Episode 7 of the new Urusei Yatsura anime is scheduled to air on November 24, and ahead of that we have a new cast member to look forward to this week. The latest addition to the cast is Shuhei Nakano—half of the comedy duo known as Kaerutei—who will voice a pool spirit.
Nakano commented on the casting, saying he used to read Rumiko Takahashi’s original manga in middle school, but always ended up drawing pictures of Kurama instead of Lum.
If you’re just now diving into the waters of Urusei Yatsura, be sure to read our latest article on the series to get primed for the fun to come.
The new anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi’s classic Urusei Yatsura manga previously announced plans to air over four cours (units of typically 11-14 episodes that make up one seasonal broadcast), with the first two airing consecutively when the “all-star” anime begins this October.
The series is being directed by Hideya Takahashi (Keijo!!!!!!!!) and Yasuhiro Kimura (2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team), with Yuko Kakihara (The aquatope on white sand) on series composition and Naoyuki Asano (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) on character designs at david production (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure).
The Urusei Yatsura manga ran from 1978 to 1987, and was adapted into a 195-episode TV anime that aired in Japan from 1981 to 1986. Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii helmed the first 106 episodes of the anime and the first two of six films that were produced. The series also had 12 OVAs released after the end of the TV anime.
The new anime is streaming on HIDIVE. VIZ Media publishes the manga in English and describes it:
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!
Via Crunchyroll News