Negima!? gets SHAFTed…

Negima?!

… GOOD!

Oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man…. watching Negima?! made me shed tears of happiness. It was Just. That. Awesome. Akamatsu-sensei fans rejoice! Seems like SHAFT gave it their full treatment too. I could see a lot of their trademarks around the show.

First off, a lot of the early “character introduction” parts were cut off, and the story jumps straight in to the Eva arc, with Makie’s attack occuring near the beginning of the episode. Also, Eva’s been given more screen time in the form of the 1st 5 minutes showcasing her battle with the Thousand Master that some how reminds me of Tsukoyomi’s beginning too. Fine and dandy by me, and in fact, it looks much more amazingly cooler this way.

Next, character design and animation does not disappoint and in following their traditions, almost none of the frames contain recycled footage. God, I can see Negima?! turning in to the next Pani Poni Dash in terms of fansubbing hardness. The infamous blackboard keeps changing the words every time they cycle through it and for those observant enough, should notice Zazie’s multitude of tricks with every frame change.

Then a few more extras that I notice is the awesomeness that is Mugihito becoming the Narrator. God, only a few others can hope to match up to his legendaryness, maybe only Keroro’s Narrator is equal with him. Plus, it seems the magic scenes will be animated with extreme flourish, seeing the simple spell being casted today. God I’m so looking forward to next week.

Oh well, enough for now.Man… what the hell was with the Baka Rangers scene at the end, I almost choked on my drink. And man… Takamichi is GAR in Negima!?

16 Comments

  1. Skane Said,

    October 5, 2006 @ 11:29 pm

    GAR?

    Searching the internet revealed a lot of meanings, but none of them make sense in the context of your sentence.

    Grand Army of the Republic?
    Greasy Ass Residue?
    General Assessment Report?
    Grain Aspect Ratio?
    Gate Acceptance Rate?
    Grow Analysis & Review?
    etc…

  2. Haesslich Said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 12:20 am

    Takahata looks like a Yakuza kobun who’s a pimp on the side… but at least he isn’t a fat, spare-tire carrying salaryman like he was in XEBEC’s version. Although it’s kinda cool to see Chachazero with an obviously puppet-like body…

  3. Adrian De Luis Said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 12:33 am

    will the new Negima series follow the story of the manga?

  4. tragicsmile Said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 12:50 am

    Takamichi is the bone of his sword.

    :p

  5. PabloDSZ Said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 1:40 am

    Any can tell me were to find torrent or avi or file of this, i cant find it anywere.
    help would be greatly appreciated.
    Ps: Tokyotosho does not have it :(

  6. Link Said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 2:18 am

    I love Akiyuki Shinbo.

  7. Rift Said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 3:25 am

    Tokytotosho does have it, but it’s name is in Japanese…

    Man, I wasn’t sure whether they’d actually pull this show off, but now I have yet another thing I need to watch… this season is going to kill me.

  8. Eleutheria Said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 4:48 am

    The blackboard crap was great. Noticed the azumanga reference on it?

  9. meganeshounen Said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    Well, I know that Takamichi’s pretty adult but… white hair? (And yes, he DOES reek of GAR at the moment.)

    GAR = 4chan term for ubercool manliness, See: Archer from Fate stay night

    Oh, and do not that the SHAFT version’s going to focus on the shounen-combat aspect of Negima, so the fanservice you’ll be seeing won’t be as stellar(?) as the other one or the manga. Still good in my book.

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

    >>SHAFT version’s going to focus on the shounen-combat aspect of Negima, so the fanservice you’ll be seeing won’t be as stellar(?) as the other one or the manga.

    I say the fanservice is much better left as the manga’s best point. Being a guy, watching all those extremely cool action scenes being animated is a much bigger plus for me. Negima’s action ranks only second to the fanservice in terms of awesomeness in the manga.

    >>Noticed the azumanga reference on it?

    Of course!

    Oh man… one week for every episode… one week for every episode…

  11. panzerfan Said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 11:29 pm

    careful there. On 4chan Nanoha is also given the title gar… well garmoe.

  12. kacper Said,

    October 6, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

    The widescreen version is now available.

  13. Zoloat Said,

    October 7, 2006 @ 2:19 am

    I loved all the Musashi Gundo references. Uo! Mabushi!

  14. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    October 7, 2006 @ 2:40 am

    Man.. there’s tons of other references I’m sure. Who’s subbing Negima has better do a good job.

    And grabbing the widescreen version now, for my second run.

  15. It’s Negima!?, but is it still Mahou Sensei Negima? « Ramble, Ramble Said,

    October 19, 2006 @ 3:01 pm

    [...] While the consensus about Negima!? has been mostly positive, I kept thinking it was just me, so I’m glad I’m not the only person on the fence about this. For the record, I liked Pani Poni Dash, but does that necessarily work here? Outside of the nitty-gritty (i.e., the different classroom design, Chamo-kun with Negi from the get-go), this series doesn’t feel like Negima. Yes, the animation quality far exceeds the predecessor, but the Akamatsu feel isn’t fully there. In terms of ASX’s main points: [...]

  16. Fernando Said,

    January 25, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    Yeah, I saw this and I thought…Utena The Movie…II
    Takahata-sensei is Akio pimped out!
    Plus the transitions…and the Immaculate Flowing hair!

    I’m in love with this show!

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