Urusei Yatsura (Lum, the Invader Girl) releases creditless OP and ED videos, and reveals number of episodes for Season 1

Urusei Yatsura screenshot from Episode 1.
Urusei Yatsura screenshot from Episode 1. Pic credit: @yu_allstars/Twitter

On October 13, 2022, the official Twitter account for the anime reboot adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi’s Urusei Yatsura (Lum, the Invader Girl) rom-com, sci-fi manga released the creditless OP and ED videos, and also revealed more information about the anime’s airing schedule.

Musical artist MAISONdes performs both the opening theme song “AIUE” (A-B-C-D), and the ending song “Tokyo Shandy Rendezvous”. The OP song features artists Minami and SAKURAmoti while the ED song features visual singer Kaf and band Tsumiki.

You can watch the bubbly creditless OP video on Fuji Animation Studio’s official YouTube channel here:

Urusei Yatsura OP video.

You can watch the energetic creditless ED video on Fuji Animation Studio’s official YouTube channel here:

Urusei Yatsura ED video.

Urusei Yatsura Episode 1 premiered on October 13, 2022, and so far the response from the franchise’s fans has been very positive. The anime reboot stays close to the anime’s original art style, but with modern improvements, such as amazing special effects. The passion and attention to detail for this reboot by David Production Studio is evident in Episode 1.

The Urusei Yatsura reboot will have four cours (a total of 46 episodes), and we now know that the first two cours will be aired back-to-back. That means we should be getting 23 episodes all in a row for the first season! The Urusei Yatsura Season 2 release date for the second two cours hasn’t been announced yet.

Who are the main 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
  • Shizuka Ishigami – Benten
  • Nana Mizuki – Kurama

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

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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