The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, 2006
Signed up the 30/03/2017
“Sometimes all it takes to fall in love is the guts to try.”
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a science fiction coming of age anime film directed by Mamoru Hosada. The director of photography was Yoshihiro Tomita & the musical score was handled by Kiyoshi Yoshida.
Makoto Konno a student at Kuronose High is your typical teenage girl who spends most of her spare time chilling with her two best friends Chiaki & Kosuke. Makoto lives a very inauspicious life until one she happens to discover a strange walnut shaped object in an empty classroom. On her back home she loses control of her bike which propels her straight towards an oncoming train. Just as it looks like Makoto is about to die she is transported back in time earlier in the day at her school. Our protagonist realizes that strange object she discovered has given her the power to literally leap into any point in time of her choosing. At first Makoto uses her newfound time travelling powers to benefit herself but eventually she begins to understand that there is a dark side to her new gift as her actions begin to adversely affect the timelines & fates of the people around her.
I’m not a huge fan of coming of age films with teenage protagonists because they usually contain the same monotonous themes which is why I believe if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. However I really loved how this specific film tackled the coming of age genre with a new concept. It was interesting to see how Makoto used her time travelling powers to benefit herself in various different ways for example giving herself the answers for an upcoming test or replaying her Karaoke sessions with her friends over & over again. This made me laugh because I felt like this was a very accurate representation of what a high school teenager would do with the unlimited power of time travel.
I adored Makoto as a character because of her adorable shenanigans & goofy personality. I liked that she was portrayed as a normal girl going through all the of typical teenage struggles like falling in love for the 1st time or understanding that adulthood means dealing with the consequences of your actions. I felt that she was a very relatable character which made falling in love with very easy enhancing my entire experience of the film.
The Girl Who Leapt Through time is a simple but beautiful tale of a young girl just trying to come to terms with growing up in a world she feels doesn’t understand her. This one of those cute movies that will make you all warm & fuzzy inside so this it’s perfect for rainy days when you’re stuck in bed wrapped in a bundle of blankets.
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