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Urusei Yatsura 

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 »


Rumiko Takahashi




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Series cast summary:
Fumi Hirano ...  Lum 194 episodes, 1981-1986
Toshio Furukawa ...  Ataru Moroboshi / ... 194 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 / ... 118 episodes, 1981-1986
Issei Futamata ...  Chibi / ... 116 episodes, 1981-1986
Akira Murayama Akira Murayama ...  Perm 112 episodes, 1981-1986
Shinji Nomura Shinji Nomura ...  Kakugari / ... 97 episodes, 1981-1986
Natsumi Sakuma Natsumi Sakuma ...  Ataru's Mother / ... 91 episodes, 1981-1986
Tomohiro Nishimura Tomohiro Nishimura ...  Kotatsu Neko / ... 82 episodes, 1982-1986
Ken'ichi Ogata ...  Ataru's Father / ... 81 episodes, 1981-1986
Michihiro Ikemizu Michihiro Ikemizu ...  Onsen Mark / ... 80 episodes, 1982-1986


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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The first season's episodes almost always were two self-contained fifteen-minute stories in one episode. See more »


Kintaro (alien nursery school visitor): [to Ataru] You're a simpleton whose reasoning abilities are totally primitive!
Ten: He's not only primitive, but clumsy, satyric, flirtatious, and to top it all off, a moron and a total pervert!
Moroboshi Ataru: Geez! What a bunch of little brats!
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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 »


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(Forlorn, Aren't You?)
Written by Chieko Schrader and Shô Jitsukawa
Music by Izumi Kobayashi
Performed by Helen Sasano
Courtesy of Toshiba EMI
(Closing theme Season 2)
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One of the greatest Comedy-Anime ever...
4 August 2014 | by chribrenSee 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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1992 (USA) See more »

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