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It stands to reason because UQ Holder!: Magister Negi Magi 2 is a sequel to the anime series Negima! and Negima!? Magister Negi Magi we’d see some of the original characters pop up every now and then. It turns out some Negima!? characters don’t just pop up, they’re important to the UQ Holder!’s story.

In UQ Holder!: Magister Negi Magi 2, our hero Tōta Konoe is the grandson of the deceased legendary mage named Negi Springfield. However, Tōta soon learns Negi isn’t dead from his grandfathers old pupils. Unfortunately, Negi’s students also tell Tōta an ancient and powerful being is slowly devouring his soul. Now, that being wants Tōta and has enlisted people from his Negi’s past to get Tōta.

Thankfully for Tōta, a handful of Negi’s former students want to ally themselves with Tōta. But, who exactly are all these associates of Negi’s, what were they were doing the last time we saw them in the previous Negima!? anime series, and what are they doing now? We’re here to help you out.


Negi Springfield

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Negi was the 10 year-old protagonist of Negima!?, mage in training, and teacher at Mahora Academy. After graduating from magic school, Negi was sent to the Academy to teach at the campus’ Girls’ Junior High School as part of his training to become a Master Mage. He quickly gained the adoration of his students and even made magical pacts with a majority of them. This allowed the students to unlock certain abilities and help Negi in battle. In the finalle of Negima!?, Negi joins forces with all his students to defeat the Mage of the Beginning.

Negi appears throughout UQ Holder! as visions and magical constructs in front of Tōta. But, his first physical appearance is in the 10th episode. In the episode he interrupts Tōta’s first round match during the Mahora Fighting Tournament and is bent on taking Tōta with him for his own nefarious purposes.


Yukihime (Evangeline A.K. McDowell)

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During the events of Negima!? Yukihime, then known as Evangeline A.K. McDowell, is a student at Mahora Girls’ Junior High School. While her appearance was that of a young girl, she’s actually a 700 year-old vampire. Despite initially being hostile towards Negi, she opened up to him and even became his magic mentor. She was seen assisting Negi during the climatic battle against the Mage of the Beginning in Negima!?

In UQ Holder!, Yukihime is Tōta’s mentor, guardian, and the leader of the titular secret society. As the leader she has many responsibilities. But, the most important is keeping Tōta safe from Negi, as Negi has plans for him. In order to keep Tōta safe, Yukihime and a number of her former classmates made plans ahead of time. Now, that time has come for Yukihime to set her plans into motion.


Ayaka Yukihiro

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Ayaka was a wealthy student at Mahora Girls’ Junior High School during Negima!? She was very affectionate towards Negi, often to the point of obsession, since he took charge of her class. This lead her to assist Negi in many of his conflicts, despite being over her head. Ayaka helped Negi during his final confrontation with the Mage of the Beginning in Negima!?

Ayaka first appears in the ninth episode of UQ Holder! As human, she has aged into an as an elderly woman, but still retains her youthful attitude. It’s revealed she’s the head of the large Yukihiro Conglomerate and great-grandmother of the character Mizore Yukihiro.


Chachamaru Karakuri

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In Negima!?, Chachamaru (on the left in the image above) was a robot student at Mahora Girls’ Junior High School. She was created by one of the other students in her class and was often seen with Evangeline (Yukihime). Like the rest of the girls in Negima!?, Chachamaru assisted Negi in defeating the Mage of the Beginning in the finally of the series.

Chachamaru appears alongside Ayaka in the ninth episode of UQ Holder! and is implied she is Ayaka’s caretaker. 


Mana Tatsumiya

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Mana (on the far right of the above image) was a student at Mahora Girls’ Junior High School during Negima!? However, she was also a mercenary who specialized in dealing with demons. At the end of the series she was seen assisting Negi as he defeated the Mage of the Beginning.

Mana appears in the 10th episode of UQ Holder! as the acting head of Amano-Mihashira Academy City. Unlike Ayaka, though, Mana looks like a young adult, despite the two being classmates.


Sayo Aisaka

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Sayo (on the right of the image above) was the resident ghost at Mahora Girls’ Junior High School during Negima!? Despite being a ghost, she was also a pupil of Negi’s. As with her classmates, she helped Negi defeat the Mage of the Beginning. She then became the guardian spirit of one of her classmates.

Sayo is seen in the 10th episode of UQ Holder! when Tōta enters one of the classrooms at Amano-Mihashira Acadamy City. She, Ayaka, Chachamaru, and Mana tell Tōta about his grandfathers exploits had how the all admired him. Because Sayo is a ghost, her appearance hasn’t changed.


Yue Ayase

During Negima!? Yue is a student at Mahora Girls’ Junior High School. While she enjoys reading, she was never the best student in her class. After graduating from the Academy, Yue became a supernatural detective. However, she, to, joined her classmates to help Negi defeat the Mage of the Beginning.

In UQ Holder! Yue appears along side of Negi in the 10th episode. This suggests Yue is working with Negi and is now a villain.


Nodoka Miyazaki

Nodoka was a shy student at Mahora Girls’ Junior High School and good friend of Yue during Negima!? She was one of the first student to harbor romantic feelings towards Negi, but never saw her love requited. She joined Negi during his confrontation with the Mage of the Beginning before beginning a life of exploration.

Nodoka appears along side Negi and Yue in the 10th episode of UQ Holder! Like Yue, this suggests Nodoka is now a villain.


Jack Rakan

Jack was a mercenary who was initially hired to kill Negi’s estranged father in Negima!? However, Jack had a change of heart when he went went toe-to-toe in battle with Negi’s father. After meeting Negi, Jack begrudgingly became his mentor and taught him numerous fighting and magic techniques. Jack is seen watching Negi fight his students from Mahora Girls’ Junior High School in a farewell battle before he and his students left the Magic World in Negima!?

Jack appears in UQ Holder! along side Negi, Yue, and Nodoka in the 10th episode of the series.


Fate Averruncus

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Fate was one of Negi’s main rivals and antagonists during Negima!? However, near the end of the series Fate and Negi were able to reconcile and become allies. Unfortunately for Fate, during the final confrontation with the Mage of the Beginning he went missing in action and was presumed dead.

Fate appears in the seventh episode of UQ Holder! and reveals he wants Tōta for his own mysterious plans. While Tōta and his allies lay a trap for him, they’re outwitted by Fate. But, after a long fought battle Tōta is able to subdue him. As a reward, Fate answers a handful of questions from Tōta and his friends.


UQ Holder!: Magister Negi Magi 2 is currently streaming on Anime Strike and HIDIVE.
Negima! is currently streaming on Funimation.
Negima!? Magister Negi Magi is currently streaming on Funimation.

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