|Alternate title : The Girl Who Leapt Through Time |
Studio : Madhouse Studios
Licenced by : Bandai Entertainment
Length : 1 Movie
Year : 2006
Genre : Adventure - Drama - Romance - Science-Fiction - Slice of Life
When entering a chemistry room, Makoto slips and crushes a small item. From that point on, she was able to leap back in time on command. She uses her new abilities to fix mistakes, play cupid, and avoid undesirable situations. However, she doesn't realize that her selfish requests to develop her life hurt other lives around her. Also, there are some events in which you cannot change no matter how many times you re-live it.
Makoto endlessly tries to fix mistakes she makes, but in effect digs herself deeper and deeper in sacrificing the happiness of people around her.
Added : 2007-05-04
Synopsis by : Himitsu
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Score : 9.21 Ranked #10 by users
Number of reviews : 24
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Posted by : ErwinRommel
Posted on : 2011-03-24
Unlike most movies and anime that involve time travel Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo is as slice-of-life as it can get. Even after the near death experience, Makoto is not interested in things that are as grandiose and philosophical like in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. She just wants a little more time in a Karaoke booth; or perhaps another Teppanyaki meal. The idea of time travel is hardly new but Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo manages to tell a simple tale of love without the usual anime cliché. Highly recommended
As Einstein would say "A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell on the future". Thus, Makoto is perhaps one of the happiest girls on Earth. She loves her current life so much that when her friend said he loves her she would rather resort to time travel than deal with the consequences. This sets up the main theme of the story: consequences. As anybody who has dodged responsibility, or chose the easy way can attest to: It'll just get worst.
Perhaps this is why Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo is so entertaining. The movie demonstrates to great comedic lengths how Makoto does everything she can to stop this would-be Romeo. The only weakness to Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo is when it felt obligated to start tying up loose ends regardless of the methods. It stopped being endearing and lost its’ charm near the end. For instance, Chiaki's past could have been hinted at instead of being laid out like a book report.
I've never understood the neurosis in anime like Naruto or Ghost Hunt where every method needs to be excruciatingly dissected. A little bit of mystery is the spice of life. We can try and try but ultimately, never know why we fall in love with someone.
Posted by : shoangore
Posted on : 2010-03-15
Toki o Kakeru Shoujo brings to life what many people dream about: being able to travel back in time to change things to your own will. However, it also addresses the consequences of our actions may inadvertently hurt others. This movie has it all- romance, comedy, a sci-fi spin, all mixed together into a whirlwind of emotions. You feel so strongly for the protagonist as she struggles through these several days with her new-gained powers.
Well-built, strong characters with a good level of depth behind them. You will grow to love each of them (or hate) as the story progresses.
The plot to this series is very unique. Apparently it is an adaptation of a book, and has also been made into a live-action movie many years ago. However, this production company has made every effort to bring forth a brilliant piece of work for everyone to enjoy.
The music is powerful and moving, even with simple scores. It has definitely been molded to tailor specifically to this movie and this movie alone.
After having watched this movie a number of times, I have found what I believe to be a few plot-holes in the movie. However, this does not detract at all from my ability to enjoy watching this movie over and over again. If the other perfect reviews have not convinced you yet, I don't know why you're still reading these reviews!
Posted by : Terentius
Posted on : 2009-05-27
Much has been said about this show from the other members of A-S. What has surprised me is the number of positive responses that it has received. Does "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" deserve its high position within the top 10 of all-time?
Considering the story and subject matter, the animators were never going to be pushed beyond their boundaries to produce this movie. With the exception of this movie, the production team at Madhouse studios have always produced very impressive character designs. In this case, the character designs are not flashy or overly extravagant. Instead there was a reassuring sense of simplicity and realism involved. After all, this was a story about a very ordinary girl given a truly extraordinary power and thankfully the story maintains this very same 'simplicity'.
"With great power comes great responsibility". I have just summarized the entirety of show with this one clichÃ©. Seeing Makoto realise the extent of her accidental power and the profound effect it had on her immediate life was entertaining. Yet it could have ended as a hedonistic story of a schoolgirl wanting things her way. Instead it illustrates the eventual changes that Makoto underwent when she realised the problems her power has created. A very touching albeit unoriginal high school story that brought a smile to my face.
There was only ever the development of the main character Makoto that kept my attention. The other members of the cast were almost sidelined by her antics. As I mentioned in this review, the key part of the story is Makotoâ€™s change in personality when the full extent of her power finally sinks in. Seeing in effect, a relatively selfish but harmless schoolgirl change over the course of the movie was a humanising experience. Then again, it would have taken a truly noble human being to not have been corrupted by such a gift. Therein lies the entertainment; namely seeing a normal teenage girl succumb to such corruption.
The score was extremely soothing with an excellent use of the piano. It really did suit the overall tone of the movie without it being overwhelming.
I can understand why this was placed in the top 50 list. It was a touching, but light-hearted look at a naÃ¯ve girl with a unique power. There were shortcomings though which have prevented me from awarding a higher score. Namely, the relatively 'plain' animation style, the unoriginal plot and the lack of real character depth seen in the rest of the cast. Nevertheless, this film is still deserving of a decent 4 stars.
Posted by : jamesabc
Posted on : 2009-02-19
This anime is probably one of the best animated movies I have seen. It had all the right bits to make it a enjoyable watch. Animation was excellent, story was also nice and the music was perfect for each scene. The characters were very likable, especially Makoto when she tries to change things which she knows will happen in the future. I like her energy.
The only thing about the movie that I felt was out of place was the way Makoto found the seed pod which gives her the energy to time leap. I felt it was strange to just stumble upon it in that way, but apart from that the movie was perfect.
Very nice movie that every one should see.
I give this movie 10/10.
Posted by : du5k
Posted on : 2009-01-06
I enjoyed this movie, even though I didnâ€™t manage to catch it at a theatre. Toki wa Kakeru Shoujo had a simple plot outline that I think many people have seen before; to show you that even with an incredible power (in this case time-leaping), there are somethings you just canâ€™t change. Some sort of a morale lesson. I wonâ€™t say that the plot is very deep, but it is very well executed.
The selling point of the movie is not about the ability to time-leap and the ways and results of â€œabusingï¿½ï¿½? that ability, but itâ€™s really about the â€œrealï¿½ï¿½? feeling the characters manage to capture, especially main character Makoto. She might seem a bit too energetic at times, but her personality is very human, especially with some of her selfish choices reflect the depth of her character design.
The comedy and slice-of-life elements are very well choreographed in the scenes, giving a rather tranquil mood to the movie. I do wish they would play the romance part more strongly though, because movies need an â€œimpactï¿½ï¿½? and I feel the movie doesnâ€™t have enough of it.
The animation is simple and I donâ€™t think need a big budget to make this movie. The simple styles do help bring the feel of the movie though. I liked the insert song but didnâ€™t really pay much attention to the ending themes.
I still says it needs more impact, but overall itâ€™s a enjoyable movie.
Posted by : CherrynKinnz
Posted on : 2009-01-04
This anime isn't something that will blow you away, but it's worth watching. There isn't much comedy in it, but it's enough to keep you watching.
As for animation, it's not a work of art... it's not totally detailed, and one look at it, you'll think it's bland. But the good part about it is that the animation is crisp, and you see no errors.
The story is an interesting one. It's about a girl who time travels so that she can have her life the way she wants it. The romance isn't really in there, but it's enough to have you smiling. This sure is a slice of life. I can't really explain it, but even if some parts were quiet and not much was going on, I enjoyed it because the detail they put into these so called "boring" parts makes you sigh and just smile at what you're watching... lol ?
The music in the anime fits right in, there won't be any "Why is this song playing?" or questions of that sort.
Overall, this is something worth watching. If you're watching something else, just save it for a saturday afternoon, when everything's carefree and the sun is shining :)
Posted by : Luigi64
Posted on : 2008-12-26
I thought this story was very humorous, but for romance, I didn't think it was... hmm...sweet. Nothing really "wow"ed me. Some of the parts didn't really make sense because of the aunt. She seems to know everything and is unaffected whenever Makoto leaps through time.
Makoto seems very selfish because when her aunt tells her some one else might be suffering from her gain (aka that nerd guy who got bullied thanks to her), she chooses to move on with her life and avoid serious conversations because she doesn't want to answer them.
Overall, this anime was humorous, but I really think it shouldn't be rated number one for romance.
Posted by : MrSentimental
Posted on : 2008-11-28
I found Makoto to be cute and appealing. She had a good heart, and had a contagious laugh and other strong and enjoyable emotions of nervousness, terror, and sadness. It was interesting seeing how she was figuring out this whole love/couples thing, but I can't say the resolution with this topic was all that satisfying. The other characters in this movie were likeable enough, but not real strong. But we're talking about a movie here, so things could only go so far in the character development department.
The plot was interesting enough, including some decent High School romance stuff. Makoto's use of the time leaps was probably the most entertaining part. The ending was just OK.
The artwork did a good job making the characters appealing. No "shock" or super provocative or graphically violent scenes here. This show is pretty much good for all audiences. The music worked well, but wasn't a real strong point here. Nothing that really grabbed me or made me want to get the OST.
So, I'd say this show is definitely worth a one-shot at least, but not necessarily a "keeper". Very well-done and enjoyable, but nothing that will blow you away. 8 out of 10 Rating. 4 STARS.
Posted by : AJtheFourth
Posted on : 2008-11-20
This film is fantastic in every way. It will make you choke up one moment and laugh hysterically the next. I'll try to gush about what I liked without repeating what others have already raved about.
Animation: I loved the animation in this movie! The backgrounds were amazingly detailed and they really make the characters, which are very simply designed, pop. The facial expressions are hilarious and, unlike other animes I have seen where the exaggeration can get annoying, the faces are especially well-done. Pay specific attention to a time-freeze scene towards the end of the movie. The drawing in it and the presentation are breathtaking. 10/10
Story: As others have said, the story is a very simple premise. What really makes it stand out is the time in Makoto's life that it takes place. Our friendships and relationships in high school are always looked back on with 'what ifs?' because of the loss of innocence that takes place exactly in that time period. This story captures that more beautifully than almost every other film that has tried to grasp that slippery concept. Also, the ending is great. It was bittersweet, but it fits. 10/10
Characters: The character of Makoto is easy to relate to. She's just a bit selfish, loves hanging out with her friends, and isn't terrible at school, but isn't fantastic. You'll laugh when she rolls into things, and sympathize when she cries. She provides a good canvas for the story to take place. Kousuke is your typical nice guy and Chiaki is your typical class clown type. The most interesting side character is Makoto's 'Aunt Witch.' 8/10
Music: Like the animation, the music fits in perfectly to the complete package of the movie. The background music is a simple piano score; however it sets the tone for every scene very well. 9/10
Overall: This movie is so well done with every piece in the right place. I would like to rate it a 9.5 out of 10 (the story gets wrapped up a little too quickly at the end) but that's not an option so...10/10
Posted by : miestersean
Posted on : 2008-11-14
The strongest parts of this film are the humor and dialogue. For the first, a highlight is constant absurdities going on whenever the main character is seen walking through public areas: for example, a little boy makes an unintentionally funny gesture, or a group of teenage students fool around and have funny banter. These parts in are subtle but easily noticeable and often engage the viewer more than the plot.
For the second strength, the dialogue is smooth and a joy to hear. The voice actors do a strong job conveying emotion and the scripting of their lines is very natural. Because of this, all of the characters sound realistic, and though sometimes they say things that are exaggerated, the phrasing and delivery they use are consistently good.
However, the film is brought down by its plot. The main problem are the plot holes that come from time traveling, and it seems that the creators decided to imply that the idea of having multiple universes existing without ever actually saying so in the film, which forces the viewer to wrestle with how the film could make logical sense. Also, the plot gets a little ham-handed and predictable when it examines the consequences of present actions on the future.
The art in this film is different from that of any other anime Iâ€™ve seen. The most noticeable difference is the animation of charactersâ€™ movements from afar, such as a full-body shot of someone walking. The style used is very fluid with no choppiness in movements, which is cool, but itâ€™s also fairly unrealistic, as people donâ€™t actually sway around and actually do look awkward and disjointed when they move. The background art is done in a more typical style, and the landscapes are good at showing wide expanses of sky or sea and the more up-close backdrops are colorful and nice to look at. The character designs are pretty unique and are superb for the main characters, but they get a little repetitive for the supporting characters. The weakest part of the animation is the computer graphics that are overlaid in a few scenes, but this is an issue that I have with most anime.
I would recommend this film. Itâ€™s enjoyable, well-crafted, and overall an entertaining animated movie.
Posted by : Gen3s1s
Posted on : 2008-09-03
It's been quite a while since my last review....
As I write this review, I'm smiling because this is a beautiful film and one I'll watch time and time again...
This anime has a put a smile on my face and it keeps me smiling with just the thought of it. I won't go into thing's like animation, music, characters e.t.c... At Least not for the next couple of paragraph's.
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo or The Girl Who Leapt Though Time is nothing short of amazing. I struggle to write this simply because there are no words that describe why it's such a masterpiece.... I can't think of anything wrong with it other then a small wish of mine but, I won't say it because it's a bit of a spoiler...
I guess this is an anime that has touched me in such a way simply because, I have many regrets. I've always moved on with my life and never really thought about my mistakes, but every once in a while I wish I could do things differently. In any case I'm sure many of you have felt the same way, and that reason alone is a reason to watch this.
I write reviews simply to pass the time, but with this review I take pride in writing. As the studio who made this has done a wonderful job. On one or two occasions I overrate animes. I've come to realize this with many of my reviews, but with this film I know I won't regret my words.
Simple (at least what is considered simple nowadays) but beautiful. There's nothing more I can say about it really.... well I can always kill space by writing what is basically the synopsis, but I'll give it a try.
The thing that made the story work so well are the twists, and, seeing that the effects of something so little can do so much. With these twists you can be somewhat surprised and a little saddened by the theme.
There are really only three, but these three characters work really well together. In any case I don't have a favorite; they're all amazing and they all have their parts to play. Character development isn't really done, but it isn't necessary all the same. There are a few side characters, but most side characters have a certain role to play in the film.
It's different to me... It's not terrible but not great. I would say that it could be improved but I wouldn't say that it's necessary. It suits the anime well. Character designs suit the characters personalities, but there isn't much detail - not a big deal in my opinion.
Hardly any music but music is placed where it's needed. For the emotional and happy moments. I loved the ending theme song.... That's all there is to it really.
If you haven't watched this then you need to....
Time Waits For No One
Posted by : SleepyLafiel
Posted on : 2008-05-16
Mmm, who knew that a simple tale about responsibility could become an instant classic? Mad props goes to Madhouse for creating this; it is without a doubt one of the best non-Ghibli produced anime features, and far surpasses said companies more recent works (Howl's Moving Castle, Tales of Earthsea).
The premise is incredibly simple, yet amazingly deep. Time travel is a plot device that's been done to death, and had Tokikake relied solely on it, it would have failed miserably (mostly because of the bad taste left from the "oh what wasted potential!" gripes) even with the fresh touches of placing a serious topic among slice-of-life situations. Thankfully, the time traveling is merely the catalyst for interaction among the characters, and it is completely these interactions that make this film the wonder that it is.
Countless influential time-travel stories have been told using this medium; from James Cameron's Terminator, to the quirky Japanese Summer Time Machine Blues, almost everyone past the age of 10 has heard about time machines and paradoxes. So in the forty years since the original Time Girl novel came out, the landscape of the time traveling plot device... is something of a depleted battlefield; how can you innovate something that's already been done from every angle?
Yet, Tokikake feels fresh, mainly because, rather than trying something magnificently grand with its plot device, it brings time travel much closer to home with a main character that uses it on mundane and typical things. Eating a pudding, escaping love confessions, dominating a pop quiz; how many of us haven't wished for the same thing, to go back in time to change the little mistakes that we've made in just one single day? How many of us have wished that we could be as irresponsible as we want, akin to having a save button in life, and reload anytime something doesn't go our way? In that regard, this is more STMB than Terminator. But unlike STMB, which lacked a serious tone throughout, Tokikake distinguishes itself further by implementing a situation Stan Lee would be proud of: "With great power, comes great responsibility," and it is this, and how the main character responds to it, that makes the journey a magical event.
With that in mind, it's unavoidable that the characters have to be likable. If not, why would we even care about the predicament that she lands in (hmm, pun intended)? We'd more castigate her for her foolish abandon than sympathize with her for doing exactly what we would if we were in her shoes. Well, fear not; the main character is immensely likable, probably because she is just one of us: selfish, whimsical, normal... human. In the span of 60 minutes, the creators crafted characters that are not only believable, but astonishingly so. The growth of the main character is felt, and the last portion of the film, while somewhat fast and had too much verbal exposition, was believable and touching. Make no mistake; this film is about the Time Leaping Girl, everyone else is just there to either, 1. Stir up some trouble! or 2. Talk some sense to our immature protagonist. Good thing they did a good job, and while some of the characters do feel stock, they are still well implemented and heavy.
Although the art production is somewhat utilitarian, it is still quite beautiful, with vibrant colors and detailed animation. The sound effects and voice acting are both spot on, carrying a strong confidence that's reflective of the mood and setting. It just makes me wonder, this movie probably cost 1/5th or less than that of visual extravaganzas such as GITS: Innocence and Appleseed: DEM, yet it moved me infinitely more aurally, visually, and emotionally than those types of films combined; what a waste. Had they paid more attention to the storyline and characters, combined with the amazing production values that it had, they would have been timeless classics.
The intricate attention to detail, wonderfully plotted storyline driven home by strong characters, and bittersweet ending makes this a classic in my book. It is a movie any anime fan can enjoy (unless you're solely a tentacle fan... none of that here), and it's something that can be shown to anyone, regardless of age. A wonderful, pleasing, and phenomenal pieces of art that, while not perfect, will hopefully garner the attention it deserves.
Production Values: A-
Posted by : gpooj
Posted on : 2008-04-06
Title: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Rating: All Ages
9/10 - If you had the power to redo anything that didn't work out as you wanted, reclaim missed opportunities, and erase your own misfortune, would you do it? Makoto finds herself with the ability to do just this, step back in time to replay events to her liking. Soon she finds that doing so will often have consequences. Very good story, lots of surprises, captivating moments laced with humor. I'm only giving it a 9/10 for some odd bits near the end, all in all, very good.
8/10 - Not too much music here, honestly I'm going to remove this section from consideration in my total score. Everything was very well done and real, so much so that the music completely blends in with the mood. As a result, I don't really remember any of it.
10/10 - Superb animation, I thoroughly enjoyed every scene. The general environment of the scenes makes it feel more real than a live action film. Additionally, none of the characters make odd sounds, have strange catch phrases, or are quirky beyond belief. The style is very believable, and very well done.
10/10 - It's pretty much impossible for a story like this to not have excellent appeal. An instant classic.
Pros - Fun yet real characters in seemingly real situations with a touch of sci-fi craziness.
Cons - Something isn't really accounted for near the end. It's hard to catch, but details often bother me. If you've seen the movie and don't know what I could be referring to then I won't bother mentioning it, as it was perfect otherwise.
Interesting - Seeing what Makoto does with her ability. She's really quite the character.
My opinion - 9.4/10 Rounded down to 9 for the star rating. Very very good anime, not entirely perfect in my humble opinion, but great none the less. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. There's almost a lesson to be learned from it.
Posted by : bloppyblue
Posted on : 2008-03-01
I. Loved. It.
The animation was fluid and great. It's obvious that a lot of time was spent on making the movements of the characters very smooth and believable. Although some further figures lacked some details, the smoothness of their movements made up for the tiny imperfection.
I loved the story of this anime. Its very powerful and strong. In a sentence, this film is about a high school girl who discovers she has the ability to leap through time. So, she does what everyone else would do: to fix things. Of course, everything goes to-and-fro and things happen that shouldn't have. It's a great storyline that you can easily relate to or easily imagine you would do if you had this gift of time-leaping. I found a lot of parts in the movie pretty funny as well, so there's some humour in it ^_^. You really feel for the characters.
Voice acting was GREAT! In this story, the main protagonist falls... a lot... the voice actress did a great job in making each hit, each roll, each bump, each stumble, each grunt, each - I can go on forever - so incredibly believable! Its as if she was rolling around and hitting herself in the studio. It felt like you were watching a real film! The soundtrack was also very great, setting the right mood for each scene.
The characters... how can you not love them? You immediately fall for all of their personalities, every time something sudden would happen you'd feel for them. They show such emotion (especially because of the amazing voice actors) that you can pretty much feel their pain and sorrow. Or even relate.
A total must watch. For lovers of all genres.
Posted by : Molenir
Posted on : 2007-12-12
I decided to give this movie a shot after seeing a few reviews by some people here that generally have good taste. Having watched it, I have to say, I'm glad I did. This movie was touching, and funny. Serious and romantic. About the only negative comment I can make, regards the ending. It was simply, superb all around.
The show starts off a bit slow, introducing us to the characters, and showing us Makoto's worst day ever! From there the story turns more to humor, before veering into the more serious nature of what the movie is about. As it goes along, I really began to care about Makoto, and feel her pain. I felt sorry for her friends as well, who were negatively impacted by what she could do, but mostly for her. Her desperation to help fix problems that she herself is the cause of really hammered home the emotions.
The music also made a major positive impact. A very simple instrumental piece playing in the background, highlighted and added drama to the show. The Seiyuus did an outstanding job, particularly Makoto. The animation and art was great as well.
As I mentioned earlier. The only negative comment I have regards the ending. It was good. I'm certainly not saying it wasn't ok. But I'd have liked it to be a bit happier then it was. Actually, now that I think about it, there is one other negative. And that has to do with plotholes, of which it has several big ones. However the problems are glossed over by the strength and intensity of the overall story. So a negative, but not really.
Looking back over my review, if I was reading it, I'm not sure I'd be willing to watch the show myself. All I can say is, give this movie a shot. It is definitely worth your time. All the things that might cause you to lose interest in this show are not nearly as pronounced as the things that will grab you, and are overwhelmed by the stories context. I highly recommend this show.
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