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Lum Urusei Yatsura: Perfect Collection Paperback – June 5, 1997

4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1 edition (June 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156931019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569310199
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,262,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Anyone who is even mildly into the manga and anime scene will probably be familar with the character of Lum. Sometimes, that familiarity will lead to curiousity (or infatuation as is some cases), and sometimes the curiousity will lead to interest in the source manga. If you are one of these people (and you probably are if you are reading this), then congratulations! You've made the right choice, and fellow UY fans welcome you. Welcome to the wacky world of Urusei Yatsura! Drop your bags and forget about 'em, because chances are you ain't leavin'.

"Urusei Yatsura" is, as you might have guessed, a product of comedy genius Rumiko Takahashi. And with that, you can certainly expect to see her trademark brand of comedy slapstick. "Urusei Yatsura" isn't as action based as "Ranma 1/2" or "Inuyasha", but it has aces on the brand of slapstick that "Ranma 1/2" fans are sure to love. Bizarre occurances and weird antics happens almost round-the-clock -- alien tag races, outer space taxi cabs, Snow Princesses from Neptune, and hibernating Crow Princesses are just a small sample of the things you'll encounter with this series. Intrigued by all this? Good, this is definitely the manga for you.

I won't expand too much on the plot, since I believe that one of the strongest aspects of Urusei Yatsura is its wonderful characters (besides, you can find summaries on the net). If you are male, there's a good chance that you'll fall in love with Lum -- beautiful, exotic, young, and full of sex appeal, Lum is essentially what every man dreams of in a perfect woman. For the ladies, there's the man-beast Rei, who looks like he should be in a boyband when he's under his normal form; but once he gets angry and/or hungry, he transforms into a huge tiger-bull creature with big round eyes. Adorable?
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Lum is a totally loopy comedy in manga form. In this work Rumiko Takahashi happily combines the classic droll story themes of Boccaccio and Balzac with totally absurd and preposterous elements to delight the imp or the anarchist in all of us.
The plot draws on the eternal triangle: Ataru, a perennially prurient (and thus normal) teenaged boy, Princess Lum, a gorgeous alien who sports a tigerskin bikini and cute little horns, and Shinobu, a classmate of whom Ataru was originally smitten.
Ataru saves the Earth by winning a game of tag with Lum (an absolutely hilarious episode!), but in the process gives Lum the impression that he has proposed marriage. This provides the basis for a plot involving continual misunderstandings. Lum has to keep Ataru in line by occasionally giving him shocks and making him the guniea pig for her dubious culinary skills. Despite his success in saving the Earth, Ataru gets no respect but a lot of woe. Having two girls is always too many: when Lum and Shinobu are involved, it seems at times that Ataru has two too many! You see, Ataru has a permanently roving eye!
Rumiko Takahashi employs incredible imagination in this work: sweet potato-eating duels, a shower of oil, a short monk, disappointed parents, a crow queen, an ex-fiancé of Lum, and a host of other characters. But the plot centers around the threesome: the fickle Ataru, the long-suffering Shinobu, and the naive yet provocative Lum. You have to like the characters; but secretly feel the most sympathy for the innocent Lum, whose qualities are not recognized by the blockheaded Ataru and who persists in being attracted to Shinobu instead (when not distracted by the babe de jour).
This is about as agreeable an introduction to manga as you might find; and most people will find the story to be hilarious and entertaining, the characters to be appealing and well-drawn, and the pacing to be effective. Read this one first, and then read Ranma 1/2. Both are worth reading.
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When I first picked up this big, juicy book featuring the early work on Lum & Co., I did not KNOW that the great creator of this series happens to be a WOMAN and a very talented one! Thus I was really quite surprised - and very impressed!
It all begun with a very idiotic young high schooler with an abnormal sex drive and a whole run of bad luck who was suddenly forced to play a tag game with one of the alien invaders about to overtake the entire planet. And his opponent turned out to be a very beautiful, shapely young girl with demon's horns, a tigerhide binkini suit complete with striped stockings...and teeth just like a real tiger's! Not to mention the fact she could fly and emit very painful electric shocks! So Ataru got spooked by this strange newcomer who WANTS to become his wife AND come between him and his poor, long-suffering girlfriend, Shinobu. And that's not all...the unfortunate boy's life gets turned upside-down with frequent visits from a whole circus parade of bizarre alien creatures, sexy young babes, and folklore characters straight out of ancient Japanese legends!
Those wonderful "Urusei Yatsura" stories are quite full of cunning creativity, fast-paced action, flightful fantasy, sci-fi imagery, and very boisterous juvenile-level humor! And you'll get to meet far more and more of Lum's wacko friends and rivals and get pulled into even more wacko adventures with them in her next book after another!
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These are among the best of the classic manga: excellent comic artwork and clever plots, but what makes the Lum stories really remarkable are the inventive parodies of sex role, ethnicity, iconology and other aspects of recent Japanese culture. Much of what Takahashi works into these episodes will be missed by many readers, especially those who have no knowledge of the Japanese language originals or limited knowledge of Japan, but open-minded graphic novel fans of any background should enjoy much that lies on the surface. This particular collection seems to be a fair compendium of her work.
Why only four stars? Certainly the content deserves all five. Unfortunately, the book is poorly bound, so the cover AND the pages fall out within a couple of months of normal usage. If this book is just for you, fine, but if you're buying for a library (and what graphic novel collection would NOT have Takahashi's Lum?) or like to pass your books around to friends, it's going to fall apart.
Not unusual for good manga, unfortunately.
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