Urusei Yatsura – 155

うる星やつら episode 155 (TV anime)
Urusei Yatsura Ep. 155 review


SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Urusei Yatsura - 155Lum is getting ready to go to Shuutaro’s party for the octopus Josephine but can’t find the matching earring for the set she wants to wear. She takes off without it and Ten-chan thinks he has found it and brings it to the party. Instead, he’s found a locket and Lum wants him to return it to its box immediately.  Instead, Ten-chan decides to have some fun and Lum remembers when she was younger and in love with Rei that she gave him the other half of the locket, which if opened would attract her to him, but he ate it instead.  Ten-chan spots Ataru trying to pick up girls and makes caustic remarks which causes Ataru to find out about the locket. Seeing Rei inside, Ataru returns to flirting and when Lum confronts him, he brandishes the locket. However, when he makes Lum look at Rei’s picture, this causes Rei to come crashing in through the roof in cow form.

Urusei Yatsura - 155Lum distracts Rei with the buffet and explains to Ataru, Shuutaro, and the others about the locket, including the fact that should the two halves of the locket be joined, Lum would fall for Rei again. Rei immediately produces the other half of the locket and is thwarted by Ataru which makes Lum happy. Shuutaro gives Ataru half of the rocket but has his team strap a rocket pack on his back and sends Ataru off.  Lum tries to give chase but is caught by Rei. As such, Lum electrocutes the entire banquet all. Meanwhile, Ataru is taken to Ran’s abode where she serves him tea. She finds the locket and sees Lum’s picture inside and shows it to Ataru. That causes Lum to appear and she whacks Ataru for flirting with Ran. Shuutaro’s arrival causes Ran to learn the truth about the locket . Ran is going to destroy it but is thwarted by Rei.

Urusei Yatsura - 155Ran sends the locket to Lum who manages to flee to destroy the locket herself.  Rei sees the piece Shuutaro is holding, forcing Shuutaro to pass it to Ataru.  Ran distracts Rei with onigiri to allow Ataru to escape but Rei is soon back on the hunt for the lockets. Lum finds she can’t destroy her half of the locket when Rei shows up. Lum loses the locket, which falls in Cherry’s campsite cooking pot with Rei destroying Cherry’s tent. Meanwhile, Ran shows up with Ataru and Ran is determined to destroy the locket.  However, because Lum tossed the locket to Kotatsu-neko, who immediately opened it, the other half of the locket was summoned and joined. However, nothing happened because apparently, Ataru had torn out Rei’s photo from the one locket.

Thoughts/Review:

Urusei Yatsura - 155This was not only a fun episode, but a nice one in that apparently Ataru was forced to reveal how much he really cares about Lum.  For starters, there was his initial reaction to seeing Rei in the locket.  Yeah, he went to flirt but the pause as he absorbed this made one see that he didn’t expect to see something like that.  Then, after Rei showed up, Ataru interfered to help Lum.  Though he tried to deny it as Lum happily clung to him, one could tell that he was jealous just like Lum suspected.  Then, Ataru goes through the trouble of playing keep-away with Shuutaro to help Lum.  Finally, despite his flirting with Ran, it appeared to me that Ataru had removed Rei’s photo after he had the locket for a short time before Ran showed up with a gun to destroy it.  Indeed, Ataru’s thoughts after everything was said and done indicate how worried he was that Lum would have gone for Rei thanks to the locket’s power.

Urusei Yatsura - 155The traditional Urusei Yatsura antics were pretty fun this time out.  Ten-chan wasn’t nearly as annoying, mainly because his presence is kept to a minimum.  Ran doesn’t show up in the story until the second half, so that helps as does the fact that she’s not nearly as annoying as she usually is.  Cherry only had a cameo along with Kotatsu-neko and that was a plus.  Rei’s unexpected arrival was funny and the subsequent chases and distractions of Rei with food were amusing.  While this wasn’t the funniest episode around, it was amusing and the annoying characters were kept to a minimum.

So, a fun, humorous, and somewhat romantic episode with Lum never looking lovelier than she did in her party dress.  ^_^

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4 Responses to “Urusei Yatsura – 155”

  1. junior says:

    Ataru generally hides it well, but as the story goes on (and on… and on… it is a Rumiko Takahashi series, after all) it becomes more and more clear that Ataru really does have strong feelings for Lum.

    He’s just got too many other girls he wants to… do things with… first.

    The first OVA (the best one, imo) and the second movie (Beautiful Dreamer) in particular make it very clear how Ataru really feels about her.

    Of course, given that the only real difference between Ataru and the rest of the male cast is that Ataru doesn’t bother to hide his amorous desires for anything female…

  2. AstroNerdBoy says:

    Of course, given that the only real difference between Ataru and the rest of the male cast is that Ataru doesn’t bother to hide his amorous desires for anything female…

    You know, early on in the anime, this aspect of Ataru annoyed the crap out of me. Now, it is rather humorous — most of the time at least.

  3. junior says:

    —————–
    You know, early on in the anime, this aspect of Ataru annoyed the crap out of me. Now, it is rather humorous — most of the time at least.
    —————–

    I suspect that’s a combination of the writers growing more comfortable with the characters (both Takahashi and the TV writers), along with the addition of some of the more useful supporting characters. Given time, the writers get a better feel for which gags work and which ones just plain fall flat. That doesn’t mean that everything always works, but the worst aspects of each character get worn away a little.

    I’ve also heard that Takahashi had originally intended for Shinobu to “win” the initial love triangle involving Ataru, but fandom picked Lum instead and that’s what Takahashi went with. I’ve no idea if it’s true or not, but a shift along those lines might have caused Takahashi to alter her take somewhat on Ataru’s “wanderings”.

    As for Shinobu…

    If indeed there was such a change, then at least Shinobu was gifted with the intelligence to eventually recognize that none of the males at Tomobiki were worth her time…

  4. evgenidb says:

    A little bit of off topic:
    Say HUURRAAYY, ANB, the last two episodes of Wolverine are out.

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