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if possible, watch Urusei Yatsura in Japanse dub with English subs. The experience will be so much better, imho.
Why do we love Lum that much? / Re: why I think Lum's so attractive
« Last post by Megane on December 17, 2018, 09:40:32 AM »
Fumi Hirano's voice contributes a lot to Lum's character. When I hear her sweetly say "Darling" my kokoro goes dokidoki.
Urusei Yatsura Polls & Voting / Re: What's your favorite opening theme?
« Last post by Megane on December 12, 2018, 01:59:35 PM »
I voted for Lum's Love Song as the best, but I like Pajama Jama Da! a lot too. Most of the songs used for the opening and ending themes are good, but I think Lum no Love Song has become the all-time classic. It's been covered by so many other versions, too.
YouTube Movies UY * Lum Related / Re: Awesome "Lum no Love Song" remix
« Last post by Megane on December 10, 2018, 12:14:18 PM »
I made a playlist at YouTube with 38 different versions of "Lum no Love Song"!  Please enjoy!
(There are some big differences in the volume levels of the various tracks, so you'll have to adjust your speaker volume up or down as the playlist progresses.)


The Urusei Yatsura REMIX album had 12 tracks, so I put them all in a playlist if you want to hear the whole album:


Who is your favorite UY Character? / Re: Lum The Oni Princess is the Best!!!
« Last post by Megane on December 10, 2018, 09:17:18 AM »
Well, of course it's Lum. She's not just cute and sexy (there are plenty of cute, sexy girls in UY) but she's sweet, loving and devoted. How can anyone not like her? Even Ataru's parents like her, and AMAZINGLY raise absolutely no objection to Lum living in Ataru's room in their house!! Although there are times when I wonder if that has less to do with them liking Lum than with not caring anything at all about their son in the least (Mrs. Moroboshi: "Oh, how I wish I'd never had him!").

Everyone wonders why Lum so completely and obsessively attached herself to Ataru, and I have to think it's because she's an Oni. Oni are supposed to be kind of like 'bad karma demons', so it's Ataru's own bad karma that attracts her like a magnet. And indeed, complications ensue due to all of Lum's friends that cause trouble for Ataru, so it's the wheel of karma -- "what goes around, comes around" or to put it in Judeo-Christian terms "as you sow, so shall you reap". Spread bad karma and it will return to bite you in the butt.

Yet Lum herself is the best thing that ever happened to Ataru, even though he doesn't realize it (or at least refuses to admit it to himself). Everyone else knows it immediately though, and is envious of Ataru's status in Lum's eyes. Especially Mendou and the so-called "Stormtroopers", led by Megane. They all have a keen appreciation of Lum, and a consequent resentment of Ataru for having the undeserved good luck to be the object of Lum's affection.
Who is your favorite UY Character? / Re: the beautiful miss sakura sensei
« Last post by Megane on December 10, 2018, 08:58:26 AM »
She is physically beautiful, but her personality (and voice) are very rough and uncouth. Except when she's chanting some Buddhist prayer, she always seems like the opposite of what I'd expect from a priestess, which is to say, she seems lacking in wisdom, patience, serenity, piety -- any of the virtuous traits you'd expect in a holy woman. Even as a nurse, her 'bedside manner' leaves a lot to be desired; she's not exactly a comforting presence.

She's prone to angry outbursts and physical violence as a first resort, which makes her considerably less attractive than her appearance would otherwise dictate. Same thing with Ran when she's in her "Mrs. Hyde" mode. Not attractive to guys. Lum gets mad at Ataru all the time, but it's because she's genuinely hurt by his callous behavior and lack of attention. It's easy to forgive her outbursts because she really is the injured party.
The only movie I've watched is the trailer for Only You, and the first few minutes (in badly dubbed English), and I'm already scared to watch the movies now. Especially that part where Lum turns into the Savage She-Hulk!
Movies, OAV & TV Series / Re: Retcon
« Last post by Megane on December 09, 2018, 06:53:33 PM »
Since this applies to the Manga and the Anime (specifically an OVA), I think this probably belongs here rather than in the manga section.

Pretty early on in the Manga, we get a story called We Are The Children. The gist of the story is that in an attempt to help Ataru get to school, Lum creates a portal that should get him there faster. She partially succeeds, making a portal to the school in 1991 - 12 years later as Ataru discovers when he gets inside and sees people he knows and then sees the blackboard saying "Class of '91 10 Year Reunion".

If that is correct, that the blackboard did indeed say "Class of '91 10 Year Reunion", then that would mean that Ataru is visiting the year 2001, ten years after the class of 1991 graduated. That doesn't seem to make sense if it were indeed an early episode of the manga, however (most likely taking place prior to 1981).

But even so, having visited A future timeline, when Ataru returns to his proper time in the past, his awareness of any future events are likely (either through his conscious or UNconscious actions) to alter that timeline, creating another, entirely different alternate timeline. There is always more than one possible future.

Urusei Yatsura General Discussion / Re: If UY was like Beautiful Dreamer
« Last post by Megane on December 09, 2018, 05:26:52 PM »
I read where Mamoru Oshii and Rumiko Takahashi met one time during the production of Beautiful Dreamer, but after reading the script Takahashi and Oshii barely had anything to say to each other.

It's also interesting to consider that Takahashi-san has admitted that she does not really understand Lum as a character or find her all that interesting. She certainly appreciates that the anime was successful largely due to the appeal of Lum to the audience, but there was a point (before the anime) at which she had wanted to actually write Lum out of the manga, because she was far more interested in concentrating her writing on Ataru's flawed character.
Manga Stories / Re: Links to UY Manga Translations
« Last post by Megane on December 09, 2018, 04:40:26 PM »
It's been a rainy few months and now I've watched everything I missed and wanted to find the Manga too.

You should support companies like Viz Media that do the actual printed manga English translations. They are starting a new series of omnibus editions with newly re-translated text, beginning in February 2019.

Pre-order from Amazon, or wherever you buy print manga.


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