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Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018)

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From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa, comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame. Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. His only joy is uploading songs he writes to the internet. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their practice sessions bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance - whether they want to or not. As Kai spends more time with Lu, he finds he is able to tell her what he is really thinking, and a bond begins to form. But since ancient times, the people in the village have believed that mermaids bring disaster and soon there is trouble between Lu and the townspeople, putting the town in grave danger. Winner of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival, and premiering in English as an official selection of Sundance 2018, Lu Over the Wall is a toe-tapping, feel-good demonstration of Yuasa's genre-mixing mastery that will leave you humming long after you leave the theater.

Cast

Joseph Whimms
as Yuho's Dad
Steve Kramer
as Grandpa
Michael Sorich
as Yuho's Grandfather
Mike Pollock
as Nodoguro
Kyle Hebert
as Mr. Fuguda
HD Quinn
as Homeroom Teacher
Barbara Goodson
as Granny Octopus
Doug Erholtz
as Esojima
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Much more conventional than his far-out Night Is Short, Walk on Girl, Masaaki Yuasa's Lu Over the Wall still shows a highly individual approach to anime.

March 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's no doubt that youngsters will enjoy the trippy and exuberant visuals of this film.. although whether the youngest audience members will have the staying power for the almost two-hour running time is another question.

February 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's an energetic, frequently hilarious, always visually riveting ride.

January 27, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The first act is solid, setting up the burgeoning shenanigans. That said, there's still too much weight that threatens to sink the picture's buoyancy.

January 21, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

At its best, Lu resembles a freestyle, teeny-bopper reworking of Hayao Miyazaki's similarly themed Ponyo.

December 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The end-stretch is overlong, but the Flash animation style pops with colour, the music is fun, and off-the-scale creature cuteness abounds.

December 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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