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Summer Wars

Type: Not an actual war

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Synopsis: Men are easy. This has been established. Take in point the Kenji Koiso, who gets roped into going to a family reunion by this pretty girl in his school. It’s obviously very awkward to visit another family, especially when the media labels you a digital terrorist. On the plus side, you do get to go on Digimon-esque adventures with your future in-laws.

Pros: This straight up gave me Digimon flashbacks. In fact, I think this had the same plot as the first Digimon movie, e.g., a program goes virus and threatens the digital world. But even though the digital world stuff is awesome to look at, the real strenght of the movie was the portrayal of the family. The family felt real. I could point to a few a saw, “I have an uncle like that!” The combination of characters and their familiarity with one another made you feel like the protagonist did. You were a stranger looking in, then slowly becoming one of them.

Cons: Story wise, there’s not really a negative. I mean, you could argue that the main character becomes marginalized as the story plays out, but I like to think he just becomes part of the larger family unit. But that’s really is. This is a great movie that you can watch with anyone.

Watch it?: This and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Talk about a double act.

MVP: King Kazama
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I love his design.

Best moment: The line, “Are you Man enough to date by granddaughter?” (I’m using that later on)
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Type: Literal Title

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Synopsis: Really? A girl leaps through time. It’s not that hard to figure out.

Pros: O.K., so I’m a sucker for time travel stories. This has been established. I loved the this movie. It was light-hearted, funny, and used time travel in a very realistic fashion. Basically, it was used for shinanigans. Pass a test. Dodge a hit. Sing kareoke ten times in a row. Everything the average person would do. Because, lets be real here. You might think you’d use time travel to kill Hitler or bet on the 2004 World Series, but you would actually just use it as a redo-button for your life. A lot of the humor comes from Makoto literally leaping though time and fixing various little high school problems. The main conflict, which thankfully isn’t some reality shattering consequence of abusing time travel, arises when Makoto discovers that her two male best friends like her (which I get the feeling happens to a lot of girls). This wasn’t overly melodramatic, at least at the start, and I would highly recommend this film to anyone.

Cons: The film doesn’t quite stick the landing. In about the last 40 minutes, you discover how Makoto was traveling through time, and the movie goes down the cliche love angle. This felt out of place with the rest of the story. The first act had been Makoto using time travel in funny ways. The second act was Makoto finding herself in a love triangle and trying her best to undo it, because screw whoever came up with the term “friend zone.” What bothered me about the third act is that the previous two had been alluding to the consequences of time travel. Not in an earth shattering way, but in a more personal “you open a door but close a window” sort of way. That’s why one of Makoto’s classmates was being bullied, because Makoto accidentally transferred her series of unfortunate events to him. But these consequences never pay off in a tone consistent to the more down to earth plot before hand. Maybe if the film had explored Makoto dating both boys, or giving up both, or something totally different. Don’t get me wrong, the ending doesn’t ruin the movie by any means, it just makes it “good” where it could have been “great.”

Watch it?: Very accessible.

MVP: Makoto

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Keep rolling, rolling, rolling….

Best Moment: Makoto laughing arrogantly over her new mastery over time.

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