Done with preying on Nodoka, Evangeline drops her, forcing Negi to catch the girl with his magic. Nodoka wakes up long enough to see Negi using magic before she faints again. Evangeline fires her magic at him, but Negi is able to block it and redirect it back at her. The vampire is caught off guard and Chachamaru has to fly up and protect her. Realizing Negi’s power, Evangeline decides to retreat for now. The other students, having heard the commotion, come running out and see Konoka and Nodoka’s bodies. Fortunately, both of them are ok and their bite wounds even disappear, thanks to the hidden Takamichi. After the girls go back into the dorm, Asuna arrives and confronts Negi about his magic. In response, Negi tries to erase her memory, but the spell appears to fail. Negi has no choice but to tell her about his training to be a mage, and Kamo adds on that Negi needs to find a partner candidate before he can advance. For this, he can form provisional contracts, which Kamo reveals are done through a kiss. Although both Negi and Asuna get embarrassed about this and think that it can’t happen between them, Kamo feels that they should get along better since they’ll be living together. Asuna, of course, hadn’t heard of the living arrangement yet and can’t believe it.
In her cabin in the woods, Evangeline transforms back to her normal young self. Takamichi pays her a visit and warns her of punishment if she does this again, but Evangeline doesn’t care. She remembers that 15 years ago, she had been defeated by the Thousand Master and had been confined to this school by a magical barrier. Her goal now is to get the Thousand Master’s son’s blood. When Takamichi opposes that, Evangeline lashes out at his freedom compared to her fate of this eternal living hell. The next day, Asuna wakes up to find Negi in her bed. She’s about to wake him up in anger but she changes her mind after hearing him mutter onee-chan (a reference to his cousin Nekane) and after seeing his peaceful sleeping face. In school, the discussion continues about the Dracula and the disappearing bite marks. When Negi comes into class with a large bump on his head, courtesy of Asuna, class representative Ayaka is so concerned about him that Chisame starts thinking of her as a shoutacon. As he takes attendance, Negi notices that Chachamaru and Evangeline are absent again.
After class, Negi is walking down a hall when he sees his student Hakase Satomi pushing a cart with a damaged Chachamaru inside, accompanied by Evangeline. Since this is his first time meeting them, Negi introduces himself and then asks if something happened. He’s surprised when Satomi tells him that Chachamaru broke down since he didn’t know she was a robot. After the girls rush off, Negi remembers that it was Chachamaru who protected the vampire from the previous night, meaning that Evangeline is that vampire. Takamichi appears behind Negi and confirms this, explaining that Evangeline had been bitten by a vampire at the age of 10. She became a vampire herself, but was cursed to have a child’s appearance for her eternal life. The effects of the full moon had allowed her to look like an adult temporarily. Negi figures out that Takamichi one was the one who healed Nodoka and the others, and Takamichi says that no matter the reason, hurting others is unforgivable – that’s a crime. He tells Negi about how Evangeline can’t go outside of the school because of the Thousand Master and how the link that Eva and Chachamaru share is that neither of them can ever become adults. Evangeline is after Negi’s blood because it will allow her to escape from this eternal prison to world of freedom.
That night, an adult Evangeline visits the student dorms again.
ED: 「星空レター」 (Hoshizora Letter) by 神田朱未 (Kanda Akemi)
Watch the ED! Mirror 1 Mirror 2 (22.2MB, XviD)
Well that was quite an unconventional OP. It features Negi, Asuna, Konoka, and Setsuna saying character quotes, and they didn’t start singing until the last part of the song. Then there were all the tables stacked like buildings in 3D and the running around in the animation sequence. All in all, I really liked it, especially considering how I wasn’t a fan of Happy Material from the first series. The ED is a slower song by Asuna’s voice actress Kanda Akemi
that I like even more than the OP, at least music-wise. Never mind – after listening to the OP a few more times, I prefer the OP.
They kept my expectations for the second episode. I’m extremely pleased with where this series is going, and I really want to see more. This week explains Evangeline’s background and motivations, which paints her as the kind of character you sympathize with instead of hate. And I’m sure Negi will likely feel the same way. Actually, the one small gripe I have is that they made Negi fairly powerful since he was able to drive Eva off so easily. Still, I don’t expect the conclusion to this arc to be that drastically different from the manga since they’ve kept most of the basic storyline intact up to this point.
Given the opposite reactions to this series, I think it bears repeating that I’m fully enjoying this action-oriented version. The production quality for this episode was just as good as the first episode, and the OP was quite impressive in style, as is this series so far in general. It’s just a shame all the regular airings are in 4:3 resolution instead of 16:9 BS Japan version that doesn’t air until Friday. I can only wonder what this series is going to do after the Evangeline arc ends. Perhaps straight to Kyoto or maybe something anime original…