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Summer Wars [Blu-ray]

Michael Sinterniklaas , Brina Palencia , Mamoru Hosoda  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Sinterniklaas, Brina Palencia, Pam Doughtery, Todd Haberkorn, J. Michael Tatum
  • Directors: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Writers: Satoko Okudera
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

U.S. cast commentary
Interview with Ryunosuke Kamiki (Kenji Koiso)
Interview with Nanami Sakuraba (Natsuki Shinohara)
Interview with Mitsuki Tanimura (Kazuma Ikezawa)
Interview with Ayumi Saito (Wabisuke Jinnouchi)
Interview with Sumiko Fuji (Sakae Jinnouchi)
Interview with Mamoru Hosoda (Director)
Teaser trailers (2 trailers)
Teaser TV spot
Original trailer
TV spots (6 spots)

Editorial Reviews


Spectacular! Visionary! Staggering! -- Variety --variety

Decades from now, Summer Wars will be seen as the official arrival of Mamoru Hosoda into the realm of historically important anime directors. Anime News Network

It is a charming and funny piece of work, one that has a spot-on understanding of human nature, one blessed with an extensive cast of stunningly detailed and authentic characters Todd Brown,

Product Description

From the visionary directory of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2007 Japanese Academy Award winner, Best Animated Feature) comes the story of an ordinary family going to extraordinary lengths to avert the impending cyber apocalypse!

Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He s good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiancé at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI intent on using the virtual word of OZ to destroy the real world, literarily. As Armageddon looms on the horizon, Kenji and his new family set aside their differences and band together to save the worlds they inhabit in this near-perfect blend of social satire and science fiction . (

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147 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of OZ December 25, 2010
If Hayao Miyazaki made a cyberthriller, the result might be something like "Summer Wars." This colorful little anime movie spends most of its run straddling the line between a family reunion comedy and a world war entirely on the web. And the results manage to stir your heart and make you laugh at the same time.

Math nerd Kenji is shocked when popular upperclassman Natsuki asks him to come to her family's country house for the weekend. Unfortunately, he's there under false pretenses -- not only is Natsuki claiming that he's her boyfriend, but that he's a wealthy college student at Tokyo U. Yeah, that is inevitably going to backfire.

But something far worse happens when OZ (a crazy hybrid of, Facebook, fighting video games and... well, just about everything you can find on the WWW) is hacked -- and Kenji is the main suspect.

The truth is actually much more sinister -- a horrendous program called Love Machine is devouring OZ user avatars, and is using the computer connections to cause chaos all across the world. When tragedy strikes the family, Kenji inspires them to fight back against Love Machine. But can the family's plan stop the program before it has a chance to take revenge on them?

"Summer Wars" isn't really like any other movie I've ever seen -- it's part cyberthriller, part bittersweet family story, part crazy comedy, and part colorful anime. It starts off as a simple family dramedy, with Kenji getting thrown into Natsuki's eccentric family and dealing with all the baggage they bring with them. Plus, you know he's going to get busted.

But when Love Machine appears, the stakes are suddenly the technological safety of the ENTIRE WORLD.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Or is it the other way around?

Reminiscent of American movies like "War Games," as well as anime greats like "Spirited Away," this movie blends suspense, comedy, family, and a touch of romance in an expert mixture that is fun and heartwarming.

Kenji is a math genius with no self-confidence and, in his opinion, nothing else he is good at, especially when it comes to the fairer sex. He is spending his summer break working in tech support for the mega-giant, all pervading social networking site Oz when the girl of his dreams, the popular upperclassmen Natsuki, asks if he can work for her over the summer. The job is simple, she says. He just needs to accompany her on a trip to her Grandmother's house for a family reunion and do whatever odd jobs are needed to help out her big family. When it turns out that the real job is to pretend to be her fiancé, he balks at first. After all, he has never even taken a girl on a date, let alone gotten serious enough to be engaged! (My perception is that he was thinking that he can't pretend to be in love with someone that he has loved from afar for years!) But he agrees to go along with the ruse with some gentle pleading by the pretty Natsuki. When an AI cyber-terrorist attacks Oz using Kenji's avatar, most everything hits the fan. But Natsuki's large, eccentric family mobilizes, with inspiration from the matriarch and an extra push from Kenji himself, and works to counter this threat to the world, since much of the real world's infrastructure is routed through Oz, and Oz is being eaten by the AI. Can a math geek, a middle school fighting game expert, and a beautiful, self confident young woman save the world? Watch this masterpiece by Mamoru Hosoda, the director of the stunning "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time," and find the answer.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent localization February 12, 2011
I received my preorder of this DVD the other day, and I'm thoroughly delighted with it. Having seen the original Japanese version, I was pleased to see that the localization to English was well done. The dubbing is good, the translation natural, and the voices match to the originals quite well. There are subtitles in a few places where necessary. You get art cards showing the Oz avatars of the main characters, which are quite nice. And the extras (interviews with voice artists and original commercials for the movie) are good too. Besides being a great story in its own right, this'll be the perfect DVD for me to share with family and friends to help them understand what this crazy anime hobby of mine is all about.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fast-paced, and Engaging February 16, 2011
While some reviewers have compared Summer Wars to a Miyazaki type of work, Summer Wars really fills a space between Isao Takahata (Pom Poko, Only Yesterday, My Neighbors the Yamadas) and Satoshi Kon. Summer Wars has the pace and intrigue of Satoshi Kon but melds in a human side similar to Isao Takahata's more slice-of-life type works. The characters are warm and believable, the action fast paced, and you will fret and cheer along with a fantastic crew of characters in a fun to experience world.

The story follows math nerd Kenji into the vibrant and chaotic family life of his classmate Natsuki just as the world goes crazy. A virtual program, OZ (think Facebook + Second Life and raised to the 5th power) which links much of life together, goes haywire because a hacker trying to ruin the world. Kenji and Natusuki's whole clan rush into action to save the day.

Two intriguing themes in the film are (1) how digital life is both blessing and curse and (2) how something as old fashioned as family can never be done without. Both themes are played off each other as in a mix of the old, the new and the enduring in the face of the possibilities we create for ourselves, both good and bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great anime with a strong theme of family always being ...
Great anime with a strong theme of family always being there for you. This anime movie has the most believable and most likeable characters I've seen in a long time. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Daniel J.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Sound is not good on blue ray
Published 5 days ago by FEI YEn
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper
I am starting to like this kind of cartoon movie from Japan. They have a story with a plot and character development which compared to real movies is a nice surprise. Read more
Published 9 days ago by d2f
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked the interactions between the various characters
A solid movie. I really liked the interactions between the various characters, and the themes of family that were prevalent throughout it, though I disliked the online part of it... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Greg Dye
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good anime
Published 12 days ago by andy nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Forget Family!
I'm not gonna lie. This is my favorite movie!
This movie gets me right here. (Que confused looks of readers who can't see me pointing at my heart)
The Elements of Family... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Tim White
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Unusual story but really good.
Published 13 days ago by Charles Roscher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dont think... Just get it!
Published 14 days ago by Eric Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well done entertainment a la anime, surprising mixture of traditional Japanese family life and cyber war
Published 18 days ago by EyeNYC
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE MOVIE
This package came a lot quicker than expected! The contents did not disappoint either! Whether you're a gamer or an animation lover, you'll love this movie. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kira Norman
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Missing art cards?
I can verify this. I haven't been part of this conversation, but tracked it. I emailed Funimation's Product Concerns email as on the forum [productconcerns{at}funimation{dot}com]. They asked me for a copy of the invoice and a mailing address and will send the missing parts.

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Feb 16, 2011 by K. Tulod |  See all 61 posts
No english dub?
No, the information is wrong. It definitely has an english dub.
Dec 3, 2010 by HoverLover |  See all 3 posts
the reason it is like Digimon: The Movie is because it's by the same director. apart from the style of the animation and the whole "going in the internet" type deal, this was nothing like Digimon.
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