UQ Holder Chapter 180 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 180
UQ Holder Chapter 180

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: 

Ba’al’s minion Fleurety and her forces continue to attack the UQ Holder battleship. Jinbee, Kuroumaru, and Touta face hoards of demonic monsters. Kuroumaru helps get Touta and the sealed Santa to a safe location to free Santa. Kuroumaru then launches to attack the enemy to buy them time.

Elsewhere, Juuzou battles Ikkuu. It seems that Ikkuu is defeating Juuzou by using his nanomachines to prevent Juuzou from regenerating. However, Juuzou has cut the nanomachines and thus is able to regenerate while damaging Ikkuu. Elsewhere, Gengorou battles the converted Sept.

Meanwhile, Touta releases Santa, who’s instantly aware of the situation. He uses his knowledge of Sayoko’s virus to counter Ikkuu’s take over of the ship. Ikkuu sees that Gengorou has defeated Sept. Further, Santa’s efforts allow the battleship to fight off the enemy and escape to Japan.

Touta gets a call from his school friend Nikumaru. Touta wants to meet him, so Touta’s escorted by Kuroumaru, Santa, and Jinbee. The group return to Touta’s hometown where the 60 year old Nikumaru and Nowa waiting in the old graveyard.

After chatting for a while, Touta apologizes for not keeping his promise to save the world. They let him know that Touta saved the world 45 years ago. Further, they show him a video showing his old friends as well as Mizore and Shinobu when they had a coming of age party.

 


Thoughts/Review:

Real life kept me from reading UQ Holder Chapter 180 for a while. But I’ve finally managed to read it and now time for some thoughts.

UQ Holder Chapter 180

Not Feeling Jazzed

Maybe it is because I’m so tired, but UQ Holder Chapter 180 didn’t really jazz me. The massive combat on the battleship felt by the numbers. Yeah, I liked seeing a graceful Kuroumaru doing her thing. I was glad to see Santa restored, even if only to do his deus ex machina thing.

I remember in Negima, the fights against the “demonic hoard” felt like they had impact. Now, it is merely going through the motions. It isn’t that I’m uninterested in the fight. It just that it felt like an obligatory thing. And maybe that’s a result of the monthly format on top of my exhaustion.

Returning Home

I did not expect for Touta to return “home” in UQ Holder Chapter 180. That aside, I did like seeing the country place where Touta and Yukihime spent some time. And I appreciated the reunion of two of Touta’s now old (but not elderly) friends.

Akamatsu-sensei used this reunion to indicate that Touta did something to save the world 45 years ago. What Touta did is unknown. Will we get to see this, or just be told of this Super Touta moment? Do I even care? 😅

I did like seeing Mizore and Shinobu again, via the video footage from their college years.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Since I’m so desperately far behind, let me wrap up my poor review of UQ Holder Chapter 180 with some final thoughts.

  • I figured Santa would be in a bad way since he was sealed. But instead, sealing Santa just felt like a way to add a bit more peril for UQ Holder so that they could unseal him and let him deus ex machina.
  • Nikitis was sliced up and unable to regenerate. So how did he suddenly get better? I suppose it was Ikkuu fleeing, but I didn’t get that from the chapter.
  • Who is this friend of Yukihime’s in Japan whom Nikitis was reluctant to go to for help?

In the end, UQ Holder Chapter 180 was OK for what it was. The combat didn’t do anything for me, and while I appreciated going to see Touta’s now old classmates, nothing about the chapter really jazzed me.

 

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8 Responses to “UQ Holder Chapter 180 Manga Review”

  1. Yue Ayase says:

    Any chapter where Santa gets to do things is a winner in my book. A criminally underused character.

  2. Atbash says:

    I feel like Akamatsu is using this arc to “Chad-Up” all of the characters so that they stand a chance against the Lifemaker. Kuroumaru is now apparently on-par or equivalent to Nikitis and Touta. Ikuu is more powerful now and I assume the other characters are more powerful as well.

  3. Not_Affiliated says:

    It never feels like there’s that much at stake anymore with these one-scene fights. But any references of old characters like Touta’s friends is kinda nice, so there’s that.

  4. J. Bencomo says:

    Three things I wanna note:

    1- It can’t be helped since it’d have drawn things out too long otherwise, but Santa’s return and Ikkuu’s defeat felt too quick and unearned from a chapter to the next. Overall, Ikkuu’s whole Face-Heel Turn feels gratuitous and done for the sake of more shock value.

    2- It also happened offpanel, which is an ongoing problem with this series, too many things happen off panel, during timeskips, and/or are just covered in flashbacks. This chapter, something as huge and needing to be actually shown as Touta saving mankind joins that list.

    3- Touta’s old friends really never did anything, so why are we supposed to be emotionally invested on them, or care if two of them died or not? Akamatsu didn’t bother working with them, but now wants an emotional response from us regarding them anyway.

    Anyway, I kind of wonder who’s this friend of Yukihime they’re going to meet next. Dana’s important enough they’d just directly name her, and it’s probably too late to retcon any new characters into Eva’s backstory, so it’ll probably be Zazie, Chachamaru, or, for an extra twist, Chao Lingshen.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I don’t disagree on any of your points. You are right that a great many things happen off screen. That’s why I often felt this manga would already be over.

      As to Touta’s friends, you have a good point. However, I don’t think we are supposed to be invested in them, only in Touta’s reaction to seeing his friends having become old while he’s still in the body of a kid.

      I kind of wonder who’s this friend of Yukihime they’re going to meet next.

      Chao would be an interesting one to choose, since we already have someone of that family name in UQ Holder. But it could be Mana too.

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