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->''"[[WhoWantsToLiveForever Living forever isn't as great as you think.]] [...] This is the story of those who--for whatever reason--got stuck in this sucky existence."''%%This is the official translation of the opening line, used in the Creator/{{Crunchyroll}} simulpub.
-->-- '''Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=]'''

'''''WARNING: {{Late Arrival Spoiler}}s abound for Manga/MahouSenseiNegima.'''''

''UQ Holder!'' (aka ユーキューホルダー!, or "Eternity Holder!") is a StealthSequel to the popular manga series ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' by Creator/KenAkamatsu. Set 75 years after the end of ''Negima'', it explores a number of ambiguous or unexplored details left at the end of that series, such as the space elevator and the adoption of magic on earth. The story began serialization in late August of 2013.

The story begins in the 2080s, a decade after the existence of magic was disclosed to Earthlings, though few are able to use it well. Touta Konoe, a teenage boy living in a small village, has heard of it, but cannot cast spells. When it becomes clear that his teacher and guardian, Yukihime, is quite familiar with magic, he tries to learn it from her, but is rebuffed. He and his friends then meet another teacher who passes along a surefire way to beat Yukihime with the use of a magic bracelet and a few binding spells. However, he turns out to be a bounty hunter and goes after Yukihime -- who is secretly Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=], an infamous vampire sorceress with a massive bounty on her head, but also an ally of Negi Springfield, the mage who saved Mundus Magicus sixty years ago when he was just a boy and paved the way for the gradual revelation of magic. After he nearly kills both her and Touta, [[EmergencyTransformation Touta drinks the blood of Yukihime/Evangeline and becomes an immortal like her]] in order to gain the power to stop the assassin. Though she apologizes to Touta, he refuses to believe that she has done anything wrong, or that immortality is a curse, and together they set out into the future.

''UQ Holder!'' is one of the first round of manga to be simultaneously published on CrunchyRoll.
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!!''UQ Holder!'' provides examples of:

* ALightInTheDistance: See [[http://i.imgur.com/cl0snkM.jpg this picture here]]. Eva enjoyed her time with Class 3-A, but as the decades pass, she slowly outlives everyone else and grows tired of life, as the panels get darker and darker. However, as she walks on, she sees [[http://i.imgur.com/3ADozj1.jpg a light in the distance]] and [[AndTheAdventureContinues new people waiting for her]].
* AnArmAndALeg: Touta's arm is cut off in the first chapter by the bounty hunter after Yukihime.
* ArcWords: "Keep moving forward" and "a little bit of courage is the real magic", the ArcWords from ''Negima'', show up here as well.
* BadassCrew: [[TitleDrop UQ Holder]], an organization made up of immortal humans, vampires, robots, demons, gods, and various other monsters. One of their duties is to help and protect the various friendly monsters that may be targeted by hate and/or monster hunting groups.
** Another one was shown in a flashback 20 years prior to the series: one consisting of Evangeline, [[spoiler:Negi, Fate, Albireo, Chachamaru, Mana and Zazie, all pursuing the Mage of the Beginning yet again.]]
* BerserkButton: Hurting Yukihime or Touta's friends is a good way to end up in the hospital.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Mr. Tachibana looks like a friendly, helpful guy, but he actually set up Yukihime's students to depower her so he could leap in to grab her bounty. Just so that it's clear that he's definitely a bad guy, he even makes it clear that he intends to kill all five of them as well.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Eva shows up with three of the high-ranking memebers of UQ Holder in order to save Touta in Chapter 28.]]
* BloodierAndGorier: While Negima was never a BloodlessCarnage it was more sedated compared to UQ Holder. Getting impaled, dismembered and even decapitated happens here almost all the time. [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap Courtesy of large portion of the cast being immortal.]]
* CallBack:
** Along with the ArcWords above, the age changing pills makes a return in chapter 2 as a sort of off-hand response to Touta's woes about [[BlessedWithSuck not being able to grow up past twelve]].
** Remember when Eva was cursed to remain within the confines of Mahora Academy before the main story of Negima? [[spoiler:Chapter 10 has her leaving Jinbee underground about 2 years before the start of the story.]]
** The underground mansion used by Alberio in Negima reappears in the underground cavern used by UQ Holder.
** The entire [[MahouSenseiNegima Class 3-A]] appears walking with Evangeline in the opening pages. As they wave good bye to her in the following panel, each character is wearing the clothes they were last seen with at the end of the previous manga.
* CoolBigSis: Yukihime/Evangeline is this to Touta.
* CulturalCrossReference: In chapter 2, Touta states that his big dream is to sing... with the same style as LouisArmstrong.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Fate delivers one to the Numbers in an alternate future, taking out Touta, Kuroumaru, Karin, killing Ikkuu and petrifying Kirie. She only managed to go back in time by slashing her own throat before the petrification finished, allowing her [[SavePoint immortality to trigger]].]]
* CuttingTheKnot: So you need to capture the vampire, but you can't get past the immortal that can {{Retcon}} damage away? [[spoiler:Teleport her to the moon instead so she can't get back in time.]]
* DeathByOriginStory: Both of Touta's parents died two years before the start of the series. They were apparently members of the Konoe family, but it's not clear what their precise relationship to Konoka (children, cousins, adopted children, etc) was.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Invoked. Touta makes a bet with Kuroumaru that Kuroumaru has to do whatever Touta says if Touta wins a bout between the two. When Touta does win, his only request is Kuroumaru becomes his friend (and sign a contract formally establishing such).
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Kuroumaru. So much so that it's ''already'' a RunningGag for him to be mistaken for one, even after less than twelve chapters!
** Also partially inverted, since Kuromaru [[spoiler: is really from a group of people who are essentially genderless until the age of sixteen, at which point they choose which gender they wish to be. One of the plot threads in the Manga is regarding Kuromaru struggles to decide which gender to become when he comes of age.]]
* EmergencyTransformation: Touta is forced to drink Evangeline's blood in order to save her, himself, and his four friends in the first chapter.
* {{Fanservice}}: First chapter in, and we've already got topless shots of Yukihime. Although compared to the female {{Fanservice}} in ''Negima'' and ''Love Hina'', it's barely there. The males provide a lot of it this time around, especially Touta.
** Amped up in chapter 17, wherein Karin spends the majority of the chapter fighting naked (after a full on rear end nude shot while showering).
* FateWorseThanDeath: When you are an immortal you can survive things you really wouldn't want to. Like being eaten by a magical beast and having to endure thirty years of being digested, or having your head locked up in a safe and dropped down the Mariana trench while alive and conscious the whole time.
* FirstEpisodeResurrection: Touta drinks Yukihime's blood when he's dying turning him into a vampire.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Yukihime's speech about the different kinds of immortality in Chapter 6 is accompanied with images of various characters. Since then, not only have a couple of these characters made appearances, but what makes them immortal matches what they were "labeled" with in this chapter.
* HealingFactor: Vampires of Eva's level can regenerate entire limbs in the blink of an eye. Though Touta does soon lose consciousness after too much of that. Later it's revealed this healing factor has a weakness: the limb only regenerates if the original limb is destroyed. If the limb is merely cut off and doesn't get destroyed, no regeneration happens because the arm is still linked to the body and therefore not considered dead.
** In the case of Kuroumaru's, his regenerates due to body modification so if anything gets injured or cut off it regenerates.
* HotTeacher: Yukihime/Evangeline's first appearance is a shot of her rear, with her students mentioning that they never get tired of seeing it.
* HotterAndSexier: Since she's no longer bound to Mahora, Evangeline's free to use her magic as she pleases and uses age changing pills to make herself look about twenty years older. It looks quite a bit different from her established "older" form, likely because she's trying to blend in rather than look like TheVamp.
* {{Immortality}}: A major theme. UQ holder is an entire organization of beings with various types of immortality, drawing a clear line between not aging and actual ''[[NighInvulnerable invulnerability]]''.
** TheAgeless: Jinbei stopped aging after eating the flesh of a mermaid in the 7th century, but lacks the HealingFactor of most other immortals.
** BodyBackupDrive / BrainUploading: Ikkuu Ameya gained immortality by transferring his mind into a robotic body.
** CompleteImmortality: Absolute agelessness and invulnerability are said to just not exist, though Evangeline does believe that Karin and Touta have the "strongest" possible immoralities.
** DaywalkingVampire: Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=] and Touta Konoe are immortal [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] without any of the normal weaknesses.
** FountainOfYouth / ImmortalityInducer: The dark skinned man seen in chapter 6 gained immortality by using immortality granting items like Philosopher Stones, Miracle Drugs and Holy Wines.
** FromASingleCell: Kuroumaru Tokisaka's immortality comes from a powerful HealingFactor, which staves off the effects of age and allows him to regenerate his body even after losing more than half of it.
** NighInvulnerability: Karin was blessed with the inability to age or be harmed in any way, so any damage to her is instantly ''[[{{Retcon}} retconed away]]''.
** OurDemonsAreDifferent: Touta's secondary immortality comes from Magia Erebea, an ability that basically makes him an immortal demon powered by BlackMagic.
** ResurrectiveImmortality: Gengorou Makabe has a form of literal VideoGameLives, which allow him to revive if killed.
** SaveScumming: Kirie Sakurame can set a literal save point with her specialized ritual magic. Upon death she will return to the time and place she created the save point. She can even bring people back with her in time.
* KiAttack: Shinmeryuu makes it's return.
* KidHero: Though a little older than most examples of this trope, Touta is still only 14 years old.
* KillSat: Chapter 37 reveals that the Holders have access to [[spoiler: Chachamaru's ''Al-Iskandariya'' Orbital Satellite Weapon]], and is currently under Ikku's control.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Touta doesn't put much stock in the "living forever sucks" line of thought Evangeline espoused through the decades. Though pulls a reversal in chapter 2 (PlayedForLaughs), when he finds out that he's stuck as a short twelve year old for the rest of eternity, which, as it turns out, interferes with the dream he and his schoolmates promised each other.
* LosingYourHead: Cutting off the head of a vampire as powerful as Evangeline or Touta doesn't actually kill them immediately. And as long as they can get their head back on their body, they're just fine.
* {{Magitek}}: It's stated that {{Muggles}} who can't use magic on their own can purchase what are basically magical [=iPhone=] apps that allow the use of simple spells.
* MeaningfulName
** The title's English UQ has the same pronunciation as the Japanese 悠久, the word for ''Eternity'', making the title "Eternity Holder!". 悠久 also gets featured inside the UQ in the first chapter's title page.
** the first part of Evangeline's middle name is 'Athanasia', which means "{{immortality}}".
** Evangeline's alias ''Yukihime'' means "Snow Princess", referencing her status as a [[AnIcePerson master ice mage]], as well as her DefrostingIceQueen personality.
* {{Mooks}} Played with. A group of soldiers with identical weapons and armor attack Touta, and he clearly considers them video game style FacelessMooks. They proceed to beat the hell out of him with ease. Though they are generic and, as a later fight shows, not incredibly powerful, they're still way stronger than him.
* OlderAndWiser: Evangeline returns from ''Negima'' to serve as the new main character Touta's guardian and mentor.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Evangeline and Touta are both powerful vampires with a HealingFactor, SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, and [[DaywalkingVampire no problems with daylight]].
* ParentalSubstitute: Yukihime has served as Touta's guardian since the death of his parents.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: One enemy faction has their own private military trained against occult and chi-users, all EliteMooks.
* PunnyName: UQ is pronounced the same as 悠久, the Japanese word for ''Eternity''.
* ReusedCharacterDesign: Shinobu Yuuki not only has the same given name, character design and personality as Shinobu Maehara from Manga/LoveHina, they also address the protagonist as "senpai", to make it extra obvious.
* RRatedOpening: The first chapter involves Yukihime/Evangeline being rather graphically chopped to pieces by a bounty hunter. Needless to say, Akamatsu is making it clear from the start that this is ''not'' going to be a ''Manga/LoveHina'' clone.
* SeriesGoal: Touta wants to climb to the top of the StarScraper tower, but then he finds out all you have to do to climb it is buy a ticket. Then he decides to start organization to bring fellow immortals together, only to find one already exists. It's starting to become a RunningGag that Touta's goals are ether easy to achieve or already done.
* ShirtlessScene: A lot with Touta.
* ShoutOut: When Jinbei talks about the comrades he used to have when he first became immortal, a picture is shown of him(?) with another [[Film/SevenSamurai six samurai]].
** In after-battle conversation in chapter 14, Karin speaks about [[{{Cyborg}} cyborgization,]] [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance who have been available after a strife on the world in 2050's as means of helping disabled veterans, but end up weaponized.]] To drive point home, enemy they faced has some resemblance to [[spoiler:Sundowner]][[labelnote:Note]]He's [[BaldOfEvil bald]], [[EvilGloating loves to flaunt his apps,]] [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty has no hesitation to shoot innocents to distract his enemies]] [[ForTheEvulz (or just plain being dick)]], and has full complete cyberized body[[/labelnote]], while on the last page, we have someone resembles [[spoiler:Jetstream Sam]][[labelnote:Note]]He's katana user, he has clearly cyberized left arm, while his other parts of his body looks normal[[/labelnote]].
** Kirie's save point is [[VideoGame/DarkSouls a mount of dirt with a burning stick on top]].
* SpaceElevator: There's one in the capital that Touta wants to go up.
* SpiderTank: Strong Hand deploys one against [[spoiler:Yukihime and Touta, but it doesn't survive long enough to be of any use, courtesy of other Numbered members of UQ Holder.]]
** Notably, it looks a lot like one of the mechs(the one she sent after Negi, even) that appeared in Chao's forces during the Mahorafest battle.
* SpinOffspring: The main character Touta Konoe is (allegedly) the grandson of Negi Springfield.
* StarScraper: There's an impossibly tall tower in the capital where Touta believes strong mages live at the top. Yukihime/Evangeline tells him it's an orbital elevator.
* StealthSequel: The fact that this series is a sequel to ''Negima!'' wasn't revealed until the actual release of the first chapter.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Negi is apparently dead, and perhaps so are the rest of Ala Alba, Class 3-A, and majority of the cast of ''Negima!''. Whether this is relevant to the backstory, or is simply a byproduct of the series being set so far in the future is unknown, let alone if others actually lived through the decades through magic or life-extension technology.
** In chapter 24 we know, [[spoiler:Negi and a few more characters were at least alive 20 years ago, with their appearance and silhouette nearly unchanged from [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima the previous series]].]]
** And in chapter 33, [[spoiler:Fate Averruncus is still around. For some reason he's known as UQ Holder's true enemy.]]
** Chapter 37 reveals [[spoiler: Chachamaru's ''Al-Iskandariya'' Orbital Satellite Weapon]] is now under the control of UQ Holder, namely owned by Yurihime and controlled by Ikku. Given this [[spoiler: is Chachamaru's Pactio item, which is implied in Negima to not be transferable (and a little beat up)]], it could be impled one character from Class 3-A could still be alive/around somehow (or it got "transferred" via an undisclosed means).
** In Chapter 37, a waitress disables Ikku with some well timed swordplay. [[spoiler:In Chapter 39, she identifies herself as Tsukuyomi Iwai. Whether this is the Loli Assasin/Setsuna's "Stalker" from Negima! is up for debate given her eyes are a different color]].
* SummonBiggerFish: Inverted. Rather than calling Yukihime to fight Fate, they bring Fate to ''her''.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Averted in Touta's fight against the bounty hunter. After his first attack is blocked Touta tries to throw your standard Shonen protagonist speech at the villain. Except the villain doesn't cooperate, gets behind Touta and lobs his arm off mid-sentence.
* TimeSkip: The series takes place in the 2080s, as near as can be figured out from some very vague numbers on gravestones, around 80 years after ''Negima!''.
* TitleDrop: In the sixth chapter, we're introduced formally to UQ Holder: A group formed by an immortal Eva knew that would gather other immortals together into a family.
* TookALevelInKindness: Evangeline is significantly more friendly here than in the parent series.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The series is set in the 2080s, going by a gravestone with a birth date listed on it.
* TheUnmasquedWorld: Magic was finally revealed to the world at large ten years before the beginning of the series.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: As Karin put it:
-->''"We, UQ Holder, as a faction of humans who are not bound by the ways of humans, have always been protecting those who have been ejected, trampled on and forgotten by the world of humans."''
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 24, which confirms the presence of Magia Erebea [[spoiler:as Touta's newly-awakened power,]] and adds a flashback that shows [[spoiler:Negi and a few of his endgame allies being alive 20 years prior to ''UQ Holder!'', still fighting the Mage of the Beginning.]]
** Though some fans did suspect it, in chapter 42, [[spoiler: Fate declares that Negi is still alive and he's trying to save him. And that by saving him, he saves the entire solar system. However, he also does note that, yes he did kill Touta's parents.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"The strongest Grand Mage in the Solar System...Fate Averruncus."]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: According to Yukihime/Evangeline, immortality eventually becomes a curse. She appears to have outlived most of the original ''Negima!'' cast, leaving her alone once again. She's even apparently left ''Chachazero'' behind, though the opening colored pages are likely to be more symbolic than literal.
* YearsTooEarly: Quoted word-for-word when Yukihime scolds Touta and his friends after they attack her for the first time on-panel.
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