Kana Hanazawa joins the cast as Ran
Lum joins the human world again later this year, adapting "all-star" stories from Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura manga series. Today the series confirmed that season one of the "all-star" Urusei Yatsura TV anime series will be broadcast over two consecutive seasons. It was also announced that Kana Hanazawa will be joining the cast as Lum's home planet friend Ran.
Kana Hanazawa (Nadeko Sengoku in Monogatari) will be voicing Ran
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.
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 manga 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 season on Fuji TV's Noitamina block in October 2022 over four cours with the first two cours airing consecutively, adapting certain all-star stories from the original manga.
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