Brony Fan Fair 2014 attendees can look forward to free screenings of critically acclaimed anime feature films from a director often referred to as the next Hayao Miyazaki: Mamoru Hosoda. Thanks to our friends at FUNimation, we’re pleased to screen both Summer Wars and Wolf Children at Blu-Ray quality in English. Both films are rated PG and family-friendly.
Summer Wars (2009)
When timid eleventh-grader and math genius Kenji Koiso is asked by older student and secret crush Natsuki to come with her to her family’s Nagano home for a summer job, he agrees without hesitation. Natsuki’s family, the Jinnouchi clan, dates back to the Muromachi era, and they’ve all come together to celebrate the 90th birthday of the spunky matriarch of the family, Sakae. That’s when Kenji discovers his “summer job” is to pretend to be Natsuki’s fiancé and dance with her at the birthday celebration. As Kenji attempts to keep up with Natsuki’s act around her family, he receives a strange math problem on his cell phone which, being a math genius, he can’t resist solving. As it turns out, the solution to the mysterious equation causes a hijacking of the social networking site through which most of the world’s social and business traffic flows.
Trailer for Summer Wars:
Wolf Children (2012)
Hana is a 19-year-old student who falls in a “fairy-tale like” love with a “wolf man”. Over the course of the 13-year story Hana gives birth to two children—older sister Yuki, and younger brother Ame, or “Snow and Rain”. At first the family quietly lives in city trying to hide their wolf heritage, but when the “wolf man” suddenly dies Hana makes the decision to move to a rural town, far from their previous city life.
Wolf Children won Best Animation Film from the Japanese Academy and the Best Feature award from the Oslo Films from the South Festival.