Negima!? – 19
OP: 「1000%SPARKING!」 by 渡辺明乃, 門脇舞以, 松岡由貴 (Watanabe Akeno, Kadowaki Mai, Matsuoka Yuki)
Long opening sequence today (3 minutes), and the first half featured the chibi/suka card forms of all the characters. The second half was the normal sequence, but in full color.
Though they’re in the magic world, Negi is still holding classes and even Nekane is attending now. Takamichi and Eva are meanwhile arguing about their ramen when Negi comes running with bad news: everyone in the class has turned into their chibi, suka-card forms. Eva isn’t too worried about it because she thinks the effect will wear off, but Negi is the one who has to deal with all the child-like girls now. He has his hands full all day long and even gets his staff broken when a bunch of them try to climb on it all at once. Negi, Takamichi, Eva, and Chachamaru are also left with the task of cooking for everyone, though Nekane then comes to help. It’s during this mealtime that Negi starts to notice how good Nekane is with taking care of children. He gets a bit depressed about it until she later explains that she’s not taking care of everyone – she’s simply playing together with them. She then takes off his necktie and decides that for today, Negi shouldn’t be a teacher, but rather a friend. Taking this advice, Negi spends the rest of the day happily playing with everyone while Nekane repairs his staff. By evening, they’re all exhausted and sleeping together in a field. It is around this time that the girls starts to change back to their normal selves, and Asuna covers Negi with his jacket so that he doesn’t get a cold while sleeping outside.
Well, nothing plot-wise really got accomplished this episode, but they did get to show off everyone’s cute chibi forms. I liked the part with Setsuna and Konoka the best, though watching Eva and Takamichi being so passionate about ramen was somewhat amusing. All in all, it’s another fun episode, but has no real substance. There’s always next week…