Urusei Yatsura Adds More Voice Cast Members, Toshio Furukawa & Fumi Hirano Return As Supporting Characters

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

The production team for the 2022 Urusei Yatsura anime series has revealed additional voice cast members for the respective parents of Ataru Moroboshi and Lum Invader. The series will air for two consecutive cours on October 13, 2022.  

The new cast members consist of Toshio Furukawa as Ataru’s Dad, Keiko Toda as Ataru’s Mom, Rikiya Koyama as Lum’s Dad, and Fumi Hirano as Lum’s Mom. Furukawa and Hirano both voiced Ataru and Lum in the 1980s Urusei Yatsura anime series. 

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Urusei Yatsura will broadcast for four cours and will adapt select portions of Rumiko Takahashi‘s manga series, which ran in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from September 24, 1978 to February 4, 1987.

The anime 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 screenwriter and Naoyuki Asano (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) as character designer. David production is in charge of 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 manga series previously received a 1980s anime adaptation, along with numerous feature films, video games, and OVA specials.  

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

HIDIVE will be streaming the 2022 Urusei Yatsura anime in select countries and territories. It describes the story 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: Urusei Yatsura Official Twitter

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. 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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