Urusei Yatsura Returns in 2024, Releases New Visual

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Shortly after the conclusion of its second cour, the production team for Urusei Yatsura has announced that the anime’s second season is scheduled to return in 2024, beginning with episodes 24 and onward. The first season premiered on October 14, 2022 for an overall total of 23 episodes, ending on March 24, 2023.  

A new key visual, featuring Lum Invader, has been released to commemorate news of the second season. 

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The 2023 Urusei Yatsura anime series will run for four total cours and contain 46 episodes. The new series will adapt select portions of the original manga series. 

The new anime is directed by JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind‘s Hideya Takahashi and Yasuhiro Kimura with Yuuko Kakihara (The Aquatope on White Sand) as series screenwriter, Naoyuki Asano (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) as character designer, and Masaru Yokoyama (Aoashi) as music composer. David production is in charge of the animation production for the series. 

Other production staff members include Kazuhiro Takamura (Strike Witches: Road to Berlin director and character designer) as sub-character designer, Mikio (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) as mechanical designer, Yoshihiro Sono (Sabikui Bisco art and creature designer) as mechanical designer, 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, and Yuuichirou Osada (World Trigger 2nd Season and 3rd season) as photography director. 

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Meanwhile, the voice cast consists of Hiroshi Kamiya as Ataru Moroboshi, Sumire Uesaka as Lum, Maaya Uchida as Shinobu Miyake, Mamoru Miyano as Shutarou Mendou, Wataru Takagi as Cherry, and Miyuki Sawashiro as Sakura. Additional cast members include Aoi Yuuki as Ten, Ayahi Takagaki as Ryunosuke Fujinami, and Shigeru Chiba as Ryunosuke’s dad.

Rumiko Takahashi’s original manga ran in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from September 24, 1978 to February 4, 1987. A total of 34 tankoubon volumes have been released as of April 1987, with Viz Media releasing the manga in English. 

The manga has also previously inspired a 1980s anime series, as well as multiple films and OVAs. The original anime series ran from 1981 to 1986 with Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) as chief director during the first 129 episodes and Kazuo Yamazaki (Yume Tsukai) for the rest. Before the 2022 series, the most recent Urusei Yatsura anime was an OVA released in 2010. 

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HIDIVE is currently streaming the 2023 Urusei Yatsura anime and describes it 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 Anime 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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