The Girl Who Leapt Through Time / Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Sci-Fi, Time Travel
First Released: July 2006, 97-minute film
Summary: Konno Makoto is a seemingly normal high school girl. Clumsiness is the only extraordinary ability she possesses. Konno’s life takes an unexpected turn when she gains the ability to leap through time, and I mean that in the most literal sense. While some people might use this ability to change the past or otherwise alter history, Konno uses her newfound ability as most high school kids would, to change minor events to her benefit. The problem comes when Konno realizes the power to change the past has significant consequences on the future.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was directed by Mamoro Hosoda, director of the 2012 film Wolf Children. As a side note, Hosoda was commissioned by Studio Ghibli to direct Howl’s Moving Castle, but was replaced early in production by Hayao Miyazaki.
I have mixed feelings about The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The main problem with time travel stories is the potential for plot holes with all that time traveling. I like the story and the catalyst used for time travel, but the short film time left me asking a lot of questions. Besides that, the film was enjoyable. The protagonist had character development and was fun to watch, with a believable temperament and attitude for a teenager. The supporting cast also added to the film, with their own unique personalities. The soundtrack is simple, which is fitting for the Slice of Life feel of the anime. If not for the time travel aspect of the film, it would be a slice of life high school drama with bits of comedy and would be just as entertaining to watch.
You might enjoy this if: You enjoy time travel in your films. As you will learn, “Time waits for no one”.
You might not like it if: You want more screen time for plot development.
Note to the Viewer: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time has won several awards, including six at the 2007 Tokyo Anime Awards.
AMV – Viva La Vida by Kiseki Himawari Productions
(There’s not much of a spoiler warning for this AMV. It’s a time travel film, you’ll have no idea what’s going on if you haven’t seen it.)