Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Japanese: 宇崎ちゃんは遊びたい！, Hepburn: Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!, lit. "Uzaki-chan Wants to Play!") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Take. It has been serialized through Niconico Seiga's Dra Dra Sharp website since December 2017 and collected in six tankōbon volumes by Fujimi Shobo as of March 2021. In North America, the manga is licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment. An anime television series adaptation by ENGI aired from July to September 2020. A second season has been announced.
|Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!|
(Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!)
|Published by||Fujimi Shobo|
|Imprint||Dragon Comics Age|
|Magazine||Niconico Seiga (Dra Dra Sharp)|
|Original run||December 1, 2017 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kazuya Miura|
|Written by||Takashi Aoshima|
|Music by||Satoshi Igarashi|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, BSS, BS11, ABC, TVA|
|Original run||July 10, 2020 – present|
Hana Uzaki is thrilled to discover that she is attending the same college as her fellow high school upperclassman, Shinichi Sakurai. However, after a year of watching him just laze around, she comes to the conclusion that he has turned into a loner. She decides to spend as much time with Shinichi as possible, believing that he is an introvert or intimidating which is uncool and unacceptable. Beginning her project to have Shinichi experience a fun lifestyle, Hana stalks him like an annoying pest. Will Shinichi ever make her understand that he prefers doing things by himself, or will he be won over by Hana's zany charm?
- Hana Uzaki (宇崎花, Uzaki Hana)
- Voiced by: Naomi Ōzora (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
- A second year college student who attends the same college as Shinichi. Despite her curvaceous figure, Hana is sometimes mistaken as an elementary school student due to her short height. A cheerful and outgoing person, she is frustrated that Shinichi spent his college days mostly alone during her first year at college. As such, she decides to help him get out of his loner lifestyle by accompanying him wherever he goes, much to Shinichi's annoyance and embarrassment. As the time passes, Hana starts to develop feelings for Shinichi, but she refuses to acknowledge this.
- Shinichi Sakurai (桜井真一, Sakurai Shin'ichi)
- Voiced by: Kenji Akabane (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)
- A third year college student who is Hana's upperclassman. The two of them first met when they were members of the swimming club during high school. Most of the girls in the college are afraid to approach him due to his scary looks. Shinichi is often annoyed by Hana's antics, especially those that come at his expense, but tolerates them as long as she is having fun during her college life. He works part time at a café near their college and is popular among the customers because of his athletic physique and work ethic.
- Ami Asai (亜細亜実, Asai Ami)
- Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)
- A fourth year college student who attends the same college as Shinichi and Hana. She also works at her father's café. Like her father, she watches Shinichi and Hana from afar to see if their relationship will progress even further. She also has a muscle fetish towards Shinichi since the first day he worked at the café.
- Itsuhito Sakaki (榊逸仁, Sakaki Itsuhito)
- Voiced by: Tomoya Takagi (Japanese); Nazeeh Tarsha (English)
- Shinichi's friend at the college he attends. He is good at sports and popular among girls at the college. When he finds out that Shinichi and Hana often hang out together, Sakaki joins forces with Ami so that he can help the two advance their relationship to the next level.
- The Master (マスター, Masutā)
- Voiced by: Yōsuke Akimoto (Japanese); Kent Williams (English)
- Shinichi's boss at the café he works at, his real name is Akihiko Asai. He is also Ami's father. Knowing that Hana often visits Shinichi whenever he works at the café, he decides to watch both of them from afar with his daughter, wondering if their relationship will advance to the next level.
- Tsuki Uzaki (宇崎月, Uzaki Tsuki)
- Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese); Terri Doty (English)
- Tsuki is Hana's mother. She considers Shinichi's look to be scary from the day she met him and is often mistaken that Shinichi has taking an interest in her since the day he visited the house, not knowing that he only wanted to pet Hana's cats.
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! is written and illustrated by Take (丈). It began serialization through Niconico Seiga's Dra Dra Sharp website on December 1, 2017. The series has been compiled into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was published on July 9, 2018. As of March 9, 2020, six volumes have been published. In North America, the series is licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment, who began publishing it in English on September 17, 2019.
|No.||Original release date||Original ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||July 9, 2018||978-4-04-072779-0||September 17, 2019||978-1-64275-336-3|
|2||February 8, 2019||978-4-04-073095-0||January 14, 2020||978-1-64505-193-0|
|3||July 9, 2019||978-4-04-073260-2||June 16, 2020 (digital)|
July 14, 2020 (physical)
|4||February 7, 2020||978-4-04-073499-6||December 8, 2020||978-1-64505-817-5|
|5||July 9, 2020||978-4-04-073712-6 |
|May 11, 2021||978-1-64827-215-8|
|6||March 9, 2021||978-4-04-074013-3||December 14, 2021||978-1-64827-389-6|
|7||August 6, 2021||978-4-04-074205-2||—||—|
An anime television series adaptation was announced by Kadokawa on February 3, 2020. The series was animated by ENGI and directed by Kazuya Miura, with Takashi Aoshima handling series composition, Manabu Kurihara designing the characters, and Satoshi Igarashi composing the music. It aired from July 10 to September 25, 2020 on AT-X and other channels. The opening theme, "Negotiation by Comforting" (なだめスかし Negotiation, Nadamesukashi Negoshiēshon, "Soothing Negotiation"), was performed by Kano and Naomi Ōzora, performing as her character, Hana Uzaki, while the ending theme, "Kokoro Knock" (ココロノック, Kokoro Nokku, "Heart Knock"), was performed by YuNi. The anime ran for 12 episodes. On July 3, 2020, Funimation announced at FunimationCon that they had acquired the series, and would stream the series on its website in North America and the British Isles, and on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand. On September 10, 2020, Funimation announced that the series would receive an English dub, which premiered the following day.
|No.||Title[a]||Original air date|
|1||"Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!"|
Transcription: "Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!" (Japanese: 宇崎ちゃんは遊びたい！)
|July 10, 2020|
|Hana Uzaki decides to cure Shinichi Sakurai of his loneliness. They go see a movie, try virtual reality, where he accidentally fondles her breast, she hurts her back at batting baseball, eats from his plate at the restaurant, and constantly embarrasses him.|
|2||"The Café Owner Wants a Glimpse!"|
Transcription: "Masutā wa Kaimamitai!" (Japanese: マスターは垣間見たい！)
|July 17, 2020|
|Hana happens to pass by the café where Shinichi works. He tells her to leave, but she insists on being properly treated as a customer. Hana gets stuck in bushes after trying to catch a stray cat to cheer up Shinichi, who ends up in an embarrassing situation. Later, she is shocked to find out he has a friend he is having lunch with, and keeps sending him text messages. That evening, she shows up at the café to ask Shinichi to help her with a written report. She then asks him if she can sleep at his place because it is close to campus, much to his shock and the café owner's amusement.|
|3||"The Asai Family Wants to Look Out for Us!"|
Transcription: "Asai Oyako wa Mimamoritai!" (Japanese: 亜細親子は見守りたい！)
|July 24, 2020|
|Ami Asai, the café owner's daughter and Shinichi's senior, meets Hana. Shinichi is sick after an incident the day prior and Hana shows up at his place to take care of him. To celebrate Shinichi's recovery, the four of them eat out, but Hana gets jealous when Shinichi calls Ami by her first name. At college, Hana tries to hypnotize Shinichi to make him call her by her first name.|
|4||"I Want to Hang Out Together Over the Holiday!"|
Transcription: "Renkyū wa Issho ni Asobitai!" (Japanese: 連休は一緒に遊びたい！)
|July 31, 2020|
|During Golden Week, Shinichi plays video games for three straight days. Hana then shows up and they decide to go out and play Doramon Go together. Later, they run into Ami while buying glasses. On a crowded train, Shinichi becomes self-conscious standing next to Hana, which leads to him going past his stop. At the café, Ami tells Shinichi to follow up with Hana. When Shinichi arrives at college, he agrees to hang out with Hana the following weekend. A week later, they spend the whole day hanging out together.|
|5||"I Want to Meddle in My Friend's Business!"|
Transcription: "Shin'yū ni Osekkai Shitai!" (Japanese: 親友におせっかいしたい！)
|August 7, 2020|
|Hana teases Shinichi after he wakes from a nightmare in class, but he gets revenge later on. Shinichi's friend, Itsuhito Sakaki, meddles in their relationship, which upsets Ami. Later, Hana berates Shinichi about chocolate mint.|
|6||"Summer! The Beach! I Want to Test My Courage!"|
Transcription: "Natsuda! Umida! Ki mo Dame Shitai!" (Japanese: 夏だ！海だ！きもだめしたい！)
|August 14, 2020|
|Hana is hired at the café, much to Shinichi's annoyance. She decides to head to the beach in order to prevent him from spending summer break holed-in. Ami and Sakaki join them and they play an awkward game of watermelon splitting blindfolded. Later that night, they have a test of courage which has unforeseen consequences. Afterwards, Hana wants to tease a sleeping Shinichi.|
|7||"I Want to Hang Out at a Cat Café and a Pub!"|
Transcription: "Neko Kafe to Izakaya de Asobitai!" (Japanese: 猫カフェと居酒屋で遊びたい！)
|August 21, 2020|
|Hana receives a call from Shinichi where he tells her that he needs to see her. When they meet up, she finds out he wanted her come with him to a cat café, much to her annoyance. After they hang out there, Hana tells Shinichi that her birthday is coming up. At the café, he wonders what he should get her. Later, while he is out looking for a present, Shinichi receives a call from Hana telling him to meet her. When he arrives at her location, they head to a pub. Inside, Hana orders a lot of alcohol. Afterwards, Shinichi takes an inebriated Hana to his place where she teases him. The following morning, Hana has a hangover.|
|8||"I Want to Watch Fireworks Together!"|
Transcription: "Futari de Hanabi o Miagetai!" (Japanese: 二人で花火を見上げたい！)
|August 28, 2020|
|Hana apologizes to Shinichi about ruining his futon while drunk, causing an embarrassing misunderstanding among onlookers. Later at the café, the café owner gives Shinichi a voucher to a fireworks festival, while Ami gives him advice about Hana, who is still mortified about the incident. Hana accidentally knocks out Shinichi after he tries too hard to cheer her up, and he reminisces when they were in high school. Upon awakening, he reminisces to her about all they have done together since entering college.|
|9||"Tsuki Uzaki Wants a Thrill?"|
Transcription: "Uzaki Tsuki wa Tokimekitai?" (Japanese: 宇崎月はときめきたい？)
|September 4, 2020|
|Tsuki Uzaki, Hana's mother, meets Shinichi for the first time. She then misinterprets his desire to pet one of Hana's cats as him being interested in her. At the café, Tsuki shows up to watch Hana work only to find out that Shinichi is working there as well. After the misunderstanding involving Shinichi is seemingly cleared up, she once again misinterprets the situation when she hears him and Hana having a conversation. Later, Hana begins acting more like her mother after Shinichi inadvertently insulted her. Once he apologizes, they get into argument which leads to a young costumer giving them a lottery ticket so they can make up. When they use the ticket, they win a trip to Tottori.|
|10||"I Want to Hang Out in Tottori!"|
Transcription: "Tottori de Asobitai!" (Japanese: 鳥取で遊びたい!)
|September 11, 2020|
|Hana and Shinichi are in Tottori when they run into Sakaki and Ami. It is then revealed that Sakaki and Ami have teamed up in order to ensure that Hana and Shinichi's relationship goes to the next level. As they are touring, Hana and Shinichi notice the same couple along the way. When they arrive at Hakuto Shrine, Sakaki and Ami reveal to Hana and Shinichi that Tottori is famous for being a destination for couples, much to their chagrin. After having some brief uneasiness, Hana and Shinichi are able to enjoy themselves the next day. Meanwhile, someone walking by Sakaki and Ami catches their attention.|
|11||"Does Sakurai Want to Hang Out Too?"|
Transcription: "Sakurai mo Asobitai?" (Japanese: 桜井も遊びたい?)
|September 18, 2020|
|When Hana arrives at Shinichi's place, he starts complaining until she reveals that she plans on cooking a meal. At the café, when Shinichi is put in charge of food prep, his cooking is a disaster. Later, Hana and Tsuki teach Shinichi how to cook. Tsuki then misinterprets Hana and Shinichi's conversation. Afterwards, Hana and Shinichi hang out at a rock climbing gym. Sometime later, Hana and Ami run into Shinichi at a karaoke bar. The following day, a despondent Hana tells Shinichi that she cannot hang out with him anymore.|
|12||"Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out More!"|
Transcription: "Uzaki-chan wa Motto Asobitai!" (Japanese: 宇崎ちゃんはもっと遊びたい！)
|September 25, 2020|
|Hana reveals the reason why she cannot hang out with Shinichi anymore is that she forgot to do her summer break homework. At the café, when the café owner injures his back, Ami temporary takes over as manager. While Shinichi and the café owner are at the chiropractic clinic, Hana reminisces how she and Shinichi first met. After Hana asks everyone at the café what Shinichi is like when he is drunk, Hana and Shinichi have a drinking party later that night. The next morning, they realize they slept in the same futon. At the café, they have a hard time remembering what happened. Once summer break is over with, Hana and Shinichi return to campus where he tells her that they will always be together whenever they hang out.|
- All English titles are taken from Funimation.
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