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Summer Wars (サマーウォーズ)

Summer Wars (サマーウォーズ, Samā Wōzu) is a 2009 Japanese animated science fiction romance film directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera from a story by Hosoda. The film was produced by Madhouse and released by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan. The film stars the voices of Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura and Sumiko Fuji. Set in a territory governed by a clan in Ueda, the film's story focuses on Kenji Koiso, a timid eleventh-grade math genius who has been falsely implicated in the hacking of a virtual world and, with the aid of upper-classman Natsuki Shinohara's extensive family, must prevent the real and computer-simulated worlds from colliding.

Kenji Koiso (Ryunosuke Kamiki/Michael Sinterniklaas) is a young high school student with a gift in mathematics, working as a part-time moderator in the massive computer-simulated virtual reality world OZ along with his friend Takashi Sakuma (Takahiro Yokokawa/Todd Haberkorn). When Kenji's friend Natsuki Shinohara (Nanami Sakuraba/Brina Palencia) offers him to participate in celebrating the 90th birthday of her great-grandmother, Sakae Jinnouchi (Sumiko Fuji/Pam Dougherty), Natsuki takes him to Sakae's estate in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture. Much to Kenji's surprise, he is introduced at the Jinnouchi family house as Natsuki's fiancé.

[Trailer] Summer Wars (夏日大作战) w/ English & Chinese Subtitles

Kenji meets several of Natsuki's relatives, and also meets Wabisuke Jinnouchi (Ayumu Saitō/J. Michael Tatum), Natsuki's uncle and a Carnegie Mellon University professor. He receives a mysterious e-mail with a mathematical code, and cracks it. However, Love Machine, an artificial intelligence running in the OZ mainframe, uses Kenji's account and avatar to hack into the mainframe, causing Kenji to become the primary suspect. Kenji, along with Natsuki's cousin Kazuma Ikezawa (Mitsuki Tanimura/Maxey Whitehead) and Sakuma, tries to stop Love Machine, but Kazuma's avatar, King Kazma, is knocked down. Kenji is promptly arrested for his actions, but Love Machine continues to steal accounts, and hack into car navigation systems and other computer mainframes.

As a result, Natsuki forces Kenji to return to her house. Sakae calls various people in important positions in Japan's society and her family who work in various emergency services. She encourages them to work their hardest and reduces the potential chaos and damage that could have occurred. Kenji eventually hacks into the mainframe using his math skills and returns control of OZ to the moderators and engineers. Wabisuke later reveals that he actually created Love Machine and sold it to the United States military for money, leaving Natsuki in shock. Kenji and the Jinnouchi family runs to Sakae's bedside the next morning to find that she has died and that Love Machine interfered with her heart monitoring system. Kenji, Sakuma, and half of the Jinnouchi family initiate a plan to destroy Love Machine using a supercomputer, while Natsuki and the rest prepare a funeral for Sakae.

By AS on Jan 16, 2011
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