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Summer Wars (2009)
"Samâ uôzu" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  1 August 2009 (Japan)
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A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ...
Kenji Koiso (voice)
Nanami Sakuraba ...
Natsuki Shinohara (voice)
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Kazuma Ikezawa (voice)
Takahiro Yokokawa ...
Takashi Sakuma (voice)
Mieko Nobusawa ...
Mariko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Mutsumi Sasaki ...
Kazuo Shinohara (voice)
Takashi Kobayashi ...
Tasuke Jin'nôchi (voice)
Yôji Tanaka ...
Yorihiko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Kiyomi Tanigawa ...
Yukiko Shinohara (voice)
Hashiya Nakamura ...
Kunihiko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Sakiko Tamagawa ...
Rika Jin'nôchi (voice)
Kaori Yamagata ...
Naomi Miwa (voice)
Takuya Kirimoto ...
Ri'ichi Jin'nôchi (voice)
Mitsutaka Itakura ...
Katsuhiko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Tagame Tamura ...
Kiyomi Ikezawa (voice)
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Kenji Koiso, an eleventh grade math genius, agrees to take a summer job at the Nagano hometown of his crush, Natuski. When he arrives, he finds that her family have reunited to celebrate the 90th birthday of the family matriarch. His job is to pretend to be Natsuki's fiancé. Meanwhile, his attempt to solve a mathematical equation causes a parallel world's collision with earth. Written by Chris Evans

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$1,412 (USA) (24 December 2010)

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$78,182 (USA) (4 February 2011)
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Mamoru Hosoda completed all 500 pages of storyboards for the film at Denny's, working in hugely long 12 and 16-hour shifts. See more »

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Sakae Jinnouchi: Never turn your back on family, even when they hurt you. Never let life get the better of you. And if you remember nothing else, remember to find time to eat together as a family. Even when times are rough; especially when times are rough. There's no lack of painful things in this world, but hunger and loneliness must surely be two of the worst.Thanks to you, my precious family, I didn't know a moment of either of those the last ninety years.
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An ambitious anime and beautifully executed
26 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Summer Wars is one of the most ambitious animes to exist, ambitious doesn't always equal greatness on film as a result of being over-ambitious but Summer Wars is one of those that gets it right. Some characters are better developed than others, the main family members are very compellingly real but some of the side characters are sketchily written. If the film had less characters than it did the character development would have been even better.

The animation is just wonderful though and stylistically unlike any other I've seen, the colours are eye-popping and the backgrounds are so richly detailed and textured. None of it felt confusing to me. The cyber-battles are particularly strong in this regard, the action itself is thrilling and the visuals positively dazzle. Summer Wars has a music score that is both rousing and ethereal, and luckily mood-wise when matched with the animation and the tone of the storytelling it never jars. There is also a thoughtful script that handles its emotional themes very touchingly and remarkably maturely, while the story covers a lot but despite exploring several themes it doesn't feel too much. The family themes are ones that really resonate and charm, and while the message is not the most original it's a truthful message that doesn't patronise. The lead characters are engaging and the voice acting, both in Japanese and dubbing, is dynamic and expressive.

All in all, a beautifully executed anime and shouldn't disappoint anybody who likes Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. It's ambitious but apart from the writing of some of the characters it doesn't feel too much so. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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