Monday, May 9, 2011

Negima ~Mou Hitotsu no Sekai~ OAV: Magical Girl Yue

After a while of waiting for Aquastar's subs, I finally broke down and watched Mamiko's subs that I'd already downloaded.  I've had thoughts of doing the QC that Mamiko obviously didn't do (spelling and grammar errors all over the place!) and releasing a patch under my [subfiXT] tag, but I think I'll just wait patiently for Aquastar's release and watch it again at that point.

I must say one thing.  These OAVs recently have all been based 100% off of the manga.  No filler, no deviations, nothing but the original source material in animated form.  Even though we have eight of these manga-based OAV episodes now, they're easily far better than either TV season.

Even though I'd read the relevant chapters already, the OAV was still quite enjoyable.  Negima has been in need of a proper animated series for a while, and as previously mentioned, neither TV season really does the job.  The Magic World arc, which is where these recent OAVs have been set, could easily be turned into several TV seasons' worth of material if given the same level of attention that has been given to the OAVs.  While the arc hasn't yet ended in the manga, it's moving towards it quickly, so even if they started with a 100% true-to-manga TV series next season, it'd take a while for it to catch up, and the arc would probably have ended by that point anyway.

For anyone who hasn't been reading the manga and is trying to follow these OAVs, you're missing out.  Basically, in the Magic World arc, Negi decides to go to the Magic World to look for more clues to his father's whereabouts.  Naturally, some of his students want to go as well, since the trip is disguised as a trip to his home country of Wales.  The stronger, more magically-inclined students (basically anyone Negi has a pactio with) actually get to go into the Magic World, whereas the rest just get a vacation in Wales.  Of course, shit happens as soon as they get to the Magic World, and that's where the most recent OAV picks up.

This arc has revealed a ton of information regarding the back story and certain people's identities.  I really can't say much without it being a spoiler.

This last OAV episode, as you might infer from the title of this post, focuses on Yue.  After shit happens when they get to the Magic World, she loses her memories and gets taken in at a magic academy, where she studies magic while trying to get her memories back.  The episode centers on the competition to determine who gets to go to New Ostia as guards, and I could delve deeper but it would be directly into manga spoilers.

All I can really say is, the episode is great, and if you're a fan of Negima you should be watching these recent OAVs.  Especially since the manga's on a bit of a break right now...

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