TV Episodes

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Episodes 1 - 21
From October 14, 1981 to April 2, 1982
Opening Theme: Lum no Love Song
Ending Theme: Uchuu wa Taihen da!

Note that except for episdes 10 and 11, all episodes up to 21 included two seperate installments seperated by commercials halfway through the program. On this page, episodes are divided up in two such as "1-1" and "1-2"


Season overview:
This first season of Urusei Yatsura is the season introductions. The animators bypass the flow of the early manga and introduce most of the main characters early and in quick succession. This is also the season of episodes that truly are episodic. Instead of the half-hour long stories that would become the norm in the series, this season was made up of 12-minute cartoon shorts that were closer to the frantic pace of the manga. Most of the episodes here are highly entertaining if you don't mind the inconsistent animation. Considering when they were made and the tight budget they were made under a lot of the episodes are very nicely animated, but it is inconsistent and there are plenty of poorly animated ones too.
Mamoru Oshii wasn't the director at this point so the season misses the mark of genius that he later helped bring. At this point it's just straightforward entertainment.

The season was capped by a 2 part TV special which were pretty much just two TV episodes placed back to back.

Mason's 10 favorite episodes:

  1. (1) I'm Lum the Notorious! / It's Raining Oil All Over Town
  2. (2) Space Mail Arrival of Ten-chan! / Mrs. Swallow and Mrs. Penguin
  3. (5) The Mysterious Seductive Beauty Sakura / Tormenting Virus
  4. (18) Girl's Day! Ran-chan's Arrival / Ran-chan's Introduction
  5. (3) The Metamorphic Handsome Man Rei is Here! / Drop Dead, You Lady-Killer!
  6. (14) Mendo Arrives With Trouble! / Constellation-Go-Round
  7. (9) Sleeping Beauty Princess Kurama / Athletic Woman Hell!
  8. (10) Pitter Patter Christmas Eve
  9. (16) Oh, Lonely Teacher! / Terrible Inspection Day
  10. (12) Love Battle Royale / Father, You Were Strong

Honourable mentions:

(21) Duel! Ataru vs. Ataru / Waking to a Nightmare
(TV Special-Part 2) Grade School Excursion! Run For It!
(13) Hawaiian Swimsuit Thief / Full Course from Hell
(7) The Scary Electric Shock! / The Doll of Ill Will

Episode 1-1
10/14/1981
Uwasa no Lum-chan daccha
I'm Lum the Notorious!

This episode opens with a baseball game and Ataru getting hit with a left field flyball. Ataru is soon escorted home and discovers he's been chosen to fight an invading alien force's champion in a 10-day game of tag. If he loses, the aliens will invade. But if he wins, the aliens will go home. Ataru isn't at all willing to play tag until he sees the alien's champion: the beautiful Lum.

Episode 1-2
10/14/1981
Machi ni sekiyu no ame ga furu
It's Raining Oil in Our Town

This episode opens with Ataru friends Megane and Lum's Stormtroopers at school who are watching films of the tag game. In this episode, a space taxi gives Ataru a ride home by accident and the fee is...too much. Since Ataru cannot pay, the space Taxi Collection Agency starts stealing all the oil in the world.

Episode 2-1
10/21/1981
Uchuu yuubin Ten-chan touchaku
Mail From Space--Ten Arrives!

This is the first episode with Jariten, Lum's cousin. Jariten arrives in a giant peach and he and Ataru are enemies at once.

Episode 2-2
10/21/1981
Tsubame-san to pengin
Mrs. Swallow and Mrs. Penguin

This episode opens with Lum putting on makeup to go meet Darling at school. A swallow swallows some food Jariten gives it and it grows such that it looks like a penguin. It's appearance in school is just the start of a full day of panic.

Episode 3-1
10/28/1981
Henshin binan Rei ga kita!
The Coming of Rei, the Handsome Shapechanger!

This show features the first appearance of Rei, Lum's former fiance. This episode opens with Ataru in his room watching a storm, and Lum trying to coax him to bed. Shinobu meets Rei and brings him to Ataru's house. After a lot of arguing, Rei challenges Ataru to a duel for Lum.

Episode 3-2
10/28/1981
Kudabare iro otoko!
Die, Ladykiller!

Ataru, Megane, and friends are going to a Gyudon restaurant for lunch and are quite shocked to see Rei munching down food like a black hole. During the rest of the episode, Rei is chasing Lum, Ataru and friends and as the chase goes on, the chaos grows on.

Episode 4-1
11/4/1981
Aki no sora Kintaro!
Kintaro of the Autumn Sky

First episode with Kintaro, the vicious little boy with the pet flying bear and the red haired alien nanny. Lum and Jariten meet Kintaro inside a wind carp, and Kintaro tells them he's was looking for his nanny in the carp. Ataru, Shinobu, Lum, and Jariten try to help Kintaro find his nanny by asking around.

Episode 4-2
11/4/1981
Takumashiku ikirunya!
Live Vigorously!

Kintaro's nanny, with Ataru's help takes the alien children on a tour of Earth and a Earth child's school. Ataru tells the myth of the real Kintaro who grew up in the wild and slew a demon. So Kintaro decide to live up to his name.


Episode 5-1
11/18/1981
Nazono iroke bijo Sakura
The Mysterious Seductive Beauty Sakura

First appearance of Sakura, the Shinto maiden. Ataru can no longer endure Lum, so he has gone undercover. Unfortunately, at a restaurant, the appearance of Lum, Ataru parents, Shinobu, and Cherry blows his cover; and a mob chases after him. He manages to duck them and bumps into Sakura, who takes him home for exorcising.

Episode 5-2
11/18/1981
Nayameru wairusu
Tormenting Virus

Arriving at school one morning, Ataru is greeted by all boys in the school who are waiting for the new nurse, Sakura, arriving at school today. Ataru appears to be sick, but in reality he is possessed; and Sakura performs the exorcism.

Episode 6-1
11/25/1981
Koi no sankaku burakku horu
Love Triangle Black Hole

Ataru is phoning Shinobu in order to make plans for a date, when Lum interrupts and get's Shinobu mad at Ataru. Ataru throws Lum out and spends the rest of the episode trying to contact Shinobu. But Lum is persistent and uses a ray to jam the phone lines. But this ray also has the side affect of making a plane and a helicopter vanish.

Episode 6-2
11/25/1981
Hore hore koakuma dakkya!
Hey, Hey It's a Little Demon

Walking home from school, Ataru is assaulted by a group of black cats and gets a nasty bump on the head. At midnight, he is using two mirrors to look at the bump, when a little demon pops out of the mirror. The demon proves to be too much for Ataru and Mr. Moroboshi, so they get Cherry to exorcise it.

Episode 7-1
12/2/1981
Denki shokku ga kowai!
The Scary Electric Shock!

Cherry gives Ataru some yellow ribbons which when tied to her horns, negate Lum's powers. In order to coax Lum into wearing them, Ataru has to put on a big charade of really loving her.

Episode 7-2
12/2/1981
Nenriki urami no ayatsuri ningyou
The Doll of Ill Will

After an odd loss of control of his body after dinner, Ataru finds out Lum has some clay for making voodoo dolls. Ataru takes full advantage of the situation until Lum make a doll of Shinobu, and Ataru tries to get it away from Lum.

Episode 8-1
12/9/1981
Oshiire no mukou wa Kaiosei
Neptune Beyond the Closet

First appearance of Oyuki, Lum friend and queen of Neptune. Oyuki also has incredible ice powers. Megane and friends visit while Shinobu is nursing Ataru, who has a cold; and they discover a gate to Neptune in Ataru closet. By accident, they go through this gate and arrive on Neptune to be greeted by Lum and Oyuki.

Episode 8-2
12/9/1981
Hachamecha kyouryuu jidai
The Confusing Dinosaur Age

While Ataru is flying an ultra-light, with Lum and Jariten tagging along, Kintaro crashes into him. With the help of Lum's electric shock, the crash send them all back in time to the dinosaur age.


Episode 9-1
12/16/1981
Nemureru bijo Kurama-hime
Sleeping Beauty Princess Kurama

First episode with Kurama, the karas-tengu princess. On a field trip, Ataru and friends accidentally meet a karas-tengu who takes Ataru to marry Kurama. Kurama then tries to reform Ataru to be her perfect husband.

Episode 9-2
12/16/1981
Asurechikku onna jikoku
Atheletic Woman Hell

Kurama uses a weird dimensional door to try and cure Ataru of his lechery. Inside the door, Ataru faces hostile versions of the girls he loves.

Episode 10
12/23/1981
Tokimeki no seiya (zenpen) & (kohen)
Pitter-Patter Christmas Eve

Megane and Lum's Stormtroopers set up a plot to embarrass Ataru and get Lum to leave him at the same time. They set up a date who will make a fool of Ataru, but Lum finds out and twists things around.

Episode 11
1/7/1982
Ataru Genji Heiankyoune yuku (zenpen) & (kohen)
Ataru Genji Visits Heian-kyo

First appearance of Mendo, the rich noble; but it is not until episode 27 that he really does anything. Mendo tells a tale about ancient Japan featuring the normal cast in a slightly different alien invasion story. The aliens this time, all look like a bunch odd barbarians, except for a pretty girl and her young boy cousin.

Episode 12-1
1/13/1982
Koi no Batoru roiyaru
Love Battle Royale

First appearance of Tsubame, Sakura's boy friend who has some magic abilities. Sakura invites Ataru, Lum, Shinobu, Megane, Perm, Chibi, and Kakugari to a disco. Things later go haywire as Tsubame starts casting spells and all sorts of weird creatures appear, including Rei.

Episode 12-2
1/13/1982
Chichi yo anata wa tsyokatta
Father, You Were Strong

Kurama takes Ataru back in time to help her father who appears to be afraid of women. Later Ataru and Kurama's father have to get past a guard on a bridge.


Episode 13-1
1/20/1982
Hawaian mizugi dorobou
Hawaiian Swimsuit Thief

Ataru, Lum, Shinobu, Sakura, Megane, Cherry, and others are staying at a beachside resort. During the day, an octopus is stealing peoples swimsuits, but it appears to look like Cherry is doing it. At the end, they find the octopus and beat him up.

Episode 13-2
1/20/1982
Jigoku no furukoosu
Full Course From Hell

Still at the resort, the group meets some maniac who is having an all-you-can-eat contest. Sakura reveals the secret of her figure to be a diet pill called "Beauty Foods." But we really know the real reason is Sakura can just plain eat like a whale, and we see her do so as she beats Ataru and Cherry in the contest and clean the maniac of all his food.

Episode 14-1
1/27/1982
Mendo wa toraburu totomoni!
Mendo Arrives With Trouble!

Mendo returns for a formal introduction on his first day at school. He and Ataru have a duel for presidency of the class which ends in a tie. So they have a duel with cannons, which Ataru wins with help from Lum.

Episode 14-2
1/27/1982
Seiza wa meguru
Constellation-Go-Round

Lum's computer tells her that Mendo is really the best choice for her lover, so she brings a set of constellation scales to school and weight Ataru versus Mendo in a series of test in the scales. At the end, the scales break and we see the class as constellations.

Episode 15-1
2/3/1982
Setsubun daisensou
Great Setsubun War

First appearance of Benten, Lum's best friend the goddess. Lum takes Ataru to another planet to help in a battle against Benten's family. The battle consists of catching stones in bowls on a giant set of scales. Ataru starts playing with Benten and ends up messing up the entire game.

Episode 15-2
2/3/1982
Benten gundan ritaanmacchi
The Benten Corps' Return

Match Benten and her girl biker friends come to Earth for another round of fun. Ataru sides up with Benten again, and Lum recruits Jariten and some people dressed as demons.

Episode 16-1
2/10/1982
Aa kojinkyouja
Oh Lonely Teacher! First Appearance of Kuribayashi Sensei

Ataru and Kuribayashi are enemies from the very start. Then Lum shows up and Kuribayashi falls in love. Finally Lum goes out with Kuribayashi in hopes on lightening his spirits.

Episode 16-2
2/10/1982
Ikusa ritsu no sankan hi
Terrible Inspection Day

On a day when students mothers come to school, Mrs. Mendo and Lum's mother get into a dispute and Mrs. Moroboshi acts as judge by setting up a roulette game.


Episode 17-1
2/24/1982
Shijigen kamera
Fourth Dimensional Camera

Mendo bring an antique camera to school that sends Ataru off into other worlds. Lum manages to find him through a class room window that had been stuck for years.

Episode 17-2
2/24/1982
Ma no ranningu
Demonic Jogging

Every morning, Ataru goes jogging early to see girls. On the way to school, Ataru breaks the fall of an attempted suicide as he was grabbing for a 100-yen coin below her. Ataru and Mendo get into a dispute over who is more noble and end up playing a game of tennis.

Episode 18-1
3/3/1982
Hinamatsuri! Ran-chan toujyou
Girl's Day! Ran-chan's Arrival

First appearance of Ran, Lum's childhood friend. During a small celebration at the Moroboshi house, a little doll enchants Ataru to follow it to Ran. Ran tries to kiss Ataru to drain his youth, but Lum shows up.

Episode 18-2
3/3/1982
Ran-chan no goshoutai
Ran-chan's Introduction

Ran invites Lum, Ataru, and Ten over for cookies and tea, but her real plot is to suck Ataru's youth. Ran makes a double of Ataru and tries switching them, but she gets confused and loses the real Ataru.

Episode 19-1
3/10/1982
Namida no ashita nikki
Diary of Sorrowful Tomorrows

Lum acquire's Ataru's diary that has written in events that will happen throughout the day. Ataru tries to use it to his advantage, but the records in the diary are not quite how they first read; making use of puns or ambiguous statements.

Episode 19-2
3/10/1982
Kono ko wa daare?
Whose Child is This?

Mendo finds an alien child in his locker and goes through great lengths to hide it from everyone. Later after everyone has found out, a whole mob of these alien children arrive, just for Mendo.

Episode 20-1
3/17/1982
Haru urara inemuri koushitsu
Sleeping in Class on a Wonderful Spring Day

During math class, Kuribayashi and all the students fall asleep, save for Ataru and Mendo. Lum arrives and finds out that a tiny old man and girl are responsible for this magic. The tiny girl then uses some more magic to have a party with Lum, Ataru, and Mendo; until the principal arrives with some parents.

Episode 20-2
3/17/1982
Momo no hanauta kassen
Peach Blossom Poetry Contest

Lum, Mendo, Shinobu, Ran, Ten, Sakura, and Cherry all are in a blossom orchard for some traditional reason. Ataru is in the blossom orchard for a picnic. Cherry's chanting summons some sort of woman spirit, whom Ataru runs off and meets with a giant.


Episode 21-1
3/24/1982
Ketsu! Ataru vs. Ataru
Duel! Ataru vs. Ataru

Ataru eats a lollipop Lum gave him and gets a mouth burn. Running off, he finds Cherry and a weird melon, which Ataru eats to cool his mouth. The melon causes Ataru to split into two Ataru's, one polite and the other casual. The two continue to fight all day.

Episode 21-2
3/24/1982
Mezamereba akumu
Waking to a Nightmare

Sleeping in class, Ataru has weird dreams which he relates a little of as he occasionally talks in his sleep. Annoyed, his classmates wake him and a dream demon comes out from Ataru's sleep.

TV Special-Part 1
4/1/1982
Urusei Yatsura ooru staa daishingeki
Urusei Yatsura All-Star Bash

Mrs. Moroboshi narrates a recapping of the series up to this point.

TV Special-Part 2
4/1/1982
Shuugaku ryokou kunoichi yo hashire
Grade School Excursion! Run For It!

First episode with Kaede, the ninja girl. On a school trip to a rustic village, Ataru finds a scroll dropped by a female ninja, Kaede. Her ninja master has her try to get it back by pretending to have a fondness for Ataru. But Lum shows up to protect her darling. So the master gets two more female ninjas and a clan of baby ninja's.

 

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