‘Urusei Yatsura’ Reboot Anime Acquired By HiDive

The reboot anime series ‘Urusei Yatsura’ is finding a new streaming home after the North American distribution rights were acquired by Sentai Filmworks, who stated they were releasing on the HiDive app.

“HIDIVE announced today its acquisition of Urusei Yatsura, the highly anticipated, new TV series based on the best-selling manga of the same name by legendary mangaka Rumiko Takahashi, the renowned creator of Inuyasha, Ranma ½ and Maison Ikkoku. A new adaptation of the beloved classic series, Urusei Yatsura features the instantly recognizable and utterly iconic character Invader Girl Lum and will premiere on HIDIVE during the Fall 2022 simulcast season,” they said on their website.

HiDive added, “Animated by David Production (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Cells at Work, Fire Force), Urusei Yatsura is directed by Hideya Takahashi (director of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind) and Yasuhiro Kimura (director of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind) and written by Yuko Kakihara (scriptwriter for Cells at Work! and Kids on the Slope).”

The show is based on the romantic sci-fi comedy manga by Rumiko Takahashi and was published from September 24, 1978 – February 4, 1987. It won Best Comic at the 18th Seiun Award in 1987.

You can watch the trailer below:

AniList describes the synopsis as follows,

“Urusei Yatsura concerns the tempestuous relationship between two focal characters: Ataru Moroboshi who is possibly the most unfaithful, unlucky and lecherous idiot to have ever been born, and there’s Lum, a tigerskin-bikini-clad alien package of sex appeal, jealousy and electricity who’s fallen for him. The series chronicles the misadventures of these two stubborn teenagers along with a veritable entourage of weird characters. Among these characters is the richest boy on the planet, a superhuman schoolgirl, a fire-breathing baby, a powerful priestess/school nurse, a cute and psychotic alien vixen with a split personality, a gender-bending martial artist, an alien biker chick, an ice queen of Neptune, a deranged monk, a giant ghost cat and hundreds of other lunatic personalities; aliens, humans and inhumans alike interact in endless hysteria in a town named Tomobiki.”

The original 1981 from Kitty Films had a huge fanbase. The series’ popularity led to a six-film series as well as a dozen OVAs based on the property.

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