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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (宇崎ちゃんは遊びたい!, Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! or Uzaki-chan Wants to Play!) is a Slice of Life / ecchi comedy manga series by Take.

The story follows Shinichi Sakurai, a fit and grumpy-faced 3rd year college student who just wants to spend his free time alone. However, his underclassman from his high school days, the short, energetic, and very buxom 2nd year student Hana Uzaki simply will not allow that, constantly pestering him and teasing him until Shinichi is forced to hang out with her. Slowly, but surely, he gradually starts enjoying his time with her to the point that, even with all their bickering, they're almost always seen together...

Other characters include:

  • Ami Asai: A coworker of Shinichi at her dad's cafe, who's very interested in seeing Shinichi and Hana become a couple;
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  • Mr. Asai (AKA "Master"): Ami's dad, the master of a college cafe and diner, and Shinichi's (and later Hana's) boss;
  • Isuhito Sakaki: Shinichi's womanizing classmate and friend;
  • Tsuki Uzaki: Uzaki's equally buxom mom.

Published by Kadokawa Shoten in the magazine Dra-Dra-Dragon Age since 2017, the manga is licensed in the United States and Canada by Seven Seas Entertainment.

Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! provides examples of:

  • Anything That Moves: Played with. This is what Shinichi thinks Sakaki is, this being the main reason he didn't want him and Hana to meet. Even though he does get around, it's revealed that Sakaki would never consider hitting on a girl Shinichi likes.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Hana sought to become Shinichi's friend because back in high school he went out of his way to teach her how to swim, finding him to be doting and kind in spite of his menacing appearance.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't ever say to Hana that mint chocolate tastes like toothpaste. That's a guaranteed Rant-Inducing Slight.
    • Calling Hana short is also a quick way to get her shouting at you.
  • Best Friend:
    • Short of romantic development, Hana and Shinichi are this for each other.
    • Sakaki was this to Shinichi before Hana started college, alongside being his Only Friend at the time.
  • Buxom Is Better: Invoked and played with. Ami encourages Hana to use her plentiful assets to lure Shinichi, but in spite of said bounty, Hana is not very good at doing this and most of her attempts backfire, ending up leaving her more embarrassed than what she bargained for.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Hana has one that’s visible in almost every shot, although the way it’s drawn and colored makes it look like part of her lip.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: As elaborated on Likes Older Women, Tsuki is under the impression that Shinichi actually pursues older women and has a vested interest in her because, on their first interaction she thinks that Shinichi wants to touch her boobs (he was actually talking about her cats), and every interaction since then has served to feed the misunderstanding.
  • Everyone Can See It: Shinichi and Hana are made for each other... but neither realizes it or cares to admit it.
  • Face of a Thug: Despite being very mild-mannered, most of the cast has noted that Shinichi has a permanent piercing gaze that makes him intimidating to some people. In chapter 12 Hana remarks that wearing sunglasses makes him look like a normal person since they covers his eyes. Hana's mother can barely keep it together around him just because of how intimidating is glare is. In chapter 31 she realizes she can actually be comfortable around him as long as he's not looking at her.
  • Fell Asleep Standing Up: In chapter 11 Hana and Shinichi get squished together on a crowded train. Shinichi is desperately trying not to get a rise out of the situation and focus on something else. Unfortunately to whole situation becomes too much for him, especially when he notices how good Hana smells, and he ends passing out standing up with his eyes wide open.
  • First-Name Basis: Shinichi is on a first name basis with Ami but not Hana, who's been his friend longer. In chapter 10 Hana finds out about this and it bugs her so much that she tries to hypnotize him into calling her by her first name. The hypnosis doesn't work but Shinichi plays along with it out until her orders get more ridiculous. He then explains that he doesn't like referring to girls by their first name and only does so with Ami to avoid confusion at his workplace since he works with her and her dad.
  • Gag Boobs: Hana breasts have a tendency to leave people at awe because how large they are especially compared to her overall short stature and slender build.
  • Genki Girl: Hana is very energetic and peppy, much to the annoyance of Shinichi.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Sakaki cares about Shinichi more than he gives him credit for, to the point that he becomes Hana's friend just to chitchat about Shinichi. He also refrains from hitting on Hana out of respect for his friend.
    • Hana likes to pester and hang around Shinichi not only because she's attracted to him, but also due to the fact that he'll default to being friendless because of the way he is, and she cannot bear the thought of him being alone. She wants to be his friend just as much as she unconsciously wants to be with him romantically.
    • Shinichi is a surprisingly sweet person, this being one of the reasons Hana is attracted to him.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In chapter 33, after tricking Shinichi into getting very drunk Hana decides to take advantage of the situation by getting him to tell her something he would never admit to her. He tries to tell her he loves her cooking but only gets halfway saying it before blacking out so all Hana hears is "love you". Being "confessed" to is too much for Hana so she immediately starts chugging as much beer as possible to get black out drunk and forget the whole thing happened.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All chapter names begin with "Kouhai and [...]" ("Kouhai" referring to Hana).
  • Just Friends: Hana and Shinichi have been caught in this ever since they met in high school.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Shinichi adores cats, but his scary face tends to drive them away.
  • Likes Older Women: Tsuki gets the impression that Shinichi is into older women and has a crush on her. She gets even more nervous when she learns that Shinichi is very popular among moms that visit the cafe he works at. Though she's quickly assured by Ami and her father that he doesn't have thing for older women.
  • Loners Are Freaks: The reason why Hana always hangs out with Shinichi, despite his insistence he likes being alone.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Hana is a extremely bubbly and energetic and even though she has friends who actually want her around she'd rather spend time with Shinichi, who would rather be a loner. She does this because she pities Shinichi for not having any friends and wants to break him out of his shell. Although later on it's revealed, much to her surprise, that Shinichi is not as friendless and antisocial as she thinks he is.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Happens in a bonus chapter: Shinichi is taking a nap and Hana decides to lay down with him to get some embarrassing pictures of him, but in his sleep Shinichi hugs and pulls Hana towards him with his face getting very snug between her ample breasts. Hana is shocked and embarrassed, but does not object due to both understanding that Shinichi is unaware of what he is doing in his sleep and because she feels it is karma punishing her for her prankster antics. Shinichi never finds out this happened, but does remark that was the most comfortable nap he ever had.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Uzaki sounds like "uzai", meaning "annoying".
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Hana's mom, Tsuki, who's appearance is basically Hana with longer hair and her eyes always closed. This is despite being 43, more than twice her daughter's age. Ami is a bit taken aback over how young she looks.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In chapter 6 Hana tries to chase a stray cat through a bush but ends up getting stuck. Shinichi tries to help her out but grabbing her by her hips and pulling her out. Unfortunately because of the way the two positioned and Hana yelling at him to "hurry up an pull out" two women passing by think they're doing something lewd and immediately run away with Shinichi desperately yelling that it's not what it looks like.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • Hana is 19 but her short stature has people thinking she's much younger than that, with Shinichi's boss mistaken her for a middle-school student (though a clear look at her chest convinces him she's definitely an adult).
    • Runs in the family. Her mom is more than twice her age yet looks no older than her.
  • One Head Taller: Shinichi is a little over a head taller than Hana and the two get confused for a couple constantly.
  • Polyamory: Played for Laughs. Tsuki is somewhat under the impression that Hana and Shinichi are in a blatant sexually-open relationship and that she's giving him cues in order to both seduce Tsuki and grab her boobs. Change "boobs" with "cats" and you get what Hana and Shinichi are actually talking about. What makes this even worse is that Tsuki is indeed starting to get flattered at the possibility and recognizing Shinichi for his assets and kindness.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: In chapter 17 Hana offers to share some of her mint chocolate with Shinichi. He declines stating that mint chocolate tastes like toothpaste. This causes Hana to lose it and go on a long rant about how dumb criticizing mint chocolate for tasting like toothpaste is. This actually gets her a standing ovation from some of the people in the area.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Chapter 30 and 31 reveal that Hana gets her rude and judgmental nature from her mother. Although her mother is at least good at keeping her opinions to herself.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Because they hang out together so much and Hana chumminess towards Shinichi a lot of characters assume they're dating. Something both of them vehemently deny.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Both Ami and Sakaki would like to for Shinichi and Hana to become a couple. They have opposing ideas on how that should happen. Ami wants the later two to spend as much time alone together as possible believing that they'll naturally hook up. While Sakaki thinks they won't hook up unless someone forces them to acknowledge their attraction to each other.
    • Mr. Sasaki, in the mean time, is right in between. He is one for using his authority over them to get them together, but at the same time leaving them to spend time together alone.
  • Sleep Cute: More than once, Hana and Shinichi have happened to fall asleep at the same time and end up either embracing or spooning. The fact that they do that makes their classmates affirm that their denial of being a couple is pointless. Regardless of their denials, they are two very compatible young individuals.
  • Stupid Sexy Friend: While Shinichi will begrudgingly admit to Hana being his friend, he will deny dating or being attracted to her to the point were he forces himself to look away anytime he catches himself gawking at her.
  • Tempting Fate: In chapter 5 Shinichi remarks how much he loves working at the cafe because if it's peaceful atmosphere... then Hana walks in. And shortly after that she gets a job there working alongside him.
  • Thanks for the Mammary:
    • In chapter 3 Shinichi unknowingly grabs Hana breasts while getting really into a VR game. She lets it slide since he obviously didn't do it on purpose.
    • In chapter 19 Shinichi and his friends play a game on the beach where he has to smash a watermelon blindfolded. Unfortunately he just he ends up accidentally tripping and getting a handful of Hana's breasts.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Hana has a habit of saying things without earshot of other people that can be taken the wrong way usually to Shinichi's embarrassment. In the first chapter she gets angry at Shinichi for being cold towards her and yells at him for "toying her as he please" much to the horror of the people out them. Shinichi immediately yells back at her for making him sound like a monster.
  • Through His Stomach: One of the methods Hana uses successfully to get close to Shinichi, as she's an excellent cook.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Hana constantly teases Shinichi about his loner tendencies and Shinichi will often regard Hana as a nusance. Still though they often hang out together and are clearly friendly with each other. So much so that most other characters think the two are dating.
    • Sasaki and Ami end up establishing a clashing Odd Friendship based on the fact that they're shippers for Hana and Shinichi. She's passive, while he's proactive.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Shinichi is crippingly terrified of horror stuff, and during a test of courage with his friends he has a Heroic BSoD so bad that Hana has to bring him to safety by taking his hand.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Shinichi and Hana, despite their constant bickering, have an obvious attraction to each other but neither of them feel comfortable being more than just friends.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men:
    • Ami is noted for being a muscle fetishist and finds Shinichi very attractive because of his muscular physique.
    • More than once, Hana has caught herself admiring how fit Shinichi is.
  • You Keep Telling Yourself That:
    • Hana has sustained rather callously to most of the people she meets that she is close to Shinichi just because she pities the fact that he's a lonesome and antisocial guy. However, their interactions show said people that it's certainly not pity.
    • Both Hana and Shinichi are given to deny their closeness and the possibility of becoming an item to their friends and classmates. Problem is, they're fooling no one.


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