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  • "I Howl at the Moon" (1989) is the fourth OAV (Original Animated Video) spin-off of "Urusei Yatsura," the popular Japanese animated series based on Rumiko Takahashi's comic book about horny high-school boy Ataru and his gorgeous, horned live-in alien "wife," Lum, of tiger-skin bikini fame. This particular 26-minute episode follows Lum's efforts to please the hard-to-satisfy palate of Ataru by making him "sakura-mochi" cakes by computer from a recipe on a disk from her home planet. When Ataru turns into a werewolf as a result of eating the cakes, Lum realizes she'd made a catastrophic mistake when she'd punched in the computer code. She soon learns that she has only a few hours to create an antidote and get Ataru to take it or he'll remain a wolf forever. Ataru proves elusive, however, as he comes to enjoy being a werewolf, particularly after a stimulating encounter with a group of excited college girls.

    It's a funny and cleverly written episode and should prove enjoyable to most fans of the long-running "Urusei Yatsura" series. This episode was released in the U.S. on a VHS edition paired with "Raging Sherbet," also reviewed on this site.