Masaaki Yuasa directs first film with original story slated to open on May 19
Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta 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 Yho 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 ShÃÂta 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, SÃÂma SaitÃÂ as Kunio, and Minako Kotobuki as Yho.
Yuasa is directing the film at his Science SARU studio, and is collaborating with Reiko Yoshida (Non Non Biyori, Tamako Market) on the script. YÃÂko Nemu (Gozen 3-ji no MuhÃÂchitai) 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 Pern is serving as director of photography. Abel ngora (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.
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