English: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Synonyms: Toki wo Kakeru Shojo, TokiKake, Toki o Kakeru Shojo, The Girl Who Cut Time, The Little Girl Who Conquered Time
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 2006
Producers: Madhouse, Kadokawa Shoten, Bandai, Bandai EntertainmentL, Kadokawa Pictures USAL, Memory-Tech, Happinet Pictures
Duration: 1 hr. 37 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.491 (scored by 141,359 users)
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The movie greatly justifies the notion ~ "Time waits for no one".
The girl who lept through time is a time traveling concept based movie which revloves around 3 friends makoto, koushki and chiyaki, and what happens in their life.. makoto is a careless girl who once stumbles up in the lab after being given to keep question papers and thus starts her time leap, she couldnt know first how she could predict what will happen today by travelling the "today" part by time leaping and when she faces the "today" part she was shocked as she could predict everything and turn it to her advantage, then she meets her aunt witch where she knows about time leaping and thus she gets very overjoyed knowing she can undo all her mistakes, with passing of time, then she faces the harsh reality and then she steps unto undo that and to keep a promise about a precious thing to a friend who will get to cherish it in the future..
Story ~ its a 9/10 for me...everything is so beautifully explained, with a heart touching note. makoto was so beautifully and cutely exceuted with her confusing state and how she behaved when she did mistakes.
Art~ the art is really very cutely done, you will feel the sense of attachment seeing the characters and you will love it too...
9/10 in art section too
Sound~ with heart touching beats and the music will surely steal your heart. awesome soundtrack to keep up your attachment to such a great time leap based concept...
9/10 for me in Sound part
Character~ characters are well described with their schooling life, their struggles, their confuison, love story...every thing is well described vividly..
9/10 for character development stuff
Enjoyment~ i thoroghly enjoyed it, well driven time leap concept with touch of school drama , struggles. teenage crush and confusion.
9/10 for me in Enjoyment section
Overall~ i found it heart touching and i thoroughly loved it and ending was awww!!! [i did it for the first time though :D (the aww part )] loved every bit of this movie read more
“The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” is a story about a young girl named Makoto Konno (beautifully voiced by Riisa Naka) who, entirely by accident, discovers she has the ability to literally leap back in time, allowing her to correct any mistakes she had made in the past. Initially, this power is used for simple things; getting up earlier for school, doing better on a test, abandoning a poor attempt at tempura, and avoiding an awkward confrontation with her friend, Chiaki. It isn’t long, however, before she realizes that abusing this power will inevitably lead to someone else having to take on her bad luck. While she may have passed her test the second time through, the rest of her peers ultimately resent her for doing better than them. Even though she avoided a classroom fiasco by ditching her tempura, another boy in her class named Takase ends up getting blamed for the resulting incident instead, making him a laughingstock, and subject to torment by his classmates. Avoiding Chiaki’s attempt to confess his feelings to her, Makoto ends up creating a bridge between herself and her friend.
At first, some of these details seem minute, but this is where “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” exceeds as a piece of art: Rather than simply showing the consequences of her actions, director Mamoru Hosoda opted to present the viewer with the long term effects of seemingly unimportant actions. Because of Takase being teased, he begins to despise his classmates, and even goes so far as to attacking the group that was picking on him, and eventually Makoto herself, which leads to her friend Yuri getting hurt.. Because she ignored Chiaki’s attempts to confess to her, he fell in love with Yuri instead. Most importantly, when Makoto avoids an incident early on with a train because the brakes on her bike no longer worked, she ultimately forgets about it until her friend Kousuke borrows it.
It’s the culmination of potentially useless details utilized in such a meaningful way that makes “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” such an important experience. Gorgeous artistic direction allows viewers to gorge on fluid animation, while believable voice acting creates a sense of reality in an otherwise goofy premise. You enjoy Makoto’s character because she’s simply a young girl reattempting aspects of her life she dislikes, as many her age have wished for in real life. Her misadventures are hilarious, and near the end, downright heartbreaking when you begin to realize the consequences of something so forgettably simple.
Ultimately, this is where the message of “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” comes together. In trying to relive moments of her life, Makoto realizes that there’s always a downside. Hindsight doesn’t always tell you everything. Something that may have seemed like a mistake may have actually been better than some other outcome. It’s a story about living with your choices. About dealing with awkward situations. Accepting responsibility for poor decisions. Growing up.
The sheer charm and wit coming from this movie is enough to watch it without too much critical thinking, but on a deeper level, it’s an extremely satisfying experience, and well deserving of whatever praise it gets. Maybe the sci-fi aspects that come into play later on are slightly conflicting with the overall tone of the story. Perhaps the romance forces its way into the story where it would’ve been just as strong without. Regardless, these are nitpicks in an otherwise sound work of art, and I can confidently give “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” a 10/10. There is no wasted time with this film. The general slice-of-life aethstetic may not be pleasing to everyone, but unless you absolutely cannot spare the 1 hour and 37 minute run-time necessary to watch it, you’re doing yourself a disservice by passing it up.
However, everything has a consequence.
Even the seemingly most insignificant and puerile of acts can have grave consequences, as such acts are often made out of ignorance or selfishness; both which are traits that rarely bring out a good result if actions are based on them. Our heroine has to learn this the hard way, as she sees how fateful her so-called insignificant acts are, and how wrong she is in her childish beliefs. What she want is merely to keep the fun times around; with her and her two beloved friends. She wants time to stop, to remain in the present. However, time is inexorable; the future is relentlessly closing in on us. And she has to learn this the hard way. But she learns. Through hardships, through death, and most important of all, through love, she learns that the future is not something to be avoided. Rather it is something to be cherished; something one should embrace.
And that is the basics of the plot and characters in this story; a girl who repeatedly travels back in time to keep the times as they are, and actually learns during this process that it is better to look forward and into the future rather than intransigently dwell on the present. Her two friends aren't focused on that much, but both are portrayed beautifully when they are, both the though-shelled Chiaki and the obliging Kousuke. Accompanying the beautiful plot is a standard-fare movie animation; which means beautiful and detailed landscapes, cityscapes and backgrounds. And while character movements are fluid, the designs themselves are a bit lackluster, and should have been more detailed. The soundtrack which follows on top is equally beautiful, with serene piano tracks accompanying the at times laughter-provoking and at times melancholy story, and a somewhat expected, yet beautiful ending theme.
Toki wo Kakeru Shojo is a beautiful movie, which is good for many things, but especially its underlying hints about looking towards the future and accepting that the present will change as well as the simple message that every act has a consequence; especially childish and ignorant acts at that. And even if such themes does not interest you, I think this beautiful story is well worth spending one and a half hour of your life watching. read more
Although the character art is simple, I love it <i>because</i> it is simple and clean. The backgrounds, environment, and special effects are a different thing entirely. They are rendered in such gloriously realistic detail. The landscapes, the classrooms, the streets -- I have never seen such detail in an animated film. It makes things like Beowulf and Final Fantasy: Advent Children look really silly.
The movie also has such beautiful sound. The effects are perfect and clear. This is topped off by one of the most beautiful soundtrack and score I've ever heard outside of...well, nothing! The music is so appropriately poignant at times that I almost cried from it, fifteen minutes into the movie. I actually knew, glowing reviews aside, fifteen minutes in, that it was going to be a wonderful film. I mean, if the music can make goosebumps rise on my arms, then it can probably save even a disaster of a film -- which this is certainly not. The ending theme is the most appropriate song ever written for any anime. Ever. Just listening to it makes me go "awwwww" and I really want to find it. I'm making it my mission. It's like a direct line to Makoto's head at the end, and made me cry all over again. I'm really not normally a sap, but I'm very sensitive to music, and this movie's music is just so awesome. Not in a grandiose and sweeping sense, but in a gentler, more subtle way. (In fact, subtle describes this whole movie: subtle but effective.)
The characters are also very well-written, complemented by good voice actors. Chiaki's has a tendency to mumble so much, I can barely understand him sometimes, but it actually fits his character well. They're quite convincing as high-schoolers, though, and I love how they were all created so realistically, without following any staple formulae or types. They're all just...normal, even though two of them can do very abnormal things.
Though the plot itself is very simple, the way the characters develop throughout the seemingly minor conflicts (and that big, heart-pounding one toward the end) gives the story incredible depth. And when it reached the ending, I didn't want it to end but, at the same time, I felt the ending was perfect. I'm a sucker for this type of ending: very, very hanging. Like most of the novels and movies and anime I like, the movie ends just when another story is about to start -- the rest of Konno Makoto's life. I mean, the movie is set within two or three days, I think, though with the time leaps it may feel like it takes place for a much longer period of time. Those days are when Makoto is merely poised at the threshhold: summer is drawing near, school is almost out, and they have to decide on their majors. Yet what happens in that short time is so profound that I'm sure it will affect the rest of her life.
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo also drives home a message. The line "time waits for no one" is mentioned several times during the course of the film, and by the end it makes sense why the writer chose that line. That there is no time like the present seems like such a cliche, but when we can't leap through time and change events to suit us, the present is all the time we have. We have to cherish each day as it comes and each person as they are, for how do we know that by tomorrow they won't be gone? read more
Our protagonist, Makoto, is having a bad day. She woke up late. She flunked a quiz. She got into an accident while trying to cook tempura,another student was tossed into her, sandwiching her between two other students for a while and she heard strange sounds when turning in some questionnaires only to find no one in the next room. Things take their worst turn when her bike's brakes fail and she's tossed in front of an oncoming train. That's when she finds herself back in the past a couple minutes before the accident. Her aunt tells her that it was a time leap, but Makoto doesn't believe such a thing is possible until, after some experimentation, she discovers how it works. She puts on a cricket uniform with celery in the lapel and leaps through time and space in search of adventure.
Actually, she uses her new found power to do better on tests, perform better at baseball, have fun and, most importantly, avoid slightly awkward situations. Yeah, our protagonist is neither smart nor creative. At first, she's having a lot of fun but then she learns that her actions are having consequences, as actions are liable to have. Yeah, about half the film is made up of Makoto using her powers to mess around in relatively innocuous ways and the other half is comprised of her trying to fix things that go wrong. Honestly, it's pretty boring. You keep expecting something interesting to happen with it, but it never does. There is one genuinely dramatic moment, but it doesn't even last ten minutes. The main romance is kind of stupid and doesn't make a whole lot of sense given the circumstances presented.
Our cast is bland. Really, really bland. None of them are particularly interesting, but none of them are obnoxious or terrible characters either. There's just nothing that makes them distinguishable from other characters we've seen thousands of times, if not more. Makoto is an idiot who gains a really amazing ability but can't be bothered to think of anything to do with it aside from playing around. Her friends are the generic nice, reliable guy and the generic off-putting guy with a good heart. Then we have all the secondary characters like the supportive friend, the shy girl and so on.
The art is really good with nice detailed backgrounds and character designs that, though simple, look good. The time traveling effect is appropriately strange and is also well animated.
The voice acting is competent. None of the actors give really exceptional performances, but none of them do badly either. They all do decently. The music is also okay. It doesn't really stand out in the slightest either positively or negatively.
There is no ho-yay in this. 1/10.
The Girl who Leapt through time is a hard film to discuss. Not because it's complicated but because it's tedious and generic. It's a story about time travel where the time travel is never used in either an interesting or a creative way. It's like a mystery story where the detective solves minor mysteries that don't really have any impact. Sure, you can do it but you're going to have to have really strong characters to pull it off. Not the rather generic cast you get in this. That being said, there's nothing really wrong with the film. In the end my rating is going to be a 5/10. It's average. If the concept of a girl traveling through time to make her everyday life better appeals to you, check it out. If you want something more compelling out of your time travel stories, stick to Steins;Gate, Back to the Future, The Time Machine, or any number of other stories. Tomorrow, film festival week ends with a look at a certain film involving cyborgs. read more
If you haven't ever wanted to go back in time and change something in your life, then congratulations, because you must have one of the most flawless and happiest lives ever. Konno Makoto is not one of those kinds of people. On a particularly bad day full of sleeping late, failing a test, and getting a guy thrown on top of her, Makoto wanders into a science lab after she thought she heard someone in there. After falling and having a "trippy" experience, Makoto goes about the rest of her unlucky day only to have a near death experience. But she can't figure out how she's still alive. And somehow it seems like she went back a little in time. After some experimenting, Makoto discovers she can literally leap through time. So what does she decide to do with her new time traveling ability? Just a bunch of dumb stuff to make her unlucky life a little luckier. However, her time traveling has some unexpected results on the people around her as well as herself.
The story of "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" starts off a little slow with Makoto's normal school life, but where it truly shines is in the drama built up due to the changes made because of her time traveling ability. She begins to realize that the slightest changes in her life can have drastic impacts on the people around her (and you'd think she might have some back problems as well due to all the rolling into walls and other things).
The characters mostly consist of Makoto and her two best male friends, Chiaki and Kousuke, as well as some of the minor characters affected by her time traveling. Makoto is a great lead character. She's extremely relatable and goes through an amazing amount of development during this hour and a half movie. All she wants is to just enjoy her life with her two friends without anything changing. From playing catch after school, to her and Chiaki being scolded in the morning by Kousuke for being late, she enjoys her life despite how unlucky she is sometimes. Chiaki and Kousuke are both popular guys, and they tend to spend most of their free time after school with Makoto. Despite being main characters, I felt these two didn't get quite as much development as they should have, but some of that is because it's a little difficult to develop when everything is unknowingly being repeated many times. There's also Makoto's female friend named Yuri, a group of girls in the Volunteer Club, and a few other supporting characters who are all good despite not getting much development at all.
The animation is good and poor at the same time. Characters in the background tend to be very poorly detailed, but the scenery always looks gorgeous (though it does make the strange-looking characters look a little worse by comparison). However, up close, the characters are well drawn and look great. Due to the time traveling aspect, several scenes and locations are shown multiple times, but it's necessary for the story and the repetition never becomes annoying. The soundtrack didn't stand out very much since there's a lot of time in the movie without any background music. When it was there, it added nicely to the scenes, though, and especially to the dramatic ones. On the other hand, the movie also uses a lack of any sound at all to add a nice tension to several suspenseful scenes.
This is an excellent, dramatic movie with a small amount of romance thrown in. The movie can actually be quite funny at times, especially with Makoto's priceless reactions to some things. With a great lead character and a good supporting cast, good animation despite some issues in the background, suspenseful moments, surprising plot twists, and an interesting look at time travel, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is an excellent movie which anyone who has ever wanted to turn back time and change their lives like Makoto does should watch. read more
Ok, so i was completely lost after watching this movie. However, found this explanation on a neoseeker thread and thought it seemed accurate. Over all great movie, especially with this explanation in mind.
"Just finished watching the Girl Who Leapt Through Time and loved it. Like a lot of people, I immediately went through a ton of Google searches to see how everyone explained the ending… and I really couldn't find one that made sense! So I'm offering my own. Feel free to tear it apart. But FIRST let's debunk a couple theories:
Theory #1: Makoto's aunt is actually the older version of Makoto. Ok, this is wrong on so many levels. 1) Foremost, the aunt is identified as Kazuko Yoshihara (ok, I confess, I'm relying on wikipedia here), and she is actually the main character of her own time-travel adventures in the original novel series. The entire movie is actually a spin-off from the original plot:
2) From a character development point of view, her aunt specifically tells her, "But Makoto, you're different, you're nothing like me, are you?" 3) Makoto has never shown any interest or talent in art 4) Why would she need to go back in time to restore a painting, and why interact with "herself" pretending to be her own aunt? 5) In this universe, when you go back in time, you "become" your old self you don't interact with yourself. In all of Makoto's time jumps, she never "runs" into versions of herself or even sees herself (ala Back to the Future), she actually becomes herself, retaining all of the memories from her future (ala Butterfly Effect, Groundhog Day). If Makoto went back in time to restore the painting, she would find herself in the younger version of her body. 6) How would she "fool" Makoto's mother into thinking they were sisters? (Makoto's mother gives Makoto peaches to give to her aunt and is concerned that she is still unmarried - so either Makoto's mom is "in on the time-travel secret" or Makoto went back in time and lived an entire life pretending to be her mother's sister or Makoto's mother's memory was altered. None of these is plausible, so it makes much more sense that Makot's aunt is really, actually, just her aunt and nothing more)
Theory #2: Chiaki is a con artist who tricks adolescent women with his charms to take up painting restoration as their profession in hopes that his victims will preserve the painting until his timeline. WTF? This is a pretty twisted interpretation. My objections are 1) That's not what happened in the original series (see link above) 2) The aunt is already restoring the painting, why not get her to "preserve" it as well? Why bring in a worthless high school kid to do a job, when you already have a seasoned curator with access and all of the credentials to make sure the painting survives? And if he wants redundancy in the plan, why not manipulate another curator, or security guard, or someone with any actual talent? 3) Giving a girl the ability to travel through time is a piss-poor way of manipulating her into preserving a painting. Chiaki has the power of time travel, why can't he do it himself? And if not himself, why not FIRST manipulate Makoto into preserving the painting, and THEN give her the power of time travel to actually accomplish that goal? 4) If you were seducing a girl to get her to do something, and you wanted a redundancy plan "just in case", would you really go about trying to seduce HER NEICE to do the same job? 5) If all you cared about was a painting, why wouldn't you "stick" around until it was finished, or at least "drop in" from time to time to make sure the aunt hadn't given up? It doesn't make sense for Chiaki to manipulate the aunt when she was in high school, and then never contact her again, and just "hope" that the seeds he planted would result in her going to school for art, devoting her life into art restoration, and then actually devoting years to restoring the very specific painting that he wanted in the first place?
None of these make sense. I'm not saying that the movie is perfect, it definitely could have been done better to make more sense, but technically, I think all the plot-holes can be explained away. So here is my own interpretation. I'm definitely making up a lot of stuff, but I think it actually does make sense and fits in with the "spirit" of the movie…
Chiaki is just a kid from the future, growing up during a time of desolation and hopelessness. Somehow, he hears of a beautiful and magical painting that was created in the past during a similarly desolate and hopeless time, but the painting has been lost. So, he believes that if only he could see that painting for himself, it would bring him the hope and inspiration he needs to live his life in that desolate hopeless time. So he uses the time-walnut to "time-jump" and he probably makes a lot of mistakes along the way, until he finally finds the time period he is looking for, but he only has one last "jump". He does have an extra time-walnut, but he probably decides to use it only in an emergency. When he finally gets to the museum, the painting is, unfortunately, being restored. The jumps are difficult to judge (especially jumping to a time period outside of his lifetime and experience), and it took almost the entire walnut just to get to this time period, so he decides to just "live" in this time, until the painting is restored, rather than wasting his "jumps" trying to find the painting. But while he is living in this time, he makes friends with Kosuke and falls in love with Makoto. All the while, however, he is checking the museum every day to see whether the painting is finished (every time Makoto goes to the museum, you see this guy in the background looking at the exhibit… and he vaguely resembles Chiaki). He probably would have "frozen" time and snuck into the museum to see the painting half-restored, except he didn't know Makoto's aunt was restoring the painting on the premises, and just assumed it was being restored at some unknown place. Better to just wait for the painting, and plus, the "waiting" ended up being pretty fun, in of itself.
Ok, so then the whole movie takes place from here. In explaining the ending, I'll refer to these important moments in the timeline:
A) Makoto falls on the time-walnut in the science room and gets 90+ time jumps
B) Makoto uses her "#02" time jump (next to last time jump) to setup Kosuke with the shy girl by arranging the wrestling guys to push Kosuke into the shy girl. This results in Kosuke borrowing Makoto's bike and he sends Makoto a text.
C) Makoto races to the train tracks to prevent the impending disaster, and gets to the train crossing with one last jump, only to see the train pass harmlessly by without any incident.
D) Makoto walks away from the tracks and talks to Chiaki on the phone, when Chiaki figures out Makoto is time leaping and asks her.
E) Makoto freaks out and uses her "#01" time jump to negate the conversation.
F) Kosuke & girl crashes into the train, and Makoto does not have any more time jumps to prevent the accident.
As Makoto is running after Kosuke, she trips and rolls downhill screaming (you can see all the cuts and bruises that she sustains as she is screaming for Kosuke), when all of a sudden, she opens her eyes and there are NO cuts and bruises on her face, everything is frozen, and Chiaki explains that he used his last time jump to prevent the incident. At this point, Makoto believes that Chiaki rolled back time to right before point F). But really, Chiaki had used his time jump to go right after point B) above. Presumably, after Kosuke sent the text to Makoto, Chiaki steals Makoto's bike before Kosuke can get to it. Then Chiaki rides Makoto's bike to intercept Makoto at point C). At this point, Chiaki needs to come clean with Makoto, because 1) she needs to know 2) he loves her 3) Makoto will probably figure it out anyways. However, in doing so, he violates the "Time Law", whose punishment is ceasing to exist. While time is frozen, he lingers long enough to bare his true self to Makoto, before resuming time and fading into oblivion.
Now, because Chiaki had rolled back time to point B) and not point F), the conversation between Makoto and Chiaki never occurred (though curiously, she remembers it occurring) and Makoto never used her last time-jump. When she realizes this, she uses her last time jump, to "Super-Jump" all the way back to the beginning of the movie at point A). She confronts Chiaki with the truth and time-walnut. She tells Chiaki that she can't time-jump anymore (having used her last time-jump to get her here). HOWEVER, she gives Chiaki a used-up time-walnut! This means that Chiaki must actually still have 90+ time jumps. She never used any of them because she time-jumped back to a moment before she had used any time-jumps! The movie has already established that it is possible to "take back" your time jumps by jumping to a time period before you used your time jumps. You could argue that you need someone else to time-jump you, and you can't "time-jump yourself" to get your time-jumps back, but the movie doesn't definitively support one argument over the other since it only tracked Makoto's time jump at 90, 50, and 1. Anyways, even though Makoto "knows" about time-jumps, in this new reality, Chiaki is "safe" from the law, because he technically never "told" her about it yet. You can't fault a guy for doing something he hasn't done yet, right? Now at the end of the movie, I think that Chiaki then realizes that Makoto still has 90+ time jumps, so he's telling her that he's waiting for her to jump into his time.
Ok, I know my explanation isn't perfect, but I think it makes more sense then Theory #1 and Theory #2. Here's my lame rationalizing to several possible objections….
Chiaki waited months for the painting, why didn't he wait a couple more days to see it? Chiaki never meant to stay more than a day and realized how precarious it was to only have one more time-jump. Plus, under Makoto's assurances, the second he returned, he would see it. But most importantly, I think the painting was no longer his inspiration to live. That inspiration was now Makoto, herself.
Why didn't she just text back/call back, "Careful, Kosuke, my brake's broken." Maybe she did (off camera) and got no response, so was actually worried that Kosuke didn't receive the message (which he didn't).
Why was Chiaki in the science room after he just said he wasn't interested in helping Makoto with her chores? Chiaki was being a creepy stalker, and was secretly spying on Makoto.
If you know you're going to crash in the train on a bike without brakes, why not just jump off the bike? People don't think properly in the heat of the moment.
Chiaki had 1 last time jump and a full time-walnut. Why didn't he just "charge" himself earlier? Every time-jump is precious, so he was waiting to use his last time jump before recharging, because maybe he would "lose" that time jump."
Again, I did not write this. It was found on a neoseeker thread, posted by a guy calling himself "unwashed heathen".
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo) is a 2006 sci-fi anime film that is produced by the studio Madhouse. It is directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who also created and directed Summer Wars and the recent Wolf Children.
Konno Makoto is a relaxed high school girl who spends her days away playing catch with her friends Chiaki Mamiya and Kousuke Tsuda. One day, she discovers she can time leap and uses this power to make her life a bit easier. She ends up changing a lot of things for her personal convenience. However, things are not as simple as it seems and her travels start having some unforseen consequences.
While time-travel is getting used in fiction more and more, there always is room for innovation. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time isn't exactly new, but makes a fresher use of this plot point than many other movies released since it aired. The ways Makoto uses her power are petty, but they end up generating bigger and bigger consequences as time goes on.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time also portrayals themes other than the time-travel itself, for example, the teenage years and friendship. The three protagonists are teenagers and act the part, with their own insecurities and desires somewhere in between the childish and the mature. Makoto is a great example of this, as she doesn't want the moment she is living to end, but also wants to find what to do afterwards.
While the film doesn't have the most complicated storyline, it does portrayal varied things in its 1 hour and 30 minutes run. The movie has two romance subplots, a subplot intrinsically related to the main story and the proper time-travel to deal with, and manages to close every plot thread in a meaningful and, sometimes, tragic way.
The characters are what makes this possible. They are all well realized and show a good amount of depth and emotions. Makoto is usually cheerful, but she can get serious and has to deal with her newly found powers, her future and her feelings regarding the present. Tsuda, on the other hand, is the most reliable of his friends, but hides some of his sides in the various timelines. Chiaki seems to be a very mysterious and a bit aggressive guy, but he opens up to his friends and the viewers get to see who he really is.
The art, however, isn't up to par with the rest of the movie. It portrayals movements with incredible finesse and sense of speed and the backgrounds are impressive, everything else, from the characters to the objects, feels a bit underwhelming and barebones.
Still, that didn't influence my enjoyment of the film heavily, as I was too drawn in by the story. It was pretty enjoyable to see the cast interacting, while still trying to figure out why exactly everything was happening.
I would recommend The Girl Who Leapt Through Time to basically anyone, as it is pretty accessible. also, both fans of sci-fi and slice-of-life romance will find a lot to like in it. read more
Every person in this world had wished to go back in time at some point; whether it be to fix a mistake or to experience an event again, it's all the same. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo is about a girl, Konno Makoto, who obtains the ability to leap back into time. At the beginning, she uses her newfound powers for trivial things to make her life more fun and exciting. However, as she changes events that were supposed to happen, she creates more problems, uncovers secrets, and experiences more pain than satisfaction. Through her course of actions, she learns that changing the past causes drastic consequences. As she attempts to fix her wrongs, it may be too late since "time waits for no one".
This is a simple story about a girl who learns that "with great power comes great responsibility". The beginning is lighthearted and joyful. It seems to be an ordinary slice-of-life. Somehow, she stumbles upon a device which allows her to time leap; however, she does not know she has this ability yet. After an extremely unlucky day, she accidentally uses her powers to prevent her own tragedy.
There are many questions that are not answered. As expected from a show about moving through time, there are many possible plot holes and unless otherwise explained, remain plot holes. Unfortunately, this show is no exception and contains many unfulfilled questions; about the characters and concept of time traveling.
The conflicts that arise for the protagonist, Makoto, are well developed. It greatly illustrates the butterfly effect of the chaos theory (for anyone interested in time traveling). For a simple explanation, it shows changing one small thing in the past can create a great change in the future. The conclusion was not satisfying. As stated before, there were many questions unanswered and the ending did not clarify much.
For a movie aired in 2006, there was not much expectations for the art, but it was surprisingly fresh and alluring. The animation of body movements was smooth and seemed natural. The designs of the characters were not extravagant but they differed and had their own unique traits that it was easy to differentiate among them. The setting is well-done and even people in the background are animated nicely. However, it was noticeable that some actions seemed awkward but they are usually short and can be overlooked. Whenever Makoto time leaps, she enters what I will call a "time warp area" which seems to illustrate the various timelines. Although this representation is nice, it was a drastic change in art style and elicited more questions about time traveling.
The music reflects the tone of the plot. As the plot progresses, so does the music. All the music choices were enjoyable and pleasant to the ear. Sound effects were detailed and placed meticulously at the right time. The voice acting was incredible and it was especially appealing to hear the emotions shown through the voice of the protagonist. It can be evident through the pitch and tone of her voice of exactly what she is feeling. Tension was also built by the absence of a lot of noise. By creating an almost silent atmosphere, the audience's attention is drawn to what the characters are saying.
Konno Makoto is an easily liked protagonist. She is innocent, fun, and outgoing. She is supposed to be the dynamic character, the one who learns something and changes for the better through experience. However, this change was too sudden and did not gradually happen. The beginning showed no growth and rushed it at the end.
Mamiya Chiaki is one of Makoto's closest friends. He is shown to be joking, playful, and stubborn. Although it may not be obvious in the beginning, he greatly cares for Makoto, her well-being and her feelings. However, later in the story, something is revealed about Chiaki that the audience may assume is a plot twist. The movie does take a few minutes to explain this but it did not settle well.
Makoto's other close friend, is Tsuda Kousuke. He is extremely friendly with everyone and is presented as the nice guy. With Makoto and Chiaki, the three of them form that perfect trio. They always hang with each other and have fun. Although Kousuke does not contribute to the plot until the end, his existence was necessary in order to move the plot forward.
Minor characters display a seemingly small role in the overall story but what they say at the beginning and the end of the movie is perhaps what completes the change for Makoto's character. There are many minor characters in the movie. Notable ones being, Kaho, Yuri, and Takase. Kaho is responsible for the change in the tone of the plot, Yuri is the person who reveals the change in Makoto, and Takase is the one who exhibits the consequences of Makoto's time leaping.
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo was an enjoyable anime. The theme may not be original but the delivery is there. Consequences were the highlights of the show while explanations of time were the downfalls. The art was suitable and relatively delightful and sound was fine. Overall, it was -time- well spent. read more
The story wasn't very new (character finds out can travel back or forth in time, uses it, abuses it, and learns - the end), but I did enjoy the approach taken by <i>this</i> particular anime. Featuring some interesting plot developments and approaches to how the time travel was "invoked," it did feel fairly fresh. However, other than that, most of the development in the film was mainly comic relief and I didn't feel like I got much from the story. What truly disappointed me most about the story, however, was its ending. The plot twist which was introduced also introduced with it a myriad of plot holes and inconsistencies which I felt very letdown by because of the earlier lack of them. Additionally, the ending just did not suit me and the way the conclusion of the story changed the main character seemed fairly ... hollow. I won't say anything else other than that, but for those who have seen this movie:
I didn't really understand the sudden hollowness we find from Chiaki's character at the end of the movie. His motivation to return to the future was very foolish, in my opinion, and lacked any true explanation for it. What was he going back to if he was losing what seemed to be something extremely precious in the present? I felt his going back was simply a badly used plot device to "change" the main character and their coming together would have achieved that same sort of thing much better.
I suppose you can make your own conclusions about that.
Continuing on, I felt that whereas the story seemed somewhat mediocre, the art in this movie was pretty special. Featuring what seems to be simple character work, yet extremely detailed environments, you begin to feel sort of immersed into the characters because of discerning features, particularly of their personality, rather than by simply their appearances alone. I actually felt the artwork was very easy to watch and very crisp and clear.
The sound utilized in this movie was pretty good. Character sounds were clear and distinct and there weren't any parts of the movie where I felt that the music interfered, but neither were there any parts where I felt the opposite.
In respect to the characters, I believe that they were very fleshed out in general and that all of the facets we see of them were very intriguing. However, the character development is what made me decrease this score so. I felt that the development that was apparently supposed to be experienced by Makoto was badly done, and that the conclusion failed to really deliver to me the realism or achievement that was done on her and her character's behalf.
Overall, I enjoyed the first hour or so of this movie immensely because of its fresh and interesting approach and delivery. The last bit, however, disappointed me and made the story and everything else feel... incomplete and not satisfying. read more
Our main heroine is Makoto. A generally outgoing and bombastic girl who enjoys playing baseball with her two friends, Chiaki and Kousuke. One day while dropping off notebooks in another classroom Makoto hears a sound coming from the Science room. She enters the room but no one is there. She tries to leave out the other door but it is locked. She notices something on the ground, goes to pick it up, but is startled by some sort of shadow. She falls done on the object. Later on while riding home on her bike, her breaks stop working and she is unable to slow done before the train stop. She is flipped over and hit by the train; only that's what should have happened. Instead she finds herself transported back a few moments before the accident.
She later finds out from her aunt that she can "leap through time." Makoto believes that time travel is not possible. But she tries to do it again, and is successful. She then uses the power to redo certain aspects of her past; to make her life easier by doing so. But she eventually finds out that her endeavors of self-happiness have caused others around her pain. Some of which she is not able rectify.
Being as the animation is done by Madhouse, you can expect high quality. Most of the backgrounds are detailed in appearance and portray a realistic environment well. The character designs are simplistic but do not look ugly. They aren't unique by any means, but they do fit.
There is no background song I would say is amazing or is able to be played on it's own. But the music is suitable for the scenes and is not ear-numbingly annoying either. The ending song for the credits was quite enjoyable though. Probably the best song overall. The voice actors were able to display the emotions of the characters nicely. Despite not having many roles under their belts; I think they did an exceptional job.
There is a diverse cast here. Most of the main characters receive a good amount of development. As the situation around them changes; so do the characters. While some of the side characters aren't very fleshed out, there is enough to them for you to understand the jest of their personality. Given the run time of the film; I wasn't expecting to see much development from the less important characters. But I feel that what we got is enough.
Having enjoyed Wolf Children so much; I expected to get as much enjoyment out of this film. While I feel that Wolf Children is slightly better, this film is still a great time travel flick. Is there better time travel stories? Yes. Is Steins;Gate better? Yes. But I still feel that this movie is very enjoyable. Mamoru Hosoda is a great director and I hope to see more from him in the future.
I stumbled across this movie in a facebook post, and I ended up googling the title and deciding to watch it after reading the synopsis. I have to admit, I felt like the movie was lacking a bit in "mind-blowing" factor, but that may be because I've watched the movie "Secret" (you know, the one with the piano battle and Jay Chou?) and the movies are quite similar. I thought that I would be moved to tears, but I ended up just being moved. It was still overall a great movie, and I would definitely recommend watching it if you haven't seen Secret already. If you have, still give it a shot. read more
-realistic and VERY likable main cast/personalities. No extremes like tsundere-moe dichotomy or goodie two shoes. Trio baseball get-togethers are fun to watch, not expositional
-confident female protagonist--pro b/c it's a rarity to have a great one w/out making her seem rude/conceited
-relative lack of pillow shots which plot and pace-driven viewers can appreciate
-transitioned Makoto's adjustment to time leaping in a concise, humorous, and appropriate way to development. Props b/c this is hard to do--even in Steins;gate, I felt that some of the time leap sequences were slow and boring
-nail biting climax. Having watched this after wolf children, honestly wasn't sure what Hosoda was going to do.
-STRONG POINT: the film KNOWS its limits and works within its boundaries. It doesn't try to take the butterfly effect to tremendous, unnecessary proportions like world war 4 or politics or pretentious philosophy. Hosoda's message is clear and focused. The element of time leap is humorous and more importantly relevant to the protagonist. Yes it contains anime "tropes:" high school, friendship, and romance, but is it cliche? absolutely not, and almost no elements felt shoehorned. And this is great: sticking to a tradition shouldn't be dismissed as cliche. A great deal of it is what makes anime anime.
-loved the ending: Hosoda executes a tricky element in which he doesn't reveal everything about the story but doesn't make it feel inconclusive or incomplete. This was no gimmick of leaving it ambiguous for the sake of it. I think it was executed perfectly. The conclusion was frustrating >< but mature, honest, and understandable.
-Hosoda reveals a very underrated and particular message about maturity and young people--look for it!
-music wasn't amazing and couldn't find a piece that I think stands strongly on its own. But it works within the parameters of the film.
CONS (virtually nothing major)
-all stories dealing with time leaping does have some illogical inconsistencies when you start to deconstruct it
-some elements came to me suddenly but I got on board
-was not a fan of his animation style in wolf children but slowly becoming one
Ultimately, I liked Girl who leapt through time better than wolf children. In both movies, the themes/lessons aren't anything ground breaking, but takes a fantastical element and uses it to depict real/relevant messages. This movie was, to use the perfect adjective, breathtaking. I'm thoroughly impressed for its hard to find a film that has both great entertainment and a message that I can take away for a long time. I'll leave this at a 9 but the future me (no pun intended) might change it to a 10. I see now why people are paying attention to Hosoda. He might be a catalyst that fuses the eastern and western story telling forms to make globally appreciated films in his prime.
Feel free to read the analysis on what I thought the take away message was about its coming of age theme
END OF REVIEW
WARNING: SPOILERS in the analysis.
Notice that blunders and borderline tragedies occurred when she ironically tried to "help" others and by extension ignored/disregarded her own desires. This seems cruel and counter-intuitive at first: Shoudln't selflessness trump selfishness? Well, I think what Hosoda wanted to show through Makoto's story was that, even if you have good intentions, when you launch into action without wisdom, it can unfortunately harm others and yourself. Even though we may THINK we're doing "good," our young, still-tunnel vision of the world may not know the consequences. Through this film, I think Hosoda values practicing introspection in youth as opposed to blindly helping others, especially at the cost of ignoring your own enlightenment. Of course, he showed the consequences of premature decision making in a VERY dramatic way but he has a point here. At the end, Makoto finally confronts herself and others about her honest feelings towards Chiaki and, even though it doesn't work out perfectly, there is definite emotional closure and finally launches her passion for the future. And because of this underrated message, the conclusion doesn't feel like a duex ex machina--it instead makes perfect sense. Respect and understand what YOU want, for it is a way of helping others find their way as well. This is not a new idea, but certainly hits home and he shows it with finesse. And that's what I love about it. It's not a grand social commentary on the dangers of time leaping or butterfly effect or overarching philosophy. Hosoda was focused and very clear from the beginning about what he wanted to present. read more
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a very well crafted film, and it does a lot of things right. The film does a very good job developing the characters personalities, but the main character Makoto possesses the most depth as it should be. The other characters are very likable as well as believable. They have some very fun and realistic personalities. I think there's someone everyone can relate to(that is, if you don't crave completely angst-ridden characters). The character development did surprise me somewhat due to the length of the film. Many anime films forsake character development, and merely utilize their characters only as plot devices, thus making it hard for the viewer to establish some type of connection. Thankfully, this isn't the case here.
Makoto is definitely the heart of the film, in which she drives home the films "coming of age" theme. Watching her grow by making and attempting to correct her mistakes is something viewers can take away, and possibly grow on for themselves.
The premise of the film being able to travel back in time appears to be a pretty realistic and heavy theme to me. I'm sure almost everyone in existence would love the ability to go back and fix some past dilemma. I believe this was a plot device that was used to some good effect.
The film is very fun, light hearted, and packed with a good dose of comedy that actually works. The comedy is more present during the first half. However, later on it takes a very dramatic turn with a thought provoking, yet realistic twist that definitely adds a bit more depth to a story which used such a serious gimmick to begin with. The film teaches one the possible hazards of being able to change past events, while also showing the possible benefits as well. Makoto's intentions on time leaping were innocent in every way, but her unawareness on the trade off proved to have consequences.
The animation is very good as well. It's very fluid throughout with great character body, hair, and facial movements. CG was definitely used and wasn't really a problem, but I've seen it blended in with 2D a lot better. The artwork is fantastic at times but not consistent. Overall, the character designs, and the scenery especially gives off a very neat and clean appearance. The backgrounds are simply beautiful.
I also have to give credit to the very wise use of the budget. The production values were pretty high, and this film could have very easily gotten worst visually over time, but they cleverly reused scenes during time leaps to prolong their budget. Therefore, the animation stayed at its best throughout even though there were a small amount of stills used. However, to a small degree which happens to play into my lows. The reused scenes are actually a negative for me just a little. The time jumps added to the comedy, but sometimes those exact scenes would replay in an almost endless loop, and the comedy would wear itself out. That's like someone telling you a funny joke 6 times in a row. It's just not going to be as funny anymore.
The soundtrack by Kiyoshi Yoshida was also very good. It consisted of piano pieces that would begin slow, and eventually speed up to match events during scenes. This provided a nice tune, which seemed to fit very well with the personality of the film. The voice acting was very well done for both languages. Of course, this is another time the sub outshines the dub clearly; but I will always prefer the dub in almost every thing that I watch. My reason being is simple. When focusing on reading subs, it's more difficult for me to pay attention to the visuals.
Overall, this is an anime film that more people need to know about. It's definitely among my favorites and I think it can fit perfectly in any otaku's collection. I also believe there is a lot here for casual fans as well.
Highs: Animation, artwork, voice work, comedy, story, plot and character development
Lows: Some comedy a bit over played read more
I'm not good with reviews and all, so I decided to speak my mind (basically leave a comment where we are supposed to put a review since i don't know where to comment if I can)
I think the movie is real good and all but... only one problem... (Here comes the spoiler)
THEY DO NOT KISS !!!!!!!!!!! AHHGGRRRRRRRRDF KJBE@#778^&%$*&(@#@MHEFGWEHJQ
But, I have to admit, the movie really touched me in many ways
I felt anger, sadness, guilt, thrill and shock nearly all at once.
I have watched this movie like... em... *counting* 7 times already.
Sorry for the spoiler!
that explored time travel prior to Steins;Gate and was in the format of a movie.
Hello everyone, my name is MrRecklessPenguin and Today we are reviewing the anime film The Girl who Leapt through Time so without further ado let's leap into this review!
The film was produced by madhouse studios in July of 2006 and is classified as a romance, drama, adventure sci-fi. It's run time is a total of 1 hour and 37 minutes. The Director of said film Hosoda, Mamoru also went on later to direct two more films, the highyly entertaining Summer Wars and the heartwarming Wolf Children.
So is the film any good, well, yes it's exceprionally good, infact it's in my top 10 favorite anime films of all time, but lets dive deeper and find out what makes The Girl Who Leapt through Time tick.
The story of The Girl who Leapt through Time revolves around our main female protagonist Konno, Makoto...not like the Makoto from School Days though, don't worry this girl does not spread her butter around. She lives a pretty simple life with one of her main activities being baseball with Chiaki and Kousuke so she's a bit of a Tomboy. One day after school Makoto finds a miniature mysterious object on the floor of a classroom and keeps it. While riding home on her bike her brakes fail which cause her to get launched in front of an oncoming train and get hit harder than Tiger Woods getting hit by Elen Woods with a golf club. But suddenly like a miracle she wakes up and is back at the point and time before she met her death by train. She then realizes that she has suddenly gained the power to time leap and literally leap in order to go back in time. First it was just the small stuff like going back in time to relive a karaoke session or going back in time so she's not late to class in the morning. But after a while, realizes that the time leap might be for her own benefit but how does it affect the people around her? What happens if all of a sudden she loses her power to time leap? Will the things she changed in the past even have consequences on herself? These questions will be answered as you watch the anime everything else is spoiler territory.
The first thing to note about the story are the themes it tries to portray and how does the story handle them. The term "Be careful what you wish for" is prominent in here than they are in an abortion clinic. The main moral of this story is "Time waits for no one" meaning that time is a constant and will not stop nor slow down for anything, including people. Fun fact about this idea is that the origin of this idea predates modern english with the earliest translated record stating, "the tide abides for, tarrieth for no man, stays no man, tide nor time tarrieth no man". But enough about the history, you're here to learn about anime, if you want a history lesson watch Hetalia, maybe send in hate mail for not having the country Uganda in it. Anyways the film portrays this theme extremely well and sticks by it until the very end.
The romance and drama were executed and balanced like a dream, they were more balanced than a mixed child. The drama and romance never felt overbearing, nor overstayed its welcome. Sure the film is lighthearted but it's these elements that help the serious side of the film become interesting and kept me as the viewer invested. The romantic aspect of this film helped give the characters great and actual realistic interactions with each other showing us a different side of the characters that we didn't see prior to when the romantic themes pop up. It allows for one character in particular to show us another trait of their personality that makes them seem like an actual person. The romance thus becomes believable with sharp dialogue and romance that doesn't beat around the bush.
The drama also builds up throughout all of the movie due to the use of time travel. The tiniest of things that Makoto changes in the past may have some drastic and harsh effects on others, including herself throughout the story. This leads to some really fresh storytelling which will keep the audience remain wondering what little thing Makoto changes in the past might have an effect on in the future. The drama between characters never felt like I was watching a soap opera, or Keeping up with the Kardashians because the drama felt real rather than melodramatic. The dramatic scenes are juvenile, but that is to be expected seeing how the film is centered around youth and high school. By having this balance we can easily slip into the shoes of our main protagonist Makoto and watch the story unfold.
The pacing of the film is well done, no parts felt too fast or too slow. I never felt as if The Girl who Leapt through Time was going to become a black bullet trainwreck or a Glasslip snoozefest. The pacing was more consistent than Naruto x Sakura Fans committing seppuku.
No with all of the praise I have for this film, it is not without its problems.
First off, the film ends with many questions not answered, which is not always a terrible thing but I feel as if the 3rd act was disappointing because of this. The film ended with the audience left for interpretation which is fine and all all if they didn't put in so many ideas and plot points that weren't explained. Sure we have this time machine, but do they ever explain how it works? What power does it run off of? Why does it only work when you leap? Heck, do they ever explain the damn thing? Yes, and no, they don't give you enough information on the concept of time travelling which will leave you unsatisfied which is such a shame for a great film like this. Lack of explanation also left some confusion for myself and most others. When one character halfway in the movie starts talking about wanting to see a specific item, it's never really explained why he or she went back in time to see it, or what importance that item has. Unfortunately some of the details they' don't explain are left open and reduced being plot holes. A lot of explanation could have been given to make the film wrap up neatly in a box with a ribbon rather than what we got with Hellen Keller tying the ribbon.
Now it's time to dive into the characters
Out main protagonist Makoto steals the show, and when I say steal, I mean she steals more than people steal water in india. She is witty, comedic, selfish, naive, tomboyish. What do all those have a common, they are all traits of a PERSON. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you an actual character and not an overused archetype. Her character, like any real life young person can be really selfish and only think of their own benefit rather than the people around them. This brings us to the time travel element and her use of it. She uses time travel for her own personal gain without thinking how it might affect the other people around her and lets all face it as young people, we for the most part like to do things for our own benefit and if we could go back and time to change something like an embarrassing moment you'd do it without thinking about what might happen to the people around you. Makoto is also as I mentioned naive when it comes to the topic of love. She tries to act innocent but soon realizes over time that here naiveness might have affected a certain character in the opposite way than intended. Also, did I forget to mention she is stubborn. She is resistant to any sort of big change in her friend group that might have a negative affect on the group as a whole so as a result we see her stubborn nature. To see her character get a wake up call and become more mature with her actions along the way is something we rarely see in any anime and for them to pull it off in just 1 movie, they did a phenomenal job. Her character development makes her one of my personal favorite female characters of all time. She's not only likable and fun, but also feels real due to the negative traits she has that any normal person would have. She's just a high school girl who has been given the power to go back in time, and I think she pulls it off in a realistic mannor.
Chiaki is another character and is a friend of Makoto, he has an interesting back story that is never fully fleshed out and I would've loved to see hae seen more of him. His personality was playful yet chill at the same time. Always trying to tease Makoto whenever he finds the time. There's not a lot to him but if I were to go deeper into this hole, I would enter the womb so I'm going to back out and not mention anything further before I risk giving you all a spoiler. But all and all he's an okay character with not enough screen time and development to be called great.
Speaking of no screen time, another character named Touda gets virtually no screen time. He gets less screen time here than there are Africans without Ebolaids. So basically he was pretty underused to the point where I just completely forgot about his existence throughout the entire movie. Though he does serve as a plot device later on in one of the turning points of the story, so because of this he's not a complete waste of time, without him the moment still could have happened but the severity of it would be ultimately different. He's a nothing character, to put it in perspective, Lisa from Zankyou no Terror had more of a use than this guy and that's saying something seeing how Lisa was about as useless as a broken fleshlight.
While the main cast may be lacking in two of the characters, Makoto is the character the story focuses on and for that studio madhouse did a great job handling her character. She was realistic with a great deal of development for an hour and 30 minute run time which allowed for me to step into her shoes, even though my feet are bigger than my armored titan if you know what I mean. Well without the armor of course, that costs money. But the characters all together are just good with Makoto being the shining star of the cast.
Since this film came out in 2006 the benchmark for art and animation wasn't as high as it is now thanks to Ufotable blowing their load like a sex deprived male. If I were in the shoes of someone from 2006, how does this movie present itself? The art is for the most part really good and madhouse did a great job on it. Madhouse has always been great, they even made Hanayamata look good, an anime about YOSAKOI. Madhouse would make an anime based on the streets of Islam look like and eyegasm. Close up people's faces look nice, and there are some stellar sci-if imagery to behold in this movie. The character models aren't anything special but what do you expect, the characters are just regular high schoolers, they shouldn't look moe blobs of neon colored lights like Las Vegas. For the most part the backgrounds and environments are drawn really nicely, but are standard and lack inspiration, so it's mostly been there done that but drawn well at least. Animation for the movie is really fluid with character movements feeling natural and brings life to these 2D characters to make them seem real. Emotions can be seen on the character's faces and that just adds a special charm to the animation and art.
To contrast how good the art is for the time I have a couple of problems to point out. Sure the characters look great close up but from a distance their faces either seem really morphed or have no face at all. The backgrounds looking great for the most part it somewhat makes the undetailed characters look . Most of the background characters lack a face. Might as well put No Face from spirited away in here. Also the enviornments sometimes look muddy and not as polished as they should be. From far away and close distance the environments are varied by how well they look. But this is a 2006 film so I can't knock off that many points for the presentation's downside, so all and all, great work Madhouse.
Now, for the sound. The voice actress that voices our main protagonist Naka Riisa does a great performance and the emotions she puts into her voice allow Makoto to once again seem real. But it doesn't stop at the sub. The dub is also really done, with actual emotion put into the voice of Makoto. Emily Hirst put her all into that voice with the exception of a laugh worse than Nintendo's financial standing.
The ost for The Girl Who Leapt through Time is nice but forgettable. No tracks really stuck to me, even after replaying the songs a few times they still didn't seem all that amazing to me. They were nice though and fit the tones of the film perfectly and that's what mostly matters rather than my own subjective view of how the ost sounded. The songs were utilized well which added the final touch to making this movie's presentation better than it already is.
So lets move onto the scoring shall we
So giving the story an 8.5
Characters an 7.75 because while 2 of the characters weren't fleshed out enough, Makoto's character was more than enough to bring this score way up
Art/Animation a 8.25
Sound a 7.5
The score comes to a 8 without enjoyment and with my enjoyment of an 8.5 out of 10 comes to an 8.1 for a recommendation of I'd buy it on Amazon with Tax.
As a “time-traveling” tale the script does has it share of faults but even so I can’t find any as idiotic as what we could already see in “Back to the Future 2”, which even when finding itself in the middle of such paradoxes managed to keep itself a classic thanks to the fact that it can be resumed as juvenile yet somewhat meaningful fun from beginning to end, and by the finale the point of the plot wasn’t really to develop the whole physical mechanics of moving in a temporal plane but rather how such an ability, in a metaphorical sense, affects the life of a young girl, who is by the way one of the most wonderfully done and likeable female teenagers in the medium.
Interesting was also to see how the directorial maturity of Hosoda is much more firm now, the melancholic stylishness is still here but for some reason with a major focus when compared to his still brilliant Digimon movies. He remains both trendy and lyrical but perhaps now he turns out even more restrained and introspectively social than before, probably a reflection of the natural movement beyond Tai and his pubescent friends, or the Superflat Monogram girl, towards a state that borders adulthood.
Besides Hosoda’s firm commandment the other incredibly remarkable technical aspect was the graphical design, which turns up as pure urban magic achieved through visuals, a thoroughly endearing representation of youthfulness, with simplistic and amazingly humane movement that retains a cartoon-like expressiveness that helps it in going beyond the representation of reality and achieving much more aliveness through un-noticeable and at the same time deeply underlying exaggeration. The team went with a very modern interpretation of what “old-school” signifies and they did a brilliant job at that approach.
As a whole TokiKake is as a film unpretentious and sincere, eradiating enchantment in every minute it is shown on the screen. Besides, even if you can’t empathically sympathize with the characters you can’t deny their charisma, the entirely believable naturality of the presence they represent as individuals. Go watch this now, at worse you'll be entertained. read more
This is not the first incarnation of the story; in its native Japan it has been adapted into several films and TV dramas. This animated version is actually a sequel to the original story, but don’t worry- you don’t need to have seen the original version to make sense of it all.
The films storyline takes the fairly basic idea of taking a normal person, and bestowing them with powers which they are unable to control. In the case of ‘Taki wo Kakeru Shoujo’ this works quite well. The main character, Matoko Konno is a tomboy who enjoys baseball, does poorly in school and is a bit careless, so when she becomes able to travel backwards in time, she mostly uses it for trivial things without considering the consequences of her actions. Like most other stories involving time travel though, there are consequences.
We can relate to Matoko’s naive, but generally innocent fun. If all the little mistakes we make in our day to day life- the things which embarrass us and cause us a little grief- could be taken away, most people would be only to happy to put an end to them. Matoko is a likable character and, for the most part, realistic.
The other characters are just as good. Chiaki and Kousuke are both believable and the rest of the cast fit nicely into the normal Japanese high school.
The character design is a realistic but relatively simple style, similar to the more ‘adult’ Studio Ghibli titles such as ‘Only Yesterday’ and ‘Ocean Waves’. But make no mistake. This is not because the animators are lazy, as illustrated by the wonderful CGI effects used in the time leap scenes, something I normally meet with scorn. We are treated to a wonderful show of times progression, including an homage to Van Gogh’s “A Starry Night”. The backgrounds are well drawn, too. The baseball field, the city streets and even a motorway overpass shine with beauty.
In fact, I find it ironic that the painting is actually not very attractive to look at.
Of course, beautiful art should come with beautiful music. Classical piano music is predominantly the music of choice throughout the film, and it works petty well. Unfortunately it’s not up to the standard of the artwork, but good nonetheless.
The voice acting is excellent. For this review I watched the Japanese version with English subtitles, but those who prefer an English Dub need not worry as it is very high quality. No matter what your preference, you are well catered.
The Girl Who Leapt Through time is a thoroughly enjoyable anime movie, an ideal choice for someone who is either relatively new to anime, or for someone who a seasoned fan who has let this gem slip into the wayside.
I’m sceptical that people will unravel the mysteries of time travel; even more so that such a powerful thing would ever fall into the hands of an ordinary teenage girl. However, one thing that I can be a lot more certain of is that ‘Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo’ is a title that you will be leaping back to again and again.