After You've Gone
Episode Number
Original Airdate
13th October 1982

After You've Gone (君去りし後 Kimi Sarishi Nochi ) is the forty fourth episode of the Urusei Yatsura anime series, originally aired on 13th October 1982. Its opening theme is "Lum No Love Song" and its ending theme is "Hoshizora Cycling", being the first episode to use that ending theme.

Summary Edit

Ataru's harsh words cause Lum to leave earth, he then regrets his actions and tries to find her again.

Plot Edit

One afternoon, Ataru is reading a manga and Lum is making a doll of herself, suddenly she remembers something and asks Ataru what time is it now, Ataru throws her a big alarm clock. After she sees the time, Lum remembers that Megane and the stormtroopers are throwing a party to celebrate her one year anniversary on earth. Lum takes along Ataru to the party.

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Lum leaves the party

During the party, an uninterested Ataru claims that he didn't like the celebration, he then goes on telling that the person who has endured over the year isn't Lum but himself, saying that he has to endure day after day electrocuted by her and even goes as far by saying that if Lum never came to earth, Shinobu would never abandoned him and he can live freely without Lum stopping him. His words cause a sad Lum to left the party, but not before asking Ataru if he would be alright without her, to which Ataru responds yes. The Stormtroopers are very upset with Ataru's selfish attitude, telling him that he was not even invited in the first place, but Ataru yells them back saying that it was Lum who took him to the party.

Back home, Lum finishes her doll and leaves it at Ataru's table, saying that he will take care of it in her place, after cleaning up the manga that Ataru left on the floor, she and Ten left the house through the window. When Ataru returns, he wonders where Lum is, and after finding her bed is empty, he realizes that she really is gone. Ataru then remembered Lum words asking if he is alright without her, and wonders if he has gone too far with her, he then spends the night trying to find Lum outside but fails. Back in his room, Ataru finds the doll that Lum have left behind.

The next day at school, Ataru is pondering alone in the class window, we can see Lum's doll in his shirt pocket. The Stormtroopers approaches him and asks where Lum has gone to, but Ataru shrugs them off. Perm then notices Lum's doll in Ataru shirt and took it from him, Ataru chases him and demands that he gave it back, Perm throws the doll around to his fellow Stormtroopes so they can see the doll. Mendou suddenly interrupts and asks Ataru if Lum have dumped him, his words cause Ataru to be suspicious and thinks that Mendou have probably seduced Lum to left him, Ataru yells at Mendou to give Lum back, but Mendou tells him that he didn't know where she is, causing him (Mendou) to realize that Lum really is missing, he then orders his troops to search her throughout Japan. Despite their efforts, she is nowhere to be found. Ataru starts to believe that Lum have left him forever.
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Ataru wanders alone in the city

Later at night, Ataru came to see Shinobu in the park, she asks if there's anything she can do to help, but Ataru dismisses it. Ataru then walks alone in the city streets, brooding over his loss of Lum, and finally breaks down when he fell over a trash can in an alley, sobbing as he held Lum's doll in his hand.

Meanwhile, up on the earth's atmosphere, there is a spaceship, inside, there is Lum, her father, and Ten sitting around a table. It turns out that Lum and Ten didn't left because of Ataru, but because they are renewing their passports to stay on earth. Right beside Lum, there is a radio-like device and Ataru's voice is heard from it, it is revealed that she put a microphone inside the doll so she can watch over Ataru while she's gone. Lum heard Ataru's cry over the device and she understands how much he missed her.

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Ataru reunites with Lum

As morning comes, Ataru is walking sadly to school, suddenly, he hears Lum's voice calling him, he turns and is surprised to see Lum sitting on a wall right next to him. Ataru is happy to see her again and begins to cry, but then hides his tears by pretending that he didn't worry about her at all. The Stormtroopers sees Lum and calls her, to which she happily respond their greeting. We then see the doll's face on Ataru's shirt, winking at the camera as the episode ends.

Manga counterpart 34 - Since You Went Away

Trivia Edit

  • This episode was chosen by fans as the best episode in the Urusei Yatsura anime series as revealed in episode 194. That episode itself is a repeat of this episode.
  • The previous ending theme "Kokorobosoi na " is used as an insert song in this episode. It is played during the scene which Ataru wanders in the city alone.