Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mahou Sensei Negima Nekomimi Dash!

There are those who are unfortunate enough to have days in their lives that make them scream at the heavens, venting an erupting volcano of hate at the unseen forces that have damned them, days that make them doubt the very existence of God. For many Negima fans, that would be when the anime came out, with animation drawn by blind, epileptic rhesus monkeys and a storyline that was like someone took a chainsaw to the manga.

But then there are days like one not too long ago, day that provide proof beyond any shadow of a doubt that God exists and loves us all, and that any doubts we ever had were foolish, even stupid. How can I say this so confidently? Negima is getting an OVA made--by the same team that created Tsukuyomi and Pani Poni Dash!

While many future Wal-Mart cashiers philosophy majors would disagree that this provides conclusive proof of a benign God, they obviously don't understand how good Tsukuyomi and Pani Poni Dash are, nor how much potential Negima had that was (with a few exceptions) wasted in the first Negima anime series. The second Negima anime could have gone to anyone--it could have gone to the same team that did the first season. Or it could have got the same team who did Amazing Nurse Nanako and Divergence Eve, giving the students of Mahora junior high unholy sized...er...assets and a plot that makes your brain want to leap out of your skull and commit seppuku. But no, divine intervention gives us Mahou Sensei Negima DASH (not the real title, like I can read any kanji anyway).

The character designs are different, of course, but the more I look at them the more I like them. Beating the moe level Akamatsu-sensei hits in the manga would be damn hard, but the new anime character designs are a lot better than the original anime, to me anyway. Now just have to wait for this to come out--I guess it's being shown at a special event, but it's got to be a matter of time before they press it on a DVD and sell it for 100,000 yen or whatever insane price R2 DVDs go for these days. I'd love to see it on R1 DVD, but since it didn't exist when Funi licensed the first Negima series, they'll probably have to license this OVA separately. Here's hoping the OVA does well enough a second season will follow it soon after.

Unlike a lot of fans of the manga, I don't care if they slavishly follow the manga storyline--for example, Sayo-chan's episode in the anime I thought was much better than what Akamatsu came up with.

If you're looking for more information, eggplant on AnimeSuki translated the text on the pages below:


ayyo said...

Eh, I love the team that did Tsukuyomi and PPD! and all, but I can't but be disappointed that their next project would be Negima. Was hoping for two full season of something similar to Tsukuyomi and PPD! =\ It would be fine if they atleast do a whole season of Negima.

Oh well, and no Chiwa Saito will feel weird.

suguru said...

I'm hopeful in this team's hands Negima could be close to as good as PPD or Tsukuyomi, but we'll have to see. Can't wait to watch it and find out, though.

Anonymous said...

Minor detail, perhaps, but in the pics you showed above, Asuka's eyes were not heterochromic. Nevertheless, looks good!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, my mistake. I meant Asuna. Still new to Negima, see. ;)

suguru said...

The lack of heterochromia is kind of weird, but the website for the second TV series shows the same character design for Asuna:

Personally, I think she looks better without it, so I'm not going to complain, but it is kind of weird they decided to change that. Maybe it's to try to forewarn fans there will be other differences from the manga too. Still, I can't wait to see this...Negima has a lot of potential that was just wasted in the first season.