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A local urban legend claims that lighting fireworks at an abandoned airfield will call the "summer ghost," a spirit that can answer any question. Three troubled teenagers -- Tomoya, Aoi, and Ryo -- do not know each other yet, but each has their own reasons to show up one day. When a sparkler is lit, a ghost named Ayane appears, and she reveals she is only visible to those "who are about to touch their death." The three teens return home, but Tomoya soon begins visiting the airfield alone, as he becomes obsessed with the mystery surrounding Ayane and the true purpose of her visits.
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Anime
Original Language: Japanese
Release Date (Streaming): Nov 1, 2022
Production Co: Avex Inc.
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An urban legend says that lighting fireworks at an abandoned airfield will beckon the "summer ghost," a spirit that can answer any question. Three teenagers, Tomoya, Aoi, and Ryo, each have their own reason to show up one day. When a ghost named Ayane appears, she reveals she is only visible to those "who are about to touch their death." Compelled by the ghost and her message, Tomoya begins regularly visiting the airfield to uncover the true purpose of her visits.
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Movie centers on three teens who join forces to find and interact with the ghost of a teen girl who is believed to have committed suicide. Suicide attempt by jumping off a building. Talk of suicide, characters have suicidal thoughts. Later, the movie reveals that the teen girl (the "Summer Ghost") didn't commit suicide, but was hit and killed by a car, and the driver of the vehicle buried her alive in a suitcase. In one scene, bullies dump water on a teen girl. Talk of being bullied at school.
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Parents need to know that Summer Ghost is a 2022 anime in which three teens search for the ghost of a teen girl rumored to have committed suicide. Suicide is a dominant theme of this short anime, and in one scene, a character attempts suicide by jumping off of a building. What's later revealed is that the teen girl didn't commit suicide, but was hit and killed by a car and the driver of the vehicle buried her alive in a suitcase. Bullying in one scene -- bullies dump water on a teen girl. Talk of being bullied at school. Infrequent mild language such as "damn" and "hell." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .
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In SUMMER GHOST, Tomoya (David Errigo Jr.), Aoi (Kyla Carter), and Ryo (Clifford Chapin) are three teens getting out of school for summer vacation. At a diner, they agree to search for a "summer ghost" named Ayane Sato, a teen girl who is believed to have committed suicide after being bullied in school. The three go off to a field, and through spells and fireworks, they manage to reach Ayane, and as they talk with her over the course of the summer, they see the similarities between her problems and their problems. Their quest to meet Ayane takes a startling turn after Ayane reveals the way in which she really died, and now the three must find a way to reveal the truth.
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This is a moving short anime that uses magical realism to explore difficult topics. Summer Ghost tells the story of three teens on a quest during summer vacation to track down the ghost of a teen girl rumored to have committed suicide after being bullied in school. It's a sad movie that takes an even darker twist later in the movie, and while it will most certainly be a difficult watch for those who are traumatized by the topics the movie addresses, it remains a powerful coming-of-age movie.
The fact that it's only 40 minutes helps to keep the movie focused and consistent. Whereas other anime would be likely to pad a story like this with an extra hour (at least) of endless side stories, back stories, and world creation, this story is told economically, and is therefore one not easily forgotten, and not only because of the story and its themes.
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- On DVD or streaming : November 1, 2022
- Cast : Kyla Carter , Clifford Chapin , David Errigo Jr.
- Director : Loundraw
- Studio : GKIDS
- Genre : Anime
- Topics : High School , Middle School , Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time : 40 minutes
- MPAA rating : NR
- Last updated : August 2, 2023
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Loundraw’s ‘Summer Ghost’: An Intense Journey of Self Discovery
In his animation directorial debut, the manga illustrator and character designer on anime like ‘I Want to Eat Your Pancreas’ and ‘I Fall in Love With You Through a Robot’ explores the mystery and fragility of life and death through the story of three troubled teenagers who summon a spirit that can answer any question.
We encounter life and death daily, whether it’s something we can see and touch, or simply a feeling that something has come to an end or something new has begun. People and seasons come and go as assuredly as the sun rises and sets. But though life and death are part of our every day, they remain a mystery in so many ways.
And it’s this very mystery that’s influenced artist, animator, and director known as loundraw for many years.
“The relationship between my style of illustration and the topic 'life and death' goes back to the time when I first started to draw in this style,” loundraw explains. “At the time, I was very into things that felt fragile and mysterious. When I drew things like that, I used faint details, shadows, and/or flairs of light covering the faces of the characters that should be showing. I thought life and death were almost the same thing. Everybody knows its existence and it is always around us, but nobody understands it one hundred percent either. Come to think of it, I personally think the way it has worked has been quite natural.”
Loundraw did character design for anime such as I Want to Eat Your Pancreas ( Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai ), I Fall in Love With You Through a Robot ( Boku wa Robot-goshi no Kimi ni Koi wo Suru ), and Before You Wake Up ( Yume ga Sameru made ), all of which deal heavily with topics of life and death. Loundraw uses a similar animation style in his recent short film, Summer Ghost , which had its North American home entertainment release on Blu-ray and all major digital platforms just last month.
“I was drawing themes like this as an illustrator, and so to direct my first movie, I applied the same style of illustration,” says loundraw of Summer Ghost . “And it is true that this style has been my favorite style for quite a while.”
Summer Ghost is Flat Studio’s first short film and loundraw’s first time directing a film of his own. The GKIDS-distributed, 40-minute story follows three troubled teenagers - Tomoya, Aoi, and Ryo - who all get together at an abandoned airfield and light sparklers in hopes of summoning the “summer ghost,” a spirit that, according to local legend, can answer any question. Before too long, a ghost named Ayane appears, and she reveals she is only visible to those “who are about to touch their death.”
As the film goes on, the story takes each character, including Ayane, on a journey of intensely emotional self-discovery. The story of Summer Ghost ’s origins goes back to 2018, when loundraw was on a bit of a self-discovery journey of his own.
“At that time, I was busier than ever working as an illustrator, but I felt there was a big difference between what I wanted to personally create and what was expected from my clients,” says the director. “One day I felt the urge to draw freely and create whatever I pleased, and so I created an illustration titled ‘Summer Ghost’ as a ‘personal work’ for myself. Thankfully, the illustration caught a lot of attention, and that made me realize that there’s important meaning in pursuing one’s passions, and I had newfound determination to do so.”
From there, talk began to circulate about taking loundraw’s illustration - featuring two boys and a girl gathered in a circle with lit sparklers - and expanding it into a film. Steadily, the story of Summer Ghost began to take shape.
“I think it actually took a little less than a year to finish the script from the time I first met Otsuichi-san; however, the way we worked on the script was a bit unusual,” says loundraw, who worked with Hirotaka “Otsuichi” Adachi ( Goth, Zoo ) on Summer Ghost ’s screenplay. “First, we made a script, then we made a scene-by-scene storyboard, and then we revised the script and remade the storyboard.”
He continues, “‘A ghost appears when people shoot fireworks' was the idea I thought of first, and we didn’t exactly have to change things as we went back and forth between text and visuals, but we did add more ideas to build up the story.”
The following year, in 2019, loundraw founded Flat Studio with writer Tetsuya Sano not only to see Summer Ghost come to fruition, but to find the freedom to create from the heart, without any boundaries or limits that would come from being part of the mainstream anime industry.
“I felt that I couldn’t draw the illustrations I wanted to draw and that was why I couldn't express myself as a storyteller,” says loundraw, who had been working as an illustrator and character designer for anime and manga since 2014. “I wanted to deliver the same detailed quality of my illustration in animation, and I thought that might be difficult with the existing system. That’s why I made my own studio.”
Loundraw clarified that his desire to separate from the larger industry of animation was not a result of him finding faults with any part of the system, but rather wanting to have as much freedom in animation and directorial work as he does producing personal illustration projects.
“I like the current animation industry,” he explains. “It’s not that I came to dislike it, and I have a lot of respect for the works that are being created. It’s just that, in order to do exactly what I wanted to do, I had to make some changes to the process that otherwise wouldn't have been possible without creating my own studio. That’s all.”
He continues, “For example, in Summer Ghost , I changed the colors of the characters scene by scene. In order to have better control over the process, we had to figure out a way to create a new system to keep track of the colors of the characters and evenly micromanage them using our software. I also added a process just like the grading process of live-action films to this animation so that I have more accurate control of colors the way we wanted. This is coming from me being an illustrator and wanting to oversee everything myself from the backgrounds to the angles.”
On top of having his hands in many pots on this production, loundraw also put a lot of himself and his life experiences into the characters of Summer Ghost .
“When I say the four main characters contain elements of my personality, it's not that they reflect actual events that happened in my own life, but I think there are similarities in what or how we felt in our experiences,” shares loundraw. “Tomoya is struggling to decide what he wants to do with his future. I, myself, once faced the decision of whether I should become an illustrator or not. The negativity that Ryo, Aoi, and Ayane carry with them has perhaps been caused by uncontrollable occurrences that happen due to their relationship with society. Everybody has moments when we wonder why we are alive, and we all sometimes are not able to feel like we are really alive.”
Though he says it may not be exactly the same, loundraw believes that the “air” he’s felt in these more introspective moments in life is similar to the “air” felt by Summer Ghost ’s four main characters.
“I personally put a lot of effort into the story's ending, as well as creating Tomoya's message that he carries,” says loundraw. “It’s hard to explain further without spoiling the ending, but the last three to four minutes of the film, that’s where the story ends, and the words the characters speak carry the message I wanted to convey through Summer Ghost . These are the true feelings of the characters, and so it’s an important scene. When I decided on this ending, I knew the film was going to be okay.”
But while he got the chance to oversee every aspect of the film’s development, going over the visuals with a fine-toothed comb, and had the ability to pour so much of his own soul into the story’s script, the biggest challenge for loundraw was remembering to take a step back and make sure that these universal struggles with the concept of life and death stayed relevant.
“I had to view the story with a wide lens and from a step back in order to make sure the story was relatable,” says loundraw. “We had repeated staff meetings on this point: in order to make it true to my message but still something anybody could relate to. Exactly what words we needed to use with what kind of scene and tone, that was a difficult part, for sure.”
Of course, one of the advantages of short films, which loundraw has developed an affinity for during his career, is that a creator can hyper-focus on the core messages of the story more clearly without worrying about too many drawn-out details.
“The longer the story becomes, the more time it requires from audiences, and the more the audience requires detailed explanations of the setting and the reasons for the story's events while maintaining perfect consistency with all of the aspects of the film,” notes loundraw. “Short films are a special platform because both creators and audiences see them with a mutual unspoken understanding. It is possible to omit some details on both the setting and the emotional growth of the characters, and there is more focus on the core message. We can have speedy story developments and a direct way to have a short message.”
The only downside is that, when you have a gifted director and a moving story, you don’t want it to end so soon.
“Sometimes I hear comments like 'I wish it had been longer' from the audience,” admits the director. “I also have things I would have wanted to depict if it had been longer. For example, with the 'spark' gimmick in the film. Time pauses and the soul leaves the body. But what happens to the body while having an out-of-body experience? If the movie gets longer, we have to explain more things like this and I think a lot of unexplained contradictions start to pile up. With short films, we don’t have to worry about things like that and we can simply focus on the core theme.”
Death has been a core theme of loundraw’s personal and collaborative projects for a long time and he’s not shy about his attraction to the theme and how enriching it is to unpack as an illustrator and storyteller.
“I would love to continue working on 'death' as a topic in my future projects,” he says. “However, how directly I will approach it will probably change. In Summer Ghost , death was approached rather straightforwardly. But the next project might have some distance from death. The most important thing is, as long as I create stories about humans, there’s always death waiting for them in the end.”
It may sound morbid, but those who have seen loundraw’s other works know his gift at taking this dark topic and transforming it into a beautiful exploration of life itself, our brief time on this earth and how one makes the most of that time.
“Regardless of the personality or liveliness of the characters, there never is a moment that mortality isn't felt,” explains loundraw. “In my creations, even when it’s not clearly stated in the film, I always see my characters as people who will eventually disappear. So I think 'death' as a topic will always be included in my creations.”
Victoria Davis is a full-time, freelance journalist and part-time Otaku with an affinity for all things anime. She's reported on numerous stories from activist news to entertainment. Find more about her work at victoriadavisdepiction.com.
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Delta Air Lines posts $1.11 billion profit for the third quarter and sees strong holiday bookings
Planes packed with summer travelers boosted Delta Air Lines to a $1.11 billion profit in the third quarter, and the carrier said Thursday that it expects revenue to keep rising into the holiday season.
Profit was up 59% from a year earlier, as strong ticket sales — especially for premium seats and international flights — helped Delta shrug off higher labor costs.
The Atlanta-based airline predicted ranges for fourth-quarter and full-year profit that mostly exceed Wall Street expectations.
“I think we’re closing the year strong, and the holiday bookings that we see right now are pretty good,” CEO Ed Bastian said in an interview. “Domestic (travel) is solid, and international is really strong.”
U.S. airlines are flying high as the travel recovery that began last year shows few signs of slowing down.
Delta increased its passenger-carrying capacity an aggressive 16% and was able to fill all those extra seats. Travelers flew 64 billion miles on the airline in the quarter, a 17% increase, and they filled 88% of the seats on the average flight, a point higher than last summer.
Revenue from ticket sales in the main cabin grew 12% — and 17% for premium seating. Money from Delta’s loyalty program soared 21%.
The program, called SkyMiles, has become so popular that there are far more passengers hoping for upgrades to better seats than available seats. Lines can grow long at Delta lounges at busy airports like Atlanta and New York’s JFK.
But when Delta announced changes to deal with the overcrowding last month — including basing elite frequent-flyer status purely on spending, and limiting lounge access for holders of Delta credit cards — the reaction from longtime customers was quick and brutal. Some vowed to switch airlines. Alaska Airlines and JetBlue fished for disgruntled Delta members by promising elite status in their programs. Even Bastian admitted the airline “ probably went too far .”
Bastian has promised to modify the unpopular changes, but he hasn’t given any details yet.
“We are working on that. We’ll be announcing something in the coming days,” Bastian said in the interview. He said he has received “a lot of feedback – everyone had their own ideas as to how we might restructure the program. Almost universally, people acknowledged that we needed to do something.”
Delta's third-quarter profit, adjusted to exclude one-time items, was $2.03 per share, 8 cents better than forecast by analysts in a FactSet survey. Revenue rose 11% to $15.49 billion, also beating expectations.
For the fourth quarter, Delta said revenue will rise as much as 11% from a year ago and it will earn between $1.05 to $1.30 per share. Analysts expected $1.09.
The airline predicted that full-year profit will land between $6 and $6.25 per share after saying in June it would be at the top end of a $5-to-$6 range.
The short-term outlook would be rosier if not for a recent pickup in jet fuel prices — although fuel is still much cheaper than it was a year ago. Bastian expressed confidence that Delta and other carriers can raise prices enough to cover any increase in fuel expense.
Shares of Delta were virtually flat in morning trading.
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In the 2010 Lifetime television film The Client List , Hewitt appears as desperate mother and wife Samantha Horton, who in order to come up with some crucial money for her family takes on a job at a massage parlor, only to make the shocking discovery it is actually a house of prostitution. Samantha quickly becomes the customers' go-to employee and she is relieved to be able to provide an abundance of funds for her loved ones, but finds keeping her two worlds separate that much more difficult to juggle.
The Client List was a massive success upon its debut, attracting an audience of 3.9 million viewers while earning Hewitt a Golden Globe nomination for her complex portrayal of the housewife-turned-prostitute. Due to its passionate fan-following, Lifetime ordered a television series based on the film that Hewitt starred in and produced, running for two seasons from 2012 to 2013.
After her hiatus from Hollywood, Jennifer Love Hewitt returned to the entertainment world when she joined the cast of the 2018 procedural drama series 9-1-1 for its second season, taking on the role of ER nurse and 911 operator Maddie Buckley who moves to Los Angeles after fleeing her abusive husband in order to be closer to her firefighter brother Evan "Buck" Buckley (Oliver Stark). When describing her character, Hewitt told Elle , "Maddie has a toughness to her. But she's also empathetic and sensitive. People will see her composed on the phone, but fully dealing with the pain and anguish of the callers [once she hangs up]."
Despite its positive reception, 9-1-1 was shockingly canceled by Fox after six seasons but was subsequently picked up by ABC and renewed for a seventh at the network. The gripping program features the additional talents of stars like Angela Bassett, Ryan Guzman, and Peter Krause and spawned the spin-off series 9-1-1: Lone Star while also winning numerous accolades including a Critics' Choice Award and multiple NAACP Image Awards.
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver were the ultimate mother/daughter duo when they headlined the 2001 romantic crime comedy Heartbreakers , in which the lovely ladies star as Page and Max Conners, a pair of con artists who scam wealthy men and seduce them before running off with their money in lucrative cash settlements. After attracting the unwanted attention of the IRS, Page and Max are forced to do one last con in order to pay off their debt and set their sights on a wealthy tobacco tycoon (Gene Hackman) as their mark.
Their seemingly fool-proof plan is compromised when Page becomes attracted to an affluent beach bartender (Jason Lee) and Max is tracked down by a former target, with hilarious chaos naturally ensuing for the scheming mom and daughter. Heartbreakers was a success at the box office and Hewitt was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for her portrayal of the beautiful yet diabolical Page, while Weaver received a Saturn nod for her equally devious role.
Can't Hardly Wait
With a large ensemble cast of then up-and-comers including Ethan Embry, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green, and Peter Facinelli, the 1998 teen romantic comedy Can't Hardly Wait takes place at a blowout high school graduation party where artistic outsider Preston Meyers (Embry) hopes to finally admit his feelings for prom queen Amanda Beckett (Hewitt) while nerdy and bullied classmate William Lichter (Charlie Korsmo) plots his revenge against the jocks who terrorized him all throughout his school years.
Hewitt was coming off the massive success of both Party of Five and I Know What You Did Last Summer when she appeared in the playful flick, with the rom-com helping establish her as one of Hollywood's most buzzed about actresses. Can't Hardly Wait has since gone on to become a beloved and underrated high school movie and in 2019 Hewitt revealed that she is currently developing a sequel that she intends to direct.
In the 2005 supernatural fantasy series Ghost Whisperer , Hewitt delivered a compelling and heartfelt performance as medium Melinda Gordon. She attempts to live as normal a life as possible with her husband Jim (David Conrad) despite seeing and communicating with ghosts on a regular basis, while also trying to run her popular antique store. Every spirit Melinda comes in contact with seeks out her help to help them complete their unfinished business, and she acts as their earthly advocate to help them cross over and find peace.
In its debut season, Ghost Whisperer was a ratings knockout and averaged around 10.20 million viewers before experiencing a gradual decline in its subsequent four seasons that ultimately resulted in its cancelation in 2010. During its tenure, the drama earned Hewitt numerous accolades like two Saturn Awards, and she has remained vocal about wanting to see a reboot or revival, saying in 2018 , "If they're going to redo it, then I have to go back and be the ghost whisperer because I am not giving up my Ghost Whisperer throne. That part just meant too much to me, and it was so much of who I was, I worked really hard to make Melinda who she is."
Party of Five
Hewitt became a certified teen idol when she joined the stacked cast of the 1994 family drama juggernaut series Party of Five , which follows five diverse siblings as they struggle with the devastating loss of their parents after a tragic car accident, with the Salinger clan working together to raise on another while being watched over by the eldest sibling Charlie (Matthew Fox). Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert round out the gifted cast, with Hewitt appearing as Sarah Reeves Merrin, the kind-hearted girlfriend of Bailey Salinger (Wolf) who becomes a regular from the second season to its conclusion.
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Party of Five tackled a wide array of heavy themes and topics including abuse, mental illness, and teen pregnancy, and was declared by TV Guide in 1995 as "The Best Show You're Not Watching". The series ran from 1994 to 2000 for six seasons and during its small screen reign won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama while also helping launch the careers of its exceptional ensemble cast.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Hewitt masterfully transitioned from being a television actress to a bona fide Hollywood leading lady when she starred opposite Freddy Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe in the 1997 smash hit slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer .
It focuses on a group of teenage friends as they are ruthlessly terrorized and stalked by a mysterious hook-wielding madman after being forever connected by a tragic accident a year before. Hewitt appears as the ultimate final girl Julie James, who is reunited with her former high school pals in a North Carolina seaside town after the gang is targeted by a threatening presence, and must fight for her life as the hook-handed maniac picks them off one-by-one.
Both I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream helped revitalize the slasher genre and despite a mixed bag response from critics dominated the box office, amassing over $125 million during its run. Hewitt's fierce performance as Julie was singled out and she would go on to reprise the character in the follow-up sequel, with Entertainment Weekly declaring she knows how to "scream with soul."
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