Masaaki Yuasa's Lu over the wall Brings Mermaid Magic to Odaiba

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

A popular date spot in Odaiba will bring the magic of Masaaki Yuasa's Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta (Lu over the wall) to life starting on May 12. The DECKS Tokyo Beach shopping center will illuminate it "Yakei" tree light display twice per hour to the film's theme "Uta Utai no Ballad" by Kazuyoshi Saitō. The display promises to be an impressive sight, spanning 200 meters and featuring 220,000 individual lights.

The location offers a stunning night view of Tokyo Bay which includes Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo Skytree, and the Rainbow Bridge drawing couples and sightseers year round.

The movie's trailer will also screen twice per hour on the outdoor "Illusion Dome."

The film also held a cast event at Aqua Park Shinagawa in Tokyo on April 26. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, another aquarium, is displaying images from the movie and will play the film's theme song as background music starting on May 13. The Aqua Stadium will have a giant LED screen showing the film's trailers. The "welcome tank" on the 1st floor of the Aqua Museum will also recreate the sea that Lu lives in, complete with the aquarium's mascot fish, yellow tang and pink square anthias.

Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta is slated to open in Japan on May 19. It is Yuasa's first anime film with an original story. The protagonist Kai moves with his father from Tokyo to the declining fishing town of Hinashi to live with his grandfather following his parents' divorce. Kai is unable to give words to his complex feelings about his parents, so he passes his middle school life gloomily. His one joy is uploading his musical compositions to the internet.

One day his classmates Kunio and Yūho invite him to join their band, and when he reluctantly accompanies them to practice on Mermaid Island, the three of them meet a mermaid named Lu. Through her cheerful singing and dancing, Kai is slowly able to open up about his feelings. However, calamity strikes and Kai must shout from the bottom of his heart in order to save the town.

Kanon Tani (your name.) and Shōta Shimoda are starring in the film as Lu and Kai, respectively. Shinichi Shinohara plays Lu's father and the comic duo Chidori play fishermen. Other cast members include Akira Emoto as a grandfather, Sōma Saitō as Kunio, and Minako Kotobuki as Yūho.

Yuasa is directing the film at his Science SARU studio, and is collaborating with Reiko Yoshida (Non Non Biyori, Tamako Market) on the script. Yōko Nemu (Gozen 3-ji no Muhōchitai) is providing the original character designs, and Nobutake Ito (Kaiba, Ping Pong) is adapting the designs for for animation and serving as animation director. Hiroshi Ohno (Wolf Children, Strawberry Marshmallow) is serving as art director, Eriko Kimura (The Tatami Galaxy, Ponyo) is serving as sound director, and Batisto Perón is serving as director of photography. Abel Góngora (Garo the Animation) and Juan Manuel Laguna (Garo the Animation) are handling Flash animation. Takatsugu Muramatsu (When Marnie Was There) is composing the music. Eunyoung Choi (animator on Kick-Heart and Ping Pong) is serving as producer.

Source: Anime! Anime!

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