Summer Wars

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Digimon Movie 1: Digimon Adventure

Digimon Movie 1: Digimon Adventure

Four years before the Digidestined were transported to the Digital World, and before they met their Digimon partners, they had no idea what Digimon were. That changed late one night when Taichi and Hikari Yamagi watched a Digi-Egg appear out of their computer screen. When it hatched, it changed the fate of the eight kids who were chosen to save the Digital World. However, Taichi and Hikari were more concerned with how to hide the growing Digimon in their apartment. Little did they know they’d soon see their second, and much less friendly, Digimon...

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Sahar Sahar says...

Plots are very similar. Wars in the digital world. Both are funny and have a great art style to them as well.

Naga Naga says...

(Have in mind that Digimon movie one is combination of movies 1 and 2, or at least it was back then when I watched it) First of all I think that Summer Wars is massively influenced if not copied Digimon on a whole new level. If you watch both movies in a row you will notice that SW copied a lot of scenes and even dialogue. I don´t think that its dry copy but its really hard to ignore that much similarities. In both cases plot is practicly the same... shocking? Difference is in charachters and world but everything else from plot development to major twists is too damn similar (if not same). I hate to be the one impying that one thing is copy of other, but in this case it is hardy ignorable. Both are marvelous anime, however SW is newer and more appealing to watch for a new generations (mostly beause of animations and possibly better action, which I doubt). But to me Digimon the move (Movies 1 and 2) is far more superior anime. If you enjoyed one of these you should definately grab the other one.

XxDigitalSoulxX XxDigitalSoulxX says...

Both of these series are very similar in a variety of ways. While the Digimon movie does come first, and Summer Wars is almost plagarising Digimon's plot, both movies are equally amazingly well written and animated. 

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

Kimimaro Yoga could use a break. At nineteen years old, he's not only a student at Heisei College of Economics, he's also a part time employee and flat out broke. So when an eerie man offers the boy a special ATM card and an exorbitant amount of cash, Kimimaro gives in to temptation – but there's a catch. In exchange for his good fortune, Kimimaro's very future is put at stake, held as collateral by the Bank of Midas and tied to the amount of yen in his bank account. In addition, he must participate in a special battle every week in the mysterious 'Financial District' – a battle where losing against one's opponent can mean bankruptcy, a fate that carries an unthinkable cost in the normal world...

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MADwonderholic MADwonderholic says...

They both center around a boy that gets involved in a virtual world. The battles both have a similar bizzare feel to them, and similar aesthetics. If you like one, you'd probably like the other.

eaper eaper says...

These series each focus on two seperate world- one being the real world while the other is a world with the power to control the real world. Each series also has interesting visuals throughout.

animeandwwefanDXXD animeandwwefanDXXD says...

similar themes of real life contrasted with a huge virtual world/virtual reality that still effects the real world ;) similar avatar and human charachters as well...animation kind of.....similar...(kind of!) ;) summer wars probs the better of the 2 from memory...

Superflat Monogram

Superflat Monogram

A young girl is standing outside a store, using her mobile phone, when a strange force wrenches that phone from her hands and drops it onto the ground. When she goes to pick up her phone she finds that a fantastically strange creature has picked it up first - and eats it. She's furious - until it eats her too! Apparently, being eaten throws her into a bizarre and disorienting reality full of shifting shapes and colors... and all she wants is her phone back!

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valondar valondar says...

In both the anime short Superflat Monogram and the film Summer Wars, a girl finds herself slipping into a brightly coloured fantasy world which is explicitly 'Superflat' in design. Both animes are by Mamoru Hosoda and one can see a clear visual connection between either title - if you liked the spectacle of one, check the other out.

Archaeon Archaeon says...

Creative visuals are the order of the day, with both Hosoda and Madhouse taking their ideas for Summer Wars' virtual world directly from here.

Denno Coil

Denno Coil

In a futuristic world, the virtual world is merely a layer on top of reality; within it, cyberpets are abundant and information is plentiful, and it is only visible by wearing special cyberglasses. In Daikoku City, this cyberspace is behaving strangely: cyberpets are going missing, dark entities known as "the Illegal" roam obsolete space that shouldn’t exist, and a large pink antivirus program known as Satchii wanders the streets, attacking both virus and pets alike. Sixth grader Yuko Okonogi has just moved to Daikoku City, and after cyberdetective children help her rescue her lost dog, she soon joins the others in a search for the truth behind these strange occurances.

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valondar valondar says...

It's the near future and internet technology has progressed to a level where it can be depicted as really artistic surreality - and mastery of the internet belongs to the young. Some of them have older relatives - though still young, on the cusp of adulthood - who have an even deeper connection with the emerging cyber-realities.

Even so, don't underestimate the grandmothers in either title! These anime are as much about the lulls and naturalistic depictions of family life as they are about cyberspace, with a mixture of excellent animation, wry humour and - in Denno Coil's case particularly - some great drama.

shinigamidono shinigamidono says...

Both series involve cyber warfare and in both series the outcome of the cyber warfare has a profound effect on the real world.

My Neighbors The Yamadas

My Neighbors The Yamadas

The Yamadas are an ordinary suburban family that enjoy shopping together, watching TV together, and sharing meals just like anyone else. Or so we think! With grumpy grandma Shige wisecracking at the worst times, and Mummy and Daddy Yamada testing each other’s patience at every turn, no family moment ends without a fascinating mishap. But nobody chooses their family, so the Yamadas must learn to savor the joys, forgive each other’s mistakes and, above all, learn lessons that only make them stronger.

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Hesse Hesse says...

My Neighbors the Yamadas and Summer Wars are both family friendly films, showcasing the humorous oddities of modern-day Japanese kin. While Summer Wars, an epic sci-fi adventure, gained much commercial success, My Neighbors the Yamadas was a box office flop that took a much quieter pace on family themes. Both shows focus on the complex relationships of a traditional Japanese clan/family, and the often dysfunctional, chaotic lives they lead. There are subtle, entertaining interactions between these shows’ down-to-earth characters (each with their own quirks and personalities). If you liked the heartwarming, charming appeal of either film, check out the other.

Archaeon Archaeon says...

The family dynamic viewed in a humourous and quirky manner. If you like Summer Wars for its characters and the interplay between them, then you'll like Tonari no Yamada-kun.