October 17th, 2009


Re: Summer Wars

So I watched the movie Summer Wars the other day (there's a torrent on Tokyotosho). If you've never heard of it, it's by the same people who made The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

It was a great, fun movie. The animation was amazing, the backgrounds beautiful. The huge cast of characters was slightly overwhelming at first, but by the end I loved everybody and it had me fondly reminiscing about my own family get-togethers. :)

Though, it also reminded me a lot of the 2nd Digimon movie, Bokura no War Game. It uses the same basic concept- our world today is so wired in technology that when some threat starts screwing with it, there's complete chaos. The heroes of the story have to fight the enemy on the internet to save the world, with everyone else in the world watching and helping out. In Summer Wars, the Digimon are just replaced with avatars and an A.I. program.

It turns out the similarity is no coincidence. Mamoru Hosoda, director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, also directed the first two Digimon movies. After learning this, I decided to rewatch Bokura no War Game...

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Anyway, both movies are worth checking out. Summer Wars stands alone better, but I'd also recommend Bokura no War Game even if you're not into Digimon.