UQ Holder Chapter 36 Manga Review (Time for some exposition, and a twist.)

ユーキューホルダー! Manga Review
UQ Holder Chapter 36

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: 

UQ Holder Chapter 36 Manga ReviewKirie explains to Kuroumaru, Ikkuu, and Touta about Fate and his relationship to Touta’s grandfather, Negi, and to Touta’s guardian, Yukihime. When Negi died, Fate’s personality changed and he became a threat to humanity.

Having learned about Fate, Touta thinks they should stay away from him. Kirie finds this cowardly and mentions to Touta that with Fate’s abnormal fixation on Touta, Touta would always be on the run. Hearing this, Touta agrees to Kirie’s idea to take on Fate.  With that, Kirie says she’s already let Karin know about the situation and says that after repeated checks, she knows Fate will be at gate 3 at 13:09.

Kirie lays out her plan to capture Fate, but Ikkuu demands she explain how her powers to touch people to send them elsewhere works. Left with no alternative, Kirie explains her immortality and how she can take people’s minds back by touch, or she can take back their entire body by touch, depending on the setting for her save point. Her control over her power means that in her plan, as Touta acts as decoy and Ikkuu attacks, Kuroumaru will get Kirie behind Fate, touch him, whereupon Kirie will kill herself, return to her save point, but take Fate and Kuroumaru back with her, depositing the pair into the sealed underground beneath the UQ Holder HQ.

Ikkuu says he probably doesn’t have enough firepower to deal with Ikkuu, but he does have access to a secret weapon in orbit from Yukihime. Kirie says they’ll be branded as terrorist, but Ikkuu isn’t concerned since Kirie is simply going to reset things.

As the group waits, Touta thinks about how little he knows about his grandfather, and how Yukihime never told him anything. He scolds himself for not having asked more questions. When Fate appears, he initially is unseen by Touta, but when Touta does see him, he notices two of his school friends near Fate in the crowd.

Thoughts/Review:

What is this?  Touta being smart? Touta reflecting on his stupidity?  Please Akamatsu-sensei, turn Touta from a natural born idiot into someone who questions things. I want Touta to take his Magia Erebea seriously. I want him to take other things he encounters seriously. I want him grilling Eva and I want Eva to cough up answers. I want Touta to ask Eva about her past while we are at it.

The little flashback to Negima is a nice touch.  It was nice seeing (the backsides) of Chisame, Chachamaru, Setsuna, Konoka, Yue, Nodoka, and I think Ayaka, but it could be Eva…maybe. Fate’s there with three of his girls, which is another nice touch. So Negi saved Mars/Mundus Magicus from some disaster eighty years ago.

As to Fate changing his personality when Negi died, that doesn’t surprise me. Fate swore to help Negi with his plan. Negi dies, Fate finds what he swore to be null and void, and he decides to do things his way.

Kirie’s plan — I don’t like it.  I think she’s underestimating Fate despite what she’s seen. Plus, I don’t like the notion of Kuroumaru being trapped with Fate. Heck, for that matter, I think she’s underestimating Fate’s power if she thinks they can seal her up. I can see Fate being underground, shredding Kuroumaru like cheese, then blasting his way out from the sealed underground.  But, Kirie’s plans can alter, based on how things happen during each “trip.”

UQ Holder Chapter 36 Manga Review

Which reminds me, she mentions having repeatedly checked that Fate arrives at 13:09 at Gate 3. That implies that she’s died and gone through things a few times to make sure Fate’s arrival time remains constant. But if that’s the case, then how did she not know that Touta’s two friends would be there?

Frankly, I think Fate is ready for them. I think he got taken back in his mind during the first trip, so he knows Kirie’s immortality and is ready for them.  I could be wrong, but we’ll see.

As to Ikkuu, I think we all suspect that the weapon he’s talking about is Al-Iskandariya, Chachamaru’s pactio artifact which was brought from the future somehow.  We already know it won’t harm Fate, but I doubt it will be much of a distraction either.

Regardless, we are left with a plot twist with the arrival of Touta’s two friends, so who knows how things will go now. But I admit that I am interested in seeing where things go from here.

 

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66 Responses to “UQ Holder Chapter 36 Manga Review (Time for some exposition, and a twist.)”

  1. Krono says:

    Not knowing about Touta’s friends is easy to explain. She’s never met them, and to our knowledge, never talked to Touta about where he’s from, or done any research into his background for the past couple of years.

    So she has no way to recognize them and would need Touta to do that. And however many loops they’ve done, this is pretty clearly the first time they’re attempting to capture Fate, or she’d have much greater respect for his abilities.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Not knowing about Touta’s friends is easy to explain. She’s never met them, and to our knowledge, never talked to Touta about where he’s from, or done any research into his background for the past couple of years.

      She hasn’t, but if she’s gone through this thing before and seen Fate in action, I’m surprised that Touta hasn’t seen his friends before and given something away. But I may be over-analyzing things.

      • Southrop says:

        Actually I thought this through myself, and this was the conclusion I reached: Kirie only encountered Fate when she chose to go with Kuroumaru the first time. After that run ended in complete annihilation, she chose to go with Touta. That’s when they encountered Chao Xingzai, so 2nd run fails. 3rd run, she chooses Touta again. This time, she tries to bring Touta back with her (she mentioned she was trying since the 3rd run), and fails until she dies in the 6th run. Now it’s the 7th run. Since the only time she actually encountered was in the first run, and by then Fate had already attacked Touta & co, presumably Touta’s friends would have evacuated or gotten killed in the attack already.

        • chaosprophet says:

          I agree with Southrop, although i think now it should be the 8th try (the 7th was the one she died but was able to hold Touta’s had before dying.

          It’s true her line about confirming it many times wouldn’t make sense, but maybe it means she can watch her previous tries (in game sense, it is as if you recorded a previous play before loading, and w9ould check it too make sure when the boss appear so you’re prepared next time.

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            I think this is the 8th time through, at least at the point where they defeated pervert assassin.

            It’s true her line about confirming it many times wouldn’t make sense, but maybe it means she can watch her previous tries (in game sense, it is as if you recorded a previous play before loading, and w9ould check it too make sure when the boss appear so you’re prepared next time.

            I hadn’t thought about it like that. Since the whole concept of save point immortality does appear based on video games, you’ve got a good point.

        • chaosprophet says:

          “So Negi saved Mars/Mundus Magicus from some disaster eighty years ago.”
          When talking about something long ago people generally use an approximated date. So I’m guessing the 80 years ago means the Magic World Arc in Negima (83 years ago). That was when they saved the amount of Kirie mentioned.

          The imagine of Negi and companions is probably of a later time than 80 years ago as everyone is older.

          • chaosprophet says:

            Sorry, this one was supposed to be a new post and not a reply to that one.

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            No problem. Thanks for the clarification. ^_^

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            Of course, there may have been a second disaster that happened a few years later, after the girls graduated from high school.

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          What got my focus was Kirie implying that she’d repeatedly verified the time that Fate arrived. If she did, then she saw Fate repeatedly. But since we are dealing with time travel, I figure I may be over analyzing things. Also, Kirie really seems keen on proving her worth, so she may be exaggerating by saying that she confirmed the time.

  2. Magine says:

    In the chapter, it seems that each time Touta asks Evangeline by Negi, she remembers him, and she gets sad.

    When Touta sees Evangeline again, she will have to explain him many things include the Magia Erebea XD (I hope that Touta hasn’t forgotten it, he is able to do it. -_- ) I want to see a deep conversation of everything between them. dammit

    (Touta; Who was my grandfather Yukihime?
    Yukihime; You sit down, this will be long… Once upon a time, a long time ago in a place named Mahora…) XD

    Now that Touta saw his friends, the plan can change… (Will Touta follow with the plan? or Will he be carried along by his emotion?)

    Kirie already can have warned Evangeline about the plan, because as they send Fate there… And I doubt that Fate would be seal in the place

    The part that Kirie told “I hear that even Yukihime can’t get out of there” SERIOUSLY? ._. who could have said that? well, as Evangeline told once in Negima:

    “If you make decisions on battle situations based only on looks and previous information. You’ll be in a lot of pain”

    And with that, Kirie underestimates Evangeline and Fate

    I think that Evangeline should have known the fathers of Touta, haven’t she? if she was with Negi, she should know with who Negi was married, maybe she did know Touta when he was a kid and she found him again years later…

    • I could easily imagine that scenario where Evangeline and Touta have that conversation..

      I really hope that Ken Akamatsu makes it happen after this Arc is done , I really can`t stand Touta`s stupidity during the beginning of this Arc ” Uhh duh , I wonder what is that black stuff before , I forgot to ask Yukihime about it ” I mean c`mon man….

      • Gore17 says:

        Have you considered that, if the theory that Evangeline erased Touta’s memories is correct, she might have also installed some sort of hypnotic suggestion to ignore things related to it?

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          Maybe. I hope the theory is wrong though, but considering Eva’s attitude toward Asuna and her memory block, she may well have blocked Touta’s memories.

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        I agree. And I hope Touta starts asking the questions.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      When Touta sees Evangeline again, she will have to explain him many things include the Magia Erebea XD (I hope that Touta hasn’t forgotten it, he is able to do it. -_- ) I want to see a deep conversation of everything between them. dammit

      I agree.

      The part that Kirie told “I hear that even Yukihime can’t get out of there” SERIOUSLY? ._. who could have said that? well, as Evangeline told once in Negima:

      “If you make decisions on battle situations based only on looks and previous information. You’ll be in a lot of pain”

      And with that, Kirie underestimates Evangeline and Fate

      I agree. I get the feeling that Kirie is trying to accomplish something big.

      I think that Evangeline should have known the fathers of Touta, haven’t she? if she was with Negi, she should know with who Negi was married, maybe she did know Touta when he was a kid and she found him again years later…

      Well, you’d think so. ^_^;

  3. Tathlyn says:

    I’ll just first qualify my statements on reading this chapter by simply stating that I don’t like Touta as the main character. He’s obnoxious, naïve, dense, reckless, self centered, impatient, greedy, ignorant, lacks common sense, overly optimistic/idealistic, rarely ever pays any attention to what other say even if that other person is saying something that isn’t a warning, ect.

    When he suddenly decides to be a coward and wants to run away, it makes me think that on top of all his other flaws, he’s really just a bully on the side of what he sees as “justice”.

    I’ve really liked Akamatsu’s prior works, and how the characters improve themselves in spite of their flaws. However, Touta just seems to keep getting worse as time progresses, and I would prefer one of the other characters become the new main: Kuroumaru, Karin, or Eva.

    The way Akamatsu has been having Touta take one step forwards improving himself followed by 2-3 steps backwards by the next chapter or sometimes the next page, how does he redeem Touta as a “hero” main character? Is he going to have Touta getting convinced by Fate to do something that Fate says will “make the world a better place”, but when Touta pushes the “fix the world button” thousands or millions die, he sees the catastrophe and spends the rest of the manga making up for his faults and mistakes?

    With the focus on Touta becoming less and less likable, I’m starting to wonder if this story will end up as a Star Wars type of plot. Fate is Emperor Palpatine. Eva is Obi-wan. Touta is the new Anakin and Kuroumaru finally chooses to become a full fledged female and the Padame of the story, and voila we have the parents of Chao Lingshen. This brings the Negi universe full circle to reasons why Chao goes back in time due to tragedies.

    Sigh, sorry, just venting and wondering about the logic behind Akamatu’s direction for characters and the storyline.

    • WMC says:

      That’s the best comprehensive conjecture that I’ve seen about this mess. Still, I afraid it’s hopeless. With Sensei any convoluted plot seems necessary, including Eva’s firetrucking Touta.

      At my favorite bookstore, which I visit every day, only one copy of “Vol 1 UQ Holder” appeared. I stood there by the shelves and zipped through it. And put it back! After 10 days it has not moved! No sale. Doesn’t surprise me.

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        After 10 days it has not moved! No sale. Doesn’t surprise me.

        Yeah, UQ Holder is not nearly the draw that Negima was.

      • Seimei says:

        Ahem ! Before saying something like that watch the sales numbers in Japan you will see that is doing pretty well . Although obviously , it will never equal one-piece or naruto . Do not take YOUR shop for generalities . You have a means to know the sales across the country ? This is what you must look !

        And for the thousandth time do not use words like ” mess” lightly. To believe this you rejoice if the manga was canceled (which yet again, is not likely to occur it seems ^ ^) . That manga is successful or it is not, will not affect your lives since you do not like it . Against by those who love him (like me ) would be disappointed not to know the end! I said not that you any power on the sales (hopefully lol) but there is absolutely NO reason to come – without constantly repeat your opinion that we already know : ” UQ -Holder is zero ! yuck ” .

        Then abbords, we say: “I ​​do not like” and not “it’s disgusting” and then I know some do not like metaphors but “if you do not like mashed potatoes so do not mengez but do not come complaining that mashed potato is served among all dishes available in a restaurant or nothing obliges you to menger ! and do not try to dissuade those who like to eat ” .

        • arimareiji says:

          But by the same token, what makes you think that it’s okay for you to run around the restaurant throwing mashed potatoes at people because you think mashed potatoes are great?

          • Seimei says:

            It was never my intention. ^ ^ As I said, my only goal is to get into the brains of some (who will recognize) that it is not because they do not like the potato puree they should tell everyone “the potato puree is disgusting do not eat that!”

            Has everything! Everyone has his taste! No need to come spew his hatred of UQ-Holder each chapter coming out! Thank you!

          • arimareiji says:

            But that is exactly what you do. Every time anyone dares to be less than positive about some aspect of UQ Holder, you come in and rant at them. At least as far as I can tell, you are the only one around here who does what you accuse others of: Trying to tell people what their opinion should be.

            There is nothing wrong with saying “I love UQ Holder so much that I want to have Akamatsu-sensei’s baby.” Many people around here have different opinions, and that is a wonderful thing.

            There is something very wrong with telling people they have no right to disagree with your opinion.

          • arimareiji says:

            Seriously, do you even listen to yourself?

            “do not try to dissuade those who like to eat” – Correct! Do not try to tell other people they are wrong if they disagree with you. It’s too bad that only one reply later, you completely contradict yourself by saying…

            “No need to come spew his hatred of UQ-Holder each chapter coming out! ” – You are the one telling people that they can’t speak if they don’t agree with you.

          • Seimei says:

            Lol, I do not banned PERSON to have a different opinion … Only:

            1. Advise VERY critical once, twice, or three times ok … BUT NOT 45 TIMES! Especially when is EXACTLY the same each time: “! BEUURK aberrant Akamatsu has done very low end should be the scenario that I’d like it better now because I know all about ME!” That’s basically the content of “critical” (ahem I mean bashing ^ ^) of Overmaster example. For him if I am a fanboy, it is a perfect hater ^ ^

            2. Explain to me, because it is especially critical that I … If you like it, why you have to read every articles and chapters every week? I do not like tokusatsu, Hamtaro, princess tutu, Sailor-moon Chobit (a UFO in the university CLAMP). Is what I’m going on blogs and forums that talk to say: “Ahh Has the worst maga / game / movie in the world!”. NO. I mean, you realize that your gérémiades have NO influence on Akamatsu huh? You’re not Japanese, so your opinion (and mine) are vaent nothing lol. In fact (and this is not ironic) I feel truly bad for you. STOP YOU TORTURE AND TORTURE! Like not UQ and have decided once and for all that “is crap”? Ok So turn the page and basta!

            3.
            1) For those who say that I agree not critical. Wrong! But give me criticism FAIR instead of an indictment with very wobbly arguets! Such as:

            a. Tota learns too fast compared to Negi! = FALSE! Negi learned shundo at about the same speed as Tota for me (between meeting with kaito and attack the slum, it is clear that there is one or two days, although not show the habit of Tota to “do everything with his feet” as kaito advise him, makes me think that). And even if it would be faster, growth Negi would also aberrant. Kaito said to have mastered the shundo after years (as Ku Fei I think), Negi got there in 2 weeks and managed to par with Takamichi. Tota managed in two days and is on a par with Kaito. I do not see much difference!

            When the magia-erebea. It is for me at the same stage as Negi when he fought against corruption, he has not mastered.

            b; Tota is invincible! = FALSE! He has not won any battle except that of Chapter 1 for me. Even Chao Xinkai was completely outclassed! If Ikku had not happened, Kirie is dead. When Eva … Seriously? You consider a game to the hot springs as a fight seriously?? Incidentally, Negi also beat Eva on the bridge of mahora, when they met … But it shock anyone. An apprentice mage 10 years equal dark-evengel ……

            c. The personality of Fate is not respected, while its development is thrown in the trash! = FALSE! Astro has responded to this argument, I would add. Uh … in 60 years people change!

            Basically, so far, I only see the posturing haters

            2) Astro him good reviews, he sees positives and negatives, it is FAIR! Why do you think our discussions are usually perfectly friendly time? Itself is very interested in the progress of the manga is derier time. It just feels antipathy to Tota but do not judge the manga as absolutely wrong!

            here are my arguments.

          • arimareiji says:

            Again, do you even listen to yourself?
            “Lol, I do not banned PERSON to have a different opinion”

            But then you give us these gems, completely contradicting yourself:

            “Advise VERY critical once, twice, or three times ok … BUT NOT 45 TIMES!”
            “Especially when is EXACTLY the same each time”
            “Explain to me, because it is especially critical that I … If you like it, why you have to read every articles and chapters every week?”
            “So turn the page and basta!”
            “For those who say that I agree not critical. Wrong! But give me criticism FAIR instead of an indictment with very wobbly arguets!”
            You are not the judge of who gets to speak, regardless of whether they agree with you and regardless of whether you approve of their reasoning.

            ~

            “Astro him good reviews, he sees positives and negatives, it is FAIR! Why do you think our discussions are usually perfectly friendly time?”
            This is the biggest crock of all. Until you realized how counterproductive it is to insult and patronize the blog owner, you started off doing the same thing to him! Now you just try to drive away everyone else… and I’m a little surprised that he’s tolerated you doing it for this long. The fact that ANB is civil and gracious, even to someone who throws tantrums and tries to drive others away, is a mark of him being an excellent host. It is not approval for the way you act.

          • Seimei says:

            This is not so much that I “realized that was against-productive” but rather because:
            1. Astro managed to get me in the brain that his critics were not free.
            2. Importantly, its critics have become his last time more and more positive. This does not mean that they are THAT positive. Again I’m ready to accept criticism. But some comments as OM or XMC sorry, for me it is not honest criticism but pure and simple bashing. Sorry but this treaty manga “mess” was a little too much!

            It is not because some were disappointed by the end of Negima he must avenge this on UQ-Holder, because the hero is not Negi and is not surrounded by a harem of 32 girls ! lol

            I prefer UQ-Holder a simple “Negima 2”. Is a suite but with other characters. ^ ^

          • arimareiji says:

            You still don’t get it.

            Again I’m ready to accept criticism. But some comments as OM or XMC sorry, for me it is not honest criticism but pure and simple bashing.

            Great, you’re “ready to accept criticism.” Unless you think it’s “bashing.” Then you’ll try to drive the person who you think is “bashing” UQ Holder away.

            The very large problem with that is it’s *still* based on the faulty assumption that you get to choose who is allowed to speak. It doesn’t matter at all that you’re “ready to accept criticism” if it’s the kind you like. If you think you have the right to make ANY of the people who criticize UQ Holder shut up, whether you approve of them or not, you’re gravely wrong.

            And with that, I’m done. Overdone, probably. ANB, please accept my apologies if I’ve overstepped the boundaries of civil behavior too far? This isn’t my blog to soapbox on, it’s yours.

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            And with that, I’m done. Overdone, probably. ANB, please accept my apologies if I’ve overstepped the boundaries of civil behavior too far? This isn’t my blog to soapbox on, it’s yours.

            One thing I learned from my time as a forum moderator is that as long as the debates didn’t devolve into profane-laced, rage fests, one should let them go. One of the reasons I got out of the forum moderation business is that forum owners were afraid of spirited debate at all, thus I was having to shut down what some might find to be an interesting, if somewhat heated, debate. Frankly, I think speech is a good thing, even if folks don’t agree. ^_^

            So, no worries. ^_^

    • Seimei says:

      pff … Another one who did not understand that Touta was thought by Akamatsu as the exact opposite of Negi in terms of character .

      Seriously, if Tota was smart as you would have probably said Negi ! ” Whaaa is zero ! Trp The character is copied to Negi , that renews the author not balblabla ”

      I would say two things :

      1) You know, in reallity, I’m not a fan of Tota, yet it leaves me cold . Yes I insist, it leaves me cold . So I never understand the haters screaming non-stop on this character. I’ll tell you a confession. Negi has so tired that you Tota tires you actually, and during the first half manga and even a little after . You what you Madden is that Tota be optimistic. Bah me with Negi it was the opposite! His habit of always saying that ” if I do that it terrible will happen , maybe I should not , blah blah blah .” All this for 3 hours ! Until Asuna and Chisame gave him a blow on the head and tell him ! ” Advance instead of torment you PLEASE” He began to change when the arc magical world for me.

      So yeah sorry but ultimately I would almost say : ” Tota HAPPILY that is a go-getter if it would take the life -maker sends a meteorite on Earth to act as if it was Negi .

      You know , people with personality Tota ( idiot on the edges, impulsive , go-getters ect) it exists! It’s called teenagers ( yes I assure you lol !) And there are even those who stay that way all their lives. Certainly is more problematic but it does what they were exterminated ? Should we interdict all those heroes who features characters ? But then excluded some of the range of potential characters to exploit. I am personally pleased that Tota is NOT a clone of Negi precisely ( and not told me he is due to magia – erebea thank you in advance! ) .

      2) The fact that the hero does not like what YOU want , does not mean qu’Akamatsu doing a bad job ! It is not required to reproduce Negi to infinity under the pretext that “it was not a hero shot ” . Heck , read naruto guys, then you will see what a hero REALLY annoying , arrogant, inbu himself and egocentric . Believe me Tota side is the top of the modesie , intelligence and observation. There are then 10 times worse. Naruto and besides being a moron, pass the first part of the manga (26 tomes !!!) to be a HUGE burden has no talent. Tota he at least has the talent! So personally I think you have not too much right to complain lol.

      And you would like Tota undergo a Tele trensformation in just 4 volumes ? And after that you DARE accuse Akamatsu botch his manga ? No, but I dream! As we say in my house in France ” is the hospital mocks the charity!

      So stop very simplistic bad jokes like ” actually UQ -Holder will be a remake of star wars lol .” I could also do the same and be just as petty ” Negima is just a bad plagiarism of Harry Potter – Proof Was in a school, the hero is an English magician and even glasses S ‘ ! sucks! ” Ca get mad when people say that on non Negima ? I also love this manga . So do not shoot the bzooka its legitimate successor ( Akamatsu the claims !) Like so many others have done on Negima!

      A word salvation ( and this message is for others as well. Whether you’re not a character I can understand that. But please STOP pleindre you again and again! Enjoy history , revelations , the enlargement of the ‘ universal that we all enjoy ! . Naruto took 27 volumes to START to evolve. demendez Do not Tota evolve in 3 volumes ! I remember that in history it is barely past 4 months! ) .

      ps: and for those who deal Tota ” invincible ” throughout the fighting he did, he has so far won only two ! (and again ! I do not include kaito , not Tota who won but a berserker created by magia – erebea ) Woah what invulnerable superman ! lol)…

      • Seimei says:

        “Certainly is more problematic but it does what they were exterminated ?”

        I wanted to say: “Is it acceptable or desirable for all to exterminate them (or to extreme moin comparison, completely isolated and ostracized)?”

      • OverMaster says:

        “You know , people with personality Tota ( idiot on the edges, impulsive , go-getters ect) it exists! It’s called teenagers ( yes I assure you lol !) And there are even those who stay that way all their lives.”

        There’s an old saying that goes ‘Real life would make for just awful fiction’. I don’t care if the world, sadly, it’s full of idiots who are like Touta, I still don’t want to read about those. Much less about ones who don’t evolve for the better, ever. The real world is also full of petty thieves, sadists, ignorants, bigots, racists and jerks, does that mean we have to like those if they star in a work of fiction?

        • WMC says:

          Hah. Another blast from the trumpets of Skeptic. I do like your stuff, OM.

        • Seimei says:

          Erm … ahem with your logic would require that manga characters are all perfect, flawless and without défaults …. It would become quickly énerant I think.

          It seems telling me but I am NOT a fan of Tota, I find myself irritating sometimes. Just me, I do two things that you seem unable to:

          1 abstraction. I think the hero as an ordinary character in the “great cosmic flow” of history. I do not pay attention except when it sometimes stings my curiosity. For example, I am fans of Naruto but Naruto character has me VERY long edgy. I myself began to appreciate that there is little time.

          2 Acceptance. ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE it is a manga or character pleases everyone. But there will inevitably be people who will love them. Does it make its people idiots? No. And I try to keep that in mind (I recognize that is not easy lol ^ ^)

          To take your example, not me, I do not like fanatics. That’s why I HATE Nagumo the depths of my being. But there will inevitably be people who love it. Do you restrict on the appearance of this type of characters because some do not like? What to do with those who love them (knowing they are not necessarily fanatics in real life but that “they find that class in fiction)

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I’ll just first qualify my statements on reading this chapter by simply stating that I don’t like Touta as the main character. He’s obnoxious, naïve, dense, reckless, self centered, impatient, greedy, ignorant, lacks common sense, overly optimistic/idealistic, rarely ever pays any attention to what other say even if that other person is saying something that isn’t a warning, ect.

      *lol* Understood. ^_^

      When he suddenly decides to be a coward and wants to run away, it makes me think that on top of all his other flaws, he’s really just a bully on the side of what he sees as “justice”.

      Interesting point. I guess my own wishful thinking for Touta to grow as a character made me see him not wanting to battle as using his noggin for a change.

      Sigh, sorry, just venting and wondering about the logic behind Akamatu’s direction for characters and the storyline.

      No problem. I enjoyed reading your points. ^_^

    • Seimei says:

      I want to remind that it is VERY likely that the timeline Chao linchen is not that of UQ-Holder. Chao has approved work negi in épilogude of Negima, confirm this. Indeed Chao must know the history of the world. It would certainly not welcomed negi if his actions would have led to his timeline. This does not mean that this timeline will not have its own version of Chao Linchen. ^ ^

      Incidentally I think rather than Linchen Chao is the granddaughter of Tota, not his daughter. This because of the name “Chao”. I can see that Chao Linchen is the daughter born from the union of the Tota’s child and Chao Xingsai’s child.

      And I see more Tota with Karin that Kuromaru. ^ ^

      That I know your “scenario” was delirious to express your frustration tathlyn, lol.

      But anyway I wanted to show why it is VERY unlikely (and thankfully xd) it has really held xd ^ ^ …

  4. Gore17 says:

    I would like to point out a inconsistency: Kirie says that Negi died 30 years ago, but Nagumo says that he meet him 20 years ago, and Negi’s gravestone has him listed as dying that same year.

    Typo, Akamatsu getting forgetful with age, or foreshadowing?

  5. Seimei says:

    astro: if not about the chapter I’m pretty sure that the plan will completely failed. I just hope it will be thanks to the intelligence (and power!) Fate and not because of impulsiveness Tota (you see? Defends I, as a character, to explain why it is a legitimate hero in my eyes but that does not mean that his idiocy aggace not me!).

    Unless of course, if Fate has VOLUNTARILY causes Tota friends are present, in order to do react Tota! I even come to think that the carnage of the first timeline took place because of it! You see qu’Akamatsu-sensei knows where it goes, he is fluent in the destiny of his characters?

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      astro: if not about the chapter I’m pretty sure that the plan will completely failed. I just hope it will be thanks to the intelligence (and power!) Fate and not because of impulsiveness Tota (you see?

      I agree. However, considering Touta’s wanting to hold back and not attack Fate makes me think he’ll be more cautious.

      Well, we’ll see where things go.

      • Seimei says:

        I thought there is astro, but alas, I’m not on it would be prudent. The problem is that we do not know why the carnage took place and Kirie did not see what triggered the slaughter. These uncertainties make me fear for the behavior of Tota in front of Fate!

  6. NML says:

    I enjoyed seeing Touta get contemplative, acting a bit more like his grandfather.
    Seems to be a bit of a discrepancy about Negi’s time of death, I really hope Negi hasn’t been possessed by the Lifemaker and is now the final boss of the series .

    Aso if Negi was still a child 20 years ago(as we saw in Nagumo’s flashback), then how did he have a child(I believe the aging pills are just a powerful illusion).

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      The whole time window is very murky since we have a couple of different years mentioned.

      • Seimei says:

        you mean tomorrow or after tomorrow lol, seen with the spoils that come tomorrow we will already have a good idea of the thing^^…

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          Except there are no spoilers. ^_^; No manga this week.

          • seimei says:

            I know! Grrrr lol but I am not against it is not there chapter. No official announcement has been made and akamatsu not talking on his tweeter and even Hata has no information!

            I feel that there is a problem with the person who provided the RAW. Hopefully there will be a chapter on Wednesday I need my drugs … uh, chapter lol.

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            No such luck I’m afraid. There is a Hayate the Combat Butler chapter out on Wednesday. ^_~

      • NML says:

        Hopefully Fate will shed some light on the subject since Evangeline seems to be unwilling to answer Touta’s questions

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          Somehow, I suspect Akamatsu-sensei wants to tease us a while longer on the mysteries of Touta.

    • Gore17 says:

      Huh? If you compare his height to Nagumo’s, and his appearance to how he looked in that form while fighting Rakan, it’s pretty apparent that his growth continued for a few years, as was speculated. It might have been an illusion, but he had no need to do so.

      As for the 30-20 discrepancy. I’m thinking that Negi might have publicly “died”, then died for real 10 years later.

      Well, died or suffered some fate that renders him out of the picture(thrown into deep space while sealed?).

    • He looked like he aged abit though..

  7. Aki says:

    The problem with uq holder is because it is a direct sequel to negima set in the future and with existing bar… Touta and the story of uq holder as to be on par if not surpass negima in every aspect.

  8. Raikiri says:

    With this chapter confirming no memories before Tota died two years ago. I have a theory on why and how tota already knows magia erebia without going through any trials or training like negi. If you remember that when Eva encountered tota and his parents when they were attacked, tota’s parents asked eva to save him but eva states that he’s already dead. Im thinking that Eva used magia erebia to revive Tota just like it revived Negi during his battle with Dynamis. This would work since Tota is a descendant of the royal family.

    • Seimei says:

      Excellent theory! But you forgotten that the runes used by Chao Linchen very similar to the magia-erebea. Your theory is technically plausible, but I really think that has become a hereditary power since Negi had one (or more?) Children …

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      If you remember that when Eva encountered tota and his parents when they were attacked, tota’s parents asked eva to save him but eva states that he’s already dead. Im thinking that Eva used magia erebia to revive Tota just like it revived Negi during his battle with Dynamis. This would work since Tota is a descendant of the royal family.

      The theory seems pretty sound to me. We’ll see what happens.

  9. Setsuyume says:

    Hahahahaha!

    So many posts in 2 days! It only goes to show how good this chapter was!!!!! I am sure I’ll just be repeating many people, but anyway:

    1- Yes, Touta making some questions for a change was what I liked the most about this chapter! Even If Eva gets sad, its too late to hide now!

    2- Yes, Kirie is reeeeeally underestimating Fate…”lets put the master of earth magic in our basament!” Yeaaaahh, sure. Its so easy they’ll just abandon Kuroumaru with him! No biggie!

    3- Yes? Am I the only one who saw a Ikku x Kirie moment there? “I am jealous because he knows and I don’t”… hehehe, I can totally see him changing into a kid version, only to match her (I know this is no time nor place, but considering Ken’s past works…lol).

    And now Touta’s old friends join the fun! Two worlds colliding! Really antecipating next chapter now!

    • ^-^ About 3, I notice it too~ Besides, Kirie is touching Ikkuu in chapter 1 when Eva is walking toward UQ members. Obviously they get along well

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        Yeah, I think Kirie confides in Ikkuu a lot, based on how she clung to him initially in this arc.

      • chaosprophet says:

        There is not only the jealous scene but the part where he says “I’d rather not be left behind in a world where you’ve committed suicide”. I think they may be or may develop into a couple.

        I’m expecting Touta to end up becoming friends with all the members and cheering some of them up with his positive view about his immortality. But when it comes to romance, It would be nice to have different couples instead of having a mini harem with Touta.

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          There is not only the jealous scene but the part where he says “I’d rather not be left behind in a world where you’ve committed suicide”. I think they may be or may develop into a couple.

          Yeah, that’s possible.

          I’m expecting Touta to end up becoming friends with all the members and cheering some of them up with his positive view about his immortality. But when it comes to romance, It would be nice to have different couples instead of having a mini harem with Touta.

          I agree. That’s why Kuroumaru needs to become a girl and be Touta’s one and only. ^_^

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Yes? Am I the only one who saw a Ikku x Kirie moment there? “I am jealous because he knows and I don’t”… hehehe

      Before this outing, she appeared to have a more shy, reserved personality. So I imagine that Ikkuu was someone she confided in the most.

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