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, 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 fiancé 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 a hijacking of the social networking site through which most of the world’s social and business traffic flows. (Anime News Network)
A Summer Wars Anime Movie Review
Length of Run: 115 minutes (1 hr. and 55 mins.)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Friendships/Relationships, Various Age Audiences
[Summer Wars anime movie review of broadcast TV version as part of Adult Swim’s Toonami December 2013 month of anime movies in the past]
The story centers on a slightly nerdy and workaholic young man named Kenji who happens to take Natsuki, a girl he really likes, on her offer to actually come and visit her family with her. He agrees but soon the truth comes out that she wants to present him as her fiancée to her family. Even as he feels freaked out about this situation the matriarch of Natsuki’s family great-gradmother Sakae makes him believe in his feelings toward Natsuki. He truly has always loved Natsuki but he doesn’t feel he has it in him to love her the way she deserves and to protect that love.
Kenji though comes face to face with a computer program that attacks society. Still that doesn’t help he feels rather not comfortable of himself. Still Natsuki’s family shows him that he can fight to protect the world against digital world terrorists enemy especially one in particular known as Love Machine.
Kenji teams up with Natsuki’s cousin , Kazuma, who so happen to posses a great fighting avatar in the digital world of OZ which is the source of the origin where the attack on society’s infrastructure is being carried out.
Summer Wars is a story that is so unique. It gives birth to a digital world which slowly but surely society has become completely dependent on. The best of Summer Wars is highlighted in the themes of being brave and of family. Family is always there. The story has an interesting concept to begin with but it is the actual heartfelt moments of family bonds that are even more breathless.
Voice acting was fine. Wabisuke stands out the most with the image of a rebel and long-absent uncle. Wabisuke is that character that holds an air of intrigue to him the most though and as a fan of the film glad his portrayal was handled by J. Michael Tatum.
Animation in Summer Wars was far more beautiful than even The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. OZ itself looks like a mighty force of its own with creatures brimming with cuteness and imaginative avatars! Despite this there is a nice added touch of a return to the organic with shots of Natsuki’s traditional family home with some beautiful lush green scenery at its core. Breathtaking is the only true way to describe Summer Wars.
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