Urusei Yatsura Opening Theme Lyricist Akira Itou Passes Away

Itou was a prolific lyricist in Japan, creating over 1,000 works

Akira Itou in 1988

Akira Itou in 1988 (via Yomiuri Shimbun online)


The Yomiuri Shimbun online reported today that Japanese lyricist Akira Itou had passed away at the age of 80 from acute renal failure on May 15. Itou was most well-known around the world as the writer of "Lum's Love Song," the first opening theme to Urusei Yatsura, and had written over 1,000 anime songs, commercial jingles, and even J-pop tracks.


Itou was born on August 12, 1940, in Chiba prefecture. Under the mentorship of the late Torirou Miki, who eventually wrote the theme songs to Kimba the White Lion and Tetsujin 28-go (known as Gigantor in the west), Itou was given the opportunity to write some of the most influential jingles in Japanese commercials as well as theme songs of some of the most popular anime of the 20th century.


These include: as mentioned before the opening to Urusei Yatsura, the second ending theme for Tetsujin 28-go, the ending theme for the original Cutie Honey TV anime, as well as many more.


Urusei Yatsura

Image via Amazon Prime Video Japan


Throughout Itou's life, the Japanese creator was known for making catchy lyrics that people couldn't get out of their heads, as well as influencing those who came after him.


Akira Itou's funeral was attended by close relatives of his. May he rest in peace while his legacy lives on.


Source: Yomiuri online



Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.

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