Kenta Miyake, Takahiro Sakurai, Marina Inoue join Urusei Yatsura 2022 cast

Three new Urusei Yatsura 2022 cast members were revealed on September 22. Pic credit: Studio David Production

The production committee behind the upcoming Urusei Yatsura anime series revealed three additional cast members (see above) and character design for another one on September 22, 2022.

The new seiyuu are:

  • Kenta Miyake — Onsen Mark
  • Takahiro Sakurai — Tsubame Ozuno
  • Marina Inoue — Ryouko Mendou

Kenta Miyake is known for having voiced Naruto’s Jirobo; Takahiro Sakurai voiced Berserk’s Griffith (2016), and Marina Inoue voiced Amane in Hunter x Hunter.

The new character design is for Kotatsu Neko (“Kotatsu the Cat”). We’ll have to wait a bit more to learn who will voice the witty white cat.

This character design for Kotatsu Neko was revealed on September 22. Pic credit: Studio David Production

The Urusei Yatsura release date is on October 13, 2022, the Fall 2022 anime season.

The series is a reboot of the Lum, the Invader girl TV anime that ran for 195 episodes from 1981 to 1986. The reboot coincides with the 100th anniversary of Shogakukan, the publisher that serialized the source manga series from 1978 to 1987.

Urusei Yatsura has also been adapted into four theatrical films and an OVA series.

The Urusei Yatsura 2022 anime series: What we know so far

Urusei Yatsura 2022 will feature at least four cours, with the first season featuring the first two cours broadcasting consecutively. The Urusei Yatsura Season 2 release date hasn’t been announced yet. The series will air via the Noitamina programming block on Fuji TV.

The reboot of the Urusei Yatsura anime series was originally announced in May 2022 and accompanied by the first PV trailer, released via the Noitamina Youtube channel.

On September 15, 2022, a key visual announcing the exact premiere date was revealed.

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Hideya Takahashi and Yasuhiro Kimura (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind) are directing the anime at David Production. Naoyuki Asano (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) is in charge of character design and Yuuko Kakihara (The Aquatope on White Sand) is handling series composition.

Additional staff members include:

  • Kazuhiro Takamura, mikitail  — sub-character designers
  • JNTHED, Yoshihiro Sono  — mechanical designers
  • Masanobu Nomura — art director
  • Ayaka Nakamura — color designer
  • Yūichirou Osada — photography director
  • Masaru Yokoyama —music composer 
  • JNTHED, Yoshihiro Sono — mechanic design
  • Kanji Oshima — CG Director
  • Ayaka Nakamura — color key artist
  • Kiyoshi Hirose — editing
  • Yoshikazu Iwanami—  sound director

The seiyuu include:

  • Sumire Uesaka — Lum
  • Hiroshi Kamiya — Ataru Moroboshi
  • Maaya Uchida— Shinobu Miyake
  • Wataru Takagi — Cherry
  • Miyuki Sawashiro — Sakura
  • Mamoru Miyano — Shūtarou Mendou
  • Kana Hanazawa — Ran
  • Shizuka Ishigami — Benten
  • Saori Hayami — Oyuki
  • Katsuyuki Konishi — Rei
  • Nana Mizuki — Kurama
  • Kenta Miyake — Onsen Mark
  • Takahiro Sakurai — Tsubame Ozuno
  • Marina Inoue — Ryōko Mendō

About the Urusei Yatsura manga series

Urusei Yatsura (うる星やつら) is the first manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It was serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1978 to 1987, amounting to 366 chapters. The individual chapters have been collected into 34 tankōbon volumes.

The plot follows Ataru Moroboshi and the alien Lum, who believes she is his wife due to a misunderstanding.

Like all Takahashi’s works, Urusei Yatsura features humorous references to Japanese mythology and is abundant in puns.

The manga series was originally licensed as Lum and The Return of Lum by Viz Media in the 1990s. In 2019, the publisher re-licensed the series and began releasing 2-in-1 omnibus editions under its original title with new translations.

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