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Uki Sawatari (猿渡 宇希 Sawatari Uki?) is a prominent character in the Anima Yell! series.

Official Description

Uki is the best friend and schoolmate of Kohane, often playing the role of tsukkomi opposite of her. She has a penchant for cute things.[2]

Appearance

Uki normally has shoulder-length blonde hair arranged in pigtails, but her hair becomes much shorter when tied for practice or a performance. In both cases, her split bangs reveal much of her forehead. During the summer months, Uki is one of the few students to wear a jacket over her school uniform.

Both Kohane and Hizume had difficulty deciding how to make Uki's uniform top, due mainly to her large chest.[3]

Background

Uki is Kohane's childhood friend and classmate. She is the daughter of a very caring and doting mother, and also the older sister to Akane, an elementary school student.

Early in the series, Uki was hesitant about becoming a cheerleader, even though she is very athletic and had fully supported Kohane's decision to start a cheerleading club at their school. Eventually, Kohane and Hizume were able to convince Uki to join by way of a cheer demonstration, to which Uki would become a founding member of the Cheer Association.[4]

Uki tends to play the "straight-man" in the group, and often reacts with incredulity whenever someone says anything considered strange or ridiculous. But often, her somewhat stern and serious demeanor usually fades away with her various quirks, such as her intense fear of ghosts.[5] Perhaps known only to Kohane, Uki also has a secret fondness for things that are cute.[6] Uki is seemingly very attuned to the latest idol groups, and has a love for cute clothing, despite being embarrassed to wear them.[7][8] However, her brother despises anything girly and cute, which forced Uki to lie about the actual club she was in just to maintain their relationship.[9]

Because she cares about Kohane's safety and well-being, Uki is always looking out for her and is constantly reminding her reckless friend to take better care of herself.[10] If Kohane offends someone, Uki will act as an intermediary and apologize on behalf of Kohane.[2] But throughout the series, Uki is sometimes shown to be unusually attached to Kohane.[11][12] When told that she has to "cuddle" Kohane's body in order to support her as a cheer backspot, Uki enthusiastically accepts the role.[13] Uki can also be thrown into a jealous fit if she sees other people becoming friendly towards Kohane.[14][15]

Seemingly due to her constantly watching over Kohane, Uki is sometimes seen as an overbearing mother in the eyes of the other Cheer Club members. While often looked at as a mother figure to Kohane, Uki is actually content with the idea of being seen together as a kind of romantic couple.[16]

Trivia

  • Uki's full name carries the meaning of monkey, and the sound monkeys make; monkey noises (お猿のウッキー Osaru no Ukkī?).

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Manga Time Kirara Carat (July 2018), Cheer Notes Vol. 3
  2. 2.0 2.1 Manga Time Kirara Carat (December 2017), Pg. 127
  3. Anima Yell! Vol. 1, Pg. 110
  4. Anima Yell! Vol. 1, Chapter Six
  5. Anima Yell! Vol. 1, Pg. 91
  6. Anima Yell! Vol. 1, Pg. 13
  7. Anima Yell! Vol. 2, Pg. 94
  8. Anima Yell! Vol. 1, Pg. 68
  9. Anima Yell! Vol. 2, Chapter Eighteen
  10. Anima Yell! Vol. 1, Prologue
  11. Anima Yell! Vol. 1, Pg. 105
  12. Anima Yell! Vol. 2, Pg. 103
  13. Anima Yell! Vol. 2, Pg. 30
  14. Anima Yell! Vol. 2, Pg. 11
  15. Anima Yell! Vol. 3, Pg. 55
  16. Anima Yell! Vol. 3, Pg. 11

Navigation

Characters
Main
Kohane Hatoya · Uki Sawatari · Hizume Arima · Kotetsu Tatejima · Kana Ushiku
Supporting
Minor
Akane Sawatari · Hizume's Brother · Home Economics Club President · Kon Akitsune · Manga Research Club President