The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a warmly inviting, sumptuous visual feast that instantly reminds you of any number of Studio Ghibli classics. Based on Yasutaka Tsutsui’s 1967 novel of the same name, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time follows the daily life of an average high-school student, Makoto Konno. She’s smart, but no genius, a little clumsy and loves playing baseball with her friends. Then one day on her way home from school, the brake cable on her bike snaps and she crashes through a safety barrier just as a train is coming.
Rather than being instantly killed however, Makoto is transported back through time briefly to a point before, where she collides with another person, thus saving her own life. A little freaked out Makoto rushes and talks with her aunt, who informs her it’s not an unusual talent for a girl of her age.
Makoto decides that this new found talent can be quite useful, helping her pass tests, get out of embarrassing situation and more. However, she soon finds out that her jumping back through time is having an adverse affect on those around her and spends more of her time trying to make things right until she discovers something life changing through her new abilities.
An imaginative, beautifully drawn story that will captivate an audience of any age.
What the kids thought:
BJ: It was great, because it was about a girl who used her initiative t leap through time. It has a happy but sad ending. It was a very exciting story.
Aimee: It was good. I liked the end bit. I liked the story of a girl who can jump through time. She could do what ever she wanted just by jumping.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: PG: Contains low level offensive language
Released on: March 12th, 2009
Year of Original Release: 2006
Stars: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura
Length (Minutes): 98
Media Format: DVD
Languages: Japanese, English
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Hosoda, Mamoru