Urusei Yatsura Streams on HIDIVE & Bilibili in Fall 2022


At Aniplex Online Fest 2022, it has been revealed that the 2022 Urusei Yatsura anime series will stream on HIDIVE and Chinese video sharing website Bilibili. HIDIVE later officially announced its streaming acquisition of the series as part of its Fall 2022 anime lineup on its Twitter and official website. 

The anime will air for two consecutive cours on October 13, 2022, adapting certain chapters of Rumiko Takahashi’s original manga.  

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

The main production staff for Urusei Yatsura includes JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind‘s Hideya Takahashi and Kimura Yasuhiro as directors, 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 in charge of the series’ animation production. 

Other staff members includes 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 original manga series by Takahashi was serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday from September 24, 1978 to February 4, 1987. The manga received a previous 1980s anime adaptation, along with several feature films, video games, and OVA specials.  

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

HIDIVE describes the 2022 Urusei Yatsura anime as: 

When an alien race known as the Oni invade Earth, the chronically unlucky and unapologetically lecherous Ataru Moroboshi is selected as humanity’s representative in a duel for the fate of the planet! His opponent is Lum, the Oni’s very pretty princess, and it’s only thanks to Ataru’s unscrupulous behavior that he’s able to scrape out a win in a treacherous game of tag against her. Ataru thinks he’s had his lucky break at last, but when Lum takes a shine to him off the battlefield, the conflict follows him home as Lum invades not only planet Earth, but also the womanizing Ataru’s love life!

Source: Aniplex Online Fest 2022, HIDIVE

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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