Comic Book / Lou !

Lou ! is a comic book (and later animated series) created by French artist Julien Neel starring a tween girl, Lou — Diminutive for "Louise" — 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 which is also mainly based on the first volume was released in France on October 8, 2014, getting good critical and audience reception.


  • Adaptation Expansion: The series stays pretty faithful to the comic book, but has a lot of added material.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Paul.
  • Black Best Friend: Mina, to Lou.
  • Blinding Bangs: Emma (lampshaded by Lou in the sleeve notes of the first album). Oddly enough, she combines this trope with wearing glasses.
  • Bumbling Mom: Emma is a good mother, but she can be rather immature.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Lou and Tristan, as well as Emma and Richard, all in the first album.
  • Comic-Book Time: Averted. Lou is 12 years old in the first volume, but by the sixth volume she is 16-17.
  • Disappeared Dad
    • Lou's. We know what he looks like, however, because he appears in both flashbacks and in present-time cameos.
    • Mina's parents are divorced, and now she lives with her mother.
  • Doting Parent: Lou's grandma is usually the exact opposite of this to her daughter. But when she learned that Emma had published her first novel, she ran right down to the local bookstore and bought 14 copies, announcing to everyone that “My daughter wrote this!” When Emma returns to her hometown for a book fair (as part of a book signing tour that had been a disaster up until then), the whole town throws a parade in her honor, with her mother in front happily reminding everyone that "She's my daughter!"
  • 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 beautiful, 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.
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Genre Shift: The sixth volume takes the series in a science-fiction Mind Screw direction.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Averted — it seems to be perfectly acceptable in French media to show blatant implications of sex, teenage pregnancy and divorce.
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Emma's Author Avatar, space amazon Sidera, certainly seems to be this. Although her Sidera stories were apparently good enough to get published.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grandma
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Both the fathers of Emma's children seemed like nice, reliable guys. But neither of them were prepared to accept the responsibility of fatherhood. Lou's father got some offscreen Character Development though, as he now has a wife and two children.
  • Meganekko: Lou's mom, and later Lou herself in the 6th book.
  • Motor Mouth: Marie-Émilie
  • Ms. Fanservice: Emma. Cleavage shots of her are abundant.
  • 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.
  • Sassy Black Girl: Mina
  • Satellite Love Interest: Other than being Lou's lifelong crush and eventually her boyfriend, Tristan has not had much focus throughout the series, with the only things seen from him besides his relationship with Lou being that he likes playing guitar and videogames. It gets worse in the sixth volume, where it is implied that Lou broke up with him after he had an affair with another girl.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Grandma
  • Shipper on Deck: Lou to her mom and Richard.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Lou thinks of her friendship with Mina as type 2 of this trope. According to the sleeve notes, they are the only ones who tolerate each other's bad attitude.

Alternative Title(s): Lou