Lum the Invader Girl creator Rumiko Takahashi didn’t choose the episodes for the Urusei Yatsura 2022 reboot!

Urusei Yatsura
Urusei Yatsura 2022 won’t be a true adaptation, but a collection of “best of” episodes?! Pic credit: Weekly Shougakukan Edition

The Lum the Invader Girl anime is rebooting the long-running anime/manga series, but it turns out that Urusei Yatsura creator Rumiko Takahashi didn’t choose which stories would be adapted by Studio David Production.

On October 8, 2022, Weekly Shougakukan Edition on Twitter posted that Takahashi didn’t choose the episodes for the Lum the Invader Girl 2022 reboot. As for the reason why, the post says that Rumiko Takahashi would feel embarrassed if her favorite were known.

So, instead, we’ll be getting a “best of” collection. However, the reboot will have 46 episodes over four cours, so fans should still get the full story.

It is possible to find the original anime and manga for those who must track down every detail. Being a long-term Rumiko Takahashi fan, I’m thrilled to see one of her earliest works introduced to a new audience!

Key visual from Urusei Yatsura
Lum and Ataru looking at each other in Urusei Yatsura. Pic credit: David Productions

What sets Rumiko Takahashi apart?

My first introduction to Rumiko Takahashi was Inuyasha, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Ranma 1/2 is very similar to Urusei Yatsura in terms of humor, and certain chapters are episodic.

Nudity and misunderstandings go hand in hand with many of her stories, but she can handle heavier and more somber content. Inuyasha is a good bridge that shows her skills, but Mermaid Forest takes things up a notch.

There’s little humor in it, but Rumiko’s style is apparent throughout all her works. Besides the first episode, we don’t know which stories will be in the reboot.

But, I do like how Lum will have her multi-colored hair, and her personality is present. Rumiko has always included strong and independent women in her stories, and the misunderstandings never get old.

What Rumiko Takahashi means to me

I’ll never forget the Saturday night I discovered Inuyasha, Cowboy Bebop, and way more than I can list without going overboard. Thinking back, Inuyasha may have been my first anime isekai, as many fans classify The Feudal Fairy Tale as one.

I don’t, since Kagome isn’t traveling to another world. Instead, she’s going back in time, although the Nether World is mentioned and seen a few times.

Yashime: Half-Demon Princess is shaping up to be an excellent sequel to Inuyasha, but I wish the anime would stop identifying characters in every episode. Rumiko Takahashi’s name is one of the first I recognized, along with Kazuki Takahashi and Akira Toriyama.

I often find myself torn between getting more of Rumiko’s manga, and trying something new. And Urusei Yatsura launched her career! And my first attempts at creating fan art are from her works.

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