Uzaki Chan Wants To Hang Out anime has sparked heated arguments all over Twitter. This fairly bland college slice-of-life show became controversial out of the blue. Uzaki Chan is a light-hearted show. It is too silly and relatively harmless to get majorly offended by. It also is just too mediocre to passionately defend. It’s more likely that the circumstances have sparked the outrage rather than the shows’ content itself.
Uzaki Chan Wants To Hang Out: Winter Outrage
The Uzaki-Chan anime was announced in winter and little did the produces know, the trouble was already brewing then. Japanese feminists reprimanded a Red Cross’s poster featuring Uzaki-Chan as being overly sexualized. They claimed that the character’s design and pose were preposterous. Additionally, they said that it was a form of indirect harassment towards women.
Jay Allen, a writer for Unseen Japan joined them in their outrage. He also tweeted about the poster. He repurposed the third volume cover’s image to ask the viewer if they’ve donated blood yet. Jay was ultimately teasing them by asking if they’re scared of needles. The image depicted Uzaki laughing smugly with a tray in her hand. She was leaning forward showing her cleavage at the image’s forefront.
The art was denounced for being used as part of a Red Cross campaign. It ultimately resulted in a months-long backlash from anti-feminists, who dismissed their concerns as unnecessary attempts at censorship. Additionally, the Red Cross had another Uzaki Chan contract. This time it was with a small comic with the characters at a donation center.
The artist tweeted that he change the art, not because of the criticism, but because he wanted to help others. The organization helped him once and simply wanted to return the favor. Interestingly, many pointed out that Uzaki-Chan has benefited from this notoriety. All the back-slash and criticism simply acted a free marketing campaign and the anime got even more famous. This justifies the views and anime’s success so far.
Recently, controversies surrounding the anime also started in America. The character’s design got criticized here. It also inspired many artists to redraw it and posting their own takes on Twitter. One particularly infamous redraw is by an artist who draws Homestuck fanart who received much response on twitter. He called blatantly called the design “gross” and Uzaki’s outfit “boring”.
Many initial redraws had good intentions, but soon the table tuned. The above redraw drew comments because of its caption. The anime’s fans began expressing their disconcern over constant and biased criticism. These ranged from mild discomfort towards the caption’s tone to outright hatred. Some even stooped down to another level by comparing the redraw to failed art restorations.
Many anime features such characters and no one is saying anything against them. As I told earlier, this is more likely the circumstances’ speaking rather than sensibility.
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