Hello and welcome to the G-Views, where creativity is respected and Dokuro-chan is rejected. On today’s edition of CinAnime, we’re going to take a look at a classic, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”. So let’s get moving. Every second counts. There’s no time to waste! I’ll stop now.
Das Mädchen, das durch die Zeit sprang (German)
La chica que viaja a través del tiempo (Spanish)
La ragazza che saltava nel tempo (Italian)
La traversée du temps (French)
O dziewczynie skaczącej przez czas (Polish)
Toki o Kakeru Shōjo (Japanese)
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (Japanese)
Девочка, покорившая время (Russian)
穿越時空的少女 (Chinese (Hong Kong))
跳躍吧！時空少女 (Chinese (Taiwan))
Genres: adventure, drama, romance, science fiction
Themes: school, time travel
Running Time: 94 minutes
Plot Summary: 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 herself and her friends.
The title couldn’t be any more literal, for you see our heroine LITERALLY leaps through time. She discovers this power after having gone through a very unlucky day. Then she enters a back storage room where she trips over a chime. That’s when the magic starts. After confirming her ability through an “unforeseen” circumstance, she reacts like any teenager would: Using her new found power for her own selfish desires. Through the course of the movie, Makoto experiences the following emotions: Selfishness, fear, doubt, tragedy, remorse, love and lastly gets an epiphany. Once playtime’s over, the events that will take place in Makoto’s life from then on are predictable but not in a bad way. You’re intrigued as to how Makoto will deal with these issues as they pop up one after the other. Will she leap through time to make change things, or will she let them be. Although I said the events that take place are predictable for the most part, that all changes when the movie reaches its climax and a big twist happens. You would not see it coming unless you paid close attention early on. From then on expect some intense dramatic stuff that’s certainly worth your while.
Sure this isn’t the best summary for the story but to avoid any spoilers it’s the best I can do. The point I tried to make was that this is a story about a girl who unknowingly receives a gift, starts using it for her own reasons, witnesses the consequences of her choices (both good and bad) and slowly learns to become more aware of things. Near the climax, something so huge happens that changes her outlook on life completely.
The animation is quite nice from what I’ve seen. The CG effects weren’t carried away and pleasant to look at. It isn’t exactly Hayao Miyazaki quality but it sure is pretty good.
Music: There isn’t that much music to be heard in the movie. It’s actually pretty quiet most of the time. When a musical tune does play, it’s usually a soft classical melody. For a movie like this one, the pacing is perfect. The OP and ED are also quite relaxing to listen to. So yeah, high score for the music, even though there isn’t much to bee heard.
Although I don’t have any plans to discuss the characters since watching them in action is more than enough to show the viewers what to expect from these characters (Also none of them suck), there is one person who made my day in terms of her presence and purpose, Auntie Witch. Her role is basically as Makoto’s mentor and consul. Her advice will play a huge role in Makoto’s actions in the later parts of the movie. My only question is how could she have understood this anomaly so quickly (The petty question). I guess her field of study dealt with the subject of time and space. Ah well, she’s my favorite character.
As for a detailed description on entropy and time loops, there really is no need. The movie is as straightforward as it can get. It doesn’t stray far and will only leave plot holes for those who think too hard about time travel. IMO, it answered most questions in a fair way…except one. (though it’s a petty one)
I also want to talk about the biggest message this movie has: “Time Waits FOR no one”. Believe me, they will shove this message into your face throughout the entire movie…well not really but you they do mention it very often. So yeah, Time Waits For No One. In the end it’s very important message, especially for College Students such as I. Check out the Rolling Stones song of the same name when you’re able.
In conclusion: This is definitely a movie for everyone to check out. It’s a calm and enjoyable sitting filled with funny, dramatic and tense moments. Unless you’re not into simple, yet effective movies with no action in them, give this film a watch. You won’t regret it. “It was worth every last second.”
P.S.: Why is it that every time I watch a time loop themed movie, I think back to the Bill Murray movie: Groundhog Day?