Welcome everyone, to the first review of 2017! This week we are bringing you another anime movie, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Maybe someday we’ll review a Studio Ghibli movie, but until then, please enjoy this review! Beware of minor spoilers, as always.
Now without further ado, let us begin the review!
Summary: Makoto Konno is in her last year of high school, but is having a hard time deciding what to do with her future. In between enduring the pressure of her teachers and killing time with her best friends, Makoto’s life suddenly changes when she accidentally discovers that she is capable of literally leaping through time. However, she soon learns the hard way that every choice has a consequence, and time is a lot more complicated than it may seem. -MyAnimeList
Time travel is probably one of the hardest plot devices to utilize, as it can really only be fit into a story as either as a key part of the premise, which is the good and proper way to you is, or as a plot convenience/deus ex machina. The movie is based off a novel of the same name written by Yasutaka Tsutsui. Besides the title being as literal as possible, the story flows well and time travel becomes implemented organically without overwhelming the plot. The movie does have its slow moments, however, which when factoring in the time travel, become tedious and repetitive. The ending is arguably the worst part of the plot, as it is confusing to what actually takes place and the time travel becomes what the film tries to avoid doing: a plot convenience.
When the movie wants to, it fleshes out the main characters extremely well. Motivations are made clear and most characters have a very defined personality. None really break character at any point, and the development of the protagonist Makoto is very clear. The movie even puts in some cameo appearances of characters from the novel. However, a few characters seem to go backwards in development. Additionally, some characters only exist for very specific reasons, and serve no other purpose. This leaves them feeling forced in many ways.
While nothing standout, the animation is very well done. Backgrounds are drawn in beautifully, and everything is pleasant to look at.
The soundtrack was not always present in the film. However, The Girl That Leapt Through Time knew what kind of movie it was and played to its strengths. It has especially good instrumental and piano tracks, along with clever uses of more lyric heavy tracks. For example, the karaoke scene features a song called “Time Waits for No One.”
It is not difficult to see that The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a coming of age story. As Makoto goes through the film, she is forced to accept responsibility even when she does not want to. Arguably, growing up is all about learning how to deal with the good and bad days, and taking responsibility for yourself. Makoto certainly learned this the hard way. Additionally, the show reinforces the importance of taking advantage of the time you have, especially in forging relationship. This is because you never know when something will come along to separate you from some one else.
Final Score: 8.6/10
Final Grade: B
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a pretty good anime movie. I am normally not one to enjoy things that deal with time travel. That is mostly because time travel has to be done really well or it just seems like a cop out plot device, but this movie does the time travel plot really well. It did not feel forced or all over the place like most time travel shows. The characters where well developed for a movie and they did not force any interactions or feelings. Some characters though were just kind of there and did not have much of a place in the movie. The animation is not particularly noteworthy, but it is not bad either. Over all it is a really good movie and I would give it an 8 out of 10. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants a fairly emotional good hearted movie to watch. It is defiantly worth a watch. – B-Ro
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time ended up being a very solid movie. A good time, if you will. First off, I really enjoyed the characters. Makoto was a great protagonist to watch grow, and I liked watching her interact with the supporting cast. The movie has a pretty strong slice of life base on which they built the Sci fi elements. I was genuinely interested in how things were going to turn out, and never got bored when there wasn’t any time leaping for an extended period. The show’s humor certainly helped with that. This was a surprisingly hilarious movie, with lots of memorable funny scenes. It pulls off that classic trick of making you like characters through humor, so you then care about them when things are serious. It also uses the time travel elements extremely well. I also loved the direction in this film, and while the animation isn’t the best, it does make for some wonderful and memorable shots and scenes. My only real issue with this film was the ending. Without spoiling anything, it was a bit strange and left me with too many questions and wondering how some of the stuff worked/will work. However, the ending certainly wasn’t bad enough to ruin the whole experience, and I believe it was because of the strength in the character interactions. All in all, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was wonderful. I definitely recommend giving it a shot.
Final Comments: Able to take advantage of time travel, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is an excellent movie with plenty of heart despite getting weighed down with some poorly added plot elements and characters.
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