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Summer Wars / The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [Blu-ray]

Mamoru Hosoda    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Producers: Shinichiro Inoue, Jungo Maruta, Takuya Itô, Yuichiro Sato, Nozomu Takahashi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AFUJFM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,646 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Double bill of anime features directed by Mamoru Hosoda. In the fantasy 'Summer Wars' a teenage boy moves to Nagano with his crush, in order to fool her 90-year-old grandmother into thinking that she is engaged. Kenji (voice of Ryunosuke Kamiki) is a shy eleventh-grade student when he is asked by the confident, older pupil Natsuki (voice of Nanami Sakuraba) to take a summer job at her home. Upon arriving, he is shocked to learn that the 'job' requires him to pose as Natsuki's fiance. Their 'romance' is interrupted, however, when Kenji receives a mysterious text message containing a mathematical problem. Being a maths whizzkid, Kenji can't resist solving it, but he soon realises disaster has struck - he has caused the seizure of a huge social networking site that is used by most of the world's businesses and services. It is now up to Kenji and his newly acquired family to put things right. 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time' is an award-winning, feature-length sci-fi anime adapted from Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1965 novel 'Toki o Kakeru Shojo'. High school student Makoto Konno (voice of Riisa Naka) discovers that she possesses the ability to travel through time and space, and uses the gift to readjust past events in her favour. However, as she learns that every change she makes has the potential for serious repercussions in the present, Makoto is forced to continually revisit the past in order to put right the wrongs she has unwittingly created, eventually realising that everyone's alloted time, even those who can travel through it, is finite.


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I've had chance to actually sit down and enjoy the blu-ray release of 'Summer Wars', and 'enjoy' is definitely the right word.

The story is simple enough: high school maths-geek is persuaded by girl he secretly loves to do some 'work' for her, which he discovers far too late is actually pretending to be her boyfriend/fiancé in front of her entire extended family. Cue humorous confusion/embarrassment etc., before the truth is revealed and boy is arrested for 'breaking the internet'(!) He then has to save the world (and the girl) from the AI now controlling everything. So far so normal (for anime).

But while the core concept may lack originality, the film excels in both storytelling and in the way it is populated by solid, entertaining characters. Kenji is a likeable lad who suffers from neither guilt-ridden angst or misplaced arrogance, while Natsuki, a potentially two-dimensional character (how many 'popular' girls would pay someone to pretend to be a boyfriend?) manages to join him in coming across as likeable and plausible. The whole cast comes across as ordinary people in an extraordinary situation, rising to the un-winnable challenge. And this is what has been one of the things pulled over from this team's previous film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [DVD], along with the animation style and overall attention to detail. I would encourage anyone who has seen TGWLTT to get 'Summer Wars' without delay.

The film does genuinely live up to its name, it is light, 'summery' and features a rather strange 'war'. The more obvious CG elements are appropriate and blend well with the film as a whole, while the storytelling is handled far more effectively than with TGWLTT.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this boxset of two anime blu-ray discs on a bit of a whim since I'd heard of neither but was impressed by the favourable reviews and the quantity of awards jointly garnered by the two films. I have to say I was not disappointed.

I decided to watch them in chronological order and so first sat down to 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time'. This was a good high school time travel romp that was very enjoyable. It did get it's plot tied up in knots here and there but in a complex time travel story that's very hard to avoid. Well worth the time spent watching it though. Probably worth 4 stars.

Summer Wars was a different kettle of fish. A very stylish looking film with some great design work. The plot was engaging and the characters entertaining. It's a cliche to say "I laughed, I cried" etc. but in this case I genuinely did. The story is by turns touching, funny, sad, sweet and really exciting in places. The director, Mamoru Hosoda, does an excellent job of moving the story along, staging some superb set piece scenes and still keeping a large cast of characters defined and interesting. Highly recommended, 5 stars.

If it was an option I would've combined the scores and given the boxset 4.5 stars overall but the rating system doesn't allow that. Suffice to say it's excellent and well worth purchasing at this price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technical review 1 Mar 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Let's get the two movie reviews out of the way..... both are original and good, and not at all your average teen demolition anime, but something completely different. Both are different from one another as well.
Imbd will enlighten you some more, better than I can :)

As to the nitty gritty:

Summer wars:
English and japanese audio
English subtitles. For some unfathomable reason, those are plain yellow. Now I can see them just fine but if you're colour blind, you might be in for a world of pain.
Extras: 6 shortish interviews with the japanese cast and director, as well as trailers.

The video quality is nice and crisp; the colours are vibrant. It's well done and very nice quality.

The girl who leapt through time:
English and japanese audio
English subtitles. White with black outlines
Absolutely no extras.

This one is older and the blu-ray quality is ....not really blu-ray quality. This is a much cheaper transfer that frankly looks like a repackaged upscaled DVD (couple of blocks here and there, very little. Not so much bad quality as visibly lower resolution). If you already own the DVD, you might think twice about getting this one [unless you're OCD or possibly the DVD is VHS quality]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movies! 25 May 2011
By Stian
Format:Blu-ray
I had already seen these two when I bought it and already knew they were great, really felt that I needed to buy something this good,and I am not regretting it, at least at such a good price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story for teens 16 Mar 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Product arrived within 4 days. Well packed, no damage. I bought these DVD for my 13 years old daughter who is half Japanese. She loved japanese taste of animations. She watched it in Japanese. It is a fun way of learning Japanese language and culture for teens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Pair of Anime Brilliance. 5 Mar 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Right now director Mamoru Hosoda (MH) is the rising star in the anime industry. Sure, there's room for a lot of other writers, directors, producers, artists and musicians, but, as of this moment, there's no one out there who's got it together as crisply or as sweetly. In the space of three films, the two covered in this review and the even more recent, Wolf Children, MH is the go to guy for when you want a slice of pure Nipponese narrative culture.

So, what is it that makes the man's works such an enjoyable experience? Well, from my purely subjective viewpoint, it's that MH has an absolute grasp when it comes to storytelling. The man understands the beats within a script in a manner which other directors have seldom ever managed. If I were to compare him to an American or European director it would probably be Howard Hawks. Like Hawks, MH knows exactly how ring all that is available to him out of any given tale and if that means letting a scene play out in a way which, at first (and occasionally second, third and fourth) sight would appear to be clichéd and, sometimes, it is clichéd, but it isn't wrong.

The first of these two features, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (TGWLTT) is from a series of short novels by Yasutaka Tsutsui which were published between November 1965 and May 1966. The film diverges somewhat from these volumes and could be seen as a loose sequel to the original stories. Certainly the time frame is updated.

The protagonist, Makoto Konno is a seventeen year old girl who to her shock discovers that she has the gained the ability to, as the title tells us, Leap Through Time. Initially she has a blast, using her power to enjoy petty pleasures and these sequences are both beautiful and deeply ironic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 amazing films
Two beautifully animated movies. My viewing pleasure along with friends and family was nothing short of exciting and refreshing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Yasin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money
Summer wars is one of the best anime movies of the last 5 years and worth the price of teh box alone. The Girl who leapt through time is a nice added bonus
Published 8 months ago by Kees Geuze
4.0 out of 5 stars For every anime fans (BD review)
Two very nice anime films from same creator. I whould love more extras, but I'm not complaining. Top quality of the discs too in sound and picture (they are HD in sound and... Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2011 by Manos
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent discs, good service
The films are excellent, and arrived in good condition and very fast. Box set is simple but nice. Image quality is very high, sound is amazing, has both sub and dub included.
Published on 18 Sep 2011 by C. Hogg
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
the delivery was fast and the quality was great , i love both these films alot and found the overall product amazing 5/5
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by Chris Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies - Great Blu-Rays.
While I could take the time to tell you how fantastic both of these movies are, I won't. This is a review of the Blu-Rays themselves, not a movie review. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Mark Breen
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great animation films in one boxset
Both films are great. The boxset itself is bare minimum, so it is just a card board box and two blu-ray cases and two discs. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by sides
5.0 out of 5 stars Two classics
I had seen both these movies before, and loved them both instantly, but had never bought them on dvd before. Read more
Published on 28 April 2011 by Mr. Anthony Blundell
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