Exceptional mix of computer graphics and hand-drawn animations with likable family characters but also cool avatar designs in the virtual world. Great comments about the social network and how it can be used against us and our own family. Film is weakened by it's predictable "bad guy" and that the gambling game at the end is not one that is much known in the western world.
3.5 ⁞ As usual, by Madhouse, the animation is amazing. There's also a beautiful tracking shot on the balcony (that should have been way slower). The "Oz" universe serves it's purpose for the film, however it's not the most coherent thing, many situations just felt too convenient, simplified, and easily resolved. Overall, I enjoyed the original plot and the values it explored, but it felt a bit rushed or overpacked.
A playful exploration of the dangers of letting our digital lives becoming increasingly dominant, especially allowing the system to arrange many of our society's needs. A bit too jolly for my taste, with too perfect coincidences, but certainly beautiful and moreover: relevant and inspirational. We should heed the film's message and try to come together as a species to resolve our global issues. Nice film.
Took me a long time to finally see this. I'm glad I did. It would be pointless to compare this with Hosoda's very successful, "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time", but this certainly had a unique story to tell as well. How it developed its story among its characters was like some wild rollercoaster ride, enjoyable but almost unsure at times, until it ends to a brilliant finish. There's one thing left to say — Koi-Koi!