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An imaginative and thoughtfully engaging anime film with a highly effective visual design. This coming-of-age comedy drama has mad inventiveness to spare.
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The characters are entirely credible and likable, the simply drawn figures highly effective against the lush background artwork. Time travel has rarely seemed so joyous.
Superior animé caper comedy with wit, energy and mad invention to spare.
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.
What makes The Girl Who Leapt Through Time such an unexpected treat is the contemplative pace and painterly visuals.
Young-adult in conception and execution, this award-winning animated romance with a Thanatos twist is an underdeveloped sci-fi Groundhog Day.
It's basically the equivalent of a sensitively wrought read from the Young Adult shelf, and there's naught wrong with that.
Near perfect anime . . .
Warm and engaging, this has its cutesy moments and crazy Van Gogh-inspired time-travel fantasy visuals but remains appealingly grounded in relatable, sublimated adolescent fears of growing up.
This charming, visually fertile film captures the conflicted emotions of first love and embarrassment of being a teen with real sensitivity.
Only seventeen Lord of the Rings-esque endings spoil the fun, but this sweet take on teen-angst romance quietly impresses.
Beautifully-drawn Japanimation about a time-hopping schoolgirl, by turns wondrous and a little too hyper.
It's a polished piece of whimsy. Creepy too in the way it promotes a homogenised picture of the future.
nice high school romance anime with time travel
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.
"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.
I loved it.
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