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Sadamoto to Release Summer Wars Collection

Mmm, so pretty!


 
 
Many of you know Yoshiyuki Sadamoto as the original designer of all of the characters in Neon Genesis Evangelion (including the recent movies), not to mention .hack//SIGN, Wings of Honneamise, Diebuster, and plenty more.

But he also did character designs for Mamoru Hosoda's extremely well-received film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and also for Hosoda's follow-up, the recently-released anime film Summer Wars.

Comic Natalie reports that Sadamoto will be releasing a collection of his rough design sketches for the film on August 20th. For a mere ¥2415 ($25.39 USD, not including shipping of course), you can pick up a copy of the book, which reportedly contains all of the characters and settings from the film. (Or you can view a preview of the book.)

Of course, we have yet to hear any inklings of the movie making it to the west (though it only just opened in Japan on August 1st). I haven't heard as much buzz about it as I did for Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, but Bandai Entertainment's release for Hosoda's earlier film seems to have done okay (the theater I saw it in was decently full), so I'm crossing my fingers that Summer Wars gets a chance as well.

The story of Summer Wars, by the way, revolves around a boy named Kenji who gets a summer job at his crush's home helping out with her grandmother's 90th birthday-- and the job is to pretend to be the girl's fiance.

That may sound like just enough plot to get Owen Wilson attached to some terrible rom-com, but throw in a sci-fi twist: Kenji solves a strange math problem on his cell phone that results in a collision between Earth and a parallel universe. D'oh!

What do you think? Wanna see it?
HeeroYuyon Aug. 18, 2009 at 9:49 a.m.
You had me up until the cell phone math problem world explodes part....
 
Seriously, what?
transgojoboton Aug. 18, 2009 at 6:06 p.m.
Yes, please! 
 
I'm hoping NYAF might be able to slip this movie into their sked in September. 
giaon Aug. 18, 2009 at 10:33 p.m.
@transgojobot: That would seriously make my day! <3

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Summer Wars is a movie of Kenji Koiso who's hired to play the fiancee of Natsuki Shinohara for her family reunion when his OZ account is hacked and shuts down the program all Japan depends on to function. Kenji must fix this with the help and support of Natsuki's family.

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