The Fall 2022 anime season has begun and all eyes are on the upcoming releases. After all, this will be one of the busiest times of the year in recent years. Many hits are on the way, from Mob Psycho 100 to Blue Lock, and Urusei Yatsura has been promoting his return.
Lum the Invader Girl voice actress Sumire Uesaka cosplayed her character to promote Urusei Yatsura’s return.
Sumire Uesaka’s Lum cosplay
Photos of Uesaka’s cosplay were published in Weekly Shonen Sunday Issue 45, 2022, the same magazine that published the original Urusei Yatsura manga.
This issue’s cover also features crossover artwork by Lum and Mao, the protagonists of Rumiko Takahashi’s fantasy manga of the same name. MAO debuted in Weekly Shonen Sunday in May 2019 and unlike many of Takahashi’s other series, it has not been adapted into an anime.
Urusei Yatsura 2022 restarts a famous anime series
The original anime series Urusei Yatsura ran on Fuji Television from October 1981 to March 1986 for 195 episodes. The relaunch, dubbed Urusei Yatsura All-Stars, will be animated by David Production and will adapt select stories from Takahashi’s manga, which premiered in 1978 and ended in 1987.
All-Stars will debut on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block on October 13, 2022. It runs for a full year or four seasons (quarters). In Japan, the first two cours are shown continuously. In October 2022, HIDIVE and Shanghai-based video-sharing site Bilibili will begin streaming the show. The release date of Urusei Yatsura Season 2 has not been announced yet.
The story of Urusei Yatsura revolves around Ataru Moroboshi, a lecherous young lad whose life is turned upside down when a humanoid alien species from the planet Oniboshi attacks Earth. Ataru is randomly selected to defend his planet by defeating Lum, a scantily clad alien princess, in a tag game. Ataru fights and wins against her, but after Lum misinterprets Ataru’s victory cry as a marriage proposal, she aggressively pursues Ataru from that day forward, despite being happily engaged to childhood friend Shinobu Miyake.
While Sumire Uesaka plays Lum Invader, the other characters of Urusei Yatsura are played by a variety of notable voice actors. Ataru Moroboshi is played by Hiroshi Kamiya (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Kuroko’s Basketball). Shinobu Miyake is played by Maaya Uchida (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma). Shuutaro Mendou (Free!-Iwatobi Swim Club) is played by Mamoru Miyano, the scion of the richest family on earth, who is in love with Lum and therefore sees Ataru as his greatest adversary. Kana Hanazawa (Psycho-Pass, Durarara!!) plays Lum’s childhood friend Ran and Rikiya Koyama (Naruto Shippuden) plays “Mr. Invader”, Lum’s father and the great Oni warlord who launched the invasion of Earth.
While the original Urusei Yatsura anime series isn’t available on any major streaming sites, Crunchyroll has all six Urusei Yatsura animated films. VIZ Media publishes the manga in English.