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!
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.
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