Maho?!

Maho?!

Maho?!

I must say, Negima?! is definitely the most visually rich anime this season, hands down. Akiyuki Shinbo’s crazy touch really does give a very very fresh feel to the show.He really likes his “multiple panels” and random shots of the settings while character is explaning approach. Funniest must be the attendance sheet talk amongst the characters too.

There’s also craploads of visual cues in almost every frame, ranging from parodies to downright references, like the Nazca Lines and South Park… and those are just the more blatant ones too. The one I liked the most is the “Maho?!” reference, since I had some fun personal experience about it with a friend (P.S. Himeko is awesome.). Not to forgot the falling basins of Tsukuyomi as well ;). I really admire the fansubbers who are doing this, if they can get all the references right. Looks like subs will be slow though :P.

SHAFT also seems to be putting the story on a fast-forward pace that’s comfortable enough for me, but it may feel awkward for any first timers to the Negima series. Quite a few plot points are put in that might not be known to first timers, like the “message” that Chizuru sends to Natsumi, although I can’t understand what is being said… but I’m pretty sure it’s…”exciting”. Eva seems to be more of a brat in this continuity, while Takamichi plays a more active role this time round (plus being more GAR as well).

One more thing to add… the OP is absolutely crazy as well. Reminds me of the PPD OP sequences. The ED is kinda nice as well. As for the Baka Rangers special? Kawai-sou no Makie desu :P.

4 Comments

  1. Momotsuki Said,

    October 12, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    I didn’t notice the maho, but, og, I think Asuna sounds like Himeko. I love the OP & ED animation (3D effects good da yo).

  2. Eleutheria Said,

    October 13, 2006 @ 6:48 am

    That Maho(u tsukai) leapt straight out at me and made me laugh so hard. The Nazca lines made me go wtf, while I wasn’t sure the South Park one was meant to reference the cartoon.

    Natsumi and Makie got SHAFTed (well, pwned) in cellphone and baka rangers respectively.

  3. dkellis Said,

    October 14, 2006 @ 7:56 am

    I liked the Aitoma reference, especially with the “!?” at the end. (It’s a split-second shot, when the falling basin hits Kamo.) Maybe Akamatsu will let SHAFT animate that particular manga…

  4. kacper Said,

    October 14, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

    Aha! just when I was about to ask what that was on the basin! Thx dkellis. ^^

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