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News: UQ Holder! author Akamatsu comments on anime adaptation and series going monthly

Manga artist Ken Akamatsu today gave his own comments on his Negima! sequel UQ Holder! being adapted as an anime. The series set decades after Negima! Magister Negi Magi has been running in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine since August 2013, but it’s taking a few months’ hiatus after today’s chapter, as it’s moving to the monthly magazine Bessatsu Shonen in October.

Here’s what Akamatsu had to say about the news on his official Twitter:

An anime adaptation of UQ HOLDER! is finally announced in the newest issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine released today! While no details are available yet, since UQ HOLDER! is considered as a sequel to Mahou Sensei Negima!, I am hoping that the characters who have been appearing since the Negima! era (Evangeline and such) will be played by the same voice actresses, as many as possible.

And I will move the serialisation of UQ HOLDER! to Monthly Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Now I am already 48 years old, and I have been working on weekly serialisation works for the magazine for 23 years, the job has become too tough for me physically. I think it’s a good time to make room for my juniors. With about 60 percent of my current amount of work, I hope to keep working as an artist with a little bit more time to spare from now on.

More projects based on Negima! and UQ Holder!‘s world of Mahora are expected to be announced in the near future too. Kodansha will publish the spin-off’s 11th volume in Japan on July 15th, and Kodansha Comics, who will release its eighth English volume that same month, give the series the following summary:

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! Witness the dramatic beginning of a futuristic battle fantasy—the newest series by Ken Akamatsu, creator of Love Hina and Negima!

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