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"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."
Evangeline A.K. McDowell

WARNING: Late Arrival Spoilers abound for Negima! Magister Negi Magi.

In the year 2086, magic is already a fact of life, having been revealed ten years earlier, allowing for an acceleration of technological progress culminating in the creation of a massive skyscraper that literally pierces the heavens.

Touta Konoe is one such boy who dreams of scaling it and finding out what lies atop that tower. His mentor/guardian Yukihime claims it can only be crossed if he can defeat her, a feat nigh-impossible but something he will nonetheless try.

One day, however, a bounty hunter mortally wounds him, forcing his target, Yukihime, to reveal herself as Evangeline A.K. McDowell, the notorious daylight-walking vampire who was also the friend and mentor of his supposedly-deceased grandfather: Negi Springfield, the boy-mage who saved the Magic World seventy-five years ago. To save his life and honor a request from his dying parents, she transforms him into a vampire.


Despite what Yukihime/Evangeline warns is a life of solitude, Touta is more than willing to journey into a world of immortals in a society where the line between magic and technology have become blurred.

UQ Holder! (aka ユーキューホルダー!, or "Eternity Holder!") is the sequel of Negima! Magister Negi Magi by Ken Akamatsu. Set 75 years after the end of Negima!, in an Alternate Timeline, 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. In November 2016, the manga would be retitled UQ Holder!: Magister Negi Magi 2, more or less confirming its sequel connection to Negima!

UQ Holder! is one of the first round of manga to be simultaneously published on Crunchyroll.


The series received an Animated Adaptation By JC Staff in Fall 2017.

UQ Holder! provides examples of:

  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The series is set in the 2086, 76 years after Negima's ending, but 50 years before the world Asuna's wakes up in in the same series.
  • Aborted Arc: The Mahora Martial Arts Tournament arc got hijacked and discarded twice.
    • First, Touta's group teams up with Afro to participate on the preliminaries until Yukihime's former teacher Dana shows up out of nowhere to take Touta and his friends to the Void Between the Worlds for some Training from Hell. From that point on, the manga abruptly becomes focused on Touta's Time-Travel Romance with a Yukihime from the Middle Ages that happened to also be at Dana's castle and the tournament preliminaries arc is never reassumed.
    • Later on, Touta gets on the actual tournament to go to the top of the Space Elevator in the finals. Then the Lifemaker's faction drops in at the end of Touta's harem's swimsuit race so they can attempt to kidnap Touta. Afterwards, the Mahora tournament storyline is abandoned completely.
  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed with Kuromaru's feminine body in Episode 6, while it's still weaker than his normal body, the loss of power is lesser in context than in the manga where by that point Kuromaru had already passed through Dana's Training from Hell.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: The anime adaptation takes various elements from the manga that don't happen until much, much later, most likely to keep pacing in a steady level.
    • The very first moments... are a flashback to the time of Negima! Magister Negi Magi, from Chapter 129, completely omitting that Touta was there as well, as a bit of fanservice before the Viewer Punch that is Evangeline leaving them seemingly forever.
    • Shinobu's introduction is a zigzagged version: in the anime, she first appears as a maid in Episode 3 and is shown as already working for UQ Holder while originally she appeared before Touta met Kuromaru (Episode 2) to disappear and reappear ninety chapters later and only then does she start working for UQ Holder as a maid.
    • Episode 6 adapts Kuromaru's date with Touta and the later fight from chapters 101 to 103 while keeping some elements from earlier chapters like Kuromaru telling Karin he has no defined gender yet. His development of his crush on Touta is also rushed several chapters due to Shinobu's interactions with Touta.
    • Cutlass makes a brief appearence in Episode 8 while Touta and company wait for Fate to show up.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The first episode of the anime adds a couple of brief visions of Negi that only Touta can see which tell him that he waits for him at the top of the Space Elevator, this serves both as a subtle Call-Back to Negima and to give a deeper reason for Touta to go to the Capital.
  • Advanced Ancient Acropolis: According to the High Daylight Walker Nikitis Laps, there was a super advanced Magitek civilization in the planet Venus over 12,000 years ago. They ended up destroying themselves through wars over immortality. The survivors got tossed into an alternate plane called Inverse Venus, which eventually became known as the Demon World. This is where demons like Zazie Rainday and the High Daylight Walkers come from.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: The True Pure-blood Vampires mentioned in chapter 77 are incredibly powerful and ancient beings — so ancient, that most of them have stopped giving a crap about anything and are completely cut off from the rest of the world.
  • Alternate Timeline: The series is eventually revealed to take place in a timeline where the Golden Ending of Mahou Sensei Negima did not take place: Asuna was not brought back in time, and the Mage of the Beginning was not defeated by Negi and his comrades. Touta Lampshades this when seeing a vision of Negima's ending, saying that in such a world he would never have been created.
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: Lampshaded by the good guys when they note the local school bully is surprisingly cooperative during Sayoko's Zombie Apocalypse, and then goes back to being a Jerkass when Kirie rewinds time.
  • Arc Words: "Keep moving forward" and "a little bit of courage is the real magic", the Arc Words from Negima, show up here as well.
  • Artistic License – Physics & Engineering: Locating a space elevator in Tokyo (or Japan period) is problematic since centrifugal force from Earth's rotation is critical to such designs, so an equatorial location is required and Japan is too far north. Though given the strong presence of Magitek, it can be brushed off as A Wizard Did It.
  • Badass Crew:
    • 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, Negi, Fate, Albireo, Chachamaru, Mana and Zazie, all pursuing the Mage of the Beginning yet again.
  • Badass Family: Touta Konoe, grandson of Negi Springfield, great-grandson of Nagi Springfield both famous for saving the Magic World among other outstanding feats. Not to mention the fact that he was adopted by Evangeline A.K. McDowell.
  • Bad Date: Twice, between Touta and Kuroumaru.
    • First, Kuroumaru's date with Touta as "Kuryu" gets ruined when both are attacked by Xingzai Chao and Asura Tu.
    • Several chapters later, Touta and Kuroumaru try going on a date again, this time Touta being the one who asked Kuroumaru out. All seems to be going well until Kuroumaru's older brother shows up with the mercenaries Nagumo and Tsukuyomi, having come to capture Kuroumaru before the Tougen Shinmei School do.
  • Bad Future: As revealed in chapter 137, the whole UQ timeline could be considered this, as it takes place in a different "world line" than the "happy end" where Asuna was brought back in time at the end of the previous series, which in turn allowed her to avert the chain of events that turned Negi into the Mage of the Beginning. Tota even notes that he would be unnecessary in that world.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: As standard for Ken Akamatsu, even though you see the characters naked often, their bodies have the anatomical detail of Barbie dolls.
  • Bathtub Bonding: When Touta gets more intimate with Kuroumaru and Kirie, it's usually when they're taking a bath together.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Yukihime shows up with three of the high-ranking memebers of UQ Holder in order to save Touta in Chapter 28.
    • Kuroumaru, Kirie, and Santa arrive to save Touta from his evil sister in Chapter 71.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: 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.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: While Negima was never a Bloodless Carnage, it was more sedated compared to UQ Holder. Getting impaled, dismembered and even decapitated happens here almost all the time. Courtesy of large portion of the cast being immortal.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Santa died because of bullying, but his girlfriend turned out to be a ghost and she turned him into a ghost too through Necromancy.
  • Breast Expansion: Yukihime joins the ranks of Kanako, Asuna, Nodoka, and Anya in getting breast expansion inflicted upon her. Twice. Along with expanding her butt and enlarging her torso to resemble a fertility goddess. What's different compared to most of the previous examples is this expansion appears to be actual breast tissue, not just air. This actually worries Fate, since the one who did this to Yukihime easily tore through Yukihime's formidable magical defenses in the process.
  • Bridal Carry: After Kuroumaru's body is ripped in half by Kaito, Touta carries Kuroumaru bridal style until Kuroumaru's legs grow back.
  • The Bus Came Back: After 93 chapters, Shinobu, the girl that Touta befriended in Chapter 2, has reappeared, arriving in the capital.
  • Call-Back:
    • Along with the Arc Words above, the age changing pills makes a return in chapter 2 as a sort of off-hand response to Touta's woes about not being able to grow up past fourteen.
    • Remember when Eva was cursed to remain within the confines of Mahora Academy before the main story of Negima? Chapter 10 has her leaving Jinbee underground about 2 years before the start of the story.
    • The underground mansion used by Albireo in Negima reappears in the underground cavern used by UQ Holder.
    • Most of 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.
    • The Mahora Martial Arts Tournament makes a return, this time open to the public. A video reveals the winners of the 2015 tournament were Ku Fei and Yue Ayase.
    • In Chapter 75, Touta gets his butt handed to him by a demon (one of the bounty hunters Negi fought in the previous series in fact). After beating Tota, his opponent then takes a page from Rakan's book and tells Tota he should come up with a finishing move.
    • Later on in the series, Touta fights a high level lightning daemon-implied to be the same one that Jack Rakan mentioned fighting back in Negima. This is shortly after Rakan appears in an imagine spot from Kirie.
    • Shinobu arrives at Fairyland Hall and is chased in a direct parallel to Keitaro's arrival at Hinata inn.
    • In chapter 136, Touta and Kirie visit most of the places that Class 3-A went during the Kyoto Arc.
  • Catch a Falling Star: At the start of chapter 170, Touta and his blood clones catch Kuroumaru, Honoka, and Isana midair after they fall from New Ostia.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The series can go from murder attempts, to high-school hi-jinks, to a zombie apocalypse, to fanservice-heavy bathhouse antics in a single arc.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Non-combative version. When entering in a hoverbike race, everyone is wearing swimsuits rather than protective gear (though the do wear helmets). Kirie points out how dangerous that is, only for Mizore to inform her that, due to the use of magical protection in clothing, the current trend is to see how skimpy people can make the outfits and get away with it. Plus, if the outfits fly off, it'll just boost the popularity of the race, so the sponsors are all for it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A fifteen year long one. At the beginning of Negima, Negi knew nine spells, the last of which was never revealed during the course of the series. Turns out that it was a high level spell that Nagi (then later on Negi) used to seal himself after he was possessed by the Lifemaker.
  • City of Adventure: Neo-Tokyo, where the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament Preliminaries are underway all year long. You can pick a fight with anyone anywhere as long as they're competitors.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The anime adaptation takes the material of thirteen and a half volumes and attempts to compress it into a 12-Episode Anime, unsurprisingly shortening events and cutting out entire arcs and characters in the process.
  • Continuity Cameo:
    • Ku Fei and Yue make an appearance in a video of an old Mahora Martial Arts Tournament.
    • Morborgran from Canis Niger faced off against Touta in the Underground preliminaries for the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament. Chiko-tan later shows up as a guest at Fairyland Hall.
    • Whenever Touta talks about how powerful the ability to stop time is, the Cassiopeia appears behind him.
    • Touta and Yukihime had a doll that looked suspiciously like Chachazero back in the first chapter.
  • Continuity Lockout: Surprisingly averted. Akamatsu takes care to explain concepts and relationships from Negima as you need to know them. Right down to the fact Negi's wife (if he even has one) is completely unknown, only revealing in Chapter 137 that one timeline had Chisame be Negi's wife.
  • Cool Big Sis: Yukihime/Evangeline is this to Touta.
  • Cry into Chest: After failing to defeat Nagi Ialda and losing his closest comrades-in-arms and Chisame, the depressed Negi walks to Eva's cottage and cries his heart out into her chest.
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: In chapter 2, Touta states that his big dream is to sing... with the same style as Louis Armstrong.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Fate delivers one to the Numbers in an alternate future, taking out Touta, Kuroumaru, Karin, and Ikkuu and petrifying Kirie. She only managed to go back in time by slashing her own throat before the petrification finished, allowing her immortality to trigger.
    • Cutlass beats Touta so badly that it went straight through his Healing Factor and left him on death's door until his friends showed up.
    • Touta and his team, Afro UQ, pretty much sweep through the remaining C-rank teams and B-rank fights.
  • Cutting the Knot:
    • So you need to capture the vampire, but you can't get past the immortal that can Retcon damage away? Teleport her to the moon instead so she can't get back in time.
    • Facing opponent with superhuman durability? Rattle his brain can't send signals to his body and render him unable to move.
  • Darker and Edgier: Moreso than its predecessor. Whereas Negima was about a harem story that graduated into an action story to save the world, this story starts with attempted murder and the rise of class difference leading to an attempt to burn down an occupied shantytown and then gets darker.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Evangeline A.K. McDowell and Touta Konoe are immortal vampires without any of the normal weaknesses.
  • Death by Origin Story: 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. Touta is a clone so he's not likely related to the Konoes at all.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: 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).
  • Did Not Die That Way: Touta believes his parents died in a car accident two years before the start of the story. The very first chapter makes clear that wasn't the case; they were murdered and Yukihime could only save Touta.
  • Distant Sequel: The story is set seventy-five years after the events of Negima! Magister Negi Magi, focusing on Negi's grandson Touta Konoe.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Karin's Pactio has Touta laying on top of her as he keeps kissing her deeply and their clothes get blasted off by a Bolt of Divine Retribution. The way the entire scene is illustrated would make anyone think Touta and Karin are having wild sex. Hence, the Not What It Looks Like moment when Touta and Karin are found stark naked in a wrecked room next morning.
    • For Kirie's Pactio, she and Touta must stay with their bellies pressed against each other for three hours straight because their time stop kiss nullifies the effect of the regular provisional Pactio. During the whole process, Touta and Kirie embrace each other in a suggestive manner before laying down on Kirie's bed with her on top of him, making it look like they're having clothed sex.
    • Chapter 170 is overloaded of sexual innuendo and Double Entendres between Touta and Kuroumaru. After being attacked by Kuroumaru's brother, Kuroumaru is inflicted with a Wound That Will Not Heal through the chest. Touta transfuses his blood (bodily fluids) into Kuroumaru to keep Kuroumaru's body together, but since their blood types don't match, Touta and Kuroumaru must "become one" by synchronizing Touta's Revolution with Kuroumaru's Ki Manipulation as the two hold their bodies closely together (to keep Kuroumaru from splitting in two). Touta asks Kuroumaru to "accept him inside" and promises to "be gentle" with Kuroumaru. To top it off, Touta gives Kuroumaru the Kiss of the Vampire, which he heard feels "weird and even painful", to force Kuroumaru's body to accept his blood so it can sew Kuroumaru's body tissue back together. The whole thing ends with Touta nearly "making Kuroumaru into a girl" as wings grow from Kuroumaru's back in a sequence that is illustrated like Kuroumaru having The Immodest Orgasm. Kuroumaru seems to be the only one recognizing the naughtiness of the situation.
  • Dude, He's Like, in a Coma!: More than once one of Touta's love interests will see him sleeping and go in to kiss him. Kirie actually succeeds... which incidentally breaks the Time Stands Still moment they were trapped in and immediately gets her caught.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Partially inverted, since Kuromaru 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.
  • Elaborate University High: The fourth story arc sends Touta, Kuromaru, Karin, and Ikku to Mahora of all places, though it is now called Amano-Mihashira Academy City. As the name suggests, the campus has become so massive that it's now effectively a city within the city.
  • Elemental Ignorance: Kirie knows Fate is coming to capture Touta and she decides the best way to deal with him is to trap him in a place he can't escape from. What place does Kirie choose to imprison the powerful earth mage? An underground cave... And none of the Numbers notice a flaw in their capture plan until they see Fate getting a power boost in the cave.
  • Emergency Transformation: Touta is forced to drink Evangeline's blood in order to save her, himself, and his four friends in the first chapter.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone is aware of who has a crush on Touta with the exception of Touta himself. Karin practically says this word for word when talking to Kirie.
  • Explaining Your Powers to the Enemy: Gengoro gloriously averts this by refusing to explain the method of his immortality. Many members of UQ Holder keep their powers unknown from their enemies, and even other members.
  • Expy: Shinobu Yuuki not only has the same given name, character design and personality as Shinobu Maehara from Love Hina, they also address the protagonist as "senpai", to make it extra obvious.
  • Fanservice: This being a work from Ken Akamatsu and a sequel to Negima!, it shouldn't be a surprise to see bath scenes and for some Clothing Damage to happen. The early chapters try to keep it a bit tamer compared to its predecessor due to having a smaller female cast, but as the manga begins to shift into harem tropes, the fanservice levels become similar to those of Negima!. It then gets taken Up to Eleven once the shift to monthly release occurs and entire chapters get devoted to Kirie getting naked and ending in several erotic situations with Touta.
  • Fate Worse than Death: 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.
  • Fight Clubbing: In the city hosting the Mahora Martial Arts Preliminaries, there's an underground arena for B-ranked and up fighters. it's a full-on spectator sport, but since gambling on it is illegal they've taken it underground. Even residents of Inverse Mars can participate, as well as fighters from all over the Solar System.
  • First Episode Resurrection: Touta drinks Yukihime's blood when he's dying turning him into a vampire.
  • Floating Continent:
    • The Witch of the Rift Dana lives in a gigantic floating palace in a sky-like Void Between the Worlds.
    • The floating city New Ostia from Negima makes a reappearance during UQ Holder's short trip to the Magic World.
  • For Want of a Nail: Asuna's presence changes history immensely. Without her, the Lifemaker isn't defeated, steals four of Negi's allies, and kills Chisame in the process. Not only that, magic and society don't prosper well at all, resulting in the class problems seen at the beginning of the series. In the timeline where she is present, the Lifemaker is defeated without a hitch, magic is seamlessly introduced into society, and Negi eventually marries the girl he loves.
  • 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.
    • The UQ Holder database states that Touta is four years old...
  • Friendly Rivalry: Mizore and Shinobu get along fairly well when they aren't competing for Touta's affection. Mizore even offered to soup up Shinobu's racer with expensive parts.
  • Gender Reveal:
    • Chapter 16 reveals Kuromaru has No Biological Sex until he is 16, but for now he identifies as male. However, since he has a crush on Touta, he struggles whether he should become a woman and is encouraged by Kirie and Karin to do so.
    • The second time Touta met Shinobu, he was surprised to discover she's a girl.
  • Grand Theft Me: The Mage of Beginning possesses whoever defeats/kills their previous body, with Nagi being possessed before Negi at present. Touta's magic cancel can end the effect, which is why everyone wants him.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: As revealed in chapter 148, in a timeline without Asuna present, Negi cannot win against Nagi Ialda in 2025. Yue, Nodoka, Rakan and Albireo Imma all become the Lifemaker's marionettes and Chisame blocks an attack for Negi. The next scene shows Negi slowly walking with his head low towards Eva's cottage, not caring whether he is soaking wet in the rain that initially masks that he's crying.
  • Green Rooming: Early characters like Touta's friends haven't appeared since the introduction of the UQ Holder organization.
  • Hammerspace:
    • In Chapter 63, Mana Tatsumiya not only pulls extra guns from magic portals, she also pulls a sniper rifle from between her breasts.
    • In Chapter 122, Mizore pulls one of Touta's shirts and some hair ribbons from a portal labeled "Mizore's Closet" to replace clothing lost due to a difficult turn on the course.
  • Healing Factor:
    • 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. There's a set speed to how fast it works however.
  • Hot Teacher: Yukihime/Evangeline's first appearance is a shot of her rear, with her students mentioning that they never get tired of seeing it.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • 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 previous established "older" form, likely because she's trying to blend in rather than look like The Vamp.
    • Several of the members of Class 3-A have much more improved designs which are designed to invoke this trope.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Yukihime brings Touta back to Class 3-A to meet an older Ayaka Yukihiro, Chachamaru Karakuri & Sayo Aisaka in Chapter 112. Zazie Rainyday appears later on in the chapter.
  • 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 invulnerability.
    • The Ageless: Jinbei stopped aging after eating the flesh of a mermaid in the 7th century, but lacks the Healing Factor of most other immortals.
    • Brain Uploading: Ikkuu Ameya gained immortality by transferring his mind into a robotic body.
    • Complete Immortality: Absolute agelessness and invulnerability are said to just not exist, though Evangeline does believe that Karin and Touta have the "strongest" possible immortalities.
    • Healing Factor: Kuroumaru Tokisaka's immortality comes from powerful regeneration, which allows them to regenerate their body even after losing more than half of it.
    • Immortality Inducer:
      • Touta's immortality comes from Magia Erebea, an ability that basically makes him an immortal monster powered by Black Magic.
      • Juuzou gained immortality by eating an immortality pill his father brought home when he was a kid.
    • Nigh-Invulnerability: Karin was blessed with the inability to age or be harmed in any way, so any damage to her is instantly retconned away.
    • Resurrective Immortality:
      • Gengorou Makabe has a form of literal Video-Game Lives, which allow him to revive if killed.
      • 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.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: Yukihime declares that a mission where a Number could die "two or three times" is perfect for beginners.
  • Jumping the Gender Barrier: Kuroumaru is a demihuman born with No Biological Sex and will be able to pick their physical sex when they turn sixteen. Kuroumaru insistently presents themself as a guy and acts as Touta's brother-in-arms while keeping their sexless state secret from him. Karin and Kirie, both who know about Kuroumaru's gender deal and obvious crush on Touta, try pushing Kuroumaru into becoming a girl and pursuing a romance with Touta. Kuroumaru refuses to give in to their attraction to Touta, but their body still reacts to their feelings and begins transitioning into female on this own, starting with growing breasts. Meanwhile, Touta is completely oblivious to Kuroumaru's gender and love woes until Kuroumaru finally shares their secrets with him. Afterwards, Touta finds that Kuroumaru is very cute as a girl and becomes attracted to his potentially female friend.
  • Ki Manipulation: Shinmeryuu makes its return.
  • Kid Hero: Though a little older than most examples of this trope, Touta is still only 14 years old physically.
  • Kill Sat: Chapter 37 reveals that the Holders have access to Chachamaru's Al-Iskandariya Orbital Satellite Weapon, and it's currently under Ikku's control.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Realistically there's no way Kuroumaru should have completely dressed in the girl's school uniform, skirt, long socks, and all, without realizing his uniform had been switched from the boy's one, courtesy of Karin. The whole scene was obviously done for fanservice purposes. Touta lampshades this by pointing out "Dude you should have noticed before you put the skirt on!"
  • A Light in the Distance: 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 a light in the distance and new people waiting for her.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: 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 (Played for Laughs), when he finds out that he's stuck as a short fourteen year old for the rest of eternity, which, as it turns out, interferes with the dream he and his schoolmates promised each other.
  • Loophole Abuse: So Touta's been banned from the tournament and none of them will pay his way onto it by Yukihime's orders. He ends up wandering into a preliminary where 15 out of thousands of people will end up getting there.
  • Losing Your Head: 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.
  • Magical Library: Dana leaves Kirie in one for a week, but makes her use her time travelling powers to make the week long enough to read all the spellbooks.
  • 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. There are even developers for it.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • 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 master ice mage.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: For over 150 chapters, Kuroumaru refuses to let Touta know of their No Biological Sex out of fear that may damage their friendship. Chapter 151 has Kuroumaru finally gathering the courage to show Touta the truth of their body and Touta instantly affirms that doesn't matter; they're still partners.
  • Monster/Slayer Romance: Touta is an artificial vampire and and Kuroumaru is a practitioner of the Shinmei-ryuu ("Gods' Cry School"), a sword style developed specifically to exorcise demons and handicap immortals. Despite being raised by an immortal hunter clan, Kuroumaru quickly develops a big crush on Touta and near the end of the manga, Touta begins feeling attracted to Kuroumaru as more than a friend. It's taken even further after Touta turns into an immortal monster with endless magical energy and Kuroumaru becomes a living immortal-slaying sword.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chapter 133 is especially bad about this. One minute we have all of Touta's allies getting defeated. The next Nodoka reveals that Kirie has a crush on him and they all tease her about. Then Cutlass decides to stab her and pull out her teeth.
  • Mooks: Played with. A group of soldiers with identical weapons and armor attack Touta, and he clearly considers them video game style Faceless Mooks. 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.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Hula-hoops play an integral party in the defeat of a lightning spirit
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Tota while under the effects of a truth potion proclaims his love for everyone he comes across, until he runs into Mizore whom he simply calls "Tiny".
  • Myth Arc: Touta's dream to climb to the top of the space elevator, also appears to be developing one about Negi's fate.
  • Mythology Gag: In chapter 135, Karin refers to Touta's unintentional Chick Magnet antics as his "natural gigolo" powers.
  • Naked First Impression: Touta and Kuroumaru meet for the first time while bathing.
  • Necromancer: Sayoko, despite being a ghost, can bring back other people as ghosts, turned others into zombies in an infection that spread across the world. The first in the series.
  • New Neo City: "New Tokyo: Ama No Mihashira City"; since the space elevator (the "pillar of heaven") has been built in Tokyo, the city − as well as Mahora academy − was renamed after it it seems.
  • Not What It Looks Like: The gang comes across Karin and Touta naked and on top of each other after trying to form a pactio over protests and the Bolt of Divine Retribution of the god who cursed her 2,000 years ago. She tries to explain this, but Touta's absent-minded phrasing makes the others think they had sex.
  • Oedipus Complex: Touta is not called "mothercon" without reason.
  • Older and Wiser:
    • Evangeline returns from Negima to serve as the new main character Touta's guardian and mentor.
    • You remember how a few members of Negi's class were TRAINING to be magisters? They obviously graduated since then...
  • One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: The bulky Kaito is beaten by the scrawny Touta.
  • Open Secret: Kuroumaru acts very guarded about the fact that his body is sexless, and when Karin finds out he makes her promise to keep it a secret, especially from Touta. However this fact, or at least the implication, has been input into UQ Holder databases, meaning that it's not that difficult to find out if someone cares to look. At this point it looking like nearly everyone in the main cast knows about it except for Touta.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Evangeline and Touta are both powerful vampires with a Healing Factor, Super Strength, Super Speed, and no problems with daylight. Chapter 77 reveals that they are merely knockoffs created with magic. True pure-blood vampires are powerful and ancient superhuman beings that can put even Fate on edge.
  • Place Beyond Time: Dana's castle is located in the Void Between the Worlds, which is connected to anywhere and anywhen. Dana usually keeps the time frames separated, but she loses control over her castle's time-wrapping properties when she's asleep. Touta, who comes from 2086, sees a Yukihime from the Middle Ages and a Meganeura from the Carboniferous period during his stay at the castle.
  • Private Military Contractors: One enemy faction has their own private military trained against occult and chi-users, all Elite Mooks.
  • Production Throwback: The series has Shout-Out's to Love Hina. There is a character named Shinobu with the same design as Love Hina's Shinobu. There is also a recreation of Keitarou's first visit to Hinata inn featuring Shinobu's first visit to Senkyokan inn. And UQ Holder: Magister Negi Magi 2 begins... in Negima! Magister Negi Magi, complete with one of Negi's infamous sneezing fits stripping several members of his class.
  • Pun-Based Title: 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.
  • R-Rated Opening: 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 Love Hina clone... at least until the series falls into harem clichés after around 95 chapters.
  • Random Power Ranking: The Mahora Martial Arts Preliminaries have participants ranked from "E" to "S", with E being the lowest. Your ranking is determined by your points and defeating someone of a certain rank gives you their points worth. Get enough and you'll rank up, but only people who have "S" rank and have defeated another "S" rank can go to the finals next year.
  • Rescue Arc: The vs. Immortal Hunters mini-arc has Kuroumaru being captured by the family heads of the Tougen Shinmei School that need the power of the divine sword inside Kuroumaru's body to eliminate the Lifemaker. Touta then sets out to save Kuroumaru.
  • The Reveal: Yue reveals that Fate and Yukihime created Touta as the 72nd Clone of Negi.
  • Series Goal: Touta wants to climb to the top of the Star Scraper 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 Running Gag that Touta's goals are ether easy to achieve or already done. Later on he decides on working towards Eva's approval.
  • Sex Magic: The "Formal Pactio" is all but stated to be this. It's strongly implied that Negi engaged in this with Nodoka and Yue and this keeps them eternally youthful.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: It's heavily implied that Negi and Evangeline ended up sleeping together the night before the final confrontation with the Life-Maker. Although given that this *is* a Ken Akamatsu manga there's still a small element of Did They or Didn't They?, but only just barely.
  • Ship Sinking:
    • The cassette from the GoodEnd!World of Negima shows that Negi rejected both Yue and Nodoka after their graduation.
    • 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.
    • The reveal that Negi married Chisame in the original timeline, and none of the supposed One True Pairing choices was right!
  • Shirtless Scene: A lot with Touta.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Soft Water: In chapter 170, Touta, Kuroumaru, Honoka, and Isana fall from the Floating Continent New Ostia and land in the lake thousands of feet below. Touta and Kuroumaru at least have the excuse of being actual immortals, but normal girls like Honoka and Isana have no logical reason to come out unharmed.
  • Space Elevator: There's one in the capital that Touta wants to go up.
  • Spider Tank: Strong Hand deploys one against Yukihime and Touta, but it doesn't survive long enough to be of any use, courtesy of other Numbered members of UQ Holder.
  • Spin-Offspring: The main character Touta Konoe is (allegedly) the grandson of Negi Springfield.
  • Stable Time Loop: It turns out Yukihime's younger self was inspired to create Magia Erebea after she saw Touta using it against their teacher Dana. Negi eventually learned the technique from Eva and it got passed down to his clone, Touta.
  • Star Scraper: 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.
  • Stealth Sequel: The fact that this series is a sequel to Negima! wasn't revealed until the actual release of the first chapter. It later dropped the "stealth" aspect and began openly advertising as a sequel to Negima! in 2016, with the explanation that it takes place in a timeline where Negima's Golden Ending did not occur.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Chapter 1 shows us Negi's gravestone telling us he is apparently dead. Eva's opening speech about can imply much of Class 3-A has followed and being 80 years in the future most would be rather old now anyways to say nothing of any adult characters from Negima. Yet this is a series about immortality so time will tell...
    • A flashback later provides that as recently as ten years ago Negi and a few other 3-A members were alive and fighting the Lifemaker on Mars.
    • As the story goes on we learn that Fate Averruncus is not only alive and well, but the head of "Ala Alba" opposing UQ Holder and trying to recruit Touta to go rescue the still living but somehow imprisoned Negi Springfield. He's also accompanied by a Tsukuyomi Iwai who may or may not be the same character.
    • Chapter 37 reveals Chachamaru's Al-Iskandariya Orbital Satellite Weapon is now under the control of UQ Holder, namely owned by Yukihime and controlled by Ikku. Given this is Chachamaru's Pactio item, which is implied in Negima to not be transferable (and a little beat up), it could be implied that Chachamaru from Class 3-A could still be alive/around somehow (or it got "transferred" via an undisclosed means). In Chapter 112, it's revealed Chachamaru is one of five former Class 3-A students still around in the 2080's.
    • Despite the musings in the first chapter by Yukihime, five former Class 3-A students are still around come the events in UQ Holder. In Chapter 62, Mana Tatsumiya is revealed to be alive, and is the Acting Headmaster of Mahora. In Chapter 112, a visibily older Ayaka Yukihiro, an upgraded/modified Chachamaru Karakuri & Sayo Aisaka meet Yukihime and Touta in Class 3-A along with Mana. Zazie Rainyday appears later on in the chapter to provide additional info about Negi.
    • In chapter 117, it's revealed that Nodoka Miyazaki and Yue Ayase are still alive along with Jack Rakan and Albireo Imma and they're with Negi... however it turns out they're all being used as puppets by the Life-Maker, and currently the only known solution for their freedom would mean Negi's death.
    • Chapter 148 reveals that the Lifemaker killed Chisame decades before the series began.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Inverted. Rather than calling Yukihime to fight Fate, they bring Fate to her.
  • Supporting Harem: A very weird and unconventional example. When the manga undergoes a Genre Shift to harem comedy 90+ chapters in, it looks like Yukihime is going to be the main love interest despite her turning Touta down. Soon, however, Kirie becomes a Spotlight-Stealing Squad, causing her to spend a lot more time with Touta than anyone else. She's also the only girl, besides Yukihime, Touta has admitted having feelings for. Pretty much everyone already thinks of them as the Official Couple despite Kirie's denials. In the meantime, the other girls fade into the background. Hell, some like Kuroumaru and Karin are rooting for Kirie instead of trying to get Touta for themselves! That is until the series genre shifts again back to serious seinen action territory, and then as it enters its final arcs the role of Touta's main love interest abruptly shifts from Kirie back to Yukihime, and then to Kuroumaru.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: 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.
  • Team Title: 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.
  • Teens Are Monsters: During the Investigation Arc we see a group of teenagers who regularly engage in "Hobo-hunting" and torment others who can't use magic because they lack either the talent or the money. This is not Played for Laughs at all, even more so as we learn some other teenagers murdered Santa and their parents covered it up for them.
  • Time Stands Still: In chapter 105, Touta and Kirie end up trapped in a time stop due to a "glitch" in Kirie's powers (her save point was destroyed at the exact same moment she committed suicide). They spend months like this until they accidentally cancel it.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Evangeline is significantly more friendly here than in the parent series.
  • Tournament Arc: The preliminaries for the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament.
  • Training from Hell: Dana's training for Touta, Kuromaru, and Santa starts with her chasing them around for half a day and repeatedly killing them to reduce the time it takes for them to regenerate. Appropriately, the chapter is titled "Spartan Training". She then tops that by sending them through progressive levels of difficulty, like sending Kuromaru to face enemies who take a number of other fighters to deal with, Santa against creatures that can eat spirit matter, Kirie has to learn a number of magic techniques that she gets quizzed on, and Touta has to balance hoops while juggling or it stops his heart.
  • The Unmasqued World: Magic was finally revealed to the world at large ten years before the beginning of the series.
  • Unwanted Harem: So far, Touta has gathered the affection from Kirie, Shinobu and Mizore, as well as the dubious feelings from Yukihime, Kuroumaru and Karin. This is constantly Lampshaded as it being In the Blood.
  • Urban Segregation: A very large theme of the story. We see the differences in class with how the residents of a shantytown struggle to make ends meet, only to be nearly murdered so their land could be cleared and taken.
  • We Help the Helpless: 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."
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 24, which confirms the presence of Magia Erebea as Touta's newly-awakened power, and adds a flashback that shows 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, 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.
    • Chapter 65: The appearance of a projection of both Negi and Nagi after Evageline touches Negi's signature on the registration paper, and then the subsequent appearance of the Mage of the Beginning intercepting the two and discovering Touta.
    • Chapter 71: Touta is a copy of Negi. Specifically, he is a defective attempt to pass Negi's power on, since Negi couldn't have children.
    • Chapter 95: The appearance of 6 girls at the end: Shinobu, Honoka and Isana Konoe (who look just like Konoka and Setsuna), a girl with pigtails that says she's going to marry Touta, an old lady who is implied to the girl's grandmother and introduces herself by holding up Ayaka's Pactio Card, and an android who may or may not be Chachamaru.
    • Chapter 114: Negi wants to be killed
    • Chapter 119: Nodoka, Yue, Jack Rakan, and Albireo Imma are all working with the Lifemaker-possessed Negi.
    • Chapter 127: Touta is actually a hybrid clone of Negi and Asuna(IOW, he's effectively their child, genetically speaking), and the only one among 72 experiments to inherit the powers of both perfectly.
  • Wham Line:
    • "The strongest Grand Mage in the Solar System...Fate Averruncus."
    • Evangeline: "I still love Negi Springfield."
    • Honoka Konoe: "Yukihime-han wants to kill Grandfather!"
    • Negi Springfield: "I am the Mage of the Beginning."
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: 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. The true pure-blood vampires mentioned in chapter 77 who are much, much older than Yukihime have become so jaded in their old age that most of them are completely cut off from the world. One pure-blood who is apparently an exception claims the others are basically living corpses.
    • A good chunk of chapter 94 is devoted to the characters discussing what they'll do when the Earth is eventually destroyed in 5 billion years.
  • Years Too Early: Quoted word-for-word when Yukihime scolds Touta and his friends after they attack her for the first time on-panel.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Sayoko unleashes one on the school. By chapter 55, she's unleashed one on the entire world.


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