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

We’ve officially hit the halfway point of the Urusei Yatsura manga! The series’ ninth omnibus is a fantastic collection of stories, a real showcase of the manga in its prime! Perhaps no storyline best demonstrates this than the series’ longest and most ambitious story arc to date – The Miss Tomobiki Contest! A mini-tournament arc featuring the badass beauties of the series facing off against each other and wild animals, this storyline is an awesome and hilarious mix of character gags and action-comedy, and another step towards the style of storytelling Takahashi would employ later in Ranma 1/2

But while The Miss Tomobiki Contest is definitely the main event, this volume is also jam-packed with a ton of other great and memorable stories, including the origins of Mendo’s claustrophobia, the revenge of Galactic Teacher CAO-2, the identity of Ryuu’s mother, and Ryuu and Shinobu’s “pretend” date! We’ve got a lot of stories to cover, so tune in for our rundown of another eclectic collection of classic Urusei Yatsura adventures! 

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PODCAST BREAKDOWN:

00:00 – Preamble Ramble

02:25 – Volume 9 Intro & Overview

05:23 – A Valentine’s of Father-Daughter Love!
12:38 – Deadly Fighter Snapping Turtle Ten
18:25 – Anko Pathos, the Taste of Love?!
24:20 – Indelible Lipstick Magic
33:00 –  Buried Classroom
38:48 – Beautiful Sakura’s Exorcisms
44:14 – Flower Viewing Death Match!
49:09 – Trickle of Memories
52:55 – Album of Memories
56:52 – Wretched Shutaro
1:00:25 – Frenzied Shutaro

1:06:15 – Urusei Yatsura Data File & Count Column 17

1:08:50 – Cosmo Teacher CAO-2
1:16:26 – Mysterious Ego Death Potion
1:20:42 – Ton’s Elopement
1:25:20 – A Night Alone
1:32:16 – A Chest Full of Longing, Part 1
1:37:02 – A Chest Full of Longing, Part 2
1:43:35 – Miss Tomobiki Contest: Preliminary Round
1:51:00 – Miss Tomobiki Contest: Main Round
2:02:09 – Miss Tomobiki Contest: Swimsuit Competition
2:10:55 – Miss Tomobiki Contest: Battle of the Women
2:20:27 – Miss Tomobiki Contest: Results

2:29:25 – Final Thoughts on The Miss Tomobiki Contest Arc 

2:32:35 – Urusei Yatsura Data File 18

2:36:27 – Final Thoughts on Volume 9

2:38:41 – Wrap-Up

Music Featured:

“Urusei Yatsura Miss Tomobiki wo Sagase BGM #01” by Nobuyuki Shioda
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Main Theme 1987 (instrumental)” by Chuck Lorre
“Kokoroboisona” from Jam Trip: Urusei Yatsura (Vol. 1)
“Uchuu wa Tai Hen Da! DA DA Mix” from Shudai-ka Best 10 Remix ~ Dance Tracks

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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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