Short version: It’s masturbatory, pisses all over the canon and horribly animated. Do not buy (unless it’s for the Pactio cards). Do not even download this.
Long version: (no seriously it’s long)
Wow, I wasn’t expecting much from the movie, but this production literally defines why I will never have a real Negima anime.
Billed as an alternate ending B to the manga, I’m surprised that Akamatsu would actually even dare to attach his name to this piece of shit. Basically skipping over the entire Magia Erebea arc, class 3-A is about to graduate only to be greeted with a surprise that Negi has ONE day to decide his permanent partner because the Pactios are “going to expire”. Also when the Pactio’s expire, everyone’s memories except the permanent partner will be wiped in order to preserve the secrecy of the Mundus Magicus. At this point, you can probably feel the facepalm emanating from my soul.
Also someone forgot to CC SHAFT about Negima not being a mahou shoujo anime
Obviously it’s a long slippery slope downwards as the girls decide to try and get Negi to choose them and we are treated to about 30-40 minutes of banality interspersed by some admittedly decent fight scenes as the girls abuse the fuck out of their Pactios to chase Negi down.
Yes, Negi actually used Mega Dunamene on Kaede
Suddenly, a plot twist literally appears in the air, out of nowhere, which turns out to be Mars apparently heading towards Earth. At this point we are treated the to B-plan Negi was going for in order to save Mundus Magicus; by taking thirty years to unravel the planet-scale magical barriers surrounding Mars and then ABSORBING it in to Earth. I shit you not. ABSORBING MARS IN TO EARTH.
That is apparently Mars.
But apparently some sort of orbital alignment went crazy and undetected, so suddenly Mars is crashing towards Earth.
Now, Negi’s last hope is to finally choose a permanent partner and become a Magister Magi in the hope that the sudden burst of power created during the ceremony will be able to deflect Mars away.
Eventually Negi declares he will choose his entire class as his permanent partners and he will try to perform his absorption plan NOW instead of taking the 30 years needed. Cue giant Pactio magic circle scene which floats everyone in to the air and they all combine their powers (at least the attack-type Artifact owners) and blow away the barriers. But oops, Mars is still crash-landing towards Earth and all hope seems lost till… Chao appears.
(at this point I am like oh god are they going to do the time travel shit again?)
The miraculous appearance of Chao is explained due to Negi perma-Pactio’ing with the entire class and now with all 31 students in place, Negi finally attempts to start his thing (with Pactio’ed Eva supporting him) and he manages to shoot his absorption spell. Earth absorbs Mars, Mundus Magicus now coexists within Earth and it’s a happy ending as the girls graduate and move on to high school, with Negi as their homeroom teacher again, of course.
… and they lived happily ever after, rotating once a month.
At this point, assuming you’ve managed to read through the entire thing and basically qualify as a die hard fan of the series, how many of you managed to NOT facepalm a single time reading through that. Or even retain your sanity and patience at this point.
Have some Chiu-tan as your reward.
Seriously, even I could write fanfics better than this movie. It basically disrespects canon… nay shits and pisses all over it. For example, freaking CHACHAMARU is worried about losing all her memories of the Magical World when: (a). she’s a robot. (b). SHE’S FREAKING CONTRACTED TO EVANGELINE AND IS HER SUPPORT PARTNER. WHY THE FUCK WOULD HER MEMORIES BE WIPED?
In fact the damn memory wipe thing was pretty fucking stupid as fuck because nearly half the freaking class are heroes over there and one of them is the Princess of the Magical World. Hell, some of them are practically inhabitants there, and why would they need to be wiped at all? Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..
Of course next is the fucking shitty plot twist that implied being a Magister Magi would make Negi have enough power to PUSH A FREAKING PLANET AWAY. Are they implying the Magister Magi system suddenly makes a mage possess more power than having Magia Erebea? WASN’T MAGISTER MAGI JUST A FREAKING TITLE IN THE FIRST PLACE? Besides, the ones getting Pactio’ed are the ones who get powered over, not the contractor. My rage levels went over 9000% right here.
Approximate representation of my rage.
I’m not even to going to start talking about the Negi Plan B because that is the single most stupid thing the entire span of the Negima anime adaptations have served up. It’s horrible because not only it’s perverting the laws of physics, it’s also beating, pissing on, torturing and waterboarding the canon.
Sigh, and I can’t even recommend it for animation quality because it’s SHAFTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!! and it’s in DVD-freaking quality. Why can’t they make it in HD anyways? The entire anime industry has moved on to that. If this was still 2008, it would be forgiven, but it’s 2012 for god’s sake. I don’t think there’s a single SD-airing only anime right now. Hell, why can I watch crap like Brave 10 with better clarity than this feature length (76 mins) movie? Sigh.
Also seriously, Negima is not mahou shoujo…
… no matter how it seems like one
On the flipside, buying the Vol. 37 LE does net you with the entire set of Pactio cards for 3-A.
Which are quite good quality and makes the 4.4k yen for it almost worth it. Only gripe I have is that their choice of replacing the normal background with bling color and I really would have loved the original pale yellow background instead. Still, the Pactio cards here are proper reproductions of the manga versions. It makes me feel like I’ve unlocked an achievement just owning them ahaha.
Well, don’t expect much from the movie, if you decide to watch it. Especially if you’ve been regularly following the manga since.. forever lol. I will never see a proper animation adaptation for Negima, am I? ｡･ﾟ(ノД`)ﾟ・。