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Summer Wars (2010)

Michael Sinterniklaas , Pam Doughtery , Mamoru Hosoda  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 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 (282 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DMIIVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,894 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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142 of 147 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and touching and cliched and contrived February 16, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love Madhouse. The Studio has produced some of the best anime to come out of Japan in the last decade, including the recent "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time". Much of that team re-assembled to put together the ambitious "Summer Wars". The result?

I was entertained and disappointed. I felt moments of "wow, that's storytelling" and stretches of "that doesn't make sense". I was impressed by creative plot twists and turns that ultimately wound up in all-too-familiar territory.

One thing I found was that two dozen one-dimensional characters didn't engage me in the least, but I would have sat and listened to the wisdom and life stories of the family matriarch for hours on end. Unfortunately, even the main players -- whom I found really interesting, or bold, or mysterious at first -- evolved into stick figure shadows of themselves by the end of the film.

Hosoda's attempt to create a sort of anime version of "Nicholas Nickleby" is daring, and I admire the effort. I couldn't escape the film without wanting to "tweak" it here and there, to temper its extremes and make its deus-ex-machina moments a little more plausible. It was as if the writers wanted it to be a slice-of-life fantasy with romantic elements and martial arts combat mixed in with deep historical roots set in a William Gibson-esque landscape -- and the whole thing collapsed under its own weight.

So, I was less impressed by this than other Madhouse productions. I wanted to really like this film, but instead came away with melancholy feelings of what might-have-been.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent video
The story is very good but not up to Studio Ghibli standards. If the price come down this would be a good purchase.
Published 8 days ago by Richard Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Koi-Koi!
A great movie that's a mixes reality, fantasy, of the world of computer networking and good old fashion family values. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars IF you seen digimon movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
i loved this movie. this movie really get's the point cross of how important family can be and how stupid it could be to hold a grudge
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Absolutely love this movie. Watched it on Toonami when it premiered and immediately knew I needed to add this to my collection. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Matthew Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, awesome price
It's an awesome family piece about putting an effort into staying together and remembering your roots and rising up to the occasion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie
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Published 21 days ago by Heather Kirkland
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome great story.
Beautiful artwork. Great story. It may make you cry if you are emotional. Just go buy it. Go on you can read this later.
Published 21 days ago by Peter Birkel
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Movie :)
Honestly the best anime movie I have seen in years. Excellent story and art quality is amazing. I wanted to go back and watch the movie again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "It's been over 50 years since I punched you."
It took awhile before I warmed up to this intentionally confusing animated feature. Initially, the screen is bombarded with fun colorful images as the complicated plot slowly... Read more
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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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