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Negima!? Complete Collection Blu-ray Anime Review

Negima!? Complete Collection Blu-ray Anime Review

Posted by Chris Beveridge

December 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Rebooting the collection with a brand new manufacturing studio and really totally different tackle the property, Negima truly manages to be enjoyable and fascinating.

What They Say:
It’s not straightforward being a wizard earlier than you’ve hit puberty, however Negi Springfield has much more on his slender shoulders than many wizards twice (and even thrice) his age. When he’s not looking for his lacking father, or educating the 31 teenage women who make up the extremely uncommon class 3A, he all the time appears to seek out himself being drafted to carry out magical duties that the majority sane grownup wizards keep away from.

So, when the mysterious and harmful artifact often known as the Star Crystal disappears, it’s only a matter of time earlier than Negi and his all-girl regiment of gifted college students discover themselves trapped in the midst of the thriller. Does preventing the supernatural fulfill the woman’s PE requirement? Discover out when class roars again into session for a brand new spellbinding semester!?

The Evaluate:
The audio presentation for this launch brings us the unique Japanese language monitor in stereo in addition to the beforehand created English language dub, which can also be in stereo. Each are introduced utilizing the DTS-HD MA lossless codec and captures the circulate and really feel of the present fairly nicely. The present works an honest mixture of motion and dialogue to it because it unfolds the place it’s extra comedy-action than anything for lots of it. The extra critical moments of motion are well-handled because it strikes throughout the ahead soundstage nevertheless it doesn’t have a lot in the best way of noticeable depth or influence to it. Dialogue is simple with a clear strategy to it as there’s some respectable placement every so often however not a lot when it comes to motion throughout it. Dialogue is clear and clear all through and we didn’t have any issues with dropouts or distortions throughout common playback.

Initially airing in 2006 and 2007, the switch for this TV collection is introduced in its unique full body facet ratio and is encoded at 1080p utilizing the AVC codec. The twenty-six episodes are unfold throughout three discs in a 9/9/eight format giving it loads of room to work with. Animated by Shaft, the collection has a reasonably good look about it with a whole lot of element as anticipated from this specific studio and a whole lot of creativity in how scenes are setup together with some very fluid moments. However it additionally has a sort of softness about it that’s just a little distracting at first however works nicely because it progresses and also you regulate to it. The encoding seems good general – and it eliminates all the issues we had with the earlier DVD iteration with all its cross coloration – and will please most followers. Having solely seen this on DVD beforehand and much too way back I can’t do a direct comparability however this launch seems to be good with supply supplies it has and undoubtedly higher than what DVD encoding and bitrates have been like properly over a decade in the past.

The packaging for this launch is available in a regular sized Blu-ray case that holds two of the discs stacks towards every inside wall, which isn’t a method I want having them since stacked discs simply feels incorrect. The entrance cowl paintings makes use of a few of the current Japanese cowl paintings that places two of our leads along with an ideal background that has a sense of magic to it with the colours and designs. The brand is clear and properly blocked out and stands out towards the remaining. The again cowl has a pleasant scattering of photographs from the present and a easy however efficient abstract of the premise. The extras are clearly listed as are the episode and disc rely. The manufacturing credit break issues down clearly and the technical grid lists how the set is put collectively precisely. No present associated inserts are included neither is there a reversible cowl.

The menu design for this launch makes use of the static picture strategy the place every disc brings us totally different pairings of the characters. These use extra of the acquainted paintings from the previous DVD releases and look good as they occupy about two thirds of the display. The navigation alongside the left makes use of a number of the parts from the duvet with its design and colour because it breaks down the episodes by quantity and title. There aren’t many issues to do with every disc aside from altering the languages and the episodes till you get to the extras on the finish. It really works properly each as the primary menu and because the pop-up menu throughout playback.

The extras for this launch are a bit easy as we get the 2 OVAs that have been produced for the property.

After the controversial first collection that got here out, it was determined to attempt to reboot it in a method with a brand new manufacturing firm and a special approach from which to do the whole lot. In an effort to bridge the 2 collection, to be sure that they have been giving the followers what they actually needed, a pair of small tales have been taken from the manga and tailored into this to check the waters. Whereas the unique TV collection was not one thing I used to be extraordinarily enthusiastic about, it was enjoyable in its personal method however I perceive the problems followers had with it, together with the brand new materials on the finish of the season. Add in all of the screw-ups alongside the best way within the unique animation manufacturing (which FUNimation didn’t need to cope with fortunately) and a reboot was virtually crucial for lots of followers to even take into consideration going close to once more.

Taking a look at these two OVAs from that perspective, the place you’re making an attempt to vary the character design type to one thing extra interesting and truly being correct to the unique materials, I can’t truthfully say how nicely that was executed. I misplaced curiosity within the manga for this after the second or third quantity and by no means actually seemed again. Taking a look at it from the attitude of being conversant in the primary season of the present, I’ve to confess that I actually loved this on a most elementary degree. With these being small tales which might be making an attempt to cram in all of the characters even for a number of seconds, letting the viewer take within the tweaked designs by the brand new manufacturing firm, I wasn’t anticipating something with regard to precise plot. The very meager plot we do get for every of them is actually past fluff.

The primary episode has the women parachuting onto an island for a weekend away whereas Negi tries to get again on Asuna’s good aspect. The second episode has the gimmick of Nodoka and Negi being tied by the pink string of destiny after she and Yue mess up on some magical follow. That basically sums all of it up. When you get previous that and the little nods to the precise plot by way of every of those twenty-five minute episodes, the majority of it focuses on the copious quantity of fanservice in several methods. With the seashore episode, it’s much more obvious because it’s pores and skin all over the place, even from characters you actually don’t anticipate it from that a lot. With a few of the women sporting little greater than thongs, and being fairly observant about one another in amusing methods, they don’t maintain again about it. The second episode isn’t fairly as blatant however everybody has their temporary scene the place they’re doing one thing that has them behaving in a bit of little bit of a revealing method, be it via bodily presence or their core archetype character.

The format of the episodes is considerably awkward although because it pushes the present into the “4 panel comedian” mentality. Whereas there’s an overarching “story” for every episode, it’s damaged down into smaller items due to the quite a few eye-catches that come as much as spotlight every of the characters. That retains the present from having a clean stream nevertheless it permits for lots of characters to have their small moments. You additionally get to see the characters in several outfits by means of them and an opportunity for some very nice screengrabs with a view to make wallpapers I assume. When you view the episodes as a bunch of brief moments in time slightly than an precise story, it’ll be enjoyable. Contemplating the time since we final had any Negima launched over right here in anime type, it’s a strong sufficient reminder of the enjoyable that the characters are.

Content material: (please notice that content material parts of a assessment might include spoilers)
After a problematic first collection that brought about fairly a little bit of points with followers that have been corrected for the DVD releases, a second collection was ultimately introduced into being however not with out some fairly extreme modifications. The primary is that it takes loads of the weather from Akamatsu’s manga for this twenty-six episode run, nevertheless it abandons a number of what the Xebec anime collection was about, which was numerous fanservice. As an alternative, this incarnation (which additionally has a separate manga incarnation) is concentrated extra on comedy. With collection director Akiyuki Shinbo on the helm, this isn’t a shock. His work on Pani Poni Sprint alone makes this fairly acquainted, as does Moon Part. On the similar time, he’s completed plenty of critical works which come throughout properly right here when wanted corresponding to Petite Cossette and Soul Taker.

Negima!? follows a variety of the fundamentals from the unique manga in its setup which is an effective factor. The story revolves round ten yr previous Negi. Negi has simply graduated from magic faculty and now he’s being assigned out to the world. Magic continues to be very a lot a secret on this world and he must discover ways to slot in in addition to discovering a correct Companion that he can work with. He’s despatched off to Mahora Academy in Japan the place it’s principally one huge faculty metropolis that sprawls throughout with all method of grade ranges by means of college. The library is definitely a separate island in the midst of all of it that reaches right down to unknown ranges belowground as nicely. Negi’s time right here is to be a homeroom instructor in addition to an English teacher for the junior excessive degree, grades two and three as occasions play out. With some on the employees additionally being wizards, he’s received assist when he wants it however principally he has to determine issues on his personal whereas retaining a low profile.

However can a ten yr previous wizard from England maintain a low profile in such a state of affairs? Not likely, particularly because it’s an all women academy that he finally ends up educating at and the women all discover him lovable to at least one degree or one other. And Negi himself is a bit of a kid which is clear since his makes an attempt at hiding his magic by no means work properly and he finally ends up revealing himself typically to the women over time. What he finally ends up doing is putting up a partnership with every of them because it occurs so as to hold the key and that provides them some magic powers. In fact, the strike the pact, they should kiss him on the lips and his little acquainted, an ermine named Chamo, seals the deal for them. Every woman then has three “playing cards” inside her that he can draw out for no matter encounters and issues that they face. In fact, not each card is beneficial and the act of drawing them out is amusingly sexual in nature.

Negima!? then runs by means of loads of the essential sorts of conditions we’ve seen within the different incarnations. Evangeline’s storyline begins issues off and that provides it a splendidly darkish and critical really feel because it begins to combine in a few of the humor and weirdness. Evangeline’s state of affairs units up a whole lot of issues for Negi’s previous together with his father because the legendary Thousand Grasp and it ties into a few of the structural points of the wizard world. With thirty one women within the class, all of that are given distinct personalities and roles within the present, the majority of the collection works over introducing them and giving them a cause to get nearer to Negi in their very own means. These tales vary from temporary to prolonged, with the important thing ones getting probably the most time. This once more facilities across the similar ones as previous incarnations akin to Asuna and Nodoka, so the continuity facet of all of it is basically nice to see, particularly with the small twists executed alongside the best way.

Whereas there’s a whole lot of familiarity with previous collection when it comes to the storyline and setup, the stylistic aspect could be very totally different. Negima!? is a really strongly animated present in a whole lot of methods, notably these first episodes with Evangeline. Together with her vampire previous and the darkish nature of her hunts at night time in addition to the flashbacks to her previous, it’s all superbly animated with a way of favor that basically could be very putting. The character designs are all very properly executed, with loads of fluidity to them when required and a way of depth and presence to them. The colour design is actually interesting the place they use so many brilliant and vibrant colours at occasions but in addition loads of darks to deliver it some distinction.

And simply as a lot a personality as the women and Negi is the town of Mahora itself. With it being a virtually separate state unto itself as a faculty metropolis, it has all the things it wants in it. Nicely, apart from lots of people since we sometimes solely see the scholars and school that we all know. However past that, the backgrounds for this collection are extremely interesting with its visible design. It looks like a really dense and tightly packed place however one with a really scholastic really feel to it, a spot the place you are feeling that you would reside and research and study very properly. The hallways of the varsity look nice, the best way they cope with the carpeting and the glass home windows alone provides it a really robust character. Between the interiors and the exteriors, the best way it has a way of historical past about it, Mahora is a spot the place you’d need to spend so much of time.

The primary distinction with this incarnation of the collection is the strategy to the way it performs out. The manga and first collection performed up the fanservice so much, which is to be anticipated from an Akamatsu collection. There’s some available in right here, transformation scenes and all, however lots of what’s right here is comedy. It’s very harking back to Pani Poni Sprint with the way it offers with it, plenty of brief cuts, background jokes and gags and above photographs that nearly seem like online game moments from previous RPG video games. It’s not as overdone as Pani Poni Sprint nevertheless which is an enormous plus in its favor, and it has an entire lot extra fashion to it as a result of it’s not the identical sort of faculty based mostly comedy. There’s additionally the continued storyline that’s concerned right here and a sure darkness to plenty of it that’s nonetheless there even after the extra critical Evangeline story finishes out its opening chapter. And most significantly, the jokes and gags aren’t as deep as they’re in Pani Poni Sprint so you’ll be able to watch it with out the liner notes and nonetheless snigger lots. The notes assist for a few of it, however they’re not important to the bigger present at hand both.

Because the present strikes onto its second half it continues to cowl a great bit of fabric however does it in a reasonably leisurely method after wrapping up a few of the greater storyline items from the primary half. The whole incident with Negi as a chupacabra is handled moderately shortly right here as he enters right into a contract with the remaining women from the category and that kind of units issues proper and brings him again to regular. In fact, there’s additionally now the issue a number of the women have in that they haven’t actually kissed Negi since they did so when he was the chupacabra, so there’s one or two who would really like one other crack at his cute little self. As soon as that is handled, the category finds themselves coping with a sudden bodily darkness that’s after them and their world is upended.

That upending brings them again to the varsity nevertheless it’s the varsity in one other dimension, a dimension the place magic is seemingly abound. Unable to get again to the actual world, the category settles into one thing resembling a traditional life as they work out what works and what doesn’t. They’re a quite industrious group as they maintain all of the requirements of dwelling moderately shortly and settle into one thing of a routine. In fact, Evangeline and Chachamaru head off to their very own little place in order that they’re out of the best way. Into all of this comes one new addition within the type of Nekane, Negi’s older sister. She all of a sudden seems within the tub and causes fairly the commotion, however she brings a bit extra of the magical information aspect to the group and she or he has a sort of quirkiness to her that’s definitely charming. And with Takamichi being the one different grownup actually there, she helps to provide issues a bit extra stability there as nicely. For Negi, it’s one thing acquainted and protected at his aspect as soon as once more, although he doesn’t grow to be infantile within the slightest due to it.

The time spent on this place covers the majority of this set and runs by way of various comparatively standalone tales. Negi offers with all the women in several methods as they deal with the state of affairs and there’s a overarching story a few mysterious lady named the Black Rose who has come to seemingly trigger slightly commotion right here and there. By and enormous although, it’s the small stuff that makes up this arc as you’ve gotten Yue realizing she’s in love with Negi or you’ve gotten Asuna on her newest creature hunt with the bongebonge that’s roaming across the campus. Or, because it’s actually recognized, “Catherine.” There’s additionally one actually good episode the place the whole class is lowered to mini type because of their pactio playing cards being launched in dud type, and that forces Negi to play caretaker earlier than he realizes he has to play with them and luxuriate in having no obligations for a bit. The present is definitely cute and enjoyable all through, particularly with the bizarre and quirky humor that’s used for the fast reduce jokes, however there’s little actual which means to it aside from to have enjoyable with the massive and numerous forged.

The collection does spend its previous couple of episodes again in the actual world and decides to push alongside the story a bit extra with regard to what’s been happening with Negi’s father. Not surprisingly, this isn’t given all that a lot consideration in full because it’s not been handled within the manga on the time and this adaptation doesn’t need to go too far in that course. They do contact upon it in a means that’s pretty endearing nevertheless and it permits Negi to have some good emotional moments befitting him and his age, but in addition displaying his basic maturity as properly. Issues aren’t precisely wrapped up right here, however there’s sufficient closure for the present general that you simply do really feel that they obtained someplace and that everybody is now part of Negi’s life since they’re his companions. When it comes to a primary chapter sort of feeling, it’s properly finished and the ending does depart you eager to see the place they could go subsequent.

In Abstract:
I’ve not had one of the best relationship with the Negima franchise general and it truly is uncommon that we get a collection remade so shortly after the unique was broadcast, however not unprecedented. This incarnation prevented numerous the actual romantic elements of it that have been problematic for me within the manga and the primary collection and it prevented extreme fanservice general. The shift of focus in the direction of the humor aspect labored in its favor and with this specific fashion of humor. There’s a whole lot of characters right here and by going for the brief gags and quirky moments, you don’t really feel like anybody is getting omitted. You do lose the primary characterization for a number of characters, however the trade-off works on this specific format. In the long run, I feel that is the one incarnation of Negima that I truly like and would love to see extra of. It’s additionally the one which’s not for common audiences I’d say and is a little more area of interest in its attraction. However comedies are typically like that and this one probably much more so. I loved it, it made me snigger and it had nice character designs and for my cash the most effective opening sequences interval.

Japanese DTS-HD MA Language, English DTS-HD MA Language, English Subtitles, Recording of “To the Shining You ~ Peace”; Clear Opening Animation; Clear Closing Animation

Content material Grade: B
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B-

Launched By: Sentai Filmworks
Launch Date: November sixth, 2018
MSRP: $89.98
Operating Time: 705 Minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Facet Ratio: 1.33:1

Evaluation Gear:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray participant by way of HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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Posted on December 5, 2018 by Chris Beveridge and saved underneath All Information, All Critiques, Anime / Manga, Anime Blu-ray Critiques, Anime/Manga Evaluations and tagged with anime, negima, sentai filmworks