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Urusei Yatsura: Only You (うる星やつら オンリー・ユー, Urusei Yatsura: Onrī Yū?) is the first film in the Urusei Yatsura franchise. It was produced by Kitty Films, primarily animated by Studio Pierrot, and released to theaters by Toho on February 12, 1983. Only You is also the first film to be directed by Mamoru Oshii and the first film to be based on a manga series from Rumiko Takahashi.


Six-year-old Ataru steps on the shadow of a young girl named Elle during an impromptu game of shadow-tag; in Elle's culture, this is viewed as a marriage proposal. Eleven years later, Elle returns to Earth in order to marry Ataru — by which time not only had he forgotten the events of his childhood, but he was engaged to Lum who attempts to prevent the marriage.

Plot Overview[]



Returning Characters[]

Additional Characters[]

  • Yoshiko Sakakibara as Elle de Rosenbach
  • Shiori as Elle de Rosenbach (young)
  • Hisako Kyōda as Babara
  • Yuko Maruyama as Rose
  • Yūko Matsutani as Commander
  • Kazuyo Aoki as Planet Elle Commander
  • Bin Shimada as Assistant Commander
  • Kazuki Suzuki as Child A
  • Nariko Fujieda as Child B
  • Unknown as Guard A


  • "The universe is truly vast. To think that someone could compete with Lum's bad taste in men." - Sakura
  • "Thank you. Thank you. I'm saved. There I was, in hell, and along comes an angel, I'm saved. Lum is so persistant, I really thought my luck had run out. Still, you shouldn't give up. At the last moment a savior comes along, and best of all, a pretty girl. " - Ataru Moroboshi
  • "Love is a fragile thing. Love that is bright in the morning fades by the sunset. To keep love always fresh, and prevent spoilage, I developed this Refrigerator Of Love. " - Elle de Rosenbach
  • "When it comes to harems, this girl is way ahead of you. " - Megane
  • "MEN ARE SUCH WIMPS." - Shinobu Miyake
  • "Hey... HEY YOU. Answer when somebody talks to you. Eh, maybe it's too much to ask. Tomorrow you're going to get married to that woman, but it's more like a condemned man's last night, isn't it? Even an idiot like you can understand that, well good riddance. This is your own punishment for mistreating Lum, the inevitable consequences for your prior misdeeds. It's good that for the rest of your life you'll be chained to that girl. Better for Lum, better yet for the entire universe. I hope you're miserable. I hope you're suffering. I hope you're sad. Poor Lum felt the same way about you. YOU DISGUSTING SLIMEBALL. That's all I have to say, good night. " - Ten


  • The movie borrowed heavily from the Japanese fairy tale Urashima Tarō.
  • It was released right after Episode 58 and before Episode 59.
  • Mamoru Oshii was mad at the many requests that the producer made of him to alter the movie.
  • While Lum is moping around the town after the Elle's ship leaves, she stops at restaurant called "Coffee Pierot". This is a reference to Studio Pierrot, the studio that animated the movie.
  • Rumiko Takahashi considers this film her favorite and it is the most true to the original series.
  • The second trailer featured footage from Episode 45.
  • The shot of Lum pounding on the stained glass window is a reference to the 1967 film The Graduate.


Oshii was brought on to direct Only You after the previous director quit, and the film was completed in about four to five months. Oshii was not fond of the film.[1]

Japanese puns and folklore references[]

  • There is an abundance of references to roses in the film. In Japanese, the word for rose is "bara". The capital of Elle's planet is Baran. Elle's nanny is Babara, a play on the Japanese words "bara" and "baba" (old woman), and possibly the Western name "Barbera" as well. Elle's master-of-disguise is named Rose. During the flashback sequence, the young Elle can be seen wearing a name-tag that reads: "Baragumi Eru" (Elle of the Rose Group). In Japan, kindergarten classes within the same school may have distinctive names, such as "sakuragumi" (cherry blossom class), or "momogumi" (peach class).
  • Lum throws a pun Ataru's way as they spend some time alone aboard her father's ship. She presents their "engeejiringu" (engagement rings) to him, and threatens to give him a "cho-denki rinchi" (super-electric lynching) if he ever tries to take his off.
  • The name of Elle's planet in Japanese is "Erusei". This is likely a pun on "urusei", part of the series title "Urusei Yatsura".
  • Rose stowed away in the space taxicab in what is known as a "tanuki statue". A tanuki is a type of racoon-dog indigenous to Japan. Tanuki statues are found throughout Japan in front of restaurants and bars, though the one containing Rose came from Sakura's house. In Japanese folklore, a tanuki is often portrayed as a shapeshifter, appropriate for a master of disguise like Rose.



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