The series begins when aliens from the planet Oniboshi invade Earth. They agree to leave only if Earth's champion can defeat the Oni champion in a game of tag within a ten-day time limit. ... See full summary »

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Fumi Hirano ...
 Lum (193 episodes, 1981-1986)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Ataru Moroboshi / ... (193 episodes, 1981-1986)
Saeko Shimazu ...
 Shinobu / ... (150 episodes, 1981-1986)
Akira Kamiya ...
 Mendou / ... (149 episodes, 1981-1986)
Shigeru Chiba ...
 Megane / ... (137 episodes, 1981-1986)
Ichirô Nagai ...
 Cherry / ... (134 episodes, 1981-1986)
Kazuko Sugiyama ...
 Ten-chan / ... (117 episodes, 1981-1986)
Issei Futamata ...
 Chibi / ... (116 episodes, 1981-1986)
Akira Murayama ...
 Perm (112 episodes, 1981-1986)
Shinji Nomura ...
 Kakugari / ... (97 episodes, 1981-1986)
Natsumi Sakuma ...
 Ataru's Mother / ... (91 episodes, 1981-1986)
Ken'ichi Ogata ...
 Ataru's Father / ... (81 episodes, 1981-1986)
Tomohiro Nishimura ...
 Kotatsu Neko / ... (81 episodes, 1982-1986)
Michihiro Ikemizu ...
 Onsen Mark / ... (80 episodes, 1982-1986)
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The series begins when aliens from the planet Oniboshi invade Earth. They agree to leave only if Earth's champion can defeat the Oni champion in a game of tag within a ten-day time limit. Earth's champion, randomly selected by the aliens, is Ataru Moroboshi, a Japanese teenager with highly overactive hormones. The alien competitor turns out to be the curvaceous Lum, so Ataru relishes the idea of having to catch this beauty. However, his attitude changes when he discovers that Lum can fly. When things start looking desperate for the Earth, Ataru's girlfriend, Shinobu offers to tie the knot if he succeeds, and on the last day, when he finally catches Lum, he declares his intentions to be married. Lum misunderstands this as a proposal and eagerly agrees, since she has become smitten with Ataru. He tries to disengage himself, but Lum is adamantly faithful and demonstrates a willingness to use her natural ability to generate electric shocks to keep her "husband" in line. Later in the ... Written by Bill Moakler and Steve Linhart

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Trivia

It's said that Rumiko Takahashi modeled Lum after the famed '70s Hong Kong model Agnes Lum. See more »

Quotes

[teacher is taking alien nursery school on a tour of "famous places"]
Alien nursery school Teacher: Over there is the famous telephone pole! Here's a garbage can, sometimes called a plastic garbage can! Pretty neat, isn't it?
Ten: This is what you call a famous place?!
Kintaro (alien nursery school visitor): Teacher, please don't embarrass me!
Alien nursery school Teacher: What's the matter, Kintaro?
Kintaro (alien nursery school visitor): Just 'cause we're kids, don't think we don't know better! At the very least, take us to Tokyo Tower or Nijubashi! Or if not that, how about taking us to an anime studio?
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see Lum dance to the song "space is weird" and after the credits close we see the cast in a big crowd and a Dappya monster falls on Ataru's head. See more »

Connections

Followed by Urusei Yatsura: Denki shikake no oniwaban (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Lum's Love Song
Written by Akira Ito
Music by Izumi Kobayashi
Performed by Yûko Matsutani
Courtesy of Canyon Records
(Opening theme Seasons 1-4)
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Boy Mets Alien!
13 January 2000 | by (Elkhart, IN) – See all my reviews

No doubt about it, Urusei Yatsura was one of the best anime series of the 80's. This tale of an alien princess, Lum, in love with the world's biggest lecher, Ataru, could only come from the wild mind of Rumiko Takahashi.

This fantastic comedy/sci-fi/romance is full of memorable characters like Ten, Sakura, Mendo, Shinobu, Ryunosuke, Ran, Cherry and a lot of others. The stories will have you busting out laughing and the animation is pretty good by 80's standards. The voice actors are all first rate, but a special round of applause must be given to Fumi Hirano for her portrayal of Lum. It's just to perfect for words.

So if you're an anime fan, your collection isn't complete without some UY in it. Da'cha!


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