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Ken Akamatsu Acknowledges Negima Film's Changes

posted on by Egan Loo
Creator praises film, but suggests that viewers remember summary before watching

Negima! Magister Negi Magi manga creator Ken Akamatsu reported on Friday that he finally saw the completed version of this week's Negima Magister Negi Magi: Anime Final film on Thursday, and he acknowledged that the final film has changes from the original screenplay.

Like the manga that inspired it, the film follows a magic academy's young teacher and his all-female class. The film is part of a double feature with Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven Is a Place on Earth, and the two films will open together on Saturday.

Akamatsu had planned the film's story as another official version — "version B" or "another true ending" — of Negima's final manga chapter, and he said that the film retains that plot outline. However, he added that the story is a little difficult to follow, particularly in the first half, because the explanation of part of the story's premise had been left out.

Akamatsu suggested that movie-goers remember a simple summary of the story and note the announcement of changes on the film's site. In particular, he suggested that people remember three points: "Tomorrow is the graduation ceremony," "When the Probationary Pactio ends, only one person must be chosen as the partner under the Permanent Pactio," and "The classmates who are not part of the Permanent Pactio will lose all their memories of magic the next morning."

Despite the changes, Akamatsu praised the battle scenes and the last scene in which all the classmates appear. He urged people to go to the movie theaters to see Negima on the big screen and receive the bonus 0th volume of the manga.

Image © Ken Akamatsu, Kodansha/Shin Negima!?-Bu

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