Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [1967]

The Girl Who Leapt Through TimeAuthor (Japanese): Yasutaka Tsutsui
Translator: David James Karashima

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time tells the story of Kazuko Yoshiyama, a third-year middle school student who accidentally acquires the ability to time travel after an unfortunate accident in a school science lab.

I Say…

For me, being the original story means it should be the best. But I didn’t like it as much as I liked the graphic novel. My purpose for reading the original story is to understand the graphic novel (and animated movie) better, but they’re just too different.. to the point that I got disappointed because I was expecting more out of this one. Or maybe I just read it too late? I’m not too sure.

There are a lot of surprising revelations in this version, and it made me wonder a lot as well. Can humans really think and act that way in the future? But Tsutsui-sensei kind of tickled my brain because of this. I think I might be reading some more science fiction from now on.