Book Review: Urusei Yatsura Vol 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Title: Urusei Yatsura Vol 1

Author: Rumiko Takahashi

Series: Urusei Yatsura #1

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Publish Date: h

Publisher: Viz Media

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Synopsis:

Beautiful space alien princess Lum invades Earth on her UFO, and unlucky Ataru Moroboshi’s world gets turned upside down! Will Lum become Earth’s electrifying new leader? Or will Ataru somehow miraculously save Earth from space alien onslaught?

In a high-stakes game of tag, Ataru must touch Lum’s horns in ten days—or aliens will take over the earth! The fact that Lum can fly doesn’t make Ataru’s job any easier. 

Urusei Yatsura Vol 1

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My Review:

Imagine having the worst day ever, and instead of finding solace when arriving home, you discover you are roped into a game of tag with an alien princess.

Oh, did we mention the fate of the planet is determined by the game’s outcome? That’s the situation that Ataru finds himself in.

It’s at this point that the story starts and from here it’s one big confusing chain of events.

The tag portion goes by quite fast, almost disappointingly so. However, I believe that’s deliberate as the game isn’t the focus of the story but merely a way to force the meeting of Lum and Ataru and set the rest of the story up – whatever the heck that story is supposed to be.

From this point on, most of the story is about Ataru attempting to evade Lum, while trying to spend time with his girlfriend, Shinobu, and navigating everything life throws at him, including Sakura and Cherry, two ‘powerful’ priests who cause Ataru as much grief as they do help.

There isn’t much character development to be found in this volume. Things are progressing in random ways and while Ataru is pushed and pulled in many different directions, he essentially remains the same throughout. We don’t see enough of the other characters to truly know them enough at this point, but that should change as the series continues.

I’m still not sure how I feel about this series. Granted, it’s the first volume, so things can pick up from here, but all around this series is super weird. The best way to describe it is a weird mashup of Ranma 1/2 and Maison Ikkoku, but nothing makes sense and there doesn’t seem to be any real direction in the story at this point.

While I will be continuing with this series, as I have a few more volumes on my TBR, I honestly don’t know how it will work out. I’m hopeful that the series will grow on me as it continues.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Urusei Yatsura Vol 1. Have you read this book?

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