I have to be honest, I gave up on the Negima! manga after volume 9 (If my memory serves me right). To that end I never got around to the anime and I felt no urge to, especially after hearing not-so-good things about it. The second time around, studio SHAFT was given the reigns of the anime series after the first season -- produced by studio XEBEC -- failed to satisfy fans. Ultimately, SHAFT failed to raise eyebrows (mine included). Were Negima fans doomed to subpar anime adaptations of their favorite manga?Read more inside!
In a newsletter sent out by NIS America on Friday May 30, character designer Takehito Harada will be coming to Anime Expo this year held at the L.A. Convention Center from July 3rd, to July 6th! Harada is most famous for his work on designing the characters from the hit tactical RPG series Disgaea. Harada will also be holding an autograph session most likely in our guess at NIS America's booth #311 in South Exit Hall. I'll take a stab at guessing that there probably will be a raffle ticketed sketch session. Definitely "Love Freak" Flonne for me if I get lucky. Anyone care to name their favorite character?
Offficial statement from NIS America after the jump.