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Negima!? The Complete Series

4.2 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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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 Master’s 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 student bodies to drive the ghouls from their school. These girls want to prove that they’re best in class, and extra credit is available to the cuties that aren’t afraid of after hours phantom fighting – especially if it means more time with their favorite professor.

Special Features

Episode 12 commentary with Greg Ayres, Jamie Marchi and Brina Palencia
Notes from the classroom
Textless closing songs - Starry Sky Letter
Episode 19 commentary with Luci Christian, Trina Nishimura and Chris Cason
Go Mahora Rangers! slideshow containing photos of actors and staff, with the Mahora Rangers theme song


Product Details

  • Actors: Greg Ayres, Luci Christian, Monica Rial
  • Directors: Jamie Marchi
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030ZOYT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,338 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Negima!? The Complete Series" on IMDb

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2008
Format: DVD
Technically, there's already been an anime series -- "Negima" -- about preteen wizard/schoolteacher Negi Springfield.

But apparently that isn't stopping them from creating another parallel series, rebooting and revamping Ken Akamatsu's bestselling manga into the visually lush, fantastical "Negima!?" (see, the question and exclaimation mark mean it's a different show!). And this series is a vastly different creation -- while it's rarely faithful to the original manga's storylines, it's still a solid fantasy story sprinkled with some fun comic relief. And chupacabras.

Negi has been assigned to a vast all-girls Mahora Academy in Japan -- but things start going wrong before he even starts. Half-asleep student Asuna witnesses a small magical display, and a vampire is attacking students. A vampire who is also his student.

Even worse, the vampire Evangeline and her robotic partner Chachamaru are targeting Negi, since the boy is her only ticket out of a curse that binds her to Mahora. Even worse, her suppressed superpowers come back at the full moon -- and soon Negi's only hope of defeating Evangeline is by forming a Pactio (a magical contract). Asuna is the logical choice since she already knows about his magic, but will the stubborn girl agree before Evangeline's icy magic smashes Mahora?

But there's more trouble when a pair of disguised wizards bring news -- the legendary Star Crystal has been stolen, and it may be related to odd happenings at Mahora. As Negi tries to avoid erminehood, he must deal with a kindly resident ghost, the dangerous Library Island, camping trips with his Pactio partners, and an evil fairy that is attacking the school -- and even transports them to another dimension.
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By J. Horner on December 29, 2012
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exactly what i was looking for! the story is different from the manga, true, but its still a great story with really charming characters and really bright and well done artwork. there are over 30 main characters and each one has a distinct personality which makes the whole series fun to keep going through. the subtitles for the original japanese dub are well done and credit where credit is due, this actually has a really well done english dub! its know, i was surprised too! but its genuinely good and quite often funnier than a lot of other shows. the action is pretty well paced, the music is good and the main character negi is neither arrogant or ignorant, a big bonus
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Negima!? is pretty much a brand new anime, but includes the same characters as Negima! (Note: Negima! is Season 1, Negima!? is known as Season 2, though they are entirely different)

Season 1 was based on the manga, where Negi needs to teach at an all girls school to complete his magic training. The whole series seemed to rely on fan service to me, but was also quite funny.

However, this version of Negima is nothing like the manga (after the first 3 episodes). This series relies on complete randomness to be funny. If you don't like randomness, stay away! There is pretty much no fan service in this season, making it much more family friendly and fun, though there is still plenty of romance (including a girl girl one).
There is a story, but its confusing and seems to only be brung up when the writer couldn't think of something random to add.

The characters mostly have the same personalities and traits as the manga/Season 1, though Asuna isn't as smart and has become obsessed with Chupacabras and is often portrayed as being an idiot.

Overall, I loved this season much more than Season 1.
(Though this is just the first part of the Season. I don't know what the last reviewer was complaining about pricewise, its the same price as other anime part 1 sets such as Ouran High School and School Rumble)
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After reading the rather lurid plot synopsis on Amazon, I nearly passed up this video, but the presence in it of several of my favorite voice-actresses got me to give it a try, and now I'm glad I did.

Firstly, ignore all the talk about "temptation," in the synopsis; the series is quite wholesome. Beyond a couple of schoolgirl crushes, there is no sexual content in the video at all. It is a magical adventure series, and it does that very well indeed.

Only one thing kept me from giving this series the five stars it would otherwise have earned, the presence of my least favorite thing in anime, the comic pages, or anywhere else: talking animals. Aside from the ferret who seems to be channeling Joan Rivers, there is a frog and a cat, though the only way to tell with the latter two is that they say so. These animals add nothing to the show, and could easily have been omitted.

Now for the good stuff. Somehow the writers managed to give each of the 31 students her own personality, something some script-writers can't manage with even four or fives characters. Character development happens mainly with the ten or twelve main students, but even this is a monumental achievement. The story itself, moves right along with elements of mystery and intrigue, and the end of each episode had me impatiently scene-skipping to the start of the next. One warning to parents: there are scary elements which probably wouldn't be suitable for younger children.

You can't tell a book by its cover, and you can say the same for some plot synopses, apparently.
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