Posted by Chris Beveridge
December 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Seventy years after Negima, a brand new hero emerges.
What They Say:
Whenever you’re the grandson of a well-known hero, you’d assume that your life can be fascinating, however Tota Konoe is caught within the dullest place he can think about! He can’t even depart his tiny village till he can defeat his instructor and foster father or mother Yukihime, and she or he appears to be impossibly highly effective. Then every little thing modifications when Yukihime is attacked and Tota learns that each she and Tota himself aren’t who or what Tota thought they have been! Now Tota has a brand new, impossibly lengthy life forward of him and a tremendous future that ties in with the destiny of his grandfather, the legendary Negi Springfield! Prepare for vampires, demons, and magic customers galore as Tota discovers the perils of being a member of the world’s most unique group as a UQ Holder!
The audio presentation for this launch brings us the unique Japanese language monitor in stereo whereas the English language dub will get the identical remedy, each of that are encoded utilizing the DTS-HD MA lossless codec. The present works a very good stability of motion and dialogue throughout the ahead soundstage the place the dialogue has some respectable placement at occasions and a few good use of various ranges to ship the products. The motion aspect is dealt with in a lot the identical approach the place it will get a bit greater and sounds a bit louder on the English aspect. There’s good placement with this as properly and the motion throughout the ahead soundstage hits properly with all using magic and the like. Dialogue is clear and clear all through and we didn’t have any issues with dropouts or distortions throughout common playback.
Initially airing in 2017, the switch for this TV and OVA collection is introduced in its unique facet ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec. The fifteen episodes are unfold throughout two discs with 9 on the primary and 6 on the second. Animated by JC Employees, the present has a reasonably good look about it because it seems to be like a mid-range property. The present works some respectable backgrounds with out it going into an excessive amount of element or overdoing the colour design for it. It’s a vibrant and colourful collection with some good particulars to it nevertheless it goes for an easier strategy for character design materials. All the things seems good and there’s so much to love with it as they’re all distinctive. Colours look nice with a really strong look to all of it with no noise or breakup available with it. The high-motion sequences stand out properly with a superb fluid look to them and no macroblocking available.
The packaging for this launch is available in a normal sized Blu-ray case the place it use one of many acquainted items of key paintings which have the core forged along with a type of crystal shatter impact behind it. It’s designed in the identical method because the current Negima units within the swirl of the characters the place this one has Yukihime within the middle. I like the colours for it and has a superb search for the character designs. The again cowl works an identical shade palette and it has a great vary of small photographs from the present arrayed round it. The abstract of the premise is well-covered and we get an excellent breakdown of the episode and OVA rely. The manufacturing credit are listed clearly and we get a superb technical grid that breaks every thing down cleanly and clearly. The extras are additionally listed properly right here so you already know what you’re getting. The set doesn’t include any inserts neither is there a reversible cowl.
Extras for this launch are fairly primary however welcome with a few of the Japanese promos, the clear opening and shutting sequences for the TV collection, and the clear closing sequences for the OVAs.
Content material: (please notice that content material parts of a evaluation might include spoilers)
Based mostly on the manga by Ken Akamatsu, UQ Holder is a 13 episode TV collection and three episode OVA collection that got here out through the fall of 2017. The unique manga, launched by Kodansha Comics in English, started in 2013 and has eighteen volumes out as of this writing and is ongoing. The venture serves as a subsequent era sequence to Negima because it takes place seventy years later, which is a welcome sort of sequel in my e-book. It does lean a bit too heavy at occasions into using a few of the previous that doesn’t fairly work for me nevertheless it does deal with the majority of the idea proper and sticks to just some key issues. Animated by JC Employees, it has a reasonably strong look to it that whereas not heavy on element or a very massive colour palette delivers a enjoyable expertise general.
The premise is an fascinating one the place magic has began to filter out to extra of the world at this level in comparison with what we had throughout Negi’s day within the earlier work. There are even apps that assist these with no magic capacity to have the ability to interact in some issues. The central focus is on Tota, an adolescent dwelling within the countryside with aspirations to go to Shin-Tokyo, which is an enormous orbital elevator that goes as much as area. Tota’s life has been a bit tough together with his mother and father having been killed two years prior in an accident that prompted him to lose his reminiscences of most issues as nicely. That’s had him being raised by Yukihime since then, a instructor who has an affection for him. Yukihime is also referred to as Evangeline, a 700-year-old vampire that had a factor for Negi and Negi’s father again within the day. She’s in grownup type right here via her magics as an alternative of the kid type we often noticed her in and that undoubtedly works higher.
Issues are a bit of wonky early on in getting all of this journey stuff underway firstly however the fact comes out about who Tota is when somebody has come to city to kill Yukihime as they what she is. The immortals are an elite group that exists on the planet with numerous wealth and energy that at the moment are because the title of the collection, UQ Holders. It’s a brutal scene as Yukihime will get her physique torn aside simply as Tota does however it’s right here that she reveals the reality in that he’s an immortal like her. The kicker is that he’s additionally a clone of Negi, which provides him a very particular standing within the grand scheme of issues. All of this, post-battle, pushes him towards discovering out extra of what’s happening and heading to the large metropolis. That includes choosing up a couple of pals alongside the best way, reminiscent of Kuromaru, a younger man current of immortal standing as properly that leans extra female in a variety of ways in which makes for some enjoyable in coping with everybody else.
A number of the early episodes are targeted on exploring a number of the UQ Holder society and the forged that grows round them as Yukihime and Tota plunge ahead. She’s acquired fairly the historical past herself and that gives for lots of connections with different immortals whereas Tota’s ancestry clearly performs an enormous position in it as properly. Tota finally ends up rating fairly excessive inside the construction of the society due to his clone nature however there isn’t an enormous infodump or something right here because it’s stored mild and breezy. There’s some silliness with courting that performs into the present and only a basic understanding of how you can use a few of his talents as properly. It’s not terribly distinctive in loads of methods however there’s a common ensemble feeling that works nicely as the ladies dominate, very similar to they did in Negima. That’s not a nasty factor as there’s some enjoyable with all of them.
Naturally, there are greater parts that play into the present because it goes alongside, specializing in how Tota sees photographs of Negi as a ghost from the primary episode and all through the run. With Negi having been lifeless twenty years himself there’s a little bit of a thriller that elements into that but in addition as a result of others are searching Tota as they want him to save lots of the world. That performs principally with the person named Destiny that’s going after Tota and has a historical past with numerous others. The large finish collection struggle is one which works properly visually when Ialda is launched and takes over Negi’s physique however a whole lot of it simply left me questioning how a lot nuance I may need been lacking from the earlier Negima collection that was being employed right here. We do get some good flashback moments all through and a number of other of the women from that collection displaying up in some artistic methods which was good nevertheless it did depart me in that “generational” facet of questioning what I may need been lacking. Nevertheless it does work in a baseline sort of means.
The set does include a trio of OVAs that have been launched with the manga beginning simply earlier than the TV collection aired and afterward. These are undoubtedly enjoyable little fanservice items that performs to the raunchy aspect – although not as a lot as you may assume. They’re full-length episodes that places the gang at a seashore and works via plenty of totally different character focuses with the women of their pursuit of Tota. That we get an virtually all-hot spring episode ought to be no shock and loads of nudity as nicely, although not with one thing that basically goes all out full frontal or something. The pores and skin proven is fairly enjoyable with the way it’s introduced nevertheless it’s solely within the final episode that it will get “soiled” with a number of the lingerie that’s introduced into it.
There’s a number of enjoyable issues going into UQ Holder and I actually do like that it’s a descendent of the Negima collection. I by no means completed studying Negima again within the day so there’s that sense that I’m lacking out on some parts of it however the bulk of it does work nicely sufficient by itself as the remaining is principally crammed in with what we have to know. I actually needed the present to get extra into the UQ Holder society and construction than it did and I might have liked extra high quality time with Yukihime, particularly with Tota as the 2 are actually good of their scenes collectively. Sentai’s launch works an enormous dub and I just like the forged they obtained to convey again to cope with acquainted characters whereas the brand new ones come throughout properly. It’s a strong launch all through that may please followers and I’m doubly happy that they have been capable of get the OVA run as properly.
Japanese DTS-HD MA 2.zero Language, English DTS-HD MA 2.zero Language, English Subtitles, Clear Opening, Clear Closings, Promos
Content material Grade: B
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B-
Launched By: Sentai Filmworks
Launch Date: November 27th, 2018
Operating Time: 375 Minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Facet Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray participant by way of HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.
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