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Now this is what I call a perfectly valid reason to get your hopes up. With a studio like Madhouse, and a team that reunites the director, screenwriter and character designer of Tokikake (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, or The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), the upcoming animation film Summer Wars looks dead set to become one of next year's top movies. Even though, quite frankly, we know next to nothing about it.



What little we know comes by way of ANN, who are reminding us that Madhouse had previously revealed working on the next film by Tokikake director, Mamoru Hosoda, as early as March 2008. Having now been confirmed to direct Summer Wars, he will be joined by screenwriter Satoko Okudera (Tokikake, Miyori no Mori), character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Tokikake, Evangelion, FLCL) and art director Youji Takeshige (Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle).

According to the film's official website, Summer Wars is fittingly set for a summer 2009 premiere in Japan, while ANN simply describes it as an "action entertainment" story about "a modern-day family that embarks on a midsummer adventure together at the behest of a 90-year-old woman". Not the most exciting plot I've ever laid eyes on, I'll give you that. But I got a good feeling about it (either that, or I browsed too much loli porn this morning).
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