Finally, after 4 consecutive hours of watching, writing and reviewing, I caught up with Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out. We’re close to the halfway point now, and this is where we have the full roster of characters finally introduced. But what are my thoughts on the final piece of out character roster? Well…
What I liked
The highlight of this episode was definitely the ‘choco mint’ speech at the end of the episode. It came out of nowhere and quite frankly I fail to really see the punchline, but the inexplicable energy and passion Uzaki radiates in this scene is used to great comedic effect and the weird blend of history, marketing practice and general public opinion came together in a very funny a memorable scene. I will also admit that while this episode lacked consistently cute moments, it did have one absolute stand-out cute moment. The moment in question is when Sakurai and Uzaki share a cocktail stick when eating mint chocolate, and it’s a really sweet moment with the slightest hint of romantic tension in it. This episodes goal was to clearly set up Uzaki and Sakurai’s ‘will they won’t they’ style relationship, which I saw coming for a while but it was at the very least done in a cute way.
What I Disliked
Ok, I have very mixed views on Sakaki, but I’m leaning slightly on the negative side. At first I had high hopes for him, a somewhat loveable scamp who plays it loose and fast. But then he starts being very intrusive with Uzaki and Sakurai and it just comes off as a really unpleasant scene, especially since its one of the few times it brings someone like Uzaki to a quiet state. He inexplicably has the motivation to get the pair together as a couple ina very hands on way, which exists only to give a parallel to Ami who wants to help get them together in a hands off way. I did like their back and forth argument, as it did help make Ami a more defined character, but it just made Sakaki come off as petty in my opinion.
Aside from Sakaki, this episode also lacked any moment’s I’d consider truly cute, save for the ‘sharing a stick’ scene towards the end, that was cute.
Not a bad episode by any means, but in my opinion the weakest the series has been so far.
Final Grade: 7/10
Overall, a mixed bag with this episode. While there were certainly some cute moments, I feel this episode is the only one with a character I don’t currently like. I hope Sakaki will change and become a more likable character, but as it stands right now he really seems like a stick in the mud that hopefully won’t bring the show down. This episode is by no means an overall negative experience, its still got that Uzaki-Chan charm and the cute choco mint scene really does land as both funny and wholesome.
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