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Oldtaku no Radio # 024 – Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer

There’s no denying Rumiko Takahashi’s Urusei Yatsura — a school-set, shounen rom-com that leverages a love for mythology and puns — is a staple of manga and anime history. Beautiful Dreamer, the second Urusei Yatsura movie, proves that a tiger indeed can change its stripes. But is it for better or worse? Oldtaku no Radio proudly welcomes Anime Nostalgia’s Dawn to help us flesh out all there is to enjoy about this second movie and discuss what works and what doesn’t for long-time fans as well as newcomers to the property.

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Runtime: 2 hr, 32 min

Show Notes

  • Opening Song: “Through the Glass” by Kaz Mirblouk
  • 0:00:00 — It’s our second anniversary episode, everybody!!! (Intros & movie summary)
  • 0:04:05 — Dawn lays out some of Urusei Yatsura‘s background and history.
  • Anime Nostalgia’s 40 Years of Urusei Yatsura podcast.
  • 0:14:15 — Summary of characters appearing in the movie and some Yumiko Takahashi discussion.
  • 0:19:00 — The Oldtaku (Ink- & Jared-core) appeals of Beautiful Dreamer.
  • 0:24:15 — Beautiful Dreamer vs. Urusei Yatsura
  • 0:32:40 — Let the analysis begin!
  • 1:30:45 — Twitter questions!
  • Ending Song: “Money 1973” by NO FUTURE
  • Taro and the Dragon Palace fairy tale
  • Brian Ruh’s book on Mamoru Oshii
  • Twitter: Anime Nostalgia, DawnAni-Gamers, Oldtaku no RadioInk, Jared
  • Ink has also written for Otaku USA Magazine and The Fandom Post as well as talked about bad (and good) sports anime over at the Taiiku Podcast.
  • Jared also writes for The Electrum Edition and Wave Motion Cannon.
    • Ink's profile

      Ink contributes his own pieces and edits those of others pertaining to anime, manga, and games. His reviews and analyses have also appeared in the pages of Otaku USA as well as online over at The Fandom Post and Taiiku Podcast.

    • Jared Nelson's profile

      Jared discovered anime in the early 1990s through stacks of third-hand fandubs and Streamline Pictures tapes. By the tender age of 16, he was humming Macross 7 songs in art class, dreaming of Asuka Langley and hanging Rurouni Kenshin posters on his wall. A few years later he moved to Japan where he worked as an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Ibaraki and Fukuoka Prefectures. While he returned home with a deep appreciation for Japan, its culture, and its public transit system, Jared fell out of anime fandom and only returned in 2010. A self-proclaimed 3rd-level bard, Jared enjoys tabletop gaming and game design, video gaming, giant robots, history, comics, and most recently manga. He is also eternally late to the party.

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