Lu Over The Wall: Family Anime Worth Watching.
Synopsis of Lu Over The Wall
This film tells the story of a middle schooler named Kai Ashimoto who lives in Hinashi Town, a quiet fishing village with his father and grandfather making parasols. He used to live in Tokyo, but after his parents divorced he moved back to his father’s hometown. Kai has a hard time telling his parents about his feelings so he feels lonely and pessimistic about his school life. One of his solace drugs is to upload the songs he wrote to the internet.
One day, his classmates Kunio and Yuuho invite him to join their band, “SEIRÈN”. When he reluctantly follows them to Merfolk Island, their training ground, they meet a mermaid named Lu. Lu sang cheerfully and danced innocently. When Kai started spending time with him, he started to be able to say what he thought.
But since ancient times, the residents of Hinashi City thought that mermaids brought disaster. Something happened that caused a huge commotion between Lu and the townspeople. In this film, Kai must prove that mermaids are not evil while saving the entire city.
Visuals and Sound
He still displays a unique and experimental animation in this family film and the results are a little surprising and look out of the box for a family film. Yuasa here looks very flexible to play his style and the results are really fun, especially in the dancing scenes which he describes in a very colorful and cheerful manner.
This film was saved thanks to a strong musical theme that did not dominate the story too much so that it could produce a work that was fluid and not limited to one particular type of film. The themes of friendship, love of nature, and music become Lu’s ultimate weapon to fend off all the boredom that arises in the middle of the story.