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1979-1990 Anime Primer
Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984)

Alien princess Lum, her hapless fiancee Ataru and their classmates are hard at work preparing for the annual school festival. The days seem to repeat themselves… but no one notices that’s because they actually are. Soon, though, there’s no ignoring that things are amiss, especially when the cast discovers their town has been transported onto the back of a giant turtle à la Urashima Taro! Are they all caught in a dream? If so, who’s dream is it…?

In the first Urusei Yatsura film, Only You, director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor) kept the tone consistent with Rumiko Takahashi’s original manga. But in Beautiful Dreamer, he boldly strikes out in his own direction, as evidenced by the sharp increase in philosophical monologues and moody atmospherics. Comedy and a sense of wonder are still at the heart of the film, though, so it’s just as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. Considered by many to be the best thing to come out of the Urusei Yatsura franchise, it can’t be argued that Beautiful Dreamer is one of the most defining entries in the 80s anime canon. As such it’s worth a watch even if you’re not completely familiar with the source material (although the aforementioned Only You, also listed on this primer, is a good introduction).

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Beautiful Dreamers // Williamsburg // Brooklyn, NY


Carrying the likes of Pamela Love, Dream Collective, Electric Feathers, Beautiful Dreamers takes visitors on a whimsical journey of artistic retail. Every detail is presented with creative care, down to the price tags and up to original artwork as well as collaborative creations. Top Photo: Fox Fodder Farm // Electric Love NYC // Suzannah Wainhouse collaborative chandelier.

Images: Melissa Belongea