Summer Wars [2009]

summer-warsDirected by: Mamoru Hosoda
Produced by :   
Nozomu Takahashi
Takuya Ito
Takashi Watanabe
Yuichiro Saito
Screenplay by: Satoko Okudera
Story by: Mamoru Hosoda
Studio:  Madhouse
Distributed by:    Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date: August 1, 2009
Running time: 114 minutes

Voice Actors:

Ryunosuke Kamiki as Koiso Kenji
Nanami Sakuraba as Shinohara Natsuki
Mitsuki Tanimura as Ikezawa Kazama
Sumiko Fuji as Jinnouchi Sakae
Ayumu Saito as Jinnouchi Wabisuke

Synopsis (MyAnimeList):

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 (1336 to 1573), 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 fiance 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 Oz, the program that controls nearly every aspect of life to be hacked into, it’s up to Kenji and his new “family” to stop the hacker before it’s too late.

I Say…

I think I am looking at sci fi flicks in a different perspective lately. Summer Wars is another movie to remember from Mad House, producers of other biggies like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Paprika, Perfect Blue, Mai Mai Miracle etc. Aside from being sci fi, it has drama, comedy, and suspense content… a complete package for any anime fan, even for the not so anime fan. I am so glad to have browsed through an anime review site with positive write ups for this movie.

In this tech savvy generation, we are highly dependent on the internet and gizmos that are capable of multitasking. One click of the button does it all, no sweat. Decision making a whole lot easier and convenient with the help of all these. After watching Summer Wars I realized that we have grown too complacent of the liabilities. As much as technology can ease our everyday burdens, it can also be a cause. We are our own weapon of mass destruction with the help of too much technology. It is scary, to know someone might hack an entire account and disable it… worse may be to take over your identity. After watching this film I believe it can be very possible.

Everything seem to have started with Kenji Koiso, but the characters all have their equal share in the story. In the end, Shinohara Natsuki became the most favored character after her display of hanafuda skills. And if not for Jinnouchi Sakae, their spirits will never be as high as can be. I so love the scene while they all held on to their gadgets and mobiles to play Koi-Koi with Natsuki. The family that “plays” together, stays together, indeed.


Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [2006]

the-girl-who-leapt-through-time-c-2006-tokikake-film-partnersAlternative Title: Toki o Kakeru Shōjo
Original Story:
Tsutsui Yasutaka
Tsutsui Yasutaka
Film Screenplay:
Satoko Okudera
Mamoru Hosoda
Release Date:
July 15, 2006 (Japan)
98 minutes
Movie Theme: Garnet by Hanaku Oku

Voice Actors:
Riisa Naka as
Makoto Konno
Takuya Ishida as
Chiaki Mamiya
Mitsutaka Itakura as Kousuke Tsuda


Gertie Award [Best animated feature film]: 39th Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia
Animation Grand Award [The year’s most entertaining animated film]:
61st Annual Mainichi Film Awards
Animation of the Year:
Japan Academy Prize
Grand Prize [Animation Division]:
2006 Japan Media Arts Festival
Special Distinction for Feature Film: 31st Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Plot (crunchyroll):
When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, “leap” backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realizes that changing the past isn’t as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of her and her friends.

I Say…

The.Girl.Who.Leapt.Through.Time.full.786374A cute, bittersweet movie. Quite interesting plot, I must say. But honestly there were parts quite unclear to me. It just feels like a second part’s going to come somehow. I don’t get the significance of the restored painting a.k.a the painting Chiaki wants so badly to see. When Makoto & Chiaki were standing in front of the glass case the painting isn’t there. That part confused me quite a lot. Could there be some connection between Chiaki, Makoto & Makoto’s Aunt? If you plan to see it, be ready for questions to bother you. I think I’m seeing it again some other time, maybe when I’m level headed enough to comprehend the details.