Well, I’m back with a new review! It’s time I pulled my proverbial head out of my proverbial ass and got back to some good old fashioned Average Joe Reviews. Now I was going to review Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster, but just as I was about to, I caught wind that an anime I’d been especially hyped for made its way onto the scene. Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out, a slice of life comedy that follows tomboy waifu extraordinaire Uzaki-Chan and her misadventures with her friends. So without further ado, lets dive into this review and see what all the fuss is about.
This anime so far is shaping up to have the style of story that I love. This episode didn’t have some colossal overarching plot looming over it, and instead was a very down to earth, funny and wholesome afternoon between Uzaki and the loner protagonist of the series Shinichi. The show starts off with a really funny scene where a literal year passes of Uzaki watching Shinichi go without doing anything and honestly it really made me laugh. There was also a little bit of fan service sprinkled in throughout the episode, but it was all over the place and served only to aid in certain jokes, with only one moment in the whole episode being what I perceive as purely ecchi, but that’s fine. I feel like as an introduction to this world and the characters, as well as giving us a general consensus on how the story is gonna be laid out, this episode did a great job. It was funny, oozing with charm, set the tone perfectly and was an enjoyable watch from start to end.
Ooh boy, I love these characters. Uzaki absolutely carries this episode, bringing with her all the charisma and fun that you can muster. Watching her character it’s weird to think she was subject to a social media ‘cancel’ movement when she was being used for Give Blood Campaigns in Japan. I guess cartoons that don’t mirror real anatomical humans are the scourge of mankind…but anyway, the point is this character ain’t nowhere near as controversial as uneducated viewers might think. She is so much fun and toes the line between a ditzy childlike fool, to a smug manipulator who always makes sure she get what she wants out of Shinichi. While not exactly nefarious or mean spirited, she does come off as an exceptionally controlling force, but in a good way, she offers that right amount of dominating chaos that parallels the subdued and lonely Shinichi, making for a really cute pair. I don’t usually partake in ships, but if those two don’t get together by the end of the series, I will be mad (not Darling in the Franxx bad but we don’t talk about that). Speaking of the pair, Shinichi himself is a lot of fun. He’s clearly set up to be the blank canvas that Uzaki is going to paint a personality onto, and even at the end of this episode, you get the sense that he’s going to change throughout the series, setting up for good development. More characters are set to be introduced, but for now, these two did a good job of leading us into the series and make for an unlikely duo I can’t wait to see more of.
I don’t really have much to say about the presentation other than that I think it’s great. The animation style is smooth and fluid, the character designs were translated to animation masterfully and I think the colour scheme makes for a super appealing aesthetic for the show. I love how the show has such a subdued, almost pastel-like colour scheme yet it manages to get across such a vibrant atmosphere that simply radiates off our characters. I will also point out how this show somehow manages to make Uzaki’s horrifying flesh fang…thing, whatever it is, work well and really compliments her character and design. If this is the standard of visuals we can expect from this show, then I don’t think you’ll be hearing any complaints from me in this regard.
- Story: 4/5 – Despite lacking a solid plot, this anime has a clear goal in mind and sets out its stall with good character establishment, outlining motivation and goals for the characters in future outings as well as simply offering fun and enjoyable moments that really let you soak up the charisma and joy Uzaki and Shinichi resonate.
- Characters: 5/5 – They’re so good guys, I really don’t know how to communicate this to you any other way. Uzaki is an absolute delight and really nails every scene she’s in, making every scene a treat to watch. Shinichi parallels Uzaki in a really funny way, but he doesn’t come off as a dislikeable snob, but by the end of the episode is left open to Uzaki’s antics. I can only hope these two stay this consistently good.
- Presentation: 4/5 – I won’t call it spectacular, but it’s certainly good. Not a single frame looked out of place, the colour pallet is wonderful and makes for a really calming tone, and the characters designs really helped to sell the personalities and style of Shinichi and Uzaki.
- (Unique Grade) Uzaki Smugness: 5/5 – I mean, just look at the image below, I feel obliged to give a 5/5.
Final Grade: 4/5
Simple but effective, this episode really helps make for a fun and exciting world, with these characters rife with potential for development as well as a whole variety of antics in store for our characters that will only add to their wealth of likeability and fun. I have high hope for Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out.
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