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5th Promo Video Previews Theme Songs for New Urusei Yatsura Anime’s 2nd Half

The official online portal for the newly unveiled television anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi‘s Urusei Yatsura manga series introduced its fifth marketing video on Thursday for the series’ second part. The promotional material contains the opening theme “Lock On feat. HashiMelo, Megurimeguru” by MAISONdes and the closing theme “Raizakura feat. 9Lana, SAKURAmoti“, (the exact romanization is yet to be confirmed) by MAISONdes as well.

The series’ second part will be aired for two successive cours (a quarter of a year) starting from January 11.

The anime launched on the Noitamina time slot on Fuji TV back in October 2022. HIDIVE offers the streaming service for the anime, and it started offering the English dubbed version from March 1.

The first half of the anime series lasted half a year, or two cours (quarters of a year) with no interruptions. The total duration of the anime will encompass select stories from the manga and last for four cours, or a full year, but not in a continuous manner.

The director of the series is Takahiro Kamei who worked as an episode director on Strike Witches: Road to Berlin and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind. The music is composed by Masaru Yokoyama, known for his work on Horimiya, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and 2019’s Fruits Basket.

Viz Media started publishing the original manga in double-volume omnibus editions in the spring of 2019, featuring updated translations. Here’s how Viz Media summarizes the series:

The renowned romantic comedy makes a return, focusing on a down-on-his-luck human boy who has a chance encounter with a stunning extraterrestrial princess. Presented in an all-new translation and a larger trim size, this edition also comes with a fresh cover design. The series revolves around Ataru Moroboshi, whose charming adventures with the female species begin when he is selected to partake in a game of tag with Lum, an alien princess who invades Earth aboard her UFO. Ataru has ten days to lay his hand on Lum’s horns, or else the aliens will claim the Earth. As it turns out, this game proves to be only the start of Ataru’s troubles as he continues to grapple with a series of strange encounters with otherworldly entities such as the enchanting snow spirit Oyuki and the sensual crow goblin Princess Kurama!

The manga series was featured in Shogakukan‘s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 1978 through 1987. Viz Media had released parts of the series in English under the names Lum and The Return of Lum in the 1990s.

The original manga inspired a television anime series that aired from 1981 to 1986, a handful of anime films, and an original video anime (OVA) series. AnimEigo had brought most of the prior anime to home video, except for the Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer film, which was released by Central Park Media. Once these licenses expired, Discotek Media started reissuing the movies.

Sources: The Urusei Yatsura anime’s official site, Comic Natalie

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