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Summer Wars

A longish time ago, our Japanese penpal Clay started talking about the new Evangelion movie, because he's a big Evangelion fan. And since it has the same character designer, he also started talking about Summer Wars. He said he hadn't seen it yet, but from what he heard, we'd probably like it. Based on what he heard, we figured we'd probably like it too, and I said as much to him.

Later, he saw the movie himself, and it became one of his favorites. He said that it's a really good depiction of Japan itself--like if anyone were to ask him, "What's Japan like?" he would show them Summer Wars to answer their question. That sounded really cool, and when he put it like that, I was like, "Man, now I want to show it to everyone, and I haven't even seen it!"

During the whole conversation (since it went on over a few e-mails), I kept saying, "I want to see it! If only we had the money to buy it..." It was by no means an attempt to get him to buy it for us (more of a way to say, "I really am interested! I just can't do anything about it right now."), but! in one e-mail he offered to do just that. And not only that! but he asked if we could watch Blu-ray. Well, we hate to say no to offers like that, so we gave him our address, making sure to say, "If it's not a problem" (though sometimes I wonder if that only makes people want to do things like that even more...).

And! he had Amazon ship it directly to us, which had us in shock because Amazon overseas shipping prices are insane. I wonder if we should have warned him about that...

When Clay e-mailed to let us know that the order had been made, we thanked him profusely and started eagerly awaiting our package. And on Tuesday! it finally arrived! Tadah! The box was a lot bigger than what we expected for a Blu-ray disc, and in fact when we opened the package, it turned out that the box was much larger than it needed to be. But it also turned out that Clay had been kind enough to order us the special edition Summer Wars Blu-ray that came with an art book and set of hanafuda cards! Eeee!

Then things went crazy on Tuesday, so we didn't get a chance to watch it. But we did watch it last night!

One of the first things we did after opening the package was check the Blu-ray features to see if it had English subtitles, since now we want to show the movie to everyone (even before we saw it, remember?). Unfortunately, it didn't, and I think we have anime pirates to blame for it, boo.

But we did discover that the main character (or we assumed the main character, since it was the first one listed) was played by Ryunosuke Kamiki! We first heard him back in around 2003, when he played Jin in Lagoon Engine and Bo in Spirited Away. He was about nine years old at the time.

He sounds a lot different now. He's playing a high schooler! Whoa!

He actually sounds a lot like Miyu Irino, which is interesting, because he's also in Spirited Away.

Anyway. The movie's about this kid who goes to visit his sempai's family, where he's tricked into pretending to be her boyfriend (which is okay because he likes her, but not okay because of the "wha-huh?" factor), but none of that really matters anymore when he's also tricked into hacking into this gigantic computer social network. The real culprit uses the information in the network to cause mass chaos in the real world, and now Kenji (that's the main kid's name) has to stop him with Natsuki(that's the girl)'s family's help.

We actually missed a lot of the details of what was going on, because there was a lot of technical stuff and they talked kind of fast, so we'll have to watch it again (yay!). But overall it was really cute and funny and awesome and stuff. It's really interesting how all the characters interact, and how stuff going on in the real world affects the computer world and vice versa. Like there's one part where this kid is trying to beat the hacker by using the network's battle mode, and he's doing really really well, until the little kids come up and start bugging him. And then since he ends up failing, the network stays affected and the hacker can affect the real world.

And then that extended into our movie viewing with the help of Oreo and Page! There was this really dramatic part where they challenged the hacker to a fight, and they're waiting for him to show up, and everything's all quiet. Then they see him falling from the sky, and right as he's about to hit, we hear a shriek from the cats! Whoa, talk about timing.

Anyway, the relationships between all the characters are really great, too. It's interesting how many of the elements in the movie are universal, and how many of them are distinctly Japanese. I think most of what happens and how the characters get along is universal, but the setting is very Japanese. It's neat!

Today I'm thankful for Clay being kind enough to buy us Summer Wars on Blu-ray with nifty extras, having time to watch it yesterday, Summer Wars, catching my typos before I end up saving that I typed "Summer Wards" (that procedural memory), and having a neat set of hanafuda cards to try out!
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