YMMV / UQ Holder!

  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Touta himself. Magia Erebea is the stuff that allowed Negi to go stand equal to the likes of Rakan/Fate/Lifemaker. He gets it as a regular power-up. His generic Shounen Idiot Hero character hurts him when compared to Negi.
    • Kirie is starting to veer towards this as well, with her increased prominence (even eclipsing characters introduced prior and Yukihime herself) and story breaking powers. There's also the issue of her being a prime focus of the fanservice despite apparently having the body of a young teenager.
  • Broken Base:
    • UQ Holder inherited quite a bit of Negima's base, which is split between being pissed this isn't a more direct sequel, happy to see a new setting uncluttered by Negima's Loads and Loads of Characters, and those still mad that Akamatsu ended Negima so abruptly as a Writer Revolt against the publisher, and then went back to them anyway.
      • Mitigated somewhat by Chapter 129, where Akamatsu added a new element to the title, which likely will be used with the Animated Adaptation... Magister Negi Magi 2, the japanese outright saying Mahou Sensei Negima 2. It now IS the direct sequel... as much as it can be with most of the original characters and plotlines long gone, anyway.
    • The fans are also rather torn down the middle on the topic of Evangeline's new character design and personality, some to the point of They Changed It, Now It Sucks.
    • The revelation that Touta is a Konoe and apparently Negi's grandson brought back some of the old Ship-to-Ship Combat. A lot of fans speculated that this meant that Negi ended up with Konoka, which pissed off both Konoka/Setsuna fans and fans who wanted Negi to end up with pretty much anyone else. Though much of the fire of this debate died out when people realized that the timeline is set far enough into the future that it was possible that Negi's child could have married Konoka's child. Its all moot though, as its eventually revealed that Touta is only nominally a Konoe.
    • The entire Touta x Eva potential romance angle. There are just as many people uncomfortable with the idea (and not just for the reason detailed by the entry for Squick below) as there are fans who are gleefully boarding the ship as the Ship Tease grows more frequent.
      • Kind of died down as of Chapter 110. See Ship Sinking entry.
    • The fact that the series is getting an anime adaptation, since Negima! has yet to have a proper anime that finished the story.
      • Slightly mitigated by the fact that the cast list, for the legacy characters, is EXACTLY the same, and the OAD ends with... the original anime's ending theme in a new recording, and the new anime series will have a new version of the original opening theme.
  • Continuity Lockout: Plot points from Mahou Sensei Negima!, will get things confusing especially for readers coming in cold.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Dana's Training from Hell. All that abuse on the Numbers is made irrelevant due to their immortality, so why not kill them a thousand times over to train them?
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Having inherited the same action-oriented style as the post-Genre Shift Mahou Sensei Negima!, this is a given.
    • A meta one happens with Chapter 129, when a familiar style returns, along with a familiar logo, as it's revealed UQ Holder is no longer a stealth sequel to Negima.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Touta and Kuroumaru have plenty of Ship Tease, but it's quite hard to tell if it is Ho Yay since Kuromaru is still genderless.
    • Karin is violently jealous of Touta due to his closeness to Yukihime.
    • Fate continues to display a heavy amount of Ho Yay towards Negi. Touta even calls him on it.
  • I Knew It!: When Touta first developed ME, many fans were quick to speculate that he was some sort of construct. A year later, it was confirmed, albeit with some additional details.
  • Ship Sinking: Chapter 110 basically sunk any subtext between Touta and Eva, with her confessing her love for Negi, and that she could not move on until she frees him from the Mage of the Beginning. Not even with Touta.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • A funny, one-person example among those who ship Kuroumaru with Touta. Since Kuroumaru is genderless till sixteen there are those who would like to see him become male while there are others who would prefer him to become female. A smaller party would prefer him to stay genderless, which may be possible since, as an immortal, Kuroumaru might not age.
    • Played straight on the other hand, regarding pairing Touta with either Kirie (due to the latter's Tsundere tendencies) and Yukihime (As of Chapter 96, looks like the latter did have some feelings for him.)
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Some fans feel Kirie is getting way too much focus and has basically supplanted Yukihime as the main heroine and love interest. The amount of fanservice she gets doesn't help matters. She is still appreciated by the fanbase but some would rather see the other members of UQ get some spotlight, especially those who haven't been properly introduced yet.
  • Squick: Fans were pretty quick to raise an eyebrow when a romantic subplot appeared between Touta and the past Evangeline in Danna's dimension. A meeting that Yukihime apparently remembers. Considering she is pretty much Touta's adoptive mother, the idea of a romantic love between them was met with... skepticism.
    • The increased emphasis on repeated Kirie fanservice following the shift in magazines also may count.
  • Trolling Creator: Ken Akamatsu manages to continue his habit of trolling his own publishers, with UQ Holder being a stealth sequel to Negima for over a hundred chapters, with the original cast being seemingly Killed Off for Real... only for that very first page to be a Fake-Out Opening of epic proportions, as recent chapters brought back a sizeable proportion of the fan favourites from the original series, culminating in Chapter 129, where it gains a new title... Mahou Sensei Negima 2: UQ Holder. The series isn't over. Not by a long shot.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Some readers have noted that the changes to Yukihime's backstory make her appear to be a liar, whiny and antisocial by choice at best. Even if she did hate Dana, the latter did help teach her self defense. With the other vampires, Karin and any other immortals she may have met, if she was alone at any point then it was by choice.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: It's not quite clear whether Shinobu is a girly boy or a tomboy Bokukko, though most readers assume the latter due to being an expy of two Shrinking Violet girls from Akamatsu's previous works, but with the introduction of Kuromaru who hits the readers hard with this trope, many are not trusting their own judgment. Chapter 97 makes it pretty clear that Shinobu is a girl.


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