The official website of the new Urusei Yatsura anime announced on July 28, 2022, that Katsuyuki Konishi has been cast to voice Rei.
The staff also unveiled a character visual for Rei on the official website.
Rei’s voice actor Katsuyuki Konishi revealed that Urusei Yatsura was the first anime film he watched in the theatre, and that he never thought he would get to be a part of this anime series.
“The first anime I saw in the theater was ‘Urusei Yatsura’. After all these years, I never thought I would be able to participate in “Urusei Yatsura”. At the time of writing this comment, I haven’t participated in the postrecording yet, but now I’m wondering “When will I be able to participate? I am excited every day.”
Konishi further commented on the character Rei, saying, “Rei is a transcendental handsome guy, a big eater… He doesn’t have many words, so I’m looking forward to seeing how I can express him. He is also a transformable character, so I am looking forward to seeing that too.
He also expressed his excitement in getting a chance to be a part of the new Urusei Yatsura anime.
The other voice acting cast includes:
- Hiroshi Kamiya as Ataru Moroboshi
- Sumire Uesaka as Lum
- Maaya Uchida as Shinobu Miyake
- Mamoru Miyano as Shutaro Mendo
- Wataru Takagi as Cherry
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Sakura
- Kana Hanazawa as Ran
The official website also revealed that the first season of the anime will run for 2 consecutive cours from October 2022.
It will be broadcast on Fuji TV “Noitamina” and other stations.
The technical cast for the series includes Hideya Takahashi and Yasuhiro Kimura as directors, with Yuuko Kakihara as script writer. Naoyuki Asano will serve as character designer.
The animation of the series is undertaken by David Production.
The Urusei Yatsura manga was the first work of Rumiko Takahashi to be published in Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 1978 to 1987. It has 366 individual chapter, 6 movies, 12 OVAs. The series received 195 episodes long anime series which ran from Oct 14, 1981 to March 19, 1986 produced by Kitty Films.
Viz Media published the manga series in English in North America in the 1990s by renaming it to Lum and The Return of Lum. However, they dropped it after 9 volumes.
Source: Urusei Yatsura Official Website