Anime 1st episodes 2020: U-V
Including: Uchitama?! Have you seen my Tama?, Umayon, Unicorn no Kyupi, Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Season 1
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2020
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2020 >>
Keywords: anime, fantasy
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 4 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2020
Review date: 8 October 2023
It's a movie: Umibe no Etranger, aka. The Stranger by the Shore
It's a movie: Violet Evergarden: the movie
Delayed to 2021 due to COVID: Vlad Love
Hell no: Urashimasakatasen no Nichijou Special
Uchitama Have you seen my Tama
Uchitama?! Have you seen my Tama?
Uchi Tama?! Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?
5th series
Episodes: 11 x 23 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: cute boys doing cute things
I'm a bit shocked that this was an noitaminA show, because I was under the impression that that slot was for anime for grown-ups. This is nothing. Its gimmick is that it's a 37-year-old Sanrio kiddie franchise about cartoon animals, but this time with the twist that they can turn into cute boys. (Well, mostly boys. The show's not entirely without girls, but the gender balance is 8:2.)
This week, they look for their friend, Tama. (You could also translate the title as "have you seen my balls?" but this isn't that kind of show.) It feels as empty as a small children's cartoon, but with dog-boys, cat-boys and some playful visual translation. Dog food in a dog bowl is shown to us as slices of cake. Maybe I'd have watched this had the boys been girls, though.
Uma yon
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: dunno... no.
One-line summary: comedy shorts
It's a spin-off of Uma Musume Pretty Derby, which I didn't watch. It's about racehorses who are also schoolgirls. This episode, though, was moderately amusing. Three girls are doing a make-up test, which gets narrated as if it's a race. (Naturally, speed alone needn't mean good marks.)
Ep.1 was okay and they're only three-minute episodes, so I tried another one. Naaah. There's nothing wrong with it, but its comedy is the kind of throwaway character banter that only works if you already know the cast.
Unicorn no  Kyupi
Unicorn no Kyupi
Started in 2017
5 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: kiddie show
I think it's stop-motion animation for children too young to have mastered speech. Kyupi is a white blob that appears in your kitchen and likes scrubbing your pots and pans clean. It has a two-word vocabulary: "kyu" and "kyupi".
Kyupi's enemy is another animated scrubbing thing, which is hedgehog-shaped. I'm not sure why they're enemies, since they both go around cleaning things, but hey. The show's actually quite fun. It has energy and charm.
Uzaki chan
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Season 1
Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: girl makes boy's life fun, whether he likes it or not
I've since finished it and... Season 1 is great. Season 2 makes some annoying decisions.
It's charming nonsense. Hana Uzaki is loud, buxom, fun-loving and refuses to take "no" for an answer. Shinichi Sakurai is a grumpy son-of-a-bitch who likes doing stuff on his own and having no friends. Uzaki makes it her mission to fix this, and him.
This is a lightweight marshmallow of a show that I could easily imagine annoying some viewers, but it entertained me. The tiny Uzaki drags around the huge Sakurai, cheerfully ignoring his repeated demands to sod off, shut up, leave him alone, etc. He's not completely blind to her physical appeal, though. I could have lived without the massage chair scene, but I laughed at her occasional habit of saying misleading things in public and mortifying Sakurai.
They'll end up being a couple, obviously, but not for a good while yet. I thoroughly enjoyed this.