This review about Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! Chapter 8 contains spoilers. If you have not seen the chapters, we recommend you do it and then go back to read the review.
Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! - Chapter 8: I want to see the fireworks together!
Uzaki feels guilty about what happened the day after to go drinking with Sakurai, especially because of the problems it caused to his senpai's futon. Having a mood swing for it. Something that Sakurai feels uncomfortable, so, thanks to the advice and help of Ami and her father, Sakurai invites Uzaki to the fireworks festival.
Despite being at a festival and having been through many different stalls, Uzaki's humor remains off. So Sakurai turns to Ami's advice and begins to praise Uzaki. Getting the result I wanted, to be the same as always. However, the compliments and compliments were too many, so Uzaki, to hide her shame, ends up accidentally knocking out her senpai.
When Sakurai woke up he was lying on Uzaki's lap, staying there a while longer as a precaution after what happened. With a little time before the fireworks started, Sakurai agrees that thanks to Uzaki meddling in his life, he has done things that he normally wouldn't have done of his own free will, having fun along the way. Hoping to continue enjoying the holidays with Uzaki.
The bases of the flag
Honestly, Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! - Chapter 8 left me with a strange feeling. Although it had a good development in the story and the characters, I feel like everything happened very quickly, and at the same time I felt like I had been shown so much that the episode was longer than usual. Although obviously it was not.
Maybe it was because almost the entire chapter takes place already at the festival, even the flashback in which they show Sakurai and Uzaki in their high school years. Perhaps it was due to the fact that the secondary characters were somewhat dispersed and with less frequency of appearance than in previous episodes. Maybe it was because Uzaki didn't have her usual humor for more than half of the episode. Whatever the case, I ended up with a strange feeling of emptiness even though they showed quite interesting things, both in the plot and in the development of the protagonists and their relationship.
The most prominent, for me, without a doubt is the flashback of Sakurai and Uzaki in their high school years. Where you could see how their relationship was barely in what she would consider as ‘acquaintances’. But in a very short time she made good progress. With a Sakurai helping Uzaki to improve her swimming and later the "date" at the festival. Of course, she did not have all the details to say that it was a true date, but I consider that all the events and coincidences that ended up leading to that moment were what made me see it as a "date".
The kindness that Sakurai showed at that moment was what began to lay the groundwork for a romantic flag to be raised on either side. Especially in Uzaki. However, I don't think she was the only one who could have been hypnotized by it, since it seemed to me that Sakurai also ended up taking some interest in her. By the look and expression that Uzaki made when he saw the fireworks and that he still remembers.
In just the time elapsed in the flashback shown, both Sakurai and Uzaki exhibited acts that could easily have started to change the way of seeing each other. Of course, I think Sakurai's was a single forceful impact, while Uzaki's has been prolonged including what he has done since they met again at the university.
They are so beautiful ... and so big
Just like during Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! - Chapter 8 there were important moments in the plot, comedy could not be missing. Being less present than in other episodes. But keeping that touch that leaves me thinking that even if it was an accident that generated a comic moment, it is more linked to what the characters than I would imagine at first.
For example, in Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! - Chapter 8 is the moment in which Sakurai, in one of the festival stalls, shoots in search of some prize he wanted, but the "bullet" ends up in the prize that his subconscious longed for. An accurate shot that went against any probability for it to occur. Curving the bullet is a thing of the past.
Leaving aside the little fanservice shown in the chapter (before it generates any controversy), another moment that seemed comical to me was in which Sakurai imagined what Uzaki's normal reaction would be during the festival. Especially the one that involved catching a goldfish as a roommate for a lonely senpai. Although I personally consider this moment comical, I don't think it's one I can provoke a fit of laughter either. Rather, it is that "comedy" that makes it easier to realize something that may have gone unnoticed at that time. But now it has an "activator".
To be more specific at the time, with a Sakurai annoyed by his own imagination. What made me remember and realize his "comedy" was the one that Sakurai prefers to the ‘normal’ Uzaki. The one with an annoying personality and who would take any opportunity to make fun of him. To the docile and gentle Uzaki, with a more reserved personality. Despite the fact that on other occasions he has mentioned and / or implied that he would like Uzaki to be the latter.
Will Sakurai suffer from some kind of Stockholm Syndrome?
Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai preview! - Chapter 9
As is common in this section, the trailer for the next chapter can be found on the official Kadokawa channel on YouTube. Being available approximately one week from its appearance on that platform.
This time in the trailer you can see Uzaki's mother. Of which I must confess, I have been waiting for her appearance since the premiere of Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai !, After all, I had already seen her in the manga. And personally, in the "battle" between being the son-in-law of the mother or the stepfather of the protagonist, I would opt for that last option.
These "battles" have had several appearances throughout the anime in general. For example, the case of Ako and her mother in Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta ?, of which I must say that I still doubt the choice I would make.