Oh my. Definitely the greatest Anime episode of Negima! to be created so far, the first episode of the new OVA created by SHAFT (Zetsubou Sensei, Bakemonogatari) covers the Journy to the Magical World arc of the manga, continuing from the previous OVA series: Ala Alba.
The reason I liked this episode so much was mainly because of the gorgeous and fluid animation and a whole lot of ACTION. We have some great fight scenes that involve most of the cast and the use of their Artifacts. The Pactio cards also come into play and I loved their inclusion in the opening. The only thing that I would have liked to have seen is the reuse of the song ‘Happy Material;, but oh well.
Following this is a number of screencaps from the episode itself, detailing the events that occur, and do avoid if you don’t want to be spoiled. (^.^)
Here we go!
This OVA, as stated above, starts right where the previous one left off. We see the gang arrive in England, London.
A short train ride later, Negi and friends arrive at Wales, Negi’s hometown. He is then reunited with his big sister Nekane.
Starting with a brief fan service scene of Asuna bathing, we get a quick preview of things to come. What things? ACTION!!! If the opening is any indication, we Negima! fans are in for a treat! (^o^) Love the fact that the characters are seen utilizing their Pactio Cards in the scenes. Other than in the Negima!? series, we never did get to see the characters use their Artifacts/Pactio Cards a lot.
We then meet the Headmaster of the Magic School and find out more about the disaster that befell Negi’s village a number of years back. Except for a few who escaped, everyone else was turned into stone.
Negi, along with his partners and a few more of his students that possess special abilities set off on their journey to the Magic World. Makie’s group, who doesn’t know about magic, decide to break their promise to remain behind and tag along.
Arriving at the Gate to the Magic World, they are then transported to the Gateport (think Airport) in the Magic World.
Sensing a foreign presence, Negi quickly mobilizes his team, but not before being fatally wounded.
While Konoka’s Artifact can heal Negi, despite him sustaining a fatal wound, all their weapons/items were sealed in a box with an ‘Unbreakable’ Seal until they leave the Gateport. (Think Airport security.) This is a problem as Konoka’s Artifact can only heal wounds that are maximum three minutes old.
The enemies reveal themselves and it’s none other than Fate Averruncus and his group.
EPIC FIGHT SEQUENCE!!! Do note that the above screencaps are only snippets from the fights. Really awesome scene that can’t be represented by a few pictures, let alone described. Anyways, the Ala Alba don’t do so well until…
Asuna manages to smash open the sealed box and releases their weapons and magic items!
HENSHIN!!! Oh, wait… ADEAT!!!
The counterattack begins. Setsuna = Gorgeous, Fluid, Epic Win.
Racing against time, Konoka tries to get to Negi to heal his wound and Asuna defends her from their onslaught.
Admitting that Negi’s group is more than ‘trash’, Fate Averruncus and his group destroy the keystone of the Gate, causing the transportation magic to go beserk. This splits the group up and teleports them to different parts of the magic world.
So, if you are wondering about all the Negima Anime series, here’s a quick rundown:
Negima! : Canon up till episode 22. The school festival arc is not shown.
Negima!? : Alternate storyline and not canon.
Negima! Ala Alba OVA: Canon after the events of the school festival.
Negima! Another World OVA: Canon, continues from previous OVA. Covers chapters 186 +
All we need now is the school festival arc to be animated.
Overall, great start to an arc with simply gorgeous animation, kick-ass action and a great set up. If you are a Negima! fan, you need to watch this NOW.
Now, all we have to do is to wait for the next episode that will be released in two months. (Episode 3 will be released May next year. (T.T))