Negima! The Complete Collection is a four-disc DVD set that includes all 26 episodes of the original Negima! series. The set is packaged in two thinpack DVD boxes, and each thinpack box includes two DVDs. The first two discs include seven episodes, while the third disc contains six episodes, and the final disc includes six episodes and the special features. The episodes in this set are available with both an English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.
Negima! The Complete Collection
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Release Date: December 16, 2008
Negi Springfield is the main character in Negima; he is a 10-year-old wizard from Wales who dreams of becoming a “Master Mage.” A “Master Mage” is a special wizard who can use his powers to help normal people by using covers. Negi wants to become a “Master Mage” in order to find his father, a legendary mage named Nagi Springfield, who is believed to be dead.
After graduating from the Merdiana Magic Academy in Wales, Negi is given a duty as a cover in the real world. He is to become an English teacher at the Mahora Academy in Japan, and his class consists of 31 middle school girls; however, most of the class sees him as a little brother instead of as a teacher. Over the course of the series, about half of the class finds out Negi can do magic, despite his efforts to keep this fact hidden. As time goes on, Negi also discovers he has antagonists that come from magic schools, or are demons.
The most notable student in Negi’s class is Asuna Kagurazaka, and at the beginning of the series, she is a bullheaded and daffy girl. Her relationship with Negi starts out rather rocky, but as time goes on, they get to know each other and Asuna becomes willing to be friends. Asuna’s encounters with Negi also slowly start to awaken dormant abilities within her.
Other notable students are Ayaka Yukihiro, Konoka Konoe, and Nodoka Miyazaki. Ayaka is the rich, bossy, and controlling class president. She is overly fond of Negi, and Ayaka also has a love/hate relationship with Asuna.
Konoka is a cheerful and caring girl, and is also roommates with Asuna. Konoka is the mediator of the group; she is also a fan of fortune-telling and has magic potential. Konoka’s grandfather is also the dean of Mahora Academy.
Nodoka is a shy bookworm, who starts out not having feelings for members of the opposite sex. However, she develops feelings for Negi after he saves her from a fall down a flight of stairs.
Negima is a “harem” anime that includes elements of magic, and the series also features “fanservice.” For a harem series, it’s actually rather enjoyable. It may utilize some of the character tropes of this type of series, but enough other elements, such as magic, are brought in to help round out the characters so they’re more than just one-dimensional tropes.
When you start watching the set, Negima! comes off as a rather light-hearted show; but as you progress through the series, the tone starts changing. The tonal change becomes a bit more noticeable on disc three, and the tonal shift is completed on disc four. By the end of disc four, expect to see some pathos, and you might need a handkerchief while watching a couple of the episodes.
The fourth disc contains all of the set’s bonus feature. For special features, there is a textless version of the opening, textless versions of both endings, as well as trailers for other properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this DVD set was released.
In some respects, I’m a little disappointed with the lack of special features; however, this could be due to the fact that FUNimation may not have been able to acquire the rights for more. I’m also a little disappointed with the fact that the “Episodes” menu on the discs is not a “scene selection” menu. Even with its flaws, this set is still a worthwhile addition to your anime DVD library if you’re a fan of the original Negima! series.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of Negima! The Complete Collection that my husband purchased for me as a gift.
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