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Urusei Yatsura’s Staff Apologize for Using Existing Design in Anime

Urusei Yatsura is a Japanese anime television series made by David Production that is based on Rumiko Takahashi’s manga series. It is the manga’s second television anime adaptation, following the 1981 version by Kitty Films, which aired from 1981 to 1986.

The series debuted on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block on October 14, 2022, and is set to run for 46 episodes spread across four courses, with most episodes featuring two segments every half-hour.

However, on Monday, the official website for Rumiko Takahashi’s Urusei Yatsura television anime published a statement stating that the anime’s 17th episode copied a pre-existing design within a scene’s background without authorization.

The team apologized for the mistake and said that the specific background would be changed for all streaming, broadcast, and home video versions of the episode.

On Twitter, illustrator Chikuwa claimed that the anime’s 17th episode copied one of their dojin circle’s adverts for Comiket 9. (December 2019). In a later post that day, Chikuwa welcomed the apology but said that the anime staff had not contacted them.

Urusei Yatsura’s Staff Apologizes for Using Existing Design in Anime
Comiket | Source: Twitter

My Comiket menu was used without permission as the background for episode 17 of Urusei Yatsura.

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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.

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