First Impression: Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out S2

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Uzaki is looking to hang out with her senpai. The first episode of season two starts with a nice little montage of the two of them spending Christmas together, but before we can plan out a new entry in the 12 Days of Christmas Anime, the new OP (quite a bop, btw) moves the action back to summer. Uzaki is feeling pretty down about summer coming to a close, but Itsuhito brings her spirits up by reminding her that summer isn’t the only time she can hang out with Sakurai. The scene transitions to a quick flashback of Sakurai helping Uzaki with her swimming before Itsuhito convinces the two to go bowling together with him. Uzaki and Sakurai (aka “punk” according to the name she inputs onto the scorecard screen) decide to compete, suggesting whoever has the lower score must do the bidding of the other. Despite Uzaki’s confidence, Sakurai has actually improved since the last time they played. Will he finally taste victory? Meanwhile, Mr. Asai makes plans to close early for the day, but Ami neglects to tell Sakurai and Uzaki, making her own fiendish plans. Unfortunately for Ami, the fun ends when Mr. Asai returns and she gets her just deserts. A while later, we find Sakurai struggling to stay awake before class due to Uzaki keeping him up late playing video games. Itsuhito suggests he take a nap, promising to wake him up before class starts. But of course things don’t quite play out that way, do they?

The first season was a fun and relaxing romp, and season two is looking to be more of the same. The interaction between Uzaki and Sakurai is hilarious and Uzaki’s teasing comes off much more light-hearted than some others I’ve seen. Funny enough, Itsuhito has mellowed out some while Ami has gone the opposite way. In the first season, Itsuhito went out of his way to push the relationship between Uzaki and Sakurai, but now he seems more content to watch and just comment in his mind. In contrast, Ami, who initially came off as being rather level-headed (if a bit extreme in her tastes), is now trying to pull others fully into her delusions and desires. This is continuing to be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to seeing how things progress as the season continues.

Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out can be streamed on Crunchyroll.

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