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A Continuity Reboot of the Manga Negima! Magister Negi Magi (for some reason, considering the main manga was still running at the time) by Studio Shaft. This 26-episode series takes the basic premise and characters of the Manga, adds Deranged Animation and gags, removes almost all of the fanservicenote , transforming it into a Quirky Work.

There is also a manga of the anime series called Negima!? neo (making it the manga of an anime of a manga), which keeps the same overall plot but removes a lot of the Deranged Animation elements and adds a few of the old series' elements back in.

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  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has its own page.
  • Adaptational Romance Downgrade: The Unwanted Harem aspect of the manga is nearly nonexistent in this anime adaptation of Negima. The only girls who develop romantic feelings for Negi are Nodoka and Yue, while other girls who get Ship Teased with him in the manga, like Asuna, Chisame, Ako, Eva and Chachamaru, never show attraction for him and their scenes focus on comic relief instead.
  • Alternate Continuity: Some elements still remain but it's pretty much another series with some of the same cast.
  • Always in Class One: Like in the original manga, Negi teaches the class A.
  • Art Shift: Many, many times, most noticeably with the chibi Baka Rangers. Several of the characters also had minor changes between manga/first series of the anime to the second for identity purposes.
  • Ascended Extra: The Narutaki twins, who are hardly seen in the original Negima, have their role greatly expanded early on in the series, being among the first characters to have a Pactio. Chizuru and Natsumi also get this treatment somewhat.
  • Bad News in a Good Way: Frequently, courtesy of Motsu.
    • in a good way...
  • Big Bad: Anya, who took the Star Crystal because of her jealousy towards Negi doing so well. She becomes Brainwashed and Crazy and is the one causing all the magical problems at Mahora academy. So when all is said and done, the Big Bad was just some bratty kid with a superiority complex.
  • Blessed with Suck: The Neo Pactio system. Each time a partner transforms, Negi will draw one of three cards: an Armor card (the strongest), Cosplay Card (moderately stronger than normal), and a Dud card (absolutely useless); time runs out very quickly and the partner is starving afterwords.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: "The Darkness" is a mysterious force that repeatedly brainwashes several of Negi's students to make them play the episode's villains.
  • Came Back Wrong: The Baka Rangers come back as zombies after getting Blown up by Baka Pink and then become girls in animal suits after being rebuilt by Mad Scientist Hakase.
  • Canon Foreigner: Motsu and Shichimi.
  • Cast from Calories: In the anime, the Pactio system is reworked to draw on the partner's calorie count instead of the mage's magic reserves like in the manga. Thus, while Negi was testing Nodoka's Cosplay card, her stomach growled after changing back and he bought her a hamburger to make up for it. This plot-point becomes an issue whenever the students are trapped in a separate dimension without any access to food.
  • Cast Herd: Most of the class seems to be in groups; however, the most blatant example is the cheerleaders, who are never seen separately.
  • Character Exaggeration: Quite a few of the class members. The most blatant examples are:
    • Makie goes from the everyday Genki Girl to the Butt-Monkey of the class.
    • Ayaka's love for Negi, while extreme, never went as far as making stuff such as coffee mugs, t-shirts and other material with Negi's face on them. (This one becomes a bit of a Canon Immigrant as a plane with Negi's face shows up in the manga.)
    • Asuna goes from a normal girl with really bad grades who sleeps in after her paper route to a girl who suffers from Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! with hyperfocus whose train of thoughts can only be understood by Konoka.
    • Yuna goes from a Genki Gunslinger to a gun-obsessed tank otaku who just drools over Mana's guns. Whereas the Cheerleaders thought Yuna was over Mana's guns.
  • Chupacabra: Asuna is obsessed with them and forms the ((Chupacabra)) Research Society.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Negi's sister Nekane. Which turns out to be a case of Obfuscating Insanity.
    • Chizuru has her moments, too.
  • Color Failure: Kaede gets one when Fumika refuses to tell her what she will look like in the future.
  • Curse Cut Short: In episode 25 of the dub, Chamo says that he's "getting too old for this sh-*beep*".
    • Negi also has one of these early on in the series when he's busted by Shichimi and Motsu. If you listen closely, he starts to say "holy shit" but manages to change it to "Holy Shichimi!"
  • Denser and Wackier: In comparison to the original manga, this series is a lot sillier and more prone to Deranged Animation (which isn't surprising, considering the studio behind it).
  • Deranged Animation: Everywhere but the Opening is especially deranged.
  • Evolving Credits: The first time an episode has the "A-LY-A!" ending animation, there is a lone chibi-Asuna "assisting" the music, with maracas. Konoka, Setsuna and Nodoka start to join some episodes later.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Asuna's bare feet are exposed to Evangeline's ice magic in episode 3, after she threw her shoes at her.
  • Expressive Hair: Asuna's is extremely expressive, spelling words, pointing at things of interest and creating Cross-Popping Veins, among other things.
  • Eye Catch: Tons of them, appearing not just at commercial breaks but as a segue between scenes. There's some really freaky ones like Octopus Zazie
  • The Flatwoods Monster: A Darkness-generated Flatwoods Monster eavesdrops in Konoemon Konoe's office in Episode 4.
  • Four-Leaf Clover: Yue gives one to Nodoka to support Negi in his final battle
  • Gag Dub: Well, kind of. Funimation's dub somehow manages to make the series even sillier.
  • Gag Series: While there's a plot with a mystery going on, the main focus of this anime is wacky comedy.
  • Gamer Chick: Asuna is ecstatic when she gets Zombie Rider: The Son-in-Law used. Setsuna is strangely fascinated by it; she, Konoka, and Asuna are seen playing it on different occasions.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual:
    • Until Sayo makes her Pactio with Negi, the only way the normal students can see her is via an enchanted camera.
    • Fumika's cosplay item is a magnifying glass that shows what things will look like in the future.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Asuna gets this now in addition to the already present Not a Morning Person.
  • Hive Mind:
    • The cheerleaders are turned into this.
    • Whenever a group of students are possessed by the Star Crystal, they're turned into this. It's taken to the point where the Crystal will say a sentence while cycling through each girl's voice. Quickly lampshaded in the Japanese dub by Chamo.
      Chamo: Speak through one person!!
    • The above is taken to it's logical extreme towards the end, when the Crystal creates illusions of the entire class in order to trick Negi. When revealed, the girls all shout a single sentence, with each girl saying a few words.
  • Improvised Weapon: Asuna throws a boat at Eva while at the lake. As Eva says
    "Who throws a boat!?'
  • Interactive Narrator: The narrator is not adverse to having conversations with the cast.
  • Japanese School Club: Asuna founds the Chupacabra club to study the mythological creature and even gets Chupacabra T-shirts for the members to wear. However, she's the only member who's actually in it for the Chupacabra; everyone else is there to learn magic from Negi.
  • Language of Magic: Though most viewers (especially in Japan) wouldn't guess it, the magical script that accompanies the incantations is actually written in the Armenian alphabet.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Konoka comments on Asuna's obsession with Takamichi lasting "only for part of the first season. Then it was Chupacabra.".
  • Lemony Narrator: The Narrator takes the Large Ham to a whole another level. He's even hammier in the English dub! Considering the Japanese Narrator is Mugihito, and the English Narrator is Christopher Sabat, this should be expected.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • Takamichi and his world delicacy noodles.
    • Asuna also starts a grease fire attempting to fix Negi breakfast.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: The "A-LY-YA!" ending themes.
  • Magical Incantation: The series does this differently than Negima! Magister Negi Magi, as spell incantations now are at the end of casts instead of before them. Negi uses Tel Ma Amorista and Eva uses Lilac Spiritous.
  • Mood Whiplash: Happens multiple the same scene.
  • More Dakka The bad guys in the Macross shoutout are nothing but guns.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Ramen. Eating, cooking, telling the future with it — Takamichi makes it awesome.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Baka Pink.. full stop. She constantly gets cut off in her introduction and her personal movie was denied. She hates it.
  • Mysterious Protector: A Tuxedo Kamen clone known as the Black Rose Baron is introduced early on. At first, Negi believes that the Baron is his father, but he later finds out from Konoka that the Baron is really his big sister/cousin, Nekane Springfield. If you listen closely you can tell its voiced by a woman
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The anime spends oodles of time on a one-off chupacabra joke from the original manga.
    • In episode 14, during a scene in which all of Negi's students who haven't yet entered pactios with him do so by kissing him one by one, the music that plays is the opening theme from Negima! The animation for that opening ended with each of Negi's students leaning in to kiss him.
  • Narrator: Mugihito narrates the anime.
  • Not So Extinct: Asuna spends 24 out of 26 episodes looking the Chupacabra which everyone says doesn't exist; they create a Chupacabra school club and order T-shirts and other items. At the end of the series, she finds one (which she quickly puts to work signing T-shirts.)
  • Odd Friendship:
    • In this version Makie and Ayaka room together and have a very odd relationship.
    • Also, Takahata hangs roundabout Evangeline and Chachamaru quite a lot (mostly for tea and/or ramen, along with plot-relevant conversation). Sarcastic, relatively playful banter often ensues.
    • Makie and Motsu seem to strike up an odd friendship as well.
  • Ominous Multiple Screens: Used often during important scenes.
  • The Oner: The free-falling Pactio scene from episode 14.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Setsuna's armor pactio card does this unlike her original self which she is half demon and has them naturally.
  • Pun: Standard fare for Mana and Zazie who grade each other on the quality of the pun or others grade them when the team isnt together. They later start grading ones that they can't possibly hear.
    • One of the few times this ISN'T done is when they're all in their Suka/Dud forms.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What was Kaede's future that was so horrible, the Narutaki twins refused to say?
  • RPG Episode: Sayo's exploration of the dorm. She gains stats as she scares the crap out of the dorm residents from a top-down perspective like the original The Legend of Zelda. The Triforce even makes an appearance.
  • Running Gag:
  • Sentai: The "Mahora Sentai Bakaranger" shorts. Poor Makie...
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl This time it's Nodoka (who normally has purple hair but is always shy).
  • Shout-Out: A lot of them:
    • Throughout one episode, bags appear with names of famous warriors from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel.
    • The Triforce shows up during Sayo's exploration of the dorm.
    • Sayoth Park [1]
    • Street Fighter III [2]
    • Macross: In a really weird shoutout Ku Fei gets to play the role of The Captain (Complete with hat and cape). Yuna, Ako and Akira get the roles of the Bridge Bunnies, Mana, Zazie, Asakura play the role of the Ace Pilots. The Lemony Narrator points out that not one of them questioned the arrival of Space Invaders.
    • In the same sequence This angle is exactly the same as a certain Ace Pilot in Code Geass.
    • again in that sequence the targeting screen looks a lot like a certain atari game.
    • The "Super" Power Glove makes an appearance
    • Kumā makes an appearance on a sign during the camping trip.
    • When Eva grows to gigantic size, the reactions of the other characters are almost identical to a scene from the 2nd season of Galaxy Angel.
    • There's a Pokemon shoutout at one point.
    • In episode 21 when Evangeline and Chachamaru become mysteriously trapped in a house in the middle of a body of water, it may be a reference to the Gainax Ending of Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase, especially considering that like that show's protagonist Hazuki, Evangeline is a vampire. Evangeline even turns up in a cat costume at the end of the episode, while Hazuki frequently wore a Cat Eared Headband.
    • The status screens in ep 26 greatly resemble the interface in Etrian Odyssey.
    • In one episode, Mana can be seen cleaning a gun. That gun happens to be the positron rifle from Neon Genesis Evangelion. The design is slightly different, but the plate reading "JSSDR" is nearly identical to the one reading "JSSDF" on the rifle in Evangelion.
  • Shoe Slap: Asuna throws both her shoes at Eva before throwing a boat.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Eva creates one by freezing a lake, complete with caverns.
  • Spotting the Thread: Towards the end, the Star Crystal creates illusions of Class 3-A in order to trick Negi into jumping into an abyss. When Negi is reluctant to do so, fake!Eva quickly tries to pull a Heroic Sacrifice, telling Negi to jump while she stalls the monster chasing them. Real!Asuna (the real Class 3-A is watching the events unfold) quickly calls fake!Eva out for her uncharacteristically noble behavior, which is what tips Negi off that he is being set up.
  • Tamer and Chaster: The original series is known for having a fair deal of fanservice, but this anime has none. The OVAs, however, bring back the fanservice in full force.
  • The Team: The Baka Rangers (Dummy Force in the dub) was once a throwaway line in the original manga about the 5 worst students in the class. It gets expanded to its own short miniseries in this where they spoof Sentai, gain powers to fight crime and constantly fail at trying to live up to their roles.
  • Tin Can You Hear Me Now: Kaede and Setsuna tried to make these work between their rooms however as Konoka explained they don't work between doors, much to their dismay causing them to gain +5 Absentmindedness and -3 intelligence however it lets them hear the invisible Cute Ghost Girl nearby leading to screams.
  • Transformation Sequence: Occasionally invoking a Pactio involves this.
  • Utility Belt: Yue has one for her various juice boxes.
  • Wiki Walk: Asuna does this a lot. Only Konoka can explain the route she took to get there.
  • Wingding Eyes: Asuna gets hearts when she gets the game Zombie Rider: The Son-In-Law.
  • You Are Number 6: At the start of the series Negi calls his class by their number; in an illusion later on, their number is tattooed on them, changes places and is always in frame.
    • In the "normal" opening sequence (there are a few variants of this) the girls are nearly ALWAYS depicted with their number next to them. This even occurs when their face isn't shown. The only exception to this is when the girls are walking at the beginning (some are, some aren't) and Asuna when she's running through the desks with Negi.

    Negima!? neo 
  • A-Cup Angst: Anya, just like in the original, but here it's played with even more.
  • Accidental Pervert: Happens to Kotaro once with almost all the girls in the class.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The Negima!? neo manga significantly expands on Evangeline's backstory with Negi's father, Nagi. Two whole chapters are dedicated to explaining in detail how Evangeline met Nagi and why she developed a crush on him. The flashback adds interactions between her and Nagi that weren't in the original manga, most notably the two working together to save a human village from a horde of evil demons.
  • Always in Class One: Like in the original manga, Negi teaches the class A.
  • Christmas Episode: Combined with Whole Episode Flashback in chapters 25-26 where Evangeline recounts to Negi about the Christmas she spent with his father Nagi before he sealed her at Mahora Academy 15 years ago.
  • Clothing Switch: In chapter 29, Konoka wears a Shinsengumi uniform and Setsuna a luxurious kimono when they're visiting the Toei Kyoto Studio Park, which is the reverse of the same situation in the original manga.
  • Disposable Fiancé: Fate becomes Asuna's arranged fiancé and forgotten childhood friend, but she turns him down to stay with Negi.
  • Headbutt Thermometer: Konoka checks Setsuna's temperature by placing her forehead over hers in chapter 29. Knowing Konoka, she did it to tease Setsuna.
  • Me's a Crowd: In chapter 18, the residual power of the Star Crystal creates several clones of Nodoka that are trying to fulfill her desire of confessing her love to Negi. The fake Nodokas disappear after she confesses.
  • Mission Control: Negi in the Baka Rangers shorts.
  • Mythology Gag: Chapter 29 is basically a tribute to Konoka and Setsuna's trip to Movie Town during the original manga's Kyoto arc.
  • Not a Date: Chapter 29 is about Konoka and Setsuna being sent on a trip to Kyoto to give a letter to Konoka's father. Because of Konoka's antics, they miss the train and have to spend the night in a Ryokan Inn together, all while Konoka is being even more flirtatious than usual and Setsuna tries to not panic from embarrassment. The next day, Konoka takes Setsuna to Toei Kyoto Studio Park so they can spend time together. At the end of the chapter, it's revealed it was basically a date Konoka set up with her grandfather's help so she and Setsuna could fulfill their childhood promise to kiss at the park.
  • Panty Thief: In Chapter 9, Negi is trying to catch the one who has stolen the panties of several of his students. The culprit is a cat making a bed for her kittens and not Chamo for once.
  • Pet Baby Wild Animal: Chapter 27 is about Akira taking care of a sick baby dolphin she names Ruka until it fully recovers and she releases it back into the ocean.
  • Robotic Reveal: Chachamaru gets one during the Negi vs Eva fight.
  • Sealed with a Kiss: Near the end of the final chapter, Negi and Asuna kiss after he asks her to stay together with him forever.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Konoka and Setsuna share a futon in Chapter 29 where only the two of them are staying the night at a Ryokan Inn. Konoka is happy about it because they always slept together when they were kids, but Setsuna can't sleep from how nervous she is.
  • Win to Exit: In chapter 11, a fairy traps Negi, Asuna, Konoka, Setsuna, and Chisame inside the Magical Girl Biblion videogame.

Alternative Title(s): Negima Neo



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