2021 closed out with a doozy of an anime announcement. 2022 will mark the debut of a brand new four-season anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi’s classic comedy manga Urusei Yatsura, and we already have our first look at Lum and the voice cast behind both her and Ataru Moroboshi.
First up, check out the teaser and visual:
Sumire Uesaka (Nagatoro in DON’T TOY WITH ME, MISS NAGATORO) will be voicing Lum, and Hiroshi Kamiya (Levi in Attack on Titan) will be voicing Ataru. You can see both with their respective characters below.
The new Urusei Yatsura anime 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).
Rumiko Takahashi’s celebratory illustration:
— 「うる星やつら」TVアニメ公式 (@uy_allstars) January 1, 2022
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.
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!