Urusei Yatsura is an anime first by Studio Pierrot and later Studio Deen in 1981-1986 based on the manga of the same name by Rumiko Takahashi. It is very famous for its characters (especially Lum) and its surreal humor that is well executed for its concept.
Why It Rocks
- It is one of the first surreal comedy anime from Japan and most of the weird humor is done very well and mixes well with stuff like aliens.
- Very likable and funny characters even if they at times act flawed they're very comical and great in the strange romantic comedy of the series.
- Very good opening and ending themes especially the first opening theme which shows many things like the crazy romantic relationship of Ataru and Lum and the wacky comedy as well too.
- Very good animation for its time in the early 80's.
- Great voice acting in the Japanese and the canceled British gag dub.
- Very well done soundtrack and background music to fit the mood in scenes and most of the surreal things that happen.
- Very cool concept of many Japanese myth creatures being aliens.
- Studio Deen adapted the second-half to make it less filler and more faithful to the manga.
- The author of Urusei Yatsura, Rumiko Takahashi was very proud of this adaptation.
- Very good use of fanservice done in a comical,weird and sexy way.
- Lum is very likable as she loves to have fun with Ataru and tries to make him entertained,act like a tsundere in a very humorous way and has a very good and cute design.
- Even though there's lots of filler in the first-half. The filler most of the time is pretty good.
- It spawned a lot of OVAs and films to adapt more chapters of the manga and some of the films have good filler stories.
- Some might find it dated since some of the characters and humor can get mean-spirited.
- Many filler in the first-half as it was adapted by Studio Pierrot. Thankfully Studio Deen adapted the second-half and made it more faithful.
- There is no full English dub of the series as they got canceled for unexplained reasons and is mostly had to be watched in Japanese or with subtitles. Though this can be forgiven since the puns and jokes would be too hard to translate in English dubbing anyways.
- Can be focused on too much fanservice at times even more than Dragon Ball.
- Some anime list sites will have it saying 195 episodes even though the first-half has segments. If you use those sites saying 195 episodes such as anilist or Myanimelist (not recommended). Be sure to change episode numbers if you have downloaded an episode or torrent with the very first half saying such as episode 1-2.
- This show is extremely popular in Italy, where it's known there as "Lamu".