サマーウォーズ [Welcome to the world of OZ]

Last Saturday I went to CPH PIX Festival (Copenhagen Film Festival) together with my sister and watched Hosoda Mamoru's acclaimed anime production Summer Wars. A lot of people came (even some Japanese!)  and we all had a great time in the cinema ;D

If you check one of my old posts, you know I've been eagerly waiting for this movie ever since news of it came out last year. Well, now I've finally watched it! ^O^ Woohuu!

02 Overture of the Summer Wars
Matsumoto Akihiko

I must say it was a really enjoyable movie! Of course I watched it because of Kamiki Ryunosuke to begin with (and heck did he do a good job!!) but the movie had so much more to offer! :O The animation was breathtakingly beautiful and the story itself was totally brilliant! The movie had so many funny scenes too, especially with the main character Kenji – and who doesn't love a little humor? ^ 3 ^  Some scenes were rather nerve-wracking too~ *O* But most importantly, the movie was exciting and entertaining all the way to the end :D Especially the scenes in the virtual world OZ were really fantastic! You just sat in the cinema and stared at the screen in amazement…( ! ) xD  (Heh) Well I sure did! ^  ^

Well the story starts with Kenji (Kamiki Ryunosuke), a 17-year-old high school student, being asked by his crush Shinohara Natsuki (Sakuraba Nanami) to do a summer job for her. He accepts at once, and of they are to Natsuki's grandma's 90th birthday celebration far off in the countryside. When they arrive he finds out he is to pretend to be Natsuki's boyfriend and fiancée! xD This leads to a lot of funny incidents ^ o ^ (keke)

 

While all is going pretty well, Kenji suddenly receives a mysterious message from an anonymous sender. The message is a long row of numbers and Kenji logically thinks it's a math problem. Because he is quite a math genius he solves it on one night and suddenly the virtual world of OZ (a parallel world which all communication and data is handled) collapse, and the evil project 'Love Machine' has begun :O 

 

Now Kenji holds the responsibility for saving the whole planet from world destruction xD That's a lot of responsibility! (Haha)  But luckily he gets help from several members of the Jinnouchi family. Among them is Kazuma, a 13-year-old computer geek, who is better known as 'King Kazma' in the world of OZ – the unbeatable warrior xD 

The first time we meet Kazuma I thought he was a girl XD His voice is so girly!! Probably to make it seem younger ^^ Still quite hard to get used to xD Still, he was a really cool character, very mature ^o^b Here's a piece of music from the soundtrack – you could call it Kazuma's theme ^ o ~ Love it!

  As mentioned earlier, Kamiki did a great job at voice acting xD He really is one of my favorite Seiyuus! :D Even though his voice has become a little deeper it's still fantastically cute! He really made Kenji shine – I love him so much! <3 The other seiyuus were really good too. Very new and fresh ^  ^

Loved the very rowdy battle scenes with the whole family battling the OZ enemy 'Love Machine' (btw, this name is really comical ^o^ laughed so hard when one of the family members asked: "Like the Momosu song?" xD)  

Well, they are playing against this monster xD

The game they played "Hanafuda" was really interesting :) Would like to play it some day.

And now to the ending scene ^O^

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I really loved the cute and funny ending ~ totally hilarious ~ and just perfect! xD When Kenji yelled "daisuki!!" I could just die happy<3 I won't say any more ;D You have to watch it for yourself   ^ 3 ^

Here's the really nice ending song ^o^

19. Bokura no Natsu no Yume
Tatsuro Yamashita

 

The movie is getting an UK release (by MANGA UK) this year's September, so If you haven't watched this movie yet – don't waste your time!! xD

Right now, I can't wait to watch Miyasaki's new movie: "The Borrower Arrietty" (Arrietty no Kagurashi) which is based on the English classic "The Borrowers" by Mary Norten and will premiere in Japan this summer! (21th of July)

Here's a teaser preview trailer:


And here's the theme song performed by Cecile Corbel (wow French!)

So beautiful *  O*

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  1. Just LOVE this movie<3 Really nice review d(^_^)b *thumbs up*I agree that it's a wonderful movie and I love Kamiki-kun's voice-acting too ^^<3I thought that Kazuma was a girl too! His voice is seriously too girly, even though he is only thirteen and his voice might not have matured yet. But then again, that could also be the reason that he had been bullied before (poor thing)I thought it was funny when everyone pulled out their phones, Nintendo DSis and laptops to "fight" XD just so freaking funny to look at!! And when Kenji solved all those math problems – now that was crazy, haha!Great pictures, but they still doesn't do the movie justice, when you have watched it in the cinema. This movie should be seen on a big screen that's for sure ;)Btw I can't wait to see Arrietty no Kagurashi, I'm happy that Ponyo wasn't his last movie after all – Miyazaki-sama doumo arigatou gosaimasu! o(_ _)o

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