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Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The
The Girl Who Leapt
Through Time is an exciting sci-fi
drama from acclaimed anime director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer
Wars). The film focuses upon high school girl Makoto Konno,
who can leap through time (and into the past). The story revolves
experiences jumping through time and upon the effects of her time
travel jumps on
herself and others. The film is based upon the novel written by
Tsutsui and is from executive producer Takeshi Yasuda.
The story is a
delicate blend between science-fiction and drama. As the story starts
unfold, it's initially a sweet-natured slice of life anime production
just happens to have time travel thrown into the mix. As things begin
more in the second half of the story, the events surrounding the time
become more complex and the story begins to have a more frenetic and
action-oriented tone. The second half of the film builds to a stirring
and one which is filled with a number of surprise turns.
Makoto Konno (Riisa
Naka) is the lead protagonist of the story. She is a free-spirited
who is in love with baseball. She spends plenty of time outside of
the sport with her friends. She's living a normal existence (one
in the way of drama), and then... suddenly she finds herself able to
leaps into the past.
Makoto decides to
start time jumping back in time for her own amusement: when dinner is
favorite she can always time-hop back to a night with a nicer meal or
avoid a close friend asking her out on a date by simply skipping back
beforehand. She uses the time-travel for her own enjoyment regularly
extends her baseball sessions. What she doesn't expect or count on is
time-jumps might be changing things for others around her as well.
The film was
animated by animation studio Madhouse (Tokyo
Godfathers, Millennium Actress, Metropolis).
The animators and
production team at Madhouse create some of the best anime films in the
anime industry. This is another great example of their exemplary work
The work deserves great accolades. The detail that is given to both the
character designs and animation background art is exquisite and few
studios deliver such great quality work so consistently.
The music score was
composed by Kiyoshi Yoshida (Big Fish
& Begonia). It's a subtle but effective score which nicely
the filmmaking style. The first half of the film is certainly more
and the tone of the score reflects that. The score is delicate and
sounding in the first half and it builds to a more dramatic tone for
The screenplay for
the film was written by Satoko Okudera (Summer
Wars, Wolf Children). The Girl
Who Leapt Through Time certainly excels largely in part due to it
great story that is extremely well told. The film manages to be both a
wonderful slice-of-life anime production while blending fantasy and
into the mold in a unique and entertaining way. The characters are
well-developed and explored and the twists and turns in the story help
it entertaining throughout.
Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf
Children) worked at Studio Ghibli as
an animator before leaving the studio to pursue a career as an anime
Hosoda was one of the original directors for the original Digimon
(and also the Digimon
feature film), before directing a One
Piece theatrical production.
The Girl Who Leapt
Through Time was the first of Hosoda's
recent acclaimed standalone feature-film productions. It's an
production which features his energetic style of filmmaking. The story
emotionally heartfelt and exciting at the same time and the direction
convey this effectively with the emphasis on character moments
finds a beautiful balance between emphasizing the animation
artistically (with quiet
moments featuring the often serene animation) with the story. Hosoda
proved with this film that he is amongst the most talented anime
working in the industry. The Girl Who
Leapt Through Time is an incredible accomplishment which stands as
anime film that hits all the right notes. It's a must-see film for any
The Girl Who Leapt
Through Time is presented by
Funimation Entertainment on Blu-ray with a impressive 1080p MPEG-4 AVC
presentation in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1
image is clean, clear, and generally impressive. While the PQ is not as
pristine as some more modern productions, the image is still quite
has nice robust colors. There is occasional (slight) banding on the
(which might be inherent to the source) but for the most part this is a
effort from Funimation. Fans should be pleased.
The film is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1. The
available with both English and Japanese language presentations.
subtitles are provided for the Japanese language presentation. The
subtitles on this release are quite
impressive and don't have any issues with formatting or
The release does have an issue with the audio
some may experience difficulty playing the surround sound tracks on
style="">Please note that this release is a Blu-ray +
DVD + HD UV Combo Pack.
Commentary featuring director
Mamoru Hosoda and other staff members.
Commentary with Storyboards is a separate
commentary which includes storyboards presented alongside the film
Storyboards with Film
Presentation features the film and
storyboards alongside each other (without commentary).
DVD Bonus Disc:
Event (14 min.) is a behind the
scenes piece from the original premiere of
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, featuring the cast of Japanese
voice-actors along with the director and filmmakers as they previewed
and discuss the production.
Director File - A
Conversation with the Director (34 min.) features a
interview with the director of The Girl
Through Time as he discusses his style and approach to making the
Behind the scenes at
the Premiere Screening Event (10 min.) offers more
behind the scenes footage from the premiere screening of
the film. This extra includes another interview with director Mamoru
Hanako Oku - Garnet (5
min.) Music Video
for other Funimation
entertainment releases are also provided.
Final Thoughts: style="">
The Girl Who Leapt
Through Time is an entertaining
and ambitious anime production which holds up well. The film earned
acclaim for director Mamoru Hosoda at the time of its release ten years
it is now considered an anime-classic. Fans will certainly want to
adding The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
to their collection.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.