Classic Anime Alert: Crunchyroll Now Streaming 1981’s ‘Urusei Yatsura’

How about switching from that looping Lum clip in the City Pop YouTube video to something more classic?

The Urusei Yatsura anime, based on Rumiko Takahashi’s comedy manga, is now streaming on Crunchyroll. Originally airing in Japan from 1981 to 1986, all 194 episodes are available in Japanese with English subtitles.

The story kicks off with an alien invasion threatening Earth. To combat this, a random human, Ataru Moroboshi, is selected to duel the aliens and save the planet.

Reluctantly, Ataru, a lazy high school student, agrees. His task? Catch Lum, a stunning alien princess in a tiger-stripe bikini, in a game of tag. But it’s no easy feat since Lum can fly and deliver electric shocks. After finally catching her, Ataru is in for a surprise: he’s now Lum’s betrothed “darling,” and she has no plans of returning to her home planet anytime soon!

It will be amazing to witness this classic come back to life.

About Urusei Yatsura

Urusei Yatsura is a manga series by Rumiko Takahashi. It has a total of 374 chapters and was published from 1978 to 1987. Its anime adaptation received 195 episodes from 1981 to 1986. A new anime adaptation with selected stories began airing in October 2022.

In the series, a humanoid alien race invades the Earth but agrees that if the protagonist wins in a game of tag, they will leave it unharmed. Ataru wins against the alien girl, Lum.

Lum misunderstands and thinks Ataru is proposing marriage, and starts living with him and joins his high school. Ataru is a trouble magnet and gets stuck in weird situations pretty often.

Source: Crunchyroll

Aaheli Pradhan

Aaheli Pradhan

A grandma by heart who loves to knit, sketch, and swing in parks. Binge-reads a massive amount of manga from psychological to shounen-ai. Either awkward or salty, there's no in-between.


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