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!?