Summer Wars / Yasutaka Tsutsui

Martin Vieillot eigagogo at
Thu Mar 18 21:41:08 EDT 2010

>but I noted that Tsutsui's blurb endorsement of "Summer Wars" is featured prominently on the "Summer Wars" official website
Pretty interesting (and not surprising imho!) :)
I am now writing on Hosoda, will try to get an interview slot in which the 'Tsutsui' connection could be discussed.

>so there seems to be strong Tsutsui/Mad House connection
another interesting point, i didn't notice Paprika was a Madhouse prod as well!


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This is an interesting question and I too would like to know more about the answer. You're probably aware of this, but I noted that Tsutsui's blurb endorsement of "Summer Wars" is featured prominently on the "Summer Wars" official website. And, of course, Tsutsui is also the author of the original work upon which Kon Satoshi "Paprika" is based, so there seems to be strong Tsutsui/Mad House connection. 

Best, Will Gardner 

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From: "Martin Vieillot" <eigagogo at> 
To: "KineJapan" <KineJapan at> 
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 1:49:45 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific 
Subject: Summer Wars / Yasutaka Tsutsui 

Dear all, 

I wanted to know if a 'connection' has been drawn/discussed by Japanese critics/scholar between the Hosoda's latest work and the thematics Tsutsui used to deal with (virtual realm/multi-fictional level). Hosoda already adapted a Tsutsui novel with help screenwriter Satoko Okudera ('Toki wo ..'), the same person which made the original story (?) of Summer Wars. 

Has director Hosoda spoke about its movie influences and the 'Tsutsui legacy'? Or is this work should be looked from the global perspective of a litterary movement? (William Gardner said 'Tsutsui proposing a model of fictionality (kyokou ) and surfictionality, metafiction, or hyperfiction (choukyokou ) that, together with the example of Tsutsui’s own fiction, has exerted a deep influence on a new generation of Japanese writers such as Takahashi Gen’ichiroo ,Ogino Anna, Shouno Yoriko, Kobayashi Kyouji, and Shimada Masahiko). 

Additionaly, have these writers' works led to movies adaptation dealing with similar thematics or modern fictional approach? (Writing method of All about lily chouchou seems similar to Tsutsui's Gaspard of the Morning, both using was Gardner refers as 'computer simulation, and the hypermediated realm of daily life) 

(I'm far from being a Tsutsui specialist, so my view may prove to be incorrect or not complete .. especially regarding the meta-fiction aspect) 


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