Negima!? – 09
Negi has a dream about chasing after his father, but the person who appears before him is the Black Rose Baron instead. He wakes up squeezing something soft on Asuna’s bed, which turns out to be just Motsu. At the Chupacabra Research Society meeting later, Konoka suggests holding a magic training camp for Negi’s partners. They decide to go somewhere they heard about from Kaede and set up camp. While the girls are off fishing, Takamichi shows up and mentions to Negi that the headmaster is coming back from England tonight. Konoka and the others are meanwhile able to make a bountiful catch that everyone feasts on afterwards. Negi, however, soon senses something and goes out to the woods to destroy a blob of darkness. Suddenly, a voice announces himself as the goodwill ambassador of love and courage from the land of the mist – the Black Rose Baron. Negi has questions for this person, but the Black Rose Baron poses a riddle instead: what is a large fire on top and a flood below? As Negi and partners are trying to figure out the answer, the Black Rose Baron disappears, vowing to meet them again.
After this incident, Negi takes his partners and demonstrates some magic with a beginner’s wand. The girls attempt to do the same, though Nodoka asks for another demonstration. However, this second time causes Negi to fall over. When he wakes up again, he thinks he sees Nekane, but it turns out to be Kaede watching over him. When Kamo asks why she’s here, Kaede reveals that this area is where she does her ninja training. She’s been watching Negi and knows everything about magic, from the fact that he’d be turned into an animal if he got exposed to his provisional contracts. She even knows about how he longs for his father, the Thousand Master. When Negi admits that he does want to see his father, Kaede tells him that he definitely will if he does his best. And then, saying that it would be good for Negi to have a lot of followers, she kisses him and Kamo enacts the Pactio. While those two are forming their provisional contract, the headmaster meanwhile is meeting with Takamichi and explaining how the Star Crystal is in Japan, but they don’t know anything more specific than that.
The next morning, Konoka wakes up Negi to show him that Asuna is attempting to cook breakfast. All of Negi’s partners also come to visit with stuff to make him feel better. However, Asuna then blows up the dorm because of her cooking.
Once again, the producers are having just too much fun making this. There were tons of jokes and references this week, and I’m sure I probably didn’t get even half of them. They spent maybe only half the episode on the main storyline – not that I’m complaining because it was pretty funny. This scene at the end looks like they actually built a model of the dorm and blew it up. Again, too much fun…
So now we’re up to seven girls since Kaede joined. Her inclusion wasn’t too unexpected since she’s part of Negi’s inner group in the manga. On the other hand, Ayaka, the girl for next week, is not. The Narutaki sisters still have the honors of being the first girls who are contracted with Negi in this anime but not in the manga, yet I’m more interested in seeing if shoutacon Ayaka is going to be like that too. It also probably doesn’t hurt that every other shot they show of Ayaka is like this.