A Fresh Take on Urusei Yatsura: A Reboot Perspective
When it comes to the reboot of Urusei Yatsura, there’s one thing that truly shapes my reaction: I didn’t find the original series particularly funny. While it did have its moments as a pure gag anime and a product of its time, it falls short compared to Rumiko Takahashi’s other works, such as the more serious Inuyasha (the original, not the poorly received sequel), or even the humorous Ranma 1/2. As a long-tenured mangaka, Takahashi’s writing skills have evolved over time, and in my opinion, Urusei Yatsura doesn’t stand out as one of her greatest accomplishments. Therefore, I approached this reboot premiere with a somewhat neutral perspective.
Evaluating the Reboot Premiere
My overall impression of the premiere is lukewarm, but not necessarily because the remake makes any major missteps. It mainly stems from my personal lack of enthusiasm for the source material. However, there are a few aspects I would have changed. Firstly, the casting of Kamiya Hiroshi as Ataru doesn’t sit well with me. It’s interesting to note that David Productions cast the seiyuu who originally voiced Ataru and Lum as the parents in this reboot, which is a nice nod to the original series. However, Kamiya, who is almost as old as Ataru, doesn’t quite capture the essence of the character in my opinion. On the other hand, Uesaka Sumire’s portrayal of Lum is perfectly suitable, along with the rest of the cast.
In terms of production values, everything seems to be in order. The visuals, pacing, and background music appear to be on par with my recollection of the original series, making this a faithful adaptation thus far. However, since I wasn’t particularly attached to the original, the reboot premiere doesn’t evoke any strong nostalgic feelings. It’s worth mentioning that the reboot is set to run for four cours, splitting a year’s worth of NoitaminA schedule space. From the beginning, I’ve questioned why this series specifically was chosen for a long reboot, as there didn’t seem to be a significant demand for it. Unfortunately, the premiere doesn’t provide a compelling answer to this question. Nevertheless, being a fan of old series in general, I still hold hope for Urusei Yatsura to find commercial success.
In conclusion, the reboot of Urusei Yatsura presents a fresh take on the classic series. While my personal preference leans towards Rumiko Takahashi’s other works, the reboot stays true to the original’s charm. With solid production values and a faithful adaptation, it has the potential to satisfy fans of the original and attract a new generation. However, whether it will achieve the same level of success as other reboots remains to be seen.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is it necessary to watch the original Urusei Yatsura series before diving into the reboot?
Not necessarily. The reboot of Urusei Yatsura can be enjoyed as a standalone series, even for viewers who haven’t seen the original. However, watching the original might provide a deeper understanding and appreciation for the characters and their dynamics.
2. Can I expect any significant changes in the storyline compared to the original series?
Based on the premiere, the reboot appears to remain faithful to the original storyline. While there may be some minor tweaks and adjustments, fans of the original can expect a similar plot with a fresh visual presentation.
3. Will the reboot attract new fans or primarily cater to existing fans of the series?
The reboot has the potential to attract both existing fans and newcomers. The timeless humor and engaging characters can capture the hearts of a new generation of viewers, while also inviting fans of the original series to revisit the world of Urusei Yatsura with a fresh perspective.
4. How does the animation quality compare to the original series?
The animation quality in the reboot is commendable. Although it maintains the nostalgic charm of the original series, it benefits from modern animation techniques, resulting in a visually appealing and immersive experience for viewers.
5. Can we expect any surprises or new story elements in the reboot?
While the reboot aims to capture the essence of the original series, there may be certain surprises or new story elements introduced to provide a fresh take on the familiar characters and their adventures. These additions could enhance the overall viewing experience for both fans and newcomers alike.