UQ Holder Chapter 87 Manga Review (“Me run on water now!”)

ユーキューホルダー! Manga Review
UQ Holder Chapter 87

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: 

UQ Holder Chapter 87Kirie is not happy with Touta’s desire to get their task done in four days. Even if they get to the castle in two days, Kirie suspects that it will take more than two days to achieve their objective and she’s suspicious of Dana’s giving them a month to complete their task.

Touta tries to take off, but Kirie stops him since she wants to make a save point. She points to a nearby castle, that looks a lot like Dana’s castle, where Kirie has been training in magic. As such, Kirie knows her save point will work here. Touta impatiently waits for Kirie to set up a save point that has to last a month. When she’s done, he immediately takes off, causing Kirie to have to stop him again so she can summon a familiar and have it make a map.

Kirie lets Touta know that she secretly set up a mana beacon at Dana’s castle, so now they know which direction to go. The direct path is 50KM of ocean. She’s about to offer him a ride on her broom when a giant squid-like monster emerges from the water, sending out tongue tendrils at Kirie. Touta takes the hit and gets pierced and torn to pieces before being consumed. Using shundou, Touta bursts out of the monster and regenerates.

Kirie makes Touta get cleaned up, where she scolds him about dying so often. He returns that on her by pointing out how many times she says she’s used to the pain of dying for her save points. She says that he has a long way to go as a real master wouldn’t even have allowed that monster to touch him. He wants to know more, but he’s ready to go, much to her annoyance.

She tries to give him a lift on her broom, but it doesn’t work with him on it. Using shundou, Touta is able run on the surface of the water as he is determined to make his meeting with Kitty in 63 hours.


The one thing I note from this chapter is that Akamatsu-sensei is attempting to explain how Eva has a castle in her diorama like Dana’s rift castle. We learn that there’s such a castle nearby (conveniently) where Kirie did her magic training. So presumably, Eva snagged one such castle.

Also, Eva’s interlinked diorama locations in Negima! appear to be a poor man’s version of what Dana can do when Dana dispatches folks anywhere in space and time.

The next thing I note is that while within Dana’s rift castle, Kirie apparently cannot use her save point ability. So I guess if she were killed in there, that would be the end of her, unless she has other immortal abilities to regenerate.

Touta’s irritating trait of being a brainless idiot continues in this chapter. “Me want see Kitty so me must run fast. Run fast get there fast, even if me not know which way to go. Run fast get there fast anyway, so no matter which way run. Hey! Me now run on water! Me awesome!”

UQ Holder Chapter 87

It is a good thing that Touta has Incredible Hulk pants, meaning they are pretty much indestructible.

I was thinking of how the giant squid monster here is what we thought the giant squid monster in Negima! would be, except there, that monster just ate Chisame’s clothing to get her naked. Here, we do get the vicious monster type, which allows us to see Touta using his shundou technique in an unexpected way to burst out of the monster.

Kirie’s remarks about what an ultimate fighter would be like, combined with the image back of Jack Rakan behind her, one wonders if she was specifically referring to him. She then claimed not to know more about this, but I tend to suspect she does.

UQ Holder Chapter 87

So now the journey begins. We’ll see if Touta and Kirie have to do a reset or two (or not). Realistically, I would have to believe that in order to get the job done in four days, a few resets will have to be in order. If nothing else, Kirie might reset to make sure she gets the objective first.

Finally, Akamatsu-sensei was really keen on sexing Kirie up with the chapter’s splash page.

In the end, even though I wrote a lot, I really don’t have any feelings one way or the other about this chapter.

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23 Responses to “UQ Holder Chapter 87 Manga Review (“Me run on water now!”)”

  1. What site did u read this on

  2. Random Lurker says:

    One thing I find incredibly funny here is that just as Kirie was referring to Rakan, we got Tota walking on her naked, just like Rakan once did on Chisame who I find Kirie to resemble quite a lot.

  3. Mattcgw says:

    Jack appearing in holder could be one of two things. First, Akamatsu-sensei is confirming that he is still of the living.
    2. A fan at Paris Japan expo asked him about the character and the interest could’ve made Akamatsu-sensei thought him to be worthy for fanservice.

    I’m inclined to think the latter.

    I’m also included to say that this “girl in the fireplace” arc will last for 3 volumes. It’s just too easy for Sensei to draw and write.

    • I wished someone asked him about Arika, I’m still waiting for an explanation or flashback to what happened to her :\

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        To be honest, I’ve long thought Arika was a late addition to the Negima! storyline. I wonder if Akamatsu-sensei even has an ending to her storyline after she gave birth to Negi.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I’m also included to say that this “girl in the fireplace” arc will last for 3 volumes. It’s just too easy for Sensei to draw and write.

      He sometimes seems to just push ahead to move along. He may not be interested in doing long story arcs, but we’ll see.

  4. Fwahm says:

    I missed the last UQ holder post, so I might as well put this here.

    A little fun fact; Dana’s Touta & co toss was ~77% the speed of Rakan’s sword surfing toss inside Tamaki’s dimension.

  5. arimareiji says:

    A hundred Internet bucks says they pick up the others along the way, and Dana lets them all have their prizes because Power of Friendship.

  6. Setsuyume Edenfault says:


    1- I don’t agree with that remark, Astro… I think Kirie’s abilities work just fine in Dana’s castle. In the beggining of the story she said that, when she didnt know what her ability was, she thought she was having ultra realistic dreams, right? So, even without a save point, she might be sent back in time randomly… it really makes me wonder, just how did Kirie learn how to make that MBS candle? And, if someone comes and destroys that save point, then Kirie dies, what happens?

    2- Yes, I think Kirie might know Jack Rackan, at least by name;

    3- Yes [2], Touta’s blind and mindless hurry is irritating. You have a walking save point with you, man, can’t you just take the time to plan?

    4- The previous rhime was completely unnintentional.

    • cold_menthol says:

      2. I think so too. Some seem to think she could be related to him, but I think that’s just because she has been reading a lot. Or, forced to read.. :p

    • Rob C. says:

      Kirie “Maybe” old enough to remember Jack when she was young. It does depend on if she from the Magic World or not. She could have learned about him decades later too. Though thinking about it, I doubt it. No one from Earth would know about until the Magic World became open to everyone.

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        Well, Kirie knew magic and who knows what all else. I don’t think we know how long Kirie has been a member of UQ Holder. She could have learned about Jack there.

    • Rob C. says:

      I do hope Toute gets out of this side quest of his. I like him growing, but Astro has point that Toute’s “awesome” abilities and lack of mentality is getting old. Toute seems take some sense of his “Aunt’s” personality when she was at the Academy as well her anti-magic abilities.

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        Touta seems to get whatever ability is needed for whatever story Akamatsu-sensei wants to tell.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      1) If that’s the case, Kirie wouldn’t have said that she thought this other castle where she trained was outside of Dana’s realm. She would have said, “My abilities work at Dana’s castle.” The fact that Dana’s castle appears to be outside of space and time, that would seem to negate Kirie’s abilities, which can only function with a constant space-time element.

      4) Understood. 😉

  7. NT says:

    Hmm…. I am a little more focused on how Ken drew Kirie on that cover… *grin*

    anyway… I thought it was a good chapter, kind of weird how chapter wise we are getting close to the school festival arc from negima… hahaha

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Hmm…. I am a little more focused on how Ken drew Kirie on that cover… *grin*

      The splash page? Yeah, he really wanted to sex her up.

      anyway… I thought it was a good chapter, kind of weird how chapter wise we are getting close to the school festival arc from negima… hahaha

      Yeah, and we haven’t even been introduced to all of the implied UQH characters.

  8. rubric36 says:

    Fun inconsistency: if Touta has an negating effect on magic items, including magic brooms making it unable to fly, how did Touta get up to the balloon to fight with the possessed Kuroumaru in Chapter 58/59? There, the writing seems to imply that he got a ride up with one of the students.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Heh!heh!heh! Retconning? 😉

      Yeah, Akamatsu-sensei is playing fast and loose. He’s riding the fact that he implies things, but because he never shows it, he can reveal something else and then say, “I wasn’t retconning.”

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