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: 8.541 (scored by 117742 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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Feb 2, 2009
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
Dec 14, 2013
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
Nov 8, 2014
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
Jun 25, 2008
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
Dec 16, 2014
The "girl" in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is Makoto Kanno, a simple high school girl who lives only in the present. She doesn't study or have any real goals for her future, she doesn't think much of long term consequences for her actions (making her fairly accident prone) and most of all, she simply wants to enjoy her time with her closest two friends; Chiaki Mamiya and Kousuke Tsouda. Konno then gains the ability to "leap" into the past. While this time leaping could let her do anything, she's a simple girl and therefore only time leaps to change minor events in her life to enjoy it more, for example, acing a test or being able to re-live karaoke sessions. However, time waits for no one. Life begins to change for Konno's best friends as they seek new romantic relationships, while she wishes life to stay the same. This leads to her time leaps changing the lives of others as well as her own, for better or worse.
I have included somewhat of a synopsis in this review because it is important to establish that Konno isn't the ordinary girl that most synopses describe her as. The film's focus is on her learning to deal with the fact that life changes and that she can't forever be stuck in the present. It's also focused on her maturation and realisation that her actions create consequences, short and long term, and how she deals with them. The sci-fi elements take a back seat in this film as the story is driven by Konno's actions. This isn't a film about the consequences of time travel, but instead the difficulty of growing up.
For the most part, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is incredibly entertaining. There is a good balance of drama, comedy and romance. The themes are explored well, mainly through Konno's discussions with Kazuko Yoshiyama. Unlike shows which have philosophical dialogue dumps, these discussions relate directly to the problems Konno is experiencing. As for the characters, the film has a small cast with most of the time given to the main trio. Even though the characters are relatable and entertaining, apart from Konno they can be somewhat forgettable and feel quite shallow. The main downside of the film is the ending. While the dramatic moments are executed well, it feels rushed and leaves you with more questions than answers making the conclusion to the film somewhat unfulfilling.
The art style of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is similar to the other two films Hosoda directed subsequently; Summer Wars and Wolf Children. The animation is impressive, especially during the time leaps with the use of surreal imagery. The soundtrack to the film is also similar to Hosoda's other films; mostly piano based, but also beautiful and appropriate. The voice acting is of a high standard, especially for Konno's many emotions and expressions.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is definitely a film I would recommend to everyone of all ages to watch. It is an enjoyable, fun film that will be memorable for years to come. read more
Nov 25, 2007
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
Oct 17, 2013
In the realms of imagination. Time Travel can be quite amusing. In a fictional sense, it is a creative trope. There have been some fictional stories that use time travel pretty well and show the consequences of altering events whether it be good or bad, and Great Scott! The possibilities of time travel stories is pretty close to infinite. This movie is sort of like this. This is the tale of "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time".
Makoto Konno is a 17 year old high school girl and she somehow gained the ability to "leap" through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past isn't as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends. But regardless of intentions, these actions do have consequences.
May I go back in time and just avoid giving you that brief sypnosis? I would rather just let you see the movie for yourself. Then again. My style is a bit formulaic but that’s just how I do things with all the wibbly wobbly timey-wimey...stuff that’s going around on my daily schedule. Anyway. This is a Madhouse production and this studio has a high reputation and a good resume for having good production values in whatever projects they work on. The animation is pretty high-quality in this movie and it looks really good. An interesting note is that the character design is by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. Who is known for the character design of Neon Genesis Evangelion as well as being the artist and writer for the manga counterpart. Mamoru Hasoda did have him do the character design in his following movie Summer Wars as well as Wolf Children. I think Hasoda-san likes to have Sadamoto-san do the character designs I guess. Anyway, the animation’s pretty good but I can’t say it’s perfect either.
The music by Kiyoshi Yoshida is something I would like to address. the soundtrack compliments this movie pretty well. There is a mix between orchestral and piano and they are used very effectively for the most part. It’s too bad Yoshida-san did not compose much for anime, but I guess it’s nothing to worry about. The music’s great.
When it comes to voice acting, there are not a lot of big names in the Japanese cast. Riisa Naka is great as Makoto for her debut role. Takuya Ishida is also great as Chiaki, and Mitsutaka Itakura plays his role well as Kousuke. If there is a big name in the Japanese cast of the movie, it would be Fumihiko Tachiki as the teacher. I do like to compliment this movie for having a cast that sounds natural and not having to resort in using extremely professional seiyus. The Japanese cast is mostly good in this movie. However, with the English dub, it almost has the same approach. Emily Hirst is actually pretty decent as Makoto and this is her only role so far, Andrew Francis was great as Chiaki, and Alex Zahara was pretty generic as Kousuke but still filled the part just right. There are some supporting characters that are voiced by some people you may know if you know who “The Ocean Group” is. The dub is actually a decent listen, but it is also a somewhat natural dub to listen to as well, but there are some little hiccups in the dub that could have been acted a little better. Both the Sub and Dub is listenable in this movie, but if I had to pick one over the other, I’d pick the Subtitled Version.
In terms of characters. Makoto is the character you definitely should pay attention to in this movie. Her personality is fitting in this movie and once the movie progresses, you’ll see why. Chiaki is another interesting case, enough said. Kousuke is…a normal guy. The one character that was interesting was Makoto’s aunt Miyuki. Anyway, the characters are believable and nice to watch in the long run.
In terms of the story, it is mostly great. The movie has a typical first act, the second act is pretty damn good. The third act may not hold up to some people’s expectations. Allow me to explain, Some things in this movie aren’t really answered in this movie and did not leave a possibility for much interpretation. I will say that this shouldn’t hinder the movie at all because even though the unexplained questions are not answered. Most of this movie is pretty good. Even though the first two acts are pretty good, that third act can be seen as disappointing to some. I actually liked the third act for the most part. It could have been better, but I did like the end result to it. Why? Because there is a running motif of consequence. If you like time-travel stories, this won’t disappoint you all that much. This is a thought provoking movie that has time travel. I wonder when we’ll get another thought provoking time travel story in the future. I guess time can only tell...
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was available by Bandai Entertainment, meaning… it is out of print. a manga adaptation of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui and Illustrated by Ranmaru Kotone was available by Bandai Entertainment, and it is also out of print. That adaptation’s sequel with the subtitle “After” is also by Yasutaka Tsutsui but illustrated by Minoru Hashiguchi was never released stateside.
With all that said, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a rewarding treat if you like thought-provoking time travel stories. It does hold up pretty well with it’s quality of animation, believable characters, a fitting soundtrack, and a very enjoyable experience. The plot is mostly good, but the last third could have been spruced up a bit if going back in time was possible. Then again, even with its flaws, The last third is still good. This movie is definitely worth your time.
I give The Girl Who Leapt Through Time a 8.7 out of 10. it is VERY GOOD!
Feel free to comment, and I suggest you make an appointment to see The Doctor. read more
Nov 12, 2007
The dramatic themes of the films are juvenile in nature, that is, they deal quite simplistically with the indecision of youth, the inability to look to the future, and unrequited high school love. Some people above this age-group may be hesitant in this respect, but I found it wholly enjoyable because of a strong sense of Nostalgia. I found that it was disturbingly easy to relate to these characters from my memories of how I felt then. Makoto’s emotional immaturity and short-sightedness felt very familiar to me.
The main theme of the film revolves around the line “Time waits for no one”, which Makoto reads on a blackboard the day she gains the ability to leap through time, and is an understated strength of the film. The romantic aspects of the film perhaps are allowed to overshadow this theme, but the very end of the film delivers a strong conclusive moral; it is not until Makoto has well and truly learned her lesson from her obsession with shaping the present, that she is able to look to the future and truly appreciate the meaning of the phrase “time waits for no one”. It was interesting to see time-travel used in this respect, by this kind of character. Whereas the consequences of time-travel are usually dealt with in terms of the dangers of changing the future by changing the past, this movie deals with the idea of consequences resultant of using it to try and avoid changing the present. Makoto’s desperation to maintain the status quo of the life she enjoys so much ultimately proves to her that it’s better to face the future.
The romantic aspect, thanks to very believable characterisation and sharp dialogue that doesn’t pander to soppy romanticism or employ passionate monologues of profession, is very satisfying. For most of the film, love is approached in a realistic day-to-day-life approach that lends it an engaging sincerity. Clichés of romance, begone! More anime need to adopt the concept that you don’t need to look like a French aristocrat and carry a rose to fall in love. The central romance between Makoto and Chiaki is given above average depth by her initial obliviousness to his interest, which, through the challenges the film hits them with, turns to a believable yearning. The network of crushes and adolescent infatuations built up by the supporting characters is perhaps a bit tiresome and needlessly melodramatic, but the relationship between the two lead characters certainly elevates the film from interesting to engaging.
The music, while far from bad or intrusive, is entirely forgettable, employing the time-old (and sufficiently effective) use of violins and piano to back the emotional scenes. The animation is nothing spectacular for a movie anime at all, but because we can’t grade all cinematic anime with the high-budget Ghibli productions, I don’t really have any complaints. The cel animation is very simplistic, but also very fluid and colourful, which may well be a style that is more fitting of the energetic youthfulness of the protagonist. It is an attractive film nonetheless, with really fantastic character designs (particularly Makoto) that don’t rely on stupid hair colours or styles to differentiate characters. The background art is high quality, as should be expected at the movie level, but is nothing exceptional. The element of the production that most seduced me was the seiyuus; Makoto’s seiyuu, who appears to be relatively new to the anime scene, was a perfect casting choice, and put in a strong performance. Without her performance bringing Makoto to life with such vibrancy and gusto, the film could have very easily been quite dull. Chiaki’s seiyuu was also notabley well-cast and was a perfect match for Makoto’s voice, making their interplay very fun to listen to.
When all is said and done, this film is not the kind of film that will go down in history, or leap to the forefront of people’s favourite anime lists; it is not an exceptional movie, but I think anyone who enjoys a well-written drama will agree when I say it is a good film. If anything, it is a film that will be remembered for its sincerity and its quiet originality. Older fans may not appreciate its immature themes, but for the rest of us, this is a very hard film to dislike. It is perhaps bogged down in the middle of the film with Makoto’s frustratingly silly actions and the unnecessary complexion of the many romantic interests, but it is, for the most part, fun and engaging.
Apr 24, 2013
This film ostensibly presents itself to be a forthright tale on the ability of time-travel and the inevitable ramifications that result from it. To fully appreciate the magnitude and prudent motif the viewer must be astute and open minded. The predominant message carried throughout plot is allusive rather than straightforward but not to the extent of being incomprehensible or enigmatic.
Story: The story begins with our primary protagonists, senior high classmates Makoto, Chiaki, and Kousuke, who have sustained a close friendship together for the past year. It’s very obvious that they are very inattentive and remiss to their rapidly altering lives as they reach a critical point in their till then static lives, adulthood. Makoto in particular evidently is eager to undertake any bizarre drastic measures to prolong her tranquil life, remaining inattentive to whatever outcomes may arise.
As if devised by fate, her life is radically changed forever, as Makoto stumbles upon this exotic divine contraption that grants her the ability to time-travel into the past. From then on every memorable and joyous experience transpiring is replayed ceaselessly, Makoto’s life couldn’t be more blissful. However she gradually comes to shockingly recognize just how conceited and narcissistic she has become. As Makoto was relishing in hypnagogic wonderland, those dearest to her were suffering as a direct result.
Makoto’s aspiration for a utopian and insouciant lifestyle that is eternal brought about a calamitous and dreadful result. Degradation and contrition now engulfed her as she discerns how the lives of those precious to her have been unknowingly been tampered and dismantled time and time again. As Makoto deduces how to resolve this complication, she will soon also come to the astonishing revelation that she isn’t the only time-traveler out there.
Art: The quality of the background/landscape animations are on par with the preponderance of today’s top quality animation films. The background settings are elegant and quite exquisite, it really does portray a realistic environment effectively. The character designs themselves are peculiar to say the least, they aren’t precisely realistic or innovative but certainly aren’t cliché either.
Sound: The music and background sounds aren’t top-level perfection grade, but are still exhilarating and breathtaking to listen to. The sound is quintessential for constructing and setting the ambiance.
Characters: The character development is what excels vigorously in Kakeru Shoujo over the vast majority of standard anime that desperately strive to do so. The fundamental reason for this being the diverse array of exceptional characters. It’s commendable just how divergent yet analogous each protagonist was to one another. The principal changes and internal conflict that drove this intense story and carried it to such perfection was all due to their contrasting and adamant personalities. Of course none of this could’ve been accomplished without the absolute fabulous and impressive cast of voice actors chosen for this film, and it’s a shame they haven’t voiced much since.
Enjoyment: An underlying reason why this movie achieved and prospered as much as it did was because it was designed for and utilized a considerable diversity of themes and genres, but in a conservative manner. By executing the film in this particular way you can appeal to all audiences/viewer types, just makes a well diversified, gratifying and compassionate film even more groundbreaking. Still the most gratifying and crucial aspect from Kakeru Shoujo it so elegantly conveys to us is the manner in which we as people should live. I would readily and eagerly divulge that message to you but then that would ruin your experience of the film (even though some other reviewers might already have SPOILER). That about concludes my review, Kakeru Shoujo is a genuine distinguished masterpiece(well almost 9 out of 10) that is appealing for all viewers to enjoy, so don’t miss it.
Oct 22, 2007
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
Mar 4, 2008
Despite the aforementioned, the animation/art was absolutely fantastic. Visual effects were tastefully intermixed with standard animation bringing what might have been trite visuallizations to rather astonishing moments, if brief, to colorful life. Although I was not particularly fond of the background used during the main character's many "leaps". Accompanied soundtrack was nothing extraordinary, as I can hardly remember it. Though it may have simply been overshadowed by the story and art.
If there was something truly enjoyable, it was the character interactions and scripting. Within such a brief span you could become enamored with several characters, laugh at their hysterics and cry through their moments of loss and frustration. This accomplishment alone deserves praise, by comparison many serialized anime fail to do this in even quadruple the time given.
Also making this title shine was its conclusion; it perfectly avoided the trap so many anime fall into, thinking they must throw in a dramatic twist simply for a dramatic reaction, regardless of how it affects the overall story and audience's emotions. My own personal afterthought was of a euphoric and character involving story that left me with a smile and a regretless time well spent! read more
May 28, 2007
Dec 30, 2014
The sci-fi genre of anime can tour an extensive diversity of elements from intergalactic space travelling, to future dystopian societies. But rarely does sci-fi anime ever explore the concept of time travel. Well the almighty Steins;Gate Tuturuuu'd its way to the peak of many anime fans lists because of it's great structured story and memorable characters. It's time travel element was virtually nailed perfectly and allowed for it to be one of the best anime ever created. But lets not forget that there was an anime
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.
Jun 24, 2013
So..... here we go!
okay, I literally watched this not even more than an hour ago and I loved it so much that I wanted to write my first review on it. Now I have been hearing fantastic things about this animated movie for quite awhile and when I finally started really getting into anime, I was really interested in watching it. At the beginning of summer, I knew I was not going to be doing a lot of stuff like traveling or doing much with my time so I finally got back to this website to see what it was really about; so I have been on here for the past month finding new stuff to watch. I finally found this movie, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and I was so happy; I finally sat down and watched it today and loved every bit of it.
Story: The plot of the movie was very different then what I was expecting; I was expecting more of a Ghibli film like Spirited Away but even if this movie was not a Ghibli film - I was not disappointed at all. They paced the story perfectly with every emotion tugging at your heart strings and making you want to leapt through time like the main character did.Now I am not really a summary kind of person so just read the description.
Characters: every character has an unique thing about them just like they would if they were real people which makes this particularly movie different. The main character is the lovely unlucky Makoto who is the perfect lead for this film; she is quirky, funny and stubborn and I love the way she takes the situation and turns its around to reach her benefits. Chiaki the badass best friend with a secret and personally he is my favorite character because he so out there and makes the movie even more worthwhile. The last main character is Kousuke the kind best friend that is always there for Makato; I love his support and reaction to every situation that he is put in and it reminds me of the reactions my best friend would give me. All the other characters throughout the movie tie the film together and are great support characters that show the true feelings of the main characters.
Animation: The animation is so clean and simple which is perfect for the kinda of film it is; the director, I think he did not mean to make this movie huge and grand. My opinion is he meant for it to be simple but still blow people's mind away and he really did succeed with that. The colors are bright and beautiful like the bright blue sky that gives more of an effect of her jumping higher and bolder; all in all the colors are nice but really stand out with the animation that goes with it.
I did really enjoy this movie very much and will be watching it very soon all over again. I would blah blah blah on about how fantastic this movie is but the best advice I can give you is to watch it yourself. Trust me it is worth every second of your time and it might lead you crying in the end.
Thank you so much if you liked my lame review I will make better ones in the future so thanks guys!!!! -Emmy621
Aug 20, 2012
Story: Just like in every time travel film, something happens that makes the protagonist repeat a particular period of time to try and alter the outcome. I'm a bit bias when it comes to time travel, simply because i love the concept when done right in films and shows. So of course i was over the moon when i realized how wonderful this anime was.
Art: To be completely honest, this film was lacking in the arts department. Nothing special, whether it was the characters or scenery it was fairly plain and simple. I feel as though this let the film down. Although with that being said, don't be mistaken. The art work wasn't terrible at all, im just saying it could have been improved.
Sound: I watched this in English dubbed, which was weird because usually i don't enjoy dubbed at all, but i was actually surprised and a tad impressed with this. The sound was up to my standards and was better than what i was expecting. The music and sound effects were on point throughout the film, both of which helped enhance the mood of particular scenes.
Enjoyment: All in all, i went into this film with fairly low expectations, and im happy to say i was completely surprised at how much i enjoyed it. There's just something about it that appealed to much to me. Whether you love sci-fi, romance or school life based anime i would recommend every one gives this film a try.
9/10 read more
Feb 12, 2010
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.
Nov 14, 2013
What I really like about this story is that it presents the clichéd concept of time travel differently. Most time travel stories don’t even consider time travel its core concept. The concept is just there to add an impression of historical fiction. But The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a different case. All of the plot elements revolve around time travel.
Speaking of plot elements, this anime clearly knows how to establish them without appearing to be information dumping. They are interwoven with the actual plot development, meaning that they are presented while the main story is progressing. It makes the show a lot more fun to watch, because from the very start, something is actually happening, and it’s not just bombarding the viewers with boring exposition. In this sense, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is much better compared to Steins Gate.
What makes everything better, even suspenseful, is when these plot elements create a butterfly effect. One change through time travelling could have tremendous repercussions in future events.
But as much as I like the story, it’s not perfect. There are instances that I felt that it has been dragged out. There are plot elements that could have been removed and nothing would change in the overall story. Aside from that, I also didn’t like that concept about Chiaki being from the future and everything else about that big reveal. It just spoils the magic for me. And the ending is a bit lacking as well, maybe because it has not much cathartic value, considering everything Makoto has been through.
I really like Makoto Kanno as a character. But this is biased -- I just like characters that are naive. I find it fun to see their good intentions result into tragedy. As for the other characters, there’s really nothing much to say, because this anime is mostly focused on Makoto. The only other character that has a fair share of screen time is Chiaki. I admit that their hints of a romantic relationship are interesting. They add to the seemingly plot-oriented nature of the story.
The art style is also unique. It’s not very detailed but not very bland too to appear uninspired. The music is not amazing, but I admit that there are soundtracks that deliver the emotions that the show wants to present.
Overall, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is of above average quality -- almost amazing, if not for the lacklustre ending. The story is very unique, and sometimes it could even be too hard to understand for those who are not very bright. It doesn’t take a genius to understand the story, but it does require some thinking to follow through. But the best part of this story is not the story itself, but the lessons that are hidden between the lines. I recommend this anime to those who are not bored with anime that are not too flashy with action-packed sequences, and to those who believe that the true entertainment value of a great story is how the plot elements are interwoven to create suspense and drama.
Jan 1, 2014
But I think the most powerful part of TGWLTT is the feelings it evokes in the viewer -- specifically, one of powerful yearning, taking the viewer back to their young adult lives where they can explore their past regrets, young flames and missed connections. It's extraordinarily melancholy, and overwhelming, and it takes a believable story with believable characters to make it happen.
Makoto as a character is one that I'd like to see much more of in japanese animation. Her character profile is modest -- she's lanky, short haired, modestly proportioned. There are no gratuitous panty or cleavage shots, and her eyes look like ones that would belong on an actual human being. Her school uniform borrows more from the boy's side. But the animators are as subtle as they are masterful -- in her movements one can find a girlish grace, and her slender legs and miniskirt help uncover the fact that, despite her tomboyish persona, Makoto is, in my eyes, one of the great anime beauties.
Such a statement certainly requires further defense. She's admittedly a textbook genki girl -- she has boundless energy, and unwavering swagger -- at times. The key here is that we get to follow Makoto's life long enough to realize that her mood and energy ebb and flow, and it is in this flow that we discover her vulnerabilities and idiosyncrasies (credit to Riisa Naka -- her voice acting range is beyond incredible).
Therein lies the great mastery of TGWLTT -- Mamoru Hosoda's unparalleled ability to transition from the comic to the tragic. The funny parts of TGWLTT are hilarious, and the melancholy parts downright disheartening. And Makoto's cry -- her big, wet, blubbering cry, is so genuine and out of the blue, that we can't help but cry ourselves.
It's hard not to fall in love with her at the end. It's hard to not want to hold her in your arms, and playfully muss up her already disheveled hair, and tell her that everything's all right.
TGWLTT is a masterpiece, in every sense of the word. read more
Jun 9, 2013
From a splendid novel written by the revered Yasutaka Tsutsui, the original creator of the psychologically stimulating Paprika which was also adapted into an anime film in the same year, comes the tale of Makoto Konno, a puerile high school girl who has accidentally obtained the ability to “literally” leap through time. She initially uses her power to time-travel for her own egotistical desires, but as she continues to descend through the past, she gradually learns of the drastic consequences her naivety ramifies to. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo is absolutely one of the most illustrious flicks that have reigned Japan’s animation industry as it is maneuvered by the highly acclaimed Mamoru Hosoda and visually supplemented by the ever so majestic Madhouse Studios. The film magnificently brings us back to our youth, nourishes every corner of our emotions with a strong affinity to its characters and flourishes our minds with the underlying significance of the spontaneous ticks of the clock’s hands.
Although the perplexing concept of time travel is employed in the stream of events of the film, TokiKake adheres strongly to the consequences and mishaps the aforementioned phenomenon forks to rather than furrowing meticulously the science which triggers the ability. The flick places our perspectives to the expounding vision of Makoto as she incessantly leaps through time to feed her narcissistic delights and fix the mistakes she had committed. However, the aftermath of her slaphappy concerns to the tread of seconds is what disjointed her from her mundane life. The composition heartily resonates the naivety we’ve had as teenagers and the incautious decisions we often made whenever scarce chances fall before us. Furthermore, it foregrounds the most essential platform in which every form of existence in this planet revolves around which is “time” and manages to invoke its theme from the very first second down to the last drop. There is an absolute blithe atmosphere of realism housing the film all throughout which makes more gratifying to watch. It also manages to warmly captivate the viewers with the accurate depiction of youth in the stage of life in this story of puerility.
“Time waits for no one.”
Despite the number of times Makoto has to spring herself back to the past, one thing remains constant in TokiKake, and in life per se- the perpetual flow of time. The plot impeccably encapsulates the reason why the ceaseless and inexorable ticktocks of the clock should be provided with utmost heed in the splendor of the film’s remarkable writing. Moreover, it never digresses from its path and it consistently conjures the crux of the composition regarding the aforesaid adage.
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo’s most eminent component is definitely lodged in its characters. Whilst the film takes most of its time investing ourselves to Makoto through her self-serving deeds, it also excellently introduces us to the other casts who also play crucial roles for the development of the story itself. These main ensembles include two of Makoto’s best friends Chiaki Mamia, an externally thickened compassionate person, and Kousuke Tsuda, a complaisant one. Additionally, the other casts like her aunt and her classmate recur time after time yet they’ve only gotten to furnish themselves through a short span of significant exchange of words. The few count of characters also allows the crafty portrayal of naturalism to strikingly wallop the viewers in sheer amazement. In addition, although the entire plot only circulates around a constant repetition of three days, everyone gets to have their characters meliorated, but not as much as the centerpiece, Makoto.
There is an impinging sense of realism in the depiction of TokiKake’s characters which resplendently forbids the viewers from sorting them to the formulaic pieces of most of the anime series out there. Makoto’s personation in the film precisely limns every tad of naiveté crafted from an adolescent’s innocence. And with the attachment of time travelling, the viewers are stipulated to relive their high school lives through the bitsy merriment of experiencing the amusements over and over again. Having these naturalistic portrayals of sappiness in the characters, which are rarely exhibited in animated media, definitely brings out an exceptional beauty in TokiKake.
As far as the production goes, Madhouse Studios emphatically brought out their staggering capabilities in aggrandizing this flick. The intricate creation of the backgrounds absolutely augments the essence of actuality. In addition, they have served splendidly as the picturesque platforms for the fluidity of the animation during the events in the film which radiate the pleasing and melancholic experiences. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s character designs, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to dazzle as much as his previous notable works like Neon Genesis Evangelion and the .hack// franchise. However, provided with the fact that TokiKake endeavors to fortify realism through its characters, the designs perfectly beseem the persona of the casts. The direction helmed by Mamoru Hosoda as his first major project is overwhelming and brilliant in spades. He succeeds in enamoring the viewers with his prowess to portray real life’s mundaneness and the characters’ naturalism even in a film which involves the concept of time travelling. And fortuitously after his success in TokiKake, he continues to attest his brilliance in his succeeding films like Summer Wars in 2009 and Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki three years after.
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo’s soundtrack magnificently embellishes the scenes in which they were rendered. They easily set the ambience of the situations and simultaneously tunes the modality of the characters to befit themselves stronger as they depict their roles in the plot. To boot, both of Hanako Oku’s song contribution to the film, “Kawaranai Mono” and “Garnet” overpoweringly intensify the melancholy of the viewers. With the former used as an insert song during the juncture, it splendidly triumphs in intertwining the varying emotions and potently exalts the viewers in a tremendous awe. Whilst played during the ending credits, the latter capsulizes everything in the film and caters the viewers the time as well as the beautiful melody to contemplate with the movie.
Regarding the voice acting performances, they all sound as natural as the crafted personas of the characters. And despite having Japanese actors and actresses rather than professional seiyuus, the way Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida and Mitsutaka Itakura (Makoto, Chiaki and Kousuke respectively) enunciated their lines certainly isn’t jarring and provides life to the characters they play.
On the whole, Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo foregathers the puerility and naivety during our adolescence and recaptures it astoundingly through a brilliant film execution. I have seen this work of magnificent artistry numerous times already, and every moment the flick rolls, it is as though I’m also leaping through time with Makoto to remain in an unchanging chain of youthful mirth.
But alas, time continues to wait for no one. Its flow withers all forms of existence. Its unforgiving nature allow us to grasp delights momentarily, but never does it show a flare of sympathy. The movement of its hands is a constant reminder that life is a pulpit for irreversible processes. And ultimately, it is a treasure box of triumphs and mischiefs.
Unlike Makoto’s tale, this world’s reality keeps the time travelling concept beyond humanity’s reach, and hence we can only embrace the present and look forward to the future. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo resplendently renders this theme and within a span of an hour and a half, it will surely toss you back to your early days.
Mar 19, 2008
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo is a modern reinterpretation of a well known Japanese novel of the same name. The original protagonist makes an appearance in the anime adaptation as the Aunt of the main character, Makoto.
Makoto is quite a likeable character that has problems and worries that your average high school student may have. In addition, she is a very energetic person yet isn’t the bit annoying, perhaps this is due to the more subdued nature of the film. Sadly the other characters weren’t as interesting or charming as Makoto. However, for a film that’s 100 minutes long this is to be expected as they don’t have time to delve into the other characters.
In terms of technical merit there isn’t anything to complain about. The animation was done by Madhouse as well as being a movie, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the quality was top notch. Music and sounds while not as good as the animation it was nevertheless very good. The only thing I can mark down it terms of technical merit would be the voice acting of Makoto. Mind you that I rather liked Makoto’s voice actor. Her voice reminded of Kana Hanazawa (CV Ryoko from Zegapain) and it was enjoyable to listen to. However, I wasn’t convinced when some of the more emotional scenes came up, especially when she cries. For the most part Makoto’s voice actor did a very good job with the charming and very energetic character. The other roles really didn’t stick out as Makoto really stole the movie.
As I mentioned before, Makoto is your typical HS girl and uses her newfound powers to solve her mundane problems. This is to be expected, as when your in HS the problems we had were typically small in scope. I’ll be honest, when I was in HS my biggest problems were not embarrassing myself or doing well on some random quiz. So it was quite entertaining to watch Makoto abuse her powers on the most ordinary things. From helping her friends love life to reliving your favorite meal. Ok going back in time to relive your favorite meal is simply brilliant and if I had time traveling powers I probably do that.
The pacing of the movie was nearly flawless. Each time she jumped the consequences escalated and peaks around 2/3 of the film. At this point the movie falters quite a bit. I’m not saying the last third was bad its just nowhere near as good as the first 2/3. The science fiction part became more apparent, but that that didn’t really annoy me as it never became the focus. Most of the problems stem from Chiaki, in particular the questions that arise from him as well as his motivations. I find it extremely difficult to talk about the last third without spoiling some things so you’ll have to live with my ambiguous comments.
In the end, Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo is a very enjoyable film that stumbles a bit in the end. read more