Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Mahou Sensei Negima Shiroki Tsubasa OVAs

Okay, so it's old news, but I've been busy and/or otherwise unable to squee appropriately. Behold!
A third set of OVAs called Mahō Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba (White Wings) has been announced by Ken Akamatsu himself on his website days after the end of the live-action adaptation's airing.[1] Production will once again be handled by Shaft and the entire anime cast from Negima!? will reprise their roles in this new venture. This set of OVAs will cover chapters 176 to 183 (except 181) and will be shown in three parts:

1. The first OVA will cover chapters 176 and 177 and will be released on August 17, 2008, together with the release of Volume 23 of the manga.
2. The second one will cover chapters 178 to 180 and will have a release date of November 17, 2008, along with the release of Volume 24.
3. The third one will show chapters 182 and 183 and will be out on February 17, 2009 together with Volume 25.

Just like the Negima adaptations by Shaft (i.e. the Spring and Summer OVAs and Negima!?), Akiyuki Shinbo will take the directing helm in this new set of OVAs, together with the very same leading animation crew but will closely follow the original character design and storyline.

Also, manga-only characters Albireo Imma and Kotaro Inugami will have their animated debut in these OVAs.

I'll never understand why it took so damn long for them to just stick to Akamatsu's ORIGINAL story in all its awesomeness, but at least they've finally done it. Still, I have to wait until August... >__< I mean, SERIOUSLY, when I read volumes 5 and 6, I knew beyond a shadow of doubt that I was hooked. The wait is sure to be worth it...


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