She is portrayed by Kelly Hu.
Mission to infiltrate the Krill Edit
Around late December 2419, Ozawa rendezvoused with the USS Orville after the latter defeated a Krill destroyer Kakov while defending a newly established Union colony on Kastra 4. The Orville had recovered a perfectly intact shuttle from the wreckage—a rare discovery as shuttles tended to be destroyed along with their host vessel.
Rather than forwarding the shuttle to Planetary Union headquarters, Ozawa gave Captain Ed Mercer and Helmsman Gordon Malloy of the Orville a unique mission: to infiltrate a Krill warship with the intention of obtaining a copy of their holy book, the Anhkana. Though the Ankhana was stored in every Krill ship, the Union never managed to procure one of their own, and obtaining a copy would allow Union command to better understand the motivations of the highly religious Krill.
Around April 2420, the Orville unintentionally encountered a mysterious planet locked in a multiphasic orbit. The planet was the first of its kind: its orbit ran through two universes around a star existing simultaneously in both. Ed reported the discovery to Admiral Ozawa, who ordered the Orville to study the planet for the next 72 hours until a Science-class vessel could be deployed. However, Ed declined to report that his first officer, Kelly Grayson, made contact with the planet's people by healing an injured girl with a dermoscanner.
Ed's omission proved disastrous. The planet's inhabitants and culture evolved significantly over the course of 11 days. The planet's time moved much faster in the other universe, and roughly 700 years had elapsed on the planet's surface. The next time the planet appeared, Grayson had become a central figure of worship known to them as the deity Kelly.
Ozawa was furious with Ed for concealing her contact with the planet's natives, and nearly considers stripping him of rank and command, but she demurred because first contact was unintentional. She placed a formal letter of reprimand in his file, and ordered the Orville to avoid further contact with the natives until they achieve the technology for space flight, which she expected to occur in less than a month.
Ozawa's orders were disobeyed. Kelly unsuccessfully attempts to end belief in Kelly by explaining the circumstances to the people, and Science and Engineering Officer Isaac lives among the people for 700 years in an unsuccessful attempt to do the same. Ultimately, the inhabitants lost belief in Kelly on their own.
Council hearing over The Sanctuary Edit
In 2421, a secretive colony of Moclan females known as "The Sanctuary" petitioned the Planetary Union Council for recognition as a sovereign state. Sovereignty would protect them from Moclus' forced "corrective procedure" to transition them the male sex.
Ozawa conferred with other human admirals - Perry, Tucker, and Halsey - and Captain Mercer in closed-door deliberations. Ozawa was most cautious about voting against Moclus and recognizing The Sanctuary, stating, "We cannot judge other cultures purely by human standards."
- Her name is possibly a reference to Vice-Admiral Jisaburō Ozawa of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War 2, recognized by military historians as one of Japan's most capable flag officers.
- She catches Ed mocking her voice when he forgets to close the communication channel to her office. He pleads with her for "mercy" before she ends the call herself.