11:26 into episode 8 of Negima!?, suddenly:
I like to think of this visual trope as the Zetsubou-sweat-drop.
Negima!? aired from October 4, 2006 to March 28, 2007; the first season of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei followed a few months later, starting July 7, 2007. Maybe I should take another look at Pani poni dash — perhaps there’s one there, too.
Ages ago, Love Hina so disappointed me that I’ve avoided anything Akamatsu, particularly Harem Potter, but the lure of Shinbo being Shinbo tempted me to take a look at this series. From the very first moments, Shinbo makes it worthwhile. It may be some of his finest visual work. It’s more relaxed than either Pani poni dash or Zetsubou Sensei, and more sparing in its Shinboisms than Soultaker. And it’s actually animated! I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying this series. Are the characters as charming as this in the manga?