Ten-year-old Negi Springfield has just graduated from a magic academy in Wales, and finds that his assignment for earning his full magic license is a job as a teacher — in a private all-girls school in Japan. Worse than that, though, is that it's a junior high class — most of the girls are four or five years older than him, and almost all of them think he's the cutest thing since Hello Kitty.
Earning his license by getting through a semester or two of teaching his hyperactive and over-affectionate students is only one of Negi's goals, though. He's also looking for his long-absent father — Nagi Springfield, the mysterious "Thousand Master" who appeared once, gave Negi his staff, and then vanished again. The Thousand Master is said to be dead, but Negi isn't so sure. The fact that one of the girls in his class is secretly an old enemy of his father's and still holds a grudge doesn't help, either.
And life doesn't get any easier. Although he's supposed to keep his magic secret, he's having control problems, and blows his cover in front of some of the girls almost immediately. Also, he can't get properly licensed until he finds a partner. His style of magic requires a "defender" who handles physical threats while he casts his spells; the contract between mage and partner is sealed with a kiss and empowers the partner to near-superhuman levels. It soon becomes obvious that, by the sheerest coincidence, almost all of Negi's students are excellent candidates for partnership. And the school itself isn't quite as "normal" as it appears at first glance.
Created by Ken Akamatsu, this series has been summed up (with hotly-contested accuracy) as "Harry Potter meets Love Hina and Dragon Ball". Rumor has it that when planning out Negima!, Akamatsu wanted to do a Shōnen Fighting Series. However, his publisher (wanting to cash in on the success of Love Hina, Akamatsu's previous work) insisted on another romantic harem comedy. So, Akamatsu created a fighting story that looked superficially like a harem comedy. The story has since changed into a action comedy/drama with a huge cast (30+ "regulars") and an expanding Back Story.
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A quick review: Mahou Sensei Negima! is the original manga, Negima! is the first anime, Negima!? is the second anime, Negima!? neo is a hybrid manga from the original manga and the second anime, and the newest OVAs start with Mahou Sensei Negima! in the title. When you get confused, just come back up here to check.
While this entry was originally written for Negima!, be aware that the trope listings linked below now include many entries that are specific to one or more of the various adaptations. Over time, the franchise has become much more Trope Overdosed than aforementioned series, and at this point, most of the tropes that place it as being Overdosed come from Mahou Sensei Negima! due to sheer length if nothing else
This show provides examples of:
- Tropes A to C
- Tropes D to F
- Tropes G to I
- Tropes J to L
- Tropes M to O
- Tropes P to R
- Tropes S to U
- Tropes V to Z