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Despair: Urusei Yatsura is going out of print

1:05 PM on 02.12.2011

Josh Tolentino

Managing Editor

September 30, 2011 will mark the end of an era of sorts for anime, as AnimEigo has confirmed that they won't be renewing their license to Urusei Yatsura, the seminal '80s anime that helped lay the foundations of Japanese cartoon romantic comedy as we know it. It sounds like a fairly specific role, but really, Lum was the original magical girlfriend, more or less. And if you're a fan of all things Mamoru Oshii, I'll have you know that his work directing it was what brought him into the spotlight.

It's not as if it's all going away, though. Urusei Yatsura's just going out of print, meaning they won't be making or selling any more after that. After September 30th, any and all DVD volumes of the series become collector's items. Best you set up your bulk order before then. The prices are pretty cheap on Amazon, last I checked.

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