Urusei Yatsura - Movie 2 "Beautiful dreamer"
Unofficial Liner Notes
As no official liner notes was released with this movie, some people has made this list of unofficial liners. Here you go!
- Collector's Note
- All Right, Already!
- One Good Dream Deserves Another
- Midnight Melody
- About the Antagonists
- A Night at the Palace
- "If we can't get out of town..."
- Pancakes and the Fate of the World
- Apocalypse Now, Let's Party
Though the film was released during the
third season, it may be viewed as early as
UYTV volumes 17-18. This avoids confusion
by giving all the characters time to be
All Right, Already!
When the North American releases of the UY
movies were being negotiated, the
translation and distribution rights for
movies 1,3,4,5 and 6 went to AnimEigo, but
U.S. Manga Corps acquired the rights for
movie 2 after AnimEigo did the original
translation and subtitling. The reasoning
behind this is somewhat vague, but mostly
stems from the fact that unlike the other
films, Beautiful Dreamer was a joint
production between Toho Co. and Kitty
Films. This is the reason why one cannot
purchase a copy of UY2 from AnimEigo, and
also why it had no liners.
One Good Dream Deserves Another
This movie was originally inspired by UYTV
Epsiode 21, Story 42: "Wake up to a
Nightmare", in which Baku and Mujaki were
first introduced. It also featured a harem
dream sequence which was elaborated for the
movie. Naturally, everything was upgraded
for the motion picture, but I would still
advise reviewing this story to enhance the
The special-sale band that Ataru and Mendou
encounter is a "tindon-ya", a street band
often employed by businesses for the
purpose of advertisement. The joke is that
they wouldn't normally work at night, and
certainly not for such a small audience.
About the Antagonists
The name "Mujaki" is a multilayered pun.
Literally translated, it means "guileless"
or "innocent". However, when written with
the proper kanji, it takes on an entirely
different meaning: "The Demon that
Interferes with Dreams". It the second
meaning that Sakura is refering to when she
says "As the name says, you are an evil
demon who delights in manipulating dreams,
and planting the seeds of evil in people."
And indeed, from his performance in this
movie, Mujaki has lost a lot of the
innocence he displayed in his first
Baku, meanwhile, is based upon an mythical,
nightmare-eating monster. That's all,
A Night at the Palace
The legend of Urashima Taro is an old,
well-known story that is roughly similar to
that of Rip Van Winkle. It goes something
One fine day, Urashima Taro was walking
along the beach when he encountered a sea
turtle that was being tormented by some
cruel children. He rescued the turtle, and
in return, it invited him to the undersea
castle of Ryuujuugo, or the Dragon Palace.
There, he was wined, dined, and generally
partied into the ground by the Princess of
the Palace over a period of several days.
When he decided to leave, the Princess gave
him a box as a going-away present, warning
him never to open it. Upon his return to
the mainland, he found that over a century
had passed in his home village, even though
it was only a few days for him. His home
was vastly different, and all his friends
had aged and died. In the end, he finally
opened the box, and the gas that was
contained within released the magic that
had prevented his aging, turning him into
an extremely old man.
Keeping all that in mind, some aspects of
the movie's plot become considerably easier
to understand: why Tomobiki is flying
around on a turtle's back, why Mujaki's
dream realm is underwater, the endless
debates about the nature of time, etc.,
As is the case with most Takahashi anime,
UY2 is rich with brief guest appearances by
characters both within and without UY.
Hordes of extras (Ultraman, Captain
Harlock, members of the production staff)
roam the halls of Tomobiki High school,
women from everywhen in the series (Kurama,
Misuzu, Elle) dance in Ataru's harem, and
the occasional strays (Torajima) pop up
randomly throughout the story. Look for
"If we can't get out of town..."
Like many megolopoli around the globe,
Tokyo is a huge city divided into
subdistricts, each with its own local
government. Many of these districts,
particularly the smaller ones, are closely
intertwined (as is the case with the
fictional suburbs of Tomobiki and
Butsumetsu). This is the reason why, when
Tomobiki is cut off from the outside world,
so many of the cast are left with no place
Pancakes and the Fate of the World
Okonomiyaki is a special type of Japanese
pancake, often prepared with fried noodles
and other treats mixed in the batter. When
served in restaurants, the customers
sometimes prepare their own servings by
mixing in what they will before pouring the
batter on the table, which doubles as a hot
plate. For more details (and the first
appearance of Mach Speed Noodles), see Ep.
46, Story 69, "Lunchtime Eat-Out'ers,
Apocalypse Now, Let's Party
Many of the activities our cast indulges
itself in after the end of the world are
dreams indeed. Due to Japan's high
population, lack of natural resources, and
the resulting economics, many of the cast's
indulgences are difficult to experience.
Take movies, for example. During the summer
movie season, everyone is interested in
seeing the new films. Because of this,
admission fees are high, and one can expect
to be waiting in line for two hours or
more. (On a side note, video collection is
a tricky business as well -- most
videocassettes cost over a hundred bucks
each! As you may imagine, the rental
business is huge.) Of course, with everyone
else in Tomobiki gone who-knows-where,
these factors no longer count.
The symbol displayed on the banner in the
Principal's office is the kanji 'tomo', the
first character in "Tomobiki".
The "2-4" inscription on Shinobu's teapot
is for Year 2, Class 4, the schoolgroup
that Lum & Co. belong to.
The Beautiful Dreamer UnOfficial Liner
Notes were assembled by J.M. Steadman, with
contributions and assistance from AnimEigo
Inc., Barry Chin, Atsushi Nashimoto, Mason
Proulx, and Ariel Weinberg.
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