The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Critics 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.



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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.

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Riisa Naka
as Makoto Konno
Emily Hirst
as Makoto Konno
Takuya Ishida
as Chiaki Mamiya
Andrew Francis
as Chiaki Mamiya
Alex Zahara
as Kousuke Tsuda
Ayami Kakiuchi
as Yuri Hayakawa
Sachie Hara
as Kosuke Yoshiyama
Kristie Marsden
as Yuri Hayakama
Mitsutaka Itakuru
as Kosuke Tsuda
Natalie Walters
as Kaho Fujitani
Mitsuki Tanimura
as Kaho Fujitani
Shannon Chan-Kent
as Miyuko Konno
Yuki Sekido
as Miyuki Konno
Saffron Henderson
as Kazuko Yoshiyama -- "Aunt Witch"
Fumihiko Tachiki
as Fukushima-sensei
Tabitha St. Germain
as Moriko Uesugi
Maryke Hendrikse
as Sekimi Nowake
as Takayuki Sorita
Brian Dobson
as Mr. Fukushima
Uesugi Moriko
as Shihori Yokohari
Nicole Oliver
as Makoto's Mother
Brian Drummond
as Makoto's Father
Sekimi Nowake
as Sonoka Matsuoka
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

  • 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.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a polished piece of whimsy. Creepy too in the way it promotes a homogenised picture of the future.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Superior animé caper comedy with wit, energy and mad invention to spare.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    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.

    Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What makes The Girl Who Leapt Through Time such an unexpected treat is the contemplative pace and painterly visuals.

    Aug 22, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    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.

    Jun 11, 2008 | Rating: 2/6

Audience Reviews for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

  • Mar 11, 2013
    nice high school romance anime with time travel
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2012
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2012
    When it comes to Asian animation most people are familiar with Studio Ghibli and the many classics they have made over the decades. So naturally it would be difficult to find anything that both very detailed in animation and as enchanting in the same level as Studio Ghibli. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time might not be as detailed, but its very likable leading character and heartfelt story makes up for it. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time tells the story of a teenage girl who finds that she has the ability to leap through time and tempers around with time to discomforting results. The plot is surprisingly lighthearted for the first half with lots of humor, but the second half on the other hand is more serious. While I did find the second half to be just as good, it wasn't as engaging. It's abrupt going from teenage girl using her power to go back in time prevent her sister from eating her pudding to teenage girl trying to stop her friends from getting run over by a train. The leading character is very charming, smart, funny, strong, and three dimensional like any good female character should be. The other characters are just as likable and you'll start to like them over time thanks to some good writing and character development. The animation is good and appealing to see, but it's not really detail as something like A Cat In Paris or even Akira. Though it does have cool imagery when you the main character leaping through time. The voice acting is pretty good and felt on par with any live-action movie in terms of a delivering emotions. The English dubbing is also very good as well with none of the characters getting on your nerves. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a very engaging movie with a heartfelt story to make one memorable experience. While it remains to be seen that this will be as popular as something produce by Studio Ghibli, it's nonetheless just as entertaining and worth watching.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2011
    Very Engaging story that never falls into the cliches of time travel and tells the story of a normal 17 yr old tom boy resisting the transition to grow-up. Animation is subdued/flat but beautiful write more later. Hints of "Memento"-2000 and "Primer"-2004 but not so avant-garde for the sake of being different and cerebral.
    Bill C Super Reviewer

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