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on January 31, 2008
The premise of the story is this: A 10-year-old boy, who happens to be a prodigy and a wizard, goes to teach at a girls-only junior high school. As you might imagine, having a teacher that is younger than the students makes for some strange situations. The fact that the students are all girls makes it even more strange. This story line holds out through the first 18 episodes and is funny without being tiring and makes you know the girls and Negi - the teacher.

Episode 19 starts a different story line. This story is touching... very much a U-turn from the previous episodes.

However, another story line, which appears starting in episode 20, is much more serious, and is likely to turn you into a crying, blubbering mess. I literally couldn't stop watching from episode 20 through 26.

HUH!? An anime that is both funny and serious? It will truly make you laugh out loud and cry. Really. It's a great story, if a bit unbelievable near the end, but excellent entertainment.

I highly recommend it if you enjoy anime with frequent misunderstandings, funny and awkward situations, touching moments, and learning to "connect" with the characters in a show. Oh, and just enough magic thrown in to make things really interesting.
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It is easy to call "Negima!" the anime equivalent of Harry Potter, but it just isn't so. You have two young boys who can do magic, and there the similarities end. Harry Potter was never chased around romantically by thirty-one junior high school girls each trying to steal a kiss. With Love Hina creator Ken Akamatsu at the helm you know you are in for a good time.

You have to accept this basic premise of "Negima!" before you can enjoy the series. Negi Springfield is a ten-year-old wizard-in-training from Wales, with dreams of becoming the Magister Magi (Master Mage). In the meantime, he has been hired as an English teacher for the Mahora Girls Academy in Japan, as well as being the homeroom teacher for class 2-A. The Mahora Girls Academy is not all it seems at first, as its students include vampires, ghosts and robots, although all the normal students never seem to notice this. Of course, all the girls develop crushes on the cute 10-year old, and hijinks ensue.

The "Negima!" animated series follows the first volumes of the comic for the most part, and then suddenly veers away. The reason for this is that the anime eventually out-paced the comic, and so a new storyline was invented. This storyline, showing up around episode 19 or so, is quite different from the comic and might come as a shock to some. However, it is very well-handled, and I appreciate having two versions of the story.

This "Negima!: The Complete Series Box Set (Viridian Collection)" is the third 26-episode complete boxset release from Funimation. The set was previously released as Negima! Box Set and as Negima!: Complete Collection (Viridian Collection). This third boxset is essentially a re-release of the original "Viridian Collection," and is a stripped down and less expensive version of the series, presented in slim cases and without extra features. I personally really appreciate the thin cases, as it takes up less space in my ever-increasing DVD collection. The only real difference between this Viridian release and the previous one is the cover art, and an additional five minutes of running time, 630 minutes instead of 625 minutes. And it is cheaper!

All three box sets have revised and re-drawn animation, as the animation from the original TV release in Japan was notoriously terrible. The animated series is also much more "family-friendly" than the comic. Most of the fan-service is implied rather than directly shown, so if you only read "Negima!" for the panties you might be a little disappointed. The English-language script takes the "family friendly" approach even further, and is slightly different from the Japanese. Many of the "double entendres" and sexual humor has been removed.

And while I am not usually a fan of dubbing, a special shout out needs to be done here for Funimation's English-language cast. They have done a great job, even going so far as to give Negi a Welsh accent. This is one case where they might be better than the Japanese original cast. Listening to the "Native Speaking" Negi doing English dictation during his English classes is pretty funny.
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on March 1, 2008
I love the series. A ten year old boy, Negi teaches a class of highschool girls but he is no ordinary boy and his students are no ordinary girls. Its filled with adventure, excitement, and magic. All I can say is I want a sequal with more magic! More transformations! and more about Negi and Haruna!! So check it out and watch out for the biggest ending twist ever! it will have you crying and jumping out of your seat!
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on February 8, 2008
I'm a huge fan of the Negima Manga series and have read all 16 current manga books released in the U.S. to date. The anime does not disappoint. Let me break it down for you like this.

1.) The story is based on a Welsh 10 year old boy who happens to be a wizard and a teacher of English at Mahora Academy, girls junior high section, in Japan. There are a whole lot of them, ranging from a traditional Japanese swordswoman, a vampire wizard,a robot, an otaku, the emo pensive one, the brilliant scientists, the artist, the musicians... the list goes on. They each have their own personalities and are very faithful to their portrayals in the manga, at least in terms of their actions and personalities.

2.) While it has a lot of the lovey dovey goofy awkward situations and some rather tame sexual overtones (nothing worse than you'd see on Prime Time TV), it has a deep magical undertone with plenty of action. Martial arts, wizardry, technology and everything combines here. You'll get it all no matter what type of anime you are into.

3.) The story changes throughout the 6 discs (which I believe only cover the first 6 or so books). It starts with getting to know the girls and Negi. Then you move into who are the bad guys (or girls in some cases) and the plot thickens. This 26 episode set doesn't get all the way into the details (specifically about Negi and Asuna's past ... but I will not spoil anything). Let's just say the 26 episodes lay the foundation nicely.

4.) The voice acting... how to say it...
For having to rely on my own mind to fill in the voices previously I was kind of puzzled at first. Negi sounds way smaller than 10 years old, but that was because he is new and didn't know anyone in the first episodes. He fills in nicely and it fits well with his character. Asuna's voice is perfect. Feminine like a Jr. high student, except when she's mad "A violent ape woman" as she is described in both Manga and Anime is well performed by the voice actress (Luci Christian, she's in many other works). Her friend and rival, Ayaka, is the perfect snob/rich girl and their dynamics in the manga are spot on to the anime. So basically besides getting used to it in the first episode (or not at all if you never had a prior impression from the manga), you will be happy with the voice work. The music and sound effects are great too.

5.) The plot from the manga is followed quite well as I have said, but a few liberties are taken. Specifically more background is filled in, and you meet some of the girls earlier than you would have in the manga (heck, you barely see anyone talk to this one character even up to book 16). These fill in little details you never got in the manga. I didn't know that Shizuru-sensei was the school nurse, I didn't know Asuna's eyes were blue and green, or the Mahora Girls School uniforms are purple/magenta. Little things like that are nice, and it really fleshes out the interactions that are static in the manga.

6.) Finally, if you are familiar with the work of Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina for instance), you won't be disappointed. The artwork is a traditional style. Not too esoteric, not too bland. Just right. A very beginner friendly art style with lots of cheerful colors and quality animation.
From the art style to the music to the sound effects, this set is an amazing buy for any anime fan.
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on October 17, 2011
if friendship in this world was so wonderful with this new teacher in the school life would be a better place for all i loved it dearly it saved a life of a classmate when the whole class and teacher got together to save her life and go back to the past wow terrific pam :)
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on March 18, 2011
I really enjoyed this series it has alot of rather funny lighthearted moments, but at the same time it can be a little sad. For me thats what makes animes like this memorable. I would like to stress that to me it's not really intended for very young children because it is very suggestive in nature.
All in all, I would highly recommend this one.
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Negi Springfield is often touted as Japan's answer to Harry Potter, although in personality he's a bit more like Hermione.

And while the wizard prodigy isn't quite shown to his full potential in the anime adaptation "Negima," where stretches of fluffy harem comedy are speckled with serious magic and action. While it starts slowly and relies too heavily on semi-nudity and slapsticky antics, the more wizardly adventures end up keeping it worth watching.

Middle-school student Asuna is desperately hoping that her crush, Professor Takahata, will be teaching homeroom at Mahora Academy this year... and her mood is further soured by a preteen boy who tells her, "Not everyone can be lucky in love."

Turns out the boy, a Welsh prodigy named Negi Springfield, IS the new teacher. Most of the girls immediately love him, but Asuna is enraged by Negi's "weirdness" -- when she glimpses him magically saving a student, his secret comes out: Negi is a wizard, and if Asuna reveals his secret he'll be turned into an ermine. Fortunately, Asuna agrees to keep his secret... if he makes a love potion for her, with predictably chaotic results.

And soon Negi is faced by a creature from his family past -- a vampiric student who is determined to drain his blood. And he has to deal with myriad other troubles -- web idols, vicious volleyball teams, kiss contests, spying cheerleaders, a timid ghost, and a scheming ermine. And when Negi's job hangs on his class's bottom-of-the-barrel test scores, Asuna organizes a trip to the mysterious Library Island to get a magical book that can make even the Dummy Force smart!

But things take a dark turn near the end of the series -- a trip to Kyoto goes awry when Konoka is threatened, and the mysterious sword-wielding Setsuna reveals her true identity. And upon returning, Asuna becomes increasingly ill -- leading Negi to discover a horrifying secret in her past, which links the doomed girl to his vanished father.

Ken Akamatsu's original manga is pretty much balanced out -- part of it is slam-bang magic'n'action, while the other part is kooky romantic comedy and crazy slapstick. And for the anime, "Negima" serves up an incredibly heavy dose of the kooky comedy/crazy slapstick, with an emphasis on busts, robots, superpowered kicks, ninjas and the occasional skyscraper-sized demon.

In fact many episodes are nothing but poor Negi getting swamped by his high-spirited students and the devious ermine Chamo's manipulations (which involve awkward kissing). Lots of skimpy clothes, confessions of love, bear panties and kooky dialogue ("Side effects may include dry mouth, nausea and loss of about a million brain cells..."). It's like an amped-up romantic sitcom with some magical trappings.

While the comedic stories are fun in a disposable way, what makes the series truly watchable is the magic-oriented episodes -- aerial battles with tiny blonde vampires and playing chase with a giant stone golem amongst them. The end of the series is when the magical adventures really take front-and-center: though the whole trip to Kyoto rushes by way too fast, the final bittersweet arc is nothing short of brilliant.

It's icky to see teenage girls pursuing a ten-year-old, but Negi is a likable little hero -- he's earnest, unselfish, and completely devoted to his students even if they're insane. Asuna is his opposite -- brash, temperamental, unexpectedly warmhearted -- and serves as a mildly violent big-sister type, although their roles unexpectedly switch near the finale.

Surprisingly the rest of the cast plenty of fleshing-out as well -- sweet Konoka, mysterious Setsuna, the antisocial web idol Chisame ("This is CHIU's world and all you bimbos are mere tenants!"), serene ninja Kaede, and the loopy princess Ayaka (who has a surprisingly tragic past). Most memorable is the prepubescent vampire-mage Evangeline ("It's enough to make ANYONE CRAZY!"), and her cat-loving robot Chachamaru.

The complete "Negima" season is a bit too heavy on the fluffy comedy, and too light on the magical adventures. But it's still worth watching for those who need a bit more Magorum magic.
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on January 5, 2013
A classic that's unfortunately been completed in the manga and concluded in the 1st anime collection.

Even though, halfway through, this stops adapting from the manga source and creates ideas of its own. Its still wonderful in and of its own merit.
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on June 20, 2010
I found the original series to be much more satisfying than the so called "Season 2", which isn't a season 2 at all.

A humorous note: The English subtitles appear to be a direct translation of the Japanese dialog, and at times have no bearing on the English language dialog.

This is perhaps my favorite Anime series. If you've seen "Love Hina" you will definitely see parallels between the two stories, which is not surprising as both were authored by Ken Akamatsu.

You can buy this set from resellers for $10 new. [ EDIT: This is no longer true. I can not fathom why anyone would pay $200 for this set, especially when you can watch it online for free ]
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Like some fans have said the series while a nice mix of Doki Doki school hours and Shuffle with a touch of humor(ALA Love Hina) in the end the series isn't anything to really yell about. The basic story shows us with a unbelievably male teacher abut age 10 by the name of Negi Springfield from England whose in Japan while hiding the fact that he's actually a student wizard trying to graduate from Wizard school and become a full Magister Magorum. Along the way not only does Negi have to contend with magical mayhem but a group of young female students who've become infatuated with him. The series is a nice touch of romantic comedy, romance, drama, and action but nothing to serious to worry to much about, the only drawback I have to say is with the dubbing while all the cast play their characters with great feeling and say their lines with good ability and as expected the Japanese voice cast were great sadly they should have chosen someone else to be the dubbed voice of Negi. Don't get me wrong the actor is very proficient in almost all his other roles but as he tries to use his British accent for the character it just seems to high-pitched and annoying to listen to where I'm forced to just go to the subbed audio cast instead. The extras are pretty decent some trailers, bloopers, character profiles, schoolgirl commentaries, Japanese cultural notes, and of course the usual textless intro/ending songs. The series is still greatly entertaining to watch and the animation and soundtrack are great for the show I say this set is a must for anime fans to at least try out, and if you're still not sure check out a few episodes on HULU or youtube. Now all we have to wait for is the second season set that's coming out in March..
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