• Mischka

    ★★★★½ Watched by Mischka 29 Aug, 2014

    After hearing that my hope for ever enjoying anime was dwindling, a friend recommended this. My faith is restored.

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  • Rian Miller

    ★★★★★ Watched by Rian Miller 17 Aug, 2014 1

    I had a brief flirtation with anime when I was in high school because a bunch of my friends were into it. These days I still have a lot of respect for the genre, but find that it's hard to weed out the films and series' that will appeal to me. I'm not 100% sure how I heard about Summer Wars or what drew me to it, but it is easily one of the best anime films that I have…

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  • Will McGrew

    ★★★ Watched by Will McGrew 18 Aug, 2014

    Part Juu San of August is Anime Month

    "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."

    If in 2004 you had told someone that Mamoru Hosoda would be one of the most exciting anime directors ten years from now, they probably would…

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  • Lorenzo Gallardo

    ★★★★½ Watched by Lorenzo Gallardo 14 Aug, 2014

    A really great take on where the world is headed and how we should focus on the important things like family and worldwide cooperation. :)

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  • Ethan Fardoux

    ★★★½ Watched by Ethan Fardoux 07 Aug, 2014

    While immensely enjoyable, I found Summer Wars to feel more like two movies than one cohesive one. There are two primary stories - a typical family drama, whose issues with each other are worsened by the second narrative, the impending hacker-induced apocalypse. These two stories stand well on their own, but when thrown together there doesn't seem to be much linking them. The characters don't have time to develop in the hacker world, and so the film ends up feeling…

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  • Brett the Wiese

    ★★★★½ Watched by Brett the Wiese 04 Aug, 2014

    A ridiculously gripping exercise in Japanimated style with a wonderfully realized central family and beautiful animation. Yes, it is heavily influenced by Digimon The Movie's second segment, hell the director worked on it, but he also improved upon the concept in this completely different animal of a movie. Also, I didn't understand the logic of OZ's physics and affectations but in a lesser work, the characters and situations wouldn't be so gripping. I look forward to Hosoda's next work, as he's already crafted 3 masterworks.

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  • Jamie

    ★★★★ Watched by Jamie 01 Aug, 2014

    Very fun! The characters were lots of the fun and the family was very fun to observe throughout the film. The final half was amazing, the stakes kept getting bigger and bigger but the end was very satisfactory. Definitely worth a watch!

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  • yureegasven

    ★★★★ Watched by yureegasven 31 Jul, 2014

    very stupid but really fun

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  • Hannah M

    ★★★★ Watched by Hannah M 29 Jul, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • frankenscales

    ★★★★ Rewatched by frankenscales 27 Jul, 2014

    I have a lot of affection for this one. Recently discovered this was directed my Mamoru Hosoda, who had previously directed the Digimon Movies. I'm not familiar with Digimon, but I'm aware it's similarly about the digital world being infected by a virus and affecting the real world. It's hard not to make the assumption that Summer Wars may have been in his mind even then, something he wanted to make but instead he had to focus on a video…

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  • Ben Ace

    ★★★★ Watched by Ben Ace 26 Jul, 2014

    Summer Wars is a visually stunning and heart warming anime film about family and cyber-terrorism. It's up to an awkward nerdy kid and a hot girl's family to save the world from a nuclear attack through virtual fighting game battles, hacking/math skills, and card games. Only in Japan.

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  • Anna

    ★★★★★ Watched by Anna 17 Jul, 2014

    I can admit that there may be a few misconceptions about the movie that may lead the viewer astray from what he or she was expecting; the title and beginning scene with Kenji/Natsuki assumed an innocent romance adventure between two teenagers. Little did I know - INTERNET WAR WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, FAMILY DYNAMICS, AND COLLECTIVE GOODNESS FROM STRANGERS ALL OVER THE WORLD. Perhaps the sort of frivolousness and rather convenient plotline may turn people off, but how can general fans…

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