TV Episodes

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Episodes 44 - 54
From October 13, 1982
Opening Theme: Lum no Love Song
Ending Theme: Hoshizora Cycling


Season overview:
Looking at these episodes, Mamoru Oshii has truly taken the reigns of the show
. His style is really beginning to manifest to the point where many episodes are built entirely upon the sense of humor and drama of Oshii and his staff. Here he takes some pretty good manga stories, and makes them into something even better.

You can also sense a very steady change in the animation style and less adherance to Akemi Takada's original character designs. The series also begins to take on a more grown up feel. Some of the animation does get a bit wonky, which is to be expected considering how the crew was worked ragged (especially during the creation of the first movie). They're not all perfect but overall the animation is improving. There are some particularly good looking episodes in this season.

The first movie was released around this time. A lot of what the staff learned in making the movie, was applied here.

Mason's 5 favorite episodes:
(only 11 episodes in this season so I've reduced my picks to 5)

  1. (44) After You've Gone
  2. (50) The Mendo Older Brother & Younger Sister!
  3. (51) Cat on the Stairway
  4. (46) Lunch is a Battlefield!
  5. (48) Princess Kurama's New Challenge

Honourable mentions:

(52) Can the Raccoon Return the Favor?
(53) Desperate Sub-Space Part-Time Job

Episode 44
10/13/1982
Kimi sarishi ato
After You've Gone

In a Japanese survey, this was the #1 Urusei Yatsura episode. During a party celebrating Lum's first year on Earth, Ataru goes into a tirade about how horrible it is living with Lum, and Lum leaves....the Earth. But she leaves behind a doll she stitched together with her hair which Ataru finds. Ataru, Mendo, and everyone else spend the whole next day looking for Lum.

Episode 45
10/20/1982
Lum-chan no kurasukai
Lum-chan's Class Party

During the day, many visitors interrupt the Class; which are Cherry, Jariten, Benten, Oyuki, Rei, Primu, and the Prince of the underground; all who are avoiding Lum. Then Ataru and Mendo disappear. It turns out that Lum's alien friends are having a surprise party for Lum and the episode ends with a happy festival.

Episode 46
10/27/1982
Kaikuisurumono yottoide
Lunch is a Battlefield!

During lunchtime at school, the teachers are using espionage and force to keep the students at school for lunch; and the teachers are aided by Mendo and a few other students. Ataru, Lum, and the other rebel students discover the teachers plan and retaliate.


Episode 47
11/3/1982
Senritsu kaseki no hekichi no nazo
Shiver! Mystery in the Odd Fossil Land

Ataru, Lum, Mendo, Shinobu, and Jariten all go on a picnic to a remote part of Japan which has some fossils. A group of archaeologists are also exploring this area and using a lot of fancy tricks to make the exploration seem more dramatic than it is. Ataru constructs a bird monstrosity with some fossils and Lum bring it to life. The bird then goes about reaping havoc.

Episode 48
11/10/1982
Kurama hime aratanaru chousen!
Princess Kurama's New Challenge

Kurama has her subjects place her in suspended sleep again in the hopes that some prince may awaken her. Although Ataru is the one to really kiss and revive her. Kurama thinks Mendo did and she goes through great efforts to get him to be her mate.

Episode 49
11/17/1982
Kyoufu no mushi ha WARS!
Terrible Toothache Wars!

Jariten has a weird toothache. It can spread like a disease by biting someone, and he bites Ataru, who the starts to spread it among his school mates and Onsen-Mark. As Lum demonstrates on Onsen-Mark, the cure is very painful; so they continue to fight.

Episode 50
11/24/1982
Za Mendo kyoudai
The Mendo Older Brother & Younger Sister!

This episode introduces Mendo's younger sister Ryoko. On the way to school, Ataru is scared by Ryoko in her Death guise. At school, Ryoko tries to feed her brother lunch; but Mendo is wise to her tricks. Ataru nobly offers to be fed the lunch, but Lum intervenes. Ryoko then makes an offer for Ataru to visit her for a Romeo and Juliet rendezvous. Mendo and Lum try their best to stop this meeting.


Episode 51
12/1/1982
Taidan ni neko ga onnen
Cat on the Stairway

First appearance of Kotatsu Neko (cat), the giant white half ghost kitty. Jariten meets Kotatsu and invites him home. Upon seeing a kotatsu, a heater table, in the house; Kotatsu cuddles up beside it, blocking the stairway. Sakura and Cherry arrive to expel Kotatsu and find out that kotatsu died of cold many years ago and that is why he wants heat. Ataru tries to leave his room, Mrs. Moroboshi tries to leave Mr. Moroboshi; but everyone, including Kotatsu, ends up staying home.

Episode 52
12/8/1982
Tanuki wa ongaeshi dekiruka!!
Can the Raccoon Return the Favor?

Ataru helps a wounded bird who transforms itself into a raccoon and move in to repay the service to Ataru. The raccoon tries to do good, always makes a mess of matters, do it changes back into a bird and flies away.

Episode 53
12/15/1982
Kesshi no akuukan arubaito
Desperate Sub-Space Part Time Job

Lum takes Ataru down an alley into an weird ancient Japanese town. After getting lost, Ataru does some running around and meets Lum again. Lum then introduces Ataru to a being who gives Ataru a job in a bath house for aliens and Ataru tries desperately to get over to the female's side.

Episode 54
12/22/1982
Lum-chan shusai daibounenkai
Lum-chan's Great Year End Celebration!

Lum brings two dimensional doors to class that take the students to a crazy fictional world where they temporarily forget themselves and take new identities; Mendo becomes Sherlock Holmes, Lum becomes a genie. Onsen-Mark show up and Ataru and Mendo try to help him remember who he is.

 

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