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Toki wo Kakeru Shojo, written by renowned sci-fi novelist Tsutsui Yasutaka (The World Sinks Except Japan), has previously been adapted into manga, anime series, and live-action film, but the 2006 animated feature film offers a different take on the story. Rather than being a straightforward adaptation, Hosoda Mamoru's Toki wo Kakeru Shojo, a.k.a. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, presents an updated version, or rather a continuation, of the story. Set some twenty years after the novel's timeline, the film follows the adventures of a young girl, different from the original protagonist, but with the same time-traveling abilities.

Bumbling high school student Konno Makoto rides her bike recklessly, is often late to school, and does poorly on her exams. On top of that, lately she's been having odd visions and hearing strange voices. One day on her way home from school, she is again riding her bike too fast - too fast to stop herself from hitting an oncoming train. In a flash, Makoto is mysteriously transported back in time just enough to avoid the accident. After discovering her "time leaping" abilities, Makoto uses it liberally to make life more pleasant - no more tardiness, no more blown exams, no more little sister eating her pudding. When relationship issues begin to arise between Makoto and her friends Chiaki and Kousuke, she again falls back on time leaping to avoid awkward situations, only to get herself into further messes. Makoto learns the hard way that playing with time has consequences...

Toki wo Kakeru Shojo is produced by Studio Madhouse, whose titles include all four Kon Satoshi films and a long list of anime favorites like Trigun, Ninja Scroll, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, and the Death Note anime series. Though the film opened in a small number of theaters, it garnered great reviews, building an audience through word of mouth, and picked up quite a few awards. Toki wo Kakeru Shojo beat out blockbuster contenders Tales from Earthsea and Brave Story to take home the Best Animated Film award at the 30th Japan Academy Awards.

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Product Title: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) 穿越時空的少女 (DVD) (通常版) (日本版) 穿越时空的少女 (DVD) (通常版) (日本版) 時をかける少女 (通常版) The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Hara Sachie | Tanimura Mitsuki | Ishida Takuya | Naka Riisa 原沙知繪 | 谷村美月 | 石田卓也 | 仲里依紗 原沙知绘 | 谷村美月 | 石田卓也 | 仲里依纱 原沙知絵 | 谷村美月 | 石田卓也 | 仲里依紗 | 垣内彩未 | 関戸優希 | 板倉光隆 Hara Sachie | Tanimura Mitsuki | Ishida Takuya | Naka Riisa
Director: Hosoda Mamoru 細田守 细田守 細田守 Hosoda Mamoru
Release Date: 2007-04-20
Language: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004614867

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筒井康隆 (原作) / 細田守 (監督) / 貞本義行 (キャラクターデザイン) / 仲里依紗 (紺野真琴) / 石田卓也 (間宮千昭)



製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2006

高校2年生の紺野真琴は、故障した自転車で遭遇した踏切事故をきっかけに、時間を跳躍する能力を得る。ひとたびその力の使い方を覚えると、それをなんの躊躇も無く、日常の些細な不満や欲望の解消に費やす。世界は私のもの!バラ色の日々と思われたが、クラスメートの男子生徒、間宮千昭や津田功介との関係に変化が。友達から恋人へ!? 千昭から思わぬ告白を受けた真琴は狼狽のあまり、その告白をタイムリープで、強引に無かったことにしてしまう。ところがその千昭に、同級生の友梨が告白。まんざらでもなさそうな千昭。その上、功介にあこがれる下級生、果穂の相談まで受けてしまう。いつまでも3人の友達関係が続けばいいと考えていた真琴の望みは、タイムリープでかえってややこしく、厄介な状況に。真琴は果穂の恋を成就させるために、タイムリープで東奔西走するのだが…。 

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Professional Review of "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)"

September 10, 2007

This professional review refers to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
The classic Kadokawa film The Girl Who Conquered Time (AKA: Girl of Time) gets a sort-of-sequel with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Produced by Studio Madhouse (Millennium Actress, the Death Note anime, among others), The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is actually not a direct follow-up to the 1983 film, but is instead a remake/continuation of the original novel Toki o Kakeru Shojo (The Little Girl Who Conquered Time), which inspired the Kadokawa movie, as well as other media (anime, manga, etc.) over the course of its 40-year history. The lead character in the 2006 film is 17-year-old Makoto Konno, whose aunt, Kazuko Yoshiyama, was the protagonist of the original novel and film, and experienced something quite similar to her niece's time-leaping exploits. She was even in a love triangle just like the one her niece experiences in the 2006 film. The result of this tangled, criss-crossed web of history? Possible audience confusion.

However, before you bring Cliff's Notes to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, it should be noted that the film makes its convoluted history and connections very easy to understand, because it barely references them at all. Despite Kazuko previously participating in a similar time-leaping experience - and even getting involved in a love triangle with two male friends just like Makoto - her experiences are only given slight reference during her frequent one-on-one counseling scenes with her niece. Kazuko reacts to Makoto's revelation of time-leaping ability with easy, knowing acceptance - which would seem odd if one didn't understand the backstory. Basically, Kazuko buys into Makoto's tales of being a time traveler so easily because she happens to be one too. There, now you understand one possible nagging point in the film.

The rest is also easy to understand, because it plays on common and familiar emotions, and it does so very well. Makoto is a tomboyish 17 year-old who's having a particularly bad day. She got up late, barely arrived at school on time, failed the pop quiz, caused a fire in Home Economics, and finally had a large male student thrown at her on the school grounds. The real kicker is what happens at the end of the day: while delivering fruit to her aunt Kazuko, the brakes on her bike give out right as she's heading downhill towards a train intersection. The resulting accident sends her flying to her doom - but a curious thing happens. She ends transported in time to a few minutes before her accident, and avoids death by running into a large woman carrying groceries. Her immediate question: how did she travel through time? Makoto's method of discovery involves trial and error, but what she eventually figures out is that by launching herself into the air (or "leaping"), she can actually travel to her desired point in time.

The discovery is joyous, because now Makoto can use her new ability to replay her bad day, Groundhog Day-style, to correct the errors and come out on top. This involves not only breezing through the pop quiz and avoiding her Home Economics mishap, but also extending her one-hour karaoke time for an additional several sessions. She also heads back in time to make sure that her sister doesn't steal her precious pudding. Yes, there's unimportant, trivial stuff afoot for time traveler Makoto, and not the important life-altering events one would expect. That is, until the consequences, however slight, start appearing. The differences in the timeline that Makoto creates are small but felt; people end up getting hurt, both emotionally and physically, and Makoto begins traveling through time again and again in order to make things right. Perhaps the toughest thing of all to correct is the status quo. Makoto enjoys her aimless days with two male friends Kosuke and Chiaki, but when the issue of possible romance comes up with either of them, Makoto is quick to prevent it using her time leaping abilities - regardless of how she may truly feel deep down inside. She clings to her idea of unchanging youth, but the consequences to that could be even greater than she realizes.

What makes The Girl Who Leapt Through Time work is simply the character of Makoto, who feels real and identifiable despite her leggy anime appearance. Makoto's initial use of time travel is self-serving but not malicious, and her conscience immediately reacts when she discovers that others may be paying the price for her temporal shenanigans. When she uses it to begin preserving her relationships, the audience identification becomes even more acute. Who among us hasn't tried to delay the future out of fear of mucking up the present? Director Mamoru Hosoda captures Makoto's youthful emotions accurately and compellingly as she subtly changes from a girl who just wants to screw around to one who wants to put things right, even when the cost is her heart's desire. Each choice that Makoto makes builds upon the previous ones, such that her emotional change and growth feels organic and very real. The film's method of time travel is ridiculous and underdeveloped, but it makes the movie fun, and serves as the perfect plot device to witness Makoto mature.

Madhouse's work here isn't the stuff of legends, but it's fluid, clean, and very pleasing, with the attractive character designs from Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion) nicely complementing the gorgeous, detailed backgrounds. The film isn't perfect; it lags a bit during its expository sequences, and some details don't feel as important as the film announces them to be, only serving as nominal rationalization for the film's science fiction plot devices. Also, the film seems to cram too much into its final twenty minutes, explaining both the plausible and the far-fetched in a manner that seemingly takes forever. However, those quibbles are small, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time ends up a surprising and even accomplished delight. The filmmakers portray the situations well, capturing the idyllic atmosphere and resilient energy of youth, while also capitalizing on the inherent fun of the time-travel plot device. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is winning in that it takes a sci-fi premise and uses it to highlight the fleeting but most definitely felt rites of youth - and it does so in a manner that's funny, touching, and above all entertaining. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is easily one of the most enjoyable films in recent memory - animated or otherwise.

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Customer Review of "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

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November 20, 2014

This customer review refers to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (DVD) (English Subtitled) (UK Version)
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Another girl conquers time! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
For anyone who has watched the entertaining "Girl of Time" (aka The Girl Who Conquered Time), seeing "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" provides a weird sense of deja vu. The stories in each are quite similar, but definitely not identical. Indeed, "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" is a continuation of the story begun in the earlier movie, although the link between the two would be noticed only be a true otaku: the central character in the first film appears as the aunt of the central character of the second movie.

Makoto is a bright and cute high school student, but seems always to be behind schedule. She's often a bit frazzled, unprepared for pop quizzes, late for class, racing to be on time for events. One day, in her school's chemistry lab, she falls and bangs her elbow on what appears to be a walnut. From that moment, her life changes. Although she doesn't know it yet, she now has acquired the ability to leap backward and forward in time. Some might use this skill to amass a fortune or seek world peace. Makoto's objective is personal: She hopes to win back the heart of a boy whose advances she rejected.

The movie plays out in a manner akin to the American film "Groundhog Day", with Makoto repeatedly going back in time trying to correct the problems she causes and do things better. Unlike Bill Murray's character, Makoto is in control of her time travel. When Makoto finally seems to get things right, she learns that the object of her affection has been hiding a big secret.

"The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" is nicely scripted and animated. Like most (all?) time travel movies, its logic is problematic. However, Makoto is such a compelling character that the viewer is eager to suspend disbelief and see what happens next to this charming girl. Warmly recommended for the entire family.
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October 21, 2007

This customer review refers to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Superb Animated Feature! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Take Groundhog Day and mix it with a bit of Japanese true love youth dramas and you have The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, a wonderful and touching animated film from Studio Madhouse and author Tsutsui Yasutaka. Klutzy Makoto, always late to class and more than a little scatterbrained, soon learns that she has the ability to travel back in time after a near fatal train accident. After mastering her ability, she wastes no time in using it for petty, personal matters related to school work, sisterly squabbles, and wanting to avoid awkward conversations with friends. When complications arise in her relationships with friends Kosuke and Chiaki, Makoto must set things right, but all her time jumping in the beginning came at a great cost.

With the time jumping element essentially acting as a plot device, the filmmakers can focus on the characters and the story. Once you accept the logic of the film, you can't help but get sucked into the characters and their plight. The end result is a heartfelt story of the importance of time not only to everyday matters, but to our ultimate happiness. Highest recommendation!

The quality of the DVD is pretty good. The picture looks great (especially on an HDTV), and the subtitles contain few errors. If I had to gripe about something, it's that the Japanese audio track on this Hong Kong release is only in Dolby Surround as opposed to Dolby Digital 5.1. Oh well, small price to pay to see this film at such an affordable price.
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