How Mamoru Hosoda Tells a Parallel Story

Before we talk about how it happened, let’s talk about what are the stories of these two movies first. Summer Wars tells the story of Kenji, a boy who is proficient in math, and Natsuki, a girl who drags him to meet her big family as her fake boyfriend.

As the family deals with all sorts of problems leading up to the 90th birthday of Natsuki’s grandma, the virtual world called OZ is under attack by a rogue AI called Love Machine. Apparently, OZ’s supposedly unbreakable security is accidentally cracked by Kenji who thinks he simply works on a brain teaser. So now, Kenji has become the prime suspect in the whole chaos.

Belle, on the other hand, is a reimagining of the iconic beauty and the beast story. It is a story of a shy and awkward girl named Suzu as she tries to go through her mundane high school life. Suzu saw her mother drown when she was a child and that scarred her mind for life. She used to love singing together with her mother, but now she can’t even sing in front of other people.

What most people don’t know is the fact that Suzu is active in a virtual world called “U”. There, she is a diva with a mesmerizing voice called “Belle” that can attract the attention of every user on the platform. On the other hand, there is another user in “U” known simply as “The Beast”, who is infamous for fighting against anyone who dares to stand in his way. Belle and The Beast will then connect in an unexpected way, and it will change their life, both in the real and virtual world, forever.

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