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HIDIVE to Stream Negima! & Negima?! Anime Starting in September 2018

The great magister is back with his star pupils.

On August 30, HIDIVE announced that they acquired the streaming rights for Negima! and Negima?!. The first three episodes of Negima! will launch on HIDIVE in English-dubbed and subtitled formats on September 6, at 16:00 UTC (Noon Eastern, 9:00AM Pacific). New episodes will be added on Thursdays.

Negima?! will launch in November 2018.

Sentai Filmworks announced that they licensed both titles in January.

Both titles are based on Ken Akamatsu’s Negima! Magister Negi Magi manga.


Negima! originally aired in the Winter 2005 broadcast season. The 26-episode series was directed by Nagisa Miyazaki (Kagihime Monogatari – Eikyuu Alice Rondo, D.C. ~Da Capo~) at Xebec, with Nobuyoshi Habara (D.N.Angel, Fafner) working as chief director. Hatsue Kato (Pokémon Origins, Major: Yūjō no Winning Shot) provided character designs for the project, while Ichiro Okouchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Planetes) took charge of series composition.

Funimation described the show as:

The girls of Mahora Academy are excited to meet the school’s newest teacher—Negi Springfield! Teaching Class 2-A is Negi’s last step before earning the title of Magister Magorum, and if his pupils discover he’s a wizard-in-training, he’ll be turned into a weasel! Mahora’s littlest instructor is going to learn a big lesson—for the only boy in a school full of girls, magic’s the easy part!

Negima!? Magister Negi Magi

Negima!? is a 2006 retelling of the Negima! story, which aired in Fall 2006. Akiyuki Shinbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei) directed the title at studios SHAFT and GANSIS, with Kazuhiro Ota (Pani Poni Dash!, Eiga Happiness Charge PreCure! Ningyō no Kuni no Ballerina) providing character designs. Kenichi Kanemaki (Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~, Boys Be…) was in charge of series composition for the project.

Funimation described the series as:

Wizard-in-training Negi Springfield is the newest teacher at Mahora Academy, and the girls of Class 3-A are gonna keep him up all night cramming for a final exam in willpower. But there’s more on Negi’s syllabus than flirting and spells. Darkness is closing in, and bonus points are available to the cuties that aren’t afraid of a little extracurricular phantom fighting!

Source: HIDIVE (Press Release)

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