UQ Holder! is a sequel series to Mahou Sensei Negima!, a popular manga and anime series that came out over a decade ago. I’ve never read Mahou Sensei Negima, which made this series confusing as many of the characters are older versions of the characters from that series. I’m not sure this series is a good read for anyone was hasn’t seen and liked the prior series.
Mahou Sensei Negima! was about an aspiring, teenaged wizard sent to teach at an all girls school. It was an ecchi/harem series, which means that the protagonist got into all sorts of “accidental” perverted scenarios with his students, but it’s pretty tame and there’s nothing explicit (but there is a lot of perverted stuff going on). UQ Holder takes place in the future of this fictional timeline. I’m not sure how far in the future, but I want to say decades… if not hundreds of years in the future.
The story takes place in world where technology and magic have advanced tremendously. We’re talking spaceships powered by science and magic all over the galaxy. The story start off on Earth in a small Japanese village. Touta is a kid who is turned immortal by a vampire. He soon joins up with a whole group of immortals known as UQ Holder and they fight the forces of evil.
As a sequel/spinoff series, one of the biggest goals of UQ Holder is to be an epilogue to the events of Mahou Sensei Negima. The early story arcs do a good job of establishing this series’ own identity, but the most recent few story arcs rely too heavily on Mahou Sensei Negima, to the degree that if you have no seen the prior series, it is really hard to keep up with what is going on.
The tone of the story is mostly comedic. There is the standard type of harem romance and shounen action going on. It’s a pretty standard story for this genre.
The art is the same style as Mahou Negima Sensei and Love Hina, which is to say that it is a somewhat dated style. It’s not bad though and if you were to compare the art here with the author’s previous works, there is clear improvement.
Overall, as someone who has not read Mahou Sensei Negima, I cannot recommend this series. The latter story arcs simply rely too heavily on events from the prior series. If you’re curious about this series, you could probably get to around issue 120 before the references start becoming unbearable. This series is mainly for fans of Mahou Sensei Negima and if you are not one of those fans, just skip this.