Director Masaaki Yuasa’s latest work, Lu Over the Wall (Yoake wo Tsugeru Lu no Uta), will be released across Japan on May 19. The movie’s poster visual has been released on the official website, along with a time-lapse video showing the making of its background.
The poster captures the scene in which the boy Kai meets the mermaid girl Lu. They are staring at each other at the ship store by the shore, under the mysterious light of the moon. It has an interesting tagline ‘Kimi no ‘Suki’ wa Boku wo Kaeru (Your ‘Love’ Changes Me)’ which makes us more excited to find out how the story between the boy and the mermaid will turn out.
The making-of video by art director Hiroshi Oono has been released along with the poster visual. Oono has worked on background scenery in many works including Akira, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Wolf Children, and Miss Hokusai. They used fixed cameras to record the working process which took over 20 hours. You can see how the three separate scenery backgrounds were made before combining them into the poster. If you want to watch the video, just click the pink bubble on the movie’s home page!
Oono commented on Lu Over the Wall, ‘I was surprised at the idea of Director Yuasa. I was told that Hinashi Town, the stage of the story, features aspects of Kyoto, Nagoya, Kurashiki, and other places combed together. However, I had to fully use my imagination to make its background scenery. It was a combination of both reality and fantasy, and it was my first time drawing such scenery. I wonder what goes on inside the director’s head [laugh]’ He also commented that ‘the background scenery of the poster visual is the scene in which mermaid Lu and the boy Kai meet each other for the first time. It’s night but I tried to not make it too dark. I used the moonlight for a more dramatic atmosphere. It was my first time being recorded while working, but I hope this making-of movie becomes an opportunity for people to get interested in how backgrounds of animation works are being made.’
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To be released across Japan on May 19.