Summer Wars

Summer Wars

Part 1

Book - 2013
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Kenji Koiso is a high school student with a crush on a kendo club beauty, Natsuki Shinohara, and a knack for mathematics. His aptitude with numbers earns him a part-time working maintenance on the global virtual reality world, OZ.

One day, right before summer vacation, Natsuki asks Kenji to do her a favor -accompany her to her great-grandmother's 90th birthday celebration deep in the Japanese countryside. As Kenji tries to find his footing amongst the boisterous and tightly-knit Jinnouchi clan, receives a mysterious email with a long code and the message: "Solve me." Little does Kenji know what solving that code could lead to...

Based on the award-winning and top-selling animated film by Mamoru Hosoda!
Publisher: New York : Vertical, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781939130150
Branch Call Number: FIC Hosod
Characteristics: 274 p. : ill. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: Sugimoto, Ikura
Alternative Title: Summer wars (Motion picture)


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forbesrachel May 03, 2015

In the near future that Summer Wars takes place in, the world is interconnected by a virtual space called OZ. It creates great opportunities, but represents a fatal weakness as well. When the AI Love Machine gets introduced, it starts taking over people's accounts, and technologies in the real world, this then threatens everyone. Kenji finds himself involved when the young girl Natsuki takes him to meet her family as her "boyfriend". When the crisis reaches a boiling point, this family must unite to save everyone. This two volume manga is based off of the movie of the same name. Virtual battles spice up the slice-of-life aspects while still retaining some of that genres depth. The art handles the action and emotion equally well. This society has advanced technology, yet equal parts of it are still traditional; one is the setting for the battle with the AI, while the other is the setting for family drama. Technology connects the world like never before, but it still cannot match the bond of a family.

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