Ueno-San and The Wholesome Stupidity Of A Crush – ‘How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno’ Full Season Review

The Wholesome Stupidity Of A Crush – A Full Season Review for ‘How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno’.

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What’s the show? How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno.

And what’s it about? It’s a short form (12 minutes per episode) anime about a middle-school genius inventor named Ueno whose inventions all center around her desire to get closer to her crush Tanaka. Her inventions invariably go awry and lead to all sorts of shenanigans–usually involving Ueno getting flustered or ending up in compromising situations with the ever-clueless Tanaka.

Get used to this expression on poor Ueno’s face!

And I take it you enjoyed it. Certainly, it was one of my Top 5 shows of the Winter 2019 anime season! It was entertaining, inventive, charming and at times laugh-out-loud hilarious. What I didn’t enjoy was this weird backlash against the show, which while small was still vocal enough to irk me.

Oh boy, are we getting a rant already? Yes. Deal with it.

No need to sweat, it’ll be a quick rant (probably).

Fine, so what did (some) people have issues with about this show? Criticisms ranged from the show being too “immature”, “crass” and “unrealistic”. Firstly, “immature”? Yes that’s the point, it’s about a girl who is a genius when it comes to science but can’t confess her feelings, because she doesn’t understand them. She’s in middle school–give her a break! Secondly, “crass” yeah, middle-schoolers tend to be. And “unrealistic”?–It’s a comedy series, realism shouldn’t be the thing you’re focusing on. But there’s one thing that annoyed me even more than those complaints and that was the show is “perverted”.

Wholesome.

If I recall, in your first episode review you said Ueno tries to get Tanaka to drink her filtered pee? I think that qualifies as “perverse”. As a character, Ueno doesn’t understand how to get closer to her crush, as such she uses seemingly ludicrous scenarios in an attempt to make this happen. Having Ueno trying to get Tanaka to drink her filtered piss or spanking her or sitting on his face aren’t the actions of a horny girl, they’re the actions of someone who doesn’t know how to get their crush to notice them as an object of desire or affection. Like many things in anime–especially comedy–things are exaggerated to make a point and of course just to be funny.

Even with context it doesn’t make much sense.

Uh-huh… are you sure you’re not just making excuses for this type of content? I don’t have to make excuses for anything. Yes this show has a wide fetishistic streak with the nature of its content and humour that’s designed to appeal to a very specific kind of otaku but it’s also endearingly wholesome and cute too. A show isn’t just ~one~ thing, it’d be reductive to minimise the overwhelming positive qualities and just judge it on its perceived “negative” ones. You don’t watch ‘Titanic’ and go, “oh yeah, the movie with the boat that sinks”.

Tanaka’s sisters are very cute too.

Right, fair enough, you’ve made your point. Maybe we should get onto a different subject. Who was your favourite character? Ueno, obviously. But so many of the one-off side characters had their own appealing characteristics like Nishihara who ended up as an honourable mention in my Winter 2019 Best Waifu’s Post. I found the art style of the characters (specifically the girls, obviously) to be extremely appealing throughout this show and it was always a pleasure to meet a new girl each week.

Nishihara b(r)e(a)st girl.

And what be something you didn’t like about the show? If i’m nitpicking it’s that I think a show like this has the character potential to be comparable to the likes of ‘Teasing Master Takagi-san’ in terms of scope and growth, but this series felt complacent in just being a gag comedy with a heart of gold–which isn’t necessarily a bad thing–just that I think it’s self imposed restrictions limited it from being something more substantial overall.

Ueno’s hair has a life of its own, I loved how it was used in Episode 12.

Final recommendation and review for ‘How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno’? If you can put aside preconceptions and surface level judgments and look into the heart of a series you can find a lot to appreciate. This series isn’t a romantic masterpiece nor is it a comedic tour-de-force, but it is strikingly endearing and at times painfully honest–especially with Ueno’s frustration in her inability to connect with her crush in any meaningful way. Honestly, I thought this series was fantastic and its music and visuals contributed to my overall enjoyment of the series too. A successful experiment: 88 out of 100.

Don’t worry she caught it between her cheeks.

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Watched But Not Reviewed (Winter 2019 Week 4)

A Rundown of the anime I watched but didn’t review in Week 4 of Winter 2019

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Just like I did last season, I’ll be briefly covering the Winter 2019 seasonal anime that I watched but that didn’t get a full review on the site. This is not indicative of a show’s quality (for the most part) but rather a that I didn’t have enough to say about a show to write a full review. I’ll keep spoilers to a minimum but will warn if it’s unavoidable. So without further delay here’s the episodes I watched but didn’t review this week.

The Quintessential Quintuplets (Episode 4)

There’s some shows I can easily talk about, and then there’s some shows that just baffle me as a reviewer. I talked about (in my Episode 3 review) just how hard it is to talk about show’s that are just “good” and once again I struggled to come up with anything other to say then it was a “good episode” hence why it’s found itself out of the episodic review cycle and in the depths of ‘Watched But Not Reviewed’! The girls continue to be the most interesting thing about the show, while our protagonist–and the show itself–remain adequate but uninspired.

Best Imouto and Best Girl.

Mysteria Friends (Episode 2)

While the art quality slipped from “visually sumptuous” to just “damn gorgeous” this week, the emotion and character development more than made up for it. Anne’s epic journey to find a ‘cure’ for Grea’s illness was imaginative and impressive but the low-key reveal that all the pain Grea was going through were literally just ‘growing pains’ as she shed her tail skin and grew in size was kind of adorable–as was Grea’s self-consciousness about getting “bigger”. This show remains a treat in every conceivable way.

Speaking of treats…

Circlet Princess (Episode 3)

Mostly more of the same just with an added focus on the fundamentals of ‘Circlet Bout’ as a sport and our protagonist Yuka deciding what she wants to do going forward. The matches were fun to watch and the characters likewise. I don’t have a lot to say on the show but don’t let that fool you into thinking this show isn’t worthy–it is and it’s a shame it continues to be unlicensed by Western streaming services.

When the show reviews itself.

How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno (Episode 4)

*awkwardness intensifies* but likewise so does the comedy. Of the two segments the second one, dealing with a pair of Ueno’s tights becoming sentient due to one of her inventions, wins for laughs and for ingenuity.

I’m at 120% too.

Girly Air Force (Episode 4)

This show continues to impress with not only its commitment to being compelling on a character level but also being a big-budget spectacle without showing off. Gripen is endearing as all heck and we’re finally introduced to the busty blonde pilot who’s been teasing us from the OP since the start and she lives up to her promise by being entertaining and charming in equal measure. Better than ‘Strike Witches’–there I said it!

I like new girl, Eagle, for reasons…

Date A Live III (Episode 4)

The first half of the episode which had the majority of our female cast revert back to elementary school aged was as silly as it was endearing–as were many of the subsequent shenanigans Natsumi inflicted upon Shido. The second half, dealing with a makeover for the now captured Natsumi to boost her self esteem however fell most flat. Also I don’t like how easily Origami went over to DEM Industries and I’m hoping this is just her making a chance for infiltrating the enemy.

It’s tough being a sudden father.

Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale (On Hold After Episode 3)

The Rising Of The Shield Hero (On Hold After Episode 3)

I’ve put these two shows on hold until after I’m back from Japan. I needed to thin out my watch-list for the vacation and these were the two weakest links.

Dimension High School (Dropped At Episode 2)

And that’s all for this week! Let me know what you thought in the comments below!


Previous ‘Watched But Not Reviewed’ Posts:

Winter 2019 Week 1
Winter 2019 Week 2
Winter 2019 Week 3


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Watched But Not Reviewed (Winter 2019 Week 3)

A Rundown of the anime I watched but didn’t review in Week 3 of Winter 2019

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Just like I did last season, I’ll be briefly covering the Winter 2019 seasonal anime that I watched but that didn’t get a full review on the site. This is not indicative of a show’s quality (for the most part) but rather a that I didn’t have enough to say about a show to write a full review. I’ll keep spoilers to a minimum but will warn if it’s unavoidable. So without further delay here’s the episodes I watched but didn’t review this week.

The Rising Of The Shield Hero (Episode 3)

I’d actually written a full 1000+ word review for Episode 3 and fully intended to post it–until I re-read it while sober and realised the abject futility in my words. People will overlook the glaring flaws and problematic elements in this show regardless of whatever reasoned discourse I throw up against it, so there’s really no point in wasting mine or anyone else’s time with full length reviews on this show anymore. This episode was mostly average and continued to showcase this series’ shortcomings, but at this point I’m more or less committed to the show just to make sure Raphtalia makes it through the series in one piece. Besides, I’ve watched worse shows all the way through for weaker reasons…

Levelling up will do that to you, apparently.

Circlet Princess (Episode 2)

After a delay in the fan-sub appearing online I finally got to watch Episode 2 and it more or less lived up to the previous episode. We’re getting a trickle of story amongst some school-based shenanigans and a bit of sport, a slower episode than the first but I’m still more than happy with the direction this series appears to be going in. Also main girl is absolutely a-dork-able and I love that (I should probably try and remember her name though…).

What a dork, I love her.

How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno (Episode 3)

A much needed new character was introduced (albeit just for one of the segments) and while it’s still a funny show I think this series is in need of some character development or just a change of scenery from the classroom if it’s going to compare to go the distance and remain interesting.

I think I need an attorney, naked 13 year old.

Girly Air Force (Episode 3)

I thought for sure this episode would be entirely focused on one of the other girls in the opening credits but rather we get even more character development for Gripen and it ends up working a treat as she continues to shoot up the seasonal ‘best waifu’ ladder with ease. But aside from that it’s an entertaining, well-written and occasionally intense and emotional episode that shows the potential of this series and teases at greater things to come. I’m sold!

Whatever way you slice it, “muffler” being what Japanese people call scarves is adorable.

Date A Live III (Episode 3)

This was a roller coaster of an episode, and thankfully not in the quality department. The tension ebbed and flowed throughout with the evil spirit Natsumi’s “game” of hiding reaching its conclusion (I won’t spoil the reveal but I was at least pleasantly surprised) only for another twist to be laid atop at the final minute. It was a fun and even–at times–emotional episode that reminded me that this show is just as good at doing low-key stuff as it is the high-stakes action.

Origami with her next level seduction techniques, why drink a soda when you can drink her. Man, I forgot how much I love Origami (the girl, not the paper craft).

Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale (Episode 3)

The more this series goes along the less I’m interested in it. That’s not to say it was completely without merit, there was some nice character development and backstory to do with best-girl Kanon but mostly this felt like swimming in circles. I doubt I’ll drop this show, even if it gets worse but I’m just hoping it gets better–and more musical. I want my mermaid idols, dammit!

She’s just precious.

Dimension High School (Dropped At Episode 2)

And that’s all for this week! Let me know what you thought in the comments below!


Previous ‘Watched But Not Reviewed’ Posts:

Winter 2019 Week 1
Winter 2019 Week 2


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Watched But Not Reviewed (Winter 2019 Week 2)

A Rundown of the anime I watched but didn’t review in Week 2 of Winter 2019

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Just like I did last season, I’ll be briefly covering the Winter 2019 seasonal anime that I watched but that didn’t get a full review on the site. This is not indicative of a show’s quality (for the most part) but rather a that I didn’t have enough to say about a show to write a full review. I’ll keep spoilers to a minimum but will warn if it’s unavoidable. So without further delay here’s the episodes I watched but didn’t review this week.

How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno (Episode 2)

Moved to ‘Watched But Not Reviewed’ but not due to a lack of quality just a lack of things to say to justify a full review. Much like the first episode it was funny and endearing with just the right amount of inappropriate humour. The second segment of the episode was undoubtedly the highlight, with Ueno’s bottom getting more than she bargained for!

Just another day in anime.

Dimension High School (Episode 2)

With the exception of some minor character moments this was ostensibly the exact same episode as the previous one only with more incomprehensible puzzles (not the show’s fault, but the fault of the language barrier) and repeated jokes that weren’t even funny the first time. I made the remark that this show wasn’t bad, just “meh” but I take it back–this show has zero redeeming qualities. Dropped.

Yes.

Girly Air Force (Episode 2)

Another solid–if unremarkable episode–this episode focused on Gripen and very quickly she became an endearing and entertaining character to watch. If this series is going to succeed by anything it’s going to be on the quality of the girls and their connection with the protagonist, and if this episode is any indicator it should do just fine.

Best plane 2019.

Date A Live III (Episode 2)

I must have been in a really bad mood last week because I complained about the first episode a lot. This second episode is perfectly fine visually and has some compelling story beats and genuine character development–the confession scene between Yuzuru and Shido particularly was beautiful to look at and genuinely touching. I apologise for my remarks last week and I look forward to the next episode!

Yeah, I admit it is, quit rubbing it in!

Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale (Episode 2)

Another show moved to ‘Watched But Not Reviewed’ status, nothing really to say other than ‘cute mermaids doing cute things’ though I do appreciate the fact this seems to be a less episodic show and instead has an ongoing story-arc which is a different ~feel~ than I’m used to when it comes to shows like this. It’ll be fun if this ends up becoming ‘a bunch of mermaids running a movie theatre’ but I get the feeling that’s not anywhere near going to be the end goal with this series.

These mermaid kids were annoying.

Circlet Princess (Paused at Episode 1 due to no-one currently fansubbing)

Ame-Iro Cocoa: Side G (Paused at Episode 1 due to two-minute episode length, will resume at the end of the season)

And that’s all for this week! Let me know what you thought in the comments below!


Previous ‘Watched But Not Reviewed’ Posts:

Winter 2019 Week 1


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The Space Between A Girls Legs – ‘How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno’ Episode 1 Review

The Space Between A Girls Legs – An Anime QandA Review for ‘How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno’ Episode 1

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What’s the show? How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno. Episode 1.

So how’s this episode? “Charmingly relatable”.

What’s with the “quotation marks”? I’m quoting the irlwaifu’s response to the episode when I asked her after we watched it.

And why is that specifically important to this review, you don’t normally afford us with her opinions on all the other shows you watch? It’s not important who said it, it’s just important that someone other than me said it.

Presenting this image before providing the context is fun. Read on for the delicious context.

Why? Because this show has some potentially “questionable” subject matter and I didn’t want the readers to think I was pardoning the show just because I’m seen as something of a pervert around these parts. And that the show does have merit beyond its sexual humour.

Some of her past attempts weren’t subtle but apparently unsuccessful too. 

Right. So what’s it about first? Ueno is a genius middle-schooler who invents all manner of weird and wonderful devices, but the one thing she can’t invent is a way for the boy she likes, Tanaka, to notice her feelings for him. Although she tries, coming up with all manner of weird experiments/inventions that she hopes will bring them closer together.

Okay, sounds pretty wholesome so far, what’s the first thing she tries? She invents a device that can purify any liquid, no matter how filthy into drinking water and so she tries to get him to drink a beaker of her purified urine.

Clean comedy.

What possible justification does she have to make him do that, and what’s that got to do with her trying to confess her feelings?! She’s a middle schooler, she doesn’t know how to articulate her feelings, and she’s an awkward science-inclined girl too, the way I see it this and (other experiments/inventions) are the only ways she can think of for how to get closer to him. Don’t you remember being a kid and trying all sorts of stupid things to get your crush to notice you, like pulling off risky stunts or making a fool of yourself or being weird? It’s basically a right of passage in growing up that you find someone you like and you absolutely fail at articulating your feelings for them.

Please, for the love of god just someone drink her piss!

Okay and what else does she try? In the second half of the episode she invents a device that uses dark matter to project an area of literal space underneath her skirt so she can flash him without actually flashing him, all the while he gets her to observe and record the results for their science club. And as needlessly complicated at it is, it’s a pretty inventive way of flashing without flashing–especially when she ups the ante by saying she’s not wearing any underwear!

Uh-huh… and I’m guessing that doesn’t work either? No, Tanaka is clueless as to what’s going on–much to Ueno’s eternal frustration.

I feel like they missed an opportunity for a ‘Uranus’ joke but I’m guessing that pun doesn’t work in Japanese.

I see, so what are your overall thoughts on the first episode and who do you recommend it too? I think it’s a kind of endearing little show, I mean it’s far from perfect, it’s already a bit repetitive and Tanaka being as clueless as he is proves to be annoying rather than amusing. But Ueno herself is charming in her own ~unique~ way as is her white-haired friend Yamashita. They have a good double-act and I think it’ll be fun to see what other weird and wonderful ways Ueno tries to get closer to Tanaka. Also, while the comedy is sexual in nature I don’t think its sexualised because these are just her attempts to get him to notice her, her end goal isn’t being intentionally raunchy (at least that’s how I see it). The series seems to benefit from being a 12 minute anime as any longer would stretch each joke too thin. If you’re fond of single-minded comedies and are wistful for the simpler times of youth this could be an entertaining watch for you.

Well this is an anime, guys are kind of like that in anime. You’ll get used to it, Miss Ueno!

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