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Urusei Yatsura: Lum Explosion!

But not in the way you think

 Lots of Lums
 Lots of Lums
Of all the really, really classic anime, I find myself most fondly remembering Urusei Yatsura. The art is fun, the colors are vivid, and the comedy really just shines through. Well, apparently some people agree with me, as each one of the latest volumes of Rumiko Takahashi’s manga comes with a pin up of Lum, by other famous artists.
The Comics Journal not only posted thumbnails of all these works, they also compiled a list of all of the authors

1. Rumiko Takahashi herself (Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha)
2. Mitsuru Adachi (Short Program, plus lots of untranslated sports-themed romcoms like the 1980s baseball series Touch)
3. Mine Yoshizaki (Sgt. Frog)
4. Eiji Nonaka (Cromartie High School)
5. Sensha Yoshida (the untranslated surreal gag strip Utsurun Desu.)
6. Takashi Shiina (the untranslated 1990s horror/comedy Ghost Sweeper Mikami)
7. Kazumi Yamashita (the untranslated 1990s drama The Life of the Genius Professor Yanagizawa, notable as one of the few manga with an elderly protagonist)
8. Fujihiko Hosono (the untranslated Gallery Fake, plus the manga adaptation of Crusher Joe)
9. Kazuhiro Fujita (the untranslated Ushio and Tora, another, very different manga about a teenage boy and a Japanese demon)
10. Kazuichi Hanawa (Doing Time)
11. Minoru Furuya (Ping-Pong Club)
12. Ryoichi Ikegami (Crying Freeman, Sanctuary, Wounded Man, Mai the Psychic Girl, the untranslated Spider-Man manga, and a billion other insane ultra-macho men’s manga)
13. Noizi Itoh (light novel illustrator best known for Shakugan no Shana and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
14. Kazuhiko Shimamoto (artist who worked on the Shotaro Ishinomori properties Kamen Rider and The Skull Man; his own series, including the tongue-in-cheek shonen parodies Blazing Transfer Student and Hoero Pen, are untranslated)
15. Ryouji Minagawa (Project ARMS, Spriggan)
16. Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist
17. Isami Nakagawa (children’s cartoonist best known for Kuma no Puutarou and Poguri)
18. Moyoko Anno (Happy Mania, Flowers and Bees, Sugar Sugar Rune, general awesomeness)
19. Atsushi Kamijou (prolific, untranslated artist with a shojo-esque style, probably best known for his punk rock drama TO-Y)
20. Takatoshi Yamada (another untranslated long-timer, creator of the feel-good medical drama Dr. Koto’s Clinic and many other series)
21. Gosho Aoyama (Case Closed)
22. Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Gyo, Tomie)
23. Taiyo Matsumoto (Tekkon Kinkreet, Blue Spring, Gogo Monster)
24. Katsutoshi Kawai (creator of the hydroplane racing manga Monkey Turn–this is one of those series everyone in Japan and no one in the U.S. knows, and, yes, it’s really about hydroplane racing)
25. Tetsuo Hara (Fist of the North Star)
26. Yuu Watase (Fushigi Yuugi, Ceres: Celestial Legend, Alice 19th)
27. Koji Kumeta (Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei)
28. Fusako Kuramochi (the untranslated shojo manga A Gentle Breeze in the Village)
29. Tsukasa Hojo (City Hunter)
30. Akira Saso (the untranslated Child of a Child, about an eleven-year-old who gets pregnant–can’t imagine why no American publisher wants to touch that one)
31. Kiyohiko Azuma (Azumanga Daioh, Yotsuba&!)
32. Chika Umino (Honey and Clover)
33. Daijiro Morohoshi (major but untranslated horror artist, creator of Wall Man, Yokai Hunter, and the horror/comedy Shiori and Shimiko)
34. Yukinobu Hoshino (2001 Nights, one of the first Viz graphic novels–boy, does that take me back)

  Now I wanna see the full ones! Particularly the one by Koji Kumeta, the artist behind Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei. Then I want to rewatch Beautiful Dreamer again and pretend she's the real Lum.
lanaswifton Feb. 17, 2010 at 11:24 a.m.
Ha, I THOUGHT I recognized Moyoco Anno's.
Addfwynon Feb. 17, 2010 at 11:34 a.m.
I like this, I loved UY back in the day, one of my favourite classics. 
Glad you mentioned Beautiful Dreamer too, one of my favourite anime movies.  Such a mindtrip of a movie.
John_Martoneon Feb. 17, 2010 at 3:05 p.m.
@Addfwyn: I'm also a big, big fan of that movie. Its my favorite in the line and I think I've watched it (although passively in most situations) at least a dozen times. Its just very flowy, and fun, without being outrageously high energy.
Nikoon Feb. 25, 2010 at 2:40 p.m.
The only thing that could make this better is...more Lum!
John_Martoneon Feb. 26, 2010 at 1:43 p.m.
@Niko:@Oneesama: Thanks guys, now I have "Needs more cowbell" running through my head, but with "Lum" instead of "cowbell"
Oh Christopher Walken, how I aadore you.
Nikoon Feb. 26, 2010 at 2:02 p.m.
@John_Martone: Christopher Walker has a fever, and the only prescription is more Lum.

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A sexy alien oni and Ataru's unwanted fiancee in the long-running manga and anime Urusei Yatsura.

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