Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! – 01 (First Impressions) – Super Huge Fun

This wasn’t originally on my animedar, but the “[Name] Wants to [Action]!” formula has generally been a good source of slice-of-life comedy entertainment, and in the case of  Master Teaser Takagi-san, occasional gems.

Well peeps, I can say without reservation that Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! was well worth a look, delivering an irresistible blend of rom-com slice-of-lifeness, lightly dusted with ecchi on account of the titular Uzaki Kana having a very large bust despite being under five feet tall.

Sakurai Shinichi is a second-year college student and stubborn loner. When Uzaki, his old high school kohai, greets him, he remembers her name…then an entire dang year passes without the two of them interacting again. That’s one hell of a cold open!

Now a second-year herself, Uzaki is determined to establish a relationship with the now third-year Sakurai, and when their afternoons align she doesn’t take no for an answer. Their day together begins with a trip to the movie theater, where Uzaki mocks him for going to movies solo.

When he sees the genuine enthusiasm in her face and offers to pay for her ticket with his points, she then mocks him for having collected so many points by going to see so many movies alone. Throughout their interactions, which consist of her yelling a lot and him getting angry, they are mistaken for being boyfriend and girlfriend many times.

Aside from close-ups and the “SUGOI DEKAI” (“Super Huge”) label across her chest, Uzaki’s chest is never explicitly mentioned in dialogue, making it a strict ecchi sight gag. However, when she’s in a massage chair, it feels so good on her overburdened shoulders she can’t help but let out a series of thoroughly indecent sounds. She also puts on an inadvertently amorous show when she stands on a vibrating workout platform.

When she tries out the VR, Sakurai has a gas watching her frenzied, fearful reactions…until she absolutely obliterates him with a blow to the face; he was standing too close to her. The tables are turned when he tries out the VR in an underwater scenario, and one of his grasping hands mimicking swimming accidentally grabs and squeezes one of her boobs, marveling at the tech that apparently replicates feeling.

After a batting cage session that consists of Uzaki heartily and mercilessly laughing at Sakurai’s feeble attempts to make contact and Uzaki injuring her back out by swinging to hard, the two have dinner, where Sakurai learns that any unattended food he orders will be instantly hoovered up by the voracious Uzaki (clearly we know where all that food goes).

Sadly, we don’t get to see the two part ways or say good night, but the next morning Uzaki suggests they go right back to the cages so he can give her some pointers. What for Sakurai had been extraordinary infrequent situation of actually hanging out with someone, she’s determined to make a regular occurrence. Not that she wants Sakurai to get used to her—she’s  always going to keep him on his terms and be on his nerves.

But as he said earlier in their first afternoon of hanging out, “she has her moments,” and I have no doubt he’ll steadily warm to her sunny charm and brazen boisterousness, even as he ponders how Uzaki changed so much from that taciturn high school student by the pool.

Uzaki-chan is a zany superstar, thanks to adorable character design and the immensely talented comic voice of Oozora Naomi (who also voice Chio in Chio’s School Road). Her character strikes the right balance of abrasive and endearing, while Sakurai walks the line between annoyed and game. This show is a definite keeper!

P.S. There’s a stalker cat with a very creepy face. Huh!

Author: sesameacrylic

Zane Kalish is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

3 thoughts on “Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! – 01 (First Impressions) – Super Huge Fun”

  1. I had intended to watch this last season when it was delayed due to Covid-19, so was happy to catch up with the show this season. I thought it was funny enough and I found myself sympathizing with Sakurai’s plight as the episode progressed. Am I the only person who finds Uzaki somewhat annoying rather than funny? I found her habit of reflexively laughing at and putting down everything Sakurai does comes across at times as social clanging rather than funny, i think a challenge for “Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out” will be to find other interpersonal and comedic notes for Uzaki to hit before she wears out her welcome.

    1. Uzaki’s occasional “performative cruelty” makes for an interesting dynamic. However, I doubt the show is intending to portray anything darker than “Sakurai is a loser loner” and that while some of Uzaki’s taunts may sting, her “heart’s in the right place.”

      She’s also most certainly supposed to be annoying to Sakurai. I also find it bizarre that an entire year was spent with no contact whatsoever between them.

      But then there’s that oh-so-brief memory Sakurai has of a quiet Uzaki by the pool who kept to her self. Uzaki mentions “girlfriends” but I don’t think we ever see them in the ep; does she really have friends beyond just Sakurai?

      Even if she does, does she get anything out of them, or does she feel deeper kinship with Sakurai as a former fellow loner, as well as a desire to help him come out of his shell?

      If that is her goal, it seems to be working, as Sakurai considered their time together worthwhile enough not to reject hanging out in the near future—heck the next day. Perhaps for him the fun outweighs her more annoying/caustic moments.

      Regardless, this a show with a painfully simple surface premise that nevertheless invites a lot of thought on social interactions…and that’s a good thing IMO!

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