I’ve been holding off on doing this review for a long time (re: too lazy) but seeing as how “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” is becoming popular nowadays (its been shown this year at UP-AME and in several anime/ film festivals in the US), I might as well write up my own review. ^^
I first saw the poster pic for this movie last year and thought that this might be a good anime to watch but then forgot about it. =p
I then saw this anime mentioned in one of Danny Choo‘s older posts and that sparked my interest enough to go and look for this anime. After watching the film, I can easily say that this is one of the best anime movies I’ve seen in a long time. I’d even go so far as to rank it up there with the best Hayao Miyazaki films. It is that good. It’s so good, in fact, that it won several awards already and was recognized as “Animation of the Year” at the 2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair.
This film doesn’t have the extravagant effects of some Miyazaki films such as Howl’s Moving Castle but instead it has one of the most endearing characters to be drawn in anime and a story that’ll move you to tears. The lead character, Makoto Konno, is your typical Japanese high school girl who gains the ability to literally “leap” through time and that’s what most of the film focuses on, time travel and the consequences of having such an ability, which reminds me a lot of the Hollywood movies on time travel such as “Somewhere in Time“, “The Time Machine” and “Groundhog Day“, all of which has a love story background hidden in the premise of a time-travel movie.
What sets The Girl Who Leapt Through Time apart is that you’d never know that it has a love story in it from the beginning. It’s only towards the end of the movie that you’ll realize all the events that transpired were building up to its tear-jerking climax. T____T
Anyway, enough spoilers and go watch this movie!
Full trailer below.