44 - 54
From October 13, 1982
Opening Theme: Lum no Love Song
Ending Theme: Hoshizora Cycling
Looking at these episodes, Mamoru Oshii has truly taken the reigns of
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.
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.
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
- (44) After You've Gone
- (50) The Mendo Older Brother & Younger Sister!
- (51) Cat on the Stairway
- (46) Lunch is a Battlefield!
- (48) Princess Kurama's New Challenge
(52) Can the Raccoon Return the Favor?
(53) Desperate Sub-Space Part-Time Job
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.