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Dec 9, 2015 12:47 PM

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Didn't know what to expect with this and at the end of the day i am pleasantly surprised, mixed up so many aspects but got each spot on, especially the family values.

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Dec 29, 2015 3:01 AM

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This movie couldve been better if it was focused more on how the relationship between the two progressed. But it didn't. Because of a super AI killing terrorist virus that can control the whole world just because it hacked into some Adventure Quest Club Penguin type of website that almost all the citizens in the world had access to. Even the president has his own OZ account. But that aside I liked the movie even though most parts of the movie were bland, and they also tried to make us cry because of the grandmothers death. It couldve been a lot better if it became a rom-com with digimons.

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Feb 19, 2016 12:42 PM

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I like creative anime like this, it kind of reminds me of Serial Experiments Lain but done way better. Though, it stumbled a bit about 30 minutes before it ended, it still was a surprisingly fun anime. It made me feel like I was really with these characters, watching them play video games and being confused at the world.

The dub is pretty good, the art isn't much special but the animation is unique. The characters are fine.

Grade: B-
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Mar 3, 2016 4:45 AM

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The first half was a bit slow

But the second half made me go 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌there👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shit

Strong 7/10
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Mar 16, 2016 1:19 AM

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Boring story, bland characters, slow, and the romance was stupid. Nice animation though and there were pretty colors, I guess?

5/10 the Digimon movie was better
Apr 10, 2016 10:04 AM
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I really enjoyed this. It's better than the girl who leapt through time
Apr 23, 2016 11:35 PM

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Very much enjoyed this one.... had a little stumble but finished good. Only wished the romance was either explained and played on more or just omitted. Overall, it was worth the rental.
Apr 29, 2016 10:13 PM

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There is something about this movie that makes me love it :D
It made me laugh, it made me sad, it made me smile and it gave me a feeling of joy after I finished watching it :)
What can I say more, I highly recommend this movie and I had great fun watching it :D
It definitely deserves its own place on my list of favourites :)
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May 14, 2016 8:32 PM

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Ah, that was fantastic. I'm a sucker for films like this. Just the right balance of cheesy, heartwarming, and creative. Feels very Disney and Ghibli.

The world of Oz was beautiful colourful chaos. The soundtrack was fantastic. The characters were lovable. The big family made me really nostalgic. I've only ever had such large family gatherings a couple times in my life, and we're not as crazy close as these characters are, but this is the kind of movie that gives you all the feels regardless.
Honestly, when I was little I had a "crush" on my uncle too. You know when you're a kid, you're very easily impressed, and puppy love just comes so easily. I thought he was the coolest person alive. Natsuki, I feel you.

The world's reliance on Oz was stretching it. No social media platform would ever have that much worldwide power (though it could be taken as social commentary). But overall enjoyablility made me brush that aside in favour of just immersing myself in the story. It's relaxing not to be so critical all the time and just enjoy something for the fun of it.
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May 15, 2016 2:04 AM

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Ending was sweet, I wish there were more screen time for Natsuki and Kenji tho, and less action scene because the whole action sequence started from mid point of the movie until about the end of the movie kinda bored me, that's about 40 minutes worth of the movie. At least there was some sort of romantic conclusion between both leads, else I would've not been satisfied with it.
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Jul 2, 2016 6:45 PM
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The best film I've ever seen!
Aug 18, 2016 11:27 PM

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So I wrote down a buncha things while watching this

I pretty much loved any scene that involved grandma Jinnouchi because of her general selfless attitude and because of how central she was to the family. I kinda sensed that she was gonna die after she called all those relatives, but I didn't expect it to be in the middle of the movie. Other than Sakae, I didn't really find any of the individual relatives aside from Mansuke and Shota that entertaining or memorable. In particular, I didn't like Natsuki's voice at all, but the rest of the family's voice work was pretty fine. I also thought that the general family dynamic that they had collectively was also pretty great.

I also happened to like everything that happened within OZ because of how well-choreographed everything was. I was also a fan of Gatchaman Crowds and that one Digimon movie, so I also really enjoyed the Hanafuda for everyone's souls scene that happened at the climax. The animation and choreography for the IRL parts of the movie, other than the facial expressions of the characters during some scenes, weren't too notable, though.

General cyberterrorism subplot was pretty interesting in the beginning considering how a ton of things are stored in cloud storage nowadays, and the general family subplot will always be relevant. The movie itself has some potential for longevity because of these things.

Pretty enjoyable watch a good chunk of the time and had that general feel-good atmosphere that was in GatchaCrowds, but a lot of characters were pretty subpar. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was nowhere close to this movie, so I'm not sure why that movie showed up in the recommendation section on the Summer Wars page.
Aug 19, 2016 3:27 AM

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Natsuki is just as annoying as she was in the manga... Or even more, now that she has a bitch-ass voice...
Oct 14, 2016 1:53 PM
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Enjoyable overall, but some things were too stupid for me to take seriously. Could easily be better, but I don't regret watching it.
Nov 10, 2016 11:23 AM

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Good movie. I know nothing about Digimon so I have no idea how the 2 compare, but this show was pretty decent.

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Dec 7, 2016 5:53 AM

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The avatars were reminiscent of Kuuchuu Buranko for some reason.

Hated Natsuki for most of the part, too much of a cliche. She only redeemed herself when she played koi-koi with that internet demon.

I also hated the "relationship" between Kenji, Grandma and Natsuki. I'm not into that timid guy and upbeat girl couple Anime trope that is more overused than my granny's panties.

Best characters are easily Kazuma and Wabisuke, hands down. Kenji's math skills win but his personality can suck my dick.

Love Machine is the one of the dumbest and shittiest names ever used in an Anime. Something that should be reserved for retro, cuck porn.
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Jan 22, 2017 1:35 AM

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I'm glad that I watch this!
It really changed my view in life

Feb 4, 2017 9:30 PM

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I personally enjoyed this movie a lot, it had its funny and sad moments to it. My favorite character was Kazuma! Such a badass and smart kid. His avatar is pretty cool. It got epic at the end when everyone helped Natsuki in battle. But the one thing that bothered me though was that Natsuki's first love was her UNCLE Wabisuke?? Uhh.. but aren't they family? e.e 8/10 for me.
Feb 5, 2017 9:35 AM

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I've finally got around to watching this, and had high hopes after seeing the director's previous movie, The Girl who Leapt Through Time.

And... what a disappointment this was. At first I thought this film wasn't that bad, then when the whole plot with Love Machine started to unfold it's where this film started to get really stupid. First of all Love Machine is a really shitty villain, and there's no explanation to why it wants to cause chaos, especially after it mentions that it was sold to the US military... like what the fuck? And the whole concept of high ranking officials and having everything tied to OZ was an absolutely ridiculous plot device as well. And then the whole thing with the nuclear reactors and the countdowns? At that point I was just begging for the movie to end. A lot of the movie was just really predictable as well, I mean it was so obvious that the uncle would have to help out in the end because he created it, so before that when the characters were trying to defeat Love Machine, I was just sitting there waiting for it to happen... and the whole thing with Natsuki being in love with her uncle was creepy as fuck as well.

Overall, it was how this film tried to take itself so seriously with a dumb plot which made this generally a cringe worthy experience. I watched the dub as well (subtitled probably isn't that much better), and some of the lines are hilariously cringeworthy. It's where they're showing the nuclear reactors on the TV and one of the women says "IT WANTS TO CAUSE A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION? OH MY GOD!"

I'm hoping Wolf Children is a lot better than this.
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Feb 16, 2017 11:23 PM

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It was ok. The plotline was weak in my opinion as result of trying to tackle all facets of life within 2 hours.

There were just too many themes for a movie and not enough room for proper character development which is expected when you have 20+ characters in the shot for the majority of the time.

I particularly liked how the Ozu devs basically said "fuck it, let's let this random family in Japan sort this Shit out" giving zero fucks about a nuclear disaster.

Not to mention how everyone in the world suddenly learned how to play a Japanese card game.
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Apr 28, 2017 5:34 AM

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That was great! While I agree with some of the comments here that this film bit off more than it could chew in some ways, and a lot of aspects felt half-baked, it pulled off one aspect perfectly - and that was the chaos of one giant joint family. Grandma in particular was an utter joy to watch. It's rare to see such a huge, lovable family portrayed anywhere. I was clapping with the rest of them in the final scene. I loved how Grandma's picture had broken into a wide smile!

I'd normally give it an 8/10, but the dazzling animation made me bump it up to a 9.
Jul 26, 2017 7:56 PM

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There is something about this movie that makes me love it :D
It made me laugh, it made me sad, it made me smile and it gave me a feeling of joy after I finished watching it :)
What can I say more, I highly recommend this movie and I had great fun watching it :D
It definitely deserves its own place on my list of favourites :)

Exactly, god damn.

I fucking loved LOVED this movie, dang.
Don't even know what to say. The characters were so cool, and so real. Loved their expressions and how they reacted and all the relationships.
Also, the movie is so freaking joyful all the time, it's fucking awesome. All the art was lovely, colorful and beautiful, it was amazing.
The story was cool tho, and the soundtrack as well.

God damn, gotta love Madhouse. Absolutely Loved it.
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Aug 20, 2017 2:36 AM
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They should have used Mac os. That thing virus and AI proof.
Aug 25, 2017 12:33 AM

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that was a fun movie and the ending hilarious with Kenji bleeding through out the kiss with Natsuki. Loved all the characters of that family especially Kazuma and his dad, even Wabisuke.
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Sep 14, 2017 8:03 AM

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As always I loved Mamoru Hosodas signature animation style but I wasn't a fan of the animation style in the digital world. The story was rather stupid in parts as well. 6/10.

In order of Hosoda films I have seen go Wolf Children >>>>>>>> Girl Who Leapt Through Time > Summer Wars
Oct 5, 2017 6:14 PM

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This whole AI and Internet world thing made me change my rating from a 4/5 to a 2/5.

To explain how wrong and one sided this battle would be would take too long
This wouldn't have ended either if the goal of this AI was to learn and live on. It would've lived on by being downloaded and hosted by other computers.

Also, why does that family have a super computer?

I know I shouldn't sweat the small details, but this was too big for me to handle
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Oct 7, 2017 8:20 AM

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Well, another disappointing movie that was from the same director who made another disappointing movie: Bakemono no Ko. Lmfao. I swear I think the only movie I really enjoyed from that man is The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. I don't think I'm gonna watch another movie from this man. Fuck this shit.

Nov 3, 2017 9:00 AM

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Hmm, not quite met my expectations tbh. It's entertaining to say the least
Dec 2, 2017 5:21 AM

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Not terrible but not enjoyable either. Stereotypical bland characters(nerdy nobody/hidden genius, most popular nice girl, angsty brat), mess of a plot and that fucking forced romance. The art and some action were nice and the only thing that touched me were the familial atmosphere. Still 7/10.
Jan 16, 2018 4:21 AM

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Other than some plot holes, real fucking solid movie in pretty much every way
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Feb 22, 2018 10:29 PM
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According to the vote I am the 500th "Loved It" vote, feeling the pride, but seriously great movie.
Themes of traditional family values in the age of the internet worked well as a backdrop, and while the characters (especially the villain) did feel kind of weak the ones who got focus feel 3D and interesting. Loved the animation, and the climax was well handled and cathartic, but the Hanafuda battle of giant Attack-on-Titan rabbit versus fox-girl with wings in a scene that feels like it belongs in No Game, No Life was just so ridiculous that it got a chuckle out of me.
May 20, 2018 10:53 PM
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Can anyone explain how kenji fell into the trap by getting the challenge right?
Oct 17, 2018 6:17 PM

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We did it Patrick! We saved the city!

Fun movie with great animation! It reminded me heavily of Digimon: Bokura no War Game.
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Oct 25, 2018 9:52 AM

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This is a very fun watch despite the shitty story. Even a 1999 film can provide a much better twist the this movie's plot but well, this anime was entertaining for its silliness. Logic doesn't really matter anyway for anime.

And what matters most is the cool animation and coolest Grandma.
Dec 22, 2018 3:12 PM

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A really great movie, it's about family, it's about accepting and forgiving, it's about coming together as one to face a common threat, and I guess that you can take much more out of it.

The Grandma's letter is so poignant, and beautiful too. There's nothing worse than being hungry, and all alone, huh. I just love how they all gave their best until the very end, and were able to make it out alive. Their home, where so many memories of their beloved Grandma rest, wasn't completely destroyed either, I love it.
Dec 22, 2018 5:43 PM

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Such a fun flick. Good setup and great ending. Loved the animation and completely agree the grandma was cool as hell. Kazuma is my favorite character though.
Mar 9, 1:35 PM

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what a painful experience I'd with this overrated movie. First of all this movie could been way shorten to an hour. It managed to make it longer by slowing the animation and inserting alot of silence and cringe moments which was absolutely unnecessary! Also AI thing plot was extremely uninteresting and childish and doesn't feel fitting doing both family drama and "SAVE THE WORLD" plot together. Big plot twists came off VERY plain and very predictable.

Pretty much everything negative of this movie reminds me of SAO (i.e. too much coincidence) except this was almost unwatchable thanks to generic melodrama scenes (too much screaming) and boring characters.

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