Monday, May 19, 2014

UQ Holder!

So I'd seen an image on Sankaku Channel of an adult Evangeline A. K. McDowell tagged with uq_holder! (image SFW, rest of page not guaranteed to be SFW) as the source, rather than mahou_sensei_negima! like usual, but for some reason I didn't put one and one together until a few days ago when a friend noticed my Negima manga collection and asked if I was reading UQ Holder!.

UQ Holder! is of course Akamatsu Ken's followup to Mahou Sensei Negima!.  It's set 70 years after Negima ended and features a new main character who so happens to be Negi's grandson.  His name is Konoe Touta.  Yeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhh.  This implies Negi ends up with Konoka somehow?  I dunno lol.  Also, the Konoe family name seems to have ceased to have any meaning in the 70 years since Negima ended.

Anyway, the focus this time is on immortals such as Evangeline, including the different types of immortals and a yakuza-like group they've created to band together.  One of the immortals in this group seems to be wearing a Mahora Academy uniform, and her full name is yet to be revealed.  Touta also makes a friend in the first chapter (which is 82 pages long!) that hasn't shown up again so far.  As far as the Shinmeiryuu goes, they're still alive and kicking.  Anyway, it's been pretty good, so I'm not going to say any more about the story itself.

The 70 year gap made me realize that Negima was one of the rare shounen manga that didn't have a timeskip.  There was time travel involved as a very core level of the story, but it didn't skip ahead to the future.

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