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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [DVD] [2006]

Mamoru Hosoda    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Producers: Shinichiro Inoue, Jungo Maruta
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Manga Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DXPWO2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,931 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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What would you do if you could leap backward through time? When 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.

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Girl Who Lept Through Time

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quantum jumping 2 May 2011
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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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfounded Concerns 1 Dec 2009
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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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102 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, beautifully animated 18 Aug 2008
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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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming coming-of-age fable 27 Nov 2008
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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.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now, seriously. 27 Jun 2009
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This film contains such a broad spectrum of emotions. I actually had a copy of this a while ago but never got around to watching it properly; I just flicked through it to get the gist of it - only, I didn't get the gist of it at all. Each part of it is quite misleading to the over all feeling and flow of the story. Now, having watched it properly, I can see this.

When you start watching it, it's a lightly comic slice-of-life thing. You're introduced to the various characters, mainly the heroine Makoto, and it's easy to believe that the whole film will just be this nice, heart-warming school life drama. Without wanting to give too much away, this isn't the case and after a fairly long intro, the plot proper kicks in and you really start to appreciate the slow build-up and low-key presentation of the film so far; it really grounds the consequent sci-fi plot and helps it become the philosophical piece it is, rather than just a novel movie about a kid that can leap through time.

Much of the plot could have been brought about without the time travel element; for example, when Makoto learns of someone's feelings towards her but then leaps back to before the confession, the same effect could have been achieved by simply having her overhear the guy telling a friend that he likes her. The impressive thing is, though, the time travel never feels like a gimmick, never feels bolted on or superfluous to the plot. If she'd merely overheard and done nothing about it, it would have remained a simple drama; since she goes back to a time before the confession, something much more tragic and regrettable takes place.

This is just one of many leaps that Makoto makes to avoid things happening, some in the "oh no I burnt my toast!" magnitude, and others far more serious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great just as expected
Published 10 hours ago by mark ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Art & Storytelling
The story follows a girl called Makoto Konno. Starting with a common cliché in anime, Makoto is your very average high school student who, through unforeseen circumstances... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Robin
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Probably the worst of the Ghibli animations I have seen (and I've seen almost all of them).

Sadly this studio appears to be in decline. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ijape
5.0 out of 5 stars The film has a great art style and a really entertaining plot
The anime film is fairly old now but it is still one of my all time favourites. The film has a great art style and a really entertaining plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jon-Ethan Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised!
Absolutely beautiful movie, I had no expectations going into this. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It's a masterpiece! A beautifully woven story that really touches the heart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the kids love these animated japanese films
Published 1 month ago by G. Ashall
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine film
I like the film. Great animation, good story.
Published 1 month ago by bookfreak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this funky film. Higly recommend if you like Howl's Moving Castle. Wouldn't recommend for kids under 10
Published 1 month ago by Ms A J Girvan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film
I really loved this film, though I must say that I was a bit disappointed by the ending. It's a moving, funny and charming story, I recommend it to everyone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Olga
3.0 out of 5 stars Intricate
This story has nice plot turns, and is not immediately lucid. So, you may want to see it again some other time. Parts are well drawn. Read more
Published 2 months ago by @Caseiokey
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