A few days ago, Alvin and I started watching this anime called “Negima”. I figured it would be fun, since I really enjoyed Love Hina and Ken Akamatsu’s works. So far, it’s really fun, I’m kind of sad that I got into Negima like, five years too late, haha. It originally came out in maybe 2006 or so? I always get into these shows long after the fandom burns out. ;_; I would have loved to be all up in the fandom and watching the series unfold, crossing my fingers for little Nodoka, haha.
At first, I thought I was going to hate Negima. Asuna was irritating, Negi’s voice made me want to punt kittens, and overall, it just wasn’t very entertaining. But I stuck with it once Nodoka showed up in the first episode because she was too adorable. She really reminds me of Shinobu! X3 Although I kind of have the feeling her character isn’t going to get much resolution in the whole Negi romance thing, which sucks, haa~ I always like the side-characters who get like, one really sweet plot point that just fizzles out. But we’ll see, she might turn out to have a pleasant surprise story-wise. It would be cool to see her become a main character; if she just blends into the background with all the other 26 (give or take) students then I’ll be a sad bunny.
Out of curiosity, I checked out the live action version. I figured it would be corny along the same vein Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon was, but… oh lawd, it was far worse, haaa~ wtf!! Who knows, though, it might just be that the first episode of the LA!Negima series sucks and the rest get better. I didn’t care much for PGSM in the first 2 or 3 episodes, but I eventually fell in love with it. LA!Negima might get better, but my biggest gripe is that it is live action but tries too hard to be the anime. It isn’t really a live action reimagining of it like PGSM was, but rather something like a school video class project with really bad writing lifted straight out of the anime… and people don’t act that way in real life, which just kind of kills it for me. I mean, there are some things that can pass, like PGSM had some very “straight out of anime” moments where the characters didn’t act like normal humans, but like cartoon characters… but those moments were few and far between, and often pulled off really comically. ;_; Ahh, LA!Negima, why must you let me down?
Anyway, I’ll probably be getting into the manga series soon, once I finish the first anime. I want to give the second series a spin, but it’s not dubbed, and I like to watch stuff with Alvin. I might give a subbed version a try, it’s been a long time since I watched an anime subbed. I’ve been spoiled by all the decent dubs coming out recently, haha, Ergo Proxy anyone? That was glorious dubbing.