Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta

Lu Over the Wall

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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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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


Score: 7.391 (scored by 1969819,698 users)
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Ranked: #23612
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Popularity: #3005
Members: 53,667
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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.

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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Tani, Kanon

Ashimoto, Kai

Shimoda, Shouta

Lu's Papa

Shinohara, Shinichi

Ebina, Yuuho

Kotobuki, Minako


Saitou, Souma

Ashimoto, Grandfather

Emoto, Akira


Kawashima, Tokuyoshi


Itou, Shizuka

Chief Priest

Sasaki, Mutsumi

Ebina, Father



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


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Nov 29, 2023
An adventurous coming of age story of 3 friends on their way to find out what do they really want to do with their future lives, is it Tokyo where they'll ultimately go or will they find something more magical on their not so sleepy fishing town island?

Visuals are fun and endearing might I say.

I'm a sucker for movies about music, while I won't claim to be able to explain the intricacies of its music, All I can say is from the ears to the brain and the heart, it sounds good and it makes me feel good.

A very enjoyable film to watch if you ...
Sep 14, 2020
"What if Ponyo, but she's a vampire, and it's a musical?" I dug it. I ended up watching the dub because it was the path of least resistance, and I probably wouldn't have if I had realized just how integral the musical performances would be later on. I wish English dubs would/could put more production work into the songs. Ah well.

The visuals were very cool and emotive all throughout. It felt nice on my eyes. Like a breath of fresh air. But on my face. The cuts of dancing were a bit repetitive, but the content of those cuts was so purely joyous.
Dec 27, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Lu Over the Wall was studio Science SARU’s first original, theatrical production. What’s it about?

The movie has several themes, but the basic idea of the plot is that our protagonist trio Kai, Yuuho, and Kunio have an interest in music and singing. While Kai needs some persuading, they decide to team up and form a band early on in the film. Meanwhile, a mermaid named Lu is attracted by their singing and shyly engages with them. You’re initially led to believe that music is an important theme in the movie, but it’s really just a plot device to inject the mermaids into the movie. Once ...

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