UQ Holder Chapter 124 Manga Review (Ecchi, loli, pod racing, now with more ecchi.)

ユーキューホルダー! Manga Review
UQ Holder Chapter 124

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: 

UQ Holder Chapter 124With Mizore, Kirie, and Shinobu stripped by Isana, their respective Touta’s cover them up as they continue the race. The Touta’s know they need to help one of the girls, but can’t decide, which causes Kirie to go off on them. In the end, the three Touta’s get on Mizore’s speeder since they will power it and compensate for the extra weight. With no passengers on Kirie’s or Shinobu’s machine, the two of them are able to keep up with Mizore.

Isana and Honoka are surprised that Touta caught up and apparently chose Mizore, but they then realize what has happened as Isana uses a Shinmeiryuu attack on them. Touta deflects it into the crowd, so Honoka uses her Eastern magic to cast a Flans Siege Exarmatio spell. The Touta’s turn the spell right back on Isana and Honoka, stripping them and causing a massive accident at the finish line.

Touta and Kirie accidentally kiss as they fly through the air across the finish, stopping time. Touta is amused by the frozen spectacle at the finish line. Kirie tells him the Shinobu and Mizore are better choices to help him reach his goal and catch up to Negi. Touta tells Kirie she’s been a huge help to him and that he’s going to stay by her side forever. He wants to kiss her to unfreeze time, but they hear impossible footsteps. They look and see Cutlass approaching.

Thoughts/Review:

Meh. This chapter was all ecchi with the long awaited return of Cutlass at the end.

From a story perspective, stripping your opponents in a race or fight and causing them shame/embarrassment makes sense to me.  However, with Shinobu, Kirie, and Mizore already showing off their naked loli bodies to the max, it doesn’t make sense that Isana would decide that yet another stripping spell would do the trick. Further to that, it makes even less sense that Honoka would decide to use an even more powerful stripping spell, especially since Isana’s stripping attack was deflected into the stands.

UQ Holder Chapter 124

Yeah, yeah, I know — Akamatsu-sensei needed to get Isana and Honoka naked again, and this is how he does it. *_*

As to this theme of Touta choosing a babe, the only thing I got out of this is that Mizore, Shinobu, and Kirie have things to offer. As such, it has to be a harem and nothing else. With those three down, then he ropes in Karin and Kuroumaru (who completes the journey to becoming a lovely girl), and then he can start working on Cutlass.

Cutlass arriving at the end of the chapter is the event I expected to happen going into Golden Week.  The big question is, “Why is she able to move around?” If the time stop power has no effect on Cutlass, than they are toast, assuming Cutlass attacks. Kirie gets booted back to her last save point, and she might take her Touta with her, but otherwise, there’s not much they can do.

Regardless, we’ll see what happens next week. For now, the race appears to be finally over.

In the end, the chapter was mostly about getting loli babes naked, which I could do without.

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21 Responses to “UQ Holder Chapter 124 Manga Review (Ecchi, loli, pod racing, now with more ecchi.)”

  1. Yue Ayase says:

    I can’t even find the chapter but you summed it up pretty nicely. A whole lot of nothing. This whole race could’ve been done in one chapter or 2 as opposed to 5. A lot of wasted potential here…

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      It was up on Crunchyroll…unless it is MIA again.

      • Yue Ayase says:

        I finally found it, and yeah, mostly a nothing chapter with at least an intriguing ending. Here’s hoping for some info on Cutlass and a few other things. I was thinking since Ikkuu has access to Chachamaru’s artifact, it wouldn’t be too out of place if Cutlass had access to something similar, like Cassiopeia or perhaps an artifact that wasn’t seen in Negima.

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          That reminds me, with Chachamaru still around, why does Ikkuu have access to her artifact?

          • Yue Ayase says:

            Maybe her artifact was only the targeting device? It’s hard to say.

          • mattcgw says:

            @AstroNerdBoy It could depend on the patico laws revolving the age of the Magister, Negi never biologically become 18, so the contract could technically be his; but he could could use himself as a proxy for mana supplement via another Magister EG Konoka or Evangeline. Or contracts can be an inheritance of a Magisters children, thus renewed at the time of their birth.
            The alternative could that the artifact become the vessel for Chachamaru’s soul, thus voiding the mandate for the contract to dispel by the set laws. 1. The MAgister in question becomes 18, 2. The magister chooses a minister life partner.

            Or the truth because (Akamatsu) reasons

            Tried to embed it wouldn’t take.

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            I’m not sure why it isn’t working for you. It worked for me.

  2. LoneWolfx03 says:

    Cutlass’ clothes look like a terrorist outfit. ^^;
    Perfect fit for an enemy… haha. Does that mean she planted more bombs again just like last time? 😮

  3. Dargor says:

    And now its time for Touta’s Bizzare Adventure. Today he squares off against Hoodie Brando and her stand, ZA EDGE! I know Jotaro made a cameo in Negima, but yeesh. Akamatsu must of marathoned Stardust Crusaders before writing the whole “lol time stop” plot line.

    I still can’t believe this is coming from the same author that managed to merge the whole harem hijinx thing with decent shounen action a series before. Now, it just swerves around with the click of a switch.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Now, it just swerves around with the click of a switch.

      Yeah, it has been that way for a while now. I think Akamatsu-sensei has wanted to do free reigning stories like Mashima-sensei does for Fairy Tail.

      • Mattcgw says:

        @Astronerdboy While true, Mashima on the occasion does have tremendously impactful character moments, like Juvia in the Avatar Arc, Lisanna’s return, Laxus’s banishment/Return, The tower of heaven, kagura’s vendetta before Mashima handwaved it.
        Inbetween him marauding with countuity, of course.

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          Inbetween him marauding with countuity, of course.

          Continuity doesn’t mean much in Fairy Tail. But that was established right away, which is why Mashima-sensei gets away with it. Kinda like Fujishima-sensei in Ah! My Goddess.

  4. Rob C. says:

    At least thing have finally getting into serious story again. Only bad situation for Touta is that he still slip in 3, with Cutlass fast approaching, his power is still divided.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      At least thing have finally getting into serious story again.

      Spoiler for next chapter — Cutlass confesses her love for Totua and hates him ’cause he rejected her in a former life. 😉

      • arimareiji says:

        Cutlass confesses her love for Touta and hates him ’cause he rejected her in a former life. ?

        I thought that was going to be Fate? (^_~)

        Sorry for noticing such an ecchi detail, but it looks like Shinobu might finally have a power of her own: Instaboobs. (what CR calls page 6, upper left when Chōta grabs them). Either that or just generic body modification, considering they immediately disappear… and she makes her right forearm disappear on the bottom of page 4. ( •̌ _ •̑ )

        On the more positive side, Karin might have found something to be good at: Playing the deadpan snarker, on the lower left of page 6. Maybe it was just the tone of voice I “heard” it in, but it was a good laugh. (^_^)

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          I thought that was going to be Fate? (^_~)

          Heh!

          On the more positive side, Karin might have found something to be good at: Playing the deadpan snarker, on the lower left of page 6.

          Heh!heh! I think she’s long had this, but yeah, it was amusing.

      • Rob C. says:

        Yeah, right! XD
        I’ll believe that when Touta turnout to be his own ancestor.

  5. DerGilga says:

    the person who can stop time, Curtlass

    Kiriwe is on the guard for a reset yet isn’t interfering, but
    with Touta currently being at 1/3, he is at an disadvantage… … or so it should be, but at the moment just before the stop
    with something like all 3 were linking/crossing their shoulder, all 3 can move
    neverless he is still at an disadvantage and the time stop was released, but

    Curtlass opening move, the descent of the MotB in Negi
    ■ Negi who’s possed by the “The Mage of the Beginning”――!!
    Yukihime, who wants to save and free him from that possession――!! Finally they meet―――!!!
    ?The waiting will be a disaster?, or――!!! Continuing in the next issue!!


    The one sentence at the end, I can’t figure it out

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