Lou ! is a comic book (and later animated series) created by French artist Julien Neel starring a tween girl, Loulette — Lou to friends — and her single mom, Emma, an aspiring Space Opera writer (who gets published eventually). The comic started out as a gag series, but from the second volume onwards, it focuses on story and continuity, with more characters being introduced and existing ones getting more important roles.The animated series consists of 52 episodes of 11 minutes each, based on the first volume of the comic. For unknown reasons, the series did not continue, and a live-action movie is currently in production and set to be released in France in October 2014.
Downer Ending: Subverted in the last episode of the animated series, Lou finally gets the courage to reveal her feelings to Tristan and makes a pact with her mother in which she will also promise to reveal her feelings to Richard, but neither of them are ultimately capable of that. Richard leaves for a camp without knowing Emma's feelings, while Lou panics at a party she was attending with Tristan. Lou then decides to show her feelings by going to Tristan's apartment with a painting she made for him, but opens the door to find the apartment empty (Tristan had moved to another city, and due to Lou's panic at the party he didn't have the chance to tell her), then drops the painting and tears form in her eyes at this. However, Lou concludes that all of her experiences throughout the year ultimately made her appreciate the fact that other people, such as her mom, Mina and Richard, like her the way she is. The episode ends with an optimistic Lou saying ''Well, it's summer, if life is beautful, let's enjoy it!".
However, the fifth volume of the comic ends with Emma, who got pregnant again, this time from Richard, eventually getting abandoned by him just like it happened with Lou's father, as apparently Richard and Emma couldn't agree on the way their child should be raised. Richard does not appear in the sixth volume, where his and Emma's child, named Fulgor, is about 2 or 3 years old.
Named by the Adaptation: The name of Lou's mom is never mentioned in the comic. The reason why we know it's Emma is because it was mentioned once in the animated series.
No Export for You: The animated series runs on Disney Channel in France (as it was co-produced by the Disney Television France animation studio). Considering that the premise is a tween girl living with a single mom who was never married to the girl's dad in the first place, it seems unlikely that Disney Channel or any other children-oriented network in the US is ever going to run it. Averted with the comic books, all of which have been translated into English.
The only country in the American continent where the series has aired is Mexico, thanks to the public channel Once TV, where it got a little cult following despite it only airing for less than a year. The first two volumes of the comic have also been translated and released in the country.
Teen Pregnancy: If you subtract Lou's age from Emma's, that makes her pregnant at 16 or so. This is actually addressed and seen in the first volume of the comic and in one episode of the TV series, where Lou tells to Mina how her parents met, how her father abandoned her mother and how they have lived happily despite that.