YMMV / Urusei Yatsura

  • Adaptation Displacement: The anime adaptation is sometimes more fondly remembered than the original manga, particularly the more surreal and experimental episodes and films (where director Mamoru Oshii started making a name for himself).
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The primary antagonist in the series is actually Lum. She's the one who assumed Ataru wanted to marry her (when all he said was "Now I can get married"), and basically intruded on every aspect of his life since then due to that assumption. Sure, Ataru is a Jerk Ass, but he has a good point about wanting to enjoy the days of his youth and how he's the victim during his rant in the episode, "After You've Gone".
      • Pretty sure that that was the intended character interpretation.
    • Considering all the physical punishment from Shinobu, Ryuunosuke, and other females combined with the constant electric shocks from Lum, does Ataru subconsciously enjoy being abused by women?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: So very many.
    • The most notable one occurs in Movie 3: Remember My Love. The orb which contains Lum's curse traps Lum and Ataru within its energies. We then see visions of fairy, dinosaur, and seagull versions of Lum and Ataru meeting and falling in love with one another. Not only does this scene have no bearing on the plot, but it also makes no sense even in the context of Lum and Ataru's predicament. And once it's over, it is never mentioned again.
    • The idea seems to be that the orb is frantically Reality Bending but just can't stretch it far enough to separate them. A bit rich in light of the rest of the series though. Hell, a bit rich in light of the very next scene.
    • Thanks to the Reset Button, there are countless Big Lipped Alligator Episodes.
    • Shinobu's following the wind chimes through the streets in Beautiful Dreamer is another as, even among the random events in the plot, that one remains completely unconnected from everything else.
  • Ear Worm: Every single opening and ending theme.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Megane and the other Stormtroopers in the anime. In the manga, they are in the background a half-dozen or so times until disappearing after Mendou's debut.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple : Ataru/Lum, to the point where Takahashi was forced to make them the Official Couple.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show (or better, the character Lum) is still extremely popular in Italy.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Thanks to a lipstick that draws the lips of the people using it together, Ataru and Mendou end up in a full-frontal smooch by mistake. Both are promptly disgusted: a dappya fish monster even offers the readers three panels to recover from this shock. The participants of the kiss think they require more.
    • Also, Dracula's bat (a male) disguises himself as a pretty girl to lure Ataru (and Co.) with predictable results. In the end, Ataru manages to plant a big kiss on the bat boy's lips to Lum's ROTFLMAO reaction (she knew it was a male spirit in disguise the whole time).
  • I Am Not Shazam:
    • Lum and the other Onis come from the planet Oniboshi. The title is a complicated Japanese pun that is partly based on "urusai" and "-sei" (meaning star or planet, the same kanji used for -hoshi/-boshi). The meaning of the title was explained in the Viz manga, so it became widely known, and fans have misinterpreted that as meaning that Urusei is the actual name of the planet. Fanfic then spread it further.
    • Urusei Yatsura means literally "those noisy guys", but idiomatically refers to annoying next-door neighbors. Combining the idiom with "sei" makes it something like "those noisy other-planet neighbors". You could do roughly the same gag in English with "Annoyliens". Or as AnimEigo puts it, "Those Obnoxious Aliens", which also has the fun of sounding like a '50s sitcom.
  • Iconic Character, Forgotten Title:
    • The series is often called "Lum" because the English manga used the title "Lum" with "Urusei Yatsura" written in small print under it. This was probably a good decision, since English speakers can pronounce "Lum" (especially back then before the modern manga boom).
    • In some European countries, the series is actually re-titled and known as "Lamu" (Lum's name in the dub, taken from the Japanese pronunciation / spelling of "Lum", which is ラム).
  • Iron Woobie: Ryuunosuke. She has a very terrible lives. Forced to live as a male, in poor condition with an Abusive Parent. But she is also detrminated and strong.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
  • Les Yay:
    • Ryunosuke goes out with Ran... so she can learn about femininity from a Girly. Ataru actually tries to interfere to try and stop Ran from turning lesbian.
    • In the anime version of the "magnetic lipstick" story, Ryuunosuke accidentally has a kiss with Shinobu after they get daubed with the lipstick as well.
    • Both above examples have nothing on the very strong relationship between Ryuunosuke and Benten. It was outright teased by characters that Ryuunosuke might be in love with Benten, and Benten definitely feels something towards Ryuunosuke. Although between those two, it may no longer be Les Yay, but Homoerotic Subtext, or even outright canon feelings between those two girls, depending on how one interprets the relationship between Benten and Ryuunosuke.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "The Horror of Outraged Oyuki." Ran's afraid of her for a very good reason... The BGM especially amps things up.
    • "And Then There Were None" sends the gang to a desert island (over 20 years before "Deserted Island Syndrome") to be graphically killed off one by one. It was just a prank on Ataru, but still. (Funnily enough, this episode was ranked #2 in the penultimate episode's Top 10 countdown)
    • Also, the department store marching band in Beautiful Dreamer.
  • Relationship Sue: Possibly Inaba - arguably, this non-threatening Dogged Nice Guy serves only one purpose in the story: providing Shinobu with a proper Love Interest after she finally gives up on Mendou. Naturally, he comes in very late in the story.
  • The Scrappy: Sakuranbo, to some people, can be very annoying since most of his appearances involve him eating someone else's food. Doesn't seem like a big deal, but people who have been strapped enough for cash to skip meals can probably relate.

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