fan service and more fan service. This was pretty much the only hint of
content on the cover of the DVD case, with most of the cast being in a variety
of scantly clad swimsuits. Anyway.. without judging a DVD by its cover I
quickly popped it into my player and began watching. The first episode,
which was the Spring special, shows the class heading off to Southern island for
a well deserved break. This special was based on volume 7 of the original
manga. The storyline overall is quite simplistic and shows how the main
character Negi overcomes a misunderstanding between himself and Asuna (Negi's
student and roommate).
The opening sequence is quite impressive; for a start the art style compared to the original Negima!? series has jumped up a notch in terms of quality. It shows the girls parachuting out of an aeroplane, which is a good introduction to the rather large cast. In the sequence you pretty much see every girl in the series with a slight snapshot of each of their personalities. The opening was also well complemented with a happy J-pop theme tune which goes well with the anime.
For a second time though the cute story was overwhelmed by fan service, such as Setsuna being unable to wash Konoka and the Asuna mecha "rape" scene where she gets attacked by a robot that goes haywire. These scenes seem perfectly innocent though when compared to a scene between Nadoka and Negi. This involved close up shots of blushing faces with waling and moaning. It was at this point of the episode where I wanted to stop the DVD as it was insinuating that these under aged children were having sex. However, this
was just a misdirection as they were simply hiding in the Sauna room and had passed out because of the heat. This scene though was totally unnecessary and just left me feeling dirty after watching it.
One element, which was quite
good in both of the specials, were the snapshots of each of Negi's
class. Each shot provides a brief piece of information on each
of the cast such as their likes and dislikes. This adds a
quirky element to the show and helps to break up the episodes.
Furthermore, the ending of the Spring special and the opening of the
Summer special uses many of the artwork pieces used for the front
covers of the manga.
The DVD box has reversible covers, the first having Asuna skydiving on the front and the second with Nadoka and Yue together. Other then that the usual extras are included, such as clean opening and closing titles.