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Negima Anime Film Altered 'Due to Production Issues'

posted on by Egan Loo
Onstage cast appearance after Saturday screening pushed forward by 20 minutes

The Japanese publisher Kodansha announced on Thursday that part of this week's Negima Magister Negi Magi: Anime Final film has been altered "due to production issues." Kodansha did not specify which scene or scenes had been altered, but it did say that the part affected was originally slated to be in the film and was even revealed in the film's promotion.

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.

The website for the Hayate film had announced last week that Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 theater will host an onstage greeting by the cast members of the two films on Saturday at 6:20 p.m., after the 4:00 p.m. screening of the films ends. However, the Hayate film website announced on Wednesday that the onstage greeting after the films has been moved forward by 20 minutes to 6:00 p.m.

An animator named Obata reported in a July 5 blog entry that he had just started working on the animation for the Negima film, even though the film would open at the end of August. The blog entry has since been removed.

Akiyuki Shinbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei) is returning to direct the Negima film at Studio Pastoral and Shaft with character designer Noboru Jitsuhara of the recent Negima video anime projects. Manga creator Ken Akamatsu is credited with the original story, and Deko Akao (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Astarotte's Toy, Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream) scripted the film.

[Via Yaraon!]

Image © Ken Akamatsu, Kodansha/Shin Negima-Bu

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