In the future, all facets of society are tied into OZ, a virtual world inhabited by millions of users. Kenji, one of OZ’s moderators, was set to begin another typical summer when the lovely Natsuki asked him to accompany her to her hometown as a job. However, little did Kenji know that the 'job' entailed pretending to be Natsuki’s fiancé in front of her eccentric family! Now on display and feeling like a fish out of water, Kenji tries his best to fit in with Natsuki and her relatives, until one day he receives a mysterious math problem through a text message. As an avid math fanatic Kenji can’t help but try to solve it, unaware that his actions may jeopardize not only OZ, but also the entire world...
While on a trip to the USA, Hikari and Takeru run into a mysterious Digimon who causes Mimi and the rest of the original Digidestined to suddenly vanish. Hikari quickly contacts Daisuke, Iori, and Miyako for help to rescue their friends, ultimately meeting up with a boy named Wallace in Colorado who has his own Digimon partner, Gumimon. They notice he has some sort of a connection with the strange Digimon, but is very secretive about it. Can they discover how the past of their American friend, the location “Summer Memory”, and the mysterious Digimon link together, and then rescue the team from a shadowy world before it’s too late?
The Golden Digimentals is another movie dealing with a digital network with young protagonists. To get the full story watch it subbed, or you can watch the dub where the movie's plot is switched. Either way, The Golden Digimentals is a great movie that people who enjoy anime involved in networks will like.
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.
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.
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.
These two Madhouse anime films see fantastical, visually extraordinary fantasias bursting into life via our latest developments in technology. They are the inernet, they are dreams, there is no meaningful distinction between either.
"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.