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UQ Holder! Fantasy Manga by Negima's Ken Akamatsu Revealed

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
"Near-future battle fantasy" follows boy in a world that became aware of magic a decade earlier

This year's 38th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is previewing the new manga series UQ Holder! by Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina, Negima! Magister Negi Magi) on Wednesday. The "near-future battle fantasy" series will debut in the following issue on August 28 with an 82-page chapter and a color opening page.

In the decade since the world became aware of the existence of magic, the world has undergone massive upheaval. However, a boy named Tōta 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.

The magazine is commemorating the new manga's launch with an original QUO card offer for its readers. Akamatsu had posted on his Twitter account last October that he was in talks with Weekly Shōnen Magazine about serializing a new manga in the magazine. The author ended Negima! Magister Negi Magi in the same magazine last year, but wrote in the last compiled volume that a continuation was a possibility. In an interview with the Nikkei paper, Akamatsu also revealed that he is thinking about retiring when his next manga after Negima! ends.

Tokyopop published Love Hina in North America, and Del Rey and Kodansha Comics have published Negima. Both manga and Akamatsu's Itsudatte My Santa manga inspired various anime projects, and Negima also inspired a live-action television series. The Negima manga has 19 million copies in circulation.

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