In this crazy world of anime, there are many shows that often take on a life of their own. Whether they become massive overhyped hits, meme worthy legends, so bad it’s good, or culture war flashpoints, every show is capable of leaving behind something. And there is no better case than the show we are talking about today. Join me after the cut as we dive into the anime series Uzaki-chan wants to hang out!
As a show, Uzaki-chan isn’t that special. Another entry in the genre of girls being upbeat, happy and unique, Uzaki-chan and other shows like have always been an acquired taste. You either love the show completely, or you end up hating it because you cannot stand the main character. In terms of Hana Uzaki herself, the nominal lead, she doesn’t step far away from this mold. You are either going to love the big breasted ball of energy that she is, or you can’t. It is that simple, and the entire show is predicated on that fact.
Personally, I didn’t much care for the show at the start, and even after it is all said and done there was nothing really there that stood out. The jokes ranged from decently funnying to dull, the animation was nothing special, and it really didn’t have much to say about anything. Not that that is a bad thing of course, I’ve always been a proponent of the ‘tune in, tune out’ type of shows, but Uzaki-chan just didn’t pull me in. Frankly there are plenty of other shows that can do the job much better. However…..
Because the internet decided to have a collective meltdown, because they decided to look at Uzaki and decided that THIS was the line that should not be crossed. And because people decided to stoke the flames of the culture war, on both sides. Uzaki-chan wasn’t allowed to just exist. Instead it became a flashpoint for the ongoing slap fight between anime fans, and people who don’t understand the community or the fandom. I will not bore you with my opinions on these matters, things I have already discussed before. But I will say that such a controversy is frankly wasted on a show like this, which is so harmless it’s almost hilarious. I will remind people that Redo of a Healer is still a thing that is happening next year.
Uzaki-chan wants to hang out!, is a harmless show that is dull at most times, and decently interesting at the others. It is honestly a show that I think many people, myself included would have dropped if not for people making it out to be some great problematic thing (fuck do i hate that word) that it isn’t. Hopefully with a season two now confirmed (which really shows you just how wrong people got it), will allow this show to stand on its own two feet, and not be a scapegoat for people’s sensitivity and attention seeking, on either side. And maybe be a little bit funnier too. Still with all that said.
I’d gladly donate blood if Uzaki-chan asked me too.