The official webpage of Lu Over the Wall (Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta) has released new information about the movie. It will be released in Japanese cinemas on 19 May 2017 and promotions at the cinemas will start today, 10 March. It has also been announced that there will be a special pre-sale ticket sold starting 7 April 2017.
In the new 30-second teaser trailer, the movie displays the colorful and vivid world of director Masaaki Yuasa. The theme song is called Uta Utai no Ballad by Kazuyoshi Saito. It’s a very pop-like trailer that gives the movie a lot of dynamic.
Kai is a boy in middle school who meets a mermaid named Lu in his small port town on a sunny day. The trailer is so good that it makes it impossible to wait for the release of the movie. There are already tickets on pre-sale, and those who buy them will be presented with Lu sticky notes. The movie started to take form when director Yuasa asked himself, ‘Can you freely say out loud who and what you like?’ The story is about the importance of expressing your feelings, and Lu’s sticky notes are there to help you express yourself by writing your thoughts down on them.
Ticket pre-sale will start on 7 April 2017. That same day, director Yuasa’s other movie, Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl) gets released. So we can look forward to two of his movies being released in two consecutive months!
Lu Over the Wall is Yuasa’s first original anime movie. It’s a dynamic story of the meeting and separation of a boy and a mermaid. Popular child actors Kanon Tani and Shota Shimoda have been cast as Lu and Kai.
The first full length movie of Yuasa was Mind Game, released in 2004. It was awarded best Animation Division at the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival. This year, he will release two movies, original anime Lu Over the Wall, and Yoru Mijikaishi, Arukeyo Otome, based on the novel by Tomohiko Morimi. It seems like Yuasa has a good year ahead of him.