I'm continuing this week with my movie reviews for people who donated to the Periscope Studio art books Kickstarter. A big thanks to Jacob, who requested Summer Wars! Read on for some spoiler-filled reaction comics!
Basically, just go see this movie if you haven't yet.
The characters interact with one another in many interesting ways, forming different groups at different times the way that real people do (by family, by gender, by opinion, by task). Nobody is a "good guy" or "bad guy"; they take on protagonist and antagonist roles depending on the situation. It could have been so easy to fill out the big family with generic characters, but everyone really feels real. The chaos of the big household is totally believable. Somehow, the creators manage to keep over 20 characters in character AND keep the plot moving forward.
Pretty much xD
Sniff! Universal cooperation and self-sacrifice....you hit me in the soft spot, Summer Wars.
I haven't even mentioned Sakae Jinnouchi, who is maybe the most interesting character. I love seeing a matriarch like this. She can wield a yari, sure, but her greatest strength as demonstrated in the movie is her prowess in conversation, her network of friends/family, and her ability to get people to work together and support one another. There's a lot of good stuff happening in Summer Wars in terms of what makes characters heroic. Kenji is smart and willing to stay in harm's way to protect others. Wabisuke asks for forgiveness and tries to make amends for the damage he's caused. Everyone seems at their best when they do their duty to serve others and cooperate.