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Urusei Yatsura - TV Series 1 (1981)

Director: Kazuo Yamazaki
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: AnimEigo
Genre: Anime, Comedy Anime, Sci-Fi TV, Sci-Fi TV
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
When the Oni, a mysterious race of Aliens, comes to repossess the Earth, they give us one chance to save our planet -- a champion, selected at random, must defeat their princess, Lum, in their national sport -- Tag! Unfortunately for Earth, the champion turns out to be Ataru Moroboshi, a lecherous lad whose lack of luck is legendary. When Ataru lays eyes on the curvaceous Lum, he readily agrees to take on the task of touching the tips of her tiny horns. Alas, when the contest begins, he finds out that the Ori forgot to mention one small matter -- Lum can fly! When all seems lost, his girlfriend Shinobu promises to marry him if he wins. Win he does, but Lum misinterprets his victory cry as a proposal of marriage -- to her! Now Lum's living in his closet, planning their wedding, and zapping him with high-voltage electricity if he even looks at another woman. His girfriend isn't sure if she's been jilted or saved from a life of misery; his Lum-crazed schoolmates are plotting to get him "out of the way," his parents are loudly wishing he'd never been born; and to top it off, a demented Buddhist Monk has been seen lurking around the neighborhood mumbling something about evil spirits and curses. Then Lum's friends and relatives starting visiting, and things start to get really weird! Sit back, relax, and prepare yourself for the first four episodes of "Those Obnoxious Aliens," Japan's most popular (and wackiest) animated comedy. And if you think they're funny, wait until you see the other 192!

GreenCine Member Reviews

charming, but Why no Dubbing? by Dreamer July 20, 2004 - 12:31 PM PDT
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3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I have to say I enjoyed it, esp as I saw the drawing style of Dokite-san who did the classic Dirty Pair, in Lum. She is truly adorable and the romantic triangle is chiche' but very workable.

I decided not to rent the entire series however, as I think once is enough. If you like the beautiful Lum however, by all means get the entire 8 DVDs.

I reccomend GreenCine for their selection of anime over Netflix also.

Charming like Mork and Mindy when you were growing up by hneline1 August 5, 2003 - 11:02 PM PDT
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5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I admit that I was nodding off towards the middle of episode 2 (or was that due to having only 3 hours of sleep the night before... hm). Honestly, if you look at this early 80's anime through current eyes, it's very dated. It has flat animation, an old-style character design reminiscent of Star Blazers, and a storyline that follows a hapless, hormonal, self-centered, girl-chased guy who just happens to save the earth every now and then (DNA2, anyone?). Each 15 minute segment is almost self-contained and seems to end in a joke that doesn't show how the sticky situation is resolved.

But it's still charming -- and I'd say charming in the same sense that Mork and Mindy or Gilligan's Island is charming. Urusei Yatsura is sweet, very slightly raunchy (Ataru grabs Lum's bikini top off, oh my), with a mix of loveable characters and improbable situations to laugh at. If you grew up with this show, you would be in love with it. However, as an adult, you may not be able to sit through more than a few episodes.

I do highly recommend watching those few episodes, though. This is a truly "classic" anime, and anyone interested in the genre should be familiar with the basic characters and storyline. You still see images of Lum with her tiger-striped bikini around, whether being lampooned or not. And, after all, Urusei Yatsura is the predecessor for Ramna 1/2, and you will see early touches of the fantastical chase scenes and ever-expanding cast-of-millions for which Rumiko Takahashi is famous.

Great Laughable Silly, classic. by bacchus68 October 24, 2002 - 6:04 PM PDT
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8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
Well. I've heard many people talk about this series and the quality of this amine from the 80's is going to make you take a quick double take. That said though this is a incredibly enjoyable show from the first 4 episodes I've seen here. Each episode is actually split into 2 mini-episodes in this show so the series feels more like a a saturday cartoon. If of course saturday cartoons was created by the guys from three's company. There's a ton of sexual comedy and love triangles and just plain old off the wall humor.It really is fall off your seat humor. I could not say enough about this disk except it cracked me up from begining to end and I look forward to renting more of the series to see how the quirky relationships and situations come around. It's like a sexual I dream of jeannie alomost with the whole absurity of the experiences these characters go through. An A+ title all around.




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