Urusei Yatsura is an animated TV series based on Rumiko Takahashi's manga series of the same name.

It lasted for a total of 195 episodes with 214 episode segments (including episode 193.5) and lasted from October 14, 1981 until March 19, 1986.

The first 21 episodes (with the exceptions of episodes 10 and 11) of the series contained two-eleven minute stories.

The first 106 episodes were directed by Mamoru Oshii and the remainder by Kazuo Yamazaki.[1][2] Six opening theme songs and nine closing themes were used during the series.[3]

During 1992, the series was licensed for a North American release by AnimEigo.[4] Their VHS release began in October of the same year and was among the first anime titles to receive a subtitled North American release. However, the release schedule was erratic.[5][6][7] The episodes were also released on LaserDisc in 1993.[8] The first two episodes were released with an English dub on March 29, 1995 as Those Obnoxious Aliens. An earlier English dub, entitled Cosma the Invader Girl, was custom created and aired in Alaska in the late 1980s as mentioned before but unconfirmed.[9] Anime Projects released the series in the United Kingdom from April 25, 1994.[10] AnimEigo later released the series on DVD. The series was available in box set format as well as individual releases. A total of 10 boxed sets and 50 individual DVDs were released between March 27, 2001 and June 20, 2006.[11][12] Each DVD and VHS contained Liner notes explaining the cultural references and puns from the series.[13] A fan group known as "Lum's Stormtroopers" convinced the Californian public television station KTEH to broadcast subtitled episodes of the series in 1998.[6][14] AnimeEigo's license later expired, and has confirmed that the series is out of print as of September 2011.[15] An improvisational dub of the first and third episodes was broadcast on BBC Choice in 2000 as part of a "Japan Night" special as "Lum the Invader Girl".[16][17]

The anime was distributed in south-east Asia on Animax Asia as Alien Musibat.

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