Second Half of New Urusei Yatsura Anime to Debut in January 2024

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Fans of Rumiko Takahashi’s beloved manga, “Urusei Yatsura,” are in for an eagerly anticipated treat as the official website for the new television anime adaptation recently unveiled exciting details about its second half. Scheduled for release in January 2024, this continuation promises to captivate audiences with a blend of nostalgia and fresh content. The announcement was accompanied by a captivating visual showcasing the main cast and teasing the introduction of a new character.

Having made its debut in the prestigious Noitamina programming block on Fuji TV in October 2022, the anime series quickly captured the hearts of both longstanding devotees and newcomers to the whimsical universe. With HIDIVE providing the platform for streaming, English-speaking audiences were also treated to an English dub that started airing on March 1.

The initial half of the anime delighted viewers over a span of six months, boasting an uninterrupted run of two cours. The forthcoming episodes are set to adapt carefully chosen narratives from Takahashi’s original manga, promising an immersive experience that spans a total of four cours, equivalent to a full year of storytelling—albeit not in continuous succession.

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Leading the creative helm is series director Takahiro Kamei, whose portfolio includes notable works such as “Strike Witches: Road to Berlin” and “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind.” Accompanying Kamei’s directorial prowess is the musical composition by Masaru Yokoyama, recognized for his contributions to renowned titles like “Horimiya,” “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans,” and the 2019 adaptation of “Fruits Basket.”

For avid manga enthusiasts, Viz Media’s 2-in-1 omnibus editions, which began publication in the spring of 2019, have breathed new life into “Urusei Yatsura.” The series, characterized by its larger trim size, features fresh translations and updated cover designs, allowing readers to rekindle their affection for the romantic comedy.

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The tale commences with Ataru Moroboshi, an unfortunate human boy, engaging in an extraordinary game of tag with Lum, a captivating alien princess who descends upon Earth in her UFO. The stakes are high, as Ataru must touch Lum’s horns within ten days to prevent an alien takeover. Yet, the game merely marks the onset of his extraordinary journey, replete with encounters with enchanting otherworldly entities like the alluring snow spirit Oyuki and the beguiling crow goblin Princess Kurama.

The original manga, which found its home in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 1978 to 1987, acted as the precursor to a wave of adaptations, including the classic television anime series that aired from 1981 to 1986. The franchise further expanded with a collection of animated films and original video animations (OVAs). Although various distribution companies have played a role in bringing these adaptations to international audiences, recent efforts by Discotek Media have been pivotal in reissuing these treasured classics.

As January 2024 approaches, anticipation for the second half of the “Urusei Yatsura” anime continues to build, promising both nostalgia and novelty as the series weaves its imaginative tapestry once more.