Urusei Yatsura: Only You

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Urusei Yatsura: Only You
Urusei-yatsura-poster-1.jpg
Japanese film poster
Japaneseうる星やつら オンリー・ユー
HepburnUrusei Yatsura Onri Yu
Directed byMamoru Oshii
Produced byYuji Nunokawa[1]
Screenplay byTomoko Konparu[1]
Based onUrusei Yatsura
by Rumiko Takahashi
Music byHiroshi Hayakawa[1]
CinematographyAkio Wakana[1]
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • February 11, 1983 (1983-02-11) (Japan)
Running time
88 minutes[1]
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Urusei Yatsura: Only You (Japanese: うる星やつら オンリー・ユー, Hepburn: Urusei Yatsura Onri Yu) is a 1983 Japanese anime fantasy comedy film directed by Mamoru Oshii in his film directorial debut.[2][3] It is the first in the Urusei Yatsura film series based on the manga of the same name by Rumiko Takahashi. It was released in Japan on February 11, 1983.[1][3]

Voice cast[edit]

Character Voice
Lum Invader Fumi Hirano
Ataru Moroboshi Toshio Furukawa
Shinobu Miyake Saeko Shimazu
Shutaro Mendou Akira Kamiya
Ten Kazuko Sugiyama
Cherry Ichirō Nagai
Sakura Machiko Washio
Megane Shigeru Chiba
Perm Akira Murayama
Elle Yoshiko Sakakibara
Shiori (child)
Nanabake Rose Hiroko Maruyama
Chibi Issei Futamata
Barbara Naoko Kyoda
Assistant Driver Bin Shimada
Kakugari Shinji Nomura
Guard A Hideyuki Tanaka
Guard B Yoku Shioya
Commander Mugihito
Announcer Hiroshi Izawa
Oni Commander Kazuyo Aoki
Child A Kazuki Suzuki
Child B Nariko Fujieda
Ataru's Father Kenichi Ogata
Ataru's Mother Natsumi Sakuma
Planet Elle Commander Kiyomi Hanasaki
Kumiko Takizawa
Sanae Takagi
Yuuko Masutani
Oyuki Noriko Ohara
Princess Kurama Rihoko Yoshida
Lum's Father Ritsuo Sawa
Lum's Mother Reiko Yamada
Rei Tessho Genda
Driver Yuuichi Sakuraniwa

Production[edit]

Only You borrows heavily from the Japanese fairy tale of Urashima Tarō. The fairy tale would later inspire the film's sequel, Beautiful Dreamer.[4] In an interview featured in Art Handbook [ja] in 2000, Oshii expressed disappointment with the film, claiming "It's no film. It failed to be a film."[5]

Release[edit]

Only You was released theatrically in Japan on 11 February 1983 where it was distributed by Toho.[1] The film was never released theatrically in the United States, and was initially released to home video as Uruseu Yatsura Movie 1–Only You with English subtitles on June 29, 1995.[1]

Reception[edit]

Allen Divers of Anime News Network gave the subtitled version of the film an overall grade of "A", and the dubbed version a "B" grade, writing that "While the animation and artwork is a slight notch above the TV standard, the plot for Only You is nothing new to fans of the show."[6] Jasper Sharp of Midnight Eye wrote that the film "throws the viewer completely in at the deep-end, assuming at least some knowledge of the characters and their relationships is in place, though it shouldn't take too long for newcomers to find their feet."[2] Dani Moure of Mania.com called the film "a lot of fun, and for the most part [...] very enjoyable."[7] Chris Beveridge, also of Mania.com, wrote that "the budget is bigger, the designs are more detailed, but the idea is the same [as the TV series]."[8]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Galbraith IV 2008, p. 333.
  2. ^ a b Sharp, Jasper (7 March 2006). "Midnight Eye review: Urusei Yatsura: Only You (Urusei Yatsura Onri Yu, 1983, Mamoru OSHII)". Midnight Eye. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "うる星やつら オンリー・ユー(1983)". Allcinema.net (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  4. ^ Shamoon 2016, p. 50.
  5. ^ Oguro, Yuichiro (September 15, 2000). "ロングインタビュー 押井守のアニメスタイル". Notebook of Art. 53 (793): 66. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Divers, Allen (3 February 2004). "Urusei Yatsura: Only You DVD". Anime News Network. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  7. ^ Dani Moure. "Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You". Mania.com. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  8. ^ Chris Beveridge. "Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You". Mania.com. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2015.

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