The worst things in this world are being hungry and being alone.
Technology is only as good as the user.Summer Wars is a 2009 anime Science Fiction and Slice of Life film. The film focuses on a timid eleventh-grade math genius named Kenji Koiso who has been falsely implicated in the hacking of a virtual world and, with the aid of a classmate's extensive family, must prevent the real and computer-simulated worlds from colliding. It was produced by the Japanese animation studio Madhouse and was directed by Mamoru Hosoda.The project was first announced without a title at the 2008 Tokyo International Anime Fair, and the first trailer of the film was released in April 2009. Audience interest was fueled primarily through word of mouth and Internet publicity. Two manga adaptations of the film were published ahead of the film's release in Japan and South Korea. It was nominated for the 2009 Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival. FUNimation acquired the distribution rights to the film, and has set it up with some of their biggest names in ADR dubbing. FUNimation also set up a theatrical release in select cites starting in December 2010, and a DVD and Blu-Ray release in February 2011. It was gunning for an Oscar nomination, which it failed to get.The film is extremely similar to the same director's earlier work, the Digimon feature film Our War Game (2000), released in English as part of Digimon: The Movie. Both involve the chaos caused in the real and virtual worlds by a shape-changing artificial intelligence that views everything as a game running wild across the internet, but even beyond this basic similarity in plot, the major story beats are even the same, with a tale that culminates in a set-piece battle that sees millions of internet users across the world rally behind the hero to best the villain, but not before it launches a projectile at our heroes in the real world, leading to a race-against-time scene to stop the projectile underscored with a countdown clock. The artistic design of The Metaverse is shared between both films, depicting the virtual realm as a white void decorated with floating two-dimensional shapes in which all characters have red outlines, as well as with "Superflat Monogram", a Louis Vuitton promotional video also directed by Hosoda.Has a manga spin-off: Summer Wars: King Kazma vs Queen Oz, a prequel which focuses on Kazuma.
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