Hello darlings! We’re the #LumSquad, a podcast hosted by @LumRanmaYasha and @ProdTally devoted to the wonderful and wacky world of Rumiko Takahashi’s Urusei Yatsura!

As longtime Manga Mavericks fans know, Urusei Yatsura is LumRanmaYasha’s favorite manga, and they’ve been wanting to make a podcast about it for a long time. Teamed up together with AC, the leader of Twitter’s #LumSquad and the #DailyLum, we’re starting up a new monthly podcast dedicated to discussing the series!

In our inaugural episode, we introduce ourselves, our history with the series, and our thoughts on the first volume of Viz Media’s new omnibus editions of the series! Plus, we analyze the complicated character of the lecherous simpleton Ataru Moroboshi, and answer a ton of Q&As, including what episodes we’d recommend to newcomers and how…”effable” is Mendou! Let’s put weird and weird together, because space is super weird, and we’re going to talk about it!


00:00 – Introducing the #LumSquad!

03:40 – Meet the #LumSquad!
04:19 – How LumRanmaYasha Discovered Urusei Yatsura
08:22 – How AC Discovered Urusei Yatsura
14:48 – The Origins of Urusei Yatsura
29:39 – Our Favorite Chapters from the First Volume
33:51 – What Does “Urusei Yatsura” Mean?
36:10 – Comparing the New Viz Translation to Their 90’s Editions
1:02:22 – The Cultural Impact of Urusei Yatsura
1:09:39 – Ataru Moroboshi: A Character Analysis
1:21:31 – Future Plans for the Show


1:23:34 – “Why Am I Obsessed With a Manga As Old As I Am?”
1:24:47 – “How…’effable’ is Mendou?”
1:28:21 – “Do You Consider Ataru and Lum Married, or Just Fiances?”
1:29:04 – “Will the Whole Series Get a DVD/Blu-Ray Release?”
1:32:58 – “Why is Lum Beauty Incarnate?”
1:34:05 – “What Does Lum See in Ataru?”
1:35:42 – “Does Having to Take Care of Ten Make Lum Like a Single Mother?”
1:37:13 – “What is the Best Episode, or Multiple, to Show a Newcomer?”
1:48:19 – “What was the Deal with Takahashi Giving the Characters ‘Rock On’ Hands When They Get Hurt?”

1:50:36 – Wrap-Up

Music Featured:

“Hachamecha Daikonran” from Jam Trip: Urusei Yatsura (Vol. 1)
“Lum’s Love Song” from Jam Trip: Urusei Yatsura (Vol. 1)
“Uchuu wa Tai Hen Da! DA DA Mix” from Shudai-ka Best 10 Remix ~ Dance Tracks

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @Lum_Squad, on tumblr at lumsquad.tumblr.com, and subscribe to us on Youtube! You can follow the hosts on twitter at @LumRanmaYasha and @ProdTally. Don’t forget to also like and subscribe to us on Youtube and iTunes and leave us reviews to help us curate the show and create better content! If there are any topics, series or mangaka you would like to see us talk about on the show, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at lumsquadpod@gmail.com! Thanks for listening!


About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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