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Kôichi Uehara is a fourth grade student living in Higashikurume City, a suburb of Tokyo. One day he picks up what he thinks to be a fossil of an ancient creature but turns out to be a baby kappa (a mythical Japanese water creature) that was sleeping underground for the past 300 years, and he names it "Coo". Kôichi and Coo become good friends and the kappa starts living with the human boy's family. However, Coo cannot not fully adjust to life in present-day Higashikurume and starts to miss his own family. On a hot summer day, Kôichi and Coo decide to go on an adventurous road trip to find his own kind.
The national media have staked out the house. The kappa (river spirit) is reported nightly on the TV news. The whole country is agog over the kappa. The boy goes on the run with the kappa, and keeps running for many days. Yet not one person the boy or the kappa encounters or passes recognizes either of them. See more »
The original theatrical version premiered in 2007 is 138 minutes long. An extended version with around 3 minutes of new scenes, totaling 141 minutes, was originally released exclusively as part of a limited collectors' box DVD edition in Japan in 2008. Since then, this version has also appeared on the Japanese Blu-ray Disc of the movie, which was released in 2010 and is not limited. Neither of these disc releases has English subtitles. See more »
Totally bittersweet but also stunning and meaningful
"Summer Days with Coo" is full of realism and one of the finest animated works which won the animation of the year.You will see in this beautiful movie how human beings who live in concrete jungle forgot sincerity to others. Coo may look like an alien to you but he and his summer days with one kind human family will remind you of your lost memories and bittersweet nostalgia. "Summer Days with Coo" even includes several social problems such as overreaction of mass media, bullying and invisible violence in our society.
Overall, "Summer Days with Coo" is very good movie , not a kind of only critically acclaimed movie.I recommend this to all the people who want serious and sincere movie works but this could be excellent for education.
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