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In the decade since the world became aware of the existence of magic, the world has undergone massive upheaval. However, a boy named Touta lives in seclusion in a rural town far removed from these changes. His ordinary life is highlighted by his magic-using female teacher and his supportive friends. When his tranquil daily life is disrupted, he embarks on a unique adventure.
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I don't see why people are constantly comparing this to Negima, they both have different plots and different main characters! This manga is solid and engaging on its own-- I got into this without even realising it was a Negima 'sequel', and even then I don't know much about Negima.
It's exciting and fun, despite its shounen ideals. Admittedly the start was pretty rocky, but it got a lot better; the concept of immortal 'bodyguards' is pretty damnnnn interesting.
Likeable characters, clean well-done fights and great art. The pacing is refreshingly fast-- new scenes, new ideals and developments wham bam!
I also think its great that Touta has 'small' dreams. Nothing like 'I want to be the strongest' or 'I will be the best'. What 14 year old has a life goal anyways? I also find it great how 'ordinary' people are valued, you don't have to have crazy combat abilities to be amazing too.
I hope there aren't any long tedious training arcs or boring, drawn out fights. So far (chapter 44) there have been no boring moments.
So yes, I've been surprised by the level of creativity of this manga. There are SO MANY POSSIBILITIES and things to be explored! This is the one to watch for. So much potential.
This is going to be cool I guess..
Well, I guess this is going to be cool. Being a sequel of Mahou Sensei Negima! gives its own plus point to me. But man, blades everywhere, this one really aims for shounen genre huh?
Light and fluffy
I'm not normally one to comment on manga, I mostly rate the ones that I like and I'm good. But with this one, I read a few so I feel like giving a little for it since this one seems to have a bit of a bad written review pile going.
It's not the best manga in the world. But it is a good one. Considering how dark all the manga I've been reading lately, it was nice to have something light again in all the deep and twisted plots. This had a little bit of a rocky start, but I think it's starting to make grounds for a good story.
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The main character doesn't seem to really have much ground for motivation, but at the same time, that also enables to the story to have more potential to grow. (though as much to fail also). It makes me want to see what he finds to put his all into, seeing as at the moment, he is putting his all into finding something to do with himself. It is rather sweet I think.
Pretty much, I have hopes of this becoming a nice read. Heck, it was already enough to keep a smile one my face and wanting more.
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Being immortal... Body frozen in the same state... Yet... You have to train at swinging a sword, in other words - grow muscles. in a 'frozen' body, right? Right???!!! :D Naughty, naughty shounen...
I didn't read prequel, still had no problems understanding what's going on. That's a good thing I guess.
Art is nice. That's another good thing.
It's generic, at least in my opinion, but then again I had my fair share of shounen already so it's hard to surprise or excite me. There's nothing to hate, but nothing to be hyped about either.
Edit: The more chapters are getting released, the more I start to like it, heh.
... Last updated on February 8th, 2014, 10:01pm
A unneeded sequel to fanboys
Well, as the title say, this is just a sequel so that he can leech even more money from his fanboy's... And the worst, his fanboys even defend him!
I agree that this may not be bad enough to win a 1, but definitely is not worth a 10. I won't even ask how this got this many 10. While we are at it, I don't even remember anything being worth a 10, and is because of brainless voters like this, that a bayesian average is needed.
At the same time I don't think that this is the worst manga I ever saw, I also don't think it is worth the trees that are cut, for this to be printed over.
... Last updated on October 17th, 2013, 2:31am
Hmm... Really Shounen, I think
Basically, I prefer not to comment to any manga that still has few chapters. But hey, this manga is the first rank in series stat in 1 oct 2013 (the day i wrote this review). So, I will give this special manga with "special" treatment. First of all, I can feel the "shounen" aroma just looking at the first few pages in the first chapter, and I personally don't like it. Well, it because usually that kind of manga have a damn straight plot story without any deep story development, just like MAR manga (my apology for MAR fans). For the second comment and so on, I will try to write it after looking at the development of the story... and I have read till 36, so here is my conclusion so far:
Plot: Yes, its damn straight shounen, my gut feeling tells me right. Hard boiled character, sudden-power-ups, black n white opposition who has potential to be friend, n etc. (you can mention the others by your-selves). And yeah, the story is still weak, too straight (so far)... no strong emotion that I can feel (still few chapters maybe)
Art: Im impressed by the battle scene, really... even though I can guess who will be the winner easily, but the battle is conducted really well (remind me Onepunch-man), and its a big plus.especially when the battle began... oh, the fanservice too, it is nice (not excessive)...
Character: Tsundere... is the best sweetener of romance... other than that... just ordinary.
My rate: 7, I guess
... Last updated on May 30th, 2014, 9:23pm
the irr...mortal at magic high school
edit: Chapter 44... Okay, Ken Akamatsu: we 've had enough of it; you don't need to copy Mahouka Koukou No Rettousei (like you did with Harry Potter, only better) to prove your point.
This series changes themes and settings faster than a valley girl can shop.
... Last updated on July 30th, 2014, 12:23am
As a reader who really enjoyed Akamatsu's last series, Negima, I found myself not enjoying the start of this series very much. In fact I couldn't find any enjoyment out of this series at all. Maybe I'm still feeling resentful about the ending of Negima, which was basically a slap in the face for a fan that had followed the series for years.
Still, the manga has a somewhat solid start, there isn't anything terribly wrong with it either. But I can't stop comparing this series with Negima and feel that its inferior in every single aspect. Sure its only the start and you can't really say whether the manga will turn out good or bad. But, once again, comparing it to Negima, I felt that Negima had a much richer setting and a cast of characters but not much of anything plotwise, which was fine since the early chapters of Negima were really fun on their own, all this was introduced in Negima by chapter 4, whereas UQ Holder has the outlines of the plot defined, some backstory and a few uninteresting characters, including the protagonist and another one carried over from Negima. All I can see through my biased perception is inferiority at this point, so this rant isn't objective and unaccurate at points.
Also the fact that the author decided to return to the old universe from Negima might turn out to be a double-edged sword. The fact that Negimas ending left so many question marks and loose ends is surely going to bring fans of Negima to read this series in hopes of revelations. At the same time though if this series is only riding the fame of Negima and doesn't actually live up to its expectations and doesn't get good public reception I can see it ending within a year. Time will tell I guess. And in spite of my negativity here, I really want this series to be good and succeed, since I'm a fan of Akamatsu's work. I just had way higher expectations than what I've actually seen from this series.
Ken Akamatsu's nadir
If Ken Akamatsu wants to write a Shounen action, more power to him! He could write a great Shounen action series, with great characters and action! He should go do that instead of beating a dead horse by trying to reopen and rewrite Negima. This is a confused mess.
Leos' is right this is uncalled for. The final chapters of Negima barely qualified as outlines, they weren't even story boards, let alone a coherent plot. It left a bitter aftertaste for most fans, and was a sharp contrast with the strong endings to his previous series. He should have started fresh. Instead he chose to reopen and mess with Negima some more to pursue whatever vendetta he's pursuing against his old editor.
UQ Holder barely pays lip service to the plot of Negima. It features new characters, redesigns old characters, and even seemingly offers sharp personality changes to what few characters from Negima actually make it into the supposed sequel.
Even the art and plotting seem worst. Ken Akamatsu's most well known series, Love Hina, was a comedy about college students. Many chapters revolved around studying, but it often has more energy than this supposed action series. Love Hina really made me think Ken Akamatsu could write a great Shounen. It was fast paced, knew how to develop characters without slowing down the action, and the style just seemed to fit well. Despite being based around an important event in the main character's past, there were almost no flashbacks, or interruption in the scenes at all. Many chapters were one continuous flowing scene.
Now look at UQ Holder. It opens with flashback, chapter one contains numerous long flashbacks, lots of talking heads. So much talking about things no one cares about, so many switches in perspective. It's chapter one! Stick to the main character please.
Also, it's hard to believe this guy created a larger than life building like Hinata-sou in Love Hina (or to a lesser extent the school in Negima.) Backgrounds in this series are minimal and few and far between. You'd think atmosphere and a cool location would be more important in the fantasy epic, but apparently not, because as far as I can tell the eighty (80!!!!!) page opening chapter takes place almost entirely in a handful of rooms in what looks like the world's most sterile 20th century school.
This is not only a unneeded and unwanted series, it's just plain bad on the merits, and also is a slap in the fact to fans of Negima with its redesigns and seeming re-writing of the series. At times it doesn't even seem to treat the events of Negima like canon. It makes me angry because I know a lot of people liked Negima (I thought it was OK, for my part) and a lot of his old fans loyally stuck with Ken Akamatsu as he dipped his toes into the Action-Adventure waters, and I feel like this series spits on the entire cast of Negima and is really a huge disservice to all of its fans. He should have started a new series, not retroactively tried to rewrite Negima.
Much needed sequel to fill in the gaps left by MSN's rushed, lackluster climax
Leos Klein doesn't know what he's saying. The ending of MSN left many, many loose ends that need to be wrapped up...what with how Ken rushed to an end and all because of personal issues.