Opening in the US theaters this month in select cities, Summer Wars is an acclaimed anime about a virtual world called OZ, and the boy who's a successful entrepreneur there. "His second life is the only life he has," a summary explains, "until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiance at her family reunion." Hijinks ensue, until a rogue AI from OZ threatens to destroy the real world. Watch the English dubbed trailer:
It's created by Mamoru Hosoda, who also made The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and in interviews, he's openly acknowledged the parallels of OZ to Second Life. "[It's] quite true that Second Life has a lot of similarities." Hosoda also mentions Mixi, a Japanese social network that also uses anonymous avatar names:
"People in Japan tend to really like their anonymity. Almost everyone uses a handle for their account names, never something derived from their real names. I guess it lets them feel more at ease, and lets them speak their minds more freely." That said, in the movie, the inventor of the sentient AI has a pretty uncanny resemblance to Second Life's creator, Philip Rosedale -- who as it happens, is now building a sentient AI in SL. Well, least I see a resemblance, look below:
The movie actually opened in Japan last year and I know there's a lot of anime fans who read New World Notes and may have already seen it, so I'd love to get their perspective in Comments. Speaking of which, here's the non-subtitled version of the trailer for the Asian market, because I know hardcore fans hate dubs:
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