In the decade since the world became aware of the existence of magic, the world has undergone a massive upheaval. However, a boy named Touta lives in seclusion in a rural town far removed from these changes. His ordinary life is highlighted by his magic-using female teacher and his supportive friends. When his tranquil daily life is disrupted, he embarks on a unique adventure.
This review is based on how I feel about the manga being adapated. I thought I was mentally prepared for my favorite manga's child to be changed a little. Ohhh boy, my hype for this anime was at went straight down the toilet.
Of course being the first episode, they shove nostalgia up your ass all the way to your heart. Seeing your favorite loli vampire and sensei out live her friends and her disciple, what Negima fan wouldn't cry from that scene ( My heart was straight up murdered after re-reading the first chapter after completing Negima).
course, ignoring the opening song (who actually watched the Negima animes?), episode 2 went straight towards to introducing our adorable Kuroumaru. Wait hold on, what happend to Touta's first friend outside of his village? Gone completely skipped. But not only did she not appear at this point, the introduction to Touta's reason to climb the Tower (of God) left out his promise with his old friends.
Now I don't know about you manga fans, but my faith was still intact. That is until episode 3... Completely changed the test requirements for both of the ducklings. One week to land a hit on one of the Numbers (through a rushed training session that didn't teach them anything), not bad. Typical type of test. HOWEVER, how about being sent to an underground cave where monsters that would slowly digest an immortal's body parts to the point where they can't even regenerate their bodies back? How about being trained by an old man who drinks and wears a cool fucking hat? And then you find a sword crafted my merlin stuck in a rock, and using only YOUR own wits and not having the talking sword tell you. Oh by they way, this test's expiration date is 7 months and kill all the monsters, but Touta and Kuroumaru finished part one of the test in 2 months. You can get stuff done while training for 2 months versus one week. At this point, the anime doesn't feel like a awesome shonen story.
Oh, well of course it's not going to be the cool shonen anime everybody wanted (the first quarter of UQ in the manga). Look UQ Holder, just because your father started off as a harem, doesn't mean you should follow in their footsteps. Even though UQ takes place after Negima, it does not mean it is a sequel (I mean it is, but if you understand what I'm trying to say, thank you for understanding). UQ was supposed it's own story where they have to deal with the problems left over from it's parent.
Of course I'm still going to keep watching this series, I'm not a sadist guys. And for you guys complaining about Santa, SANTA CLAUSE AIN'T REAL.
I end my first review on this website that holds my dear memories of my weab heart. Thank you, whoever you are, for taking out a few minutes of your time reading this long & painful review.
When this show was slated for the fall season, I was all hyped, ready to sink into the sequel (since Negima was one of my favourite shows, on paper and on screen). But then the show started, and was still excited, but that factor drained out once the episodes finished.
Now, don't get me wrong, this IS a good show, it's just that what its predecessor did was heaps better. Oh, and while it is based on the manga adaptation, note that the pacing skips the unnecessary chit-chatter that's present in the manga and picks up inconsistently while retaining its feel.
Set 80 years after the events
in Negima!, a promising shounen by the name of Touta Konoe (grandson of Negi Springfield) has Yukihime (or the legendary magician Evangeline A.K. McDowell who's a vampire) as his guardian, and due to a fight from a bounty hunter, gets to know her true identity and is introduced to the secret society kniown as UQ Holder.
As much as the story is unchanged from the manga counterpart, the development towards the big screen feels rushed and as mentioned, several scenes from the manga are cut out. But for that reason alone, am I willing to sit through a (somewhat) paltry 12 episodes compared to the substantial 2-cour shows that Negima fans know and love.
Touta Konoe (at this point) is your run-of-the-mill characters, with his strong points being aggressive at what he does, even after Yukihime steps in and creates his vampire persona. He is nothing special (well, if you compare him to Negi, for now) but will keep an eye for now. Oh, and his sword is probably the best part as a weight manipulator strength.
Kuromaru is (undoubtedly) female (but genderless before 16), but originally an assassin to murder Yukihime, she is offered a place alongside Touta, being members of UQ Holder. Her battle style is of the Shinmei-ryu sword technique (similar to Setsuna), and she is quite the person to look into with the interaction from the cast and crew.
As for Yukihime, she's the Evangeline you Negima fans know and love, just with her alias and with her establishment of UQ Holder, raising up Touta after his parents were killed in an accident, and trying her best not to stand out, hanging out with Touta and his friends (only Ep 1) on their adventures.
I was thinking that since production was by J.C.Staff, things are sure to look more modern, and while the art looked cheap, the animation was (surprisingly) consistent. It at least gets the job done, and a bit sad to say that this isn't one of the works that can outshine others out there.
Other than the OP (which Negima fans will know instantly), it's here and there in places. Not to say that the OST is bad, but is more topsy-turvy around the different scenes.
Verdict (after Ep 4):
Do watch if you're a diehard fan or Negima. As for myself, I WILL keep on watching until the end to see how everything turns out, so see you at the end.