que en alguna parte se puedan leer los tomos ya que la serie es muy buena o un luugar (que no sea el centro)se vendieran los tomos.

Posted By: jessenia On: January 10, 2009 At: 12:41 pm

los de la serie negima son excelentes se los recomiedo.

Posted By: rrm On: January 14, 2009 At: 9:30 am

I love this anime!!!!I stumbled upon it when I got a Fullmetal Alchemist DVD and it was telling about other animes by that company. I tried it and fell in love.

Posted By: riot On: January 24, 2009 At: 7:26 am

all the books are soo good does anyone know if they have come out with a English version of the tv show tho i cant keep up with the translation on the bottom im a slow reader plus i dont like their voices in Japanese that much

Posted By: Godaybafaleld On: February 11, 2009 At: 12:38 pm

fascinating and communicative, but would be suffering with something more on this topic?

Posted By: bryll On: February 12, 2009 At: 7:00 pm

I am totally crazy with your manga!!!

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Posted By: ensuewore On: February 18, 2009 At: 3:55 pm

Posted By: Takishima On: March 01, 2009 At: 7:55 pm

I really love this anime, impact i wished someday i can be like them

Posted By: toni On: July 02, 2009 At: 8:16 pm

its so cool and astig

Posted By: Manny814 On: December 01, 2009 At: 2:43 am

I really enjoyed the manga alot more than the anime.But the anime has its good parts too. Everyone should also watch the OMAs

Check out this preview for the new anime arc. It looks really good. Its based on the team’s trip to the Magic world the quality looks outstanding. 🙂 i can’t wait till i find it translated somewhere on the web.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXLhoeNHKxw&feature=player_embedded

The series is officially titled Magical Teacher Negima! ~Another World~

Mahō Sensei Negima: Mō Hitotsu no Sekai?

Posted By: skipp On: March 02, 2010 At: 9:52 am

i like nagima cartoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted By: mazin On: May 20, 2010 At: 12:12 pm

i just say , i rly dont like the anime, i think that the anime is a rly bad version of mahou sensei negima manga, i saw the manga before the anime and i can say that the manga is 1000000000000000% better than the anime

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I’m one of freedom Anime drawer and creator
in Thailand. I
Anime’s my life. I have my own caracter too.
(don’t have a story now.)
But I don’t have any chance. Why? Cause am I
a male? Yes,I’m.
I like “Negima”,it’s lovely and…
It’s too many to create it…WOW…!!!
But it’s Japanese…

I’m from Thailand…That’s why…
“P.S. If you all can give me any Idea and
a point. Meet me on Face Book.
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Posted By: Chanon Vitthayawong On: August 12, 2010 At: 7:10 pm

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I’m 15. From Salesian Sarasit Pithayalai school (9 grade). And certainly…
I’m a one of freedom anime drawer and creator
in Thailand.
I like “Negima”,it’s lovely and deadly…
It’s too many to create it.28…WOOOOW…!!!

Anime’s my life. I have my own caracter too.
(don’t have a story now.)
No one can create better than my caracter’s
face now…5555555555555!!!!!!!!

But…
But I don’t have any chance.
I can’t go to Japan without my study now.
I’m still 15. I like “Nagima.”
And I need to study in my country first too.
“P.S. If you all give me your Idea and a Point.
Meet me on Face Book or Window live Hotmail.”

CHEER ME UP!!!!!!!!!!!!I need your all help…

Anime…

Posted By: Chanon Vitthayawong On: August 12, 2010 At: 7:14 pm

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Thank you…

Anime…

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favorite anime negi is so cute i like negi so much when he is achooooo! the panties of girls see and then when asuna strangel negi he suddendly achoooooo! the panty and the bra of asuna see

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