Akamatsu-sensei’s ("Negima!") "UQ Holder" Color Image

Hey gang!

Well, I’m not sure how I’ll do any potential spoiler images from UQ Holder since my schedule won’t match Japan’s any longer, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Regardless, I did find a small, color image of three of the characters here with Kotaro Touta in the foreground. I don’t know whom the two girls are yet.

Folks have asked me if this is set in the same universe as Negima!  All I can say is that A.I. Love You, Love Hina, and Negima! were all set in the same universe. Thus, it is my personal belief that this is set in the same universe.

If true, does this mean that we’ll see Negi and company?

Akamatsu-sensei’s pattern to date has been to keep the cameo/crossovers to a bare minimum. For Love Hina, Ma-kun from A.I. Love You is shown at the bottom of the chapter 71 splash page, right next to Kitsune. Beyond that, there are no ties.

In Negima!, we get a bit more. Obviously, the Hina Blade and Motoko’s sister, Tsuruko, were seen, as was the Shinmei-ryu sword arts, all originating from Love Hina. Motoko is not named, but she is seen with Tsuruko in the background of a flashback.  Supposedly, Haitani (the taller male friend of Keitaro’s from Love Hina) is the guy who nearly ran over the cat that Negi saved in Kyoto.

From A.I. Love You, Hitoshi and his sister are referenced (not by name) by Hakase as she considers the possibility of Chachamaru having emotions. Nitta-sensei also shows up, going from a regular teacher in A.I. Love You to a guidance councilor (or the like).

So, if this is set in the same universe, I’m sure we’ll get some sort of linkage, but I wouldn’t count on a whole lot of actual crossovers though (though I suspect we will see the Shinmei-ryu arts though). We’ll see.

H/T: Mantan Web

I saw another image that I thought I’d share as well.

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22 Responses to “Akamatsu-sensei’s ("Negima!") "UQ Holder" Color Image”

  1. Mz says:

    Don’t forget Seta & Naru going to the Martial Arts prelims in Negima =D

  2. Gamen says:

    Sad but I came to the same (obvious) conclusion. It would be nice to see some more substantial cameos just the same, ‘specially if it will be his last series. Be funny to see how the Hinata crowd is doing post-Masquerade, much less the Mahora crowd.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I understand the reasons creators are often loathe to have former characters show up in current works, even if in the same universe (the old “the new series needs to stand on its own), but I’m hoping UQ does bring in other characters from Negima. Eva and Negi for sure. ^_~

  3. Rhonin says:

    Having searched the internet for more news on this I found a few things:
    “In the decade since the world became aware of the existence of magic, the world has undergone massive upheaval. However, a boy named Tōta lives in seclusion in a rural town far removed from these changes. His ordinary life is highlighted by his magic-using female teacher and his supportive friends. When his tranquil daily life is disrupted, he embarks on a unique adventure.”

    Could this be a sequel to Negima?

  4. NullApostle says:

    Well, it certainly looks nice. Let’s hope Akamatsu doesn’t ruin it like Negima in the end.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Funny(?) thing is, some of the characters are really similar to Akamatsu-sensei’s previous characters. For example, Touta is basically Kotarou with negi’s hair style, and the boy(?) on the far right in the second image looks really similar to Fate…
    The character second from right looks a lot like kakizaki Misa and the character third from right could be either adult!Negi or Nagi.
    Oh, and the dark guy fourth from right looks a lot like Dynamis.

    Spoiler or recycling of character models?

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      >Spoiler or recycling of character models?

      Recycle. Naru looked a lot like Sati (30) from A.I. Love You. Chisame looked a lot like Naru. Arika looked a lot like Motoko (Love Hina). Akamatsu-sensei has even admitted that his characters often highly resemble previous characters.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget that Ground Defense Force! Mao-chan also takes place in this same universe, which makes everything just that much weirder.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Ah yes, I had forgotten about that. Not so sure it takes place in the same manga world though even though Naru was in that anime. None of Akamatsu-sensei’s manga titles reference it.

  7. OverMaster says:

    The premise alone says Negi and Ala Alba shouldn’t be just easy to ignore, since they are hugely prominent figures at that point in time. If the new leads run into any big situations, they should logically bump into at least some members of Ala Alba, who seemed to be more proactive than Ala Rubra was. It’s not like Love Hina and its cast, who were rather under the radar figures during the events of Negima.

    Then again, after Negima’s end, I think I shouldn’t expect anything logical from Akamatsu anymore.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I can’t wait. Hey Astro do you know were we can maybe read this in english? ^_^

  9. Anonymous says:

    As soon as I heard Ken Akamatsu was releasing a new manga, I freaked. I love his work and Negima! was beyond one of my favorite manga series, period. I really hope we get to see Negi and the gang. If not, I hope that they at least mention some things like the war or “the great hero” aka Negi.

  10. Farray says:

    A new series and possibly a spinoff?

    *sigh* If I could pick two Negima characters that would appear in this, I’d choose Eva and Yue. ^_^

    I’ll look forward to this. If it’s a good story and if it gets an anime adaptation, then I will pray for a studio that will do justice to it, unlike say… Negima.

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