A boy with white hair uses special smoke bomb-like magic to transform tons of girls into statues. One building is full of girls turned to stone while trying to run from their attacker. All of these statues are in shrine maiden robes and have plenty of cracks.
The next scene has a building with three girl statues. One is coughing, the other is stuck while holding a card, and the last looks shocked. Upon finding these statues, the hero Negi starts looking for his friends and imagines one of them as stone, fearing the worst.
Next, we see the perpetrator open the door to another building. The girl who answers is immediately hit by the smoke magic and turns to stone mid-cough.
Finally, another girl, Asuna, is hit by the smoke bomb but is shown to be unaffected by the smoke when only her clothes turn to stone and crumble, leaving her naked.
In Volume 6, a white haired boy in search of a girl named Konoka turns a bunch of girls to stone at a temple using special smoke bomb-like magic. In chapter 45, "Silence at the Head Temple?", Negi and friends run into (or in Asuna's case, bump into) rooms full of statues. The white haired boy also finds Konoka and turns the other girl in the room with them to stone.
In chapter 46, "The Head Temple in Flames?", he also turns Asuna's clothes to stone which quickly crumble. This prompts him to begin using water magic to tickle her now naked body to torture her into telling him how she avoided becoming a statue.
|"There's a lot of great, cute statues in here. Unfortunately, many of the scenes are in smaller panels, and there here also isn't a good in-progress shot, even of the girl we see get petrified. Still great, though."||3/5||StoneLad|
The original manga scene was later adapted into the anime, albeit with some differences. The anime version has Negi and friends find out about the attack on the temple from the chief first, and we see the statues of the girls 2nd. In the original manga, Asuna bumps into the outstretched hand of a statue and finds a room full of statues first. Negi also finds another room of statues first, and it's only after everyone meets again that they find the chief.
The manga version also has several coughing statues, indicating that smoke is the cause of the petrification. The anime version only has running/crawling statues. Finally, the anime version has statues in bath towels while everyone is in shrine maiden outfits in the manga.
Screenshots courtesy of MangaPark. Note that scenes involving Asuna's clothes petrifying have been left out to avoid any possible ToS violation of Wikia due to nudity.
|Scenes from the Negima series|
|Anime||Negima! Magister Negi Magi - Episode 21 (Stone Statues) • Negima!? - Episode 23 (Stone Statues) • Mahou Sensei Negima! - OVA Episode 3 (Trapped Freeze)|
|Manga||Mahou Sensei Negima! - Volume 6 (Stone Statues)|