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Negi Springfield, the boy wizard of the hit manga Negima!, fought and won many battles. Now it is decades later and Negi's grandson(!), a little boy name Touta, dreams of leaving his quiet village and heading to the City. But first he must defeat his teacher... the immortal vampire, Evangeline!...

Title : UQ Holder 1
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ISBN : 9781612629339
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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UQ Holder 1 Reviews

  • MC
    2019-01-02 03:52

    The Negima! manga franchise had a really badly-written end due to some wrangling in the Japanese parliament. Basically, media industries over there want to have their companies gain greater control over the characters in their products as the comics' companies in the US have. Many authors, fearing loss of the creative control over their stories ended them prematurely. Ken Akamatsu, creator of Negima! was one such author. Therefore, he rushed an end to the series, which really upset fans as it just wasn't very good.After the bill mentioned above failed in the Japanese parliament, Akamatsu decided to revisit the Negi universe, this time through the eyes of immortal vampire Evangeline from the original series, and her ward, Negi's grandson Touta.UQ Holder! begins two years after Evangeline, now going by the name Yukihime, became Touta's guardian. Following some tragedy which everyone thinks was a car accident, Evangeline took Touta in and he lost his memories of before that point. This doubtless will become a major plot point later on.Touta has some big, but largely indeterminate dreams. They are really quite vague. He just knows he wants to go places, do things, sing, other stuff. Really, my description is not that far off how vaguely he himself describes his dreams. At first, Evangeline doesn't want him to leave the small rural town where they live, but events change that.Those events are Evangeline having no choice but to sire Touta as a vampire to save both their lives when he is nearly killed by an evil bounty hunter. The newly-vampirized Touta saves the day, but now is an immortal vampire.They decide to leave town and start anew somewhere else where folks won't know their secrets. Somewhere they can have peace from those who would want to harm vampires and other immortal people. Thus the adventure begins.This is kinda fun to see the two characters play off of each other. They are such opposites. She's a really old female vampire, and he's a young, brand-new male vampire. She is jaded and tired of immortality, while he thinks immortality is great. She is gruff and stern, with a hidden heart of gold, and he is kind and very trusting, but can be very tough when the need arises. Each one really is what the other needs.This dynamic between the two, and allies they meet along the way, is at the heart of the story. It is what makes it worth reading. Oh, it has lots of action, and, in the beginning, probably too much gore (though that stops quickly enough to a typical shonen level). But that's not what makes the story so riveting. Their familial bond of love does. It is quite funny and heart-warming all at the same time.Highly Recommended.-----A quick note about the title. The letters “UQ” are translated from the Japanese kanji for the word meaning “eternity”. The title UQ Holder! literally means Eternity Holder, which refers to the main characters' immortality.

  • Brandon Varnell
    2019-01-03 05:43

    Having finished re-reading Negima Magister Magi, one of my favorite risque manga series, I’ve decided to begin reading UQ Holder, the sequel to Negima.I think the sequel holds up well to its predecessor, though I have to admit, I don’t like UQ Holder as much as Negima. The reason for this is very very very very simple.I’m a fan of romance. While I can’t deal with straight up romances (a girl I dated awhile back tried making me watch her romance movies and I feel asleep. They were a total snooze fest.), I still enjoy anime/manga/books whatever with heavy romantic themes.Negima satisfied my need for romance, while maintaining a certain level of badassness. It had an excellent blend of romance, action, comedy and fan service rolled up into a nice package of pleasant to look at artwork.That being said, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. We’ve gotten some romantic developments in the recent chapters for UQ Holder, and so it looks like I may get some nice romantic scenes to go with my main dish of action-packed and violent goodness.

  • Elisabeth
    2019-01-01 07:40

    Ein schöner Action-Manga, der in einer coolen Zukunftsvision von Japan spielt. Die Protagonisten gefallen mir sehr und die Story ist sehr gut gemacht und geht auch in den Kämpfen nicht unter! :)

  • Mary
    2018-12-25 04:51

    Definitely a great start to this shonen series. Despite this being one of Ken Akamatsu's works, the fanservice is kept to a bare minimum. The characters are likable but this is still only a set-up for the series.Not much is revealed in terms in plot other than to "get to the tower" except hopefully this doesn't derail into SAO....All in all, a really good start to UQ Holder and I'm definitely looking forward to more!

  • Nicola Mansfield
    2019-01-13 04:52

    This interested me because it was shounen featuring vampires; most of the vampire manga I've come across has been shoujo focusing way too much on romance. The plot sounded intriguing and I found this first volume lived up to my interest and I ended up reading something a bit different from anything I'd read before. There is a bit of fighting (battles) but they are brief and the emphasis is more on character and plot. Yeah! I'm totally fond of the main character, highschooler Tota Konoe; he has a full range of emotions and in this volume is naive and unworldly, though I think that will change rather quickly. The story is dystopian set in a future Tokyo and (rest of the world) where population has decreased dramatically and we've entered into space living/travel but magic has recently been discovered as well. So far for age appropriateness there is male adolescent talk of females, a busty female vampire and nudity that is complete but has towels etc. conveniently placed. I've seen more risque bits in 13+ rated so will hold my judgement until I've read another volume or two as to whether I agree or not. I'm quite excited about this series, the mix of sci-fi, paranormal and magic promises to be exciting and the maturity of the plot is appealing. The art I found to be quite typical, though.

  • Good Reader
    2019-01-11 01:31

    I prefer Negima and at first I wasn't sure if I liked the main character of this series or not. He can be a bit annoying but by the second or third book I had come around to sort of liking him. Some of the characters strongly resemble characters from Negima too which is nice. The art is good but the characters aren't as many or as varied as Negima with a much stronger focus on more mature characters especially for any ecchi scenes. This is undoubtedly at least partly because of the increase in censorship laws. There are still some loli characters including Eva on the odd occassion when she transforms into her 'washboard' form but they don't have any ecchi scenes that I can remember. I would still recommend this series to fans of Negima and would suggest reserving judgement until you have read at least the first three books. Having read the first four books despite slight disappointment I am hooked on this series.

  • Liligeorge
    2018-12-22 00:30

    Interesting...

  • Danielle Messier
    2019-01-14 06:28

    This has so far been an amazing sequel series to Negima. Almost everything that drove me crazy about Negima’s conclusion has been addressed now. I actually like how dark this manga is. It is the kind of dark I actually like. As someone who has read all of Akamatsu’s previous works, I feel that this series show just how far he has come. I’m not even sure how to explain it but I feel that this is the point we have been heading to for years and he is reaching the absolute height of his career. I’ve heard a lot of negativity surrounding this series and I’m not really sure why. I’m almost enjoying this series more than Negima if that’s even possible. It took me about 15 chapters to really get into the series but they took a lot of time to set up the story so I can’t really fault there since it seemed necessary. I love the various themes in this story from the humor to the horror. I can’t wait for more of this series to come out!

  • Brandon
    2018-12-31 00:46

    So far, a decent series. With Negima being my favorite, I have high hopes for this one. Subtle nods and references to Negima are cool so far and I'm sure it'll only get more deep. Different from Akamatsu's previous works, yet very similar to the ending arc of Negima. Very action packed and less romance which is not bad. Excited to see where it goes and if it's gonna be as good/deep with characters and story as it's prequel. ✌🏻

  • Little
    2018-12-22 07:48

    so good to be back with the universe of negima

  • Mila Bregliavic
    2019-01-17 02:42

    3.75 stars

  • Filia Martin
    2019-01-21 05:55

    I'm sorry to say this, but Negima fans will be disappointed by this. I should know, I'm one of them. I'm not totally finished, but I love it. I literally own every volume, all the spinoff series, and both anime. (I do not own the OVAs. The Ala Alba ones due to unavailability outside of Japan, and the other ones because they look like garbage). So, needless to say, I know what I'm talking about.Anyway, everyone else seems to be hyping this series, but I personally thought it was garbage in comparison to Negima. And Akamatsu's other works, too. Other than Mao-chan, this is his weakest work. Why?There is NOTHING special about it. Nothing. It's literally just like every shounen manga out there. The main hero is impulsive, he wants to go on a journey, there are discussions about following dreams. Yawn. Although the girl characters are admittedly more interesting than most female shounen manga characters, having decent girl characters wasn't enough to make this good. Also, it's almost literally a copy of Dance in the Vampire Bund, conceptually. It's about an organization for a certain group of people. Not very original, Akamatsu. And the only character who is interesting gets to be the butt of a ton of repetitious gender jokes. See near the end for my rant about this. There also doesn't seem to be one chapter without a battle. Is this really necessary? I know shounen manga is obsessed with battling, but it seemed excessive for this title. The only chapter that doesn't have a long fight is this boring one about dreams. Anyway, moving on to specifics.. (spoilers ahead, so I'm using the spoiler tag to cut them out. If you don't care, click on it and read away)(view spoiler)[The first chapter is actually kind of boring. The best part was the intro with Evangeline, and that was it. Touta wants to climb the tower, they have some 'I want to leave and go on an adventure' moments, and then a battle happens. Touta becomes immortal. I honestly didn't care about the conflict that went on. We're supposed to care about Touta's friends, but I didn't. I didn't care too much about the conflict. It was just kind of boring. But due to the fact it's connected to Negima, and the fact the parts with Yukihime/Evangeline were interesting, I kept going.The next chapter was seriously pointless and way too feel good. Touta meets a girl named Shinobu (who looks like Shinobu Maehara from Love Hima) and they talk about dreams and not giving up and whatnot. Something happens with the bike, and it's just done to show that Touta is immortal. YAWN. This chapter took me forever to get through.The last part was a bit more interesting. Touta meets Kuromaru (yet another immortal), who is supposed to kill Evangeline (aka Yukihime). Instead, Touta himself challenges Kuromaru, and says if he wins, Kuromaru has to be his friend. He wins, so Kuromaru is forced to be his friend. Fine. Oh, and Kuromaru KIND OF looks feminine, so Touta keeps asking him if he's a girl--to be told no. This is where one of my major gripes about this series (other than the fact it seriously had 2 boring chapters) comes into play. This joke is used OVER and OVER again. I think it comes up 6 times in this volume alone, and it got old. Really fast. We get it. It wasn't funny the first time, and it didn't get funny. Anyway, Kuromaru is about the only character so far (that's new, anyway) that was interesting, so I started to look forward to the next chapter finally. This chapter involved going to a hot springs, and was kind of a once again pointless chapter. And there were more LOL Kuromaru are you a girl? jokes. >_<;. Finally, the manga's title comes into play in the last few pages, where Evangeline introduces them to UQ Holder, an organization for immortals (for those who know it, sound familiar to Dance in the Vampire Bund? See?).(hide spoiler)]I still had slight hope that it'd get better, so I did read the second one. And will be reading the third. But it's not my favorite title by far, and it doesn't even come close to being as good as Negima.

  • Skjam!
    2019-01-19 03:47

    It is a couple of generations into the future, and both reasonably-priced space travel and techno-magic have come into existence. Large swaths of Earth’s population has gone to space, with the remaining people either enjoying life in small country villages or struggling in the remaining big cities. Of course, just because your parents like living in a small town doesn’t mean you do, and five boys have made a compact to escape their podunk village and go to the top of the space elevator they can see in the distance.Their more or less leader is Touta Konoe, a physically adept twelve-year-old who’s good with a sword. The mayor has set a condition that in order to leave, the five boys must defeat Touta’s guardian and their homeroom teacher, Yukihime, in battle. Since she’s an excellent combatant with years of experience and possibly knows how to use magic, that isn’t happening any time soon.Until one day another of the schoolteachers offers the boys an equalizer. Naturally, he isn’t being entirely honest about his motives. In the ensuing crisis, we learn that Yukihime is actually an immortal vampire, and to save Touta’s life, she must make him one as well. With her identity exposed, Yukihime and Touta must leave the village so that it is not attacked by vampire hunters. And so they set out on the adventure of a long, long lifetime!This manga turns out to be a distant sequel to Mr. Akamatsu’s previous series, Negima! Yukihime is one of the supporting characters from that story under a different name. One of the panels seems to indicate that Touta is the descendant of another character from that series, who is now dead. However, flashback panels indicate that Yukihime has been lying to everyone about just how Touta’s parents died, so that character may show up later.Touta’s a fairly standard shounen protagonist, a loud-mouthed, overenthusiastic messy-haired boy who is shockingly unaware of basic facts about the world. Yukihime plays the cynical, jaded mentor, and provides most of the fanservice in the first volume. (She may care less about this because her body is largely an illusion.) More atypical is the new friend they make along the way, Kuroumaru Tokisaka, an extremely pretty boy (Touta keeps thinking he might actually be a girl) who also happens to be a vampire hunter. As he can’t return home until he kills Yukihime, and she’s too many tiers above him for that to happen, he’s hanging around for the foreseeable future.The apparent theme of the story is immortality, and how the various kinds of immortals cope with their long lives for better or worse. Towards the end of the first volume, we learn that the series is titled after an organization of immortals. (“UQ” sounds like the Japanese word for “eternity”>)Mr. Akamatsu is an experienced manga creator, and it shows in the well-constructed fight scenes (warning: there’s some gory mangling!) and plot pacing. This does, however, point up how pandering much of the fanservice is, clearly aimed at immature teenage boys.If you liked Negima! or Love Hina you are likely to enjoy this series as well. But be prepared to be infuriated if the backstory kills off or “ruins” your favorite character from those precursors.

  • Yoda Bor
    2019-01-04 01:48

    Pour revenir au manga en lui même, j’ai plutôt bien apprécié les aventures de Tôta. Parti sur les routes en compagnie de Yokihime, il rencontre sur son chemin différents personnages qui vont lui permettre de vivre de nombreuses aventures.Mais ils ne doivent pas oublier que des chasseurs de primes sont à leur trousse.Cette petite virée permet de multiplier les rencontres et de faire plus ample connaissance avec Tôta, qui est quand même légèrement benêt sur les bords. Heureusement, il est plein de bonne volonté ce qui permet de s’attacher finalement à lui.Je regrette quand même que ses quatre copains de début ne soient pas partis avec eux, ils auraient permis de mettre un peu de variété. Mais ils auraient sans doute fait trop boulets dans cette histoire.Je suis particulièrement intéressée par Kurômaru qui se voit un peu forcé à accompagner notre duo et qui est adorable en étant drôle malgré lui.L’ensemble est amusant sans être lourd, on retrouve du fan service mais loin d’être envahissant. On ne fait pour l’instant que frôler l’univers mis en place mais il a déjà l’air d’être énorme.En espérant que le récit ne se perdra pas au cours des tomes comme pour Love Hina, je continuerai à la suivre avec plaisir.Il est à noter que cette série fait référence à Negima!, du même auteur, mais qu’il est loin d’être indispensable de l’avoir lu pour s’y retrouver.

  • Stephanie
    2019-01-06 06:36

    So I initially read this because I didn't realize it is essentially a Negima sequel. It doesn't outright say that, but flipping through it and seeing Evageline being name dropped I had to find out more.Despite being a Negima sequel however, it is also a series that could be a standalone series as well. You don't have to read the first series to read this, and this book also feel like it is a different genre than Negima. Negima was more fantasy oriented, with slight scifi tendencies at the end. This comes right out with a futuristic Japan, and more of an emphasis on vampire and other immortals, given that Evegeline is a driving character. Negima was also a harem manga, whereas this is... shonen? I think that's the best way to describe it. Whereas Akamatsu still employs plenty of panty shots, there isn't necessarily any romance in this novel. Evangeline and the main character Tota have more of sibling relationship. The other main character, Kuromaru, jokes about his gender aside, provides a realistic breathe of fresh air when paired with the overly optimistic Tota. And reader's of Negima will also be able to draw parallels between him and a character from Negima, which I personally think will play a role in Kurmaru's backstory.Overall this is pretty good. Still uncomfortable with the fanservice, but this sequel is able to stand up to the legacy Negima passes on.

  • Ian
    2018-12-30 03:49

    This book is rated Older Teen. It contains partial nudity, violence, and some ampires so if any of these bother you then turn back before you get lost in this series. :)Set in a world after the Negima series the grandson of Negi Springfield finds himself wanting to go to top of the impressive tower within the big city an all he has to do is defeat the person that raised him since he has been younger. Soon he finds himself on a journey where he begins meeting new friends, enemies, and answers to a past he never realized. What are the secrets of Yukihime and what does UQ Holder mean? Why not pick up the book and step into the future of the Negima universe. :)This is not a bad book but it didn't quite catch my attention like the original series that lasted a very long time and a lot of fans. With such a large shadow to emerge from I am hopeful this series will find its own light.My favorite part of the book is the fight between Tota and Kuromaru. It was a had choice but considering it leads to them being best buds for life (as Tota puts it)I feel this will be an important bond yet to bloom in the future.:)

  • Jenna
    2019-01-20 03:35

    Read volume 1 in the bookstore.Interesting but the similarities between this and the Negima cast while existing in the same universe made it feel too familiar. I could accept similarities between Love Hina / Negima, but UQ / Negima seems... I don't know. Redundant? Not phrasing this well. (view spoiler)[I did like seeing Eva again and her role as the mentor / trainer. Seeing her acting human and cooking for the MQ, whose name I can't even remember, was very cute. I miss her dolls though. And I have to admit I gasped a little once she started her trademark casting phrases. Hope nobody in B&N heard. (hide spoiler)]May read more since it's an intriguing concept and the main character is a typical shounen lead along the lines of Goku / Rufi / Gon simplemindedness but pure hearted. (view spoiler)[Wonder how it'll all pan out... (hide spoiler)]The start did seem quite a bit more violent than either Negima or Love Hina (well, they both started off fluffy). Just as a warning.

  • Tim
    2018-12-24 03:38

    I read this through Crunchyroll's digital manga service. While this is technically a sequel to the Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 1 series, it's far enough in the future that Evangeline is the only character from the original series in this one. Instead, it centres around Negi's grandson. If one has read the original, you'll definitely get more out of this, but it's completely readable for someone who hasn't read the original at all. It's certainly a shounen manga, but a lot of time is spent on developing the characters and their relationships as well as the battles. All in all, a decent start to a new series.

  • Noelle
    2019-01-01 01:44

    Good start (got the ball rolling, but not quite like I thought it would) to what I hope will be a nice follow up to one of my favorite series, Mahou Sensei Negima. Like, I love that series (latter half especially, ending not so much) so I have high expectations for Uq Holder. But, I know Akamatsu is not one to disappoint in his delivery (you know, except for those last three chapters of mahou sensei-but, I'm sure this one'll clear up that gaping plothole)! I'm loving the characters so far, and I can't wait for the cast to expand! (Note: I have read the other volumes that've been released, I mean even further than that). Current Favorite character: Undecided*

  • Selena
    2018-12-26 04:46

    I'm not entirely sold on this one. It's got a couple well-worn premises spliced together and characters that I'd be willing to continue with, but the implementation is kind of so-so. There's a lot of info-dumping in weird places and panel layouts that make it tough to figure out who is talking at the moment.I'll give volume 2 a shot, but I'm not sure how far I'll get this time.

  • Kaitlin
    2018-12-31 02:30

    I was surprised by how much I liked this, by which I mean at all. (Then again, Ken Akamatsu's Love Hina was one of my gateway series into the realm of anime and manga.) Akamatsu is up to all his same pervy tricks; you know before you start that you will see many of the characters naked. But, the art is clean and the premise is intriguing. I might have to read more of this one.

  • Shadowjac
    2019-01-01 03:29

    I'm curious if Ken Akamatsu will ever make a book I'll give more than one star. While this book is very different from Ken Akamatsu's other books it's still not worth recommending at all, if you want fantasy there's much better manga to read, and the romance and fanservice isnt well enough done for me to recommend it on that aspect either.

  • Lucie Lacoste
    2019-01-10 23:39

    02/05/2017 Je relis les deux premiers tomes de UQ Holder car je viens enfin d'acheter la suite :)15/08/2015 Après avoir vu une conférence de Ken Akamatsu en juillet dernier, j'ai eu envie de lire son nouveau manga : UQ Holder. Le premier tome m'a vraiment emballé. De l'aventure, du combat, de la magie, des sentiments. Tellement hâte de lire la suite des aventures de Tôta Konoe.

  • j.a.fielding
    2019-01-15 02:30

    Negima new genInteresting idea for a follow on. Some characters revised but with different mechanic. More gore than negima but still some light hearted banter. Some fan service but low key

  • Jermayneisk
    2019-01-05 05:53

    Great manga shows epic start

  • EbbieRose_❤️❤️
    2019-01-16 23:44

    This is one of the most funny manga I've ever read I love the art work and the story line ❤

  • Caden Tarnow
    2019-01-22 07:53

    Uq holder is the story of toka a human turned immortal who dreams of going to the top of a giant pillar that is in space and hosts the galactic Olympics

  • Kristen
    2019-01-22 07:35

    This one just wasn't for me. A little too over the top right off the bat with no restrained characters. I felt like every scene was yelled at me.

  • Nastasia
    2019-01-07 03:37

    2.75

  • Ordo
    2019-01-16 05:37

    After Negima, they finally let the author make a straight action series and it is up to par with his last.