Urusei Yatsura 2022 casts original Ataru and Lum voice actors as Ataru’s dad and Lum’s mom

Ataru’s and Lum’s parents. Pic credit: Studio David Production

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

With the date approaching at a rapid pace, announcements seem to have intensified.

On October 5, four new cast members were revealed. This time, it’s about the main characters’ parents (who are referred to as “mom” and “dad,” with no respective names given).

The new cast members are:

  • Toshio Furukawa — Ataru’s dad
  • Keiko Toda — Ataru’s mom
  • Rikiya Koyama — Lum’s dad
  • Fumi Hirano — Lum’s mom

What’s more, Toshio Furukawa and Fumi Hirano voiced Ataru and Lum in the original Lum, the Invader Girl anime series. It’s quite fitting for them to be voicing their respective characters’ parents this time!

Good thinking, Studio David Production!

Urusei Yatsura 2022 timeline, cast, and staff

It was just this past week, on September 29, that the Lum, the Invader Girl reboot received trailer PV 2, which previews the TV anime’s theme songs. The OP theme song is “AEIOU” by MAISONdes x Minami x SAKURAmoti, while the ED theme song is “Tokyo Shandy Rendezvous” by MAISONdes x Kafu x Tsumiki.

The Urusei Yatsura 2022 reboot was announced in May 2022. On the occasion, trailer PV 1 was released via the Noitamina Youtube channel.

A key visual announcing the exact premiere date emerged on September 15, 2022.

Urusei Yatsura 2022 will feature at least four cours. The first season will comprise two cours, which will be broadcast consecutively via Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block.

HIDIVE and bilibili will stream the series.

David Production is producing the TV anime. The main cast members include:

  • Hideya Takahashi, Yasuhiro Kimura — directors
  • Naoyuki Asano — character design
  • Yuuko Kakihara — 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
Toshio Furukawa and Keiko Toda will voice Ataru’s dad and mom, respectively. Pic credit: Studio David Production
Rikiya Koyama and Fumi Hirano will voice Lum’s dad and mom, respectively. Pic credit: Studio David Production

Previously announced cast members 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
  • Kenta Miyake — Onsen Mark
  • Takahiro Sakurai — Tsubame Ozuno
  • Marina Inoue — Ryōko Mendō

The plot follows Ataru Moroboshi — an average guy down on his luck — and alien girl Lum, who believes she is Ataru’s wife due to a series of hilarious events.

Urusei Yatsura 2022 Origins

As mentioned above, Urusei Yatsura 2022 is a remake of the original TV anime that ran for 195 episodes from 1981 to 1986.

The 2022 TV anime will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Shogakukan, the publisher that serialized the eponymous manga series by Rumiko Takahashi (1978-1987).

Like all mangaka Takahashi’s works, Urusei Yatsura has received multiple adaptations, including but not limited to the original anime series, four theatrical films, and an OVA series.

Given that Takahashi is a holder of the Medal with Purple Ribbon, the award granted by the Japanese government for contributions to the arts, it’s no wonder that all her works are widely known. As a matter of fact, her manga titles have been translated into multiple languages, cumulatively amounting to over 200 million copies in circulation worldwide.

Other Takahashi’s manga series include Inuyasha, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½, and Mermaid Saga.

Urusei Yatsura  (うる星やつら), Takahashi’s first manga series, has 35 million copies in circulation in Japan alone. 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 manga was 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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