No sheer amount of tears or words will express my happiness towards the new Negima OAD, Ala Alba. Finally, after 5 years, a real Negima animation production!
Seriously, I love how accurate to the manga this series is. All the eye colors are correct, the characters are acting themselves properly and the amount of eyecandy is just win. Animating Chao’s final battle and her return was quite the cocktease of the production team, dammit.
I sure shed tears at finally seeing animated gothloli Asuna, lolita Evangeline and Daisuke Ono was definitely born for the role of Albireo a.k.a KFC. They also dealt with the spell casting in a unique way, with the characters on screen chanting the spells in the Japanese meaning while the Latin chants are relegated to the background as a chorus of sorts. It does make it quite hard to catch the words at some parts, but I think this is very interesting way of the production team to deal with the spellcasting chants.
Content-wise, it correctly adapts chapters 176 and 177 of the manga, with minor changes here and there, but those are pretty much unnoticeable anyways unless you’re a perfectionist. So expect to see … wait, I’m gonna post like 80 screencaps of the episodes anyways, so enjoy! Right, 56k’ers better watch out.
P.S. OAD means Original Animation DVD. Got asked like 10 times tonight already.
Long post is looooooooooooooooooooooooooong, kekeke.