UQ Holder Chapter 157 Manga Review (Not a normal Mary Sue.)

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 157
UQ Holder Chapter 157

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: 

UQ Holder Chapter 157Touta reviews is pactio cards with his Minister Magis. He knows that boosting the team’s power via pactiones won’t be enough, but he has a plan.

Three month’s later, he pays Fate a visit at Fate’s offices in the Japan Orbital Elevator. Fate is not amused, but Touta lays out a plan to save Negi and defeat Ialda. Touta mentions the good end from the parallel world and produces a video tape with the proof. However, Fate’s attitude leads to Touta decided to duke it out. Fate summons CHAO Xinxai and Asura Tu. However, Touta’s Magia Erebea produces two additional arms to block them.

Touta then produced guns from Mana and blows his own head off with the magic bullets inside. This causes multiple ME monsters to appear and defeat Fate’s army and minions. Fate is stunned by Touta’s powers and apparent ability to teleport. Touta uses a demon form with his ME and defeat Fate without beheading him.

Fate is able to analyze that Touta is being supplied with massive amounts of magical power from somewhere. Touta tells Fate that Fate’s plan to make everyone immortal isn’t bad on the surface, but that it won’t work. He points out that his own immortality is being fueled directly from the planet Venus, which can easily support him. But the entire solar system would die in 200 years if Fate’s plan were enacted.

Fate reluctantly agrees to wait on his plan and allow Touta to proceed for now. As they chat, a boy-looking being appears behind Touta with what appears to be a World Tree seedling sprout. Fate shoves Touta aside and gets beheaded by the boy. He introduces himself to Touta as the UQ Holder Number 8, the shinso Nikitis Laps.


Thoughts/Review:

And now, we enter the final phase of UQ Holder with the release of UQ Holder chapter 157. And the chapter certainly feels that way.

UQ Holder Chapter 157

Time Skip

Unfortunately, because UQ Holder is ending in 2-3 years, Akamatsu-sensei has to do a three month time skip. Its not that I wanted to see some long, boring training session. But I will admit that how Akamatsu-sensei handled Dana’s training was pretty cool. Touta trained, but we also got to see some of Eva’s backstory as well. And that was cool.

With UQ Holder chapter 157, we don’t see any training. We don’t know what Touta’s plan was to beat Fate. As such, Touta returns to being a Mary Sue character. Now, Akamatsu-sensei can just have Touta say that he trained and they took shortcuts. But man, now he can kick Fate’s arse as well as Fate’s private army . WOOO!HOOO! 🙄

Defeating Fate

Touta’s plan pitch to Fate smacked of Negi’s plan pitch in Negima! In Negima!, Negi wanted to be Fate’s friend for reasons I never could fathom. As such, I never liked the partnership, though I did find Fate becoming a teacher interesting. Too bad that was not explored, but oh well.

At least in UQ Holder chapter 157, Mary Sue Touta did what I wanted Negi to do in Negima!–kick Fate’s arse. Fate has always been a smug, “final boss” type character, so even though I wasn’t fond of Touta becoming Mary Sue again, I let it slide to see Fate get one handed to him.

Oh, and as a tiny bonus to Mary Sue Touta, I did enjoy seeing CHAO Xinxai  take a beating. But to be honest, I want Karin to kill this bastard while Touta just kicks back with a soda and a tub of popcorn.

The Fur Collar Shino Arrives

With the arrival of shinso vampire Nikitis Laps, UQ Holder chapter 157 finally delivers us the last of the Numbers members of UQ Holder Japan. To be honest, it wouldn’t surprise me if this were Ba’al with a shorter hairstyle. After all, Nikitis did appear to have a World’s Tree seedling sprout. And he has a similar stature to Ba’al.

Still, why would Nikitis go after Touta? It seemed pretty clear to me that Touta was his target. And based off of what happened to Karin, this appeared to be the way the shinso dealt with immortals.

Finally, is Fate dead? He could be since he’s not immortal.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Well, I’m later than I wanted getting my thoughts on UQ Holder chapter 157 out. Real life always getting in the way of my fun. 😅😉

  • While I’m glad to have gotten a glimpse at the new pactio cards, I’m disappointed that we didn’t get an exploration of them. Yeah, they’ll show up later, but skipping over Santa, Mizore, Ikkuu, Shinobu, and Karin revealing their pactio artifacts only helps the feeling of “Rush! Rush! Rush! Gotta end UQ Holder quick!” 😞
  • I did have to chuck at Touta having a VHS tape to record the evidence to support his case to Fate. Why a VHS tape of all things?
  • CHAO Lingshen got a name drop. We’ll see if anything happens because of that.

UQ Holder Chapter 157

In the end, UQ Holder chapter 157 felt like the accelerator is being pushed on ending UQ Holder. That leaves for a less than satisfying experience, even if I did like seeing Fate take the beating he so richly deserves.

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21 Responses to “UQ Holder Chapter 157 Manga Review (Not a normal Mary Sue.)”

  1. Mattcgw says:

    Google uses tapes for terabytes of data preservation. And it can’t be hacked.
    I’d disagree about Touta being a Mary sue, he finally got adamant. Like Negi did, so they could fight fate. Which is the bare minimum needed for relevence in this series.
    I like that Akamatsu-Sensei referenced again that he didn’t kill touta’s parents. We still don’t know who they are beyond scientists. But we’re not weekly, so can’t spend 6 chapters on that truth.

    And his plan was mass conversion energy locust.
    Which would be gundam as F, and an interesting light novel series. Ah dear fate, always the well intentioned extremist.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Google uses tapes for terabytes of data preservation. And it can’t be hacked.

      I don’t know about my current company, but all of the places I’ve worked before had mag tape backups with a second copy sent to an offsite storage facility in case something disastrous happened to our facility and we lost everything. But that’s not the same as a VHS tape. Granted, this is a fantasy manga, so they can come up with some magical excuse to cover a VHS tape weakness. But on the surface, a VHS tape is analog, 480p resolution, and at HQ, only contains 2 hours of video.

      I would have expected video evidence to be placed on something small and similar to a flash drive. High storage capacity, 4K+ video resolution, etc.

      ’d disagree about Touta being a Mary sue, he finally got adamant.

      I only mentioned Mary Sue because Akamatsu-sensei is violating the “show don’t tell” rule of writing. In order to end UQ Holder as fast as possible, he did a time skip for Touta to train. And thus Touta will now be able to do anything he wants ’cause “He was trained to do that during the time skip.”

      I like that Akamatsu-Sensei referenced again that he didn’t kill touta’s parents. We still don’t know who they are beyond scientists. But we’re not weekly, so can’t spend 6 chapters on that truth.

      True, but I don’t think we are going to learn that much about them, which is unfortunate.

      • OverMaster says:

        Exploring parents in an Akamatsu Ken production? That is all kinds of funny.

        Parents have barely ever mattered in his settings, other than Nagi, and that was only because of his absence. 3-A and the Hinata Inn residents might as well have been born from the ether.

      • SL from MH says:

        From what i have heard around 1-2 years back, it seems that a new break through had come in the technology relating to Magnetic Tapes.
        And it was said that in near future, we would be possibly seeing higher grade of Magnetic Tapes, with better storage capacity and faster read time.

        Maybe the inclusion of the VHS relates to that information.

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          From what i have heard around 1-2 years back, it seems that a new break through had come in the technology relating to Magnetic Tapes.

          I don’t doubt that at all. Mag tape storage for computers has advanced far since the days of 9-track round reel tapes.

  2. LoneWolfx03 -]===- says:

    I noticed you never mentioned about Touta’s parents not being killed by Fate. That’s pretty relevant implying that someone out there is the real killer.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      It was super late (as in well after 03:30 in the morning) when I finished this. So I didn’t take the time to see if there were things I missed. 😅 But I should have mentioned the part about Touta’s parents.

    • Kydir says:

      Fate felt an obligation towards Touta for his parent’s death so that implies that Fate is still somewhat responsible for their death, even if it was an accident.

      • SL from MH says:

        Or maybe, he just knows the person/people who were behind the incident, but can’t act against them. Leaving him feeling guilty for not being able to do anything (kind of like “Kurt” during Negima).

  3. Safara14 says:

    Well… I almost think that nikitis laps (the boy beside yukihime in uq holder volume 1) never took appearance, well akamatsu prove me wrong, lol

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I almost think that nikitis laps (the boy beside yukihime in uq holder volume 1) never took appearance

      What do you mean by “never took appearance”?

  4. Yue Ayase says:

    Would’ve liked to see the pactios and more of the other characters, but hey… We’ve been waiting on this character since the very beginning.

  5. Rob C. says:

    I’m surprised that they went offed off Fate without a flicker of a eye. Introducing Nikitis into the mix. Technically ruining plans Touta was hoping to implement. I still find it strange he can come up with plans, when the guy acts so clueless at times for a middle school drop out which he is…..

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Man, sorry for the delay.

      I’m surprised that they went offed off Fate without a flicker of a eye.

      I was surprised. Still, I can’t help but think that Fate will be back.

  6. Mattcgw says:

    So uq holder has picked up massively in sells.
    It broke 40K. The volume is the ‘save the tower no loop’ arc. I think.
    Which was good scenario writing. Of jojo/yugioh zero old. That’s why stardust Crusaders holds up so well.

  7. Sentosa Gani says:

    No review for 158? Flashback to 3 month ago again thoug

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