Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! – Ep. 1 (First Impressions)

Between this and the announcement for the anime adaptation of Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro, I’m beginning to think Teasing Master Takagi-san has started a trend. That wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest. Takagi-san is a pretty big hit in Japan and the concept of a love interest refusing to give the protagonist peace and quiet has a lot of comedic potential and appeal. I can only hope then that these series chasing that money are at least good.

The plot of Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! goes like this. Shinichi Sakurai (Kenji Akabane) is an introverted college student and his junior and longtime schoolmate, Hana Uzaki (Naomi Oozora), keeps pestering him to hang out with her to liven up his daily life. I have no doubt that Uzaki means well here. Sakurai does appear to be too antisocial, lazy, and rude. Conversely however, I found myself incredibly annoyed with this girl. She seems to equate a preference to be alone with being sad and pathetic which really rubs me the wrong way. She’s constantly chasing Sakurai around, refuses to listen to him, and publicly (albeit intentionally) embarrasses him in front of others. It all feels like it’d do more harm than good and I don’t think Uzaki realizes that nor does the show for that matter.

There appears to be just two type of jokes in this show: Uzaki annoying her friend and Uzaki having a big rack. The former is more genuinely obnoxious and not as funny as intended. The latter is simply juvenile; I’m not saying it can’t work but to. for example, have your main character wearing a shirt that has “Sugoi Dekai/Super Huge” written on it is eye-rolling. I’d maybe mind the homogeneity if Uzaki is more likable and if the show ran for around ten minutes but I obviously find the character annoying and the show is a half-hour feature.

Since this is a light season, I may give this show one more episode but to be honest, I don’t feel terribly motivated to watch more.

Thanks for reading!

Watch Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! on Funimation

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