The first episode for the second season of Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out! begins with a Christmas atmosphere and the two lovebirds walking side by side. It then leads into a standard montage of them enjoying Christmas with each other at Sakurai’s home and culminates in the two of them whispering sweet nothings with flushed cheeks before they collapse onto a bed and embrace each other.


It’s a strong start to the second season and while it’s not entirely clear at first, it serves as a teaser of things to come in the future. Since this season is picking up shortly after the last season ended, summer has only just ended and Christmas is still a while away.

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After a Misleading Start

After this potentially misleading start, viewers get to enjoy a new opening for the second season, and it’s got a more exciting style than the opening in the first season. The song is similarly upbeat, but it introduces new characters at a glance with more active and dynamic visuals, plus plenty of visual accents for additional flavoring.

After the intro, Sakurai’s pervy friend Sakaki comes across Uzaki sulking in a classroom since summer break has ended. Sakaki considers that it’s probably because Sakurai hasn’t shown up yet, which it very clearly is. He brightens her spirits a bit when he reminds her that she’ll still be able to spend time with Sakurai even though summer break ended. Uzaki regales Sakaki with tales of her rocky start with Sakurai and her view of him changed after moments when she saw how thoughtful or accommodating he really is.

Sakurai shows up and Uzaki’s spirit fully revitalizes, so she jumps at the chance to tease him and treat his arm like a literal punching bag. Per Sakaki’s suggestion, they all go bowling and Uzaki makes a wager with Sakurai. Whoever loses has to do whatever the other person says and so the battle begins. Uzaki tries the psychological warfare approach at first, trying to fluster Sakurai with comically snide quips, but he’s no stranger to Uzaki’s taunts, and he counters with unshaken resolve.

Sakurai scores a strike on his first go, compared to Uzaki’s average attempt with two pins left. She sees her battle tactics are no match for her foe’s mental training, and she employs a new strategy: playing dirty. She uses underhanded tactics to distract him and throw off his bowling, but he still nabs a win in the end. Uzaki challenges him to another game and he accepts.

Something Looks Familiar

As they goad each other with mischievous remarks, viewers can see the two of them symbolized by a dragon for Sakurai and a tiger for Uzaki. In Japanese culture, the tiger and dragon are two universally opposing forces, the yin and yang of the universe in a way. This is far from the first time anime has depicted the two animals as opposing forces and plenty of anime fans probably have their own favorite version of it. Still, fans of romantic comedy anime series are likely to recall one of the most iconic examples of it in Torador, where one of the dual protagonists was literally nicknamed the “palm-top tiger.”

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Later on, Asai’s father leaves her to watch the shop while he steps out. Asai has a plan of her own and, for the most part, it’s noticeably different from any of her plans from the first season. On that note, Asai’s perverse and eager personality in this episode resembles Ren Yamai of Komi Can’t Communicate more than Asai’s personality in the first season.

A Questionable Workplace

With Asai’s father gone, she takes the opportunity to try persuading Uzaki and Sakurai into wearing new uniforms. Considering she waited until her father wasn’t around to try this plan, it’s easy to see where this will lead. She even drools in anticipation of her plan to see them in her uniforms. When Sakurai and Uzaki arrive, Asai convinces Uzaki to try two maid outfits, one more appropriate than the other. Sakurai only gets a pair of leather hot short shorts, which he refuses to try on. That doesn’t stop Asai from treating viewers to her imagination of how he’d look, much to his audible chagrin.

Of all people to appear, Uzaki’s mother shows up to see her and Asai instantly offers her a job, throwing in that she’d like her to wear one of the outfits that Uzaki rejected. Asai’s father shows up as she’s indulging in her fantasies and trying to convince everyone to play along. It’s not much of a lesson learned, but Asai is forced to serve customers in a bunny outfit.

Back To The Feels

Uzaki keeps Sakurai up on the phone until 2 am as she plays a game at home, and he falls asleep. The next day he’s sleepy in class and Sakaki offers to wake him up from a nap if he’d like to take one. Uzaki walks in and sits with her friends of her own before they chat about boyfriends. Inevitably, the topic of Uzaki’s “mysterious boyfriend” emerges, and she plays it off, claiming that she hangs out with Sakurai as a favor since he’s so gloomy without any friends. Even with him supposedly sleeping, he still hears all of this and a cloud of purple seething rage festers around him.

After class, Sakurai falls asleep in a lounge area and Uzaki encounters him sleeping. Instead of teasing him, she decides to wait with him between classes since she’s kept him up so later recently. After she falls asleep next to him, her friends and Sakaki find them sleeping in a tender, lover’s embrace. They watch and comment about how these two are clearly dating, no matter how in denial they are.

In some ways, the start to the second season of Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out! has delivered the same charm that made the first season so appealing. There was plenty of humor with a side of slow-burning romance, not to mention lots of the romantic teasing that’s essentially become its own little anime subgenre now. Asai’s personality seemed pretty different from in the first season for no real reason, but much of the character dynamics were just as enjoyable as before. Fans will have to wait to see more of the scene that the episode started with, but so far it seems like this season will give viewers a heartwarming ride along the way.

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