Urusei Yatsura – 118

うる星やつら episode 118 (TV anime)
Urusei Yatsura ep. 118
Urusei Yatsura – 118

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Urusei Yatsura - 118Ataru arrives at an airport and working his way through the crowd, he finds Lum who is dressed to take a flight and looks depressed. She refuses his pleas to return and when he won’t take no for an answer, she stabs him and flees. The crowd is horrified but when the police arrive, Megane appears and shouts, “Cut!” Lum, Ataru, Megane, Perm, Chibi, Kakugari, and Shuutaro flee the airport with Lum helping Ataru and Shuutaro by flying them out. At their small delivery truck, they gather but when Shuutaro asks if Megane got his closeup, Megane and the others reveal that they ran out of film to complete the scene.

Urusei Yatsura - 118Going back in time, we are shown how Megane recruited various classmates to participate in his film, even though his story was clearly about Lum and Ataru with Lum getting tired of Ataru. As shooting progresses, Ataru finds his promised harem scene cut and he has to get it back in no matter what. When Shuutaro is brought in, the harem scene is again removed. Ataru even goes as far as attempting to get Lum to pose nude in the film in order to get the harem scene restored, but Lum electrocutes him for the suggestion.

Urusei Yatsura - 118In the end, the film is finally made and the participants sit down to watch it. Everyone who had a part in the film is not happy to see that all of their stuff has either been removed or diminished. Ataru, who’d even filmed a dangerous scene involving live ammunition being fired at him and real explosions going off, is especially unhappy that this scene was removed. Instead, the film completely focuses on Lum, which pleases her. Megane attempts to justify his actions, but it isn’t good enough as Shuutaro, Ataru, and Shinobu all attack Megane, who’s desperate to save the film.

Thoughts/Review:

Urusei Yatsura - 118The moment I saw that this was a film being shot by Megane, I knew immediately what he was up to — film his own personal movie centered around Lum. What made things funny then was seeing how he conned the others into staring in his movie just so he’d have an excuse to film Lum. Technically speaking, it was Kakugari who filmed everything but clearly Megane put the final cut together to insure Lum was the entire film.

The other funny element was Ataru’s constant fight to retain the harem scene, which Megane Urusei Yatsura - 118promised him in order to get Ataru in the film and thus Lum in the film.

One thing that made me smile with nostalgia was seeing Ataru dressed in a couple of different sock ties. Indeed, I saw Ataru at times and thought, “this is pretty much me at age 16, though my hair was parted in the middle.” I had to wear a tie at my job and sock ties were great for that for a whole host of reasons. Man, we thought we were so cool in those ties. *lol* However, like most things, the sock tie faded into obscurity which brought an end to wearing blue jeans, a buttoned-down shirt, and a casual tie as a look.

In the end, the episode was fun though scrambled a bit in presentation.

Urusei Yatsura - 118

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6 Responses to “Urusei Yatsura – 118”

  1. Holy shit! They made over 100 episodes of this!? I was bored of the manga by chapter 100. Lucky you that you can still put up.

  2. AstroNerdBoy says:

    The anime has been rather good of late. I admit that it grew rather tedious for a long while.

  3. arimareiji says:

    When I watched this episode, I found myself actually hating Ataru instead of just the usual irritation. Wanting the harem is completely normal for Ataru, but trying to convince Lum to let the other guys see her nude came across to me as an outright betrayal that I wouldn’t expect even from him. Not sure why.

    Most of the time I think her electrocutions are too easily provoked, and just as over-the-line irritating as Ataru’s girl-chasing. But this time, I thought she should have shocked him all the way into low orbit. ^_^

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sock ties! I haven’t thought about those in forever.

  5. Megane3000 says:

    @arimareiji

    Agreed. I know your post is almost 10 years old, but I feel the need to reply. I think its because the director of season 2 didn’t come back for season 3 and he was responsible for helping to somewhat mature Ataru. Season 3 pretty much just went backwards in character portrayals to the point where they started adapting earlier chapters that were skipped where Ataru was still insensitive towards Lum’s feelings. I think they wanted to reset the status quo for season 3 for the sake of attracting new viewers which only helped to steer a few older viewers away. Season 4 managed to bring some back with the improved animation and writing. But the director of season 2 really helped to flesh out the characters. You could even see Ataru having more “cool” moments in season 2 more than season 3 and was even able to fight against Ten more effectively unlike in season 3 where he just gets burnt to a crisp easily.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Agreed. I know your post is almost 10 years old…

      Man, has it really been that long? Where does the time go? ?

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