"OH MY GOD MAHOU SENSEI NEGIMA 2, WOOOOOT!" was my reaction but It's not entirely true, this tale is new and takes a different approach from Akamatsu-sensei's previous stories. One obvious thing, it's not a harem. Sorry to break your hearts for fellow harem-lovers...but it's still good, it has something, potential.
Now when something has potential it's either bad or ok and has a chance to become great but this series will be great, least from what I see. So let's begin the review before I trail off into another rant.
Story: 7 - This tale takes place in the Negima universe. That being said, you
don't have to read Negima though you should, right? ANYWAY, Touta our main character is a rambunctious kid who wants to go places and follow many dreams with his friends, mainly the Capital, in a turn of events Touta becomes an immortal. So because of that he journeys on with Yukihime (Evangeline to us Negima readers) who takes him to UQ Holder a place filled with immortal free lancers. Touta joins to make even more friends and follow his dreams, all of them.
Art: 10 - Art, OUATANDING! Nothing less from Akamatsu-sensei. The characters and scenes are just drawn perfectly. The characters designs themselves are pretty unique but also familiar as well. The backgrounds (mainly in full page layouts) are Akamatsu-sensei's best work yet. I always enjoy Akamatsu-sensei's art, even inspired by it.
Characters : 8 - I want to give characters a higher rating and maybe I will, so far the most interesting of the bunch is Kuromaru. Our main character also is pretty interesting though the development isn't all the way there you can see what type of character, Touta, will be. You also have your Tsudere, Karin who's tagging along in the adventures as well. As many characters that will be added and even some appearances Akamatsu-sensei has a lot to work with and I honestly can't wait.
Enjoyment: 10 - I'm enjoying this manga well, every time I see the new chapter released I smile awaiting to read. This manga will make you anticipated for those releases time after time, because it's interesting and it's different from what you're use to seeing and reading. Again the potential is high and it's quiet enjoyable with it's comic relief and plot. Hopefully UQ Holder will break apart as a series entirely on it's own and not Negima 2.
From what I can presume, UQ Holder is some sort of sequel to Negima, that ridiculous ecchi harem manga with lots of distasteful stripping and panty shots and all kinds of fanservice. Which made me avoid it even until now, because I couldn't stand supposedly great manga that can't help but ruin their stories with terrible ecchi.
Couple of weeks ago, I discovered UQ Holder, recommended to me (didn't know about that whole Negima relation thing for a time). It was pretty nice. I would rate it an 8/10 a couple of days ago. A tale of dreams, adventure, and friendship. A standard shounen and a
pretty entertaining one at that. There were a few times of fanservice but it has even less than other standard shounens.
A few times there would be a couple of references to Negima which, while I couldn't relate to, I could tolerate because the story was fine even if you didn't read it.
Then when the manga was nearing the hundredth chapter, the author decided to just ruin all of that greatness and bring Negima to ruin this one. Before, there was practically no harem; only one, maybe two characters were being teased with the main character but just barely and not that much.
But no, suddenly, the author simply decides to take pretty much almost all of the female cast and make them suddenly attracted to him even when they showed little to zero feelings for him before, then give the readers a couple of characters who people have no attachment to because they weren't (or barely) in the story before and shove him into the shoddily made harem too just for the hell of it.
Oh, and made sure to have a lot of fanservice and nudity; I can tolerate some from time to time in other manga, but it becomes ridiculous when you get a reunion with this character in the early chapters and make her run around fully naked, and extremely ridiculous where characters are going around and fighting each other or their enemies while fully naked like the author doesn't care anymore. This kinds of situations are what triggers me when I read manga; this is the reason I dropped Fairy Tail and Tokyo ESP, seriously, which were both otherwise great shounen manga before they decided to go ridiculous with nudity and fanservice.
Well, aside from the forced sudden harem and the sudden surge of ridiculous fanservice, they also decide to bring Negima into the story by simply just shoving a lot of Negima characters into the story. Characters who only people who read the original manga will appreciate, leaving those who read this manga first in the dust. They simply keep introducing character after character who apparently is in the original series.
I read a couple of reviews for this manga that were submitted a few years ago, oh, and how wrong those people were. "This is not Negima 2.0", "This is an almost completely different manga". That was the case back then and I enjoyed it until we reach around a hundred chapters when the author decided to Negima-fy the manga. That would be a good thing for those who liked the original series, but not those who grew to love the normal and enjoyable adventure shounen that was UQ Holder.
This would have been a pretty high score before the storywreck a hundred chapters into the manga, so I'd simply just average it out and give it a 5. I'd probably still continue reading it because I have grew attached to a couple of characters to drop it at this point. But if you're someone who is interested in this manga and doesn't want fanservice, you probably shouldn't bother. You'd grow attached to the story and the main cast but the author will decide to ruin it a hundred chapters after. Likewise, if you're someone who wants hardcore fanservice shoved into an action shounen, you'd only get to have that a hundred chapters after because the manga barely had any of that beforehand.
This manga is one of the best I've read. The fact that Ken Akamatsu has made another great manga doesn't surprise me. I was sad when I read the last chapter of Negima, it left a empty hole in my heart. I cried silently when I finished it in a public place then when I got home I cried for literally 20 minutes, going back and forth to get tissues. When I heard of UQ Holder, that empty hole was once filled again. The fact that UQ Holder has more characters, returning characters, and it continues the story of Mahou Sensei Negima just makes me
want to give Ken a big, giant hug! I would HIGHLY recommend picking up UQ Holder right now. You will never get sick of the weird jokes that always come up. I absolutely loved Mahou Sensei Negima, now I absolutely love UQ Holder. Good job Ken Akamatsu. You just took 100+ dollars out of my pocket once again.
Note: For the people that say this isn't a harem like Negima, true, the harem element is not as prevalent in UQ Holder as it was in Negima, but there definitely is still a harem in this manga. I can't tell you who likes Touta but I can tell you that he certainly gains a lot of... "followers."
I dont usually read manga so when a friend recommended uq holder, i was very hesitant to read it. But when I did read it, I regretted not reading this earlier.
The review is based on the first two arcs of the story, untill chapter 30.
Similar to fairy tail, uq holder is an organisation that helps those in need in exchange for money. I like such a plot because it can give a variety of different arcs; darker, sinister ones and light funny ones.However, uq holder also has a lot of unanswered questions such as Totua's parents death. Even though it apparently seems that the
died in an accident, it seems highly suspicious to me.
The reason that I have not given the story any higher marks is because after the amazing first chapter, the story gradually became quite boring. But I kept on reading and after Chapter 10, I again gained interest in it.
I am certain that the story will become better over time so.
I cannot describe the art very nicely. For me it was very good. None of the characters have same type of faces with different hair (though some character's chins are very similar). The Fight scenes are wonderfully drawn and people can actually understand what is happening during the battle.
the manga has many varieties of personalities. Their backgrounds are slowly being uncovered. However since this manga is still young, not much can be said about the characters...only time will tell how those characters evolve.
As i said before through Chapter 5-10 the manga was becoming very boring for me, but I did not leave it because those long dialogues were important for the development story.Anyway it redeemed itself with an enjoyable next arc.
I really want to give it higher marks though.
It was my first review,so I hope I did no screw up a lot!!!
UQ Holder- One thing I can say is it is a beautiful manga written.
To be honest, I would be happy if it stayed as a manga only because I don't want people who love ecchi fan service to down it for not having a lot of fan service.
The story is beautiful that to a comparison of other mangas that. I read, it being 80 years in the future to present day( as of when I've typed this). It is also brilliant to the ties between the characters and how the bond strengthens as the story plot moves on. The main character Touta Konoe, flows with
all the characters as to being laid back and trying to be friends to everyone he meets.
The art is fantastic, moving along with the readers thoughts to the attacks done by the heroes UQ numbers and its enemies, throughout the story. One thing. I would like the artists of the manga series to make it a little more realistic (with features towards women, not being toward ecchi or hentai) because one thing about Touta, though he is not a pervert, does a wind attack that can break the fabric of clothes (just like Issei from HighSchool DxD series). Once again, I'm not a pervert, but this does not happen often, and when it does it is only done towards Karin. Though Karin, beats him up everytime in the end. :P
Like I said the characters are amazing, and there are a lot so I'm not gonna talk about them. Read the manga for yourself to find out about all the characters.
Overall, this manga is my "on the edge of my seat" type of manga, since I've been reading it since. Oct 2015. I have not done a comment on myanimelist because I do not get on frequently, and there are other manga I have read. I hope you'll enjoy my comment and go on ahead to read "UQ Holder" as I cry over waiting for the next part.
Manga started out well and then it went absolute downhill after the 100th chapter. Had a good plot but then when the harem thing came along, the story went deep into the trash bin. I initially shipped Touta and Kuroumaru but now other girls are liking him which made their relationship seem nonexistent. If I were the manga artist, I would throw away the other half of the manga and start out fresh again. My enjoyment was first a 9 in the first half but went to a 1 in the latter so I averaged this to about a 5. This would've been quite a
masterpiece if the author executed this well. What a tragedy...
There is a difference between misdirection and plot holes. I am not sure if the author was trying for the former, or he forget what he wrote earlier. If I go in detail, if will spoil the story. One of the driving forces of the MC to fight against one of the antagonist loses its meaning after finding out about the MC's origins, but no one brings up this point. However, if you ignore the plot holes, the manga is actually good. The beginning had some small plot holes, but not enough to put me off, until much later.
huge deal, but most of the main characters are immortal. Therefore, there is not much tension between fights, because no one will die, no matter how much they are injured. There are instances were they could kill immortals if they do this and that, but nothing comes out of it.
The romance between the MC and his teacher developed out of nowhere, and turns out there was a long history between them. It seems like the author wanted to have a mother and son relationship, but then he decided to change it and add history through some "events."
If you want a cool story set in the Negima universe but follows a different MC and group then THIS STORY IS FOR YOU up until all those character from Negima not only join this one but take over.
You know that main character Touta we started out with? The MC? Yeah, he because a side character. Or not even in it. Instead his not dad and not grandpa become the leads. YAY!
You know how this was all about a boy getting to the top of a tower because reasons while he traveled with a sexy vampire and a swords....person? NOPE! It's now about
saving the universe and the new main characters fighting and immortal body snatcher. YAY!
MC loves one lady? Nope. HAREM TIME!. No wait.... wait.... IT'S NOT DADS' HAREM TIME! YAY!
Seriously. If you liked the "prequel" you'll probably like this because those characters take over. IF you started this or heard it was unrelated don't bother or stop when some dude named Fate shows up. Just assume everyone died.
Yes.. this is the first manga that i read from the very first time it was released... i found it when searching "akamatsu ken" at the manga site and boom.. uq holder 1 hour ago first chapter..
So it was good at first chapter so i continued it then found out that it happened after the negima events.. it got the comedy, it got the action, and of course the art is good.. but lately this "harem ecchi" butt in and for me it ruined the whole story.. beacuse yes i'm not too fond of harem.. i hope it will became like negima later, because at
negima even when the harem is there, it didn't ruin the whole story..
to be honest this was my very first manga i have read, when i picked this book up i was like, 'time to dive into this story' but after reading the first couple of pages, seeing all the action and blood and gore, i started to like it! when i got to the spa scenes i enjoyed it even more, and the fact that there are immortals, scary creatures and new characters, i haven't read or seen Negima, but i can that Evangeline, Fate, Negima and others from it are great characters. i can also relate to a couple characters, like evangeline, no i didn't
turn into an immortal, and i didn't kill anyone, but i did have an unhappy childhood and im still growing.
anyway ken is a great author, i love UQ Holder! may the anime be better!
I CANT WAIT!
A quick warning: If you haven't read Negima, do not read this. This is a direct sequel to Negima and the author will reference and mention the details and plot of Negima. Go and read Negima then come back later. Don't worry though, Negima is very good and easy to read (the infamous fan service is only the first part, the good part shall be there for you). It'll be done in a flash.
I just wanted to make a quick note since there are a lot of people having problem reading this, either understanding jack sh*t about the plot, or find them not very appealing.
fair though, since even though I've read Negima, I didn't really like the first few chap.
Fret naught my friends!! It's only for the mysterious atmostphere that this sequel tries to achieve! Nah, I'm just speaking for myself. Though one thing for sure, this one has a lot darker tone compare to Negima. If you've read Negima, you know what I'm talking about.
Other than that, I'm done for now. I don't think I'd write a full-fledge review, singing praises for this manga soon but take my word for it: This is good, and Negima is better
Spoiler-free (but this review is very long(but I put all my heart in it))
All of it began when I was 7 years old, my grand-mother for some reasons, ended up buying the first volume of Love Hina for my sister. And even now, we both ended up loving the manga. We loved it so much that we even had all the CDs of the anime. Love hina was the first manga that introduced me to the manga world as well as the anime world, even before naruto. And this fresh air from the generic looking cartoons I had back there, it was the first time
I was enjoying at maximum something. His artsyle was really good for a romcom and the warm feeling you get from reading it is one of the best feeling I've ever had. The comedy was all I asked for at the time, it cheered me up so many times that I don't even remember and just looking back at it some times just reminds me of how beautiful it was. Thus, you can't even think how sad I felt when Love Hina came to an end. There was this huge whole I had and not seeing whole the cute faces of the girls in the manga just felt unbearable (I swear it was true despair xD). So at some point I got into naruto and loved it as much, but it never could have reached how good Love Hina was so when some day my mother came back with Negima! from the same mangaka, you can't just imagine how happy I was just discovering a whole new world once again but with the same vibe and warm feeling. And once again, it came to an end, it was once again painful. And thus, I thought I could never found something better than that. But oh boy how foolish I was. I don't know why(maybe because I'm stupid) but I've never wondered if Ken Akamtsu did other stuff after Negima. Until last year's summer. I was at the beach and I found a library that sells mangas, I thought it was surprising and just picked some random mangas. And I swear I almost cried in front of everybody.
I FOUND UQ HOLDER (aka Negima 2)
After this story comes the shit you were waiting for.
Story: Ken Akamatsu made a name of himself as the final boss of harem mangas, and this one is better than anyothers he has created thus far. What stroke me in negima was the harem side with action that felt right. You didn't really think it was wrong for a teacher to be hanging around with hot high school whom wants his banana. The action fights felt really good as well. And you find everything back but better. He managed to find something refreshing of all his work so far and you can see that the story is developping from what negima left.
Art: That's where Ken Akamatsu truly shines in my opinion. The fact that it's a romcom (yes it is) but with action is already good enough, but his art style is just made for it, I probably laughed at lout a lot but most of the time I was just smiling. The art express just how much fun and love he is giving in every panels. And I'm getting to the fights, OHHHHHH the fights. If you are a shounen tard, you'll get everything you want. You've read my hero academia yet? You thought the fights scenes were epic? Damn you're not prepared for this. The amount of details there are in the fight scenes is hallucinating, I always found myself on the edge of my seat even for the smallest fights to tell you the truth. By the way, he was one of the most emblematic user of tip-ex for drawing the thunder spells, just letting you know who the hell he is.
Character: I'm repeating myself but this guy is a beast in this category as well. Just how hard is it for a normal manga with like 5 character to develop them. Now think when it is a harem. That's the first thing we say about harems; it's the fact that the character development sucks. And I can't safelty say that this manga won't let you down. Every character has his personnality and his past, they all have a different personnality as well and the relations they hold betwenn all the characters will fill you with warm. It's like you are part of this big "family" (well they are just friends/acquitenances but it feels like they have really deeps bonds for some reasons, just shut up and lemme suck this manga please)
(Ill just do a category Enjoyment/Overall)
So what can I say about it in the end. Well first, you defntily have to read the first Negima to read this one or you'll understand nothing so check it out, it's high quality content, one of the best mangas ever in my opinion. Then, about the real shit, personnally I hadent touch a Ken Akamatsu mangafor like more than 5 years so you can imagine how nostalgic I was when I read it and my reaction when they were some familiar faces in it (as well as his unique art-style). It's definilty a must-read for every manga fan and a classic as well. You feel refreshed and good when you read it, it's like ecstasy you know. So here it is, 10/10 for sure. You should definnetly check Love Hina as well. You know when I made the comparaison with the fight scenes in My Hero Academia? It was to lead to now, you remmeber when the first season of my hero academia (I'm talking about the anime yes) first came out? Everybody saying "back to the routs of shounen", "It doesn't revolutionyze the genre but it's good" and stuff? Like it was the product of every shounen this far?Well you see, Ken Akamatsu is an own genre of it's own and this guy was able to imrpove his genre during all his work so far and you can clearly see how masterfully Uq Holder is made. Everything he has done leads to what it is now, one of the most entertaining manga to read and it's so damn good.
PS: Sorry for this long ass review hoped you read it this far and I'm glad if you did and just did not skip to the end (if you're reading this and you feel guilty read it :(< ), this review was really close to my heart because Ken Akamatsu is truly a part of my identity as a human being. I'm talking about it now because it fits what I wanna talk so here it goes., just telling you that this manga was my light of hope when I was in a 10 years span of despair for me and my gamily as a whole and all his work realyl did save me. It was the only one that could touch my heart at the time and just ritting this review fills me with nostalgia. So here it ends. Finnally for you ^^ Still hope you liked it even though it was long xD
Also sorry if my grammar was quirky and almost burned your eyes I'm not a nattive speaker ^^' Hope you held on to ;)
When I finished Mahou Sensei Negima (the prequel of this), I felt like someone cut a hole through my chest and grinded it on the cheese grater. And then when I heard of UQ Holder, I had a seizure on my bed.
The art: If you followed Amakatsu Ken and his previous work, you'll find that the character design on this series is a little different. But the detail and the care he put into building the world is still the same. Beautiful as ever
The plot: Veeerrryyy thick plot. Extremely intriguing to an extent that you might find yourself binging through 30 chapters within 15 minutes.
And I believe this will happen a lot
The characters: Perfect. Just perfect. Except for our main hero. He's a little bit too dense.
Oh boy what a ride this has been. 140 whole chapters and nearly 6 years of reading this monthly. At first this manga was enjoyable and i'd come back every month to read the next chapter, however this has changed after 100 chapters.
What was fairly good character development was literally tossed into the bin just to have a harem. A couple of characters had actual development into a romantic relationship, that was good yes. However all of a sudden, we toss in a couple of chapters to have some fairly irrelevant characters at that point, to join a harem,
and it wasn't just one character, it was numerous. The problem is also execution, after those chapters I couldn't give a single shit about these characters at all.
Then the story... What story?
I've re-read this manga 3 times, There are still some very important things unanswered and so confusing that I still can't understand why it needed to happen. Why is Negi and his crew back all of a sudden? and other important points that still boggles my mind.
The manga was fairly enjoyable until later on in the manga, the action scenes typically were average, some were fairly good. The only point I find good is the art. Everything is drawn nicely and it's pleasing to re-read them.
UQ Holder for me was something I enjoyed greatly and I always made sure to read it the moment it released. Now it's become something I see as "Oh yeah... This exists... I guess i'll catch up."
Unless something drastic changes, and I have a massive amount of time, I won't be catching up with the rest of the manga as there are other more enjoyable manga I still have yet to have the time to read
I love this manga is all because, Evangeline. No Kidding.
This is the only first Review that I have make for Mal. so I hope this is helpful.
This manga have a complicated thing that you can imagine, it's like the two main chara is really loving each other, because imagine a girl take care a boy until the boy start to fall in love to her, and then the boy go to the past and make the girl fall in love to him.
I love how this story come. when Evangeline can get her love for real, it's just like thanks god Akamatsu Sensei. I hope
the animation won't fail this time.
PS : Matsuoka Yuki will still be Evangeline CV, and Touta CV will be announce soon.