Episode 51
Cat on the Stairway


Episode information
Original airdate:1 December 1982
Screenplay:Kazunori Ito
Storyboard:Kazuo Yamazaki
Director:Junji Nishimura
Animation director:Kazuo Yamazaki
Manga counterparts:
Previous episode: The Mendo Older Brother & Younger Sister!
Next episode: Can the Raccoon Return the Favor?

Cat on the Stairway (対談に猫が怨念, Taidan ni neko ga onnen?) is the 51th episode of Urusei Yatsura. It originally aired on 1 December 1982. Its opening theme is Lum no Love Song and ending theme is Hoshizora Cycling.


First appearance of Kotatsu-neko, the giant white half ghost kitty. Ten meets Kotatsu-neko and invites him home. Upon seeing a kotatsu, a heater table, in the house, Kotatsu cuddles up beside it, blocking the stairway. Sakura and Cherry arrive to expel Kotatsu and find out that kotatsu died of cold many years ago and that is why he wants heat. Ataru tries to leave his room, Ataru's Mother tries to leave Ataru's Father, but everyone, including Kotatsu, ends up staying home.

Plot OverviewEdit

Warning: the following text contains spoilers about the plot or the series.

On a windy evening, Ten is having fun chasing dead leaves blown away by the strong wind. At the same moment, he also feel that his tiny body is floating and causing him approaches everywhere as long as he is fun with those winds. Soon, Ten slowly disappears in the middle of the sky.

On the other unknown city that the buildings were destroyed without any clear reason, a group of weak-looking stray cats seem have some intention to set a fight with a group of fierce dogs. When the cats see a leftover fried drumsticks at the middle of the battlefield, the saliva within their mouths slowly flow out, causing them drooling. But those dogs who have merciless attempt to drive them away by using their cold and fierce faces, showing their razor jaws to drive off the cats. Suddenly, a weird-like wind appears near at leftover fried drumsticks, the dogs and the cats catch a sight from it. Not longer later, a gigantic white cat shows its true form with a pack of fish biscuits. One of the group of dog shows itself and tries to take off the food from the giant cat, but the cat gives it a cold stare and scares off the dog and the others. After that, a group of stray cats walk toward it and making request on taking the food. Luciky the giant cat agrees, soon the cats take off the drumsticks.

When Ten is still chasing the leaves, at sudden he meets that giant white cat, standing at the middle of windy place. Ten feels curious about its appearance and wandering around, the giant cat shares some biscuits for him. Later Ten asks some questions whether it interests to stay Ataru's house for getting some warm or not, and the cat nods.

Back to Ataru's home, Lum tries to stop Ataru for staying outside and date with pretty ladies. While Ataru successes to get out from his front house by using his own abilities, Lum quickly slams the front door with a "bang" and flies outside to seek Ataru's track. Unfortunately, Ataru stuck behind the front door with having some serious injury that caused by Lum's violent behaves.

Ataru completely loses his skirt-chasing mood and decides to turn back his room for doing other things. Before he reaches his own bedroom, Ataru's mother orders him to bring on his kotatsu table that situated near to the staircase, but Ataru keeps saying later. At the same moment, Lum tries her best to cheer up her darling and making decision on letting him wandering outside, once again Ataru's mother calls him to carry the kotatsu table back to his bedroom. Although Lum intends to help Ataru to carry his table, his mother does not want to give any bother for Lum, and so the kotatsu table just leave behind again. Not longer later, Ten invites the mysterious giant cat into Ataru's house. Once the cat sees the kotatsu table, his heart pumps more faster than before. And so the cat tries to stay closer with the table and gives it with a sweet cuddle.



CharacterVoice actor
LumHirano Fumi
Moroboshi AtaruFurukawa Toshio
TenSugiyama Kazuko
SakuraWashio Machiko
CherryNagai Ichirou
Kotatsu-nekoNishimura Tomohiro
Ataru's FatherOgata Kenichi
Ataru's MotherSakuma Natsumi


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