Saori Hayami Voices Oyuki in Urusei Yatsura 2022 Anime

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© Rumiko Takahashi, Shogakukan /​“URUSEIYATSURA” production committee

Voice actress Saori Hayami will be voicing the Neptune princess Oyuki for the new Urusei Yatsura anime series. Oyuki is the soft-spoken, cool-headed childhood friend of the anime’s main female lead, Lum Invader. The new series is scheduled to premiere in October 2022 for two consecutive cours.

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© Rumiko Takahashi, Shogakukan /​“URUSEIYATSURA” production committee

Hayami joins an ensemble voice cast that includes Hiroshi Kamiya as Ataru Moroboshi, Sumire Uesaka as Lum, Maaya Uchida as Shinobu Miyake, Mamoru Miyano as Shuutarou Mendou, Wataru Takagi as Cherry, and Miyuki Sawashiro as Sakura. Kana Hanazawa and Katsuyuki Konishi will also voice Ran and Rei respectively. 

The anime production is directed by JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind‘s Hideya Takahashi and Kimura Yasuhiro, with Yuuko Kakihara (The Aquatope on White Sand) as series scriptwriter, and Naoyuki Asano (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) as character designer. David production is handling the animation production.

Other staff members consist of Kazuhiro Takamura (Strike Witches: Road to Berlin director and character designer) as sub-character designer, mikitail (The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 co-prop designer) as sub-character designer, JNTHED (Spriggan production designer, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker mecha design and 2D work assistance) and Yoshihiro Sono (Sabikui Bisco art and creature designer) as mechanical designers, Masanobu Nomura (Fate/Grand Order Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot Paladin; Agateram co-art director) as art director, Ayaka Nakamura (The Heike Story assistant color designer) as color designer, Yuuichirou Osada (World Trigger 2nd Season and 3rd Season) as photography director, and Masaru Yokoyama (Aoashi) as music composer. 

The 2022 Urusei Yatsura anime series will consist of four total cours and will adapt selected portions of Rumiko Takahashi‘s original manga. Her series was serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday from September 24, 1978 to February 4, 1987. 

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© Rumiko Takahashi, Shogakukan /​“URUSEIYATSURA” production committee

The franchise was previously adapted into a 1980s anime series and has also inspired multiple movies and OVAs. The series ran from 1981 to 1986, with Mamoru Oshii as chief director during the first 129 episodes. Kazuo Yamazaki (Yume Tsukai) took over as director afterwards. 

Fuji Creative Corporation describes the new Urusei Yatsura anime series as: 

Tokyo. Tomobiki Town.

Lum, the gorgeous daughter of an invading race of Oni Aliens is smitten with High School student Ataru Moroboshi. A dedicated womanizer, Ataru is unfazed by Lum’s fierce electric shock attacks and continues his daily hunt for pretty girls.

With a host of other unique characters, including classmate Shinobu, elegant shrine maiden Sakura, Lum’s best friend’s Oyuki, Benten and Ran, Buddhist Monk Cherry, Ten, the little brat, heir to a wealthy family Shutaro Mendo and the secretly female beauty Ryunosuke…

A classic slapstick love comedy where anything goes!

Source: Urusei Yatsura Official Twitter

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He also contributes work to the website Yatta Tachi. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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