Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer
A few notes before the fold:
- I don’t usually feel the need to say this, but for this movie I will: If you have not seen Beautiful Dreamer, I highly recommend you do so before reading this article. I generally assume that my readership has either seen UY and/or isn’t overly concerned with spoilers, and normally that’s fine. However, it’s really best to be unspoiled when seeing this film for the first time, as navigating the plot as it develops is an important part of the viewing experience. Enter freely and of your own will…
- This movie has more subtleties than the average UY episode, and including important details without giving the game away will require a more discursive approach than the average episode writeup. I’m not going to even attempt to cover it in a single entry. There are some natural break points in the story, so it’ll probably be three or four parts (which is fair, since it’s four times longer than a TV episode).
- For reasons lost to the mists of the history of licensing, this movie was the only UY property released by U.S. Manga Corps/Central Park Media, rather than AnimEigo. (In a nice touch of class, AnimEigo left a space for it in their movie boxed set.) That’s why the subtitles are in a different style (and white), and there may be stylistic differences in the translation as well.