Sumire Uesaka helped bring Urusei Yatsura character Lum to life in the recent anime reboot, and now she’s going retro with her own take on the original anime’s opening theme song. The ’80s anime that first brought Rumiko Takahashi’s manga to the screen has a truly timeless opener, and you can watch Uesaka perform “Lum’s Love Song” in the 70-second music video below.
There’s also a look behind the scenes:
The original version of “Lum’s Love Song” marked pop singer Yuko Matsutani’s debut single back on October 21, 1981 and kicked off the classic anime series for the first 100 episodes. Fans in Japan can find Uesaka’s cover version on a bonus CD released in the first DVD/Blu-ray box set of the Urusei Yatsura reboot, with the full music video to follow in the second collection on June 28, 2023.
Meanwhile, the second half of the new Urusei Yatsura anime will premiere in 2024.
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