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Sneaking in the side door of amazing,
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This review is from: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [DVD]  (DVD)
I watched this as it came as an "other users bought this" DVD. And I'm glad i got it, its very very good, but it feels more like an experiment in animation, art and storytelling than a stand alone movie. To put it better, it doesnt stand up beside spirited away or Howls moving Castle, or Princess Mononoke in terms of epicness and grandeur - but its pretty damn good. The animation focuses alot more on form rather than the grandness their other films but for some reason it works, less is more definetly applies for The Girl who Leapt through Time.
Actually the fact that it isnt such a huge succcess as the rest of Studio Ghibli's franchise acually helps it. It becomes more than you expect and the characters all have that same familiarity, in that by the end of the film, you feel like you know them...not that it was in any way boring or predictable. The story as well is beautifully written and really enjoyable.
The English dubbed version is a bit meh...but I like watching movies, not reading them!