If you’re looking for a good movie to watch with some friends this spring, check this out. Summer Wars is a fun movie about a boy named Kenji who is tricked by a friend Natsuki to be her boyfriend over the summer to please her dying grandmother. Kenji is a part time programmer for a virtual world called OZ that is tied into a bunch of networks and people work inside OZ as virtual offices and so on. While spending the summer at Natsuki’s house, he gets a message full of numbers that seem to be in a code of some sort. Kenji breaks the code which allows the strongest most secure system of OZ to be penetrated and that is when all hell breaks loose. Kenji and the Shinohara family are brought together through struggles to bring an end to this threat.
The animation in this film is swift and clean. The voice acting done on Funimation’s side was done well and the story is well thought out and doesn’t leave you wondering. No annoying flashbacks and there is plenty of action to go around. There are a lot of resources out on the web that state the movie is comparable to that of the Miyazaki range and I have to agree. You don’t get left behind or have to ask for more, it pleases everyone of a wide veriety of ages in my opinion and is a great addition to anyone’s collection.
The DVD/BluRay disk comes with 4 collectable cards and a bonus disk. The bonus disk doesn’t come with any making of the movie or anything; it just comes with some interviews of the original Japanese voice cast. This is slightly disappointing but the movie itself is well worth the purchase.