The latest anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi’s classic Urusei Yatsura romcom ecchi manga has received its debut trailer, a new key visual, and perhaps most excitingly, an official release window.
Announced as in development as part of a celebration of series publisher Shogakukan’s 100th anniversary, the upcoming Urusei Yatsura anime is set to run for a total of 52 episodes across a total of four television seasons and will adapt a variety of different stories from across the manga’s original run, rather than a consecutive retelling of its core plot.
On May 19th, animation studio David Productions (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure) released the series’ debut trailer.
Therein, fans were given their first look at the return of not only Ataru (CV: Hiroshi Kamiya, Gamma #1, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero):
And Lum (CV: Sumire Uesaka, Hayase Nagatoro, Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagotoro):
But also the competitor for Ataru’s affections, Shinobu Miyake (CV: Maaya Uchida, Yuki Yoshino, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma):
The Lum-infatuated heir to Japan’s most powerful family, Shutaro Mendo (CV: Mamoru Miyano, Riku, Kingdom Hearts series):
Tomobiki High School nurse and common target of Ataru’s flirtations Sakura (CV: Miyuki Sawashiro, Toko Fukawa, Danganronpa series):
And regular series nuisance Cherry (CV: Wataru Takagi, Bellamy, One Piece):
Alongside these brief introductions, both the trailer and the series’ official Twitter account shared the season’s first key visual, which featured a confirmation that Urusei Yatsura would begin airing in October 2022.
As previously announced, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind director Takahiro Kamei will direct the series under supervision of fellow Golden Wind directors Hideya Takahashi and Yasuhiro Kimura.
Additionally, Urusei Yatsura will feature script supervision from Digimon Adventure tri. screenplay writer Yuuko Kakihara, as well as character design from Naoyuki Asano, who previously served in the role for the recent reboot of Mr. Osmatsu.
First beginning publication in 1978, Urusei Yatsura follows the everyday exploits of Ataru, an average Earth male, and Lum, the princess of an alien race known as Oni, after a series of events leads the latter to believe the two are married.
A sensation in Japan, the series found worldwide popularity with the creation of its first anime adaptation in 1981, which ran for a total of 195 episodes across the following five years.
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