Ranked #178

Summer Wars

Alternative Titles

English: Summer Wars
Japanese: サマーウォーズ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 1, 2009
Source: Original
Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr. 54 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.361 (scored by 108,451 users)
Ranked: #1782
Popularity: #154
Members: 169,236
Favorites: 1,911
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When 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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Ikezawa, Kazuma
Ikezawa, Kazuma
Tanimura, Mitsuki
Tanimura, Mitsuki
Koiso, Kenji
Koiso, Kenji
Kamiki, Ryunosuke
Kamiki, Ryunosuke
Jinnouchi, Sakae
Jinnouchi, Sakae
Fuji, Sumiko
Fuji, Sumiko
Shinohara, Natsuki
Shinohara, Natsuki
Sakuraba, Nanami
Sakuraba, Nanami


Hosoda, Mamoru
Hosoda, Mamoru
Director, Original Creator
Yamashita, Tatsurou
Yamashita, Tatsurou
Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Lyrics
Sadamoto, Yoshiyuki
Sadamoto, Yoshiyuki
Character Design
Maruyama, Masao
Maruyama, Masao

Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Bokura no Natsu no Yume" by Tatsuro Yamashita.

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11 hours ago
(The actual score here is more like 6.5, but rounded up because I'd rather give an overly high score than an overly low one.)

An impressive execution, but unfortunately, one held back by a premise that’s fundamentally flawed in more ways than one. Summer Wars is a perfect example of how anime is not immune to the Western trend of incorporating modern technology into the core plot, without caring whether the things done with that technology even remotely make sense.

As such, this review will mainly focus on those parts of the story, because I think other people have already covered the other story elements better than read more
I found this review Helpful
Nov 30, 2009
As far as family entertainment goes anime is rarely high on the agenda, especially given the numerous offerings from Disney, Dreamworks, and other such movie studios. Generally their features appeal to children and adults alike, and in order to compete with them Japanese animation studios have had to shake off their habitual approach and focus on making films that are more accessible to Western markets. The undisputed king of this is Miyazaki Hayao, however there have been several challengers to his throne, the latest being Hosoda Mamoru.

Now those of you who have watched the latest anime incarnation of Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl who read more
I found this review Helpful
Oct 12, 2015
One of very few anime work that I was actually happy enough to give out the full mark.

Am I being too positive on this Movie? Well then, let me explain.

Summer Wars was done by Hosoda Mamoru who gave us The girl who leapt through the time, Digimon - Our WarGame, and Wolf Children. Since I am a die-hard Digimon fan, I knew straight away that the movie was done my Mamoru due to its over the top brilliant art work.

If I had to pick an anime movie that I have to watch with my family, without a doubt I'll pick Summer Wars faster then any read more
I found this review Helpful
Jan 21, 2014
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.

Story: 9
In a world where everything is connected to OZ (Imagine the internet, read more
I found this review Helpful


Anime: Digimon Adventure: Bokura no War Game!
They both deal with people trying to save the world after a threat appears on the net. They also share the same director. 
reportRecommended by Enna
Anime: Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
good drawing/animation, unique story, similar main girl character 
reportRecommended by zefiriss
Anime: Gatchaman Crowds
The high tech community in both of these beautifully animated shows remind me of one another. The cell phone based social networking center is an all new way to communicate with people and eliminate modern day necessities. Both shows are very futuristic in a sense.  
reportRecommended by Nikoru-san
Anime: Higashi no Eden
If you like stories about big networks through mobile phones and the net, you should watch these two. 
reportRecommended by johnisnothisdate
Anime: Tsuritama
Tsuritama and Summer Wars both have colorful, vibrant art styles and animation. Both also focus on bonds between characters, though Tsuritama deals with friendship while Summer Wars deals with family bonds. The suspense in both has the same feel to it, and both have to do with saving the world. The tone, atmosphere, and mood are also very similar in both.  
reportRecommended by laceknight
Anime: Superflat Monogram
Besides being both directed by Hosoda, the world of OZ resembles the strange world of Superflat Monogram. 
reportRecommended by peroxid

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