ユーキューホルダー! Manga Review
UQ Holder Chapter 47
Kuroumaru and Touta are in hot pursuit of their immortal suspect while Ikkuu sets up a sniper position. Kuroumaru and Touta quickly discover their opponent has telekinesis as the pair of them find their swords removed from their hands. The two of them quickly recover, grabbing the others sword, and attack, but their target is phased and their attacks are meaningless.
Ikkuu is impressed with their target’s abilities, but while the bullet hits, it passes through and does not activate a barrier to trap the target. To Ikkuu’s surprise, despite the incredible distance, the suspect is able to counterattack, nearly nailing Ikkuu in the process. Santa uses telekinesis to pull Touta and Kuroumaru to Santa’s location, where Santa possesses Kuroumaru, then phases Touta’s head into the surface of the rooftop they are on. Then while still in Kuroumaru’s body, Santa easily bests Ikkuu, removing the android’s head and slamming him into the ground.
Karin chastises Ikkuu and Kuroumaru for being punked, then requests someone dig Touta out of the rooftop. The foursome then confer on the subject, Touta expressing admiration for their target. Karin scolds Touta for wanting to learn psychic abilities since this is something that cannot be learned. Kuroumaru feels shame at being possessed, but Ikkuu says no one could have predicted that. As they speak of how powerful the psion suspect is, they don’t realize that Santa is watching them from the dorm room.
That night, the foursome part company, agreeing to meet again. Karin informs Touta that he’ll have to pay for the damages he caused. As Touta and Kuroumaru walk to their room, Kuroumaru apologizes to Touta, who’s not bothered by it. Kuroumaru wonders quietly about the psion and feels something is off.
When Touta and Kuroumaru arrive at their room, Santa is waiting for them, though neither know this is the psion they’ve been pursuing. Touta is pleased to see Santa in a good mood, and though there’s only one bed, Touta talks Santa into letting him and Kuroumaru share the large bed. Santa realizes the mistake made when Touta sleeps heavily and sprawled all over the bed.
Considering this is the first psychic (that I’m aware of) in the Akamatsu-verse, and considering the fact that our foursome is at Academy City, well, I just couldn’t help put in another A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun reference in the tag line of my post. ^_~
Santa does have an impressive range of psychic abilities. Santa’s telekinetic range is pretty impressive. At Ikkuu’s sniper position, he needed a scope to even see Santa. Not only did the bullet go through Santa, but Santa’s counterattack would have crushed Ikkuu had Ikkuu not dived out of the way. Santa is also quite quick, as witnessed when Santa possessed Kuroumaru.
I almost hate to say this, but I rather enjoy seeing Santa punk Touta, Kuroumaru, and Ikkuu. The fact that Santa is spying on them makes things even more interesting and enjoyable for me, since Santa can punk them again. ^_^ (I’m glad we haven’t seen Karin getting punked yet.)
Still, Santa is pretty mysterious, but that makes the character a bit more interesting.
Super-Touta gets a new skill this chapter, this time getting to run up a wall with no training. Since Touta is likely an artificial being who’s been programmed well, I find I no longer get annoyed by this.
I got a good laugh at the end of the chapter, when Touta is out cold, sprawled out all over the bed, forcing Kuroumaru and Santa to sleep on the edge of the bed. In a way, Touta unwittingly punks Santa with his wild sleeping.
So, an enjoyable chapter was found here. ^_^