• Cameron M. Gambas Johnson

    ★★★ Added by Cameron M. Gambas Johnson

    Here’s a disappointing anime that pulls us in with masterful visual wizardry and leaves us confused at the end. It’s not that we don’t know how we got here, but why we got here. A 2009 film directed by Mamoru Hosoda, with writing by Satoko Okudera (also writer of “The Wolf Children”), “Summer Wars” is pleasing to the eye but lacks substance and logical characterization. It’s a film that opens all the roads to being a masterpiece, but takes a…

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  • Kevin Nickens

    ★★★★½ Watched by Kevin Nickens 23 Mar, 2015

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

    This anime movie was just superb. The English voice acting was on point. The animation was awe-inspiring, and the story was multi-focal. On one front of this movie, it is a coming of age story about a boy who likes a girl. On another front, this movie serves as a very poignant reminder of just how pervasive and controlling the internet is in our every day lives. I agree with this movie for its many aspects and the layered storytelling that was implemented. Summer Wars is a refreshing breath of air that does not disappoint. Definitely worth a watch and maybe a purchase!

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  • AkiyoH

    ★★★ Watched by AkiyoH 21 Mar, 2015

    A lot of mixed feelings about this one.

    In some ways, this is a very ambitious film, mashing together a heartfelt family drama (not unlike a more kid-friendly Ozu) with colorful virtual world characters duking it out. It's an interesting and odd combination, and I applaud the way it mostly comes together well. Much of the animation—both of countryside and home life scenes in the "real world," and of the frenetic virtual world—is gorgeous.

    ...Which is why it was all…

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  • Gregg

    ★★★★ Watched by Gregg 21 Mar, 2015

    A treat to see this colorful and creative anime on the giant IMAX screen today. It looked fantastic and holds up as one of the best anime's of the last 10 years imo.

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  • Justin Willis

    ★½ Watched by Justin Willis 06 Mar, 2015 2

    The artwork is gorgeous, especially in the virtual world. Summer Wars is a movie geared for kids, so much of the story's ideas of video games reflect that. The plot itself is ridiculous, making little sense. It is also riddled with cliched characters and character choices. It had themes of old and new culture, but who cares? Cause I didn't. Overall, its a movie you watch for the color and not much else.

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  • Jason Gacek

    ★★★★ Watched by Jason Gacek 04 Mar, 2015

    This is an anime that makes me want to watch more anime. I loved the scenes set in the contemporary world, particularly the leisurely scenes of the first half. The second half is consumed by the plot, but it's still a fun ride. I loved the parallels between the televised baseball game and the virtual world set pieces. Also, the grandmother was just a great character. It's a touching and sweet movie, but it also has plenty of hyperkinetic action.…

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  • Fabrizzio Bolívar

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Fabrizzio Bolívar 04 Mar, 2015

    De todo lo que he visto venir del gran Mamoru Hosoda. Es lo mejor. No sólo tiene acción, o romance. Tiene ese toque Hosoda, tiene ese arte que sólo sabe hacer, y es tan sincera cómo sus anteriores películas.

    Nos sumerge en un mundo virtual, dónde cada persona del mundo "real" se caracteriza mediante un avatar, y de allí la historia parte cuando un poderoso virus informatico pone en gran riesgo aquella útopia digital.

    Y como era de esperarse, la…

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  • lefthandedhero

    ★★★½ Watched by lefthandedhero 08 Feb, 2015

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

    Digimon + MMO + Facebook...?

    Superb animation, excellent English dub.

    Shows the potential danger (albeit dramatized) of having too much information all on the same network. Had a more well-rounded focus on family than most other anime.

    Critiques:
    - The inability for the company behind 'Oz' to shut it down when so much mayhem was happening is really puzzling.
    - The AI wanting to take control of satellites and make them crash into nuclear facilities seems pretty far-fetched, I don't…

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  • orangerful

    ★★★★½ Watched by orangerful 07 Feb, 2015

    Not at all what I was expecting but I really enjoyed it! Beautiful animation, well acted, and a great story that had a lot of layers and trusted the audience to understand it all. Fantastic, so glad I bought it for TIm so it could be part of our blu-ray collection, will definitely want to watch it again.

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  • Carlos Riquelme

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Carlos Riquelme 01 Feb, 2015

    La animación es espectacular, particularmente todo lo que sucede en Oz, una especie de realidad virtual a la que todos estamos conectados. Brillantes colores y frenéticos movimientos son el tónico de estas escenas, mientras que lo que sucede en el mundo real es mucho más apacible y sentimental. Si bien la mezcla no siempre cuaja del todo, hay escenas en que sí se siente el melodrama familiar.

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  • Gabe Seidman

    ★★★½ Watched by Gabe Seidman 18 Jan, 2015

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

    (note: I watched the dubbed version)

    This movie is ridiculous. The final fight/battle scene or whatever was like some kind of combination between the old Digimon movie (same director, so makes sense) and an episode of YuGiOh. Anyways...

    The movie is beautiful as you can tell from even the first 5 minutes. I loved the intro sequence with the orchestral arrangement and Kazuma's rabbit dude fighting the lightsaber robot or whatever that thing was. It got me really excited. And…

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  • eedgars

    ★★★ Added by eedgars

    Nav tā, ka visas Mamoru Hosoda animē būtu ļoti labas. Liekas ka vairāk šim velk uz romatisko animē... Un Digimoniem.
    Arī šeit. Ir romantiskā līnija reālajā pasaulē un visādi digimonveidīgie - virtuālajā pasaulē OZ, kurā visi dzīvo gluži kā mēs feisbukā vai tviterī. Tikai tā OZ baigi advancēta un caur to var kontrolēt reālo pasauli.
    Un tad tur ir ļaunās progas un visāda izmēra hakeri.
    Nedaudz traucē tā mētāšanās starp romantisko un kiberpanku, bet ir interesati. Īpaši, ja lauzi galvu, kas notiks ja beigsies feisbuks :D

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