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Summer Wars (2010)

Michael Sinterniklaas , Pam Doughtery , Mamoru Hosoda  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Sinterniklaas, Pam Doughtery, Brina Palencia, Todd Haberkorn, J. Michael Tatum
  • Directors: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • 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 (316 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DMIIVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,452 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)

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Kenji, the teenage hero of Summer Wars, is an alternate for the Japanese Math Olympics team, but math is the only thing he's good at. He works part-time doing maintenance for the global computer network Oz, so he jumps at the opportunity when his pretty classmate Natsuki offers him a job--until he discovers she wants him to pose as her fiancé at her grandmother's 90th birthday celebration. Kenji has his hands full coping with Natsuki's large, eccentric family, who constantly refer to their samurai ancestors as they squabble with each other. But when a malicious AI program known as The Love Machine attacks Oz, Kenji has to solve a series of complex mathematical puzzles to prevent the cyberterrorist from causing a disaster. Mamoru Hosoda captures the oppressive heat of the Japanese summer in the sequences involving Kenji and Natsuki; Oz is rendered in a brightly colored, hallucinatory style. Hosoda worked with Takashi Murakami on the "Superflat" project, and the avatars that populate Oz reflect its depraved cuteness. Summer Wars was a critical and box-office hit in Japan, and deserves a wide audience in America. Hosoda, who also made The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), is clearly one of the most interesting directors working in Japan. (Suitable for ages 12 and older: brief nudity, cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon

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 fiance 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 . (AnimeNewsNetwork.com) First Press includes collectible art cards.

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145 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of OZ December 25, 2010
Format:DVD
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 amazon.com, 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent localization February 12, 2011
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fast-paced, and Engaging February 16, 2011
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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 Five Stars
Highly enjoyable family friendly and instant classic
Published 22 hours ago by C. Wheat
3.0 out of 5 stars Summer Wars isn't horrible, but it isn't great
I'm usually one to listen to negative reviews before I make a purchase. I probably should have done so on this anime, but I was itching for something new. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Colton C. Sorrels
5.0 out of 5 stars Treated just like family.
I got mine with three other DVDs and everything was fine. No damage and it came on the day it said it would arrive. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Colleen Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandmas feed the world
I love movies or books with large crazy family that care about each other. While I don't want to say too much about it I really enjoyed the way everyone pulled together to help fix... Read more
Published 2 days ago by FuturePrint
5.0 out of 5 stars "Films like these will fill that empty hole in every anime fan after...
Wow. Masterful. This is anime film is better than my expectations. I had fun watching this and can't wait to show it to my friends and family. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ariel
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally love this movie
Totally love this movie. Animation is awesome, characters and story are well done, and I really like the English Dub.
Published 7 days ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anime to Watch
I already Love Japanese anime and am always looking for something to watch. This movie was very entertaining and exciting. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Disneyfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent movie! my daughter loved it! she said it was very very good!
Published 9 days ago by Woody
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Anime. Thank you
Published 12 days ago by Suzy E Van Hien-Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Frick yeah!
I love this movie
Published 14 days ago by Rachel
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Who did not get the art cards and slip cover??
I never heard anything about a pre-order bonus, I guess I'll have to see when my order arrives later with FLCL.
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