Japanese manga Urusei Yatsura was created by Rumiko Takahashi and serialized in Weekly Shnen Sunday from Shogakukan from 1978 to 1987. 34 tankbon volumes, totaling 366 chapters, were released. It depicts the tale of Ataru Moroboshi and Lum, an extraterrestrial who mistakenly accepts his marriage proposal and comes to believe she is Ataru’s wife. A lot of Japanese mythology, culture, and puns are included in the series. With 195 half-hour episodes, it was turned into an anime television series by Kitty Films and aired on affiliates of Fuji Television from October 14, 1981, to March 19, 1986. The series was made available in Japan on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc, along with the twelve OVAs and six theatrical films that came after.
In Japan, the manga series was reissued in various forms. The series, Lum and The Return of Lum was published by Viz Media in North America in the 1990s but was discontinued after nine volumes. In 2019, they obtained a new license for the manga and started publishing an omnibus edition with fresh translations under its original name. The TV shows, OVAs, and five of the movies were distributed in North America with English subtitles and AnimEigo’s dubs for the movies. To help audiences comprehend the series’ many cultural allusions and humor, which are typically lost on non-Japanese viewers, they published in-depth notes on it. Central Park Media released Beautiful Dreamer, the last movie, in both English and Spanish.
What is the plot of Urusei Yatsura?
The Oni, an alien race, land on Earth to conquer the earth. The Oni give mankind a chance to battle for the rights to the planet by participating in a tournament, as opposed to occupying it by force. The contest involves a kind of tag, or “the game of the one” as it is known in Japanese, in which the human player must touch the one player’s horns within a week. Ataru Moroboshi, a lecherous, unfortunate, and academically failing high school student from the fictional Tomobiki Town in Nerima, Japan, is the computer-selected human player, and Princess Lum, the daughter of the alien invaders’ leader, is the Oni player.
When Ataru meets Lum, he changes his mind about participating in the tournament from his original reluctance. As soon as the competition starts, Lum shocks everyone by taking off, and Ataru is helpless to stop her. Ataru’s girlfriend Shinobu Miyake supports him before the competition’s final day by promising to marry him if he succeeds. Ataru wins the game on the last day of the tournament by snatching Lum’s bikini top, preventing Lum from shielding her horns in favor of shielding her modesty. Ataru expresses his happiness at being able to get married while celebrating his victory, but Lum sees this as a marriage proposal and accepts it on live air. Despite the miscommunication, Lum develops feelings for Ataru.
Shinobu loses interest in Ataru as a result of Lum’s persistent interference, despite Ataru’s efforts to restore his friendship with him and his disinterest in Lum. Lum pays attention, but Ataru’s flirty attitude endures. Lum tries to stop him from flirting, and in retaliation, Lum strikes Ataru with strong electric shocks. Ataru has two qualities, in particular, that stand out: his perversion and his bad luck, which attracts to him all the weirdos on the planet, in the spirit realm, and even in the galaxy.
The anime production:
A second television series adaptation was announced on January 1, 2022, and it is slated to air in October 2022 on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block. Yko Kakihara wrote the scripts, Naoyuki Asano created the character designs, Takahiro Komei served as the series director, and Masaru Yokoyama created the soundtrack for the series, which is made by David Production and directed by Hideya Takahashi and Yasuhiro Kimura. The first two seasons of the show, totaling 46 episodes across four seasons, were ordered.
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