News Negima Anime Feature Confirmed for 2011 (Update 2)
posted on 2009-09-05 02:27 EDT
The 41st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine will confirm on Wednesday that an anime feature based on the Negima! Magister Negi Magi manga has been green-lit for 2011. The manga creator Ken Akamatsu had already indicated in his online diary last month that the decision had been made to produce the project. During a Negima event in February, Kodansha producer Yoichi Ishimoto had said that if sales of the upcoming original anime DVD series are good, there would be plans for a theatrical film adaptation.
The first of four volumes in the Mahō Sensei Negima!: Mō Hitotsu no Sekai original anime DVD series will ship with the 27th manga volume on September 17. The limited edition bundle with the anime DVD and the manga volume will have over 70,000 copies made.
Update: More background information added.
Update: While the magazine refers the new project as a "feature animation adaptation" without directly mentioning a theatrical release, Akamatsu insists in a Tuesday blog entry that the team is indeed making a movie version for theaters. He adds that the film will be made entirely of new footage. Combined with the three previous OAD volumes and the three upcoming OAD volumes, there will be a grand total of about five hours devoted to the Magic World Arc.
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