Urusei Yatsura 2022 to air in Fuji TV's Noitamina block this year
After more than 35 years, Rumiko Takahashi's seminal manga series Urusei Yatsura is getting a new TV anime series this year with four cours (four seasons) panned for the series. An official website for the upcoming series opened today with a trailer, a look at Lum in the first key visual, the lead staff, and the voice cast behind the two main characters. The website opening was teased in the morning edition of the Sankei Shimbun newspaper this morning.
Voicing Lum in Urusei Yatsura will be Sumire Uesaka, who is known as the voice of Nagatoro in DON'T TOY WITH ME, MISS NAGATORO, with Ataru Moroboshi being voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya, best known as the voice of Levi in Attack on Titan. The two voice actors posed with their characters in some adorable concept art.
Keijo!!!!!!!! director Hideya Takahashi will be helming the series as director alongside Yasuhiro Kimura (2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team) with character designs by Naoyuki Asano (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) and series compositions written by Yuko Kakihara (The aquatope on white sand). The animation will be produced at david production.
Urusei Yatsura creator Rumiko Takahashi posted a congratulatory illustration celebrating the announcement of the TV anime:
The original multi-award-winning Urusei Yatsura manga series by Rumiko Takahashi ran from September 1978 to February 1987, inspiring a 195 episode TV anime series that was broadcast from October 1981 to March 1986, with director Mamoru Oshii helming the first 106 episodes as well as the first two films. Four more films were produced as well as 12 OVA's for the series after the TV broadcast ended, with the last OVA being released on December 23, 2008. Viz Media releases the Urusei Yatsura in English, describing the first volume as such:
In a high-stakes game of tag, Ataru must touch Lum’s horns in ten days—or aliens will take over the earth! The fact that Lum can fly doesn’t make Ataru’s job any easier. As it turns out, the game of tag is only the beginning of Ataru’s troubles, as he continues to attract strange encounters with otherworldly beings like beautiful snow spirit Oyuki and the sexy crow goblin Princess Kurama!
Urusei Yatsura is scheduled to air its first part on Fuji TV's Noitamina block at some point in 2022.
Source: Urusei Yatsura official website
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