Lum, the Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) 2022 cast adds Benten being voiced by Shizuka Ishigami

Fan art of Lum and Benten, and character design of Benten for the upcoming reboot Lum, the Invader Girl.
Fan art of Lum and Benten, and character design of Benten for the upcoming reboot Lum, the Invader Girl. Pic credit: deviantart.com/redshoulder and @natalie.mu

On August 25, 2022, the official Twitter account for Rumiko Takahashi’s Lum, the Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) announced that voice actress Shizuka Ishigami will play Benten – Lum’s childhood friend.

Benten is a part of the Gods of Luck Clan, a biker and a bit of a tomboy in the upcoming anime reboot. The Benten character design by Naoyuki Asano was also revealed.

The rom-com, sci-fi Lum, the Invader Girl reboot will get four cours, which is 46 episodes total. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Shogakukan’s founding it was decided that select original episodes of the anime TV series Lum, the Invader Girl, which lasted for 195 episodes, would be remade into a reboot. The series will feature references to Japanese mythology and culture.

The reboot by David Production (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Flame Flame No Fire Brigade) is scheduled to premiere on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block in October 2022. Hideya Takahashi and Yasuhiro Kimura, who worked on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind, will be directing the anime series.

Three new character designs have been revealed for Ran, Rei and Oyuki.

Character designs for Ran, Rei and Oyuki.
Character designs for Ran, Rei and Oyuki. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Who are the previously announced cast members?

Lum, the Invader Girl cast members include:

  • Hiroshi Kamiya – Ataru Moroboshi
  • Sumire Uesaka – Lum
  • Maaya Uchida – Shinobu Miyake
  • Mamoru Miyano – Shutaro Mendo
  • Wataru Takagi – Cherry
  • Miyuki Sawashiro – Sakura
  • Kana Hanazawa – Ran
  • Katsuyuki Konishi – Rei
  • Saori Hayama – Oyuki
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You can see the character designs for the other characters here: Lum, the Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura 2022) episode total revealed for 4 cours

What is the plot of Lum, the Invader Girl?

The story is set in Tomobiki Town, Tokyo, where Lum, the gorgeous daughter of an invading alien race of Oni Aliens, becomes smitten with high school student, Ataru Moroboshi, after he accidentally proposes to her. Ataru is a womanizer, however, and doesn’t intend to become a one-woman man despite the fact that his new fiancée has the tendency to send fierce electric shocks his way.

Participating in Ataru and Lum’s ensuing shenanigans are classmate Shinobu, elegant shrine maiden Sakura, Lum’s best friend Oyuki, Benten and Ran, Buddhist Monk Cherry, Ten, the little brat, heir to a wealthy family Shutaro Mendo and the secretly female beauty Ryunosuke.  The plot develops into a classic slapstick love comedy where anything is possible! Get ready for some Japanese puns!

Who are the production team members?

Lum, the Invader Girl production team members include:

  • Series Director – Takahiro Kamei
  • Script writer – Yuuko Kakihara (Cells at Work!, Heaven’s Lost Property)
  • Character designer – Naoyuki Asano (Mr. Osomatsu, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!)
  • Animation – David Production
  • Music composer – Masaru Yokoyama (Horimiya, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Fruits Basket 2019)
  • Sub-character designer – Kazuhiro Takamura, Mikio
  • Mechanic Design – JNTHED, Yoshihiro Sono
  • Prop Design – Ryo Hirata
  • Art Design – Kaoru Aoki
  • Art Director – Masanobu Nomura
  • Color Key Artist – Ayaka Nakamura
  • CG Director – Kanji Oshima
  • Compositing Director of Photography – Yuuchirou Nagata
  • Editing – Kiyoshi Hirose
  • Sound Director – Yoshikazu Iwanami
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Where can I read the manga or watch the anime?

From 1978 to 1987, the manga was serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine. In the 1990s, the English version of the manga was published by Viz Media under the titles Lum and The Return of Lum, although parts remained untranslated. In 2019, Viz Media began republishing the English version of the manga in 2-in-1 omnibus editions. 

From 1981 to 1986, an anime series adaptation aired, and later an OVA series was released. AnimEigo has released most of the anime on home video except for the film Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer. Discotek Media holds the current license and has been reissuing the movies. Six Urusei Yatsura movies are currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll!

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