Okami kodomo no ame to yuki [Wolf Children] (2012)

Okami kodomo no ame to yuki
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Writer: Mamoru Hosoda, Satoko Okudera
Cast: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa, Haru Kuroki, Yukito Nishii
Part of: Anilogue

Hana (Aoi Miyazaki) works hard to balance her job and her studies at university. At uni, she meets a man, they fall in love and have two children – Yuki (Haru Kuroki) and Ame (Yukito Nishii). But there is something special about him: he is a wolfman, and so Yuki and Ame also are half-wolf. And then one day, the father doesn’t return and Hana is left alone with two children she has to take care of all of her own since nobody can know their secret.

Oh boy, do I have ISSUES with this movie! Not only does it tell its story with a megaphone, no matter whether it should be whispering at the moment or maybe talking at a normal voice, the message it screams out that way is completely offensive to women.

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Samâ wôzu [Summer Wars] (2009)

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Summer Wars is the new film by Mamoru Hosoda.

Kenji is a student who spends most of his time on the virtual reality platform OZ, which includes basically all internet applications you can think of. But when he gets asked by his crush Natsuki to accompany her on a family trip and pose as her fiance, he drops everything to go with her. Everything seems to go okay at first but then Kenji, who is a bit of a math geek gets send an sms with a code and proceeds to crack it. Unfortunately, the code he cracks is the security code for OZ, which he just opened for a malevolent AI.

I did not like Summer Wars. I thought that it didn’t make sense at all (I’m no virtual reality expert, but dude, it surely doesn’t work that way) and it was boring to boot. Utterly skippable.


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