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  • Actors: Sumiko Fuji, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Ayumu Saitô
  • Directors: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AFUJH0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,250 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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From the visionary director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2007 Japanese Academy Award winner, Best Animated Feature) comes the story of an ordinary family going to extraordinary lengths to avert the impending cyber apocalypse!

Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He's good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiance at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI intent on using the virtual word of OZ to destroy the real world, literarily. As Armageddon looms on the horizon, Kenji and his new family set aside their differences and band together to save the worlds they inhabit in this near-perfect blend of social satire and science fiction.

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Natsuki the popular girl at school has promised to introduce her boyfriend to her formidable samurai Grannie at Grannies upcoming birthday. Problem is she hasn't got one so on short notice she improvises offering the school maths nerd a summer job. Then all hell breaks loose as a rogue AI is loosed on the Online world of OZ a gaming trading environment that has become ubiquitous and through which the AI Love Machine accesses virtually everything and causes havoc. Some people have said this is unrealistic, but with the rapid development of the Internet of Things it has way more potential reality to it than most other anime.

May 2017 Wannacry ransomware incident rather proves my point I think.

At this point the resistance begins, centred on the phenomenally well connected Grandmother, her crazy family and the Nerd who turns out is a bit of a prodigy and when pushed has some steel to him.
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I brought this as a gift for a friend but have seen this movie myself, it's a really nice Sunday afternoon movie that's funny and really enjoyable to watch.
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Love the story. Love the characters. Love the animation!
A really clever, yet funny, movie to watch!
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Really good and interesting film with a great story and amazing animation. If you're a fan of 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time' you'll love this.
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Good film fast pace action good storyline.
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Such a good anime movie! Wasn't sure going in (don't know why) but it was such a good storyline. Didn't want it to end. Gr8 addition to the anime collection
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By tallpete33 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2011
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Having enjoyed the excellent "Girl who leapt through Time" movie with my daughter, I bought this on the recommendation, nay insistence of a friend (take a bow Japan Man) and did not regret it for a moment. It has an excellent story, fantastic characters and of course brilliant animation. Whereas the plot is a bit "out there" and very much of it's time for the wired (and wireless) generation, it has more than it's fair share of the human and emotional side with an eccentric and varied cast, all but two of who are from the Jinnouchi clan that is steeped in history and proud of their past battles (victories and defeats). It has something to appeal to everyone - geeks, kids, oldies and just about anybody who is part of a family.

It's a bit of a roller coaster ride, switching between the reality of a family summer and the "avatars" inside the computer network of OZ. The winners of these virtual battles control the network with real implications for the real world. What starts of as a simple two-player fight as the OZ servers are infiltrated becomes war as more accounts are snatched and the single badass avatar becomes a digital monolith that only the proud Jinnouchi family can hope to defeat by fair means or foul. There are surreal moments as one uncle brings in a boat (for power) and another rolls up with a super computer ("think if it as a test") and blocks of cooling ice to do battle. It's not all about the "war" though, it's a love story and the tale of a family pulling together in adversity and bringing back the black sheep after one of their own dies. Another member avidly watches her son play baseball on TV, the final game a metaphor for the ongoing online antics. Great stuff and supremely watchable.

This is a more grown up offering than TGWLTT and non-Facebooked olds may be a little perplexed at first but that should not put you off what is an absolute gem. The writer of this film definitely has a great imagination...or perhaps great foresight.
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This film is a joy to watch. The animation is fluid, the style is bright and colourful, and the voice acting is spot on (I haven't watched it with the English dub so I don't know about that). Mamoru Hosoda first interested me in his work with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [DVD] (another awesome film) and this film proves his worth. The story is a little silly and melodramatic at times, but it's enjoyable and uplifting. It is a good warning against relying too much on the internet, as when things go wrong it could have dire consequences in the real world. The way Natsuki's family interacts with each other is portrayed extremely well and realistically, and I think families from all over the world would be able to relate to them. You also empathise with Kenji when it becomes clear he's been brought to these strangers' house by a girl who at first isn't very interested in him and doesn't really know him. Although as a character he may not be particularly original (shy, brainy, slightly awkward guy that would do anything for the girl he has a crush on) you end up rooting for him and wanting him to succeed.
The only niggles I have with this film are the weak plot device that results in Kenji going with Natsuki to her family's home and that the relationship between Natsuki and Kenji has no back story. She is supposed to be the most popular girl at school and a year older than Kenji, there is no obvious reason for them to know each other very well, so her picking Kenji for the job is a little unlikely. This, however, doesn't really detract from the story once it gets going.
All in all, this is an excellent film that I could highly recommend to anyone, anime fan or not. And you should definitely keep an eye out for what Hosoda comes out with next.
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