Summer Wars Anime

Summer Wars Anime Film Review
Basic Information:
Director: Mamoru Hosoda – Other recommended works: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time & The Digimon Movie if you are a fan.
Madhouse: Independent Japanese Animation Production Company.
Japanese with English subtitles.
Genre: Family Movie, Sci-Fi & Romance.
Age rating: All Ages.
Year of release: 2009

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.

The film has a message that is well suited to the family Film audience and despite its connection to technology it feels as though it will be unable to age. The fantastic balance of realism Animation and the digital world of OZ makes this Film easily re-watch able. The digital world is only limited by the imagination of the animators.

The ability of the creators of this film to surprise their viewing audience is remarkable. This story begins with such simplicity but throughout the course of the Film, the writing, the quality of its delivery, successfully crafts a complex and surprising story.

The story also uses references and the audience’s knowledge of their own lives in the modern world and teaches us to remember our old lives.
It is very exceptional at telling a large story arc with a small world of a family home at its heart.

The films double narrative has a split difference of two polar opposite Animation styles brought together beautifully in a well balanced family film. It uses a traditional 2D Animation and a digital 3D Animation, which gives a future Animated style and an older traditional Animation style.

The Animation is constantly engaging on an exciting level in the digital world of OZ. Although the striking difference to the speed and style of Animation in the real world, could be first though as a wrong choice. After seeing this film I can gladly say it was a very successful choice to use two types of Animation.

The variety of characters in the space of one country home could be technically difficult to maintain a coherent and remarkable story. This Film proudly holds their audience gripped to the Film and it’s wonderfully crafted Animation.

The sound design is an area worthy of beloved praise. There are entire scenes that you cannot look away because of the combination of quiet, which builds carefully to a highly complex combination of sound. The emotional scenes understand where to use extravagant music and when to let the Cinematic composition of the Films scenes, to simply speak the emotion of the characters and the feeling of the setting itself.

The Film has a variety of characters, which are designed in two ways. The real world has a similar realistic tone to each of them, whereas the digital world of OZ is filled with colourful and visually extravagant exciting characters.

The voice acting in the Japanese version that I watched was very engaging. The acting is very believable and as a viewer I found myself completely respecting each character as if they were truly real.

I also have been told by several Anime fans that the English dubbed version is actually very well made and just as engaging.

The variety of the Animation and the excellent timing within the Films digital scenes are exceptional. The non-digital world scenes are very engaging and the editing is almost completely without flaw. This helps the viewing experience of the Film wondrously.

The Films soundtrack is remarkable. The music could tell this story without the aid of a single image. The emotions of not just individual characters but that of the entire atmosphere, the entire cast and story is explained so clearly by the elegant soundtrack.

My final words are, ‘Gambling Saves The World!’

Written by Rockyeahh (Charlie Gracie).

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