Urusei yatsura (1981–1986)

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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. ... 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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Megane, Perm, Chibi and Kakugari (Lum's Stormtroopers) originally appeared in the manga for a very short time (and were never directly named), after which Takahashi thought that the gag had run its course and quietly retired them in favor of more dimensional friends for Ataru. The writers of the TV show took the characters and stretched their obsession to Lum to the nth degree, making them into parodies of obsessive fanboys all over the world. Their names, by the way, mean "Four-eyes (lit. "eyeglasses")", "Permanent wave (his hairstyle)", "Runt" and "Crew Cut" respectively. See more »

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[closing song lyrics]
Lum: Let's put weird and weird together, and make it even weirder! Weird, weird space is super-weird! Hold on. What? What? Something's weird! Hold on. What? What? Something's definitely a little weird! If it gets weird, it becomes fun! Hearts pop up and fly away into the night sky! Let's put weird and weird together, and make it even weirder! Weird, weird space is super-weird! Super-weird! Terrible!
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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 »

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Referenced in Mâjan Shikaku (1988) See more »

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Yume wa Love Me More
(My Wish is Love me More)
Written by Akira Ito
Music by Izumi Kobayashi
Arranged by Yuji Kawashima
Performed by Izumi Kobayashi
Courtesy of Kitty Records
(Closing theme Season 5)
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One of the greatest Comedy-Anime ever...
4 August 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

"Urusei Yatsura", also called "Those Obnoxious Aliens", is a classic Comedy-Romance-Anime originally broadcast on Japanese TV 1981-1986. It is based on the comic by Rumiko Takahashi and runs for 195 episodes + 2 TV-specials.

Basic plot: The unlucky high school student Ataru Moroboshi become the chosen one to play the game of tag, where he has to grab the horns of an Oni (an alien race) within one week, or the Earth is to be taken over by the aliens anyway. Wishing for his marriage with the lovely girl Shinobu Miyake, he happens to grab the horns of the cute alien girl named Lum Invader right on the final day of the competition. Lum misinterprets the marriage wish to be a proposal to her by Ataru, but falls in love with him and moves into his house anyway. And this is just the beginning of the series where one unexpected event comes after another.

However, Ataru basically has little to nothing more than girls on his mind, and goes on with his constant flirting with a bunch of pretty girls, only to get punished by Lum with her electric shock.

As I have seen all of the episodes, as well as all of their movies and OVAs, I just have to confirm the entire "Urusei Yatsura" franchise as one of the best anime I've seen when it comes to humorous anime. Compared to the newer Comedy-Romance-Anime being made in Japan in the last ten years, this one actually made me laugh pretty often. Even in the supposedly serious episodes, you just can't take these episodes too seriously, because something funny and unexpected always has to happen at the end.

Pretty much happens in the series than just Ataru running after girls and Lum giving him electro shock. We also get stuff like; Ghouls and ghosts, evil spirits, slapstick violence, horror stories which often end comically, and not at least vulgar/perverted humor.

Also, we get unforgettable characters like: Lum's infant cousin Ten, Shutaro Mendou, Benten, Ran, Ryuunosuke, Oyuki, Sakura and her monk uncle Sakuramboo/Cherry, and even a little fox.

Unlike most long-running series like "Naruto" and "Bleach", this one basically goes episodic, meaning most of the episodes mainly don't have any connection to previous episodes. Should you happen to miss out at least one episode or more...no big deal.

Pretty thanks to the entire anime franchise, I actually happened to be a little fan of the character Lum. As if that wasn't enough, I also happened to get a figurine of her, which I bought during my summer vacation at Amsterdam 2014.

Are you a fan of anime in general, this one is highly recommended and should not be missed. A truly humorous classic which I want to give a total rating of 10/10.


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