UQ Holder Chapter 165 Manga Review (Battle Royal)

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 165
UQ Holder Chapter 165

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: 

Touta asks Yukihime a question before launching an attack on Ba’al. Nikitis intercepts him and the two battle. During the fierce fight, Touta reveals his belief that Nikitis was going to turn on Ba’al after defeating Touta. Further, Touta mentions his observations on Nikitis. This has lead Touta to conclude that Nikitis likes humans.

Meanwhile, UQ Holder has great difficulty dealing with Ba’al. After Ba’al basically defeats them, he states that he supports Ialda Baoth’s (MotB) Cosmo Entelecheia (Cosmo Entelekheia). As he mocks them for not being able to do anything to them, Juuzou punches Ba’al. Nikitis comes in, punches Ba’al’s heart out and destroys it. Ba’al orders Dana to attack, but a second Dana arrives to destroy Ba’al’s puppet.

Dana attacks Ba’al as punishment for going against other shinso. After thoroughly beating him, he’s left in a large crater, apparently defeated.


Thoughts/Review:

Well, UQ Holder Chapter 165 is basically a ton of fighting and a small amount of exposition.

The Fights

Maybe it is my age, but the fight stuff isn’t that interesting to me. Well, maybe it is just manga fights, ’cause I still like well animated battles in anime. Or maybe it is just that the fight in UQ Holder Chapter 165 feels like it is just going through the motions and that’s about it. Yes, these are incredible battle sequences, but I think back to how the fights in Negima! used to make me feel (not counting tournaments). I don’t feel that when I look at the fights in UQ Holder.

UQ Holder Chapter 165

As I ponder this, I think that maybe the real problem is that we are dealing with two sets of immortals. So despite taking grotesque damage, we know that everything will be OK ’cause our heroes are immortal. Ditto the villains.

Ultimately, I think that’s the problems. It is impossible to have proper stakes with immortals. In Negima!, I may have “known” that our characters would be OK, but the drama was there. Akamatsu-sensei might do something to our immortals to break the rules of immortality, but that too would kill the manga for me in another way.

One last problem is how things are just getting resolved ’cause “reasons.” Nikitis switches sides ’cause “reasons.” Ditto Juuzou before him. Dana suddenly overcomes possession ’cause “reasons.” That’s just not very interesting writing.

The Exposition

Basically, the only thing we learned from UQ Holder Chapter 165 is that Ba’al approves of Ialda Baoth’s Cosmo Entelekheia (not sure why the spelling here got changed from what it was in Negima!). I would have liked to have seen more though. MotB supposedly took Eva and turned her into a pseudo shinso vampire. (I say “supposedly” ’cause these things could be retconned if Akamatsu-sensei decides to do so.) So what is Ialda’s connection to the shinso in the first place?

UQ Holder Chapter 165

There’s still time before UQ Holder ends to answer this question. I hope Akamatsu-sensei does do this. And frankly, I’d like the answers to be tied to Kuroumaru’s people. That way, we have an excuse to visit Kuroumaru’s world and people.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

In the end, UQ Holder Chapter 165 is a lot of battle and a little bit of story. But sadly, I just wasn’t jazzed. And yes, that does make me sad.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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10 Responses to “UQ Holder Chapter 165 Manga Review (Battle Royal)”

  1. Kiboujin says:

    I was really hoping for at least one person to use thier artifact. You got them for a reason!

  2. minopop says:

    I personally think there is too much fist fighting; I would at least expect more interesting spell casting from a 12,000 + year old immortal; the pillars he was throwing at Touta reminded me too much of fate’s spell and it doesn’t look that cool. I don’t mind the Dana thing she’s basically the Jack Rakan of this series minus the amount of humor Jack provided. I also don’t like how cartoony Baal appeared while hes being flung around; its just too goofy. I think Baal was a much cooler character in the flashback when he was fighting Karin; the amount of dialogue he had in this chapter made him a weaker, less mysterious character and made him seem like an immature annoying kid or something. well I’m curious how things will proceed and whether we’re going to get some good Evangeline fighting since she was basically MIA again

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I think Baal was a much cooler character in the flashback when he was fighting Karin

      Yeah, that’s true.

      well I’m curious how things will proceed and whether we’re going to get some good Evangeline fighting since she was basically MIA again

      Yeah, she stayed out of the fight, even though she was present. That was weird.

  3. Dominic says:

    I had Marvel the Avengers flashbacks

  4. fg7dragon says:

    That final page, with Baal standing wide-eyed in the crater Dana put him in after using him as a tool to smack around all his demon summons, is most likely my favorite scene in this whole arc.

  5. Miro says:

    What I loved in Negima about the fight is to discover the usefulness of 3-A’s pactio. The fight again Chao for example was a good one. But here is mostly a ” Meh ” feeling so 🙁 Still following UQ Holder til the end but a bit disappointed. I just hope we’ll won’t have a rushed conclusion even if that’s what the manga inspires me right now. Something rushed. The end of Negima all over again ;_;

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      The fight again Chao for example was a good one.

      Yes, that was a good fight. And it had meaning.

      I just hope we’ll won’t have a rushed conclusion even if that’s what the manga inspires me right now. Something rushed. The end of Negima all over again ;_;

      I hear ya!

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