The Kadokawa Anime Channel on the YouTube website has begun streaming the one-minute high-definition (720p) teaser trailer for Summer Wars, the next anime film from Mamoru Hosoda after his award-winning The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The light-hearted "action entertainment" story revolves around a modern-day family on a midsummer adventure. Bizarre occurrences spring up around the world, due to the intersections between reality and another world named Oz. At the behest of their 90-year-old grandmother, the family members must work together to save mankind. The film will open in Japan this summer.
Satoko Okudera (Angel, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Miyori no Mori) wrote the screenplay, while Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Der Krieg, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, FLCL) designed the characters. Youji Takeshige (Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle) oversaw the art direction at the Madhouse animation studio. Bandai Entertainment and Kadokawa Pictures USA released The Girl Who Leapt Through Time in North America.