UQ Holder Chapter 160 Manga Review

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 160
UQ Holder Chapter 160

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: 

UQ Holder Chapter 160Jinbee finds himself on the short end while battling Juuzou. Ikkuu comes to help Jinbee, but finds his arms have been cut off. Before Ikkuu can react, Juuzou has sliced him into pieces. Jinbee sends Ikkuu’s head away to safety, then resumes battling Juuzou. He realizes that he cannot defeat Juuzou and Sept combined. Jinbee is ready to give up, but Gengorou shows up to save him. Kuroumaru and Santa also show up to battle while Ikkuu activates his young teen body.

A large, military satellite is sent hurdling down to the Senkyoukan. However, Karen uses her magic to protect the buildings. She orders Jinbee and Gengorou to evacuate the Senkyoukan as she’ll take over protecting the facility for Touta. Santa is amazed at Juuzou’s power. Juuzou easily handles the combination of Karin, Kuroumaru, and Santa. Meanwhile, Jinbee teleports all of the people from the Senkyoukan to safety underground.

Gengorou is killed, but during his invincibility resurrection, he learns that Juuzou can override it. Sept takes down Jinbee, and Kuroumaru is taken out as well. Karin jumps into the fray. To her amazement, Juuzou cuts off her leg, something that her abilities should not allow. Juuzou explains that during his centuries of immortality, he’s learned to cut through anything.


Thoughts/Review:

With as OP as Juuzou is in UQ Holder Chapter 160, it is clear that only Super Touta will be able to come in and save the day.

UQ Holder Chapter 160

Juuzou the Rule Breaker

I’ll admit that I may be somewhat negatively biased with what I’m about to say. That stated, I’m kinda disappointed with Juuzou. He comes off as an anti-Touta character. I doubt that was the original intent when Akamatsu-sensei originally introduced the character, but that does seem to be the case now.

His entire purpose in UQ Holder Chapter 160 is establish that he’s the biggest, baddest opponent UQ Holder has ever seen.  He basically has rule breaking powers that he’s acquired over the centuries that allows him to cut anything. It is a simple explanation just to get us through the fact that he breaks the rules when he uses his sword.

I found that I just didn’t like the fact that Juuzou could amputate Karin. I get that this is to help establish his “badarse” credentials so that when Super Touta shows up, we understand the stakes. However, I felt that his abilities to be so fast and overcome anyone else’s protections (including Gengorou) and abilities to be forced.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

OK, I know this isn’t much of a piece, but considering my very limited access to Internet over the next month, I better go ahead and wrap up my thoughts on UQ Holder Chapter 160.

In the end, UQ Holder Chapter 160 has a lot of good action, and there’s no Touta, which didn’t bother me. But Juuzou’s OP abilities feel forced just so Touta’s OP abilities can be challenged. Plus, I don’t feel we are learning anything about Juuzou and Sept other than they are cliched villains.

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14 Responses to “UQ Holder Chapter 160 Manga Review”

  1. Missingmoney says:

    Personally the idea of a ‘rule breaker’ character isn’t bad.
    There are some other characters in other series with ‘rule breaking’ abilities, but are done really well.

    Juuzou however is not one of these characters. He was mentioned long ago as an afterthought and then forgotten. No real build up other than one sentence. “Oh next to Yukihime, he is easily the strongest.”
    Then suddenly a hundred chapters later, Akamatsu suddenly remembers he had a character named Juuzou who is supposed to be this ultra strong badass.
    But with UQ being im a rush, he could only dump him into the battlefield without any build up, and readers are left wondering…”Who the hell is this guy?”

    Even more so, there was no hint of his abilities beforehand, and you decided to make him an Anti-everything, just to give the impression of a dangerous opponent.

    • OverMaster says:

      It’s just like the extra Averrunci, also ultra powerful game breaker characters brought suddenly and with little to no foreshadowing near the end of the story, only to gratuitously stomp the heroes so the lead can look better fighting them later.

      Akamatsu just doesn’t learn from past mistakes, which by now is rather sad.

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        It is a shame that we are rushing to a finish, which helps recreate mistakes like this. Without the rush, maybe we could have had a proper buildup.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      But with UQ being im a rush, he could only dump him into the battlefield without any build up…

      Yeah, that’s the problem for sure. The rush to the finish kills any proper build up.

  2. Flowerpot says:

    Juuzou is a rushed hax of a character. It’s undeniable..

    Anyhow.

    Look at this! I found another prototype for UQ Holder.

    https://twitter.com/riderlimited/status/1126964955477987328

  3. Yue Ayase says:

    I’ll wait and see where this leads before passing judgment. The action was good and I’ve found that the series is more enjoyable if you don’t read too much into it. It’s by no means mindless but certainly not as elaborate as the likes of One Piece (which suffers from other problems entirely).

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Sensei did do a good job on the action. But when Juuzou cut off Karin’s leg, that’s when I was taken out of the action and everything else. 😅

  4. Rob C. says:

    I have to agree this was bit overwhelming. Schooling most of the some of the major characters by this sudden betrayal of UQ Holders members and death.

    Lordy i wonder how the last arc will be like. No one but Eve, Touta and maybe two other people?

  5. Rob C. says:

    Chapter 161 out.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      For some reason, comiXology wouldn’t allow me to access the chapter until late afternoon, even though I’m subscribed to it.

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