The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2007)

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time



Critic Consensus: An imaginative and thoughtfully engaging anime film with a highly effective visual design. This coming-of-age comedy drama has mad inventiveness to spare.

Movie Info

When a typical young high school girl discovers that she has the unique ability to traverse space and time, her efforts to use the power as a means of preserving the relationships she shares with her closest friends reveals the perpetually shifting nature of personal relationships in Digimon: The Movie director Mamoru Hosoda's warmhearted fantasy.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Yasutaka Tsutsui, Satoko Okudera
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 2008


as Makoto Konno

as Makoto Konno

as Chiaki Mamiya

as Chiaki Mamiya

as Yuri Hayakawa

as Kousuke Tsuda

as Kosuke Yoshiyama

as Yuri Hayakama

as Kosuke Tsuda

as Kaho Fujitani

as Kaho Fujitani

as Miyuko Konno

as Miyuki Konno

as Kazuko Yoshiyama -- ...

as Fukushima-sensei

as Moriko Uesugi

as Takayuki Sorita

as Sekimi Nowake

as Mr. Fukushima

as Shihori Yokohari

as Makoto's Mother

as Sonoka Matsuoka

as Makoto's Father
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Superior animé caper comedy with wit, energy and mad invention to spare.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

This is one of the most thoughtfully engaging anime features to reach these shores, and a perfect place to start for anyone, of any age, who's been resistant to anime (and manga) as a popular Japanese import.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

What makes The Girl Who Leapt Through Time such an unexpected treat is the contemplative pace and painterly visuals.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Young-adult in conception and execution, this award-winning animated romance with a Thanatos twist is an underdeveloped sci-fi Groundhog Day.

Full Review… | June 11, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

It's basically the equivalent of a sensitively wrought read from the Young Adult shelf, and there's naught wrong with that.

Full Review… | June 11, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

Near perfect anime . . .

Full Review… | May 20, 2009
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Audience Reviews for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


nice high school romance anime with time travel

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


It seems uneven sometimes but I guess thats what happens when you mess with time travel. The Girl who leapt through time is not really a fantasy film but more of a drama instead. It deals with the "what if" situations many people deal with on a daily basis. A fun gem in anime and another original take on time travel.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

"I wonder how someone was able to create such a beautiful painting, when it must have seemed that the world was coming to an end."

When high school student Makoto inadvertently discovers that she's gained the ability to leap (literally) backward through time, she immediately begins using it to her advantage - with little concern for how and why she's gained this mysterious power. No problem is too trivial to be solved by a little time travel, from pop quizzes to uncomfortable conversations. But, nothing in the past can be changed without consequence, and Makoto's frivolous use of her ability may result in one or more of her friends being lost forever.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is about as mainstream and accessible as anime gets. The characters are all pretty normal, likeable, and relatable. There's a lot of humor in the first half of the story, while the last half is quite serious, heartfelt, and poignant. The animation and character designs are clean and smooth, and have a very modern appeal. The score has a lot of piano pieces that occasionally caught my ear in a very pleasant way.

I recommend this both to anime fans, and to those who aren't particularly familiar with eastern animation. The story is an entertaining mix of moments both somber and lighthearted, the characters are great, and the visuals were top-notch. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time isn't just a good animated movie, it's good by any standards.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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