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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Collector's Edition [DVD]


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  • Directors: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Producers: Shinichiro Inoue, Jungo Maruta
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002T5QM5G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,516 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

There is a future that we can't wait for. What would you do if you could leap backward through time? When tomboyish 17 year old Makoto Konno gains this ability after an accident in her high school chemistry lab, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. Before long, however, she realizes that even innocuous changes can have terrible consequences. Changing the past is not as simple as it seems, and eventually Makoto will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future for herself and her friends. Featuring brilliant character design by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and stunning art direction by long time Studio Ghibli. Nizo Yamamoto's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a feast for the eyes as well as the heart.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 May 2011
Format: DVD
An anime movie [that's a cartoon film made in Japan, just in case you're uninitiated] that asks that age old question that must have occurred to all of us from time to time. What would we do if we could go back in time and change the past? More specificially, erase our past mistakes.

Makoto is an ordinary seventeen old schoolgirl, best friends with a pair of boys her age, who discovers by chance that taking a big jump gives her the ability to go back in time. She appears to have gained this following an accident in a chemistry lab.

Taking advice from a wise aunt, she soon comes to terms with her ability and masters it. Using it for trivial things such as getting extra time at karaoke or doing better on a test. However when affairs of the heart rear their head and she uses her power to deal with that, things start to get complicated. Because even the most minor action can have big consequences.

And there's also the question of the strange mark on her arm. And where she got the ability from in the first place.

Not a lot of anime has a present day real world setting in which it's firmly grounded, but this most certainly does. There are no monsters with bug eyes on their tentacles or schoolgirls with big eyes as you might expect. All the characters are down to earth and believable. As is the setting. An ordinary city and home and school plus a busy street by a level crossing are all well depicted. The film is meant to be set in summer, and the tones of the colours for the backgrounds do convey that, along with the very occasional sound of insects.

This is initially a bit slow to get going, but once you get used to Makoto and she gets to grips with her ability, the film becomes very involving.
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. M. Pimm on 1 Dec 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
So my ten-year-old son and I have worked our way through the Studio Ghibli movies and loved every one. So what to buy for his birthday?
Having read the reviews for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, I figured it had to be worth a look.
And I wasn't mistaken: we were captivated! I was a little concerned that the plot might be too convoluted, or the themes too adult for my son, but I needn't have worried. (But for two mentions of 'j*rking off', it's entirely suitable for the younger viewer.)
My son immediately gave the movie ten out of ten, I had to pretend I had something in my eye, and we watched it again the following evening.
And now on to the Christmas shopping!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Uwehehehehee on 19 Jan 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched this three times within the first week of owning it. That's how much I loved it.

I really wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, and honestly I only bought it because people seemed to rate it highly. It's safe to say at this point that my expectations were totally blown away. It's just wonderful in so many ways, and it's shot up to being one of my favourite films. Great characters, brilliant story, superb animation, yada yada. If you're into anime films at all, and you haven't watched it, then you really, really should. In fact...

...even if you're not really into anime films, you should probably give it a go. Because it's freakin' great. Go on, buy it.
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108 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
I've just watched this in Japanese with English subtitles (so can't say anything about the quality of any future dub).

I suppose one might summarise the plot as "(Japanese) high school romance with time travel", except that might suggest its appeal would be limited to schoolgirl types - not so at all.

It's funny, occasionally quite moving, cleverly plotted and beautifully animated.
The characterisation is excellent.

This won SF awards in Japan, and I can easily see why.
Both I and my 11 year old son thought it was brilliant.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Nov 2008
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This isn't a manga-monster movie. It's more like a heart-of-gold Disney tale which deals with the heartache of teenage development, illustrated with a clever sci-fi spin which allows the heroine to hop backwards in time. This means she can try to correct those horribly embarassing moments of adolescent life -- which sounds ideal, but...

...every action has a consequence, and light-hearted mucking around with the time-stream to score well in a school test, or to stay out late at the karaokee club morphs into a real threat towards her best friends' well-being, her own life, and the happiness of them all.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is beautifully animated and cleverly plotted so you're not quite sure what the outcome will be. It leaps from 'frothy' to 'meaningful' very smoothly and avoids all the slushy sentimentality of Hollywood cartoons.
However the first third is quite slowly paced and it nearly lost my attention -- there was a lot of set up with the characters and background which dragged on for me. Once it hits half way however the film romps off and kept us guessing then right to the bittersweet end.

An ideal movie for anyone in their teenage years who's dealing with friendships that evolve into something more, and who maybe wishes they could have 'that moment' all over again to get it right next time! Charming viewing also for us older folk who want to re-live those moments, and remember how it feels for time to pass at a very different pace to the way it does in adult life.
8/10
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