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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 . (AnimeNewsNetwork.com)
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 --animenewsnetwork.com
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, Twitchfilm.net --twitchfilim.net
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)
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When the movie shows the world of OZ, it is joy to watch all of the craziness of a computer virus running wild. This is what you're coming here to watch. The concept of OZ almost makes sense. A social community that evolved to cater to business and transaction and eventually caught on and spread across the world. A lot of the avatars are cutesy little characters that you would imagine when thinking of Japan, but when the serious players step into the spotlight (King Kazma (who is an absolute badass), Love Machine, Natsuke and some of her family members) they are designed more intricately and they stand out.
However, the real core of the story is Kenji, Natsuke, and the "Jinnouchi Clan". Kenji and Natsuke's relationship progresses fairly realistically and the extended family is crazy and you grow to like them just as Kenji does. And, it's one of the few movies that really allows a lot of characters to play a necessary role in the plot. I can't go into it without spoilers, but you'll figure it out when it starts to happen. But, the plan requires, I think, 29 people to pull it off performing a multi-stage plan. And it's really gratifying to see people pull together when times are tough.
The animation is top notch, the music is wonderful, and voice acting is great. And yeah, it's got a lot of anime tropes which I normally can't stand, but they're employed non-intrusively, for the most part. Overall, it's a great movie and is now my favorite non-Ghibli anime, thanks to Toonami's movie month. Check it out if you're interested.
I did like the family story which touched all of the bases having its outsider, matriarch, and black sheep, along with all the family stories and dynamics. That the family was an old samurai family still living in its old fortress and reliving old battles with the Tokugawa clan made it even more fun. Still, I've been trained to expect more emotional growth to be revealed in such stories. There is some, but it feels a bit pasted on. I would have liked to have seen more focus on the characters than on the avatars.
It was fun enough to watch, and the basic idea was good. I just think there was a mismatch in the two stories told.
I had seen the movie twice before on Adult Swim's Toonami and wanted to buy it for myself afterwards. It's still good, even after the 3rd time watching it.
I am kinda impressed by this movie. Lovely characters, animation, story, and one of the best animes I ever seen. It is a mix of action (in both, the real and virtual worlds), comedy and social criticism.
Imagine a world, where the Internet evolved. At first it was a platform for chatting, then it grew into many other directions, so right now the Internet is your second home. Every device is connected online, GPS navigation systems, the entire infrastructure, everything. You can't even use a phone without connect to this platform and register account / login to existing one. Everything is connected and works only if connected. What if something happens inside this system? This is also the main point here.
Well, however you may have a feeling of deja vu, if you ever have seen the movie called "Digimon - The Movie". But I seriously like "Summer Wars" more.