Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta


Lu Over the Wall

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Song of Lu who Informs the Dawn
Japanese: 夜明け告げるルーのうた
English: Lu Over the Wall
German: Lu Over The Wall
Spanish: Lu over the Wall
French: Lou et L'île aux Sirènes
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Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 19, 2017
Licensors: NYAV Post, GKIDS
Studios: Science SARU
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, Award WinningAward Winning, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: MusicMusic
Duration: 1 hr. 51 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

Statistics

Score: 7.391 (scored by 2003320,033 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #22932
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3002
Members: 54,172
Favorites: 192

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Synopsis

In the seaside village of Hinashi Town, Kai Ashimoto's grandfather is one of the locals who reinforces the legend that mermaids lurk near Merfolk Island and consume humans. Due to allegedly attracting merfolk and subsequently causing the death of the elder's mother, music is seldom discussed in the Ashimoto household. Even so, Kai finds solace in making looped beats on his laptop and uploading them to the internet.

Despite his reserved and glum demeanor, Kai is approached by Kunio and Yuuho Ebina, two cheerful classmates that happened upon one of his videos. The pair ask him to join their rock band but are met with apathy. Nevertheless, Kai agrees to accompany them in a practice session on Merfolk Island, where he soon witnesses something that he cannot explain.

Later that night, Kai is composing music in his room when he attracts a familiar entity—a mermaid. As she twirls and grins to the sound of his stereo, Kai discovers a number of aspects about the being who introduces herself as Lu: she possesses incredible water manipulation powers; she buds a pair of functioning legs with the sound of music; but most notably, she is a truly benevolent creature who simply wants people to like her. Fostering a dynamic friendship, Kai and Lu gradually come to express their genuine selves, testing the long-standing boundaries that have deafened the resounding harmony among the people of Hinashi Town.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

In 2017, Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta became the first Japanese production in over 22 years to win the "Cristal for a Feature Film" award at the 27th Annecy International Animation Film Festival. In the same year, the film won the Silver Prize for Best Animated Feature at the 20th Fantasia International Film Festival. In 2018, the movie received the Ofuji Noburo Award at the 72nd Mainichi Film Awards and the Grand Prize at the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival.

Director Masaaki Yuasa has acknowledged that some elements of Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta were inspired by Hayao Miyazaki and his work, particularly from the 2008 film Gake no Ue no Ponyo as well as Isao Takahata's Panda Kopanda.

The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 5, 2019 by Shout! Factory.

Characters & Voice Actors

Lu

Main
Tani, Kanon
Japanese

Ashimoto, Kai

Main
Shimoda, Shouta
Japanese

Lu's Papa

Supporting
Shinohara, Shinichi
Japanese

Ebina, Yuuho

Supporting
Kotobuki, Minako
Japanese

Kunio

Supporting
Saitou, Souma
Japanese

Ashimoto, Grandfather

Supporting
Emoto, Akira
Japanese

Fuguda

Supporting
Kawashima, Tokuyoshi
Japanese

Isaki

Supporting
Itou, Shizuka
Japanese

Chief Priest

Supporting
Sasaki, Mutsumi
Japanese

Ebina, Father

Supporting
Cho
Japanese

Staff

Choi, Eun-Young
Producer
Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Script, Executive Producer
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Yoshida, Reiko
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Reviews

Aug 11, 2017
I watched this film at Annecy Animation Festival, right after I'd seen two other anime films (In This Corner of the World and A Silent Voice) neither of which I will be reviewing or spoiling here but both of which were, while wonderful films, not particularly cheerful. Therefore, as the last anime film I was seeing in the programme I kind of expected that kind of tone to be present in Lu also.

I had also seen the trailer for it and it very much made the film seem to me like a bootleg Ponyo... yet I somehow really wanted to give it a chance.

And I ...
Apr 18, 2018
Lu Over the Wall is one of Yuasa "Yuusa" Masaaki's three anime titles that were produced under his new animation studio he himself founded after Ping Pong the animation in 2014 in purpose of "inventing anime again", but for some reason not even his loyal fans watched Lu.


If we say Devilman Crybaby (2018) was what he wanted to achieve with Auers Blu AKA Kemenozume already in 2006, we are not far from truth. On the other hand, if we look into Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome (2017) AKA The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl AKA The Maiden Galaxy, it is just a tribute ...
Nov 20, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Let's take a different approach about this movie....from a child's perspective this movie is very attractive and he feels vey connected to the story ,art and characters and will have a great blast watching it. One thing for sure this movie was made to be viewed together with all family members on a Sunday afternoon . It's has a simple and catching formula with a little fantasy and magic added to spice up things.The visuals are appealing and the ost is catchy.

What's remarkable about this movie is how it handles the bond between humans and mermaids and how it influenced ...

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