Negi Springfield is a typical ten year-old Welsh boy -- except that he's a mage, and an English teacher at an all girls school in Japan! In order to become a full mage he has to prove himself as a teacher and find suitable partners to aid him; but above all, he has to make sure that no one discovers his secret. Much to his dismay his secret is discovered on the first day by one of his students, Asuna. To prevent Negi from being punished, Asuna agrees to become his partner -- however she isn't the only one to find out. As time goes by more of his students find out his secret. How long can he keep his powers hidden when little by little all of his students are becoming his partners?
She’s smart, talented, and the newest teacher at Momotsuki Academy; but she’s also… 11 years old?! Named Becky Miyamoto, this pint-sized MIT prodigy wants nothing more than to be a respectable educator, but all her students do is treat her like an adorable child! With space aliens, a class full of stereotypes (and one girl who is normal!), and a quick temper standing in her way, Becky will try her best to shape the eager young minds of tomorrow before she hits puberty!
Paniponi Dash! and Negima!?, like the similar anime Lucky Star and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, are part of a current fad in anime which requires a great deal of anime experience and cultural ballast from the viewer. They are anime made for fans, not really for the general public (though of course, their appeal is wider than merely the fan audience).
With ubiquitous "in-joke" blackboard writings and recurring verbal references, these anime demand a lot of the viewer, to achieve full effect (though you can just shut off that part of your brain and watch them for sheer madcap fun). But if one of these is your thing, then it's likely that you'll enjoy the other, too.
Though both Pani Poni Dash and Mahou Sensei Negima are comedies, their style of humour is slightly different. However, both series feature a child teaching a class of students much older than themselves. Also in both cases the students adore their teacher and they go on various wacky adventures. Also both are creations from Shaft, so if you liked the bright visual style of one, you will enjoy the other.
Both Paniponi Dash! and Negima!? are comedies based around the same type of setup, where a kid teaches a class of students. The style in which both are presented is also very similar to each other. Both have running gags throghout and jokes within the background such as writing on blackboards.
They do however differ in some key points, such as Negima!? being more magical orientated and brings a different sort of humour with it over Paniponi Dash!
Drawn to the mystique of the unknown, Hunters travel the world in search of terrifying creatures, incredible riches, and unexplored lands. Gon Freecss is a naive-yet-determined young boy who aspires to join the ranks of these individuals, in order to find his missing father Ging - a master of the profession himself. To reach his goal, he partakes in the formidable Hunter Exam, a series of tests that push the participants to their physical and mental limits, with a Hunter License as the prize. During the exam Gon befriends vengeful Kurapika, doctor-to-be Leorio, and skilled assassin Killua, who have entered for their own reasons. But with the sinister Hisoka standing in their way, will Gon and his friends be able to succeed in obtaining their reward, or even escaping with their lives?
Little boys and big shoes; Negima and Hunter X Hunter focus on boys starting out on their lifelong adventures. Dealing with ever increasing dangers through grit, determination, and the ever-present helping hand, and gaining an ever-increasing following behind them by personality alone, they never go without a friend. Good fun, and endearing; these are both anime you'll want to enjoy.
Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam. However, fate smiles upon him and he ends up working for his aunt, managing an all-girls dorm! Living with the feral Kaolla, the timid Shinobu, the sake-loving Mitsune, the blade mistress Motoko and the punch-happy Naru, can Keitaro keep his focus and keep his promise? And will he ever end up meeting that girl from his past?
Love Hina and Mahou Sensei Negima's manga versions are by the same artist. You'll see the familiar animation styles. Both are harem (one man, multiple women) and have the same kind of humor. Going from one to another will hardly be a difficult transition.
In present day Japan, the life of a school girl is never dull. The easily-bored Konata never finds time to study because of her otaku habits, which frustrates hard-working Kagami to no end. On the other hand, laid-back Tsukasa always manages to go with the flow, while Miyuki is concerned with keeping her status as resident know-it-all. Join these four girls as they muse and meander their way through everyday events such as eating chocolate cones, doing homework, gaming, and trips to the beach galore.
Both Negima!? and Lucky Star are fast-paced and stuffed full of in-jokes and quickfire verbal and visual references, demanding a lot of background knowledge from the viewer. While it is possible to enjoy either without the anime experience and cultural ballast, these are definitely a bonus to the viewers.
Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name spells 'zetsubou' – 'despair', when compressed. But when the time comes to end it all, Itoshiki's attempted suicide on the first day of the new school year is foiled by relentlessly positive Fuura Kafuka. This saves Itoshiki long enough to meet his new class, and the quirky range of students under his care. Will Itoshiki Nozomu depress his students with his anguish? Or will Fuura show Zetsubou-sensei the joys of life and hope?
Layered with innumerable in-jokes and tailored to appeal to the fans Negima!? and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei are part of the current fad for anime that speak directly to the more knowledgeable anime fans. Sharing the ubiquitous "in-joke" blackboard writings that are also a mainstay of Paniponi Dash!, and with the same constant verbal references as Lucky Star, these anime practically require a college-level course in Japanese popular culture and anime to understand. But if one of these is your thing, then it's likely that you'll enjoy the others, too.