English: Urusei Yatsura
Synonyms: Lamu, Lum, Those Obnoxious Aliens
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 14, 1981 to Mar 19, 1986
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.861 (scored by 2448 users)
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Another really funny anime series, written by the same manga-ka. Both series are very alike because they don't focus on a main plot. Instead, they tend to concentrate on the characters, their evolution and their relationships throughout the series.
Urusei Yatsura was the first big series and success of Rumiko Takahashi, it was on Urusei Yatsura where she developed her clever and wacky classic comedy stories that she would also use later on Ranma. Both series went to being highly influential on the anime industry and comedy anime was never the same after them, especially Urusei Yatsura.
Needless to say that if you enjoy one, you'll also enjoy the other.
Firstly, they're by the same mangaka, Rumiko Takahashi, and they have the same wacky, absurd type of comedy, stupid, crazy, unique characters, and surreal, insane (mis)adventures, all put into a rather normal, slice of life-ish situation.
In both anime the 2 main characters don't exactly get along well with each other, even though they live under the same roof and are destined to get married.
Also, the male and female protagonist of both series have about 3 or 4 people who are hopelessly in love with them, and constantly chase after them trying to break the couple up, and who, also, deeply hate the fiancée of their loved one.
In both series the main female character (Akane/Lum) is a short-tempered, easily angered tsundere, but actually cares a lot about the main guy (Ranma/Ataru).
Both anime have a huge cast and a lot of weird supporting characters.
Also, both are really long series, and have a bunch of OAVs, specials, movies, and OSTs.
The main difference is that Ranma 1/2 is better, funnier, and about martial arts, and Urusei Yatsura is a sci-fi series (even though Ranma has some fantasy/supernatural elements too).
They are made by the same manga-ka.
The main characters don't get along very well even though they live together and are destined to be married.
Other people who are desprately trying to break them up both sets of main chartacters who live with their parents and go to the same highschool.
Both shows are long running comedies that emply lots of slap stick and ironic humor and mnisadventures. Also both shows have their share of movies and ovas, and a huge OST set.
Both series are, of course, from the same author... which is why one can recognize a lot of familiar faces between the two. Both series have static characters with fairly linear plotlines that you can usually predict a mile away, but these traits bring a certain pleasant quality to both of them. They're great series to relax to if you just want to sit down and watch some "wacky hijinx."
A lot of the themes of Ranma 1/2 were first developed in Urusei Yatsura. There are so many similarities, in fact, that you may wander why you should watch one if you've seen the other (just remember that Urusei Yatsura was a hit in Japan and Ranma wasn't).
There is a character Ryuunosuke that has a very similar relationship to her father to Ranma's and his dad. That character is also a female martial artist like Akane and a female crossdresser like Ukkyo. Lum and Ten wear tiger stripes like Ryoga, and all of them have fangs. Themes of Japanese folklore pervade both series. Lum's obsession with Ataru is similar to ... well, all the girl's fascination with Ranma. Ataru's relationship to Ten is similar to Ranma's relationship to P-Chan. Cherry the preist is reminiscent of Happosai. Mendou is reminiscent of Kuno, though he was trained in much the same way Ranma got Cat-Fu. As I said, the similarities are extensive.
the main plots are very simmilar, the bigest differance is in the main characters. in To-Love-Ru the main character is shy and in-experanced with girls. but in Urusei Yatsura the main charater thinks of himself as a lady killer.
Crazy alien chick? Pervyness? Yep, we've got 'em both.
Somewhat similar stories as well.
Both series also can tend to give the feeling, "yeah, this doesn't seem like it will get anywhere, but WHATEVER! :D"
To-LOVE-Ru has the same EXACT story setup at the beginning. Guy has a girl he likes who also likes him, alien princess comes from outer space, alien father could destroy the earth if he doesn't stay with her, etc. You could say that Urusei Yatsura is the origin of this type of story.
Both stories involve a lead female character who is a beautiful alien that becomes the fiance of the male lead character through some misunderstanding even though the male lead has his eyes on another girl.The alien girl also loves spicy food and sometimes tries to use machines with disastrous effects.
I can't believe no one has pointed this out already...
The following could describe either one of these shows:
A young mans lecherous behavior ends up getting him bound to a beautiful green haired girl who he quickly loses interest in since she punishes him everytime he looks at another woman.
In both cases the girls are supernatural (one is an alien, the other a dog spirit) and along with the male lead they end up encountering lots of spirits and other unusual things.
Inukami! is similar to urusei yatsura because there is a lum & ataru like relationship between youko and keita and in my opnion inukami is even funnier than urusei yatsura and has a better ending. it's a shame though it only has 26 episodes and one movie
Both are made by the same creator which is Rumiko Takahashi and both have the same main character falling for a guy who treats them like crap. Also have similar personalities too, only Lum is way more likable and hotter.
Can Can Bunny is pretty much the hentai version of Urusei Yatsura, only instead Swaty is a goddess instead of an alien and Kenta is a college student instead of a high school student. But i say Can Can Bunny is the hentai version of Urusei Yatsura because like Lum, Swaty also cherishes and love only one guy (which is basically the main male protagonist) who treats them badly but deep down loves them dearly, also like Lum she's willing to sacrifice everything (including her own life) just for the sake of their love ones, and like Lum she also has a bit of a temper, but is also kind and considerate.
and Kenta is just like Ataru, except he truly cares for other's well being and that he acknowledges his own feelings for Swaty. And like Ataru, he wants to build a harem and score with girls, and like Ataru, he's determined to go for his goals and determined to make other's happy too.
and not only that, but Swaty and Kenta look very similiar to Lum and Ataru.
both great series and really worth watching!
I feel like Outlanders may have been based on this show as there is a similar situation between a green haired girl (with horns) who wants to marry the main male character. The two female leads of these anime are both voiced by Fumi Hirano.
Urusei Yatsura, however, spans 195 episodes, 6 movies, 11 ovas, (all airing from 1981-1991) and now recently a new Ova from the Rumic World 50th Anniversary, so there's a lot more you need to cover in this anime.
Both are classic sci-fi romantic comedies starring an average Japanese high school guy. He inadverdently stumbles upon several beautiful (and often scanty-clad) female aliens, who become more interested in him than in their intergalatic adventures.
Both represent a sort of 'golden age' for 80's anime. The storytelling are both told in an episodic manner, and both have very memorable soundtracks, characters, influence and designs. CH is more for the action fan, or someone who's into the masculine male lead who humps(or wants to hump) anything attractive that he see's. While UY is more of a comical(sometimes even dark) depiction and satire of Japanese culture in general.
Both main male leads are inhumanly perverted, both main female leads beat them/electrocute them to put them in their place(But not for long!).