English: Negima!? Magister Negi Magi
Synonyms: Negima Remake
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2006 to Mar 28, 2007
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.331 (scored by 14877 users)
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comedy harem magic school
SynopsisA remake of the Negima anime with its own original story.
Wizard Negi Springfield may be a boy, but he has a man-sized job to do! Fresh from the Academy of Magic, Negi continues his training as an instructor at Mahora Academy in Japan. But before he can get his Masters in magic, the 31 schoolgirls of Class 3-A are gonna keep him up all night cramming for a final exam in will power. Temptation aside, Negi has more on his syllabus than flirting and spells. Darkness is closing in, and Negi is gonna need help from his lovely student bodies to drive the ghouls from their school. These girls want to prove that they're the best in class, and extra credit is available to the cuties that aren't afraid of after-hours phantom fighting!
(Source: DVD case)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Mahou Sensei Negima!, Negima!? Neo
Alternative version: Mahou Sensei Negima!, Mahou Sensei Negima! Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba
Side story: Mahou Sensei Negima! OVA Haru, Mahou Sensei Negima! OVA Natsu
Characters & Voice Actors
Negima!? is not to be confused with Mahou Sensei Negima!. They're part of the same universe, but are completely different stories. Negima!? is produced by SHAFT, and their crazy experimental presence is definitely noted in this show.
Story: Negima!? takes a completely different direction from its counterpart, deviating from the manga storyline. The first episode opens up with the final battle between the Thousand Master and Evangeline McDowell. Evangeline gets turned into a loli form and we then start the story with Negi Springfield. Negi starts his teaching career over at an all-girls school. The crazy mischief starts when it's revealed to his students that Negi is really a magician.
Note that this show is for comedic purposes, and should not be taken in serious comparison to the manga storyline. The plot paces itself fairly well and we get a lot of insight on the lesser known characters in each episode.
Art: SHAFT's strange art style is presented in the form of Negima!? The character designs are crisp, the art is fluid, and we get some colorful environments all around. Some of the characters look a tad bit different than their counterparts in Mahou Sensei Negima! but it still works in perfection.
Not to mention they make some excellent work of Asuna's hair.
Sound: The soundtrack of Negima!? is nothing too special. It has some nice quirky music during the episodes and transitions nicely when it gets to the 'dramatic' parts. What stands out the most is the OP of Negima!? The song is sung by the various voice actresses of all the students and has several different variations. Not to mention a full length song of the OP was in episode 19.
Character: Unlike the Mahou Sensei Negima! anime, Negima!? gives plenty of screen time to all the girls in the class. For such a large cast of characters, we get to see everyone participate in the anime. We also get introduced to some new characters in Shichimi and Motsu and a few others. From Shichimi's strange body contortions to Motsu's epic "...in a good way" line, this dynamic duo is probably the highlight of the characters.
Enjoyment/Overall: Some people hate this series because it's not part of the Mahou Sensei Negima! line or it's crap because SHAFT ruined everything, but I thoroughly enjoyed this series because it has its funny moments and because it's a different approach to an already on-going series.
Unfortunately, subs are nearly non-existant as Mahora Academy simply reduced subbing to one episode per 7 months after episode 20. Whatever the case, we're down to waiting for these slowpokes or for Funimation to release their DVDs. Hopefully they won't trash Negima!?'s dub... in a good way. read more
The story is great and lots of comedy I guess. The story's plot is good and that I find it interesting. The action contained in this good as well though it could have been better if the battles are much tougher. There are drama parts of this anime that I find can move someone's feelings/emotions.
Even if this anime is great I observed that some segments of the story are very short and lacked of details. It also seems that there are confusing parts in the story but these are explained later on.
All in all, the story is great.
Generally, the art's well done I should say. Things are colorful in this and the art style is very creative. Everything is detailed down to the smallest object (well not always though). The chibis drawn are adorable in their own way and this also adds to the great art style.
The opening and ending songs are quite catchy which I liked. The background musics are awesome especially during battle. The sounds make the battle scenes more tense and that's a good thing. Insert songs also add to the atmosphere. The voice acting surpassed my expectations well which made the whole anime better but there are few voices that doesn't fit the characters'.
The characters are well balanced despite the fact that the cast is very large to start with. The same characters from the original anime series though some new faces are introduced in this anime. Some changes are made in the relationship of the characters with each other though it's mild but I find it disturbing to me.
Every character is elaborated and detailed. Personally, I find the new look of the characters attractive.
Their roles vary from one another and they hold it well yet some are out of character at times.
The enjoyment in watching this anime is high in my opinion. The enjoyment increases when the comedic portions were added. I don't have anymore to say. This anime is totally enjoyable to watch. read more
Both of these come from the same studio, so they have a lot in common... most noticeably the weird frog and the quirky sense of humor. It borders on being ridiculous, so I don't suppose it's for everybody, but if this sort of humor suits you then you're in for a treat.
Both made by SHAFT and both offers the schoolroom comedy with randomness as well as the well planned storyline.
It is VERY similar to Negima!? in many ways. It was made by SHAFT, features the same craziness that each one offers, even has the whole 'kid teacher' thing going on each with its own ways on making it work out.
because its all about fun^^
and can be in real life story
there is fighting too
which makes it more exiting
Both shows are from the same studio, SHAFT, so they share quite a bit in terms of humour and style. Zetsubou Sensei has much more dark humor though, and a more distinct artistic style (in some ways similar to xxxHOLIC). Negima is a bit more random, and focuses a little more on magic and jumbled relationships and such.
The alternate version of Mahou Sensei Negima!, Negima!?, has a lot in common with zetsubou sensei, it has various parodies to other animes, randomness, and at times, cold humor
Harems where the teacher is the guy and all or the majority of the class is girls.
I know your not suppose to recommend sequels or related series but I think this is a special case because Shaft did the animation production for both Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Negima!? which gives them a similar feel.
Just watch the opening theme for the two series, you will see what I mean.
Opening Theme#1: "1000%SPARKING!" by Rina Satou, Akemi Kanda, Ai Nonaka & Yu Kobayashi (eps 2-4,8-12,15-17,25)
#2: "1000%SPARKING!" by Hazuki, Yui Horie & Junko Minagawa (eps 5-7,18)
#3: "Eien no Toki o Koete" by Junko Minagawa (eps 13-14)
#4: "1000%SPARKING" by Akeno Watanabe, Mai Kadowaki & Yuki Matsuoka (ep 19)
#5: "1000%SPARKING!" by Natsuko Kuwatani, Sawa Ishige & Mamiko Noto (ep 20)
#6: "1000%SPARKING!" by Ryoko Shiraishi, Kimiko Koyama & Mari Kanou (ep 21)more
#7: "1000%SPARKING!" by Madoka Kimura, Kotomi Yamakawa, Azumi Asakura & Ai Bandou (ep 22)
#8: "1000% SPARKING!" by Rina Satou, Miyuki Sawashiro & Chiwa Saito (eps 23-24)
Ending Theme#01: "Hoshizora Letter" by Akemi Kanda (eps 2-3)
#02: "A-LY-YA! (Version 1)" by Rina Satou, Akemi Kanda, Ai Nonaka & Yu Kobayashi (eps 4-6, 10, 12-15)
#03: "A-LY-YA! (Version 2)" by Hazuki, Junko Minagawa & Yui Horie (ep 7)
#04: "A-LY-YA! (Version 3)" by Mamiko Noto, Natsuko Kuwatani & Sawa Ishige (eps 8, 11, 21)
#05: "A-LY-YA! (Version 4)" by Ryoko Shiraishi, Kimiko Koyama & Mari Kanou (ep 9)
#06: "A-LY-YA! (Version 5)" by Madoka Kimura, Kotomi Yamakawa, Azumi Yamamoto & Ai Bando (ep 16)more
#07: "A-LY-YA! (Version 6)" by Shizuka Itoh, Mami Deguchi & Akane Omae (ep 17)
#08: "A-LY-YA! (Version 7)" by Akeno Watanabe, Mai Kadowaki & Yuki Matsuoka (ep 18)
#09: "A-LY-YA! (Version 8)" by Miho Sakuma, Misa Kobayashi, Yumi Shimura, Mai Aizawa & Yuka Inokuchi (eps 19, 22)
#10: "A-LY-YA! (Version 9)" by Yuri Shiratori, Ayana Sasagawa, Megumi Takamoto & Naomi Inoue (eps 20, 23)
#11: "A-LY-YA! (Version 10)" by Negi and Class of 3-A (ep 24)
#12: "Love☆Sensation" by Rina Satou, Akemi Kanda & Ai Nonaka (ep 25)
#13: "1000%SPARKING!" by Negi and Class of 3-A (ep 26)
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