The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

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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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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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Emily Hirst
as Makoto Konno
Riisa Naka
as Makoto Konno
Andrew Francis
as Chiaki Mamiya
Takuya Ishida
as Chiaki Mamiya
Alex Zahara
as Kousuke Tsuda
Ayami Kakiuchi
as Yuri Hayakawa
Sachie Hara
as Kosuke Yoshiyama
Kristie Marsden
as Yuri Hayakama
Natalie Walters
as Kaho Fujitani
Mitsutaka Itakuru
as Kosuke Tsuda
Mitsuki Tanimura
as Kaho Fujitani
Shannon Chan-Kent
as Miyuko Konno
Saffron Henderson
as Kazuko Yoshiyama -- "Aunt Witch"
Yuki Sekido
as Miyuki Konno
Fumihiko Tachiki
as Fukushima-sensei
Tabitha St. Germain
as Moriko Uesugi
as Takayuki Sorita
Maryke Hendrikse
as Sekimi Nowake
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

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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.

    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


nice high school romance anime with time travel

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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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 oh
paul oh

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"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.
Lewis C.

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I loved it.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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