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By: Cynthia

Mon, 30 May 2011 14:26:17 +0000

At college classmate at the time introduced me to the Urusei Yatsura TV series, and it literally bored me to tears, just like Excel Saga. I don't know, I just expect something less stereotyped and more serious and thought-provoking from my anime. Seems as though if we want stupid comedy, we have plenty of it in America already.

By: Brack

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 10:02:42 +0000

I think the key to spotting what's Oshii (and to a degree, Kazunori Ito) in UY is comparing the manga to the anime. The key change happens just ten episodes in with Pitter Patter Christmas Eve, where the anime suddenly departs from just adapting the manga and instead focuses on Megane. Plus it's got that melancholy that is missing from the more misanthropic original. The real big change though is when Kazunori Ito arrives after episode 21.That's where you start to get the dialogue heavily expanded from the manga in order to pad the stories to a full episode length rather than do two manga stories per episode. I think he took over series composition from Yu Yamamoto not long after and then it becomes more recognisably the show that spawned Beautiful Dreamer.

By: Bradley Meek

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 00:12:54 +0000

Brack: I briefly mentioned that later episodes were more experimental in the article, though for the life of me I can't find it right now. I was speaking generally, though it's my fault for not clarifying that. Speaking of "Miserable! A Loving and Roving Mother!" that's one of my favorite episodes. They should lock it in a time capsule. I never made the connection between Megane, the Stormtroopers and latter characters in Oshii's movies. That's something I'll keep an eye out for in the future.

By: Brack

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 09:32:26 +0000

All the traits that made him one of animations biggest auteurs hadn’t shown up- no striking visuals, no hound dogs, no endlessly rambling characters talking well above their pay grade, and it’s not even very pretentious. It’s just pure, well executed fun. I'd disagree with this statement. There's plenty of pretentiousness throughout his run, often in the prog rock album cover excesses of some of the psychedelic animation sequences. And the expanded roles of Megane & The Stormtroopers in the series are down to Oshii too - Megane is the prototypical rambling Oshii/Ito character. More to the point though, the first half of "The Do Or Die Subspace Part Time Job", while credited to Keiji Hayakawa rather than Oshii, is a clear dry run for the visuals of the deserted town in Beautiful Dreamer. And the Oshii episode "Miserable! A Loving and Roving Mother" is arguably further out from Takahashi's manga than Beautiful Dreamer.