Posted on 31 December 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews



Those who liked Summer Wars will probably like the second Digimon movie, because it pretty much follows the same scenario. Seriously, Summer Wars is nearly just the same movie only with different characters and lots of technical upgrades and a bigger scale. Bokura no War Game, along with Serial Experiments Lain, I think was one of the first anime that looked at the possible dangers of the Internet, and having every computer in the world linked up.

I wasn’t too excited about the general scenario, especially the final climax was just drawn out, cheesy and a Deus ex Machina. The charm in this movie, again, comes from the characters. They really make it a lot of fun to watch this movie. My favourite part was where Taichi was fervently trying to contact the other members of the cast on an incredibly short notice.

At heart, this is a movie about how the world is changing, and evolving into the digital age. The Digimon TV-series speculated what would happen if computers would evolve so much that an entire world would be created (pretty much Shintoism in a modern coat), and this movie takes it on a more down to earth scale, making it much more concrete. And I think that in that way, it actually did a better job than Summer Wars. Apart from that, I don’t think I can count any of the movies superior: this movie clearly is smaller, but both have their own charms and weaknesses, depending on how epic you want to be.

I do want to say that I liked the first Digimon movie better, though. It really shined in its simplicity and charms, while this was a bit too much of a “an evil monster is about to destroy the world! Let’s stop him at the last possible moment!”-movie. The evil monster just isn’t as interesting compared to the amount of time that’s spent on it, and that’s where this movie disappointed me the most.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Fun and quick-paced, though the climax could have been better.
Characters: 8/10 – The lead characters are a lot of fun, the villain disappoints.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Pretty nice animation and soundtrack.
Setting: 8/10 – Interesting though unrealistic look at the Internet.

6 Responses

  1. random says:

    I agree while I was watching Summer Wars I noted the big similarities between both movies. Especially the last part while they were fighting the virus. Another similarity was the missile XD”. But I found both movies enjoyable

  2. totoum says:

    Don’t know if you didn’t mention it on purpose (maybe you assumed that people reading this would know)…

    …but you do know that this was was done by the same guy ho did summer wars right.

  3. psgels says:

    Totoum: yeah, I assumed that most people would know this already.

  4. Chan says:

    I have to agree with you and add in some more. I generally found this more enjoyable because the characters were more fun, and in a way it didn’t take itself too seriously. When I first watched Summer Wars I did note the similarities between that movie and this one. The ending was cheesy but I guess true for its time. Part of what might make people believe this movie superior might just be the nogastic value that is quite lacking Summer Wars. Some people can remember the time when having a lot e-mail would slow down your computer, so in a way it kinda added to the whole nostalgic value of the movie.

  5. Da5id says:

    So this had better storytellling and setting than Summer Wars?

  6. johntoreno07 says:

    Interesting though unrealistic look at the Internet ??? NO it isn’t i mean come on ! for a kid’s movie its okayy..

    the missile was too far but still defeating Diaboromon with Spam was the most hilarious and awesome thing I’ve ever seen in my life XD

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  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:21 AM)
    Yeah, I think this falls more into the category of typesetting than anything else and there’s plenty of different ways that can go depending on preference. If the readers don’t have an issue, then it’s fine.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:11 AM)
    A problem ve faced with american comics is that they usually dont contrast the speech bubble with the surroundings too well. That might be a factor, as large bubbles mean more visibility of the text itself.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:05 AM)
    ah well, I don’t really mean the amount of content, but a negative space thing. it’s easier on the eyes when there’s a bit of space around the bubble for me.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:03 AM)
    Sure, I was tempted to pack in my bubbles, moreso with my weekly form of several pages. But I figured I should take time to develop each moment.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:01 AM)
    It’s a matter of compressed vs decompressed storytelling. Just a result of how the two evolved, I suppose. It makes more sense when you consider the multiversal approach to mainstream American comics in relation to the isolated worlds found in Japanese manga.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:54 AM)
    With that said I did not find this an issue in her comic.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:52 AM)
    @Bagel: Pack in, well thats always been an issue I’ve had with western comic books..that they feel packed in and crowded. Not that this stops me from enjoy western comic book storytelling.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:50 AM)
    Yeah, Emma might be a better reference, but I think comic books pack in their speech bubbles, so maybe it’s not an issue.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:49 AM)
    yeah. I didn’t notice it at first, but it was cool how you used the “backlights” to show different “numbers.”
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:42 AM)
    @Jalapeno really? I just mindlessly included that. I tried to make it reminiscent of american comic speech bubbles without realizing it O.o

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