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

Shinichi Sakurai is a fit and grumpy-faced 3rd year college student who just wants to spend his free time alone. Unfortunately for him, an underclassman from his high school days, the short, energetic, and very buxom 2nd year student Hana Uzaki, has taken notice of this. None too pleased that someone she once admired has a nonexistent social life, she resolves to remedy that: by constantly pestering and teasing him until Shinichi is forced to hang out with her on a regular basis. Slowly, but surely, he gradually starts enjoying his time with her to the point that, even with all their bickering, they've become best friends who are almost always seen together. And maybe with a bit more time, they'll become something a bit more...

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The cast is rounded out by Shinichi's coworker Ami Asai, a slightly perverted woman and Shipper on Deck who works with him (and later Hana) at her father Akihiko's cafe; Itsuhito Sakaki, Shinichi's womanizing classmate and Only Friend prior to Hana streamrolling into his life; and Hana's much meeker but equally buxom mother, Tsuki, who is under the mistaken impression that Shinichi is some kind of scary pervert when he really just wants to pet some cats.

An anime adaptation from Studio ENGI began airing Summer 2020; the two promotional videos can be seen here and here. A second season was announced shortly after the finale, planned for a 2021 release. The series was licensed by Funimation and can be watched here.


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

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Throughout the anime, mainly with things like doors and bushes.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Despite what some people on Twitter might say, Uzaki does have a realistic body type, with several female fans of the series posting pictures of themselves showing that they have a similar body type to her.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Hana, Kiri and Yanagi find their boisterous, enthusiastic father tremendously embarrasing.
  • Author Appeal: All of the girls not named Uzaki wear glasses.
  • Best Friend: Short of romantic development, Hana and Shinichi are this for each other.
  • 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.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Even after Hana's worrying about Shinichi graduating and leaving, and talking to Sakaki about how she should "hurry", she's refusing to do the simple solution stated by Sakaki to just tell him that she likes him and instead affirms to Sakaki that she'll get Shinichi to confess he loves her within a year.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: As Shinichi is trying to grab Hana out of some bushes, she asks him if he's "pulling out", all while her hips are towards his crotch.....and it especially doesn't help in his case when some passers-by see what he's doing.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Although she doesn't actually have feelings for Shinichi, Ami is guilty of constantly lusting over his body, something Itsuhito hilariously calls her out on. She even tries to trick Shinichi to wait at their cafe while only wearing skimpy shorts.
  • Everyone Can See It: Shinichi and Hana are made for each other... but neither realizes it or cares to admit it.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Flashbacks of Hana and Shinichi in high school has Hana's hair at shoulder-length.
  • 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, the 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. Long story short, it doesn't work. 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. Comes back in Chapter 46. Ami, his boss, Tsuki and Hana finally strong-arm him into calling Hana by her name, as she got offended after he starts calling Tsuki by her first name, but still continue to refer to her as Uzaki.
  • Foil: Ami and Sakaki are this to each other when it comes to being shippers for Hana and Shinichi. Ami favors the passive approach, leaving them to their devices as much as possible, while Sakaki favors direct intervention by forcing them into situations where they're alone together. This makes them clash initially, but they start working together upon realizing they're ultimately working towards the same exact goal.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Hana's iconic "Sugoi Dekai" shirt, which fits her given that translates to "super huge"/"really big"/etc.
  • Gag Boobs: Hana's mother Tsuki's chest is just as large as Hana's, while Hana's little sister Yanagi has a pretty sizable pair despite only being 14, suggesting large busts run in the family.
  • Gainaxing: The anime adaptation takes Hana's bust size and runs with the jiggling, most notably when she tries out the massage chair and vibrating fitness machines in Episode 1.
  • Hidden Depths: Underneath all the bickering, Hana and Shinichi are shown to be a very affectionate pair.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
    • Hana is just a little shorter than average, the main reason she looks so small though is because Shinichi is a lot taller than the average guy.
    • Hana's parents too: although her father is more or less of average height, he has a muscular build, and with her mom being so short he easily towers over her.
  • Iconic Outfit: Hana's Fun T-Shirt, a white-and-blue top with the words 'Sugoi Dekai'note  plastered at the front.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming:
    • All chapter names begin with "Kouhai and [...]" ("Kouhai" referring to Hana).
    • The anime episodes have the verb "want" in their title. (i.e: "The Master Wants a Glimpse", "I Want to Meddle in My Friend's Business!", etc.)
  • 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.
  • Just Friends: Hana and Shinichi have been caught in this ever since they met in high school.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Fujio and Yanagi speak with a Kansai accent, and the former was saddened after his two eldest Hana and Kiri dropped it.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Shinichi adores cats, but his scary face tends to drive them away.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Happens in a bonus chapter/Episode 6: 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.
  • Meganekko: Basically every random female store attendant in the series is one, along with being quite bosomy. Ami's also quite attractive and pretty much always wearing glasses, but her cuteness is more debatable with her rampant relishing in Eating the Eye Candy.
  • 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 and pull out", two women passing by think they're having sex in public and immediately run away with Shinichi desperately yelling that it's not what it looks like.
    • Chapter 25, Hana's mother is visiting them at work, and goes to say goodbye to her daughter, who at the time is on the storage room with Shinichi. When Hana accidentally rips open a bag of coffee and panics, Shinichi tries to calm her down, but the way they say it makes Tsuki think they're having sex in there, to the point she's left trembling and has to ask the owner to call her a taxi.
    • In episode 8, Hana is trying to apologize to Shinichi for ruining his futon (she puked on it after getting drunk), but much to Shinichi's discomfort, she does so in front of a large group of onlookers, who naturally assume she's talking about having sex when she mentions "It was my first time".
  • Not So Above It All: In spite of expressing annoyance at Hana's teasing, it's shown that Shinichi can't handle her actually being mad at him.
  • Older Than They Look: Runs in Hana's 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. As mentioned above, throughout the manga, Tsuki is under the false belief that Shinichi is purely lusting after her at worst, or wants in be a romantic relationship with both her and Hana, with her daughter giving him cues in order to both seduce Tsuki and grab her boobs, at best. What makes this even worse is that Tsuki starts to get flattered at the possibility, recognizing Shinichi for his assets and kindness.
  • Pretend to Be Brainwashed: Hana attempts to hypnotize Shinichi, which he pretends to be just to see what demand she makes of him. Initially it was calling her by her first name, which he obliges, but then Hana moves on to making him buy items for her, which aggravates Shinichi into dropping the act and smacking her.
  • 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.
  • Rubber Face:
    • The back cover of volume 1 of the manga has Shinichi pull Hana's cheeks in response to her calling him a slob.
    • Hana finds herself on the receiving end of this from her mom, while Tsuki scolds her for not telling her that her senpai was a guy.
  • Shared Family Quirks:
    • Ami and her father are both oddly amused and both Shipper on Deck for Shinichi and Hana.
    • Chapters 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.
    • Chapter 47 introduces Hana's father, Fujio, and it becomes apparent where she gets her loud and excessive personality from.
    • Chapter 48 reveals that Hana's brother and father have a height complex.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Because of Hana's chumminess towards Shinichi and the fact that they spend so much time together, 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 latter 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.
    • Hana's friends already assume she and Shinichi are an item due to how much time they spend together, and her denials are not taken seriously after said friends stumble upon Hana and Shinichi spooning when they happened to fall asleep at school.
    • When Hana's little sister Yanagi learns about Shinichi, she wants to know all about him and Hana, even asking their mother if she can skip school just to meet him.
  • Shown Their Work: Hana at one point resorts to surprisingly accurate flag semaphore in order to get Shinichi's attention.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Hana and Shinichi are this for each other, but they'd be the last to admit it.
  • 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's breasts while getting really into a VR game. She lets it slide since he obviously didn't do it on purpose.
    • In chapter 19/episode 6, 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.
  • Threesome Subtext: Ami’s antics sometimes tread into this territory, like when she and Hana crash Shinichi’s solo karaoke session with revealing cosplay and do A Lady on Each Arm, or when she gets disappointed that she was absent for Shinichi and Hana getting drunk and waking up in the same bed.
  • 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 nuisance. 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.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Hana is so embarrassed by what happened on her birthday that she seems like an entirely different person afterward. Although Shinichi admits that he finds her a lot more bearable since she's quiet and timid for once, the fact that she's not her usual self bothers him and he tries to cheer her back up to the way she was normally. Unfortunately, he overdoes it and pays a price for it.
  • Wham Line:
    • Shinichi reminding Hana that he's graduating and leaving in two years. This has Hana explicitly mention her feelings for him inside her own head as well.
    • Chapter 55, when Shinichi tries to find an excuse of why he's not calling Hana by First-Name Basis.
      I feel like I can call other people by their first names easier... But it's hard for me in your case for some reason. That must be... Hmm... Because you're special to me... ... Wait, what did I just say?
  • Wham Shot: In episode 11, Hana arrives to Shinichi's house drenched in rain. Before he could say anything, she tearfully tells him that she couldn't hang out with him anymore. The next episode reveals she completely forgot about her report she was supposed to do over the summer and needs to finish it before they can hang out more. Shinichi just closes the door on her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Hana's dad actually berates her when he hears about the precariously-balanced nature of her relationship with Shinichi, especially due to the fact that they're not dating in spite of being so close. Though he's initially irritated at learning that "Sakurai-senpai" is a man, he becomes even more irritated at the fact that his daughter is so obviously in love with him while not dating him.
    • Ami berates Sakaki when they first met because she thinks that he's meddling with their relationship for shits and giggles, and it's not until later that she realizes that his intentions are pure.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Shinichi and Hana, despite their constant bickering, have an obvious attraction to each other that everyone can see. Their friends resolve themselves to helping upon realizing that neither is the type of person who would make relationship progress on their own.
  • World of Buxom: None of the named female characters look under a D cup, and readers will notice the anonymous store attendants that are female seem to all be busty Meganekkos...not helped by the volume's having extra art of some these attendants being scantily-clad. This makes Hana's reputation as the most buxom girl around all the more impressive.
  • You Keep Telling Yourself That:
    • Hana has rather callously claimed 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. Later on, when she does realize there could be something there, she continues to do this, claiming that it's just Shinichi who's madly in love but too cowardly to confess. At that point, even Ami starts to get pissed at the situation.
    • 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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Alternative Title(s): Uzaki Chan Wants To Hang Out, Uzaki-chan Wa Asobitai, Uzaki Chan

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Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hypnotize

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