Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 1, 2009
1 hr. 54 min.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.461 (scored by 69626 users)
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SynopsisWhen timid eleventh-grader and math genius Kenji Koiso is asked by older student and secret crush Natsuki to come with her to her family's Nagano home for a summer job, he agrees without hesitation.
Natsuki's family, the Jinnouchi clan, dates back to the Muromachi era (1336 to 1573), and they've all come together to celebrate the 90th birthday of the spunky matriarch of the family, Sakae. That’s when Kenji discovers his "summer job" is to pretend to be Natsuki's fiance and dance with her at the birthday celebration.
As Kenji attempts to keep up with Natsuki's act around her family, he receives a strange math problem on his cell phone which, being a math genius, he can't resist solving. As it turns out, the solution to the mysterious equation causes Oz, the program that controls nearly every aspect of life to be hacked into, it's up to Kenji and his new "family" to stop the hacker before it's too late.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Summer Wars
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There is only one word that can sum up this entire movie. Family. The whole concept of this entire movie revolves around being a cooperative and strong family. What does the word family mean to you? A group of people who are of same blood? This movie will show you the true meaning of family, a group of people who may or may not be of blood relation, but truly support each other till the death. That is what a true family is.
One spoiler in this review.
In a world where everything is connected to OZ (Imagine the internet, but with animation), OZ assists almost everything, from GPS's to maintaining water pressure to sending dispatch calls for emergency vehicles. OZ helps the world and is well protected. The movie follows Kenji as he joins his crush in a visit to her grandma's 90th birthday part. While there, OZ gets taken over by a hacker and chaos ensues.
One of the best parts of the movie is the ending, as it gave so much closure and a feeling of happiness even though it was suppose to be sad. What I was expecting in the end was a funeral for grandma, but what they showed was something truly inspiring, a birthday party. While the family was dressed in normal attire, everyone who came to visit grandma (And she knew a lot of people) dressed in normal funeral attire. This was so cute, as the grandma always wanted her family to smile and never be sad. Spoilers over.
The pacing was a bit slow in the very beginning, as much action hasn't really happened. It was a lot of introduction scenes, for the massive amounts of family members in the Jinnouchi family. This pacing picked up rather quickly and kept the quick pacing until the end which was very good due to the seriousness of the main story during the time.
The art in the anime changes form night & day rather quickly. We have a gorgeous digital world, the world of OZ, and the very scenic real world, the world of Japan. The world of OZ is a very bright world with bright shapes and designs. The real world was very normal, except with amazing backgrounds and scenery, what more do I expect from the same people who made Wolf Children?
The animation of the action scenes were amazing. The animation was fluid and very little use of transitional scenes to change the angle of the fight. I enjoyed this very much since we can see every punch thrown, every kick blocked, we do not miss a thing when it comes to a fight, and there is no confusion on what exactly happened as well.
The character designs were quite splendid as well. The designs of the avatars help compliment the artwork of OZ and are very unique. The designs of the family members were great too, different enough to separate the family members (most of the family members, there were a couple who looked similar... but they were brothers) but not too unique so they still fit in with the real world Japan.
The soundtrack is outstanding. The first song that plays is OZ, the Virtual City, a song that helped introduce the world of OZ. The song is a very simple electronic song that gives off a great feeling of happiness. This assist in sending the message of OZ being a great and helpful resource. The other songs do the exact same thing the OZ, the Virtual City, as it helps carry the message and mood through. What is the difference between normal anime background music and Summer Wars soundtrack? The use of the song in the right scene and the feeling each song brings out are both executed very well throughout the movie. If this is not a good enough reason, I may just be a bit biased on the sound then.
The family members were awesome. Everyone in the Jinnouchi family appears to be in a high ranking profession. This along with the character designs helps distinguish the family members from each other. The grandma tops it off as being the best family member with her connections to a lot of high ranking people and her optimistic attitude.
This movie had great character development in the form of Kenji. Kenji learns what it is like being in a family, what it means to support one another even if the odds are against you, and too be supported by others when facing dangers such as death.
This would have been a ten, if the slow pacing in the beginning wasn't there. The movie had amazing art, a wonderful story with a great ending, an outstanding soundtrack, and a very memorable family... It is impossible to not enjoy this movie.
My own little personal life also influenced my enjoyment of the series. This is a personal story... I am a member of a big family, something I really never cared much for. Sure I like a few cousins, but that aside, I'm not that interested in talking to my uncles or aunts since there are just so many of them. I am aware though, of a strong sense of family shared between all the members of my family, and this movie has pushed me to get to know my family more when we have another reunion. I am now more interested in the history of my family thanks to this movie... who knows, my family may have lost an easy battle to the Jinnouchi.
I feel as if Mamoru made Kenji a reflection of the people who are watching the movie. In modern society, it is safe to say a sense of strong family bond has weakened, much like Kenji's parents (Sorry about the slight spoiler). Towards the end, Kenji gains support of the Jinnouchi family as well as supporting the family and learns what it means to be part of one. This is why I say the message is about the meaning of family. I will suggest this movie to be a great movie to watch with family.
[This is my first review... comment on my profile/message me with any feedback if you wish. Enjoy.]
Summer Wars. With a title a bit away from the actual topic of the movie this movie bring very nice feelings to you. Ranging from exitement to sadness, fun and dessperation, and so on. This movie really felt good while watching and I bet that's how it should have been.
The plot is very interesting. I like how they mix virtual and real concepts very well, making the relation between a person's avatar and himself very important throughout the movie. They did a good job in that as well as making real moments as intence as virtual ones, even though the virtual parts had more action, both had the same level of importance for the plot.
I really liked the art style in this movie. They did a good job with animations and even as well with still pictures. Scenes in the virtual world were very good and made a good effect with the events happening at the moment. Characters were very well made and this adds to the fact that almost everything moved almost human-like in the real world while the virtual world had many different art styles ranging from 3d models to pure anime style to plain cartooney characters. Expressions showed exactly how the characters felt and acted.
Sound was also very well made. I personally don't pay much attention to this part but i would rate it like I did because of the themed placements of soundtracks. As for some SFX, there were some that didn't totally belong to the corresponding event. However, I believe that they made a good job with sound in important moments to theme it very well.
Characters were very well planned. They had sll unique personalities and psicologies and you could see that both in their human selves and in theuir avaters (for most of them). All characters had so me sort of weakness and strength either phisical or mental. When it comes to times of danger, our characters stand together as one. If on gives up, the others convinve him to keep fighting.
This movie, as said before, made me feel good. Putting aside favoritism for furry characters (*Is a furry*) the virtual world made me want to make it real. I've never seen a family as united as the one in this movie and characters confronting a powerfull enemy standing side by side, supporting one another. It makes you feel in many ways and forms. Even though the movie took me about three days to watch due to me having things to do and having to stop it and watch bit by bit, it was worth the time. As they say,"It's not about the destination, it's about the journey" read more
They both deal with people trying to save the world after a threat appears on the net. They also share the same director.
Same director, similar settings. The cyber world is compromised and causes great effects on the real world as well. The characters battle the villain that caused the attack to recover control over the network.
It is hard to believe that the story of Summer Wars is that disturbingly similar to a digimon movie. The entire story revolves around fighting a "virus" that went rampaging around the internet.
Very similar style, artwork and story. The worldwide computer network is taken over by an A.I., he wants to destroy the earth and uses a countdown, the characters try to fight him, and they get help from people all around the world. Kenji even has a lot of similar face expressions with Tai.
Awesome kick-ass fights to save the digital world (and the real world by extension)
Summer Wars is a modern version of Bokura no War Game, without the digimons.
basicaly same plot, and even the digital world look the smae, this would bee god for some one who has not seen digimon.This feels verry ripped off, yet this is a good movie and if you liked digimon bokua no War Game (also know as the first have of the digimon movie released in North Amarica.)
The digital getting controlled by an AI/Virus and it immediately affects the real world, Kids saving the world. I have nothing to say anymore because when I watched either one of these movies, I immediately think 'it looks like digimon/summer wars!'.
I'm sure you'll enjoy both
pretty much the same story line without the romance
-race against time
-same art style, same producer
The plot is EXACTLY the same and I'm not exaggerating here. It's not even just the basic plot elements, even the way it plays out is extremely similar.
Summer Wars = "Digimon: Our War Game" without Digimon
Summer Wars is practically a copy of this Digimon movie, but in a much more epic/animated scale without the Digimon. You might even find the movie to be entirely predictable if you saw Digimon Adventure - Bokura no War Game. The problem presented on the plot of both movies is exactly the same.
Similar villain motive, similar plan used to defeat said villain, and very similar art style used to illustrate the digital world in both movies.
The plot is exactly the same, and the art too.
virus in the wired, threaten the real world,,
epic story, epic battle, epic moment,,
this two have that similarities,,
i love them !
These movies are set during the summer where the peaceful lives of the protagonist's family and friends are interrupted by a mischievous digital being. Deviance and destruction ensues causing the net and world to fall into chaos. Nations are soon under threat as projectiles of destruction are launched. The heroes must band together in order to defeat the being and save the world before time runs out.
These two stories flow and progress similarly and will constantly remind viewers of the other movie. The digital setting is especially similar with avatars and Digimon being counterparts.
Though Summer Wars is more refined and mature, both movies are "feel goods" and are very enjoyable.
good drawing/animation, unique story, similar main girl character
More obvious reasons would be same director, dynamic pace and art while less obvious both mix typical scfi elements with adolescent slice of life.
Both films have the same director and art style and incorporate sci-fi themes to a modern setting. Both are brilliant, clever fun films.
Both of them are amazing movies with unique story and similar art
Both are great movies done by the same author and studio.
Similarities include romance between the main characters and science fiction.
Similar atmosphere and style.
the story line is just fabulous and the animation is great.
maybe the animation director is the same person,
anyway these two animes excite me very much
Same director. Story focuses on how time travel can negatively impact your surroundings, which is similar to how Summer's Wars' plot revolves around the internet being connected to the entire world and how it can impact society if in the wrong hands.
Same director however still different, harkens back to his previous works.
Both movies are "must watch" masterpieces! Both share similar animation and style, as well as "wide" and entertaining stories full of creativeness! Some other elements like comedy and romance also exist in both movies to add some spice! In general, the 2 movies have a lot in common and deserve such high ratings, so don't miss them!!!
The story aren't really the same but both movie are amazing and the story is interesting....
Movies that have similar art style and character design. Both movies have a light sci-fi story, with themes of family and friendship. There are also light romance development between the male and female leads.
Both are directed by Mamoru Hosoda.
Similar art styles (minus the CG in Summer Wars). Similar slow starts, but both turn into dramatic, suspenseful shows later on with some romance.
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Ending Theme"Bokura no Natsu no Yume" by Tatsuro Yamashita.
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