I love how Uzu can be a
shitty, overconfident high schooler, and, in a sense, I love how determined he
is to improve himself, too. Uzu can certainly be arrogant, but he’s not a
one-note, big-headed jerk, either. Episode 6—Uzu’s focus episode—is one of the
greatest and most heart-wrenching in the entire series, where Uzu is so passionate about bettering himself
and growing stronger that he has his eyes
Uzu doesn’t just give
up when he loses. He gathers himself up and does whatever it takes to succeed—which
can definitely be awful and horrific to witness. But it all serves to cement
Uzu a complicated character who can and will take risks.
I obviously have some
strong feelings about Kill la Kill and
have trouble recommending it, but if I were to tell someone to check out any part of the series, I would say to
watch episodes 5 and 6. Uzu’s character progression in episode 6 is so damn interesting and well done.
(I also love Uzu’s love
for konnyaku and his lame puns.)
What I dislike about
them: Not his fault, but after episode 6, this poor kid gets so sidelined. It kills me. He was so, so, so good in episode 6! His character has so much potential!
Favorite moment: This is oddly hard for me to answer? Honestly I love most of the times Uzu is on the screen, lol.
Maybe every time he says something super cheesy. (Like, calling Ryuko “the woman who took [his] eyes but gave [him] the world” or his lame pun in episode 22 that’s always translated differently, but that the dub translated as “sewing the seeds of destruction.”)
Least favorite moment: How he lost so easily to Nui
at the end of episode 11? He was such a
formidable opponent before and he just got… so reduced to a joke. I cry.
Also, where dat Ryuko and Uzu rematch?
A situation with this
character that I want to see explored more: Like I’ve said for practically everyone else, his backstory. Give me more about his
family and his parents’ konnyaku shop
and his brother Tsubo!
An interesting AU for
this character: I’m not very creative, so I’ll bring back the idea of the Elite Four as samurai. I still think that’d be neat.
I mean, I can’t say I’m particularly fond of it, but I don’t particularly dislike it, either.
It’s definitely not a healthy relationship for a lot of the show, though; Satsuki is horribly manipulative with Uzu in episode 6. Of course, they both genuinely do care for each other, and they could grow from this—and episode 22 shows Satsuki realizing her mistakes—but it’s a relationship that rather needs some work to, well, work romantically.
Headcanon: I like to think Uzu and Tsubo have a good
relationship, even if they are wildly different people…