Mamoru Hosoda News

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The movie Summer Wars, created by the celebrated director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - Mamoru Hosoda, has quickly become one of the larger anticipated anime movies to hit the U.S. market. A touching story of family, love, and the internet that consumes us all in one form or another. All through November we had bits of news leaked to us through FUNimation, the movies U.S. licensee. A rush was made to put this into the theaters in time for it to qualify for the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, and the nominees for Best Animated Feature will be due on January 25, 2011. If they succeed this would the only the third anime movie to be nominated for the Oscar in that category. The movie has already swept through three over film festivals with awards. Winners of the "Mainichi Film Concours" - Best Animated Film 2010, "Stiges International Film Festival" - Best Animated  Film 2010, & "Fantasia Film Festival" - Best Animated Film 2010.
 
Though the English dubbed version is on the North American circuit, the subtitled version is continually being shown at Film Festivals across the world. It's already begun showing in theaters. See below if it's coming anywhere near you and for show dates.
 
In honor of all this attention and news. I took it upon myself to exercise my normal level of OCD on the Anime Vice profiles for Summer Wars. Go check out the profile and you will find that the entire movie cast now has a profile, no matter how minor the character, and complete list of voice actors for the English and Japanese versions. I will say, that was a tedious task to make all those cast profiles, but it was worth it. If you don't believe me. Check out these trailers and clips from the movie.
 

Summer Wars - English Trailer (HD)

  

Summer Wars - Clip King Kazma Meets Love Machine (English Dub / HD)

  

Watch First 3 Minutes of Summer Wars!

As a special promotion, on Anime News Network(ANN) you can now watch the first three minutes of Summer Wars for free. To see the free portion of this movie and be introduced the to cyber world of OZ, visit ANN: HERE

Here are the updated schedule for the Summer Wars theatrical showings.
DateCityLocations
Dec 3-8Chicago, IL Siskel Film Center
Dec 10-16
Los Angeles, CA
AMC Covina 30
Dec 24-30Tempe/Phoenix, AZ Harkins Valley Art
Dec 24-30San Francisco, CA Landmark Bridge Theater
Dec 29-Jan 4New York, NY IFC Center
Dec 31-Jan 6Minneapolis, MNSt. Anthony Main Theatre
(Hosted by Minnesota Fine Arts)
Jan 5-12Boston, MAMuseum of Fine Arts
Jan 7-13Denver, CODenver FilmCenter/Colfa
Jan 7-13Santa Fe, NMCCA Cinematheque
Jan 7-13Portland, ORHollywood Theater
Jan 7-13Greensboro, NCCarousel Luxury Cinemas
Jan 14-20Los Angeles, CALaemmle Sunset
Jan 21-27Philadelphia, PALandmark Ritz at the Bourse
Jan 23-Feb 3Honolulu, HIAcademy of Arts
Jan 28-Feb 3Seattle, WALandmark Varsity
The screenings for San Fransisco are in the last week of December. So, I doubt we will get the Screened guys covering it. Though, LA is showing this movie in mid January. Maybe if we ask nicely, Anime Vice's Tom Pinchuk will cover the movies release.

If you can't see this in theaters. Summer Wars will be released on DVD/Blu-ray in February 2011. You can even preoder the movie on both Rightstuf.com and Amazon.com.
 
Source: FUNimation blog / FUNimation blog

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- 
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The instant the last frames came to a dim on 2006's Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), my mind was thoroughly fixed on what Mamoru Hosoda could possibly do next. His already smooth, expressive style had adorned films like the Digimon movie, and now this film had been the one to blow the doors open, leaving a very tangible taste that this guy may very well be the next Miyazaki. Tokikake's blend of beautiful animation, lush backgrounds, and mutidimensional characters signaled a subtle, but potent emergence of fresh, singular talent.

So when I heard last year that he was going to pull off a more fun film to be released this year, I went all a goo. And sure enough the first trailer's here! Get a first dig at SUMMER WARS!


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