1 - 21
From October 14, 1981 to April 2, 1982
Opening Theme: Lum no Love Song
Ending Theme: Uchuu wa Taihen da!
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
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
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) I'm Lum the Notorious! / It's Raining Oil All Over Town
- (2) Space Mail Arrival of Ten-chan! / Mrs. Swallow and Mrs. Penguin
- (5) The Mysterious Seductive Beauty Sakura / Tormenting Virus
- (18) Girl's Day! Ran-chan's Arrival / Ran-chan's Introduction
- (3) The Metamorphic Handsome Man Rei is Here! / Drop Dead, You Lady-Killer!
- (14) Mendo Arrives With Trouble! / Constellation-Go-Round
- (9) Sleeping Beauty Princess Kurama / Athletic Woman Hell!
- (10) Pitter Patter Christmas Eve
- (16) Oh, Lonely Teacher! / Terrible Inspection Day
- (12) Love Battle Royale / Father, You Were Strong
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kudabare iro otoko!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Seiza wa meguru
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ma no ranningu
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.
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.
Ran-chan no goshoutai
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.