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Review: UQ Holder!

Ten years after Negima?! abruptly ended little Negi Springfield’s magical training, UQ Holder! picks up eighty years on in the anime’s timeline. Instead, his grandson Tota Konoe steps into his mage’s shoes and joins the UQ Holder, a secret organisation of superheroic immortals. A simple enough set-up, but it nonetheless requires several convoluted plot strands and reams of exposition before the titular group can even come together.

At the very least, this sequel to the series based on Ken Akamatsu’s manga Maho Sensei Negima! balances out its anime-cliché plot confusion by subverting our expectations in other areas. In the obligatory hot springs episode Tota peeps on the girls’ spring only because he feels it’s what a guy should do. But even these societal statements grow tangled when he happens across another woman bathing, who turns out to be a man, who then turns out to be genderless. You can’t give a show that begins with a flashback of Negi sneezing his harem’s clothes off too much credit, even when it does avoid empty fan service.

Returning from that fond reverie is vampire Evangeline A.K. McDowell, looking taller and far more mature than back then in the vein of Monogatari’s Kiss-Shot. She, like Negi, has become a student teacher of magic, taking on Tota not only as pupil but also as her ward. She adopted him following his parents’ death in a car crash two years before; a detail, all spoilers spared, that unspools still more silly string plot threads to be deciphered. Tota leaves with her to follow his dream of heading to the city, but only after he survives a battle with bounty hunters and becomes a fellow vampire.

So finally the UQ Holder stands front and centre, with Tota now a member and all vampires, werewolves, et cetera ready to fight for justice. That is, when they’re not too busy fooling around (that hot springs episode floats back to mind). With all the awkward chewing over backstory out of the way, the show becomes a mildly entertaining watch, though it never truly reconciles those early episodes which feel like ideas were just thrown around to see what stuck. Lovers of Naruto’s combat will find something familiar and fun in the fight scenes, and Soul Eater devotees in Tota’s talking gravity sword which makes a comparatively quiet break from Excalibur. Fans of A Certain Magical Index and The Familiar of Zero should also meet UQ Holder! with open arms, and if these twelve episodes aren’t enough, the Blu-ray collection also features three OVAs.


Format: Blu-ray
Distributor: MVM
Extras: English dub; clean opening/closing animation; OVA clean opening; Japanese promos; disk credits

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3 Comments on Review: UQ Holder!

  1. i have a brand new anime or manga concept featuring a fourteen year old orphan boy named Adam Lee he is raised in a orphanage run by a church this takes place in the dimension of Elysium Adam receives a scholarship to a private boarding high school this school has separate dorms for boys and girls but classes are shared together the school is called paradise academy the world of Elysium is a mix of various genres of fiction and non fiction into one.

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  2. we see that Adam’s classmates include a half human half snake girl, a female medusa, a female mimic, a female siren, a half human half spider girl, a half human half chimera girl, a half human half cow boy, a half human half cow girl, a half human half slime monster girl, a half human half fly girl, a female harpy, a half human half sphinx girl, a half human half crab girl, a half human half hell hound girl, a female ogre, a half human half cat girl, a female ghost, a male ghost, a female mummy, a male mummy, a male medusa, a male harpy, a male mimic, a half human half sphinx boy, a male ogre, a female zombie, a male zombie, a female vampire, a male vampire, a half human half mandrake girl, a half human half mandrake boy, a female cyborg, a male cyborg, a half human half snake boy, a half human half spider boy, a half human half male slime monster boy, a half human half fly boy, a female fairy, a male fairy, a female orc, a male orc, a half human half unicorn girl, a half human half unicorn boy, a half human half dragon girl, a half human half dragon boy, a female giant, a male giant, a female living snowman, a male living snowman, a female grim reaper, a male grim reaper, a half human half tapir girl, a half human half tapir boy, a long necked girl, a long necked boy, a girl with two mouths a normal one on her face and a second one on the back of the head beneath her hair her skull can split apart forming lips teeth and a tongue creating a entirely functional secondary mouth, a half human half raven girl, a half human half raven boy, a succubus, a incubus, a female robot, a male robot, a female living doll, a male living doll, a female artificially created superhuman soldier, a male artificially created superhuman soldier, a female centaur, a male centaur, a female genie, a male genie, a god,a goddess, a mermaid, a merman, a female Valkyrie, a female clone of a caveman,a male clone of a caveman, a female clone of a viking, a male clone of a viking, a female gnome, a male gnome, a female werewolf, a male werewolf, a female angel and a male angel.

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  3. also we meet a female nymph, a male nymph, a male siren, a female cupid, a male cupid, a female dwarf, a male dwarf, a female elf, a male elf, a female alien, a male alien, a female goblin, a male goblin, a eternally young immortal girl, a eternally young immortal boy, a female living skeleton, a male living skeleton, a male clown, a female clown, a female ninja, a male ninja, a female samurai, a male samurai, a female knight, a male knight, a female space pirate, a male space pirate, a female pirate, a male pirate, a female cheerleader, a male cheerleader, a female psychic, a male psychic, a female fortune teller, a male fortune teller, a female shrine maiden/ far eastern oriental priestess, a male priest, a female nun, a female monk, a male monk, a male sorcerer, a sorceress, a witch, a female thief, a male thief, a female gang member, a male gang member, a female bounty hunter, a male bounty hunter, a female hunter, a male hunter, a female prostitute, a male prostitute, a female slave, a male slave, a princess, a prince, a female alchemist, a male alchemist, a female maid, a male butler, a female exorcist, a male exorcist, a magical girl, a formerly feral girl raised by wolves, a female exhibitionist nudist, a male exhibitionist nudist, a female sadist, a male masochist, a four armed girl, a four armed boy, a half human half moth girl, a half human half moth boy, a half human half butterfly girl, a half human half butterfly boy, a half human half squid girl, a half human half squid boy, a half human half crane bird girl, a half human half crane bird boy, a half human half parakeet girl, a half human half parakeet boy, a half human half raccoon girl, a half human half raccoon boy, a half human half goat girl and a half human half goat boy.

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