Negima!? – 13
OP2: 「永遠のときを越えて」 (Eien no Toki wo Koete) by 皆川純子 (Minagawa Junko)
Watch the OP! Mirror 1 Mirror 2 (31.1MB, XviD)
New opening song this week sung by Minagawa Junko, who is the voice of class representative Ayaka. It’s not animated nearly as impressively as the first OP, but the song isn’t bad.
Stuck in an old castle in Wales, Negi’s students find out why he’s now a Chupacabra and end up blaming themselves for it. Though Negi faults himself instead of them, their conversation is interrupted when Mana notices the presence of another fairy. It mind controls Ako, Sakurako, and Satsuki, transforming them into its fighters, so Negi tells the rest of his students to run away. He wants all the girls he contracted to run too, but they insist on fighting since they’re his partners. Unfortunately, because Negi has been deprived of his magic capabilities, he can’t invoke their contracts. This leaves them vulnerable to attack, but luckily Chachamaru flies in to save them in the nick of time. Also here is Evangeline, who brings out an ice rapier, but Negi’s group mistakes her for another mage. Chachamaru clarifies that Eva is actually a vampire, which makes everyone realize that she was the culprit of the vampire incident from a year ago. Eva is ready to fight the three students who were mind controlled, but Negi doesn’t want her to hurt them. The struggle between him and Eva for her sword causes her to fall back and into a black hole created by the fairy. Asuna has to save Negi from Ako’s blade, and Kaede uses smoke bombs to allow them to make their escape.
Eva and Chachamaru find themselves in a room with Takamichi, who is once again eating ramen. Although Eva wants to get out of here quickly, Takamichi claims that doing so would get him turned into an animal if the students saw his magic. Eva, however, calls him a liar because she doesn’t believe this would happen. Takamichi realizes that Eva knows something, but then says that he knows the fairy’s whereabouts. Meanwhile, Negi and his students have been split into three groups: two groups of non-contracted students who find themselves in a front of special doors and Negi’s own group that is hiding from Ako, Sakurako, and Satsuki. Negi is about to cry because of all that’s happened, but then he spots the figures of his cousin Nekane and friend Anya across the hall. He goes after them, and they lead them through some large red doors. By calling out to him, Asuna and the others alert Ako to their position, and the girls are forced on the run again. The other two groups of Negi’s students find themselves on adventures of their own after passing through the doors they found – Makie’s group ends up being attacked by a dinosaur in a jungle while Ku Fei’s group is caught in a space battle.
Behind the large red doors, Negi finds himself having snacks with Nekane and Anya. Although he doesn’t know that Asuna, Konoka, and Setsuna are desperately trying to open those doors, Negi does realize that his cousin and childhood friend are really illusions. He knows that he was targeted, but he is no longer a mage – or rather, he wasn’t able to become a mage. As of right now, he’s only a strange animal, so he wants all of his students to be released from this. However, the Black Rose Baron suddenly appears and tells him that that is impossible. The Baron won’t answer why it’s impossible, and then a giant wind sweeps Negi away. By this time, Evangeline and Chachamaru have tracked down the fairy and have engaged it in battle. Takamichi suddenly appears and defeats the fairy from behind, turning it into a green token and reversing all of its magic effects. As result, Ako, Sakurako, and Satsuki change back to normal and the two other groups are freed from their adventures. Asuna then sees the large red doors open, and the Black Rose Baron emerges carrying an unconscious Negi. He hands Negi over to Asuna and then just as quickly disappears again.
As everything calms down, Negi’s students all regroup and are joined by Takamichi, Eva, and Chachamaru. Konoka and Setsuna realize that for Takamichi to be here and to have sealed off the fairy, he must also be a mage. Takamichi confirms this, which makes Negi afraid that Takamichi’s secret has now been exposed, but Eva claims that Takamichi won’t be turned into a Chupacabra, though she doesn’t say why. More importantly, they notice that although the fairy was sealed off, the illusionary world around them hasn’t disappeared like it’s supposed to. Asuna sees another door suddenly appear and opens it, inadvertently letting out a large cloud of spirits that surround the group.
As expected, Eva and Chachamaru came to the rescue since they still had their powers. So did Takamichi, but his overall role is still a bit of a mystery. The Black Rose Baron is also frustrating because he appears and disappears again without really doing anything. And Negi is still a Chupacabra, though they did defeat one more fairy this week. I assume he’ll get his powers back soon because they won’t be able to show the girls as their transformed selves in action unless he does. I guess the problem is that a lot of stuff is happening action-wise, but the plot isn’t moving as fast as I’d like it to be. The animation quality was a bit weird this week since it varied from pretty good (Ku Fei’s Space Invaders space battle) to really bad (the end of the episode).
Next week’s episode will be airing on Thursday. See this post for more information on the schedule.