Film Analysis: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

You are going to read a film analysis based article where I will talk about different aspects of an animated film named ‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time’. At first, I will apprise readers some basic information about the film then I will elaborate my own analysis. So, why delay? Let’s begin.

Primary Information

  1. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a romantic science fiction animation. Madhouse produced it. Mamoru Hosoda directed this film and Satoko Okudera wrote the script.
  2. The film is a loose sequel to the 1967 novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui and shares the basic premise of a young girl who gains the power of time travel and repeatedly relives the same day in a time loop.
  3.  It released in Japan on July 15, 2006 and received many positive reviews.
  4. The film won numerous awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. The English version licensed and produced by Kadokawa Pictures U.S. With dubbing supplied by Ocean Productions, and released by Bandai Entertainment in 2008 and re-released by Funimation in 2016.
  5. It won the Animation Grand Award, given to the year’s most entertaining animated film, at the prestigious sixty-first Annual Mainichi Film Awards. The film received the Grand Prize in the animation division at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival. It won the Special Distinction for Feature Film at France’s thirty-first Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 16, 2007. It played to full-house theatres during a screening in August 2007 at the ninth Cinemanila International Film Festival in Manila, Philippines.
  6. The film grossed approximately ¥300 million in Japan and ₩664,964,500 in South Korea.

Own Film Analysis of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time tells a wonderful story centered on 3 friends, the tomboyish and clumsy Makoto Konono (voiced by Riisa Naka), and two hunks Chiaki Mamiya (Takuya Ishida) and Kousuke Tsuda (Mitsutaka Itakura).

Plot focused on a friendship that formed after school at the baseball court. They spend quality time there talking about typical teenage stuffs. Things start to change however, when Makoto by accident gets the power to time travel, and in her own ditzy way, uses her new found abilities for “good” – directly for herself, or in some Emma like moments, to influence the outcome of relationships for her friends and play matchmaker.

The underlying theme in this movie was “the importance of living the moment”. Film’s protagonist given the power to leap back into time to correct her mistakes, only to realize later that the short-term gains only lead to greater losses that followed. The story was extremely well-constructed to teach the lesson of embracing things the way they are, and never run from confrontations, because once that moment gone, you’ll never get it back.

Plot is quite warm and engaging. Cute moments and crazy Van Gogh-inspired time-travel fantasy visuals are charming. The film captures the conflicted emotions of first love and embarrassment of being a teen with real sensitivity. The characters are entirely credible and likable. The simply drawn figures highly effective against the lush background artwork. Time travel has rarely seemed so joyous in an animation.

Some Sort of Cons about this Film

There are some lacks in editing which I have noticed while watching this film. For instance, The characters have no facial features at all. There is absolutely no shading at all. The time travel sequence is a 20 second computer generated visual effect which was little boring at the same time.

Moreover, this movie is one big slow plot hole. Story telling progress and plot development is too slow that some people may find it irritating. Another irritating element of this film is irritating screeching background sound. the noise is so loud and irritating it’s hard to pay attention to what the characters are talking about. Here sound editing was needed.

Final Outline

Overall, this Japanese animation is good and watch worthy at least once. I would like to recommend this movie specially who are fan of high school teenage romance. Otherwise skip it.

Though there are same lack too in this movie but the story is cleverly written the animation is stunning and it does have a certain charm to it that even someone like myself who isn’t the biggest fan of the genre can appreciate.

In my opinion, the blend of romantic animation along with science fiction elements were really entertaining. This was enough for the movie to be very good. I have enjoyed the movie. Hopefully, you may enjoy too 🙂