UQ Holder Chapter 145 Manga Review (Once More Into The Abyss)

ユーキューホルダー! 魔法先生 ネギま!2 Manga Review
UQ Holder! Mahou Sensei Negima 2
UQ Holder!: Magister Negi Magi! 2 Chapter 145
UQ Holder Chapter 145

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: 

UQ Holder Chapter 145After discovering her save point is destroyed, Kirie races back to her room to find Cutlass waiting for her. Meanwhile, Gengorou reports that there’s a nuke on the elevator train going to Earth, which could either kill a million on the ground, or a 1000 on the train. Touta and company, sans Gengorou, race to the shaft, then free fall to the train elevator. Jinbee’s ability cannot move the bomb far enough away to get them out of the ground zero blast radius.

Cutlass makes contact with Touta somehow, where she reveals she has Kirie captive. Cutlass revels in the trap she has set for Touta and company, taunting her “Nii-san” to make a choice of a 1000 or a million, or leave it to someone else.  Kirie tells the group not to worry as her save points aren’t required for her powers. Cutlass can’t believe it, but Yukihime telepathically confirms this to Touta through Karin. However, it is possible that Kirie will have to relive her whole life again, and that may make her relationship with Touta different.

Touta decides that he’s not going to sacrifice Kirie, angering Cutlass. As such, Cutlass decides to go ahead and kill Kirie. Yukihime attacks Cutlass, eventually freezing her and shattering her frozen body. Yukihime then apologizes to Touta about this.

Thoughts/Review:

Well, it is always nice when we get a taste of Eva’s power and why she was so feared. Thankfully, UQ Holder chapter 145 provided this for us, but does this mean that we are possibly nearing the end of the manga?

UQ Holder Chapter 145

Is Cutlass Really Dead?

When I saw Eva mow down Cutlass, then freeze her, then shatter her body, I was reminded of the Kyoto Arc in Negima! where Eva (in her true form) with Chachamaru as they made short work of the Ryomen Sukuna no Kami by shattering that monster’s body after a mass freeze. Afterward, it is revealed that Ryomen Sukuna no Kami was resealed, suggesting that Eva hadn’t actually killed the beast (wish I knew if it were merely mazoku or youkai in nature).

UQ Holder Chapter 145

While I don’t think that same element exists here for Cutlass, I do think there’s a possibility that she’s alive. For starters, there’s her mention of having a backup mind. While that was contained in her physical body, the fact that she has one at all suggests she may have “offsite storage” for her mind. And with a cyborg body and cloning, she could come back that way.

Kirie could die anyway, resetting time, and not go all the way back. That would bring Cutlass back as well.

Finally, Cutlass may have some other power that hasn’t been revealed that allows her to do this. After all, she apparently escaped from a cell that was supposed to be escape proof.

Of course if Cutlass is really dead, then there’s a part of me that thinks, “I bet the manga is winding down.”

Communication With Touta

It may be because I’ve had so much else on my mind of late, but I’m really confused about how everyone is “magically” communicating with Touta. For Eva, she’s relaying a telepathic message through Karin since Touta can’t use magic apps. So does this mean that the only way Eva communicated with Karin (and apparently the others) in a telepathic form was via a magic app of some sort? And then Karin becomes a simple telepathic relay to Touta? It all seems weird.

I also was confused on how Cutlass had two-way video communication with Touta. That seemed technological, not magical in nature. But I’m not seeing how that was accomplished.

UQ Holder Chapter 145

Kirie x Touta or Bust!

Once again, Akamatsu-sensei does a hard push for his preferred Kirie x Touta pairing. I can totally appreciate Touta not wanting Kirie go through her bad life again. But the other emphasis heavily pushed was that if Kirie did this, her relationship with Touta might be different. But I don’t care about that. If Kirie goes all the way back in time, then there’s also a chance that things don’t pan out they way they have thus far.

Ugh. Kirie’s ability is such a pain in the rear at times.

Still, if Akamatsu-sensei does do a full-on reset (which I don’t believe for a moment), maybe I could get my harem ending. 😂😂😂 Yeah, I know, that’ll never happen. But once UQ Holder shifted into a harem title, I wanted a harem ending. And I think a story justification could be made for this. But as I said, this will never happen as Sensei is hell bent on making Kirie the girl. It makes me wonder why he even bothers with the harem stuff.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

In the end, I really liked UQ Holder chapter 145. We got to see Eva open a can of kick bottom. And we touched on Kirie’s rule breaker power. We’ll see how things play out and whether or not this is the beginning of the end.

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27 Responses to “UQ Holder Chapter 145 Manga Review (Once More Into The Abyss)”

  1. Yue Ayase says:

    I hope Akamatsu doesn’t suffer the classic shonen “they’re not dead until you see a corpse” syndrome. If Cutlass really is dead, then… damn. That’s cold. …No pun intended. With her (hopefully) out of the picture, I’d be interested to see some other clones or perhaps a check-in with Negi’s party. Of course this little plotline needs a solution too. Hopefully Akamatsu doesn’t back out at the last second and BS some kinda rescue. I like the idea of “No solution” in this case, where a sacrifice is necessary. After all, reality often doesn’t offer the solutions we want.

    Also Ken, I gotta tip my hat. While you tend to follow a lot of generic girl archtypes (not necessarily a bad thing), I gotta say… You do crazy girls well. Was always a big fan of Tsukuyomi, and Cutlass is just as nutty as Tsuku was. Maybe the other clones are just as bad, if not worse.

    All in all I liked this chapter and depending on what happens next I might like it even more. I honestly won’t be surprised if a “perfect solution” presents itself because that’s just the kind of guy Ken is. But I hope that there isn’t one.

    Oh, and enough of the damn Kirie focus please. Just announce her and Touta as the official couple and move on with it.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I hope Akamatsu doesn’t suffer the classic shonen “they’re not dead until you see a corpse” syndrome.

      Actually, I think he foreshadowed this by having Cutlass remark that UQ Holder folks are going to have to become a lot more paranoid when dealing with her (and I presume the group she’s with).

      I like the idea of “No solution” in this case, where a sacrifice is necessary. After all, reality often doesn’t offer the solutions we want.

      Very true, and it would be a character moment for Touta as well.

      Oh, and enough of the damn Kirie focus please. Just announce her and Touta as the official couple and move on with it.

      Haha! Although I won’t get it, I want my battle harem.

  2. safind says:

    How are we reaching the end of the manga? I don’t see it.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      If Cutlass is actually dead, then it is possible that Akamatsu-sensei is clearing the table to wind down the manga. Considering how Cutlass has been dogging Touta for a while now, removing her in the way she was removed could suggest that Akamatsu-sensei wanted a way quickly clear the deck to get to an ending in the next year or so.

      But I’m probably being paranoid, based on how quickly Negima ended when it still had a ton of story to do.

  3. Falcon Driver says:

    Do you think the Negima and UQ Holder community is dying?

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I think it still has a hardcore center, but it has clearly shrunk in size and there’s not as much enthusiasm for UQ Holder like there was for Negima. Sadly, Akamatsu-sensei messed things up early in UQ Holder‘s run by making Touta such a Mary Sue character in order to get him to Negi’s level quickly, and thus take on Negi’s story with MotB and the like.

      During Negima‘s run, spoilers might not show up only because someone didn’t get them. For UQ Holder, spoiler don’t show up because the source for other spoilers in the same manga magazine don’t find the UQ Holder stuff all that compelling. So today, we only see spoilers if something causes the source of the spoilers to go, “OK, this is interesting.” That doesn’t happen much any more, so yeah, there’s certainly way less enthusiasm for UQ Holder.

    • NullApostle says:

      The anime did fairly well in Japan, so there probably was some increase in manga sales for a while. This might sustain UQH in the short term, but Holder is far from being a success story.

      I think the fandom has mostly moved on. I certainly have. I loved Negima while it ran, right until it turned to shit in the end. I dropped Holder maybe a year after it began and haven’t regretted it.

      Akamatsu isn’t really in demand anymore, I guess. The shonen story he wants to tell is just not very good. It has some interesting aspects for sure, but overall it’s pretty mediocre.
      Everything Akamatsu offers is done better elsewhere. You want shonen fighting, you read Hero Academia or even Black Clover; One Piece is still running, too. You want harem and/or fanservice, there sure is a whole lot of that around (DxD has a new season this year and Yuuragi Inn is getting one). For violence and blood, there’s Tokyo Ghoul and Golden Kamuy.
      With UQH Akamatsu has tried to create a Frankenstein creature (genre-wise) and – in my opinion – has failed in every aspect of it. It couldn’t hold my interest as an old Love Hina and Negima fan, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.

      You hear nothing about UQ Holder anywhere. There are no forums or reddits I’m aware of. Batoto died, and there hasn’t been a single /a/ thread since the anime ended. It’s just not discussed. It might be semi-popular in Japan for all I know, but overseas it’s just a failure.

      I like Akamatsu’s drawing style, but his ambitions as an action shonen (or maybe even seinen?) mangaka have failed. Who knows if he’ll retire after UQH ends. I for one can’t imagine what his next project could possible be. Negima prequels? Just kidding. Leave the dead horse’s carcass alone.

      ^ Definitely wrote too much. I guess that shows how disappointed I am with UQH and Akamatsu. Well, that’s enough. Until next time.

      *JoJo outro theme*

      • Yue Ayase says:

        I wonder if it sold well due to fans simply wanting an actual Negima anime. I have no doubt a faithful adaptation would do incredibly well.

        I enjoy this series but looking back he really should’ve just made Negima 2 from the start and continued the story as he intended.

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        With UQH Akamatsu has tried to create a Frankenstein creature (genre-wise) and – in my opinion – has failed in every aspect of it.

        I don’t think he meant to create that, but in a way, it has become that. I’m fairly certain he wanted to do his version of Fairy Tail when he started and not have to worry about some big arc tale like Negima. What he miscalculated is that fans of his work were used to a certain level of writing, and Fairy Tale type writing is way lower on the totem pole. Plus, it didn’t help that Touta was such a Mary Sue.

        UQ Holder became a Frankenstein out of a desperate attempt to fix things. The harem and fanservice stuff were brought in ’cause that’s always been Akamatsu-sensei’s thing.

        As an aside, looking for UQH spoilers really opened my eyes to how far fanservice has come in some shounen titles. I though softcore H stuff was limited to seinen titles, but man, there are a number of shounen titles that makes ones eyes spin. A part of me is surprised that Akamatsu-sensei hasn’t delved into the full on nudity (save for the “very naughty bits indeed”) like Fujishima-sensei did after Ah! My Goddess.

        There are no forums or reddits I’m aware of.

        https://www.reddit.com/r/UQHolder/

      • OverMaster says:

        The UQ Holder anime did NOT do well in Japan. The TV ratings were some of the lowest in that season according to Anime News Network, and the Blu Ray box, the only way to buy the series AFAIK, only sold 833 copies, while something like the Prisma Illya movie sold more than 10,000 only in its debut week.

  4. untamedstars says:

    Well, I’d comment on how pathetic a send-off that was, but then Akamatsu is no stranger to doing absolutely nothing with interesting characters. A shame, really.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Just out of curiousity, what interesting characters has Akamatsu-sensei done nothing with?

      • Dargor says:

        Master of the Grave, Arika, Graf Herrman, the Lifemaker, half the UQ Holder cast not named Kirie at this point, that werewolf at the start of the series, Ako, Sayo, so on and so forth.

        • Yue Ayase says:

          While I agree with the overall point (especially about UQ), a lot of those characters didn’t really need a whole lot more done with them. I’m interested in the whereabouts of Arika and what the deal with the Gravemaster, but the rest? Meh. Especially Ako. Her parts were easily the worst about Negima.

          • Dargor says:

            Depends on how you view Cutlass. Given that all she’s has been is a mustache twirling villain (a sob story isn’t going to fix the fact you murdered a mall full of people!), she hasn’t been much better then any other character Akamatsu hadn’t used. Killing her off at this point would be the equivalent of, I dunno, giving a character a gigantic scar on their back and not doing a thing with it.

            No character “needs” to have anything done with them after an introduction, but Akamatsu had lost any ability to consistently spread characterization around by the time the MM arc hit. I mean sure, we could actually do something interesting with Ako that isn’t “Nagi!”, but here, let’s revisit Setsuna’s angst for the fifth time instead. Or completely ignore a character whose entirely central to the main plot for 100+ chapters. That’s cool too.

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            Setsuna’s angst was about the only character exploration we got for her. Oddly enough, the only time Sensei broke away from Negi was to show Yue’s story, which I enjoyed a lot. I had hoped to see Setsuna’s crew doing their thing down in the ruins. AND, I had hoped that after the Magic World arc, we’d have a reason to explore Setsuna’s mazoku world (linking it to the main story), but alas, that was not to be.

            With Kuroumaru, I’d hoped we could again explore something like that, but Akamatsu-sensei has decided that no one gets any in depth exploration.

          • Yue Ayase says:

            Given how reluctant Akamatsu was at killing anyone I find it to a breath of fresh air, especially in wake of many shonens who are guilty of the same thing. Cutlass established herself as an irredeemable bitch who needed to be put down.

            As for Ako, I guess the scar had a story but she was never an intriguing enough character to want to learn more about. She was basically another flat (both physically and character-wise) insecure girl with almost no redeeming features.

          • Dargor says:

            To be fair, I don’t think the death will stick at all, and she’ll be back later. Frankly she’s only marginally interesting because of her fighting style (Minus the stupid transformations), but I wouldn’t care of the character stayed gone.

            The thing with Ako is, that’s a character hook. A competent writer wouldn’t dangle something like that out there and do nothing with it, but this is the same guy who did the exact same thing multiple times with half the cast, so at least its consistently disappointing.

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            Haha! Suddenly, I had a flash of “The Last Jedi” there.

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          Master of the Grave — I agree (and she (?) has been strangely absent here)
          Arika — Haha! Yeah, well, we are NEVER going to learn more about her, mainly ’cause I think she’s a retcon character. Any additional information would clash with stuff already established. (Watch Akamatsu-sensei give info now.)
          Graf Herrman — Yeah, I always thought he’d have a return role in Negima. But he was thrown in the closet and forgotten about.

          But yeah, good point on everyone you mentioned.

  5. Rob C. says:

    Well that was action packed chapter / Arch. It’s nice change of pace. I also read about the backup brain but i thought Cutless had said it was on her person when they initially froze her or stunned her. I don’t recall her mind having offsite back up. Again, Negi may NOT want have his granddaughter/daughter being completely dead. She would make nice last boss for Touta to fight should there be show down.

    It’s hard to say where manga is going. When it started up, i certainly wanted to be action genre book vs harem. Now it’s going back and forth, trying to be both. Personally i thought Akamatsu-sensei should have stuck it out and advertise UQ Holder as being scifi-genre manga. Negaima did have alot female fans i was aware of in the US. However, i don’t know about this manga. It’s not Love Hina, it’s scifi-fantasy-future action genre book series.

    Maybe if things change, light novel may come. I do think he may want find a successor to give his book different appeal while still keeping up the quality of writing.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I don’t recall her mind having offsite back up.

      This is my speculation, based on the notion that if one can have a backup brain at all, then it stands to reason there should be an offsite storage one as well.

      It’s not Love Hina, it’s scifi-fantasy-future action genre book series.

      With a twist of harem. 😉

  6. Aaron says:

    Just caught up with the series recently and I’m loving it. It has surpassed negima for me by a long shot. I cant wait to see what comes next

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      If you don’t mind enlightening me, what specific parts of UQH surpass Negima? There’s no wrong answer, but I am curious to know. 🙂

      • missingkeys says:

        Well Negima mostly does everything better than UQ, but if there’s one part that UQ did better it’s mostly that it doesn’t drag things out…and that’s the only thing I think is better.

        Nearly 50% of Negima was about Negi in the school, and while there was a lot of relationship and character building, the real story itself didn’t kick in until much later. People who were reading it back then, probably just assumed that it was going to be like Love Hina where it was mostly slap stick love comedy until the author finally tied the knot with main character and his love interest. And even the climax of the series wouldn’t be as action pack or over the top like it turned out to be.

        UQ just goes full head on with the story, this unfortunately leads to the opposite problem that Negima never had, which is character and world building. So much missed opportunities, so many things and characters arc that were skipped over just for the sake of action, something Negima mostly avoided.

        It also doesn’t help that Negima handled the relationship building with the main character WAY WAY better than UQ. (I still feel both MC’s are Gary Sues but…)
        Every girl in Negima had way better development and nearly equal time to shine, but in UQ…not so much.

        The main problem with relationships now, is well…it’s a harem…for the sake of being a harem.
        It’s clear and also extremely painfully obvious that the author is trying to shove Kirie x Touta down our throats.
        The other girls are just extras and nothing more. There’s not enough building or development for them at all.
        If your going to forcefully shove a pairing down our throats, don’t make a harem. It’s incredibly pointless and really just hurts in the long run.

  7. RRRRRRRR says:

    I’ve avoided this manga but it piqued my interest since it seems to provide conclusion to Negima. But I’m not sure if I should read it, it doesn’t look any good from the looks of it but I want to know what happened after Negima

  8. Sanchi says:

    I wonder if cutlass is really gone. If she is more robot like Iikyuu she can be rebuilt. If she is in the original promo she isn’t gone yet and there is more to her. Seems most of the UQ team can defeat her or hold their own against her. I kinda felt sorry for her. There is also the connection on how she’s Tota’s sister. I also wondering now that she was defeated if there is a way to restore her that she does join Tota somehow similar to Kuro and Santa.

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