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When Kyuuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely pair will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.
Both movies are by Mamoru Hosoda so it may not be surprising that they share similarities in visual asthetics, character, humour and story telling.
THe weakness of both movies is at times the lack of subtelty in key plot moments and they do feel a bit childish. (But if you don't mind this you'll be fine i.e. if you like one you will like the other)
Both anime have same creators, similar animation, atmosphere, details and lots of action, not to mention entertaining story
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
Fooly Cooly and Summer Wars both center around a young boy who is confronted by a girl who usually wouldn't want anything to do with them, but on both occasions the main charecter is dragged into an interesting series of events. Through these events the main charecters gain self confidence to do what is nessecary to eventually protect the things they care about the most, their families and personal interests, and the girls they meet. The cause of all the events that take place in both features are cause firstly by the main charecter and cause a domino effect that causes ripples to go across the world. The main charecters eventually assist in stopping the trouble they caused, usually with the help of their family and the girl they meet. Both series take place in more rural settings, Fooly Cooly is more of a small city and Summer Wars is at an estate in a small town but rural settings are seen and felt in both. The familes of the main charecters or in Summer Wars, the girls family, are both odd in there own ways but overall come forward when the main charecter needs assistance and provide much comic relief. Overall the two series are great to watch and will give many laughs and sentimental moments.
In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.
Curious, kind Hikari loves to explore cyberspace, regardless of the danger it poses. With the guidance and help of Mari and companionship of Romeo, whose consciousness is contained in a mechanical sphere, she travels through space and hides from Atlantis, listening to a recorded message from her long lost father and meeting friends such as Lily along the way.
Consider this a gut feeling, but I think that fans of Summer Wars might like Hoshi and vice versa. While SW is far more outstanding and is overall a blockbuster of a title, compared to the confusing and short Hoshi, both explore cyberspace with delight and a touch of whimsy, with some dark moments thrown in for good measure. Hoshi's first episode with its exploration of the net was strikingly similar to the virtual world of Summer Wars, as well.
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.
Each of these series closely tie in the cyber world and the physical world in what could be considered a futuristic setting. If you like the thought of the internet becoming more substantial, then these series go extremely well together. Summer Wars is less of a mind trip, though.