– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Everyone has the potential to enjoy a lighthearted, family-friendly film — even the edgiest of people. If you don’t believe me, go and watch Netflix’s morbidly depressing and overwhelmingly violent DEVILMAN Crybaby and then watch the above trailer for Lu Over the Wall.

Yeah. This is the same dude. Of course, the animation styles do have their similarities, so if you’re looking purely at that, it’s easy to see the transition from one to the other. However, it’s the difference in content that’s so drastic. For Lu Over the Wall, it looks like anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa has opted for a hyperkinetic tone that can only really be at home in animation.

Below is the official synopsis for Lu Over the Wall:

“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.”

What do you think of the trailer for this odd mermaid tale? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Lu Over the Wall hits theaters on May 11, 2018.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.