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Urusei Yatsura: Tsuki ni Hoeru (1989)


Setsuko Shibuichi


Rumiko Takahashi (comic), Machiko Kondo (as Machiko Kondoo)


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Complete credited cast:
Fumi Hirano ... Lum (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ... Ataru (voice)
Akira Kamiya ... Mendou (voice)
Kazuko Sugiyama ... Ten (voice)
Saeko Shimazu ... Shinobu (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu Michihiro Ikemizu ... Onsen-Mark Sensei (voice)
Kazue Komiya Kazue Komiya ... Ran (voice)
Tesshô Genda ... Rei (voice)
Ken'ichi Ogata Ken'ichi Ogata ... Ataru's Father (voice)
Natsumi Sakuma Natsumi Sakuma ... Ataru's Mother (voice)
Machiko Washio Machiko Washio ... Sakura (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Cherry (voice) (as Ichirô Washio)
Toshihiko Nakajima Toshihiko Nakajima ... Student B (voice)
Yoshiko Kamei Yoshiko Kamei ... Girl University Student A (voice)
Kikuko Inoue ... Girl University Student B (voice)


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Release Date:

1 September 1989 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Urusei Yatsura: I Howl at the Moon See more »

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Production Co:

Magic Bus See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The food that Lum accidentally makes is tsukimi-dango, a type of dumpling the Japanese prepare for the Tsukimi (full-moon viewings) parties that take place in the fall. That fits the logical connection between Ataru eating the alien version of a snack consumed during the full moon, and him turning into a werewolf. See more »


Ataru's Mother: [Sobbing] Oh why did this happen?
Ataru's Father: Don't cry dear.
Ataru's Mother: But our only son, on whose behalf we have endured so much hardship, has gone and become a raccoon-man! I can't show my face to the neighbors!
[Wails loudly]
Ataru: I'm not a raccoon! I'm a wolf-man!
Ataru's Father: Really? You look more like a dog-man to me.
Ataru: I'm telling you, I'm a wolf-man!
Ataru's Mother: A raccoon-man. No matter how you look at it, you're a raccoon-man.
Ataru's Father: He's a dog.
Ataru's Mother: He's a raccoon!
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Follows Urusei Yatsura 4: Lum the Forever (1986) See more »


Urusei Yatsura Stars On
(Opening and Ending Theme)
Performed by Satomi
Arranged by Fumitaka Anzai
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I HOWL AT THE MOON - animated adventure from "Urusei Yatsura" series
7 July 2003 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

"I Howl at the Moon" (1989) is the fourth OAV (Original Animated Video) spin-off of "Urusei Yatsura," the popular Japanese animated series based on Rumiko Takahashi's comic book about horny high-school boy Ataru and his gorgeous, horned live-in alien "wife," Lum, of tiger-skin bikini fame. This particular 26-minute episode follows Lum's efforts to please the hard-to-satisfy palate of Ataru by making him "sakura-mochi" cakes by computer from a recipe on a disk from her home planet. When Ataru turns into a werewolf as a result of eating the cakes, Lum realizes she'd made a catastrophic mistake when she'd punched in the computer code. She soon learns that she has only a few hours to create an antidote and get Ataru to take it or he'll remain a wolf forever. Ataru proves elusive, however, as he comes to enjoy being a werewolf, particularly after a stimulating encounter with a group of excited college girls.

It's a funny and cleverly written episode and should prove enjoyable to most fans of the long-running "Urusei Yatsura" series. This episode was released in the U.S. on a VHS edition paired with "Raging Sherbet," also reviewed on this site.

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