(often interchanged to OAV) stand for Original Video Animation. It's basically
how the Japanese refer to anime that goes straight-to-video. OVAs are
episodes usually from 30 to 60 minutes long that offer higher production
values than TV animation, yet they aren't movies. After the TV show ended,
the Urusei Yatsura manga continued to be written by Takahashi. The OVAs
served to animate some of those manga stories for fans.
has short synopses for each Urusei Yatsura video release in the order
they came out. These include the OVAs, music video collections
Urusei Yatsura '87: Inaba the Dream Maker
meets a boy in a rabbit costume named Inaba who drops a key. This key
allows her to follow him into a strange dimension along with Lum and Ataru.
They come to the room of destiny, a dimension filled with infinate doorways
to possible futures upkept by a group of sentient rabbits. Lum, Ataru
and Shinobu try and find an ideal future for themselves with Inaba as
their guide but unfortunately each future is worse than the last. Soon
the rabbits find out and try and put a stop to Inaba's little escapade. This 1987 special was debuted at the summer Kitty Animation Circle event held at Meguro Koukaido on the same day as its VHS release.
2 , 1988
Oyuki is planning to make a business out of sherberts, little bird
creatures who produce eadible sherbert cones out of their beaks. Ran takes
one to make some money on earth, but she overworks it in the summer heat
and the little sherbert begins to get really irritated. It breaks loose
immediately causing havok all over Tomobiki. Because it destroys Benten's
bike she intends to murder the obnoxious bird. Now Ran has to save the
pesky bird from Benten and catch it for fear of Oyuki's retribution.
Ryuunosuke's father opens an abandoned tea shop on a remote island which
Ryuu, Ataru, Lum, Shinobu and Mendo soon find out is still inhabited by
the ghosts of it's former owners. The ghosts are none other than Mr. Fujinami's
best friend and his lovely "daughter" named Nagisa who seems completely
amourous of Ryuunosuke. It comes as a surprise to Ryuu that their two
fathers had them engaged. Even after Nagisa is able to come back to life,
it seems that "she" doesn't realise Ryuunosuke is a girl, but there's
an ironic little story twist here.
21 , 1989
The Electric Household Guard
Mendo's father has gotten him a private bodyguard who turns out to be
the brainless, illiterate and rather unintuitive Shingo, now a ninja.
Shingo meets Ryoko and she decides to use him to cause some fun-filled
trouble. She convinces Shingo to elope with her which causes Mendo and
Ataru to follow in hot persuit. Of course Lum comes along to keep Ataru
away from Ryoko. But as usual Shingo gets carried away and starts using
his power and ninja tricks to fight back, with Ryoko intently helping
to make things worse.
I Howl at the Moon
Lum makes Ataru some sakura-mochi for a night time picnic watching the
cherry blossoms. But Lum had made a mistake and accidentally made tsukimi-dango
instead (which are traditionally eaten during moon viewing). Supposedly
when eaten at the wrong time, it causes lycanthropy in humans. The next
day Ataru finds himself becoming a werewolf along with Onsen-Mark who
also ate some. Lum must now force Ataru to take the antidote before 24
hours are up, or he'll remain a wolf forever. Ataru however doesn't realise
this, so he keeps evading Lum all night.
21 , 1989
Goat and Cheese
This is where the OVAs started to lose continuity and use varying animation
styles that didn't quite gel with Urusei Yatsura's established style.
Still this is a pretty faithful adaptation of Takahashi's story. On a
hill within the Mendo estate there is a statue of a goat. Mendo tells
his friends that it is forbidden to take a picture in front of that statue
for it brings bad luck since the real life goat hated getting his picture
taken. But Mendo's father takes a picture of them together anyway. According
to his father, a phantom of the goat will come to eat the photographs
and when that happens, those in the photo will die as a consequence. So
with the help of Sakura they watch over the photographs all night. A night
of terror they would never forget.
27 , 1989
Catch the Heart
On her way to a date with Rei, Ran obtains a pouch of heart candies that
cause a heart to appear over whoever eats one. That person will fall in
love with whoever takes that heart. But when the heart is let go, that
person will return to normal. Ran tries to use the candies on Rei, but
fails completely. In exasperation she gives them to Lum. After the candies
cause a situation between Ataru and Lum, he takes to fulfill for his own
lewd wishes. Soon these candies are cirulating around the school as everyone
else tries to use them for their own ambitions.
21 , 1991
of Girly-eyes Measles
Ten has the measles and is trying to stay away from Lum who wants
to give him a shot with a very big syringe. Because Ten may have given
the measles to Ataru she wants to give him a shot too. Ataru runs away,
not knowing that he's carrying the alien "girly-eyes" measles
strain, which gives men big cute anime-girl eyes. Now Ataru has girly-eyes
and can't pick up girls without scaring them away. What's worse is that
Ataru is spreading the disease all over town. Try to imagine Cherry, Onsen-Mark,
Ryuunosuke's Father and the Principal with girly eyes. It's not a sight
for the faint-hearted.
Date with a Spirit
On the day Tsubame is supposed to meet Sakura for a date, he wakes
to find a young teenaged girl in his bed. Dragging Ataru and Lum along,
Sakura finds Tsubame with the girl and is angry, until they find out she's
a ghost. The ghost girl is infatuated with Tsubame and doesn't want to
leave his side so she decides to haunt him. Sakura begins to get jealous
and question their relationship.
December 23, 2008
The Obstacle Course Swim Meet
The first new piece of Urusei Yatsura animation in 17 years. The students of Tomobiki High find themselves forced to compete in a swim meet from hell.
UY Video Special
A VHS release that contained the TV Specials "Urusei Yatsura All-Star Bash" and "Grade School Excursion! Run For It!" which could subsequently be found with most TV collection releases.
July 25, 1983
An hour long special with music from the series overlayed with scenes from the show and narration by Fumi Hirano. The songs include (in order) Lum no Love Song, Kokorobosoina, Lum no Ballad, Ucchu wa Taihen da!, Dancing Star, Symphony Douran (First Movement) Margarita, Kage fumi no Waltz, Hoshizora Cycling, Yume wa Love Me More, Moonlight Coaster, and Symphony Douran (Second Movement)
December 1, 1984
The follow up release to "Love Me More" it contains more music videos and runs 43 minutes.
September 25, 1985
The opening and ending songs free of cast and credit listings. This one runs 22 minutes.
February 15, 1986
of "Lum the Forever"
A documentary on the making of the fourth Urusei Yatsura film.
Fan Convention Live '86
A documentary made at a 1986 Urusei Yatsura fan gathering in Japan. Released on VHS only.
July 21, 1986
Symphony Kaisou Urusei Yatsura
A laserdisk to accompany the CD release of the same name. It contains highlights and reflections from the TV show put to a scored symphonic version of various background music pieces. The music was preformed by a group known as "Apricot Systematic".
July 21, 1986
September Tea Party
A highlight reel with approimately 15 minutes of all new animation. The old footage highlights the guests at Ryoko's tea party, with the new footage comprising the actual party.
December 5, 1986
Memorial Album I'm
A highlight special that uses scenes from the series to highlight the Mendo Family, with new animation to fill in the segues. Narrated by the Mendo family's personal satellite.
We Meet Again, Preview Collection
Known in Japan as Mata Aeru-ccha Yokokuhen-shuu, from the sound of it, I believe it's a collection of episode previews and clocks in at 1 hour and 12 minutes.
Karaoke Music Party
A collection of UY songs complete with lyrics so you can sing-a-long. The songs include: Lum's Love Song, Dancing Star, Pajama Jama da!, Chance on Love, Rock the Planet, Tonogata Gomen Asobase, Ai wa Boomerang, Good Luck, Uchuu wa Taihen da!, Remember My Love, Suki~Kirai, Hoshizora Cycling, I, I, You and Ai, Yume wa Love Me More, Open Invitation and Moonlight Coaster.
A special released to coincide with the release of the final UY film, Itsudatte My Darling, which marked the 10th Anniversary of the series. This special is now included as an extra on the Japanese TV DVD Boxset.
Music Calendar '94
A video-only release that was a companion piece to the music calendars that were popular during this period.