Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [2006]

the-girl-who-leapt-through-time-c-2006-tokikake-film-partnersAlternative Title: Toki o Kakeru Shōjo
Original Story:
Tsutsui Yasutaka
Novel:
Tsutsui Yasutaka
Film Screenplay:
Satoko Okudera
Director:
Mamoru Hosoda
Studio:
Madhouse
Release Date:
July 15, 2006 (Japan)
Runtime:
98 minutes
Movie Theme: Garnet by Hanaku Oku

Voice Actors:
Riisa Naka as
Makoto Konno
Takuya Ishida as
Chiaki Mamiya
Mitsutaka Itakura as Kousuke Tsuda

Awards:

Gertie Award [Best animated feature film]: 39th Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia
Animation Grand Award [The year’s most entertaining animated film]:
61st Annual Mainichi Film Awards
Animation of the Year:
Japan Academy Prize
Grand Prize [Animation Division]:
2006 Japan Media Arts Festival
Special Distinction for Feature Film: 31st Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Plot (crunchyroll):
When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, “leap” backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realizes 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 her and her friends.

I Say…

The.Girl.Who.Leapt.Through.Time.full.786374A cute, bittersweet movie. Quite interesting plot, I must say. But honestly there were parts quite unclear to me. It just feels like a second part’s going to come somehow. I don’t get the significance of the restored painting a.k.a the painting Chiaki wants so badly to see. When Makoto & Chiaki were standing in front of the glass case the painting isn’t there. That part confused me quite a lot. Could there be some connection between Chiaki, Makoto & Makoto’s Aunt? If you plan to see it, be ready for questions to bother you. I think I’m seeing it again some other time, maybe when I’m level headed enough to comprehend the details.

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