ユーキューホルダー! Manga Review
UQ Holder Chapter 25
Touta pulls up short on killing Kaito, then with extreme effort, he contains the Magia Erebea effects and begins to return to normal. Kaito is disappointed since he wanted to be killed here, but Touta is enraged by this attitude and packs Magia Erebea up with a massive punch to the ground. With Touta exhausted and Kaito having his Chi wiped out due to Touta’s Magia Erebea, Kaito concedes, though Touta wants to punch him.
Kaito grabs Touta, then leaps up the side of a nearby, multi-story apartment building. On the roof, Kaito produces a barrel and whereby he challenges Touta to shundo battle of arm wrestling if Touta is still intent on fighting. Nagumo and Karin arrive, so Kaito tells Nagumo to not interfere. Nagumo can’t believe the Magia Erebea is gone. Karin tells Nagumo that she may have to alter her opinion of Touta based on this, but Nagumo think that this situation is exactly what he wants.
A flip of a coin starts the arm wresting match, where Kati seems to have won, but Touta’s hand hasn’t yet touched the barrel. Kaito realizes that Touta has caught him again, and that the core of Touta’s strength isn’t Magia Erebea, but himself. Touta is still angry by Kaito’s wanting to die in the slums, and in his anger, he ‘takes a hold of the world’ with shundo and slams Kaito’s hand into the roof of the building, seriously damaging it.
*Yawn!* Sorry, is it over yet?
Akamatsu-sensei had such an epic chapter last week, more so for Negima fans for obvious reasons. So, as expected, Touta gains control over Magia Erebea through sheer willpower, something Negi couldn’t even do, then masters Touta’s on shundo techniques to defeat him. Mind you, Touta learned them when? A day ago in terms of the story?
Then Akamatsu-sensei made me roll my eyes somewhat at Karin’s remark about changing her opinion of Touta, even if slightly. I expect Karin to start wanting to bear Touta’s child at some point down the road, and more.
“I was Yukihime-sama’s maid, but now I’ll be Touta-sama’s exclusive maid! Order me, Goshujin-sama! I’m a naughty maid and need some Magia Erebea punishment!”
Well, Touta can do anything and everything by either seeing it once, or through sheer willpower. For his next trick, he’ll one-up Bob McKenzie from the movie Strange Brew, and piss out all the fires in the slum, ’cause he’s Touta and by George, he can do anything, dagnabit!
In fact, let’s dedicate the “Lumberjack Song” from Monty Python to Touta. ^_^
*lol* I kill me sometimes. ^_~
Although Touta made me want to wretch in this chapter (’cause he still won’t learn a dang thing since he can win by being stupid), I have a new theory I’d like to propose on Touta’s use of Magia Erebea. As Negima fans know, ME was a “power-up cheat” technique created by Eva. Negi not only learned it, but mastered it as well, apparently surpassing anything Eva ever did with the technique.
Now, since all Touta has to do to learn a technique is to just see it in action, and since he appears to have had some kind of relationship with Negi in the past (whether as his grandfather, or as a grandfatherly figure to Touta remains to be seen), then if Touta observed Negi using ME in the past, then he should be able to use it on that basis alone. After all, as seen in this chapter, he’s already well surpassed what Negi had ever done with the shundo technique, and that after only seeing it done, getting minor training on it, then outstripping a shundo master.
Touta has a track record of doing this kind of thing, so in my mind, if he’s always observing something, almost instantly becoming proficient in that something, then mastering that something shortly thereafter, then why not add ME to the list of things he saw once, thought it was cool, then mimicked this technique?
Anyway, Akamatsu-sensei isn’t giving Touta any likability brownie points with me. Trying to artificially force the issue with tears and such only makes me roll my eyes and go, “Whatever. Can we get a REAL Dragonball Z player in the house, please?” Or has Touta already surpassed them at this point? (I’ve never watched/read Dragonball Z so I honestly don’t know.)
For those of you who take an opposing view, that’s cool with me. We’ve had some interesting discussions about Touta and will likely do so again. After all, I’m still reading the manga, aren’t I? ^_~
Oh, one more thing — Crunchyroll, you need to learn how to properly do the two-page spread stuff. *_* It is amazing how scanlators get this simple thing right. I’m not just talking about putting the two-page artwork together properly. For this chapter, the 2-page spread was not even in the same display window because of the way things broke down page-wise. *_*