Adding another anime license to their exclusivity line-up to go against the other anime streaming monoliths in the industry, HIDIVE has confirmed they hold the rights to Urusei Yatsura, an anime adaptation based on the 1980s manga of the same name by legendary mangaka Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha, Ranma ½, Maison Ikkoku). Invader Girl Lum will be invading HIDIVE from next month, as part of their Fall 2022 simulcast season.
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 Japanese voice cast includes Sumire Uesaka (Rika Sonezaki in O Maidens in Your Savage Season, Hayase Nagatoro in Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro) as Lum, Hiroshi Kamiya (Levi in Attack on Titan, Trafalgar Law in One Piece) as Ataru Moroboshi, Maaya Uchida (Rikka in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Hiyori in Noragami) as Shinobu Miyaki and Mamoru Miyano (Light in Death Note, Rintaro in Steins;Gate) as Shutaro Mendo. There is no word on whether an English dub will be created as of writing.
Urusei Yatsura will only be available to stream via HIDIVE at this time, however, Sentai has confirmed plans to distribute the series on home video formats at a later date.
About Urusei Yatsura
When an alien race known as the Oni invade Earth, the chronically unlucky and unapologetically lecherous Ataru Moroboshi is selected as humanity’s representative in a duel for the fate of the planet! His opponent is Lum, the Oni’s very pretty princess, and it’s only thanks to Ataru’s unscrupulous behavior that he’s able to scrape out a win in a treacherous game of tag against her. Ataru thinks he’s had his lucky break at last, but when Lum takes a shine to him off the battlefield, the conflict follows him home as Lum invades not only planet Earth, but also the womanizing Ataru’s love life!