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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
"Toki o kakeru shôjo" (original title)

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A teenage girl finds that she has the ability to leap through time. With her newfound power, she tries to use it to her advantage, but soon finds that tampering with time can lead to some rather discomforting results.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Riisa Naka ...
Makoto Konno (voice)
Takuya Ishida ...
Chiaki Mamiya (voice)
Mitsutaka Itakura ...
Kosuke Tsuda (voice)
Ayami Kakiuchi ...
Yuri Hayakawa (voice)
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Kaho Fujitani (voice)
Yuki Sekido ...
Miyuki Konno (voice)
Utawaka Katsura ...
Makoto's Father (voice)
Midori Ando ...
Makoto's Mother (voice)
Fumihiko Tachiki ...
Fukushima sensei (voice)
Keiko Yamamoto ...
Obasan (voice)
Shiori Yokohari ...
Moriko Uesugi (voice)
Sonoka Matsuoka ...
Sekimi Nowake (voice)
Takayuki Handa ...
Kato (voice)
Maho Kurashima ...
Female Newscaster (voice)
Taeko Hase ...
(voice)
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A teenage girl finds that she has the ability to leap through time. With her newfound power, she tries to use it to her advantage, but soon finds that tampering with time can lead to some rather discomforting results.

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This movie was released to a small number of theaters in Japan, taking in approximately 300 million yen (US$3 million). The film wasn't advertised as frequently as other animation features from 2006 (such as "Tales from Earthsea"), but word of mouth and glowing reviews generated interest. At Theatre Shinjuku for days in a row, film-goers would fill the theater, some even standing to watch the film. Following this, distribution company Kadokawa Herald Pictures took unprecedented measures to increase the number of theaters showing the film across Japan, and sent the film to several international festivals. See more »

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In the scene where Makoto opens the science lab's door, the glass window of the door is opaque. When Makoto enters the laboratory, the glass window of the door is transparent. See more »

Quotes

[subtitled version]
Chiaki Mamiya: I'll be waiting in the future.
Makoto Konno: I'll be right there. I'll run there.
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Kawaranai Mono
(Unchanging Things)
Written by Hanako Oku
Arrangement by Jun Satô
Performed by Hanako Oku
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Timeless Masterpiece
21 June 2010 | by (Tokyo / Toronto) – See all my reviews

There are about 10 Japanese films that I re-watch almost every year since their releases. "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" is one of only three such animated films for me.

"The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" is based on a 1967 hit novel of the same title. The original work has been used in numerous film and dorama adaptations, most famous ones being the 1983 film directed by Oobayashi Nobuhiko. Instead of making just another anime adaptation and possibly becoming just another adaptation shadowed by the 1983 film, the producers took a risk by creating a spin-off movie with the setting of about 20 years after the original story. The gamble paid off big time, as the animated film went on to win at least 23 awards worldwide.

The underlying theme in this movie was "the importance of living the moment". Our protagonist was given the power to leap back into time to correct her mistakes, only to realize later that the short-term gains only lead to greater losses that followed. The story was extremely well-constructed to teach the lesson of embracing things the way they are, and never run from confrontations, because once that moment gone, you'll never get it back.

The director for this film did a phenomenal job of pacing and creating many memorable moments, but it was the live-action film screenwriter Okudera Satoko, who really made a difference for this movie by composing a story out of number of time leaps that slowly developed the main characters and made so many epic scenes possible. Many anime screenwriters fail in movies because they incorporate too many characters, as it is common practice in series, into the limited 100 minute time-frame. What's remarkable about this piece of work is that it focuses on only three main characters. Even counting the secondary cast, there are only 8 characters in total who we are given the names of. The limited number of characters not only improved character development, it also allowed the story to focus on the underlying theme.

I was actually very uncertain about the viewing this year because I started watching a lot of TV anime again since the last viewing. However, the only new flaws I've noticed was the excessive still motion in some scenes and most backgrounds, and that the protagonist was being a bit overly insensitive in few instances, which made her character a bit unrealistic. Animation is years ahead of its time, and it still is an excellent example of what happens when music is in harmony with the story/animation. The insert song by Oku Hanako, IMO, is still the best selection ever made among hundreds of Japanese films, anime, and live-action doramas I've encountered. Ending theme is a truly poignant one that really captured the mood and made the story sink in, and the music score throughout the movie has been used perfectly to enhance the drama.

"The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" is a timeless masterpiece that made me want to cherish every moment, and it's a movie I expect myself to be re-watching for many more years to come.


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