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Urusei Yatsura

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What would you do if a tiger skin bikini-clad alien followed you to school every day? Poor Ataru`s life has never returned to normal since volatile extraterrestrial princess Lum fell for him. Now an excruciatingly wealthy and genteel rival, Mendo, adds to Ataru`s torment. Not to mention an unending stream of extraordinary classroom visitors and educational materials including incompetent cherry blossom spirits, a legendary nightmare-eating tapir, and a fourth-dimensional camera that breeches alternate realities.

By Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura)

Main Characters

Ataru Moroboshi
Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa (original Japanese) and Michael Sinterniklaas (Those Obnoxious Aliens dub), Steve Rassin, and Vinnie Penna (English Movies)
A student at Tomobiki High School, Class 2-4, Ataru suffers from an incredible amount of bad luck, having been born on Friday the Thirteenth, during a major earthquake, and Butsumetsu, the unluckiest day of the Buddhist calendar. Thanks to this lack of good fortune, his triumph in the game of tag that saved Earth from Oni invasion turned into a defeat for him. His victory statement, intended to confirm his then-girlfriend Shinobu's promise to marry him if he won, was misinterpreted by Lum to be a marriage proposal. Much to his chagrin, she accepted.

Ataru is very lecherous. His main goal in life is to live in the center of a harem composed of exotic and beautiful women, including Lum and most of her alien friends. His pick-up techniques would creep out most stalkers. Usually, he just walks up to a woman he's never met before and asks for her name, phone number, and address. If Lum, who views him as her husband, should witness these ultimately futile efforts, she regularly zaps him with massive quantities of electricity, but they do nothing to slow him down.

Once he decides to go after a particular female, virtually no force on Earth, or any other place in the galaxy can stop him. This tenacity can work to his advantage in dire times, as it makes him determined to succeed regardless of the odds. Ataru may come across as stupid and lazy, but he is actually quite intelligent, able to manipulate situations to his advantage. Though he often tries to escape from Lum and openly flirts with other women, he really does have feelings for her. He refuses to admit it, but deep down, he proved in the later episodes that it was Lum that he truly loved.

Lum Invader
Voiced by: Fumi Hirano in Japanese, Martha Ellen Senseney in the English Those Obnoxious Aliens, by Anna Friel in BBC Choice's Lum the Invader Girl dub, by Shannon Settlemyre in movies 1, 3-6 in English), and Roxanne Beck (Movie 2 dub)
Lum (also referred to in some Western versions as Lamu) is a beautiful Oni alien who is capable of flying and generating electrical shocks. She is extremely popular and is famous for ending her sentences with ~daccha (loosely translated as “yes?” or “you know?”). Except when in her school girl’s uniform, she usually wears a sexy outfit consisting of a tiger-striped bikini and knee-high go-go boots. While generally good-natured, sweet, and innocent, Lum also has a very hot temper. Her dream in life is to live in a “Sweet Home with Darling” in which she keeps house and raises babies while Ataru, her "Darling," works a job. Unfortunately, Lum's idea of "cooking" is to take very spicy ingredients like jalapenos, cayenne peppers and Tabasco sauce and irradiate them with an alien energy bazooka until they carbonize into inedible, crystallized nuggets. As an alien she has access to many bizarre gadgets whose use she really doesn’t understand all that well, leading to comedic results. Differences between human and “Invader” physiology also drive many stories, like the time Lum’s horns begin to grow larger after she is bitten by a cow, or the time she becomes drunk by eating pickled plums.

Shuutaro Mendou
Voiced by: Akira Kamiya (Japanese), Robert Rogan, Brian Hudson, and Vinnie Penna (English dub)
Shuutaro Mendou is heir to the Mendou Zaibatsu with staggering wealth and its own private army. He commutes to school in a gigantic helicopter that is more like a flying mansion. A descendant of a samurai family, Shuutaro often carries a katana with him, which he often tries to use on Ataru, who has become an expert at blocking it with his bare hands. Although very handsome and intelligent, he is truly just as stupid and lecherous as Ataru, just much more sophisticated in his approach. He takes his role as heir to the vast Mendou fortune extremely seriously. Mendou is vain, narcissistic, charming, overly dramatic, claustrophobic and afraid of the dark. When trapped in a dark, cramped space, he screams loudly ("Waaa! It's dark! It's cramped! I'm scared!") unless there are women around, in which case his vanity overcomes his fear until they leave. The girls at school have formed a fan club for him and they will do anything to protect him. Though Shinobu is the closest thing he has to a girlfriend, he loves Lum, tolerating Ataru's presence in order to be close to her.

Shinobu Miyake
Voiced by: Saeko Shimazu, Katherine Burten (Those Obnoxious Aliens), and Danielle Sullivan (English Movies)
Ataru's childhood friend and classmate. Until Lum showed up she was also Ataru’s girlfriend. She is a neat, clean, sweet, and petite young lady who can be viewed as the archetypically perfect Japanese female. Not long after Lum showed up Shinobu began to develop super-human strength. In the third movie, she lost her super strength when Lum left Earth, suggesting that Lum is the source of her strength. Like all female members of her class she has a huge crush on Mendou. She is often part of a "foursome" consisting of Ataru, Lum, Shuutaro, and herself. By the end of the series, however, she'd finally given up on Shuutaro, thinking herself a likely "old maid", until she met a young boy in a rabbit suit named Inaba.

Class 2-4

Ryuunosuke Fujinami
Voiced by: Mayumi Tanaka and Morgan Jarrett (English)
Ryuunosuke is a classmate of Ataru's. She is a girl, but her eccentric father has raised her as a boy, going so far as to demand that she wrap her breasts in tight cloth strips to hide them. Even her name sounds masculine, roughly equivalent to “Duke” or “Butch” in English. Ryuunosuke is a kind person at heart, but her father is always antagonizing her and pulling her into very destructive knock-down, drag-out fights, one of the reasons for their extreme poverty. She and her father run the school store, and live on-campus in the back. Her greatest desire is to wear girl's clothing and behave appropriately for her gender, but she has had no female role models in her life. Any attempt to obtain feminine clothing is thwarted by her father. This gender-bending character was very popular with the fans and is sometimes thought to be the precursor to Ranma Saotome, the protagonist of Takahashi's later series Ranma 1/2.
Kosuke Shirai

Shirai Koosuke
Ataru's classmate and best friend. He is essentially a background character and is often involved with Ataru's usual mischief. Though at times he seems to be in love with Lum (like all of the male students), he has a girlfriend of his own and mainly just serves as a voice for the rest of the class. He does not appear in the anime, and his roles and lines are given to Lum's Stormtroopers, usually to Perm. His name comes from the then chief editor at Shogakukan Kousuke Shirai.

Lum's Stormtroopers
Lum's Stormtroopers are four students from the same class as Ataru who are in love with Lum and have sworn to protect her from Ataru. They are best friends but often end up fighting amongst themselves when the situation involves Lum. These characters do not exist in the manga; however, unnamed characters with similar faces do exist until about volume 5. Along with every major character in the series and some of the more memorable one-shot characters, they were included in the cover art for the final chapter of the manga.

Voiced by: Chiba Shigeru, Marc Garber (Those Obnoxious Aliens), Colin Hackman, and Craig Wollman (Movies)
The leader of the Stormtroopers, whose nickname means "eyeglasses", he has a strong personality and generally directs the schemes of the Stormtroopers to gain Lum's attention (though mostly for himself). Though usually antagonistic towards Ataru, he often hangs out with him in his spare time. He is often given to rambling philosophical musings and outbursts, and seems to have an affinity for fascism and communism. His real name is Satoshi.

Voiced by: Akira Murayama, Adrian Monte, Jonathon Guggenheim (Those Obnoxious Aliens)
His nickname is derived from his hairstyle ("permanent"), he is tall and skinny (though his nameless Manga counterpart had quite a fatter form). Perm often displays the most character development, including being the only one of the Stormtroopers to have a visible girlfriend. His real name is Kosuke, likely after Kosuke Shirai, who most of his lines are given to in the anime.

Voiced by: Issei Futamata, Steven Paul
His nickname is derived from his height ("chibi" means "small" or "short"), he is a timid crybaby, and is often beaten up by the rest of the Gang of Four. He is often together with Kakugari. He also has buck teeth like that of a beaver's (though his nameless Manga did not have this). His real name is Akira.

Voiced by: Shinji Nomura, Langley McArol
His nickname is derived from his hairstyle ("kakugari" means "crew cut"), he has a large build. He is the least used of the stormtroopers and he often seen with Chibi. He is also the one who beats up Chibi the most. His real name is Hiroyuki.

Lum's friends and acquaintances

Voiced by: Yuuko Mita, Satu Rautaharju, Natasha Malinsky (English)
Lum's childhood friend. Her character is named after Shichifukujin Benzaiten (one of the Seven Lucky Gods), the Shinto goddess of knowledge, art, and beauty. This Benten is a "space biker chick" who wears a plate-mail bikini, sports a "butch" hair style, tears around the sky on a flying alien chopper, curses like a longshoreman, and carries a high-tech bazooka. She holds an annual battle against Lum's Oni clan on Setsubun. Aside from being a good hand-to-hand fighter and having the aforementioned bazooka, she appears to have no special powers. As children, Benten and Lum often instigated trouble that usually resulted in Ran getting hurt.

Voiced by: Noriko Ohara and Jaime Phelps (English)
Oyuki is the queen of Neptune, which in the series is a frozen, snowy planet populated entirely by women, as most of the men have to go off-planet to find work. As a child she used to hang out with Lum, Ran, and Benten when they were all in grade school. She is clearly patterned after the yuki-onna (literally "snow woman") of Japanese folklore. As such, she has the power to control and create ice, snow, and extreme cold. Typically dressed in a long, elegant kimono, Oyuki is soft-spoken, regal in demeanor and very slow to show anger. However, once roused to actually display her abilities she proves to be the most powerful character in the series. Because of the wrath she displays when angered, Oyuki is the only person in the entire galaxy that Ran genuinely fears. Later on, in Ranma 1/2, the Yuki Onna character that only appears in the anime version of the story may be based off of Oyuki. Her cool, quiet, and often disinterested exterior is similar to Sesshomaru from InuYasha.

Voiced by: You Inoue, Kazue Komiya, and Morgan Jarrett (English)
Lum's best childhood friend. She appears to be a sweet and lovely redhead, but in actuality has a violent split personality. Her special power is the ability to suck the vitality out of a person’s mouth while kissing them. She can also use this power in reverse. As a child, Ran was often hurt or got into trouble because of the antics of the more carefree and irresponsible Lum. Also, she is in love with Rei who unfortunately still loves Lum. For these reasons, she came to Earth in order to get revenge against her one-time friend. Ran is an excellent cook, always hoping against hope that the way to Rei's heart is through his stomach.

Voiced by: Tessho Genda and Jeremy Griffin (English Movies)
Rei is a very handsome oni, he is unfortunately mainly interested in eating , but he is very skinny and has a six pack. He has the ability to transform into an "ushitora," a huge creature resembling a cross between a tiger and a bull. Rei has not yet learned to speak Japanese fully so he can only speak 1-5 words at a time in Japanese. When younger, Ran and Lum were both in love with him, but he became engaged to Lum, breaking Ran's heart and causing her to start to hate Lum. Lum eventually broke up with him, but he came to Earth to chase her and regain her love.

In the English dub Lum the Invader Girl aired on BBC Choice in the U.K., Rei's name was Anglicized to "Raymond."

Voiced by: Kazuko Sugiyama, Mindi L. Lyons (Those Obnoxious Aliens) Shannon Settlemyre (Movies 1, 3-6 dubs) and Paula Parker (Movie 2 dub)
Lum's infant cousin. He is often called “Jari-Ten”(This case, Jari means something "brat" in Japanese) by Ataru or other friends of Ataru. He comes to earth with a potty-seat-type spaceship to live with Lum in the Moroboshi household when his Oni powers first manifest. He appeared much earlier in the anime then in the Manga. Ten has a single horn on his head, can breathe fire, and flies very slowly. He and Ataru utterly loathe each other and often fight.

Also holds a cameo appearance in "Gokudo" episode 17.

The Spice Girls
A trio of teenage girls who currently attend the same junior high school that Lum, Benten, and Oyuki did. Due to their seniors' reputation for causing mischief, the Gang of Three seeks to outdo their predecessors by defeating them in combat, but most of the time, they resort to simple pranks and underhanded schemes. Each of the girls have a special ability that they can use at will. They also hold the rare distinction of not being pursued by the lustful Ataru.

Voiced by: Tarako
Sugar is the leader of the gang and devises all plans to defeat Lum, Benten, and Oyuki. She has the ability to blend in with her surroundings to the point of invisibility.

Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto
Ginger is able to slow down her bodily functions to the point that an untrained observer will believe that she is dead.

Voiced by: Rumiko Ukai
Pepper can shed her skin at will, which remains a single piece. She remains fully clothed when she uses this power. It is worth noting that other characters can pick up her discarded skin and wear it as a costume, and which Ataru tries, much to his sorrow.

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