UQ Holder Manga Chapter 10 Review (Of maids and fools who can do anything.)

ユーキューホルダー!/UQ Holder Chapter 10 Review

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: 

Karin is attired as a maid and serving Yukihime tea when she inquires about the two boys they sent below. Yukihime says they’ll return before the eight year time limit, but when she later says that she used to live with Touta, Karin crushes the tea cup in irritation, surprising herself. Karin is not happy to hear Yukihime suggest that should humanity die, Karin and Touta might be the only people left alive due to their type of immortality. Karin reminds Yukihime that Jinbee is still down there, whom Yukihime had sent down there as a joke, but she’d forgotten about him.

Meanwhile, Jinbee is with Kuroumaru and Touta at the Gravity Blade. Touta can’t remove it from the stone, but as Jinbee speaks of those who’ve tried and failed to remove the sword, suddenly Touta removes it, having discovered a weigh dial on the handle which makes it heavier or lighter.  Touta starts getting cocky, so Jinbee causes the sword to get very heavy, causing Touta to lose his other hand for a bit. Jinbee cranks the weight of the sword to 500 thousand times normal. Touta doesn’t believe it can actually be that heavy, so Jinbee throws the sword, causing the tower building they are on to be cleaved in two.

After retrieving the sword and returning it to a mere 200 times its normal weight, Jinbee gives the sword to Touta, asking the boy why he became immortal and why he came to UQ Holder. When Touta explains, Jinbee is not impressed. He tells Touta that if he can master the sword at its current level, which Jinbee figures will take about six months, he’ll train Touta on the next step.

With that, Jinbee leaves, so Kuroumaru agrees to help Touta train. A month of intense training later, Touta and Kuroumaru return to the tower and Jinbee, who’s surprised to see them. Touta announces he’s mastered the sword as requested and tosses it to Jinbee, who’s sitting on a rock ledge. The weight of the sword causes the rock Jinbee is on to break off. Jinbee discovers the sword is set at 2000 and is impressed that Touta could handling it at that level, whereupon he tosses it back to Touta.

Thoughts/Review:

As many of you expected, we continue to skip forward in time.  Touta and Kuroumaru aren’t getting out as soon as I thought they would, but I find myself wondering how many years Akamatsu-sensei will keep them underground.

Touta’s ability to master anything in a short period of time is something I’m not finding that interesting. I think it would be more interesting if there were more elements to flesh Touta out, but he’s just an arrogant punk who probably could use several punches to the face.  After all, there have been other characters (Negi from Negima! for a start) whom were much more interesting in their rapid growth.

As to Jinbee, he’s turning out to be the Jack Rakan of this series, only not so mercenary. Beyond that, I really don’t have a feel for him as a character.

Karin serving as Eva’s maid is unexpected in that I didn’t expect for a member of UQ Holder to play servant to Eva. Heck, Karin even addresses Eva as “Yukihima-sama”, which in and of itself is rather interesting as well.  Why not “Eva-sama”? Other than Akamatsu-sensei’s apparent desire to keep Eva semi-separate from Negima! by mostly addressing her as Yukihime, I’m wondering why Eva would have UQ Holder not address her by her proper name.  In public, if Eva is trying to avoid bounty hunters and the like, sure; go by Yukihime. In private, Eva (or Evangeline).

I did find it somewhat interesting that UQ Holder uses the test to exterminate the pests underground. So, how are these magical beasts coming across? Through the one gateport under Mahora? Is there some other method of transport?

I guess Al’s place is no more. Bummer.

Finally, the Kuroumaru gender identity joke continues. Sorry Akamatsu-sensei, but I’m weary of that. Just settle it and have done.

Oh well. At least the Twins are officially doing this for Crunchyroll and Kodansha Comics.

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15 Responses to “UQ Holder Manga Chapter 10 Review (Of maids and fools who can do anything.)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    well the sword is kinda interesting . if touta could use the dial to freely alter the swords momentum mid swing that would be nice. Karin x Maid outfit 🙂 i certainly hope this series doesnt end with touta and karin being like adam and eve with humanity all dead. also if that sword weighs say 5 kg touta is now carrying a 10 tonne weight after a month? seems a bit much tho jimbee was able to throw it. it would work out to 2500 tonne aprox right? i wonder if the power scaling of other members will be this high?

  2. Anonymous says:

    well the sword is kinda interesting . if touta could use the dial to freely alter the swords momentum mid swing that would be nice. Karin x Maid outfit 🙂 i certainly hope this series doesnt end with touta and karin being like adam and eve with humanity all dead. also if that sword weighs say 5 kg touta is now carrying a 10 tonne weight after a month? seems a bit much tho jimbee was able to throw it. it would work out to 2500 tonne aprox right? i wonder if the power scaling of other members will be this high?

  3. Philip says:

    It’d be funny if Al somehow returns (I don’t expect him to…) and finds his home destroyed…

  4. Ultimaniac says:

    The reason Negi’s growth was more interesting was because when we met him he was still pretty much a weakling with loads of potential. We saw him being rendered utterly useless from a robot forehead flick, then realize his weakness, recognize true power and then strive to obtain it.

    With Touta so far it’s just “I don’t care about being strong.” Then he goes all god-tier on us… If the main character doesn’t care about anything then why should the reader?

    • I Know ! Touta is like your typical shonen-manga main character ! ” I Don`t care about being this and that , I Wanna be this and that , I Wanna train hard and become strong ! ” This is another reason why i don`t like his character.

      The reason why i liked Negi , Cause He`s ” Different ” He`s Resourceful , Intelligent and Interesting , But he`s got that ” Clueless ” Side of him , He is easily to adapt , He started from the Bottom ” Literally ” And the Another thing about the Difference between Negi and Touta is that Touta will never and I Mean NEVER ! Experience alot of pussy surrounding him like Negi did ( LOL ) !

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      >The reason Negi’s growth was more interesting was because when we met him he was still pretty much a weakling with loads of potential. We saw him being rendered utterly useless from a robot forehead flick, then realize his weakness, recognize true power and then strive to obtain it.

      Yeah, that is very true. Plus, Negi was just likable from the start, being a naive nearly 10 year old boy.

      >With Touta so far it’s just “I don’t care about being strong.” Then he goes all god-tier on us… If the main character doesn’t care about anything then why should the reader?

      *lol* You got a point there too. ^_^;

      >I Know ! Touta is like your typical shonen-manga main character ! ” I Don`t care about being this and that , I Wanna be this and that , I Wanna train hard and become strong ! ” This is another reason why i don`t like his character.

      I haven’t read enough shounen manga to make that call, but most everything about Touta scratches my irritation area a bit. *_*

      I get the feeling that Akamatsu-sensei wants to have Touta immediately be at Negi’s level so he can then take Negi’s role in exploring immortality (or something like that).

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, I’m not really feeling for any of the characters at the moment and I feel like each chapter doesn’t really have good of an impact on me. I will continue to believe in this manga because Negima was also a bit slow in the beginning. I also do not like how Touta’s character, maybe I’m being a bit harsh because I might be unconsciously comparing him to Negi. Only time will tell I guess.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Eva as Yukihime is OK with me. Kuroumaru is OK. Touta sucks.

      >I also do not like how Touta’s character, maybe I’m being a bit harsh because I might be unconsciously comparing him to Negi.

      You aren’t the only one. I honestly get the feeling that Akamatsu-sensei is purposefully trying to make Touta take the role of Negi while exploring immortality.

  6. Im Kinda interested on Evangeline`s plan on Cleaning up the Underground , It`s kinda weird why those Monsters started appearing out-of-nowhere anyway.

    As for Touta , Meh , Like i`ve said , His character isn`t just doing it for me and The Power-boost that he`s been getting , I feel disappointed as a Negima-fan , For a Character that is ” Somehow ” Related to Negi and Konoka which are known for their Tremendous magical capacity and Awesome Blood-lines , To end up as a Shimeiryuu user instead of being a Overpowered Magister Magi ( LOL )

    But that`s all , I hope that Akamatsu ends that whole ” Gender ” Thing with Kuromarou since it`s getting old , Honestly , But i`d be terrified if the person is actually a Dude ( LOL ! )

    But overall , Nice chapter , I Love how Akamatsu-sensei gave us Fan-service with Karin ( Oh how i love her wearing that Maid outfit and Mahora uniform )

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      >Im Kinda interested on Evangeline`s plan on Cleaning up the Underground , It`s kinda weird why those Monsters started appearing out-of-nowhere anyway.

      Yeah, there’s a lot we don’t know.

      >But that`s all , I hope that Akamatsu ends that whole ” Gender ” Thing with Kuromarou since it`s getting old , Honestly , But i`d be terrified if the person is actually a Dude ( LOL ! )

      *lol* I hear ya. I think Kuroumaru will end up being a former female who’s gender-neutral now.

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