Title: Summer Wars
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Category: #10 An animated movie for adults/anime
This is such an odd little movie that I really don’t know where to begin explaining it. Basically it’s the old girl asks guy to be her fake boyfriend for the weekend trope. Except that instead of being a romantic comedy the story instead centers on what happens when the online community he works for is hacked by an AI and he’s the only one that can help fix it. With some help from the girl’s family.
Honestly, I didn’t love this movie. There’s been anime movies that I have loved and while I found this concept to be great I found the execution somewhat confusing. Largely it was just unclear to me how exactly you connected to the online community and did things in it, and why people were even using it since it wasn’t quite VR it was just something you could click around.
If you love anime then it’s probably something you’ll enjoy but if you’ve not watched much anime I think you’re better starting with a different movie, perhaps Spirited Away of my all time favourite Grave of the Fireflies.
Rating: 2.5/5 stars