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Review – Summer Wars (2009 Anime Movie)

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I had been intended to review this movie since long, but losing the file makes me confused how to start it all over again.

From animenewsnetwork:

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.

So… here it is. Imagine a world, where your real life and your net-life can’t be separated no more, where your real life is integrated into your created avatar, when you just need one account to cross all the border. That’s pretty much the world in “Summer Wars” in, and I can say this confidently, that our world most probably going to.

Welcome to OZ, the “Summer Wars”‘s networks where your real life and avatar bond no limits, and I mean as long as your account is intact and YOURS, definitely.

This is OZ, no worries, you haven’t seen the insides, or meet John and Yoko?;)

Meet Kenji Koise, the ‘almost’ representative Math Olympiade for Japan, (sorry, I don’t know how to describe him better *grin) whose life is flipped upside down, thanks to Natsuki…and her family. Well, if losing ‘connection’, accused as criminals, cuffed and forced to work your brain ’til nosebled is not, I don’t know what else then.


Now let’s see Natsuki. The poster image might led you to think that she is the lead. Tt’s not defying too much, Natsuki is the reason of Kenji’s involvement in the chaotic mess.

Sorry, It’s the only snap I have that has ‘only her’ in the pic (yea, I’m too lazy for it)

Or…does it her? Well, the great grandma is the actual reason of the rolling plot

Whose children listed as doctor Mansaku, Mansuke the fisherman, Mariko the great aunt and Manzo, (whom I don’t know where he is along the movie, Maybe he had passed away first). Don’t forget the genius Wabisuke, Toudai graduated and the inventor of Love Machine…..

and he is, coincidentally, Natsuki’s first love

Confused? Ok, here it is the family tree (taken from the day dream believer )

You see, it’s actually not complicated at all. It’s just because the family gathering consists of four generations.
Or will it be better to introduce them in their avatar form? Taken loosely from monkeyking

So, that’s pretty much our character introduction to Summer Wars

Reader: er, hello, do you forget to explain something? what is Love Machine by the way?
Me    : Er, no, I just confused how to explain it. I can only quote Shakespeare’s “what’s in a name”
….please cut the rose part, it’s not related at all.
Reader: …..
Me    : Yes, I just want to say that quote, what?

And Jinouchi’s family is just an amazing one…kind…of… well…(pictured below)

The list of “big names” they have

a 200 teraflops supercomputer

Boat that supply up to 300 Kilowatts

An EHF transmission antenna module: 100 GHz!

They were comes from different field works (not mentioning Mansaku’s children whom ALL worked in Fire department in their respective areas), but when time is coming, each of them bring out their best. The Family move on as a unity, from planning the strategy to lock the villain inside (pretty much most the picture besides), which ruined perfectly due to someone’s…stupidity…


I love the flow of this movie, I love the colour and I love the soundtrack. You can not expect where the story will go, and you can’t guess how the closure curtain will fall. I love the ambiance of the nuance, like what I snapped here:

While this scene never failed to bring tears to me:

I love the character here, Kenji no matter how timid he is, Kazma is a stubborn teenager, Natsuki loves her family, Shota is just that weird, and so on and so on, but nothing can beat my love to grandma Sae:

End words, Summer Wars is an anime of times when tech savvy and family working together, it has the warm touch that you miss in every other high tech anime and movie before. When the warmth of family isn’t something that you only enjoyed far from the table and tech. When you don’t need to throw away your phone and game boy to talk to your family. It’s not the technology that stray you away from your loved ones, instead it’s you (and me) who pull ourselves out. Communication, now has been enable even to the people that we haven’t known before, and communication has brings that word that grandma Sae want to protect the most to resurface , 家族.

THis poster pretty much saying what happen in the movie

Nothing could be better than open this review with their real life persona, and closing it with…. you guess it, OZ persona:

Now, have you watched?

Author: reglest

Kind of shout out person, like to think throughly, love to speak honestly.

One thought on “Review – Summer Wars (2009 Anime Movie)

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